Featured Play Store Review: Bestiary Live Wallpaper [Personalization]

If you’re looking for a new live wallpaper to try out, you might want to look at Bestiary Live Wallpaper from ICELABA. Bestiary just landed in the Google Play Store and will add a “strange creature” or monster to your homescreen that moves along with a kaleidoscope-like background. There are a few things about Bestiary that is totally cool: The graphic quality is awesome, the animation is smooth and fluid with no hiccups, and there are so many creatures and settings to choose from. The first two speak for themselves, but I need to tell you about the options. I personally expected a few choices for creatures, but I was pleasantly surprised that there is close to 100 to choose from. Many of them will only be available in the paid version ($1.30), but even with the free version, you have access to about 30 of them. It really is extraordinary how many you get to choose from and it’s likely to continue to grow.

As to the settings, each monster has anywhere from 5 to 20 different presets to choose from. Presets give each monster a different look. For example a monster with one head could be changed to having three heads. Then there is the settings, which allow you to change the size of each creature as well as how it moves. With GSScale, you make the creature larger or smaller by sliding it up or down. If you move it from left to right, it will change the direction the creature is moving as in to you or away from you. Then there is Movescale, which lets you choose what type of movement the creature is making and how big of an area.

With all of these creatures to choose from, you might think it will be a pain to find your favorites when you want to change things up. ICELABA has you covered with the favorites section. You can add any creature to it so if you’re the kind of person that likes to change things on a regular basis, you will be able to do so with ease.

Now going back to the fluidness and animation, I tested it on a dual-core Snapdragon S4, and I found no issues, so your mileage may vary with lower end phones. As with any live wallpaper, battery life is usually an issue. I am sure Bestiary does affect it to some degree, but I didn’t notice anything obvious.

The other really interesting thing about Bestiary is that some of the creatures that are only available in the paid version can still be made available. Users can put a review on Google Play and request any creature to be available to all users. ICELABA will make that creature available in what’s called the Online area in the app. So in a sense all creatures from the paid version could theoretically become available to all. This is something I haven’t seen before.

There were a couple of issues that I had, but fairly minor. The menu system and navigation is a little quirky. There is a top menu and a submenu. I was able to easily swipe the different creature choices in the submenu, but I wasn’t able to swipe the top menu. The developer pointed out that by using two fingers, you can easily swipe between them. The settings were also a little quirky as in they aren’t simple sliding scales. They are squares that you move around and the numbers that are in them are barely readable. I didn’t find it that big of a deal because the settings aren’t even all that necessary to enjoy this app. Also in talking with the developer, they are working on making some changes. Honestly, the app is worth a look regardless and don’t forget that no app is perfect from day one.

Whether you like the look or not, I can’t think of too many live wallpapers that offer as many different looks to your homescreen. As I mentioned above there is a free version that will give you roughly 30 creatures to choose from. Also you won’t have access to the presets or settings plus your favorites will be limited to a few. There’s plenty there that will give you a chance to see if you like it, and if you do, $1.30 is a small price to pay for what Bestiary gives you, and the in-app purchase couldn’t be simpler. Check out their quick demo video below and hit one of the download links to get started. Let me know what you think.


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About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.