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
Mapper for Safari [$0.99/£0.89]
If you’re a staunch Apple Maps user, then you’ll doubtless find it annoying when your Google searches send you to Google Maps. Mapper for Safari is a simple but effective fix for that. Once installed, any location-based links you click on from your Google searches will redirect to Apple’s in-built mapping solution. There’s really nothing more to say about Mapper – it’s a simple Safari extension with single purpose, but it’s one that’s going to save an awful lot of tiresome cutting and pasting for Apple Maps users.
Game of the Week
Petal Crash [$6.99/£5.99]
This week’s biggest game release is undoubtedly Pikmin Bloom, but allow us to point you in the direction of another cute flower-related game. Petal Crash is a match-three puzzler that nods back to the ’90s golden era of the genre – think cute anime characters, pixel art graphics, bright colors, and crushing chain reactions – but with an ingenious block-sliding puzzler mechanic at its core. This is also a meaty premium game with a host of modes, including a full campaign to play through.
App Store Classic
Calendars 5 [$29.99/£25.99]
Apple’s stock Calendar app has long been a solid, dependable app for organising your life, but it’s never been the most powerful or fully featured. We’ve covered a whole host of classic alternatives on these pages, and one of the mainstays has been Calendars 5 from Readdle. It’s less stylish than Apple’s app, but its enduring popularity comes down to its productivity focus, including an intuitive drag-and-drop event-focused interface, natural language input system, and tight conference call integration.