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Welcome again to every other Saturday afternoon version of Apps of the Week, our compendium of apps, instruments and video games from the Android Critical writers. Each and every week we collect up picks from the oldsters right here at AC, asking them to publish an app that they have been the usage of lately. It may come from any house of the Play Retailer, with any ranking or function set — all that issues is that we use it and it really works.
This week we’re having a look at a few Halloween-themed picks, a recreation, an ideal app for making some tune for your pill and some different odds-and-ends as overall. Stick round after the damage and notice how this week’s picks stack up in opposition to the remaining.
Sean Brunett – Halloween Soundboard
Halloween is subsequent Thursday, so this app is for all of you who wish to set a frightening ringtone or notification to get within the temper. It comes with 28 totally different Halloween-themed sounds, from screams to the theme to Friday the thirteenth, one in all my favourite basic horror motion pictures. While you open the app, you’re going to see each and every ringtone listed in a gray bubble. To listen to it, merely click on. For those who like what you hear, lengthy-press on the choice and that you may set it as your ringtone, alarm or notification. It’s a nifty little app that can assist you get in spirit of Halloween. Even the icon is ghost face from Scream. Revel in!
Obtain: Halloween Soundboard (Free)
Simon Sage – Terrene
Terrene is a deceptively simple physics game with a recognizable retro look. Players are in command of a broken spaceship with no thrusters and only a tractor beam. They have to use the tractor beam to pull themselves forward and collect data logs floating in space for bonus points. The physics are very tricky. Even though using your tractor beam on asteroids pulls you forward, it also pulls them towards you, which can have some destructive consequences. You’ve got three lives to get as far as possible, which, when you’re first starting, you’ll chew through pretty quickly. You can switch up the color scheme to keep things fresh, which make a pretty significant change in mood. Overall, Terrene offers simple, challenging gameplay with a serene, lost-in-outer-space mood.
Download: Terrene ($ 0.99)
Casey Rendon – GrubHub
Being busy means not having a lot of time to cook at home. Like it or not (who am I kidding, eating out is great), a lot of my meals are ordered from local food establishments by necessity. Thankfully, many of my area’s restaurants and take out places accept orders through GrubHub. Up until recently, I was only using their website, but I finally broke down and downloaded the app. If you live in a major city (or even some smaller ones), chances are there is a GrubHub restaurant near you. With the app it’s easy to place food orders, check the status of orders, look at previous orders and order the same thing again, as well as pay using any credit card or even PayPal. My favorite feature is Yummy Rummy, the game you get to play after every few orders where you can win free food and drinks (I won $ 10 the last time I played). If you are already using the GrubHub website, do yourself a favor and download their app.
Download: GrubHub (Free)
Jerry Hildenbrand – Music Maker Jam
You no longer have to be a musician to make music. With programs like Music Maker Jam, you can string pre-recorded loops together to find just the sound you want.The secret has always been trying to find a way to do it that’s not complicated as heck.
Some of us are musically inclined, and want to be able to bring in their own recorded loops and do all sorts of micro-adjustment and want all the complicated controls. But some of us, like yours truly, just wanna play and pretend that we’re some sort of Jellybean Benitez. That’s where Music Maker Jam shines. Every thing is touch friendly, and with just a few taps you’ll be able to make a song that sounds like a song. Maybe even a good one.
The app comes with a small selection of loops, from HipHop beats and short raps to classic arena-style rock ballad guitar leads. There are plenty of others available for purchase, and each genre costs about $ 2.50 and includes a nice selection of loops. And when you’re done, you can export your mix as an .ogg file for further editing or playback on just about any device.
There are no goofy permissions, and the basic app is free to try. If you’re looking to get a little creative — especially with an Android tablet — give it a try.
Download: Music Maker Jam (Free)
Chris Parsons – Zombie World Live Wallpaper
I don’t often suggest using live wallpapers given how they can react on different devices however with Halloween just around the corner I figure I couldn’t pass this one up. It’s simply called Zombie World Live Wallpaper and it fills you screen up with zombies. They move around on your screen popping up out of the ground and if you leave them alone, they’ll cover it all up. But the fun thing about this wallpaper is that if you tap on them.. Boom! They blow to bits. Give your phone a shake and you can kill them all at once. It’s free and kinda mesmerizing to watch plus, if you need to take out some frustration — just blow up some zombies.
Download: Zombie World Live Wallpaper (Free)
Andrew Martonik – LivingSocial
I know, I know … LivingSocial. Best known for its annoying emails and generally useless deals, why would I recommend such an app? Well, if you’re willing to hold out for an actual good deal, you can really find some diamonds in the rough browsing this coupon site. Every few days I (or more likely my significant other) will open up the LivingSocial app and just browse for a few minutes and see if there’s anything going on in the city that I’d be interested in.
There’s a lot of junk and useless coupons, but sometimes you’ll find deals that are good — for me that usually means they’re discounts on restaurants. And when you do decide to buy a coupon, you can use the app to present a barcode for the merchant to scan, so you don’t have to bother printing anything out. LivingSocial may not appeal to everyone, but if you’re looking for some food or fun on the cheap, you may want to take a look.
Download: LivingSocial (Free)