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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
Moleskine Journey [$29.99/£22.49 per year]
Moleskine describes its latest effort as part productivity tool, part wellness tracking app. It’s intended to help creatives and professionals set and reach their daily goals. To that end you can organise your day as well as keep a journal to record your daily thoughts. It also includes a food diary for monitoring your eating habits, as well as a photo diary. If you’re already struggling to keep those New Year’s resolutions, it could be the ideal app to get you back on track.
Game of the Week
Retro Bowl [Free]
After pretty much defining mobile sports simulation with the brilliant New Star Soccer, developer New Star Games turns its attention to American football. If anything, the phase-based nature of gridiron better suits the New Star approach, with each element represented by a tactile mini game. You also have to manage your team outside of game time, as well as take on press duties and recruitment. All this is rendered in a suitably nostalgic 8-bit retro style.
App Store Classic
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