We're getting into that time of year when device rumors are swirling, but when it comes down to it we still care about finding the best apps in the Play Store for your enjoyment every week. When we find 'em, we let you guys know. We've got a couple games (as usual) and some utility apps for your enjoyment. Read on past the break to see how we've done this week.
Richard Devine - Max Payne Mobile
The past seven days saw a brand new, shiny, factory fresh Jelly Bean install on my Nexus 7, which meant it was completely empty to start filling up with apps all over again. First on the list was Max Payne Mobile. A game i've longed to play on my Android devices since release, but never got round to. Mainly down to required storage space.
Yeah, it's massive. However, once past that, what an amazing mobile game this really is. True to the original console version in every way, same storyline, same graphics, and who ever got tired of using the Matrix-esque bullet time to kill bad guys? A nice touch is the customizable touchscreen control positions, meaning that if you have small hands -- like me -- you can bunch all the controls up close to each other for maximum effect. I love the original, I love this port, and at $2.99 it's great value for money too.
Download: Max Payne Mobile ($2.99)
Sean Brunett - History Here
This app is for all of you history buffs out there and is brought to us by the official HISTORY Channel. The app’s goal is to present locations on a map that are significant historically so that you can read about them, visit them and understand more about the background of a particular place. The app allows you to search locations or use your GPS to find interesting sites that are near you. It will then display pins on a Google Map that you can click on and read more about why they have importance. You can save sites that you particularly enjoy to your favorites, share them with friends and view images of them. It’s a clever app that is great for the history buff.
Download: History Here (Free)
Simon Sage - Funky Smugglers
Funky Smugglers strutted into Google Play late this week, offering fast, stylish, swipe-based gameplay. You play as an airport security officer scanning travelers through an x-ray. You need to tap and drag away dangerous items, like uzis and hacksaws, while leaving safe items, like rubber duckies, untouched. If you miss a dangerous item or accidentally confiscate a green one, you lose one of three health points. Players earn bonus points for removing multiple items in single swipes, which can be supplemented by useful power-ups that occasionally drift into view. Completing the three random missions active at any time can also earn you some bonus cash. Of course, the more planes that you subsequently board, the harder they get, but you also earn big coins for long streaks of security clearance. Once you're paid at the end of the day, you can spend your coins on new passengers, theme packs, or limited-use power-ups. Yeah, coins can also be purchased through in-app purchases, but that's easy enough to ignore. If you're feeling competitive there are also only team battle leaderboards.
The funky soundtrack and exaggerated cartoon graphics give this game a ton of replay value and is bound to keep you entertained for a long time to come.
Download: Funky Smugglers ($0.99)
Chris Parsons - TunnelBear
Whether you're just looking to protect your privacy, bypass internet censorship or experience the internet as people in other countries experience it, a VPN is a great solution. Problem is some of them are expensive and don't always work with your tablet or smartphone the way you would like. Enter TunnelBear.. A free VPN app that works for both the U.S. and UK. To kick things off, TunnelBear will give you 500MB of data to use as you see fit through their servers and to add to that if you hit them up on Twitter each month they'll give you an additional 1GB directly added to your account. The app is simple, beautiful, free and it works -- can't ask for much more than that.
Download: TunnelBear (Free)
Andrew Martonik - Starbucks WiFi Auto Login
If you’ve spent any decent amount of time in a Starbucks, you’ve likely connected to their free Wi-Fi before. Connecting on a laptop is easy enough. Connect to the open Wi-Fi, open your browser, accept the terms and you’re good to go. It’s a little bit more of a pain on your phone though, and I’ve found an app that can take care of it automatically. This simple, open source app will automatically accept the terms and conditions and connect you to Starbucks Wi-Fi when you enable it. After setting it up once, the next time you return your phone will automatically sign in, assuming you enable Wi-Fi in the first place. It’s something simple that will maybe save you 30 seconds, but given the choice I’d rather have it done automatically.
Download: Starbucks WiFi Auto Login (Free)
Jerry Hildenbrand - Wallbase HD Wallpapers
Half the fun of having a smartphone is customizing the way it looks and making it a reflection of you. With Android, there are a lot of ways to accomplish this, but probably the easiest is with a unique wallpaper. There are a lot of ways to get custom wallpapers for your phone, including our very own Wallpaper Gallery, but in the spirit of choice I'm picking another one this week -- Wallbase HD Wallpapers.
Wallbase.cc is a site that scrapes 4chan to grab the best wallpapers from the boards, and post them elsewhere so you don't have to wade through the filth that is 4chan to find them, They offer an incredible collection, and have something to suit every taste -- including the NSFW taste (you've been warned). With the Wallbase HD Wallpapers app, you now have an easy way to search through them all and apply one directly to your phone, without using any wires or sending files. If you love changing the wallpaper on your Android phone, it's well worth having a look.
Of course, we can't have any discussion of wallpapers without showing one, so here's mine. To make things easy, I've uploaded it to the AC wallpaper database right here. Now find your own favorite, and head to the forums to show it off!
Download: Wallbase HD Wallpapers (Free / $1.97)