It’s been a busy week or so here at everythingiCafe, with our site moving to a new server. We missed last week’s Apps of the Week, but we’re not leaving those apps or you stranded. We’re doubling down, offering you a look at the absolute best apps from the past two weeks. This week, we find fresh outlooks on crossing roads and shuffling our music, get ready to defend our towers and dispense with words in favor of our favorite animated gifs. This is the everythingiCafe Apps for the Week for November 24th.
Every so often, we see a game come along that captivates the casual gaming crowd. If you are looking for this year’s Flappy Bird, look no further than Crossy Road. The premise of the game is reminiscent of the old arcade classic Frogger. The developers have delivered a fantastic, modern take that’s highly addictive. It also boasts some wonderfully done artwork and sounds.
Being a freemium game, there are ads in the free version, but you aren’t forced to watch them. If you do watch the ads, the payoff is in-game currency which you can use to unlock skins, characters and more.
It’s free, fun and easy to pickup and play. This one is a no-brainer.
Download Crossy Road (Free)
From our friend Seth Clifford of Derby comes Stringer, a new music app that puts its spin on shuffle. Do you have a large music library and like to use shuffle? That’s not uncommon and neither are the frustrations that come with how lacking the shuffle feature can be on the stock Music app. Inevitably, you come across a track that makes you want to hear more of a particular artist. In traditional shuffle, you need to stop shuffle while you go and hunt down a song. Here’s where Stringer comes into play.
This app works with your existing music library. When in shuffle mode, you can add related tracks from an artist to your ‘string’. So if you happen upon In The Still Of The Night, you can pull the string to add tracks from self-titled Whitesnake album.
It’s a free app with a $4.99 unlock feature that allows you to save strings, enables favorites, iTunes playlist import and more.
Download Stringer (Free)
Sometimes words alone aren’t enough to convey a feeling through a text message. But hey, nothing beats a good animated gif, am I right? Enter Kanvas Keyboard. This app will expand how you communicate with your friends and family. You can take a selfie and add text or a cool background. Want to show that your hip? Send one of the trending GIFs and stickers.
There is a doodle tool, for when you want to either deface a photo are send a personal message, depending upon your mood. Messages can also use up to 50 different fonts.
If you want to put a little pizzaz in your messaging, this is the keyboard replacement for you.
Download Kanvas Keyboard (Free)
Weather or Not – Reports
When we talk weather apps, I find there are three types of people. One group is perfectly content with the stock app. There’s another group that needs reports and radar that rivals what your local metoroligist has at his fingertips. Lastly, there is the group that is in the pursuit of the most beautiful and often minimal weather app. Weather or Not falls into the third category, but regardless of your grouping, it brings with it a new concept.
Most of use track the weather because it impacts our plans. This app takes your calendar and helps you visualize your week. Tying weather forecasts to your events is a simple, yet unique feature that helps set it apart from the rest. Not only is it informative in how it personalizes your weather, it does so with a beautiful, subdued design. You can also view much of this information in the included widget.
Innovative, gorgeous and certainly makes a case for adding another weather app to your iPhone.
Download Weather or Not – Reports ($2.99)
Kingdom Rush Origins
Fans of tower defense games, rejoice. The prequel to one of the more popular games of that genre is out and storming the home screens of strategy gamers everywhere. The third installment in the series is a must buy, offering you hours of gameplay, 30 new enemy types and over 70 achievements. You’ll command an elven army and defend mystical lands from sea serpents, evil sorcerers and waves of gnoll tribesman. The reviews are in and this is what people are saying in the App Store.
“The flawless animations and outstanding art style make this game pleasing to look at and the amount of levels will keep most busy for a long time. If you were a fan of the first two games, don’t hesitate to pick this up.”
“Compelling graphics, great music and challenging gameplay.”
Download Kingdom Rush Origins ($4.99)
Set in 1976, but designed with classic adventure games of the early 1900s, Space Age is a unique adventure game that will bring back memories for fans of this genre. Designed by indie developers Big Bucket Software, you’ll need to explore Kepler-16, solving puzzles, finding useful items and completing challenges.
Download Space Age ($3.99)
New and Notable:
PhotoTime – Smart Phone Organizer
Homes by Tinybop
These our your apps of the week for November 24th, 2014. The App Store is brimming with new apps each and every day. Did you spot a great new app this week that we missed? Share it in the comments!