Shake Future Review
Remember the Magic 8 ball? If you don't, all I can say is your decision making as a child must have been a tough ride. To recap, Magic 8 Ball is a grapefruit sized ball, within which is some clear liquid, some blue die and a piece of plastic made up of 20 triangular faces (if you want to get fancy, it's called a icosahedron die). The bottom of the ball has a transparent window on so you can view the phrases engraved on each side of the die.
Shake Future is a fun and quirky app giving indecisive folk the ability to select a random answer to just about any question that's thrown at it.
With the product description out the way, we'll move on to how it works. You ask the ball a yes or no question, “Is my twin brother ugly?”. The 8 ball gives you an answer “Highly likely!” (ours was used to to answer the most important of questions)
Of course, it's not always right, but when you’re a child you really do think it’s magic,. As you hit your teenage years you start to get wise to this ball you once thought of as the oracle and you eventually realise it’s just a mixed bag of random answers, no real science behind the answers it brought back (feeling cheated didn't even come close)
This long winded intro brings us on to Shake Future, the latest app to help recreate that Magic 8 Ball feeling. The developers behind the Shake Future iPhone app understand it's not always practical to lug around a grapefruit sized ball in order to make up for your indecision. Now all you need is an iPhone, iPad or iTouch and 59p and next time you're having trouble making a decision, you can get Shake Future to call the shots for you.
Shake Future doesn't only function like the original Magic 8 Ball, it also comes with a few added extras taking advantage of it's digital platform. The basic action is shaking your device to reveal an answer to your question, based on a default list of positive, negative and neutral responses. What's different about Shake Future is the ability to change these responses. You can edit or delete the default ones and even insert new ones. You're not restricted to 20, static responses like the original 8 Ball, you can customise it to suit you.
This customisation opens the app up allowing you to insert specific answers based on a certain question. What should I order in a restaurant? What should I do on Friday night? Who should I ask to the prom? All the important questions in life that you suck at answering.
Shake Future isn't the first app that provides indecisive people with the ability to have a decision made for them. I'm pretty sure it won't be the last. The presentation is ok but it's the focus on Magic 8 Ball that makes this app quirky. If you have a hard time making decisions and don't have large enough pockets for a Magic 8 Ball, you should head over to the app store and check out Shake Future.