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Apps of the Week: three great apps from May 29, 2020

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

Halka [$1/£1]

Halka (the Bengali word for “lightweight”) is a journal app with a big difference: it doesn’t save any of your musings. That might sound like a rather terrible and even defective journal app, but it’s entirely deliberate. The idea is that you pour out your feelings completely uninhibited by the worry that they might be read by someone else (or even yourself) at a later date. You can view your thoughts just once before they disappear forever – along with some of your worries, presumably.


Game of the Week

ALTER: Between Two Worlds [$3/£3]

An intriguing top-down adventure-puzzler that sees you guiding a young woman through a mysterious fantasy world. Key to Ana’s progress is her ability to flip between two parallel worlds, which adds an extra dimension (quite literally) to the usual block-pushing and switch-flipping action. The vaguely Monument Valley-ish graphical style looks mighty stylish, which we’d expect from any game published by Crescent Moon Games, and there’s a nicely moody synth soundtrack accompanying it all.

ALTER: Between Two Worlds

App Store Classic

Discord [Free]

The current coronavirus lockdown has bred a lot of new gamers, with the likes of Animal Crossing and Call of Duty: Warzone providing the means for social interaction and escapism without the need to leave our homes. Those new to the hobby may not be aware of Discord, which is the go-to communication platform for gamers. Offering everything from cross-platform voice chat (which doesn’t have to end when the game does) to chat lobbies and message boards, it’s the ideal app download for those who really want to connect through the medium of gaming.