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
Live Link Face [Free]
Realistic CG facial animation used to be an expensive business, involving studio space, lycra suits, and sticking lots of little balls to actors’ faces. This free app from the developer of Fortnite utilizes ARKit to enable artists to capture facial animation using nothing more than an iPhone. This can then be imported directly into Unreal Engine (the programming engine behind many modern video games), and even live-streamed to followers. This could be huge for independent game developers and visual artists.
Game of the Week
Wave Redux [Free]
Described as the spiritual successor to twitchy minor iOS classic Wave Wave, Tom Janson’s Wave Redux takes the timeless auto-runner core and zig-zag aesthetic and applies a chilled-out spin. You’re still darting up and down through tight, jagged rat runs, but with a slightly more laid back pace. Unless you pick one of the hard modes, at which point the constantly rotating levels and tricky swipe controls might just see you coming unstuck.
App Store Classic
Airmail [$3/£3 per month]
When it arrives later in the year, iOS 14 is going to let you choose your own default email app. What better Apple Mail alternative than an app that won an Apple Design Award in 2017? Having started out life on Mac, Airmail gives you advanced filters, fast document previewing, PDF creation, the ability to send emails to your calendar as events, and much more. It’s also much cheaper than hot new email app contender Hey.