Apps of the week

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!

Jen Karner - Crashing Season

When it comes to games on mobile, I'm constantly on the lookout for something new. Earlier this week, a different kind of running game, Crashing Season popped up. You play as a variety of different forest animals who are taking on the hunters who are there to kill them and destroy the forest they call home.

The game is super simple, and really just involves directing your animal to run over hunters as they shoot at you. Each level has different objectives for you to complete. By doing well you'll get access to more difficult levels, and new animals, and new environments that need to be protected from those pesky hunters. Totally free, and tons of fun, if you're looking for something fun and simple, take a peek at Crashing Season.

Download: Crashing Season (Free)

Russell Holly — Now You See Me 2: Mobile Magic

Now You See Me 2

I loved Now You See Me. It was one of those movies that I caught in the theater because I was bored one Saturday, and it turned out to be fantastic. There's a much bigger budget for the sequel, and while that rarely means a better movie it does mean we're going to see some cool promotional material alongside the launch.

NYSM2: Mobile Magic is a perfect example. There's a couple of fun Augmented Reality gimmicks thrown together into a fun app. You can trick someone into thinking their favorite number is being drawn on the table in front of them, engage in some card tricks, and take a few magic lessons. It's a cute free app, and did what it was supposed to do — get me excited about this new movie.

Download: Now You See Me 2 Mobile Magic (Free)

Andrew Martonik — ESPN FC Soccer


If you're a soccer (football) fan, the next month and a half are going to be pretty exciting with both the Copa America and Euro 2016 tournaments going on. ESPN brings excellent coverage of the soccer world, and if you don't care to follow other sports at the same time the ESPN FC app is for you — it keeps things strictly to soccer, just how many of us like it.

ESPN FC Soccer breaks up the app by league, country, team or competition (including tournaments) so you can follow just what you want, or you can zoom all of the way out to view everything in the soccer world. The app is fantastic for game updates, stats, news and video, whether it's during a couple of tournaments or just in your average week of club play.

Download: ESPN FC Soccer (Free)

Ara Wagoner — GIPHY


I use a lot of gifs, in my private conversations and in my social media. I sign off almost every night with one, and when looking for gifs that accent my current mood or one of the films or shows currently on my mind, searching for gifs, downloading them, and then sharing them through Chrome, Disney GIF, and my own collection can get a bit tedious. So, this week I finally bit the bullet and downloaded GIPHY.

It's been mostly perfect (there are a few gif areas where the selection is lacking, but I can't fault the app itself for those), but there is one tidbit I quickly learned when it came to sharing the actual gif images rather than links to the images on GIPHY's site. It doesn't matter what app or platform I'll be sharing the image to, the share option I use is the green text messaging icon that appears first in the send options.

Download GIPHY (Free)

Phil Nickinson — Sky Force Reloaded

My favorite top-down shooter is back. New stages. New planes. (!!!) Loads of stars to collected, and humans to rescue. And we also have new in-app purchases to consider. I've ponied up $1.99 for double stars on every level. (I'll certainly play this game enough to justify that paltry sum.) I haven't yet paid another $1.99 to get rid of the ads — they're actually not awful and easy to dismiss.

All in all, a great game just got even better.

Download: Sky Force Reloaded (Free, with in-app purchases)

Jerry Hildenbrand — Toolwiz Photos

I usually just use Snapseed when I take a quick picture with a phone and want to gussy it up a little. But sometimes, I want to do more with a specific picture. I've found Toolwiz Photos to be a great middle-ground between using Adobe products on a phone, or moving the picture to my computer for "real" Adobe work.

There are over 100 different tools at your disposal, and the editing is easy and designed for a touch screen. Most everything I would want to do to a photo can be done right on my phone using Toolwiz Photos. More importantly (to me, anyway) the app is real freeware from folks who just wanted to make something great and share it — with no stupid permissions required.

This is one of the apps that I'll install on every Android phone from now on.

Download:Toolwiz Photos (Free)

Daniel Bader - Flipp: Weekly Ads & Coupons

When I shop for groceries, I try to save money, but clipping coupons and searching through flyers is not something I would consider a fun activity.

Flipp all but automates those actions, curating flyers from a number of the closest stores. It also identifies coupons from those stores, and helps facilitate price matches where they apply. If a store honors price matching, Flipp finds the same product for less money at a nearby store.

Finally, Flipp uses your Google account to store loyalty cards, so at checkout a barcode replaces a physical card to capture those all-important redemption points.

Flipp is available throughout the U.S. and Canada, so try it to see if it works in your area.

Download: Flipp (Free)