Apps of the week

Some weekends, you have too much free time on your hands and want to fill the void with some form of mobile entertainment. Other times, you are so busy that you need an app that will help you get through everything faster.

No matter what this weekend looks like for you, we’ve got a list of apps and games we want you to check out. If you want to speed up or slow down, there is always an app for that.

Sift Lite

Sift

This companion email app lets you quickly sort through your email without any extra fluff. Simply swipe left to delete. Swipe right to add a star. Swipe up to mark as read. Swipe down to archive it. The only other action you can preform in this app is responding to an email. During set up, you’ll have to map your folders. You can have the app guess the folder names, but you may need to manually enter some of them, like for trash, spam, or archive. You can change the action of your swipe to customize what you can do in Sift, but it still keeps things simple. I love using it to quickly get rid of the dozens of promo emails I get every day. This app is available for free.

Emoji Stars

Emoji Stars

This song trivia social game adds a 21st little twist. Players create a riddle using nothing but emoji icons. For example, If you wanted to create an emoji riddle for the song, “Summer Love” you could use a sun and heart. You then send the riddle to a friend or random opponent for them to guess. When you guess a riddle correctly, you earn stars that are used to pay for hints and “bombs” which help you guess a riddle. It may sound silly, but this could be the next Words with Friends. This game is available for free.

Evil Genius Online

Evil Genius Online

Yes, the PC simulation game that turned players into world-dominating megalomaniacs has been updated for the 21st century and is now available directly on iPhone and iPad. Players build a secret lair, recruit minions and train them to be scientists, mercenaries, or martial artists. Order your minions to hack networks, steal plans, and perform other dastardly deeds. Join up with other Evil Geniuses to create a super network. Of course, since you are evil, you’ll also want to bribe them, steal from them, and force them to give you what you want. If you’ve been playing the game on Facebook, you can carry over your account to iOS. This game is available for free.

WiFi Priority

WiFi Priority

If you have logged into a number of different Wi-Fi networks in a particular location, you may find that your iPhone automatically connects to the top listed account, alphabetically. This handy little utility app lets you prioritize which network to connect to by allowing you to disable the auto-join function for specific networks. That way, you don’t have to forget a network if you think you may want to join it again someday in the future. If you wish to join a network you removed from the auto-join list, you can still do it manually. This app is available for $0.99.

Switch & Drop

Switch and Drop

Chillingo’s newest match-three game adds an interesting spin, or should I say Switch, to the genre. Players scroll colored tiles across a row until they match up with a color tile below. If there are three in a row, swipe down to mush them together and remove the match from the board. Similar to Tetris, rows drop from above and players must switch the color pattern before they hit the bottom. When a gap opens up, adjacent tiles that are higher up will hop into the whole, which is good for stacking, but bad for controlling color matching. This game is available for free.

Swap Heroes 2

Swap Heroes 2

In this retro inspired battle game, players start with a party of four with three up front for fighting and one in back for healing. Swap heroes in the front row to put a specific one in certain locations. Different heroes have different bonuses against enemies. To activate a hero’s special skill, swap him or her to the back row for one turn. When you swap the hero back to the front, the skill is activated. Players must defeat 24 enemies in order to continue to the next battle arena. You can switch out party members by choosing from eight different classes, each with a different skill. This game is available for $2.99.

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