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Best new apps and games – Dec 24, 2016

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The App Store closes down over Christmas, so there won’t be any new apps or games for a short while. The gems we’ve highlighted below are among the last releases to sneak through this year, and they’re sure to keep you busy over the festive period. Whether you want to keep the kids quiet or sink an afternoon into some serious game time, we’ve got you covered. See you next time!


Price: $1.99/£1.49 • Version: 1.0 • Size: 57.3 MB

A charming, pixelated and oh so festive take on pinball, this game is an adventure through a winter wonderland of quirky obstacles as you flip your snowballs along a labyrinthine path of challenges using hand-made wooden paddles. Everything looks like it was crafted by kids playing in the snow – it’s a great arcade-y game to experience curled up by the fire over Christmas.


Grandpa’s Toy Shop

Price: $2.99/£2.29 • Version: 1.0 • Size: 80.0 MB

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An app that’s both educational and fun for 6-9 year olds, this latest entry in the Grandpa series is a festive treat – and might even keep the kids quiet over Christmas! With eight mini-games based around helping out at the toy shop, kids can enjoy designing, decorating, and selling the toys while improving their math, literacy, creative thinking and problem solving skills.


The Walking Dead: A New Frontier

Price: $4.99/£3.99 • Version: 1.0 • Size: 880 MB

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Slightly less festive, this story of the undead, but just as exciting for fans of the hit TV show. This new game signals the start of the second season of the interactive Walking Dead adventure from the acclaimed Telltale games, in which every choice has consequences and each decision could be the last you make as a living human. It’s a great play even if you don’t watch the show, and far more personal an adventure as you shape the story with every action.


Dr. Seuss Camera – The Grinch Edition

Price: $0.99/£0.79 • Version: 1.5.4 • Size: 13.4 MB

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Another app for the kids (and grown-up kids!) this app will let you create funny “Grinchmas” cards by combining your photos with templates, stickers, and messages themed around Dr. Seuss. It’s perfect for sharing a digital card with anyone you forgot to post something to this year! While not strictly a new release, we couldn’t help but add this one to the mix!


RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic

Price: $5.99/£4.49 • Version: 1.0.1 • Size: 422 MB

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Gamers from the 90s will remember this theme park sim fondly, and now the best parts of the first two RollerCoaster Tycoon games have been combined into a brand new experience for mobile. Run your own theme park, design rides and coasters, and don’t forget to keep your visitors happy!


djay Pro for iPhone

Price: $4.99/£3.99 • Version: 1.0 • Size: 79.2 MB

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The djay Pro series has been a popular choice for wanna DJs and VJs on Mac and iPad for a while, but now all that music-mixing goodness has been redesigned to fit in the palm of your hand! It’s easy for all levels to use and even links up seamlessly with your phone’s music library or with Spotify. Time for a new hobby?