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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
Poolside FM [Free]
A delightfully kitschy retro-themed music player that provides a series of free curated playlists packed with sunny ’80s vibes. The presentation of the app is suitably of a piece, with a bleached out palette, squared off buttons, and low-res video snippets that suggest an alternate-history where the iPod touch was invented two decades earlier. There are five alluringly titled stations at the time of writing, including Tokyo Disco and Hangover Club, and also a fun selfie photo filter.
Game of the Week
The Unfinished Swan [$5/£5]
The Unfinished Swan is a beautiful first-person adventure with a strikingly fresh art style and premise. It may have been around in some form for eight years now, but it still stands out on iOS here in 2020. Starting in a completely white world, you must fill in the details and highlight objects with black paint as you feel your way along. Featuring a deeply poignant story and voice work from Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam, it’s a truly magical experience.
App Store Classic
In a week where Apple made the news for introducing a bold new exercise initiative, Fitness+), it’s worth reflecting on one of the best third-party fitness apps around. Whether you’re a runner, a swimmer, or a cyclist, Strava helps you track your workouts and find new places to explore. It also serves as a kind of fitness-themed social network, allowing you to compare times with your friends and the rest of the Strava community.