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Audio journalism, co-op puzzling, interest tracking, and VR theater
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, plus a favorite from the archives and a special treat for the Brits among you.
App of the Week
No time to read all the interesting long-form journalism in the papers? Maybe you should listen to them instead! Curio is a unique app that sits somewhere between news aggregator and podcast client. Subscribers can access an unlimited stream of short (~10 mins) audio recordings of professional voice actors reading the best new features from a range of sources, including The Financial Times, The Guardian, Aeon, The Washington Post, and the Economist. If you’re on the fence about subscribing, new users can listen to ten tracks completely free to test the waters.
Game of the Week
Tick Tock: A Tale For Two [$3/£3]
Like puzzle games, escape rooms, and friendly cooperation? This is the game for you. Designed to be played on two devices and with cross-platform compatibility, you and your friend are each trapped in two mystical worlds inspired by Scandinavian folklore. You must solve increasingly complex puzzles to escape, but cooperation and communication are key: neither of you can see the full picture so going solo isn’t an option! It’s a great concept, but bear in mind you and a friend will both need to pay for a copy of the game in order to play it.
App Store Classic
Apollo for Reddit [Free]
Reddit allows users to subscribe to ‘subreddits’ of constantly changing content covering their favorite topics. Everything is covered here, no matter how niche your interests. Anyone can submit posts, with a smart upvote system ensuring the best submissions rise to the top for easy discovery. But the Reddit website isn’t well optimized for mobile, and the official app leaves a lot to be desired. In contrast, Apollo offers an impressive collection of powerful features that make discovery, navigation, posting, and commenting as easy as pie. Start with /r/iOS for useful tips and Q&As!
This bonus is just for our friends in the UK, but will hopefully expand to other regions in due course.
LIVR is the world’s first on-demand virtual reality content platform for theatre and the performing arts. That means the app, combined with a VR headset for your iPhone (delivered free to LIVR subscribers), provides the ability to watch live performances of shows in virtual reality from the comfort of your own home. Get your own front seat tickets to shows that you missed, or that aren’t coming to your town, and experience them in fully immersive 360° virtual reality. A basic subscription costs £6/month and grants access to a growing library of shows.