The best iMessage games

By Steffen Reich on Feb 21, 2017

When Apple took the wraps off the iMessage App Store last year, it quickly became evident that the messaging service would become the next playground for some weird and wonderful applications. Since then, developers have largely graced us with conventional stickers and app extensions, despite another under-represented category increasingly showing promise: iMessage games.

Almost half a year after opening the gate, it seems a good time to take stock of the games playable through Apple’s messenger and hand-pick the ones not only most captivating but also smartest at circumnavigating the limitations of iMessage. If you fancy the thought of challenging a friend to a duel on iMessage but don’t want to waste anyone’s time trialling potential duds, read on to find out about the current top performers on the iMessage App Store.

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Apple’s free app of the week: Green Riding Hood

By Cody Lee on Feb 16, 2017

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the app Green Riding Hood. This means that for the next 7 days, you’ll be able to pick up this popular title for free on both iPhone and iPad—a nice savings of $3.

Green Riding Hood is an interactive storybook aimed at helping children develop healthy habits. It’s chock-full of beautiful graphics, fun-to-play mini games, and amusing storyline that puts a modern twist on the classic fairytale. Read More

 

Remember AppGratis? It shut down today.

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 15, 2017

After seven years and more than fifty million installs globally, the app discovery service AppGratis announced it’s shutting down today. Founded in 2010 by French engineer Simon Dawlat, AppGratis curators found and recommended apps that were featured to download for free or at a significantly reduced price.

As some of you will recall, Apple in a controversial move nuked the app from orbit back in April 2013 over a violation of App Store rules regarding third-party app promotion and marketing. After it was dumped from App Store, AppGratis launched an Android version of the app. Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: Chameleon Run

By Cody Lee on Feb 9, 2017

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Chameleon Run. This means that for the next 7 days, you’ll be able to grab the popular autorunner for free on both iPhone and iPad—a solid savings of $2.

For those unfamiliar with the title, Chameleon Run is a unique, fast-paced runner with a colorful twist. Players must jump and run through expertly crafted levels, all while making sure their color matches that of the platform. Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: Roofbot: Puzzler On The Roof

By Cody Lee on Feb 2, 2017

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Roofbot: Puzzler On The Roof. This means that for the next 7 days, you can download this popular puzzler for free on both iPhone and iPad—a solid savings of $3.

In Puzzler On The Roof, players are tasked with guiding Roofie through gorgeous rooftops to try and get the right color energy balls into their proper slots to solve the puzzle. But beware, the architecture can change at a moment’s notice. Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: WaterMinder

By Cody Lee on Jan 26, 2017

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the app WaterMinder. This means that for the next 7 days, you’ll be able to pick up the popular hydration tracker for free on both iPhone and iPad—a nice savings of $3.

For those unfamiliar with the title, WaterMinder reminds you to drink water and helps you track your intake. Based on your body weight, the app suggests how much water you should drink on a daily basis, and helps you hit that mark. Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: Angry Birds Space

By Cody Lee on Jan 19, 2017

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Angry Birds Space. This means that for the next 7 days you can pick up the popular title for free on both iPhone and iPad—saving yourself $4.

If you’ve ever played an Angry Birds game, this one shouldn’t need much explanation. It’s the same general idea, except with Space you’ll enjoy 300+ interstellar levels, new characters, gravity trick shots, and much more. Read More

 

Want podcasts on your Apple Watch? There’s finally an app for that

By Steffen Reich on Jan 16, 2017

The ability to store and play podcasts on Apple Watch is one of many features advocated for regarding future watchOS updates, but so far it has fallen on deaf ears at Apple. With the cries for podcasts on Watch slowly reaching fever pitch, developers have taken matters into their own hands and released a fully functional podcast app that enables the transfer of your favorite subscriptions from iPhone to Apple Watch.

The app goes by the name WatchPlayer and (while moody at times) gives a solid account of itself, effectively beating Apple to the punch in the podcast race. Find out below how the data transfer is realized, where it trumps Apple’s stock apps and what areas of WatchPlayer could do with some attention. Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: Busy Shapes

By Cody Lee on Jan 12, 2017

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Busy Shapes. This means that for the next seven days you can download the hit interactive title for free for both iPhone and iPad—a solid savings of $3.

Busy Shapes is an award-winning children’s app that helps kids of all ages improve their ability to handle simple objects through a series of puzzles. It’s a digital playground of sorts, chock full of positive guidance and motivation. Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: Lifeline: Whiteout

By Cody Lee on Jan 5, 2017

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Lifeline: Whiteout. This means that for the next 7 days, you’ll be able to pick up the popular interactive adventure title for free—a solid savings of $2.

In Lifeline: Whiteout, you must help guide a lost adventurer to safety and aid him in finding his identity in what turns out to be a gripping story of survival. Each decision you make has a profound impact—you shape the story. Read More

 
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