Over the past month, AppAdvice has been showing you some terrific apps and games from the App Store. Take a look below at the best ones for each week in the month of May:
App of the week
Pacemaker, May 4, Free, Universal
What we said: This sleek app features a minimalistic design that is simple yet intuitive to use at the same time. The black background color used makes it easy to see your album art, song progress, and the upcoming song that will overlap with the current playing track once it ends due to the mint green and fuchsia colors. And even if you have no DJ experience, Pacemaker makes it easy to customize the sound with effects and large, responsive buttons.
Flickr 4.0, May 11, Free, Universal
What we said: This was not a minor update, but a rather significant one, so we thought it was worth mentioning again. In Flickr 4.0, Yahoo has decided to make a move on mobile in order to be a top choice for photo storage and management for people, instead of just a photo sharing app similar to the likes of Instagram.
Horizon 3, May 18, Free, iPhone only
What we said: This slick app originally came out a couple of years ago, but just got a major revamp to bring the app in line with modern iOS aesthetics. While the app has received a fresh coat of paint, it remains as minimal as ever, while giving users the vital information they need. What makes Horizon stand out from the competition is how neat everything is, and the fact that the app provides the overall temperatures for the day and even individual conditions for each scheduled event.
Simple Machines, May 25, $2.99, Universal
What we said: Our staff members who have children have used the other titles from Tinybop before, and they have worked well, so we are happy to see Simple Machines from them as well. If you want to teach your kids the basics of physics, then Simple Machines is a great way to do so.
Game of the week
Does Not Commute, May 1, Free, Universal
What we said: This special little gem features a gorgeous world that is set in the 1970s, and features colorful and fun characters who are going about their daily lives by commuting across town. Mediocre poured a lot of soul into crafting this beautiful game, because the textures and details are on point.
Marvel Future Fight, May 8, Free, Universal
What we said: The graphics in the game are beautiful and will pull you into the Marvel universe with fine details, realistic textures, and great character models. Marvel Future Fight also has an original storyline that is from Peter David, a Marvel comics writer.
Grim Fandango Remastered, May 15, $9.99, Universal
What we said: Even if you’ve played the original game, the Remastered version is worthy of a second play-through. This is because there are plenty of refinements that the developers made, such as repainted characters, high-resolution textures, dynamic lighting, and a brand new soundtrack that combines the original score rerecorded with a live orchestra. There is also bonus content, which includes a concept art browser and exclusive developer commentary.
Knights of Pen & Paper 2, May 22, $4.99, Universal
What we said: Like most RPGs, Knights of Pen & Paper 2 will have various villages for your party to travel to, take on quests, explore a large world and dangerous dungeons, battle monsters, and more. However, the thing that sets this game apart from others is the fact that it is styled like an actual tabletop RPG game, and you play as both the game master and party members.