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Apps of the Week: three great apps from October 11, 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

Hipstamatic X [Free]

Hipstamatic was one of the first hot photo filter apps on the App Store, and to celebrate 10 years in the game it’s launched this new effort. Hipstamatic X is a tribute to the analogue film era, presenting a range of classic camera filters for you to tinker with. From the charming intro that plays out like a classic video game tutorial to the lovingly distinct camera skins, it’s clear that this is an app with genuine pedigree. There’s a subscription to unlock everything, but you get a decent amount for free.

Hipstamatic X

Game of the Week

Krystopia: A Puzzle Journey [$3/£3 for all chapters]

We’re getting major The Room vibes from Krystopia: A Puzzle Journey, with perhaps a pinch of The Witness stirred in for good measure. That can only be a good thing. Like The Room you’re essentially panning around a 3D environment, interacting with chunky interconnected locked-box puzzles. Where Krystopia really appears to differ, however, is in its bright, bold sci-fi setting and traditional narrative. You can play the first chapter for free, so give it a whirl.


App Store Classic

Downcast [$3/£3]

Downcast is widely held to be one of the best podcast apps out there, with a powerful set of features that let you personalize your listening experience. You can set how often Downcast checks for new episodes, export podcasts to the cloud storage service of your choice, and start podcasts some way in (to avoid ads or regular housekeeping sections). There’s also a neat gestural control system that lets you navigate without looking at your phone.