Thousands of apps and games are added to the App Store each week, and trawling through them to find the good ones can be difficult. That’s where we come in! We’ve found two new titles in particular that we think are worthy of your attention, as well as a golden oldie that we reckon deserves another mention.
App of the Week
(Not Boring) Weather [$14.99/£14.49 per year]
(Not Boring) Weather isn’t the first app to try and liven up the mundane task of checking for the likelihood of rain – CARROT Weather achieved that six years ago. But it does take an interesting approach, essentially gamifying the process with interactive elements, pleasing animations, and tactile haptic feedback. Scrubbing along the time bar to see how the day is going to pan out feels really satisfying here. While there’s a yearly charge, your payment also grants access to similarly gamified timer and calculator apps.
Game of the Week
Blind Drive [$4/£4]
Blind Drive belongs to a rather exclusive club of iOS games that hinge almost entirely on audio rather than visual feedback. In this stylish action game oddity you must learn to drive blindfolded, responding to the directional sounds of the traffic around you as you tap to steer. It’s very much like an endless runner, but with absolutely none of the usual visual cues, aside from a simple heads-up display showing your progress and remaining lives.
App Store Classic
Marco Polo [Free]
Marco Polo has been around for years, but now could be the perfect time to give it a go as many of us seek more personal ways to communicate remotely. It’s essentially a messaging app that replaces typed text with short form video. Or, to put it another way, it’s like a ‘video walkie talkie’. You record yourself giving a (hopefully) succinct comment, then send it for the other person or people to absorb and respond at their leisure. It’s completely free, with no ads.