This week’s edition of our Apps of the Week roundup includes a coloring book featuring your favorite Marvel characters, a photo editor that can draw you, an app that can help you achieve your goals, and two new games for you to check out.
Marvel: Color Your Own
Folks who like coloring, Marvel comics, or both, should check out Marvel: Color Your Own. It features over 200 exciting coloring pages from top franchises such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Civil War, Doctor Strange, Age of Ultron and more. Other options include support for Apple Pencil, 37 color palettes and 8 fill effects. There is a paid subscription service that is fairly pricey ($2.99 per week), that gives you access to extra pages and coloring tools, but you should still get plenty of coloring time with the free version. Marvel: Color Your Own is available for free.
Olli instantly turns your everyday moments into hand-drawn arts and animations. Watch everything around you turn into a movie in real-time with Olli’s live preview feature. Save your drawings and animations and share them on your social network of choice. Other features include 6 pre-set styles, support for Apple’s Live Photos, and patented tech that mimics the way real artists draw. Olli is available for $2.99 (with some IAPs).
Boost is a simple app that uses social, financial stakes, and data to help you follow through and accomplish your goals. How does it work? First you choose an activity to create a goal and set your target, deadline and the money you want to put at stake. Then just start working towards that goal and track your activity. If you reach your goal before the deadline, you get your money back, and if you don’t…you really lose your money. It goes to Boost, although the developers say they donate a significant amount of it. That’s likely a deal-breaker for some, but the technique—referred to as “loss aversion”—has been proven to work. Boost is available for free.
Office Space: Idle Profits
Uh oh. Looks like someone has a case of the Mondays. That’s right, the Office Space gang is back in the form of tiny video game characters. Team up with Peter, Samir, Michael to install a virus in the company’s mainframe that will siphon undetectable pennies out of each department and place it in your own retirement account—basically the same plot as the movie. If you’re successful, you and your friends will be rich! Yes this is a freemium title with tons of IAPs, but the movie’s cult following combined with addictive gameplay suggests a lot of folks will have fun with this. Office Space: Idle Profits is available for free.
Penarium is a pixelated platformer set in a sinister circus arena, where contestants, much like Gladiators of old, are forced to entertain a sadistic crowd. In this frantic 2D arena arcade game, you take on the role of quirky antihero Willy who, to survive, is forced to run, jump and avoid an array of killer death-traps. Succeed and Willy will become the Champion of Penarium. Fail and he will die in a most horrendous way, much to the delight of the baying crowd. Sound ridiculous? Early reviews of the game are fairly positive. Penarium is available for $1.99.