I don’t know what you guys have been up to, but I’ve spent all of my free time playing Radiation Island for the past week. I can’t get enough of that game. If you aren’t into the whole lovey-dovey holiday, or maybe don’t have anyone to spend Valentine’s Day with, you may need something else to occupy your time. We’ve got a list of apps and games we think will help get you through the weekend.
If you are tired of the same old 3-D view and hyper realistic graphics of today’s racing game, you are going to love the look of Cava Racing. This game uses a top-down view, but not with a stationary screen. Instead, the screen moves as you curve around the corners, avoiding obstacles. You are actually flying, not driving, but the aesthetic is the same. Players speed down a course using tilt controls, picking up items and avoiding others. Unlock new tracks by being the best racer in town. This game is available for $1.99.
Snap Save for Snapchat
By now, most of us have heard the story of the teen charged with murder after taking a “selfie” with a shooting victim and posting it to SnapChat. The police found out about the photo because the recipient saved the temporary image. How, you ask? With something similar to this utility app. This app lets you save all photos and videos that are normally supposed to disappear. You can save images without a screen shot notification alerting the sender to your behavior. It also acts as a third-party Snapchat client so you can view chats and stories, create Snaps using filters and stickers, and find nearby friends using SnapChat. This app is available for free.
Simple, yet powerful. Isn’t that what we all hope to achieve in practically everything we do? This app promises to make budgeting easier by helping you keep track of cash and organizes budget plans. It also analyzes your spending habits and lets you now where you will make the most impact by tightening the belt. You can set a budget for different categories, like entertainment or food, and set goals for long-term saving, like for that Apple Watch you are hoping to buy. This app is available for $2.99.
Auro: A Monster-Bumping Adventure
In this top down hexagonal turn-based game, players defeat enemies by shoving them off the edge of the path. Using spells and well planned tactics, players use a magical staff to bump monsters into the water. Move from one tile to another to get closer to enemies. Then, attack them by moving into their tile. Your character has unique spells that can push monsters more than one tile or can push multiple enemies at once. Plus, casting a spell doesn’t cost you any move points, so you can still get out of the way, or bump an enemy into the water if you plan it out properly. This game is available for $2.99.
It is hard to believe that Saturday Night Live is 40 years old. It has gone through many staff changes and had its ups and downs as far as content, but the sketch comedy show has survived. This app is packed with thousands of sketches dating all the way back to the first season. You can watch clips based on your favorite cast member, watch specific segments, and look for your favorite episodes. You can also watch exclusive content from the video vault, including sketches that were cut due to dime constraints. It also comes with an emoji keyboard, which I guess is the new hotness. This app is available for free.
This is another photo editing app that gives users more control over the final look of their pictures. The raw editing tools, adjustable filters, and cropping options give you the control you want. You can adjust the RGB for better tone, adjust the shadows, and fix the white balance using the Curves tool. Use and alter the included filters, or create your own that you can save and reuse again in the future. The square crop tool makes it possible for you to create the perfect Instagram photo before sending it to the social networking service. This app is available for free.
Keep track of your iPhone’s health with this handy utility app. You can monitor the battery consumption, memory, and storage of your device and learn the estimated amount of time you have until your battery drains. Check your network usage history, including upload and downloads for cellular and Wi-Fi. The systems checker will walk you through a few steps for checking your screen, speaker, mic, headphone, Home button, volume buttons, and more. The usage graph displays your device’s memory, CPU and network usage. This app is available for $2.99.
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