Apps of the Week

We're a day late but worth the wait! Welcome to the latest iteration of our Android Apps of the Week, where we showcase apps that we find interesting. Have an app you think we should take a look at? Feel free to e-mail us and we'll give it a gander.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, onto the show!

Kevin O'Quinn: Jelly Defense ($2.99)

Jelly Defense

 

Jelly Defense is a tower defense style game with a fun twist.  The premise is simple (and the same as any other tower defense game), stop the Jelly's from getting to your gems.  You have a choice of towers, some of which are stronger than others.  Of course they can all be upgraded also, increasing their strength and attack range.  The game has beautiful graphics and a quirky soundtrack, which makes it a blast to play.

There's one small twist with the gameplay.  The Jelly's come in two colors, red and blue, and your towers are also red and blue.  I think you get where I'm going, the tower will only attack Jelly's that are the same color, so that nice area affect tower you just built will be useless against the blue Jelly's.  Keep that in mind when you play and you'll be just fine.  This is a great addition to the tower defense genre of games. [Download from Google Play]

Sean Brunett: BeyondPod (Free, $6.99 premium)

BeyondPod

I’m a huge podcast listener, so I rely heavily on podcast apps on Android. I first used Google Listen, which quickly got replaced by Doggcatcher. Then I moved on to Pocket Casts, which I used for a while until I began experiencing problems on a couple of my devices. That’s when I decided to try BeyondPod, which I had heard a lot about but never tried.

Needless to say, it is my main podcast manager now, and will be for the foreseeable future. While the UI is not as elegant in my opinion as Pocket Casts, it still looks great and the functionality is solid. You can add feeds via searching or RSS, set auto-download options and a lot more. It has a lot of customizable elements which can really allow you to set schedules and make it operate however you want. If you’re into podcasts, I heavily recommend BeyondPod Podcast Manager. The lite version is free, but it also gives you a seven-day trial of the pro version, which costs $6.99 with an unlock key. There is also a dedicated tablet version which takes advantage of the screen real estate. [Download BeyondPod from Google Play: Phone | Tablet | Unlock key]

Alex Dobie: Bamboo Forrest Live Wallpaper (free, 99-cent donation)

Bamboo Live Wallpaper

App developer Kittehface has a reputation for producing some of the best-looking 3D live wallpapers available for Android, and their Bamboo Forest live wallpaper is a great fit for the just-released Galaxy S III. As the name suggests, the app populates your home screens with a serene forest of bamboo shoots, with added eye candy in the form of illuminated effects and orbs of light. The free version gets you the basic green forest, while the paid version delivers customization options, including the ability to tweak colors and visual effects.

The Bamboo Forest Live Wallpaper from Kittehface is available on Google Play for devices running Android 2.1 and above. [Download from Google Play: Free | Donation]

Jerry Hildenbrand: Battle.net Authenticator (Free)

Bettle.net Authenticator

With Blizzard releasing the RMAH (Real Money Auction House) for Diablo III in the very near future (we hope), Battle.Net account security is going to be important to me. I dont have time to run Whimsy over and over, but I want the cool legendaries and rares too, so I figure I'll spend a few bucks and buy some. I also am pretty certain that any player who registers for the RMAH is going to be on some crazy offshore hacker's list of accounts they want to try and get into, So even though I'm only talking tens of dollars I'm positive that I'm going to be a target. Besides a helmet of sturdy tin-foil, the next best thing a player can have is a Battle.Net account authenticator. It's a free app from Blizzard that ties to your Battle.Net account and forces authentication any (and every) time you want to connect to BNet services. Even if some crazed gold farmer gets my password, he won't be logging into my account without my Android phone in his hands, and my precious Helm of Command and crafting supplies will stay safe! It runs on any version of Android, is easy to set-up and use, and is free. Check it out! [Download from Google Play]

Phil Nickinson: Where's my water (free, 99 cents)

Where's my Water

This Disney game has taken up a surprising amount of my time. And my wife's time. And my daughter's time. The premise is that you have to get water to Swampy the alligator so he can take a bath. At first, all you have to do is dig your way to him, be sure to hit the ducks and collectibles along the way. But things get tougher with poisons, explosions, fans and balloons -- and combinations thereof. The graphics are simple but nicely done, and gameplay is simple and entertaining enough for a youngster, yet also challenging enough for adults. The game works fine on a large-screened phone, but it's best on a tablet. The 99-cent version gets you more levels than the free version, and there's a T-Mobile exclusive title, too. [Download from Google Play: Free | 99 Cents | T-Mobile Exclusive]

Richard Devine: One ​More Clock (free)

One More Clock

So this was a late discovery for me this week. After that leaked image of the Motorola Dinara, there was talk of the clock widget in the comments. Turns out, it's available in Google Play and is called One More Clock.

Actually, there is a whole host of clock widgets to choose from to suit all tastes. There's some minimalist styles, some in the veins of Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich, Sense and some just plain unusual. And FYI, if like me you want the clock from the Motorola render, you want Chrome Rings. [Download from Google Play]

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