This week’s edition of our Apps of the Week roundup features a new minimal weather client, an app that tries to gamify productivity, and a distraction-free writing app. And as always, we’ve selected two great new games for you to check out.
Tired of weather apps that are crammed with ads, graphs and other non-useful information? Meet Thermometer X. It takes minimalism to the extreme, foregoing radar imagery and pollen count data for two simple pieces of information: the current temperature and humidity reading. Open the app and the real-time temperature for your current or chosen location is shown in a large bold font. You can choose between Celsius and Fahrenheit, there are a handful of themes, and the icon is beautiful. Check it out if you’re in the market for a basic, beautiful weather app. Thermometer X is available for $1.99.
Put your phone away and get focused with Donut Dog. Whenever you want to accomplish something, or simply cut down on your phone usage, simply launch the app and start the Donut Machine to help feed your dog, who just happens to be named Focus. You get donuts for every hour you don’t use your phone, which is good because Focus is one hungry pup. Features include achievements and streak bonuses, daily challenges and special rewards, unlockable content and much more. Yes, others have tried to gamify productivity. But this app is worth your consideration. Donut Dog is available for $0.99.
Writemator is based on the old WriteRoom app—the original distraction-free writing app—with new features, bug fixes and support for the latest versions of iOS. It’s a plaintext editor with dropbox sync—that means no formatting like bold or italic, no markdown, and no support for adding images or other content. The features are sparse, but well thought out, and it supports a wide range of tech including TextExpander, Split View and Drag and Drop, Touch ID/Face ID, and more. Honestly, even if you’re not in the market for a new note-taking app, this minimalism marvel is worth checking out. Writemator is available for $4.99.
In the year 2020, the world has become a nest for unknown hostile organisms (EBE.). No current weapons appear to make any impact on the EBE, leaving humans powerless and on the brink of extinction. However, there is one last hope for survival: the development of bio armor which fuses the EBE’s body tissue with metal to form Special Enhanced ANTI troops. With the power of the ANTI, humanity mounts a large-scale counteroffensive. Good luck, stay alive. Earth Wars is available for $3.99.
Introducing Tiles 2. In this puzzler, you have 3 seconds to memorize a numbered sequence of tiles laid out on the game board. When ready, tap the tiles in the correct order to complete a round. The difficulty will increase as the rounds progress, and you can earn rewards by completing challenges. It’s a very basic game, with a simple premise, but it’s worth checking out if you find yourself trying to kill some time this weekend. Tiles 2 is available for free.
More apps to check out
- Clips picks up Apple-designed label and poster for Chinese New Year, iPhone X fixes & more
- Amazon updates Kindle for iOS with iPhone X and 10.5″ iPad Pro support
- Swift Playgrounds 2.0 is here: subscriptions, new robots, content gallery & more
- Pixelmator Pro gains custom aspect ratios, crop presets & other improvements