Play god. Drive secure. Flip birds. Search secret. [Awesome Apps of the Week]

New Apple Arcade game Doodle God Universe lets you get ... creative.

Some basic iOS video games obtained upgraded for his or her Apple Arcade debuts this week, however that’s simply the beginning of this week’s roundup. A brand new iOS app provides you the possibility to win prizes for not driving like a jerk. And a brand new Mac app enables you to effortlessly declutter your displays.

Plus, a few heavy-hitter apps obtained updates — one sort of severe from a privateness perspective, and one nearly utterly frivolous. Are you prepared on your app upgrades?

Doodle God Universe

New Apple Arcade sport Doodle God Universe enables you to get … artistic.
Screenshots: JoyBits

It’s time to play god! In Doodle God Universe, one in all three revamped basic video games added to Apple Arcade this week, an empty planet is your palette. The puzzle/world-building sport provides you 4 fundamental components to play with, however crafting the universe is as much as you.

“Additionally, you will have to make use of your intelligence and creativeness as you mix air, water, fireplace and earth to create tons of of recent components to make your planet come alive!” says developer JoyBits within the sport’s App Retailer description.

The unique Doodle God sport, launched in 2010, grew to become successful. This upgraded model contains new leaderboards, hints, music, achievements and extra.

Value: Free with Apple Arcade subscription

Obtain from: App Retailer (iOS, iPadOS, Mac and tvOS)

TrypScore: Drive Secure & Win

Drive safe and win rewards with new driving app TrypScore.
Drive secure and win rewards with TrypScore.
Screenshots: Medidas Applied sciences

Sponsored: New app TrypScore needs to show secure driving right into a sport, with winners receiving reward playing cards. However the final prize is saving lives. The free app measures each “Tryp” you are taking, then provides you a driving rating that takes under consideration your velocity, acceleration, braking, cornering and smartphone utilization.

Driving safely drives you up the TrypScore leaderboard — and prizes await.

“TrypScore was designed to be enjoyable,” stated Invoice Bland, founder and CEO of Medidas Applied sciences, the app’s maker, in a press launch. “Our customers can problem one another on our leaderboards, acquire ‘Pyns’ at our company accomplice’s TrypStops, and enter contests comparable to our Drive Free for a Yr Contest. We love the tales our customers are sending to us, together with households difficult one another for the best TrypScore, unimaginable fuel financial savings achieved by way of improved driving, and naturally after they win a contest or one in all our each day or weekly challenges for precise reward playing cards.”

Proper now, TrypScore is rolling out in sure areas in america and Canada. However even should you don’t reside in a type of fortunate locales, you possibly can join now and begin racking up entries within the Drive Free for a Yr contest. The winner of that will get car funds for a yr, plus money to cowl insurance coverage and fuel. (Additionally, you possibly can seize that all-important person identify so that you don’t find yourself with one thing like “bobsmith2021.”)

Value: Free

Obtain from: App Retailer (iOS) or Google Play


If you use Google's iOS app, it's easier than ever to take control of your search history.
In the event you use the Google app, it’s simpler than ever to take management of your search historical past.
Screenshots: Google

Now the all-knowing (and all-remembering) Google app simply gave you a straightforward option to lock down your search historical past. Some individuals scrupulously keep away from utilizing Google merchandise due to the corporate’s routine hoovering up of knowledge. However actually, no person’s search outcomes come shut.

This week’s replace to Google’s iOS app would possibly assist allay just a few privateness fears. Now you possibly can limit entry to your search historical past by hiding it behind a password or two-factor authentication. Plus, a brand new instrument enables you to immediately delete the final quarter-hour of your search historical past.

Value: Free

Obtain from: App Retailer (iOS, iPadOS)

Indignant Birds Reloaded

Angry Birds Reloaded on Apple Arcade: Those birds seem angrier than ever!
These birds appear angrier than ever!
Screenshots: Rovio Leisure

There’s multiple option to flip the fowl. Developer Rovio Leisure reimagined basic 2009 iOS sport Indignant Birds “from the bottom up” for Apple Arcade, Cupertino says.

Added to Apple’s subscription gaming service this week, Indignant Birds Reloaded will really feel acquainted to anyone who ever wasted hours catapulting cartoon birds at pugnacious pigs. However the brand new model brings “refreshed graphics and sound results, candy power-ups, and on Eagle Island you’ll have new characters to slingshot, just like the coffee-slurping pig, Garry.”

Whether or not you’re an Indignant Birds vet or a complete noob, it’s nonetheless a ridiculously enjoyable option to waste a while.

Value: Free with Apple Arcade subscription

Obtain from: App Retailer (iOS, iPadOS, Mac and tvOS)

Fb Messenger

Facebook Messenger adds Soundmojis: You should really be using FaceTime, but whatever.
You need to actually be utilizing FaceTime, however no matter.
Screenshots: Fb

Just like the venerable Google app, Fb Messenger definitely isn’t “new.” Nonetheless, this week’s replace introduced a brand new characteristic: audible emoji that Fb calls “Soundmojis.”

Because the identify suggests, Soundmojis pair widespread emoji with sounds. Some are literal interpretations of the pictures (chirping crickets for the cricket emoji). Others serve up audio snippets from motion pictures, songs and TV reveals. In the event you like emoji, and you want the thought of giving them a sonic enhance, right here’s methods to use Soundmojis in Fb Messenger.

Value: Free

Obtain from: App Retailer (iOS, iPadOS) or Google Play

AppSwitcher ~ Clear App Change

AppSwitcher makes Mac screen-sharing much less distracting.
AppSwitcher makes Mac screen-sharing a lot much less distracting.
Screenshots: Aquarius Pc

Uninterested in a number of app home windows cluttering up your Mac’s desktop? Aquarius Pc, maker of a brand new app known as AppSwitcher, feels your ache — and is able to ship an answer.

With AppSwitcher working within the background, you possibly can click on between your different Mac apps and you’ll solely see the latest one you invoked. For example, say you’re taking a look at an online web page in Safari and wish to verify your e mail. Click on the Mail app within the Dock, and poof — Safari disappears, leaving solely Mail in your display screen.

The app is designed for making screen-sharing prettier and less-cumbersome throughout displays, but it surely really seems prefer it may carry a contact of serenity to a busy day.

Value: $2.99

Obtain from: App Retailer (Mac)

Alto’s Odyssey: The Misplaced Metropolis

Alto's Oddyssey: The Lost City. Get ready to sandboard your way to The Lost City.
Get able to sandboard your option to The Misplaced Metropolis.
Screenshots: Snowman

A second sequel to 2015’s good Alto’s Journey, the third new Apple Arcade sport of the week takes sandboarding to new realms. Particularly, to the The Misplaced Metropolis, which Apple calls “a vibrant, party-packed fourth biome.”

The up to date sport, known as Alto’s Odyssey: The Misplaced Metropolis, builds on Alto’s Odyssey, which got here out in 2018. That sport added “new components together with wall rides, vortexes that can propel you thru the air, and aerial obstacles comparable to scorching air balloons which you can propel your self off,” as we wrote on the time.

With Alto’s Odyssey: The Misplaced Metropolis, you get all that in addition to the unique’s “serene vibe and intuitive controls,” Apple says.

Value: Free with Apple Arcade subscription

Obtain from: App Retailer (iOS, iPadOS, Mac and tvOS)

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