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Another week is over and the weekend is just around the corner. Every week we are at Next pit meet up to discuss our pick of 5 free or paid mobile apps and games that caught our eye on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.

Each week we’ll try to sift through the mountain of apps available and curate the best of the crowd – the ones that aren’t stealthily mining your data or are microtransactional hell. In addition to our finds, we have also included gemstones from the NextPit community which was shared on our forum that we invite you to try it out.

WellPaper

WellPaper is a new application from OneLab, the “experimental” development studio of OnePlus, an app that combines wallpaper and wellness.

Specifically, this wallpaper consists of several colored boxes. Each color corresponds to a type of application – communication, social networks, games – and each colored box displays a counter as you tap the screen, showing the time spent on that type of application.

But the idea is you don’t even have to look at these counters. The background image changes dynamically and the layout of the boxes is designed to help you visualize and better understand your daily screen time.

  • Price: Free / Show: No / In-app purchases: No / Account: Not required.
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The color and layout of the wallpaper will vary based on screen time and the apps you are using. / © NextPit

action

Actie is a goal and habit tracker that gives you a daily schedule sorted by the importance of the tasks you need to do for the day.

Specifically, all you need to do is define the goal or task that you want to carry out. It can be a repetitive or one-time task with or without a deadline. You can set the priority level, duration, etc. Your goals will then be displayed as widgets with a timer.

The user interface is beautiful, I find it ultra ergonomic and the app has a whole section with statistics about your progress and a history of the sessions / goals achieved.

  • Price: Free / Show: No / In-app purchases: No / Account: Not required.
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Actie’s interface is its strong point. / © NextPit

Eye cream

Eyescream is another wellness app that aims to help save your eyes from too much screen time. For more information on the app’s philosophy, check out their official blog.

Basically, the app invites you to take regular breaks and take your eyes off the screen. You can define the length of the interval between the individual breaks as well as the length of the breaks yourself. You can also prioritize the breaks and even make them mandatory and impossible to ignore.

The application also offers relaxation exercises for your breaks, as well as a comprehensive dashboard to understand your screen time. The only flaws are that it has to be paid for and that the application needs very intrusive permissions to run in the background and send you full screen notifications.

  • Price: $ 0.99 / Show: No / In-app purchases: No / Account: Not required.
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Eyescream is a bit like OnePlus’ Zen mode, but less intrusive and more complete. / © NextPit

Key air

Well, it’s not a France-made app so I won’t be singing Cocorico, but the developer is from Quebec so I applaud the influence of the French-speaking world in the tech world.

Seriously, Keys Air is a password manager whose two big selling points are its very clean user interface and fast copy / paste functionality. No ads, no account required, and completely offline with local storage. What more do you want?

Each password is displayed as a widget with the logo of the service in question (Netflix, Spotify, etc.). As explained above, the application allows you to quickly copy one of your passwords by simply long-pressing one of the widgets, which is very convenient.

On the other hand, if you can’t find a particular service’s icon for one of your passwords, you’ll have to checkout and request it from the developer for a microtransaction. 3 symbol requests are $ 2.99 and 10 are $ 4.99. There’s also a Pro version for $ 1.99 that includes 5 symbol requirements and gives you access to the random password generator. But none of these in-app purchases are necessary for Keys Air to work properly.

  • Price: Free / Show: No / In-app purchases: Yes, $ 1.99 to $ 4.99 per item / Account: Not required.
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Keys Air monetization is interesting and doesn’t affect the user experience, which is rare. / © NextPit

Hunt down

The towering and horrific rip-off CyberPunk 2077 is still not running smoothly or stably on my PS4, so I need to find alternatives to quench my thirst for retro-futuristic 80s Sythwave vibes.

Huntdown, an indie game first released on console, is the perfect stopgap. In pure run-and-gun style you immerse yourself in a futuristic universe with strong blade runneresque and Robocopian overtones.

Specifically, it is a 2D shooter in which you play as a bounty hunter (3 characters available) and clean the streets of a city in pixel art that is infested with violence and corruption.

The gameplay is obviously totally arcade and the level bosses are quite varied (I haven’t finished the game yet). The full version costs 8.99 euros and offers 20 different levels. However, you can download the demo for free.

  • Price: $ 8.99 / Show: No / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Not required.

What do you think of this week’s selection? Have you tried any of the apps on this list? What would your apps of the week be? Share your thoughts and tips in the comments!

If you are looking for a specific type of application, don’t hesitate to point it out to me so I can tailor my research and selection to your needs! Any input is very much appreciated.

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