Our weekly app picks
It can Appday Sunday and that means we’re back with more of our favorites to share. Every week all of us bring a handful of great applications to the table and share these everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old criteria, but every time they are apps we love to use.
Give these types of a look and then take a moment to tell us all about the applications you are using and really like so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the feedback on these posts!
Russell Holly — Crashlands
I’ll take a wild leap and say the people at Butterscotch Shenanigans played a lot of Bottom Jam and Earl as kids, and channeled all of that weird space nonsense in to an ARPG of their own. Crashlands is well written, nicely animated, and thoroughly ridiculous. It also promises 60+ hours of gameplay that somehow manages to avoid things like grinding for hours and mindless aspect quests. So far that appears to be true, but I am no place near the end of the sport yet.
For $5, you may not really go wrong when the main healing tool in the beginning from the game is called Baconweed. I guess I should have lead with this.
Download: Crashlands ($5)
Jen Karner — Marvel: Competition of Champions
Seems a Marvel fan since I was about 6 years old, along with a sucker for fighting games for nearly that long. So it’s no real surprise that I’ve gotten hooked on Marvel: Contest of Champions. Fight against characters like Colossus, Storm, and Black Panther, using your own roster of super powered characters in a bid to save the galaxy. You can play through the tale, join an alliance, as well as fight in a PvP field. There is tons going on with this game, no real have to spend money on the in-app buys, and a beautiful execution.
Apart from, who doesn’t want to conserve the galaxy using their personal roster of superheroes?
Down load: Marvel: Contest of Champions
Phil Nickinson — Touchnote
My younger little girl’s kindergarten class (as such classes are prone to do) requests parents to send in post cards when traveling. And I often travel a decent amount. So I deliver postcards. But I rapidly decided that I wasn’t going to just snag the usual types out of the rack, and then cope with stamps, and then finding a mailbox. Enter my phone. Touchnote’s long been a popular app with this sort of thing. You pick the look and the pictures, and send the postcard on its way. They will ship from Arizona within the U. S. and arrive in 2 to 5 times. Price can vary a little, and you pay in credits. Yet postcards end up being a little less than $2 each.
And that’s well worth showing off how traveled you happen to be to a bunch of 5-year-olds.
One particular item of, erm, notice. Touchnote suffered a information breach last year. None of the data wasn’t anything you couldn’t discover anywhere else, probably, and Now i am still using the service. Yet it’s something I wanted to make folks aware of while still recommending the app and service.
Download: Touchnote (free app, paid service)
Ara Wagoner — Talon
So , I’ve been walking to the treadmill when I wake up each morning, and as a girl with an extremely short attention span, We spend most of that time staring at the phone I have propped up on the treadmill. I’ll check e-mail, I’ll respond to notifications, plus I’ll read twitter around the newest client I’ve shelled out for: Talon. Talon can be incredibly customizable, including choosing your own colors/themes, choosing exactly what appears on your main pages (including lists), and the choice to make the text bigger designed for easy reading on the treadmill. Talon also includes a excellent widget, which I’m sure should come up in one of our themes at some point, especially themes on Action Launcher.
Download: Talon($3. 99)
Alex Dobie — Folio
If you are among the growing numbers of Google android users uninstalling Facebook’s public apps, you might want to take a look at Folio. It’s a wrapper for Facebook’s mobile site with a bunch of neat features built at the top, like notifications for Facebook activity and messages via Messenger. It’s fully themeable, and comes with add-ons regarding Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr and Google+, in case you’re also not a fan of those official apps.
But the biggest difference is battery life. Folio is really a far cry from the bloated, battery-hungry monster that is the official Facebook (and Messenger) apps. Better still you can set the notification check interval to assist further manage your power consumption. So if you’ve get to the end of your patience along with Facebook’s own Android application, Folio is a really great free option that’s worth looking at.
Download: Folio (Free)
Toby Martonik — PackPoint
No matter how good you think you happen to be at getting packed for any trip, you’re bound to ignore something from time to time. And while you may use just about any method to make a list associated with necessary items for going on trips, having a dedicated packing app like PackPoint could be a good choice.
PackPoint starts off simply by asking you where you’re heading and for how long, and then asks you to select the different routines you expect to do while you’re out of town. It’ll then generate a packing list based on the weather at your destination (packing for weather is the best way to efficiently use bag space! ) and all of the other information it has. Sure you could start a list from scratch every time, but having several thought put in by the app itself to get you started is extremely helpful.
The auto-generated lists are a good starting point for most, but in order to get the most out of PackPoint you’ll want to drop $2. 99 on the premium version. You can create and edit packaging lists so you can have everything packed in one location, and you can even integrate your listings with TripIt and “mind keep”.
Download: PackPoint (Free, in-app purchases)
Jerry Hildenbrand — Blown Away
Since there is no app that turns your own phone into a little person with a backhoe that will get your car out of the snow, We went with a game this week. A really good game.
Blown Away is a simple platformer, but they have challenging and a load of fun. Work your way from east to west by tapping the screen within the spot you want to teleport in order to. You can only teleport whenever your battery is full, and you need to collect the remains of your home that was blown away in some apocalyptic weather event. Of course , there is a handful of sharp and spiky enemies that you can’t touch, as well as terrain obstacles and assorted other things that will you do not. It’s fun and the handles are perfect for touch.
You receive the first level and its 30 stages for free, while the complete game costs $2. 71 via an in-app purchase.
Download: Blown Away (Free, $2. 71 for more levels)