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Best new apps and games – Jan 21, 2017

This has been a great week for new game releases, and though there was a bit of a lull in terms of brand new apps, it seems to be the season for beefy updates to some of our all-time favorites. Read on for our favorite new and updated App Store treats!

Endless – A Lost Note

Price: $4.99/£4.99 • Version: 1.6.5 • Size: 316 MB

Ignore the dodgy English translations, this is an award-nominated adventure game from China that combines sidescrolling platform elements with puzzles and mystery. Delve into a world of tombs, treasure, and time travel.

Evernote [UPDATE]

Price: Free (+optional subscription) • Version: 8.0.1 • Size: 150 MB

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Evernote, the catch-all note-taking and document storage app for desktop and across iOS has received a major update, vastly improving its iOS app across iPhone and iPad. It’s now less cluttered and more usable than ever! Read more about the update here.

Super Gridland

Price: $1.99/£1.99 • Version: 1.0 • Size: 81.6 MB

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It’s a match-three puzzler, but refreshingly this is a premium experience with no IAP. It’s also combined with survival and RPG elements to make a really unique entry into the genre. Match tiles to collect resources while the daylight lasts. When night falls, the same tiles call bloodthirsty monsters to your meagre village.

GarageBand [UPDATED]

Price: $4.99/£4.99 • Version: 2.2 • Size: 1.70 GB

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Apple has just released GarageBand’s first major update for around a year, adding some cool new features including a powerful touch synth and pro-level voice effects. Now could be a good time to dust off the old creative instincts and give the app a whirl! Read more about the update here.


Price: $3.99/£3.99 • Version: 1.4 • Size: 122 MB

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Z-Exemplar is a side-scrolling shooter in the tradition of R-Type, Gradius, Nemesis and other classic arcade games from the past. Borrowing its aesthetic from the computers of yesteryear (specifically the Sinclair ZX Spectrum) Z-Exemplar combines bright, bold, 8-bit pixel art with frantic action and an epic mission to conquer a galaxy of almost 1000 planets.

Tandem [UPDATED]

Price: Free • Version: 2.4.1 • Size: 131 MB

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The social language-learning app has just had a big update, adding ten new sign languages and making it easier than ever to find chat partners in the language of your choice to practice your conversational skills!