The week after WWDC we decided to shake things up a bit. As expected, it was a huge week in Apple world, but a bit of a downer when it came to new app releases. So instead of bringing you a list of not-quite-up-to-the-mark apps, we decided to think different (ha?).
So this week, we picked some of our personal favorite apps. Apps that we’ve used for months, years. Apps that have been on our homescreens and yet, they might be new to you. No, it’s not the usual Facebook, Instagram, Tweetbot kind of list.
1. App Store’s Free App of the Week: Slayin
Slayin is a console style, pixelated, endless RPG. Yes, it’s basically a mixture of several different gaming genres but hey, it works. It’s simple, choose a hero, start the game, move forward, slay monsters, level up. And keep doing this for eternity. Good luck.
2. TechPP’s Game of the Week: Threes
Threes is one of my all time favorite games and I’m glad it’s gone free. Because now you don’t have an excuse to check it out. You’re probably already played Threes. You know about 2048? Yeah, that was “inspired” by Threes. Threes is a puzzle game where you move the blocks around to add to the number three and the multiples there of. It has great music, cute voice over and is totally worth it.
Elevate is a beautiful brain training app. You spend a couple of minutes every day solving puzzles, playing word games and other quirky, science-backed games that will ultimately leave you a smarter human being. The free app only gives you access to a limited type of games every day. You can get unlimited access for $4.99/month.
FitStar is pretty much like Elevate but for your body. It’s the app I use when I find the courage to do something about my weight – which is sadly, not that often. But let’s just say it’s not the app’s fault. The app will give you limited workouts a week for free, plus lots of free style workouts (they’re fun). You can unlock everything for $8 a month. Might sound a bit too much for a fitness app but it’s really cheap if you think of FitStar as your personal trainer, which it kind of is.
Audible is expensive, Scribd is great for listening to contemporary audiobooks. The app simply named Audiobooks gives you access to classic books that are in the public domain and have been converted to audiobooks by volunteers at Librivox. The app also has professional grade collection of audiobooks that you can pay for.
6. Desert Golfing
Desert Golfing is my favorite time killing game. It’s really simple, and unlike any golfing app out there. It’s in a desert, plus every screen is one level. When you’re done with one, you move on. The app has an unlimited number of them. Yes, the game has algorithmically generated levels so it will never be over. You can pass this game on to your grand kids, if the iPhone works till then. All of that for just $1.99. I’ve been playing this game for around 6 months now and I’m on level 1938.
Workflow is an app that sticks out on this list because on the surface it looks like a geek’s app, but it’s not just that. Workflow is an automation app for iOS devices. But you don’t need to actually create workflows, there are great workflows ready for you in the app itself. Plus, there’s a community that’s building and sharing their workflows. Using Workflow you can add a downloader to Safari, append items to an Evernote note, call an Uber, create a GIF from images and a lot more. Workflow is a really fun app. If the premise of automation on your iOS device excites you, give it a whirl.
I love small utilities that solve equally small problems. I love tweeting articles along with their header images (usually my own articles, but sometimes others too) and TwitShot lets me do this easily on iOS. On desktop, I use their Chrome extension.
Tally 2 is another such utility. Tally is the digital equivalent of those tally marks you used to make when you were little. It’s an app where you keep a count of stuff. It can be what you’re working on that day or a project that’s spanning years. Just give it a name, and tap the + or – icon for increasing/decreasing the tally. The app also has a Notification Center widget that makes this really easy.
If you’re the kind of person who subscribes to RSS feeds to actually read articles, Unread is for you. It’s a minimal and beautiful RSS reader.. and that’s it. There are iPhone and iPad apps. Both are free to start but once you’ve read 50 articles, you can only read a limited amount of articles each day. You can pay $3.99 to unlock the whole app. I think if you’re on your iPhone and just scanning the RSS feeds to read news or just the headlines, Reeder is a much better app. But when it comes to laid-back reading time, you can’t beat Unread for iPad.
App Deals for Monday, June 15th
– Saver 2 ($4.99 -> Free)
– Layered ($1.99 -> Free)