This month, we've been asking around the office to find out what apps our development and support teams are currently addicted to. In no particular order, here are a few apps that none of us can put down.
Rebecca Harrison - Cooking Craze Free, iOS/Android
This is a great take on your traditional restaurant/time management game. Cook the food, meet the orders, give them to customers, don’t burn anything - all of that stuff. It uses tapping instead of tap-and-drag, which is great because I find dragging on a mobile screen insanely difficult. The ‘rounds’ are also really short, so you can play in thirty second bursts, and you don’t need internet access.
I’m now approaching level 70 and I’m seriously worried that summer will pass by without me noticing. I’d recommend to anyone who gets a thrill when they’re making a virtual doughnut, or anyone who often gets bored waiting for the kettle to boil.
Kirk Conway - BreakFree Free, iOS/Android
I've been using BreakFree, which is actually an app that's supposed to stop you from becoming addicted to your phone - or at least make you aware of how addicted to your phone you are. It keeps a check on your phone and your app usage, and it sends you a notification if you've been using an app for too long. You can also disable the internet, notifications and set automatic text messages.
It's good for people who feel like they're spending too much time on their phone, in that it essentially confirms all their worst fears. If that's not something you're prepared for, avoid this app at all costs.
Gaynor Thompson - Ball King Free, iOS/Android
Ball King is a cute pixel style basketball game. You shoot hoops, and take into account the wind to try get every shot - if you mess up once you have to start again. You collect diamonds, and once you've earned 100 you use them to get a random ball or character. Once you have completed a set of basketballs, you can unlock a new environment.
I like it because it's simple, and it's good for passing the time. No internet access needed, good for people who just want an arcade game to pick up and play wherever for a short time.
Dave Park - Kung Fu All Star Free, iOS/Android
I've been playing Kung Fu All Star, it's a great time killer. It's a martial art fighting arcade game with an RPG edge. You play as a well-known MMA fighter, making your way through a ton of different levels and stages. There are different challenges, trials, and a load of martial arts fighting styles. I'm not bored of it yet, which is a pretty good testament to how good it is.
I got it because it had a picture of Chuck Norris on the advert - that's all that it took to download it really. I'd recommend it to anyone who is a fan of really bad martial arts movies.
Lyndsey Gardiner - Galaxy Trucker Free, iOS/Android/Windows
Galaxy Trucker is a digital version of one of my favourite board games. You can play the board game against the AI, against friends using pass and play, and against other people online with cross-platform compatibility.
The gist of the game is that you have to build a ship out of spare parts to transport goods to another part of the galaxy, but on your way you'll face a series of events that might leave your ship looking a bit worse for wear by the time you reach your destination! It also features a campaign mode for solo play that comes with its own set of challenges and ship parts.
Chris Mallon - Alexa Free, iOS/Android
I've been messing around with the Alexa app. It's just an extension of your Alexa device; so think of all the data Amazon is gathering about you through an Echo, and then extend that to your phone. But if you can get over that, you can ask the app to play an artist or give you weather updates or tell you what the government is up to.
You can also ask it any question that pops into your head, if you can't be bothered to Google it. I'd recommend it to anyone with an Amazon Alexa - obviously.
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