Apps of the week

Apple TV fans are finally about to get their mitts on the much-anticipated new Apple TVs. We’ve been waiting years for this one, and can’t wait to see what kinds of apps and games are coming to our big screen, no AirPlay required, even if Siri isn’t going to be of much help.

If you can’t wait to see what is coming to the big screen, and need some small-screen time to tide you over, we’ve got a list of apps and games we think you should check out. And, don’t worry, Siri is going to help you out on Apple TV someday.

Also see: The best apps and games for Apple TV

Five Card Quest

Five Card Quest

This battle RPG scratches that itch to go on an adventure. In it, you travel across a minimalistic landscape, searching for poor souls to rescue. Put together a party of five and head out on a randomly generated journey. When you come across evildoers, use the abilities available to you at the time (five cards at a time) to face your foes and turn them into piles of ash. What really makes this game stand out is the unique visual style. Characters are highly stylized and the cards you use to battle with are graphic delights. This game is available for $2.99.

Lean – Clean up your Live Photos

Lean

So, now that you iPhone 6s and 6s Plus owners have had your fun with Live Photos, you may have noticed just how much space they take up on your device. You don’t have to delete them in order to free up space, though. This app cleans up your Live Photo library by turning them into regular images. Then, you can delete a living image, saving only the best single part of it. It doesn’t destroy any of the original metadata, like creation date and location. But, it does allow you to free up some space on your iPhone for even more Live Photos. This app is available for free.

Object 17

Object 17

Fans of choice-based adventures are getting a real treat now that Apple Watch is out. Not only can you immerse yourself in text-based stories, deciding the outcome with your responses, but you can follow along on your wrist-worn device, as if someone from the other side is communicating with you. In this game, players must help Dan escape from somewhere he doesn’t remember going to. He is alone and you are the only person who can help. Be careful of the advice you give him. His life is in your hands. This game is available for $0.99.

Stash Invest

Stash Invest

As I get older, I think about dabbling in the stock market, but I’m intimidated by what is in front of me. What if I make a mistake and lose all of my money? How do I know when I’m making a sound investment? This app helps people that are new to the market. Investments can be made based on your interests and goals. You can spend as little as $5, so you don’t have to worry about losing the house. The company charges $1 per month for accounts with less than $5,000 and a quarter of one percent for accounts that go beyond $5,000. This app is available for free.

Evel Knievel

Evel Knievel

When I was a kid, Evel Knievel was still a hot shot. He was jumping fountains in Las Vegas and wowing kids with his flashy stunts. While he may not be as appealing to younger generations as he did to my friends and I, his legacy still lives on. One way to relive the exciting, spectacular, and downright stupid jumps of the most famous daredevil in history is to play this fun cycle game. Perform stunts at locations that Knievel actually jumped, try out 11 different motorcycles to see which one fits your style the best, and dress up in different USA-themed jumpsuits and helmets iconic to the legend himself. This game is available for $1.99.

Pipes News

Pipes News

With the massive amount of information that we attempt to digest every day, it’s no wonder we get our facts wrong sometimes. We are more informed than ever before, but still struggle with disseminating what’s important from what is fodder. This app creates a pipeline of news that is personalized to you. Get articles based on topics you select and get a quick summary of their most important points. For those really on the run, you can get your news “piped” to you through your Apple Watch, too. If your eyes are busy doing something else, check out the NewsList, where you can listen to the news instead. This app is available for free.

Lumino City

Lumino City

Every once in a while, a game comes along that simply blows your mind, whether it is the gameplay, or the look. In this case, it’s the gameplay. Every single frame, character, and background was actually built using real items before it was rendered in into a video game. Check out this documentary trailer to get an idea of just how much effort was put into building this game. It originally launched on Steam for PC and Mac, but has now been ported to the iPhone and iPad. It is a puzzle-based adventure game where players must solve intricate puzzles in order to move forward in the game. This game is available for $4.99.

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