Combo Apps/Moon Shadow

Moon Shadow is a free, open source iOS app that distorts reality into a wormhole of colourful, glitchy adventure. This is done by blending a live video feed with a series of generative video shader effects on different portions of the image selected by color matching. The concatenation of unique, non-deterministic effects creates a unique representation of the users perspective.

The collection of nice effects in Moon Shadow are a result of a community effort. Graphic artist collaborators were invited to write shaders to be included in the app. These artists include Cale Bradbury (@netgrind), Devin Horsman (@horsman), Yancy Way (@echophons), and Rob Butler (@BoTreats).

There are no in app purchases. Instead, there is a cheat menu that unlocks new features and effects. Cheat codes can be found throughout the app and get hints by following @moonshadowapp on Twitter.

Moon Shadow is an experiment by Connor Bell, but wouldn’t have been possible with the collaborators mentioned above. This is his second major app release after Glitch Wizard, which he created with his friend Allan Lavell. Connor started work on Moon Shadow during exams when he thought of a neat idea. He prototyped it and posted it to Reddit and got a huge response.

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I wanted to show you how to get a cheat code with Moon Shadow. You load the app up first. Second you tap on the gear button on the bottom right hand side. The screen shot is the menu button, tap on CHEAT CODES. The third screen show is where you type in your cheat codes. The only code I’ve gotten so far was RANDOM. That will open up random mode on Moon Shadow.

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The app itself is really easy to operate. You just tap on what glitches and color filters you want. You can do selfies with cool effects and filters. You even have the options in taking photos too. All you have to do is tap on the VIDEO button and it will change to the PHOTO button.

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The photo still resolution save is 1080 x 607. For me that’s not bad for the app being FREE and I like shooting videos with this type of app anyways. I recommend when you use this to shut off everything running in the back ground, so the app won’t crash. All the glitch filters are live rendering so it takes up a lot of the hardware resources. Moon Shadow is FREE in the App Store and requires iOS 8 or later. The app is coming soon to Android in the summer.

If you want to follow Moon Shadow on Instagram, it’s @moonshadowapp and make sure to hash tag your creations with #mooonshadowapp and #moonshadow. I want to give a huge thanks to Connor Bell for letting me beta test Moon Shadow. If you have any questions about this blog post, please leave comments or email me Have a great day and go out do some videos with MOON SHADOW !!!!



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9 Responses to Combo Apps/Moon Shadow

  1. danmblog says:

    Really cool!!

  2. Ithalu says:

    I will try to do some videos! Thanks Tina.

  3. Nanashi says:

    Thanks for sharing! Looks cool … May give it a go 😊

  4. imapurrson says:

    Fun app! Thanks, Tina, for the heads up.

  5. Alex says:

    Go to cheats and type in GLITCHWIZARD

  6. Andy says:

    Type SHAKE too

  7. Tom says:

    “Milk shake” code = shake to clear effects.

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