This was a very big week for premium games. So big that it was difficult to figure out which ones to play first. Not only were games on point, but many useful apps were launched and updated, too. We’ve got a list of apps and games for this weekend that we think you will be happy to check out.
In an unusual twist, this week, Amazon published a game to Apple’s App Store. This quirky little platformer has players on the hunt to find the truth about what’s really going on upstairs. As an intergalactic salesman and a retired combat drone team up and explore an expansive platform style world with plenty of puzzle solving fun. Switch between E, the intergalactic salesman, and CASI, the former combat drone as you use each of their special skills to get through obstacles. The game looks like it was made in Pixar Studios. This game is available for $6.99.
The popular online photo editor has finally made the jump to mobile. With this robust editing tool, users can get professional quality results with tools liketone curves, split-tone options, and chromatic shift. Use HSL channels to adjust the color of an image for brighter, richer results. The radial and gradient filters allow you to easy adjust effects in localized areas. There are dozens of preset effects, or you can create your own and save them for future editing. All of your edits are saved, so you can undo an unlimited number of times and even revert to the original image. This app is available for free.
Nearly everyone has built a pillow or blanket fort as a kid (and sometimes as grown-ups). But most people don’t build them quite as epically as you can in this physics-based game. Players use a vast array of objects in Grandpa’s attic to build the strongest fort possible. The fort is more than a sanctuary for restless children. It also serves as protection from an onslaught of attacking kitties. Why are the kitties attacking? Could it have anything to do with a long-forgotten journal? You’ll have to find out by playing. This game is available for $3.99.
If you’ve got an eye for design, you probably appreciate good typography. Now, you can add a wide variety of nice looking fonts to your photos to create unique and relevant images. This app features 3-D rendering, shadowing, and multicolor layering to give you more control over the look of your project. There is a wide array of fonts, shapes, and layout combinations with the ability to use layered fonts. If you have trouble coming up with your own ideas or images, chose from a collection of background photos and inspiring quotes to make it easier. This app is available for $2.99.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wanted to use a jetpack. I’m sure it is difficult to manage, but wouldn’t it be cool to shoot across the neighborhood up in the sky? In this game, jetpack flying is much harder than it might be, even in real life. Players control a brave adventurer as he flies upward and tries to land in specific ways or perform certain tricks. The crashing features ragdoll graphics just to remind you of how easy it is to crush your bones to dust if you make a mistake. The artwork is filled with childlike illustrations, making those ragdoll crashes a little easier to take. This game is available for $2.99.
Shoot by ProCam
Before the photo editing process begins, the act of taking a perfect picture must happen. Framing and context are hugely important, but there is a number of aspects of photography that make a perfect shot. This app helps facilitate great pictures every time by providing professional level tools for photography. Manually adjust exposure, shutter speed, ISO, focus, and white balance like you would on an SLR camera. Check the lighting levels via the live-streaming histogram. Get vibrant photos with a three-shot HDR feature. With this camera app, you won’t need anything else. This app is available for $0.99.
Icarus-X: Tides of Fire
You may never have thought you wanted to mix a vertical shoot-em-up arcade game with a permadeath roguelike, but when you think about it, it sounds pretty cool. That’s exactly what this game is about. Players blast their way through traditional space-themed arcade shooter action, picking up weapons. Work your way through minions to face level bosses that pack a powerful punch. Just don’t expect to keep your weapons when you die. Permadeath is permanent. This game is available for $2.99.
More apps you should check out
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- Super Mario clone returns to the App Store as ‘Pixel World!’
- FirstLetter review: a word game designed specifically for Apple Watch
- Summon dragons, smash strongholds and leave nothing but rubble behind in Gameloft’s Siegefall
- Comic book creator ‘Halftone 2′ goes free as Apple’s App of the Week
- Alto’s Adventure, Checkmark 2 and other Snowman apps are on sale right now in the App Store
These apps have been updated
- Swarm by Foursquare brings back mayorships
- Vimeo reworks iPhone video editing app Cameo so it’s easier to create cinematic videos
- Instagram for iPhone adds curated collections, trending tags and places, place search and more
- Google’s native Calendar app picks up 7-day week view, Drive integration and more
- IFTTT updates iOS apps with unlimited DO recipes, improved widgets and more
- Shazam updated with support for Apple Music
- iTunes U gains homework hand-in feature, one-to-one discussions, PDF annotations and more