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
Google Podcasts [Free]
Google was a bit slow on the uptake with the whole podcasting thing, but the official Google Podcasts app has finally rocked up on iOS. It offers a very clean experience, centered on three tabs. The home screen shows you all the podcasts you’re subscribed to, while the other two handle Explore and Activity functions. The key to Google Podcasts’ success, though, will be the quality of Google’s algorithmic recommendation system compared to its big-hitting rivals. It could be a contender, provided Google actually sticks at it.
Game of the Week
Bomb Chicken [$5/£5]
British developer Nitrome has established itself as a modern master of offbeat casual puzzlers, with a distinctively adorable art style and an astounding hit ratio. Bomb Chicken represents a rare premium game from the prolific studio, explained by the fact that it debuted on the Nintendo Switch a couple of years ago. It’s a colorful platform-puzzler starring a plump chicken who can lay a number of bombs, using them to climb to a higher level or to destroy obstacles and enemies.
App Store Classic
Hello Weather [Free]
At the time of writing Apple has just purchased Dark Sky, which is promising to seriously shake up the weather app market, not least because many of its direct rivals rely on the Dark Sky API. One app that doesn’t (at least not exclusively) is Hello Weather, which lets you pick alternative forecast data sets from AccuWeather, AerisWeather, The Weather Channel and the Weather Underground. It also looks and handles great, with an inviting and intuitive UI.