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Apps of the Week: three great apps from July 19, 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

WaterDo [$0.99/£0.99]

This charming to-do app aims to gamify the process of keeping organised. It does that by allowing you to create to-do bubbles, which can be ‘popped’ in a most satisfying way once you complete the tasks they contain. Completing tasks will also contribute to unlocking treasure chests, and there are a series of cute characters with their own mini-narratives to follow. That’s the fun bit, but WaterDo also covers the necessary productivity bases with a proper calendar feature for reminders and repeat tasks.


Game of the Week

Sky: Children of the Light [Free]

Sky: Children of the Light was first revealed two years ago at Apple’s iPhone X launch event, but it’s taken until now to get a full release. It’s a truly beautiful game, as you’d expect of any game that Apple chooses to showcase its new tech (in this case the 4K-ready Apple TV). But it’s also a thoroughly beguiling and surprisingly social 3D adventure from the developer of such ethereal console delights as Journey and Flower. This is a game to curl up with like a good book.

Sky: Children of the Light

App Store Classic

Nextdoor [Free]

If you’re tired of the oddly isolating effect of most social media, or the strong case of FOMO that Facebook in particular can engender, Nextdoor is the perfect antidote. It’s a hyper-local social platform that connects you with the people and events in your immediate vicinity. At login you’re encouraged to provide your real name, which helps engender trust and familiarity. Once in you can gain access to local services, hunt for or initiate private sales, locate a babysitter, check out local crime incidents, or just introduce yourself to your neighbours.