20 best new iPhone and iPad apps and games this week

20 best new iPhone and iPad apps and games this week

 

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Welcome to this week’s roundup of the latest, greatest new iPhone and iPad apps and games. All prices are correct at the time of writing, with “IAP” indicating use of in-app purchases.

You can read the previous Best iPhone and iPad Apps roundups for more recommendations, but if Android is your platform of choice, check the Best Android Apps roundups. On with this week’s selection.

Minecraft Stop-Motion Movie Creator for iOS.
Minecraft Stop-Motion Movie Creator for iOS.

Apps

Minecraft Stop-Motion Movie Creator (Free)
This is new from Mattel, although you’ll need the Minecraft “mini-figure” toys to make the most of it. The app is aimed at children as a way for them to make and share Minecraft-themed stop-motion short films, with a clever onion-skin interface for taking a succession of photos with their props.
iPhone / iPad

BuzzFeed News (Free)
This news app is made by BuzzFeed, but it draws on plenty of other sources beyond its parent website. It pulls in breaking news and memes alike, with the option to tweak it for push notifications on your preferred categories.
iPhone

BitTorrent Shoot (Free + IAP)
BitTorrent (the company) has been keen recently to remind people that BitTorrent (the technology) is about moving large files around efficiently, not just about piratical filesharing. Shoot is the latest evidence: an app designed to help you share large numbers of photos or high-file-size videos with friends from your device. It works well.
iPhone / iPad

Kitchen Timer(s) (£2.29)
The thing about most kitchen-timer apps is they only let you time one thing at once. That’s something developer Diavo Lab is tackling with its new app: you can time up to six different tasks on your iOS device’s screen, and it also works with Apple Watch.
iPhone / iPad

Toca Life: City (£2.29)
This is the latest app from children’s publisher Toca Boca: a true sandbox based on a cartoon city, where kids can explore the environment, move and customise various characters, and make up their own stories based on what they see on-screen.
iPhone / iPad

RA Guide (Free)
Resident Advisor is one of the longest-established online communities for electronic music, and its first consumer app draws on its plentiful database of club nights and dance gigs. You can browse events near you, or dig deep into its database of artists and DJs to see where they’re playing next.
iPhone

Picjoy – Automatic Photo Organiser (Free)
If you’ve been worrying that your iPhone photo library is so big as to become unmanageable, Picjoy is worth a look. It uses all the metadata around your photos to categorise them and make them more easily searchable, with the option to connect it to your cloud storage accounts too.
iPhone

2000 AD Featuring Judge Dredd (Free + IAP)
This is pretty big news if you’re a fan of the Judge Dredd comics and graphic novels: an app providing access to the Judge’s 37-year archive of adventures, with a subscription option to keep you updated with new editions.
iPhone / iPad

ArtStack – Discover Art (Free)
This app is a nice idea for art-lovers: an “online museum” of artworks for you to browse, collect and share with friends. Your collection is digital: a “stack” of the art that you like, with options to follow other users’ tastes and look at more works by individual artists.
iPhone / iPad

Beet – For Moments (Free)
Taking on Snapchat? Quite a task for any fledgling startup. Beet is at least interesting with the idea: it competes more with Snapchat’s “Stories” feature in the way it collects your videos into an ongoing “movie of your entire life” to share with friends, and see theirs in return.
iPhone / iPad

The Executive for iOS.
The Executive for iOS.

Games

The Executive (£2.29)
This all-action game has a visual style all its own, but thankfully the gameplay matches up. It’s part beat ‘em up and part platform/runner, as you see off werewolves and – a first for this genre – try to run your own mining company on the side. Quirky, but unique.
iPhone / iPad

Lego Minifigures Online (£3.99 + IAP)
This is Lego’s latest game, with an online focus. You play with mini-figures – including the ones you buy in the real world – exploring, battling and playing with friends on iOS, PC, Mac and Linux. It’s early days but current indications are promising: with a pirate world available now, and more to follow as in-app purchases.
iPhone / iPad

Xenowerk (£1.49 + IAP)
Another independent treat, this: a top-down action game where you have to rid a scientific laboratory of an army of mutants over 50 levels. It looks absolutely spiffing, but presents a decent challenge too, as you upgrade your weapons and armour and learn to deal with the various enemies.
iPhone / iPad

CivMiner (Free + IAP)
If you got addicted to the “clicker” game CivCrafter, you’ll want to try this successor. It sees you tapping away to dig down below the Minecraft-ish surface, uncovering treasures, stones and monsters as you go. Just as compulsive as its predecessor.
iPhone / iPad

Stick Tennis Tour (Free + IAP)
Having just emerged from the deep rabbit-hole that is Stick Cricket 2, I’m trying not to fall in to another one with developer Stick Sports’ new tennis game. It’s hard though: this is an excellent take on the tennis genre, with neat swipe controls for your shots and a range of challenges to beat.
iPhone / iPad

Heroki (£5.99)
Perhaps the best-looking game this week on iOS is Sega’s Heroki, which has sparkling graphics. The gameplay almost matches up: a mixture of flying, falling and fighting with power-ups, treasures and a varied selection of enemies to vanquish.
iPhone / iPad

Freak Circus Racing (Free + IAP)
This is an extremely silly (in a positive sense) horizontally-scrolling racer, with circus characters providing the driving. It’s colourful, challenging and demands that you pick it up to play again, even when you get frustrated.
iPhone / iPad

Divide By Sheep (£2.29)
Minecraft aside, there still aren’t enough games with sheep playing a prominent role. Divide By Sheep is helping to remedy that, with an appealing mix of puzzles and maths, although I’ll be honest with you: the division theme doesn’t always work out non-painfully for the sheep.
iPhone / iPad

Tales From Deep Space (£4.99)
This is the latest game from Amazon Game Studios, the internal development arm at Amazon. It’s a well-designed adventure game with a space setting, with good puzzles making up for occasionally-frustrating controls.
iPhone / iPad

Eggheads (£1.49 + IAP)
Finally, trivia. This is an official app based on BBC quiz show Eggheads, with the same format of four specialist rounds followed by a general knowledge test. While it may not appeal beyond keen fans of the show, if you’re in that group it’s definitely worth shelling out on. Sorry.
iPhone / iPad

Those are my choices, but what have you been impressed by on iOS in the last couple of weeks? The comments section is open for your recommendations.

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