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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
Many music fans bemoan the marginalization of the album format that has coincided with the rise of all-you-can-eat streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. Longplay is a music playing app that focuses on the classic album format, surfacing the complete albums in your collection rather than the many odd tracks you might have assembled. It also features some smart sorting options, such as Negligence, which pushes to the fore those albums you’ve rated highly but haven’t listened to in some time.
Game of the Week
Meteorfall: Krumit’s Tale [$7/£7]
This sequel to the much-beloved Meteorfall: Journey gives us many of the key elements we loved about the first game: roguelike deck-building elements, tactical battles involving fantastical playing cards, and beautifully expressive Adventure Time-like artwork. But it also changes things up, with a fresh grid-based system supplanting the simplistically swipe-based original. From our initial experience, this seems to lend the game more depth and nuance than before. With these extra layers and some deeply impressive production values, Krumit’s Tale earns that premium price tag.
App Store Classic
Tidal Music [$13/£13 or $26/£26 per month]
Looking into the new Longplay app this week got us to thinking about other music apps that show a true audiophile spirit, and they don’t come much more enthusiast-friendly than Tidal. This premium music subscription service is the foremost provider of high-resolution audio tracks, using the likes of the CD-quality 16-Bit/44.1 kHz and Master Quality Authenticated 24-bit/96 kHz codecs. If you have a good quality set of headphones, this is just about the best-sounding music service you can run through your iPhone.
Note: You can save money on a Tidal subscription by signing up through Tidal.com rather than the App Store