Since 2009, foodies have coveted Foursquare as the best way to find and share favorite haunts. But earlier this year the company boldly evicted the second half of that equation, putting rival Yelp squarely on notice in the process.
This week's edition of the New App Recap is really bringing our A-game: There's not a single update in the batch! Readers will have plenty to choose from for the holidays, whether you want to make a personalized Santa video for the kids, conjure up a fun custom video with music, send someone a surprise, message more intimately, or have full control over your PDF files. We're in the ho-ho-holiday spirit, so here are eight apps to help get you in the same mood!
Productivity apps tend to be too rigid about scheduling events — a problem Timeful deftly manages to overcome. In addition to events and to-do items, this free iPhone app also encourages good habits, gently helping users find time for personal goals like exercise. The app does this by proactively protecting pockets of time in your day, even on shared calendars.
A rendezvous in Paris. A pause in Bucharest. An incident in Astrakhan. 80 Days challenges you to beat the famous record set by Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in 80 Days. The difference here, however, is that this is a steampunk alternate historical setting, and one that mixes strategy and adventure to create one of the most fascinating experiences on iOS.
Great puzzle games have a simple hook, and in Rules! that hook is, unsurprisingly, that you need to follow the rules. From this simplicity emerges total chaos, as you struggle desperately to remember all of the rules that the game keeps fiendishly adding to the process. Rules! is a game of memory and speed. It's totally entrancing, and it'll soon have you both frustrated and entertained in equal measure – at exactly the same time.
Gmail users can be a finicky bunch that fears the slightest little change to their beloved mobile apps, but the creators of Google’s email service have come up with a bold new solution the search giant promises will be “the inbox that works for you.” Does Inbox do the job?
Space Age is an earnest game that wears its heart on its sleeve and keeps its tongue in its cheek, charting humanity’s first — give or take one — visit to an alien planet. It’s a tale largely told in dialog and wry comments, from the characters’ constant banter to moments where the current objective window admits it has no idea what’s going on. It’s at its best in these bits, with the dialogue neatly timed to build amusing character without rambling on too much.
For years Apple fans have clamored for Nintendo to bring its catalog of vintage games to iOS, and though that’s not likely to happen anytime soon, the arrival of Shovel Knight on Mac might be the next-best thing. Clearly inspired by the games of yesteryear, Shovel Knight feels like a lost classic from Nintendo’s 8-bit glory days in the best ways possible.
Fresh from successful and well-produced iOS ports of Gemini Rue and The Shivah, point-and-click adventure maker Wadjet Eye Games has shifted its gaze to the Blackwell series that made the company’s name. Once again it does not disappoint. These are smart, witty, thoughtful tales of ghostly intrigue, and each is better than the last.
Austria’s Sonico has had a rich history of creating slick mobile productivity apps since the dawn of the App Store, but has steered clear of the desktop until now. iTranslate for Mac takes everything users love about the classic iOS version and drops it onto the OS X menu bar. Featuring more than 80 different languages, the Mac App Store edition can open automatically at boot-up, ready to be summoned via a mouse click or a user-defined keyboard shortcut.