Howdy CrackBerry nation! Another week has passed so you know what that means? Not only is it time to share with you another batch of apps for your BlackBerry 10 or Priv smartphone, but it's also time to catch up on all the news that transpired since we last met.
Starting things off this week was a brand new episode of the BerryFlow Podcast, where James and Chris discussed a wide range of topics including the February Security Patch and how and why the BlackBerry Priv prevents rooting. Also, we saw a hands-on with Face10 as well as an important update to the Android Runtime for BlackBerry 10
Now it's time to bring you this week's picks for all you passionate BlackBerry addicts out there. You can find each app and game I've rustled up for you by clicking through the gallery below. If your favorite didn't make the cut this week, remember you can help by offering your suggestions at the end.
1. Symbol Series by AsgardSoft
Symbol Series is similar to word search games, though in this case, you are searching for symbols in a particular order rather than letters. These patterns can be backwards, forwards, up, down, or all of the above depending on which mode is selected. All you have to do is follow the hint given at above the playing field. The easy levels require you to search to the right and downwards, the medium levels have you search to the right, downwards, and backwards, while the hard levels can be in any direction.
Playing the game is quite simple. At the top of the screen, you are presented with four symbols and the order you must find them in the grid below. As you recall, the direction in which you find the symbols depends on the difficulty of the level. All you need to do is tap and swipe to select the correct combination which is then highlighted on the board. All puzzles are automatically generated by the app and you can play with or without a timer.
You can download Symbol Series for free in BlackBerry World. Please note, it is only compatible with all-touch handsets, so if you use a BlackBerry 10 device with a physical keyboard, you will not be able to download it.
2. Just10 by Just10 Inc.
Smartphones present us with various outlets for expressing ourselves to our friends, family, and acquaintances. Over the years, we've seen various diary apps for writing down our thoughts or jotting down more personal entries to share anonymously. Just10 is a new ad-free social network where you are limited to ten friends and all content posted is private and deleted within ten days.
As of now, Just10 is in the beta testing stage and membership is free. You can add friends, create posts, and send messages (both of which expire after ten days), and modify your profile. All photos and posts can only be seen by you and up to ten friends. The interface itself is straightforward, though the color scheme is rather simple.
Just10 is free to download from BlackBerry World and is compatible with all BlackBerry 10 devices.
3. Bring! Shopping List by Bring! Labs AG
I tend to leave my grocery list at home when I go to the supermarket. Most of the time this is fine, but more often than not I find myself forgetting an important item or two. To help make sure you do not leave off an essential product there is Bring! Shopping List.
Bring!, however, is not limited to grocery lists. It offers a variety of templates for creating lists for different purposes. For instance, you can differentiate between household, work, party, or vacation items. If what you are looking for is not in the list, you can personalize the name of the list to suit your needs.
There are two ways to add items to your personalized lists. You can search for specific items in the menu or choose from preset categories. Each item is then assigned its own unique icon, or badge, for easy reference. In addition, Bring! also comes with automatic sorting and the option to share with family, friends, or anyone else you wish to include.
Bring! offers a intuitive interface, the ability to create multiple lists, the option to sync live or access offline, and push notifications regarding your shopping trip.
You can download Bring! Shopping List for free in Google Play.
4. Downwell by DevolverDigital
Looking to battle monsters, explore caves, and search for untold treasures? Downwell is a retro-styled pixel game where your character is a curious young boy who ventures down a well with only his gunboots for protection. The object is to not only survive the treacherous caverns filled with menacing creatures but to collect red gems and unique weapons as well.
Downwell only has three controls. Your character can move left, right, and jump/shoot. Each level is randomly generated so no two levels will ever be the same. While the graphics are retro, you cannot say this style is easy to recreate. The attention to detail from the cavern walls and monsters to the traps and menus is quite a feat. While it sometimes can go a little too fast, due to gravity, gameplay is smooth and I can't help but feel nostalgic for the countless hours spent on my NES and Colecovision systems.
While some may prefer the graphics of more modern games, I can sit and play this retro arcade game nonstop. Sometimes, the old fashioned style games are the best.
You can purchase Downwell for $3.00 in Google Play.
5. Perfect Tube by LyStudio
For those who wish to have native experience for viewing YouTube videos rather than using the browser, another options is now available called Perfect Tube. This native BlackBerry 10 app is a basic YouTube app. It gives you the ability to search and play videos, filter searches by category, browse your favorites, and gives a low resolution option for slow internet connections.
As a basic app, Perfect Tube does not offer login support or more in-depth settings. However, it offers background playback, playlists, and videos play smoothly.
You can buy Perfect Tube in BlackBerry World for $1.99.
6. What You Might Have Missed
Hub10 by sirious_27
New to the BlackBerry Beta Zone this week is an app which brings us a dark themed Hub. To be clear, this is an individual app (it does not replace the BlackBerry Hub) for BlackBerry 10 that supports themes and other customizations similar to how the Hub functions on the BlackBerry Priv.
As of now Hub10 is a preview version and is currently missing a few advanced features. It currently supports priority Hub, email tabs, pinch filters, cascaded search filters, calendar events, view and search emails, and add to contacts from email recipient lists.
Many of us have been asking for a dark Hub and if you are interested you will need a Beta Zone account and accompanying app to download Hub10. To create a Beta Zone account you can sign up for free though access is restricted to certain regions.
More importantly, don't forget to submit your feedback, including bug reports and feature requests, from there as well.
Until next week...
That's it for this week folks. For more apps and games, be sure to head on over to the CrackBerry Forums where you will find even more hidden gems to choose from whether it be for BlackBerry 10, BBOS, the BlackBerry PlayBook, or even Android Apps in the Google Play store for the BlackBerry Priv. Of course, you can always find the latest and greatest top editor's picks in the CrackBerry App Gallery. Are there any apps or games you would like to see? Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments.