It’s Saturday and it’s time once again to share my selection of 5 free or paid mobile apps and games that are worth checking out on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. In addition to my own finds, I am also adding the gemstones discovered by the NextPit community
Selfie – time lapse – time lapse. Do you really need more than the genius of this word game to download this app?
Slapse, as the name suggests, wants to help you capture those famous time-lapse self-portraits taken over months or even years and show how much time is taking (or not) its toll.
But the point of Slapse is that the app sends you reminders so you don’t miss a single day of photos, sorting all imported photos by date and time, blurring some faces (selfie in public) and most importantly, creating the time-lapse straight from the App.
Personally, if one day I decide to start exercising again and stop ordering pizza, I can see how I see my weight loss progress. The application is free but contains ads unless you choose the Pro version (2.39 euros). It is also required to have a Google account and the application requires access to your photos.
You can download Slapse from the Google Play Store.
Systemize is a productivity app that focuses on creating a “system” to slowly but surely achieve a specific goal. As with any other planning app, the main thing is to set a task that should be completed with a deadline.
You can then create a whole series of sub-goals that must be achieved at a specific point in time and for a specific duration in order to achieve the global goal you have set. While the concept of “systemizing” your tasks sounds like a Techipster novanguage straight out of a TEDx conference, I liked the fact that a task is visually broken down into steps.
Steps that I can use to visualize and update their status based on their completion rate. I can also stop or reset a sub-goal counter if something unexpected happens in my daily life that disrupts my planned activity.
The application is free and ad-free. However, you need to create an account (email or Google account). Last big mistake: the free version of the app only allows you to create one goal (with multiple sub-goals / systems).
And I don’t recommend you pay the indecent $ 39.99 that the developers charge for the paid version. I would only use this app to “systematize” a large enough long term goal like weight loss, professional project, etc.
You can download the Systemize app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
DockScreen is a niche app meant to be an all-in-one dashboard for your smartphone. Personally, I don’t see much use for this since Android invented the notification panel and drop-down menu a few years ago.
However, the developers at DockScreen assure us that their app is perfect for keeping your screen on and controlling your smartphone while you work or drive.
The app combines a widget for time and weather, 6 apps of your choice and the idea that you can juggle your messages, calls, Twitter feeds or web searches on one screen.
The app is free, but includes some ads and in-app purchases to unlock additional customization options. However, no account is required.
You can download the DockScreen app from the Google Play Store.
Ah, weather apps. I learned the hard way that some NextPit readers are also big fans of weather apps and that there is an entire community ready to defend this strange passion that I will NEVER belittle again (I have my lesson learned).
For you, would-be tornado hunter, Glance Weather is a visually appealing and functionally complete widget that you should like. The widget shows temperature, precipitation, wind and cloud cover in a compact yet intuitive way.
The app is free with no ads or in-app purchases. You can adjust the size of the widget, but I found that all sizes except the base size made the information illegible.
You can download the Glance Weather app from the Google Play Store.
Ronin: The last samurai
Do you remember the film Ronin with De Niro and Jean Reno? This game has nothing to do with the movie, but it’s always nice to put in a movie reference when no one has asked you, right? No? OK.
Seriously, since these are references, Ronin: The Last Samurai reminds me of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice in terms of game mechanics. A very, very abstract resemblance, I admit. However, the entire gameplay is based on two buttons: guard and attack.
You play as a 2D samurai, drawn with a wash in the typical style of the Japanese painting movement “sumi-e”. theyare placed in an arena in front of several enemies that you have to eliminate with katana blows. The combat system is based on the principle of posture.
While guarding or attacking, you will have to switch between these two positions to defeat your enemies. Guarding allows you to block your enemies’ attacks and even parry if you block at the right time. Every hit you block increases your score. If the maximum is reached, you will lose your guard and be vulnerable.
This system also applies to enemies. You’ll need to attack them and parry to raise their level gauge to break their guard and inflict critical damage. The game is visually very nice, the gameplay is simple but well done, and the progression curve seems interesting.
The only problem is that the in-app store is full of packs and other options to purchase weapons, equipment, or items to unlock skills. So it could be that the game was designed as a Paytowin that could “force” you to pay once you reached a certain level and block your progress with enemies that are far too strong. But I hope I’m wrong
You can download the mobile game Ronin: The Last Samurai from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
What do you think of this selection? Have you already tried any of the apps on this list? What would your apps be of the week? Share your opinions and especially your good tips in the comments! If you are looking for a specific type of application do not hesitate to let me know so I can tailor my research and selections to suit your needs! With best regards.