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
Wide Awake Pip [$2/£2]
A beautiful-looking interactive narrative app that attempts to match the kind of artistry that can be found in abundance within the physical children’s book space. Follow Pip the squirrel on an early morning adventure that incorporates mini puzzles, games and creative activities – all with an educational theme. This app encourages speech, storytelling, and hand-eye coordination in very young kids, and was borne from one dad’s desire to create the “digital equivalent of a children’s storybook” to play with his family.
Game of the Week
We’re suckers for arty, surreal puzzlers that resist spelling things out for you, and Arrog looks like it fits the bill to abstract perfection. Featuring a glorious monochrome art style that has the appearance of having been drawn and animated by hand, Arrog takes you on a mind-bending journey through Latin American folklore one bizarre puzzle at a time. Early reports suggest that the run time is extremely brief on this one, but what’s there promises to be memorable.
App Store Classic
Voice Dream Reader [$15/£15]
Dictation is going to play a big part in iOS 14, with the ability to convert the spoken word to text tightly integrated. Voice Dream Reader works the other way, taking your text and reading it out loud to you. Whether it’s an ebook, a web page, or an article, Voice Dream Reader will convert reams of text into natural-sounding speech. Great for those with reading difficulties, as well as those who are pressed for time.