This marks our first Apps of the Week column for the month of June, and we're going to kick it off the right way with a great grouping of app picks from each of the folks here at Android Central. We get a great mix of apps coming through here with each Saturday afternoon post, and this week is no exception.
Read along with us and see what apps we've all picked this week, and you may just come away with a couple that catch your eye.
Jerry Hildenbrand - Hodor keyboard
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Download: Hodor keyboard ($0.99)
Alex Dobie - Hitman GO
The mobile gaming world is littered with cash-ins designed to play on the success of popular PC or console titles (hey there Dungeon Keeper!) But Hitman Go is a surprisingly authentic recreation of the long-running series of the same name. Square Enix's mobile murder simulator brings the Hitman world to handheld devices with a new board game-inspired aesthetic and a focus on turn-based puzzle gameplay. The classic Hitman titles were always at their best when played as assassination-based puzzlers, and Hitman Go brings this to life through a series of set-piece encounters where players, as Agent 47, must make it to the level's end undetected, maneuvering around (or through) guards, using distractions to misdirect enemies, before eventually taking out their mark.
With a unique visual style, gameplay that can easily be enjoyed in small chunks and a satisfying difficulty curve, Hitman Go is a great example of how to re-imagine a big-name title for smaller screens. And for only $4.99 on Google Play, it's worth a look for series fans and newcomers alike.
Download: Hitman GO ($4.99 / £2.99)
Phil Nickinson — Wikipedia Beta
Wikipedia is preparing a new native version of its Android app, and it's doing so with a separate listing on Google Play. And that is what I present before you today. On a superficial level it just looks beter, with a proper drawer, prominent search and nothing really getting in the way of the entries themselves. You can log in if you wish, bookmark at will, view your history and bookmarks, or just pull up a random entry. Definitely an improvement over the old app.
Download: Wikipedia Beta (Free)
Andrew Martonik - ESPN FC Soccer & World Cup
With the World Cup just around the corner, I've been trying out quite a few apps to make sure I'm up on all of the latest news and see which one will give me the best way to keep up with the tournament as it's ongoing. The ESPN FC app is a great one to have for following league matches, but around this time the big focus is on the World Cup, and the app's name has even changed to reflect that.
You can slide in the panel from the left edge of the app and move right into the World Cup area if you don't care about whatever lingering league play is going on, and for now keep up with all of the news, videos and highlights from pre-WC friendlies. The app is pretty great, and it should be one of many tools that you use to keep up with all the action.
Download: ESPN FC Soccer & World Cup (Free)
Richard Devine - Wind Up Knight 2
The original Wind Up Knight was a favorite in these parts. The sequel dropped for Android a little while ago and it's every bit as fun and challenging as the original was. It combines great looking visuals with simplistic controls and has a real pick-up-and-play feel to it. You've got side quests, a tournament mode and plenty of levels to keep you coming back for more. It's nothing radically new over the original, but that's no bad thing. And it's free to try out, what more could you ask for?
Download: Wind Up Knight 2 (Free)
Simon Sage - Tales of the Adventure Company
Tales of the Adventure Company is a puzzle/RPG hybrid with retro graphics and nary an in-app purchase in sight. Players tap their way through a dungeon set in a tile grid. Each tap reveals what's under each tile, which can include monsters, exits, loot, and heroes to rescue. Everything that can be found is arrayed in a pre-set pattern, so you can figure your way around obstacles and towards objectives if you're clever. You'll need to do some slaying too in order to find keys for the next level; though combat is a simple one-on-one turn-based battle, you'll need to carefully decide who's leading the party when in order to maximize your advantage. You only have a limited number of turns to complete a dungeon, so don't dawdle. If you can't make it, too bad, you'll have to start again from scratch. Work your way through multiple floors of a dungeon to take out the boss at the bottom, and move onto the next fantastic setting. Tales of the Adventure Company packs a lot of puzzly challenge in an old-school package.
Download: Tales of the Adventure Company ($1.99)