Tiny Tower

Your weekly fix, a day late. Let's hit the break together and take a look at some of our favorite applications from this week, and be sure to sound off in the comments and let us know some of your favorites!

Richard Devine - ChuChu Rocket (£0.69)

ChuChu Rocket

Who out there remembers the Sega Dreamcast? I loved mine, and one of the first games I had with it was ChuChu Rocket. Now, with the release of an android version of the game, I can, and do, play it everywhere.

SegaFor anyone not familiar, it's a puzzle game where the basic premise is to get the ChuChus into their rocket around various obstacles. This includes cats who love to eat the little ChuChus! There's loads of different levels, some infuriatingly difficult but so addictive at the same time. Controls are simple and have been well optimised for touch controls. Placing the directional arrows requires nothing more than a swipe in the relevant direction.

The only downside is that I remember how much the Dreamcast version cost, when you consider the price of this app! [Market Link]

Chris Parsons - Tiny Tower (Free)

Tiny Tower

TinyTowerI love this game...but I honestly don't know why. It's pretty mindless entertainment, you get to be the Donald Trump of the Pixel World and build Towers for which you then must populate with 'bitizens' so that you may earn profit to create more towers with stores, restaurants and more. As I mentioned, it is pretty mindless entertainment. You don't need to constantly keep going in the game or be overly mindful of what you're doing but it's cool to see how big your towers can get. [Market Link]

Jerry Hildenbrand - mSecure ($6.99)


Android phones are like tiny pocket computers, which means you're likely to be logging into some sites that need password protection.  I'm the type of person who uses a unique strong password for every login, so mSecure was a perfect fit for me.  Using 256bit blowfish mSecureencryption, and a master password to lock the app down tight means nobody is going to get access to my logins if I lose my phone, and having everything in one place is always easier.  mSecure allows me to enter my username, then select and copy the password to paste in the login window, and presents everything in easy to navigate categories or alphabetically. 

With the latest version comes secure cloud sync, which uses Dropbox to sync the same password database between multiple phones, which makes life easier if you are constantly switching things around.  mSecure runs on Android devices with 1.6 and up and while it's a bit pricey at $10, but for now it's on sale for $6.99, which to me is a small price to pay for the convenience it offers. [Market Link]

Jared DiPane - Mac Miller's Blue Slide Park Album ($9.49)

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Mac MillerWith the recent addition of music and more to the Android market it would only fit that we expand our recommendations beyond just applications, right? Well one of my personal favorite artists, Mac Miller, recently dropped a huge album titled Blue Slide Park. If you are like me and love music, and love listening to new tunes, be sure to check this out. Sure, it won't be for everyone, but give it a shot, you won't know until you give it a listen. [Market Link]


Reader comments

Android Central Editors' app picks for Nov. 27, 2011


"With the recent addition of music and more to the Android market it would only fit that we expand our recommendations beyond just applications, right?"


Exactly: No.

There are a thousand music sites that do that, and it has nothing to do with android.

Music is very personal, and recommendations here on AC are just out of place.

Absolutely agreed. Please don't start with music recommendations. (Besides, I would hardly call what Mac Miller creates "music").

Also Agree. Music, books and movies should get their own "Best of" columns. The week's best apps, The week's best music downloads, The weeks's best Movie downloads. Each including your personal choice plus most popular purchases and critical acclaimed artists. Also best value, (for example the recent 99 cent downloads.)

Even though I do like the idea of you putting music that your jamming to, a song/album isn't really an "app". If you changed to title of this to something like "Android Market Selections of the Week" then yea it would fit.

Really? Music in an app pick of the week column?

Are the pickings that slim in the Market that you couldn't find one app to recommend?

Plus One for mSecure. I've been using it since my iPhone days, and even invested in the desktop version so I can have all that security goodness on my desktop as well.

I begged them for an Android version, and alpha/beta tested it before it was even in the market, and it just gets better with every release.

And the dropbox sync is via an encrypted file, so even if Dropbox gets a subpoena dropped on them your passwords are safe.

Well thought out defaults for various types of passwords make it unlikely you will need to create your own template, but its a snap if you do need a special format.

I just hope that by "strong passwords", Jerry is taking a page from this: http://xkcd.com/936/

Seriously, thanks to a little app called Passphraser (and Secrets from ye olde Google Labs), that's going to be how I generate all my "strong passwords" from now on.

Don't include music in this list. Ever. Again. Seriously, this is a tech site not a music site. Music is far more subjective than an app or game.

While I'm not a fan of music in this list, I cannot believe how entitled you sound in this comment. There have to be better ways to communicate.

Yea way to advertise some no one musician.... Can you suggest my new album of xmas farts that's coming out?

If your a teen, he's pretty famous, I personally think his music sucks, but a lot of my friends love him.

Songs that have melody, harmony, and complexity, and usually with real instruments too :)

I have a wide variety of tastes in music. Examples include:
Classic Rock
Southern Rock
Blues Rock
Acoustic Rock
Alternative Rock
Progressive Rock
Pop Rock
Blue-eyed Soul
Folk Rock
Soft Rock
New Wave
Adult Contemporary
Smooth Jazz
New Age
World Fusion

I swear half of that puts me to sleep, I didn't even read half the list. May J. Cole, Drake, Kanye West, The Weeknd, Odd Future and Kendrick Lamar's music keep me from sleeping, and to get back on topic, Tiny Tower sounds like fun

don't get your nerderhosen in a bunch peeps! he was just trying something new and now they know to have a separate picks for music.

Tiny Tower seems awesome, installed and gonna give it a try!

Tiny Tower looked like a fun game, but I despise in game purchases. It's as bad as paying a monthly fee for a single game as far as I'm concerned. Look as Angry Birds, there is no in games purchases and they've made a killing. If it's a good game, charge a fair amount for it up front, don't nickel and dime me later.

I've been playing Tiny Tower for awhile now, and have never spent a dime on it. You can if you want to, but the game gives opportunities to earn the "Tower Bucks" so you don't actually have to purchase them.

It's a fun game. Mindless, yes, but I've been enjoying it. :)

I use keepassdroid for storing strong passwords. Has windows and Linux counterparts, save password file to dropbox, and is completely free.

I also recommend keepassdroid . It is free and accomplishes the same task. the database is easily synced with dropbox and keepass is supported on Windows and Linux with plugins available for both Firefox and Chrome.