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Apps of the Week: three great apps from August 16, 2019

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

InstaVHS [Free, Full access $3/£3]

InstaVHS lets you shoot live video and photos that look like they’re being spooled off an old school camcorder. There are five convincing VHS effects to apply, as well a pair of sliders that alter the letterbox effect and the severity of the distortion. You can also import photos and videos to apply these retro VHS effects after the fact. If you want to shoot video (or an Instagram-friendly still) like it’s 1985, InstaVHS could be the perfect solution.


Game of the Week

SNIKS [$3/£3]

New from the developer behind the wonderful Glitchskier, SNIKS is a gentle but deceptively fiendish block-sliding puzzler that has you dragging around colored worms to gobble up fruit. As always with such block-sliding games, it’s all about shuffling several playing pieces around a playing field that’s only just big enough to fit them all in. It would probably turn your brain to a fruity pulp if it wasn’t all so darned cute.


App Store Classic

GIPHY [Free]

Many of us enjoy the seamless process of searching for and adding GIFs to our iMessage threads. But Apple’s implementation trailed that of GIPHY’s by several years – and in a far more limited fashion at that. With GIPHY, it’s possible to trawl a vast library of animated snippets using naturalistic search terms and then add them to pretty much any messaging service. You can also browse the latest trending GIFs, so you can make sure your GIF game is on point.