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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
Spotify Greenroom [Free]
Music streaming behemoth Spotify recently acquired Locker Room, the sports-oriented live audio app. Spotify Greenroom is the result of that acquisition, and while it’s based on the same source code, it’s more than a simple rebranding. You still get to host and listen in to live conversations involving up to 1,000 people, but the focus has expanded way beyond sports, and there’s now a fresh Spotify-green UI. Essentially, Spotify has bought and tweaked itself to a full-blown Clubhouse rival.
Game of the Week
Lost in Blindness [$5/£5]
Lost in Blindness is a self-described “blind adventure game” – that is, you experience its Mayan-themed narrative with no visual accompaniment whatsoever. Instead, developer Unseen Interactive has created a fully fleshed-out 3D world using sound alone. Headphones are heavily recommended, if not downright essential, with the developer using spatial audio to precisely place you in each scene. Elsewhere, a choice-based dialog system enables you to change the course of the story.
App Store Classic
Apple’s so-called walled garden and alleged monopolistic practices have been in the news a lot recently, but its App Store has long offered the potential for alternative services. Don’t like Apple Mail’s way with email? Try something else, like Spike. This unique app essentially treats email like your favorite messaging app, turning typically labyrinthine email chains into easy-to-follow conversation threads. Add in modern features like a priority inbox, and you have a worthwhile alternative route to a clear inbox.