Our weekly app picks
It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.
Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!
1. Jared DiPane — Chipotle
There is no denying that I am basically addicted to Chipotle. My biggest gripe is that the local Chipotle is always super packed, and I just don't like standing in line waiting. Luckily, I don't have to anymore thanks to Chipotle's awesome Android app that lets me order ahead of time.
The app shows the closest Chipotle location and lets you place an order and select a pick up time. You can customize your burrito to your liking, put comments in if you have a special request and then send the order off. You can pack through the app if you want a super quick experience, or in-store if cash is your preferred method of payment. If you like Chipotle, skip the lines and use the app, you'll thank me later.
2. Jen Karner — Werewolf Tycoon
It's hard times out there, being a werewolf. Or at least that's what the game Werewolf Tycoon would have you think. This is an amusingly easy game in which you play a werewolf, and your goal is to eat as many people as possible without being seen. You'll have to sneak behind people to eat them, while making sure nobody gets away, or snaps a picture of you. If you allow witnesses to escape, or journalists to escape with a photograph things will start to get hairy. This is a very simple, but ridiculously fun game to play and I can't recommend it enough, if you're a fan of silly mobile games.
3. Phil Nickinson: Samsung Pay
Samsung Pay or Android Pay? It's a tough call, actually. On one hand Samsung has its Loop Pay-powered magical magnetic swipe thingy (that's the technical term) that lets you tap the phone against any standard magnetic stripe reader. It's handy as hell for those times when NFC isn't available — or if you can't tell that POS terminal has NFC. The app also is nicely done, integrating with the home screen, and allowing for a quick launch when the screen is turned off. The down side? Few banks are on board as yet. But if you've got a compatible phone and a card that's accepted, you absolutely should give it a shot.
4. Andrew Martonik — Bike Unchained
I honestly don't play a ton of games on my phone, but when I do I often want them to be basic and solid time killers for when I only have my phone on me and have nothing else to do. Bike Unchained is a Red Bull-sponsored biking game in that's super easy to play and get lost in for a few minutes a time. It follows a "campaign" style where you manage riders, their bikes and attributes, and then race and try to level up.
There isn't too much of a deep story line and it takes a little while to get going, but once you get past the introductory levels it's actually quite fun for an on-rails two-button racing game. You can ignore the in-app purchases and just enjoy it for what it is — a basic time-killer that's fun to get lost in for a bit here and there.
5. Russell Holly — 360 Degree
There are a lot of ball bounce games out there where you try to control the direction the ball is headed with taps and moves, but rarely do you see one where the thing you are moving to control the ball is the entire level you're playing on. 360 Degree has a series of basic geometric shapes as levels, and with your thumb you move the entire world clockwise or counterclockwise to avoid traps and pick up gems. It's a simple game in concept, but maddeningly complex once you start working with the other level shapes.