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More from the App Store – great apps you might have missed [29 Jan 2021]

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.

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App of the Week

Essayist [$5/£5 per month]

With a lot of education going online, students are having to become more self sufficient and organized than ever before. Essayist is a new app that could help with the particularly bothersome process of essay writing. It’s a self-proclaimed ‘Academic Writing App’ that helps you format your assignments properly according to templates from top educational institutions. It also helps with things like citations and references, leaving you to concentrate on the point(s) that you’re trying to make.


Game of the Week

The Pillar [$5/£5]

If you like The Witness – and if you don’t, what’s wrong with you? – then The Pillar will seem very familiar. It’s a vibrant, mysterious first person puzzler that owes a debt of gratitude to Jonathan Blow’s puzzle masterpiece. The style of the puzzles and even the general aesthetic is lifted straight from the Witness. But this is a much more linear affair, however, which arguably makes it better suited to mobile play. Rather than getting lost trekking across an island, here you only have to worry about solving the next abstract challenge.

The Pillar

App Store Classic

Robinhood [Free]

Robinhood has been in the news of late for its use in the online stock war between a loose affiliation of Reddit users and irate Wall Street hedge fund managers. Underneath the controversy, Robinhood is a financial services company that provides an app to help make investing in stocks, options and funds more accessible. You can also buy and sell crypto currency commission-free through the app. And if all that went over your head, well, Robinhood also claims to help you to understand the financial market lingo.