This week’s edition of our Apps of the Week roundup features a powerful a new social network for folks who like to play basketball, a unique to-do manager, and a dating app with an interesting twist. And as always, we’ve picked two great new games for you to check out.
Like to play basketball? Then you have to check out Fullcourt. This app connects you with local basketball players, games, courts and gyms. See things like peak times and real-time traffic at some 10,000+ courts throughout the United States, create games, add your friends and more. Other features include push notifications, zip code search, invites via text message, court player count, and ratings. Fullcourt is available for free.
Todotxt+ is a powerful client for managing tasks using just Plain Text, based on the todotxt.org format. Use simple rules to describe tasks, prioritize, categorize and annotate tasks with ease. And because it’s plain text, it’s ultra-portable – any computer in the world can understand it, and you are never locked into any service. Other features include metadata filter, multi-file importing, split-screen support, Spotlight indexing, and much more. Todotxt+ is available for free (with an IAP).
Here’s an interesting take on the now crowded, swipe-filled dating app space. Conversation is what matters most in Appetence. So as you talk to someone, and let the magic happen, your photos and similarities you share will gradually be revealed. The app uses a ‘Slow Matchmaking’ algorithm to pair you up with only people who shares your interests, ideas and view of life. As you talk to each person, you can distribute and collect likes and use them to reveal more of their profiles. I also like the UI design and that the app team says it constantly verifies profiles to avoid inactive and spam accounts. Appetence is available for free.
If you enjoy number puzzle games, you’re going to want to check out Nuzzle. It’s similar to Sudoku, but it’s a little more challenging. The goal is to align numbers from top to bottom and from left to right. There technically is no time restriction, but that does not mean the game will last forever. Share your top scores on social media and even challenge your friends. Nuzzle is available for $1 (with a single IAP to unlock a bigger board).
Blocky Beastmode Football
In honor of the NFL season kicking off this weekend, I thought I’d highlight Blocky Beastmode Football. As you’d expect, it’s a football game starring Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch. In it you must rush, maneuver, and drive your way through the defense in full “BEASTMODE” as Lynch. It’s an endless runner of sorts—think of it like Temple Run, but with a football theme. There are collectable characters and playing fields, retro-style arcade graphics, and you can compete with friends. Blocky Beastmode Football is available for free (with some IAPs).
More apps to check out
- WWDC app gains Handoff support, better Apple TV navigation & more
- Elk’s smart use of a Live Wallpaper tackles your biggest peeve with currency converters
- Popular Readdle apps are getting feature packed updates in time for iOS 11
- Apple’s free app of the week: Streaks Workout
- YouTube for iOS gains support for live streaming via Apple’s ReplayKit
- Pixelmator Pro with advanced machine learning features is coming this fall