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
Niantic Campfire [Free]
At a base level, Niantic Campfire answers a need that’s been present ever since the launch of Pokémon Go way back in 2016 – that of a social media app for coordinating raids and otherwise communicating with fellow players in your area. Niantic goes beyond that though, working across all of the company’s AR-driven games, and more generally serving as a location-first social network.
Game of the Week
SHI•RO: Midori [$1.99/£1.79]
This sequel to 2018’s highly regarded puzzler SHI•RO combines zen-like puzzle mechanics with a strong narrative and a beautiful Japanese lacquerware-like art style. Each abstract puzzle plays out on a green lacquer box with fine details such as rocks, maple trees and spirits. The soundtrack is suitably calming, with the sound of wooden sticks, cracking twigs and swirling seeds joining with Japanese drums to evoke a suitably zen-like ambiance.
App Store Classic
Proton Mail [Free]
Proton Mail has been on the App Store for years, but its true value has never been more apparent than today. It’s an email app that places an emphasis on security, with full end-to-end encryption that’s offered free and without ads. Signing up to a premium tier simply gives you added benefits like cloud storage. Version 4.0 landed recently, adding a refreshed design that brings the app in line with other leading email apps.