This week’s edition of our Apps of the Week roundup features a new app for capturing reactions to photos and videos, a new, lightweight podcast client and an app for tracking storms around the globe. And as always, we’ve selected two great new games for you to check out.


Here is an interesting app concept: capture the recipient’s reaction when you send them a cute photo or funny video. That’s essentially what Riddle is. So instead of replying with a bunch of crying-laughing emoji to a funny clip, the person who sent you the video can actually see you crying-laughing. Now I know this isn’t going to be for everyone—it takes all of the anonymity/stealthiness out of texting—and it’s a bummer you and your friends/family have to join a new network to experience this. But again I am intrigued by the idea of seeing genuine reactions to messages, and felt this app was worth checking out. Riddle is available for free.


Podcast apps aren’t one of those things you change very often. Folks typically find one they like and stick with it. But, for those of you who are new to the podcast world, or looking for a change, ‘sodes seems worth checking out. The app bills itself as a “casual, cozy way to listen to the occasional podcast.” There are no download queues or tricked out audio features, and no accounts to worry about. Everything happens on your device. Simply tap an episode and it starts playing. The UI looks great, with large, tappable buttons and there are multiple color themes to choose from. ‘sodes is available for $2.99.


Do you love storms? Then you’ll love this app. Thunderly. It features a photorealistic globe that shows real-time lightning all around the world. The globe shows accurate day and night cycles, real-time clouds and precipitation, and you can view lightning history for the last hour. You can zoom in and out, and even stream lightning from the other side of the world using your device’s camera flash. Finally, the developers say there is an Easter egg that allows you to see real-time aurora. Thunderly is available for free.

Rogue Hearts

Rogue Hearts is a modern reinterpretation of the rogue-like dungeon crawler genre. You will need a strategy with self-judgement and control, a necessity in SRPG and tactical games, to break through challenges and trials by controlling the character directly. Features include vast regions with diverse themes and randomly generated dungeons, optimized and intuitive controls, boss monsters, and more. Rogue Hearts is available for $0.99 (with some IAPs).

Glitch Dash

Glitch Dash is an endless runner in witch you must doge your way past hammers, axes, geometric obstacles and lasers to get the high score. The abstract world is beautiful, the obstacles are extremely challenging, and the gameplay is intense. Other features include funky graphics, epic beat driven gameplay to music, and the ability to score a perfect run for ultimate bragging rights. Glitch Dash is available for free (with some IAPs).

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