It can be Saturday, and together with all the different good things that include the weekend we’ve the Apps of the Week column so that you can experience. We soak up this time slot per week to blow their own horns a set of apps from the Android Crucial writers, each and every one displaying off an app they have been the usage of within the remaining week.
This week’s assortment is basically made from some nice video games, with a number of completely different instruments and different apps thrown in for just right measure. Learn alongside after the damage and check out what we have now picked out this week, you can also simply to find an app or two that fit your needs as neatly.
Jerry Hildenbrand – Sensible Voice Recorder
When you picked up a Nexus 5, and that is your first go back and forth to Nexusland, you’ll be able to be desiring a number of utilities from Google Play. Fortunately, Google Play is stuffed with them so you are coated, and all you want to do is choose from the heaps on hand. If you do not want to take a look at all of them (and in case you do, I will be able to’t blame you) here is an excellent voice recorder to get you began.
It can be bought three in point of fact excellent issues going for it — It is free, it has an adjustable pattern price (between eight and 44k), and it’ll run within the historical past whereas the reveal is off. For many of us, that is all we ever want from a pocket voice recorder. Supply it a are trying.
Obtain: Smart Voice Recorder (Free)
Chris Parsons – Meltdown
It has been a while since I played any top down / isometric shooters so when I saw Bulkypix’s Meltdown I figured I would give it a go. After having run through all the ‘training’, I was pleasantly surprised at how awesome Meltdown was despite it being a free game. You get to play as Zed and have to battle your way through 30 randomly generated levels, fighting enemies that each have their own special AI. If that’s not enough action to keep you busy, you can join the online cross-platform co-op games and play with up to 4 others players. Overall, Meltdown is a fun game though it’s certainly not for everyone. The ‘tap to go places and do things’ nature makes it a bit slow but if that’s not something you’re worried about, there is great action to be had here and the IAP nags are kept to minimum, making that free price tag even better.
Download: Meltdown (Free)
Alex Dobie – Rayman Fiesta Run
Following the generally well-received Rayman Jungle Run, the limbless platforming hero is back in Fiesta Run, another colourful, fast-paced running title from Ubisoft. There are 76 individual levels to traverse across a range of fiesta-themed worlds, which challenge your reflexes and memory as you collect coins and brightly-colored critters. The game also introduces the new “invasion” mode, unlocked after completing each stage, along with three boss battles to contend with.
For the price — $ 2.99 in the U.S. and £1.99 in the UK — there’s not much more you could want out of a mobile platformed like this.
Download: Rayman Fiesta Run ($ 2.99 / £1.99)
Richard Devine – Star Wars: Tiny Death Star
This week Lucasarts delivered us an absolute treat in Star Wars: Tiny Death Star. Think Tiny Tower, with an Imperial twist. You’re building your own Death Star complete with karaoke bar, plush apartments and interrogation facilities in the back.
It’s an amazingly fun and addictive little mobile game, and sees you trying to earn money to complete the Death Star construction. It’s either that or The Emperor and Lord Vader go out and get jobs. Yeah. It’s a free download supplemented by IAP’s but honestly I’ve been letting it run without spending a penny so far. And I haven’t been able to put it down.
Download: Star Wars: Tiny Death Star (Free)
Simon Sage – Rabbids Big Bang
Though Rayman Fiesta Run might be the Ubisoft title grabbing a lot of attention this week, I finally got a chance to try out Rabbids Big Bang, which came out in October. I’ve always been a fan of the absolutely insane, bulgy-eyed rabbids, and their latest title doesn’t disappoint. Players work their way through a series of space-themed physics puzzles, earn coins to upgrade their rabbid, The puzzles are vaguely Angry Birds-ish, but the jetpack mechanic adds something fresh, plus the graphics, cartoony as they may be, have plenty of polish. The only real downside is that they’re pushing in-app purchases for a game that already costs a buck.
In any case, Rabbids Big Bang offers up great, casual brain-teasers with a dash of the absurd.
Download: Rabbids Big Bang ($ 0.99)
Phil Nickinson – TripIt
I am forever on a search for the perfect travel app. Some coordinate my itineraries better than others. Others have better mapping, or more specific data. But for me, Tripit continues to be at the center of that maelstrom. There’s simply not an easier way to input all of your trips — be it flight info, hotel bookings, rental cars or whatever. Just forward the email to email@example.com and the system does all the work. I pony up for Tripit Pro as well, so I get faster alerts and easy sharing with my family — and with other apps. If you’re going anywhere, you have got to take Tripit with you.
Andrew Martonik – theScore
Now that my home soccer team’s (Seattle Sounders) MLS season has unfortunately ended, I need something to keep me in the sport. I honestly don’t follow the European soccer leagues all that much, but when it’s MLS offseason that’s about the only thing going on. I’ve installed theScore to track all of the major leagues across Europe, and found the app to be very well done and informational. Not only can you track scores across the EPL, Champion’s League, La Liga and the rest, but you can also get push notifications for specific games (or all games) and read news from across the leagues.
If soccer isn’t your thing (for some reason), the app covers any other sport you could imagine as well. For someone looking to follow a sport (or three), this app seems to hit the spot. It recently received a nice redesign that makes it look and work drastically better as well, which is always a plus.
Download: theScore (Free)