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
Microsoft Family Safety [Free]
This new app from Microsoft is designed to help keep your family safe online – or those who use Windows, Android and Xbox at any rate. It lets you block inappropriate content and receive notifications when your child is trying to access mature apps through Microsoft Edge and the Microsoft Store. You can also track one another’s whereabouts and set device time limits on specific apps or games on Xbox, Windows, or Android. If your kids aren’t as heavily into the Apple ecosystem as you are, this could be a useful tool.
Game of the Week
Brawlhalla has quietly attracted a huge console following of more than 40 million players over the past several years. It’s a free-to-play multiplayer arena brawler, very much in the vein of Nintendo’s Smash Bros. There’s a vast roster of colorful characters to control, a 2D action-platformer combat system that’s easy to learn but difficult to master, and support for 8-player cross-platform online multiplayer. Just be sure to hook up a Bluetooth controller.
App Store Classic
When it comes to peer-to-peer mobile payments, Venmo is the best known and most trusted name in the business. Owned by PayPal since 2013, it’s been quietly doing its thing on the App Store for a decade or so now. It’s great for simple things like splitting tab for a group dinner, transferring rent money to your roomy, or sending friends and family members a little spending money. Connecting with contacts who use the service is easy, and you can also use it for many online payments.