Apps of the week

If someone told me that I wouldn’t be able to use my iPhone and iPad for a whole week, I might fall apart. It’s not that I need to stay connected to friends and family (although I do care about their well-being). The real problem is that I am a little bit addicted to finding new apps and games to check out.

Because I love testing new apps and games so much, it makes it easier for you to decide what to pick up. If you are looking for a fun title to pass the time, or maybe need to organize all of your Dropobox pictures, we’ve got a list of apps and games you may like this weekend…

RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile

RollerCoaster Tycoon 4

I have this friend who is a roller coaster enthusiast. He first got me involved with the RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise about a decade ago. Players get to run their own amusement park. I love the game, but honestly, I’d rather ride the rides than worry about whether there are enough bathrooms in the par. This fourth installment of the franchise lets you create and share the wildest rides in the wilderness. There are 20 pre-designed coasters, more than 50 attractions and restaurants, and the ability to unlock new materials to make your rides better than ever. This game is available for $2.99.

Trials Frontier

Trials Frontier

Fans of the motorcycle mayhem that Trials offers will be happy to know that this side-scrolling platformer will have you on the edge of your seat as you perform stunts like a pro. This mobile exclusive game puts you out on in the wild with 10 different environments and more than 70 new tracks. Rise in ranks to become the best racer on the physics-based stunt courses. Unlock nine different bikes in three tiers and upgrade your ride with better equipment. Compete against others through ghost racing. No need to be online to compete. This game is available for free.

Fighting Fantasy Starship Traveller

FFG Starship Traveller

Steve Jackson is back with an all-new adventure. This one is set in the Seltsian Void in a science fiction universe on the other end of a black hole. As the captain of the Starship Traveller, you must try to find a way back to Earth in this choose-your-adventure gamebook game. You can customize your flight crew with different stats and names, rotate members before going into battle to build a strategy against enemies, and pick the cream of the crop for your away missions. Unlock achievements throughout the story and track your stats with the in-game character sheet. This game is available for $5.99.

Power Grounds

Power Grounds

Ever since Apple launched iOS 7, it seems like more and more games are using the flat graphics design. Sometimes, games you never would have imagined to work well as minimalist titles will surprise you with their interesting mix of shapes and mechanics. This game takes the minimalistic approach and uses it on a rogue-like dungeon crawl adventure. Tap a square to find out if you’ve gained power, health, loot, or attack. Pick up weapons along your adventure to help you escape from dungeon dwellers. This game is available for $0.99.

Morning – Weather, To-Do, News, and More


I’m a big fan of this graphic designer favorite dashboard display, Morning. It makes my iPad look great when I’m sitting at my desk. If I actually had coworkers walking past my office, I just know they’d ask about it. This app was just updated this week to support iPhone and iPod devices. Now, you can get a great looking peak at the weather, your reminders, the day’s stock, your RSS feed, and even a customized countdown. The app has been completely redesigned for the iPhone so it makes use of the smaller landscape in the best possible way. This app is available for $3.99.

Carousel by Dropbox


For a while now, Dropbox has included a feature that allows you to automatically store your photos to the cloud service by enabling the Dropbox Camera Import settings. With it, you can sync pictures that you take automatically when your phone is connected to your computer. Apparently, the feature is so popular that the cloud storage service needed to make a separate app for that. This new app lets you store and manage images and videos using albums and events. It also automatically backs up your photos the moment you take them in full resolution, so even if your phone gets stolen right out of your hands, you can be sure that picture you took at the park will be safely stored in the cloud. This app is available for free.



Remember when your mom found out what your girlfriend was like by doing a Google search on her? If you are even older, you may recall that the best way to find out someone’s history was to be or know a detective. Well, those days are over. Now, you can find out practically everything there is to know about a person before you even meet them. All you need is their name and the app will link you to their Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and more. Plus, the app includes features to let you follow with people you’ve met with notes to help jog your memory about who they are. This app is available for free.

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  • Jamessmooth

    “If you are even older, you may recall that the best way to find out someone’s history was to be or know a detective.” Hahaha. Great list this week Lori!

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    RCT is a Premium Freemium game 🙁

  • Christopher

    I played the hell outta roller coaster tycoon back in the day lol

  • Saturn

    The Wolf Among Us Episode 3?

  • R4

    RCT wasn’t anywhere near as good as the PC version. You can technically enjoy the game without spending the money if you’re really patient. Alas I’m not so I went on ifile and hacked it.

    • XboxOne

      How you hack it using iFile?

      • R4

        Can’t remember exactly where it sorry. Just dig around in the app folder for stuff you can open on text editor. Then just search for you current cash or tickets within that file and change the value.

      • Hi

        If you edit your current cash or tickets within that file(s), there will nothing happen, because the game quests your profile online.. But you can edit the values for missions in the preference file

      • R4

        Yes it does save your profile online but it also uploads your files every time you open the app from your device.

      • Hi

        Hm..but how did you edit the tickets?
        Btw editting the price of map-expanding works for me. Editting the Build time for something -> doesnt work for me, because ifile crashes when I tap on the Text..

  • CS

    I miss Roller coaster tycoon 🙁 . I would definitely get it on the iPad, but I’m sure it takes 20 minutes just to complete the tutorial part, then prompts you with ads and spending more $$$!

  • R4

    Refresh isn’t on the UK AppStore

  • AnArcticMonkey

    How did Rollercoaster Tycoon make this list…it’s such a disgusting money grab it’s not even funny. Even if it was free I would not spend time on it considering the time limits and required “coin collecting”. Thanks Atari for ruining a classic game, charge me $10 if you want or make it freemium with a paid option, but don’t make a paid game require IAP to actually enjoy the game.

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  • DMaxwelllter

    Add me guys on Rollercoaster Tycoon so we can be frineds: T6FLCC

    • Silvio

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