The big news this week is that iOS 9 and WatchOS 2 got their fifth beta versions. While developers and beta testers are checking out all of the new features that the general public won’t get to use until the fall, the rest of us have to find some interesting new content to keep us occupied.
Whether you are looking for an old-school tabletop style game, or want to go on a virtual vacation, we’ve got a list of apps and games we think you should check out this weekend.
Loot & Legends
Tabletop role-play gaming has changed a lot over the decades. Games have gotten more complicated, snacks have gotten healthier, and players have started taking themselves way to seriously. This game takes it all back to the early days, when card game battles were only as awesome as your imagination made them. In this turn-based adventure, players attack each other on a game mat with their meticulously well-strategized deck and cardboard cutout tokens. Who is going to order the pizza? This game is available for free.
Maybe you’ve got the travel bug. But, maybe you don’t have the time or money to travel around the world. With this app, not only will you be able to see some of the most popular destination spots around the globe, but you will also be able to take virtual tours of art museums, city walks, and more. If you actually do get out and travel, this app can be used as an actual tour guide in some locations. For example, some museums include audio tours that you can download and listen to right in the app and are location-based using iBeacon technology. This app is available for free.
The next, and final, installment of the horror game about a whacked out teddy bear and his frightful friends is now available on iOS. In this terrifying tale, Freddy and his buddies have followed you home. As a child afraid of the dark, you must ward of any evildoers that find their way into your closet or out from under your bed. You might hear creaks and footsteps down the hall. All you have to do is shine a light on things to see that nothing is really as scary as you thought. Or is it? This game is available for $2.99.
Some of my most favorite productivity, fitness, and utilities apps feature the psychotic virtual personality, CARROT. Even when she is predicting the weather, she reminds you of how much she hates humans. In the Mac app, you will get 24-hour, seven-day forecasts for your current location, as well as any location you wish to see. When there is any kind of weather warning (like thunderstorms), Carrot will send you a notification on your desktop. If you have the iOS app, you’ll also get a notification on your iPhone and Apple Watch. Click the menu bar mini-window to see a quick rundown of the day’s weather and week’s predications. Use the time machine to see what the weather was like up to 60 years ago. This app is available on the Mac for $9.99.
The gods have spoken. If you wish to live a fruitful and happy life, you’ll have to do it in sharply pixelated mode. The sandbox game where you get to create the world in whatever image you like is back with a retro refresh. It is nearly the same in every way as the original, but with updated pixel graphics and a new 8-bit soundtrack. There are also new achievements, plenty of comedic quotes, and easy one-tap sandbox building gameplay so you can take your time creating your world instead of trying to figure out how to turn water into wine. This game is available for $3.99.
This is another Mac app we discovered recently that is sure to help you clean out your overwhelming stack of duplicate photos. This is from the same company that made PhotoSweeper and includes some of the same basic features, but is free. The most important feature is that you can scan your entire photo library and the program will flag images that are identical or very similar. Save the one you like the best and send the others to the trash, multiple items at once. You can search for duplicates on local storage, or allow the software to search in an external drive. This app is available for free.
Speaking of old-school tabletop RPGs. This funny little game features an adventuring party that started out as a group of friends sitting around a table, talking about dungeons and monsters. Suddenly, the group is transported into the world of Doom and Destiny where they must explore their new pixelated world in search of the ultimate bad guy. There are plenty of classes, customizable outfits, special powers, monsters, and more. The game is also online cross-platform so you can play with or against other players in a true adventuring party. This game is available for $0.99.
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