Howdy CrackBerry nation! Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with their friends and family and are getting ready to enjoy the weekend. I cannot believe how fast this year has flown. Not only did we have three new devices launch this year, but we also saw BlackBerry CEO John Chen transform the conversation around BlackBerry in addition to launching a ton of new services and features. Before we get to this week's selection, I just wanted to take a moment to wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Now it is time to bring you this week's picks for all your 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 did not make the cut this week, remember you can help by offering your suggestions at the end.
Party 2015 by Themerzz
For those of you still rocking legacy devices, there is nothing better than ringing in the New Year with a brand new theme. This sparkling design features a BlackBerry 10 icon set, a big clock on the home screen, custom indicators for messages and BBM, and a minimalist top banner for easy reading. It is the eye-popping colors and attention to detail that grabs your attention. You can find this lovely design in BlackBerry World for most legacy devices running OS 5 and higher for $0.99.
iTavli by i-smartSolutions
Growing up I have to say my family loved to play board games. One of them just happened to be backgammon. For those of you unfamiliar, it is a game in which two players move their pieces around a board comprised of twenty-four triangular points by throwing a set of dice. The winner is the person who is first to remove all their pieces from the board. While this is an Android Port, it does feature three different types of backgammon games for you to choose from: Portes (backgammon), Plakoto (blockgammon), and Fevga (narde). In addition, you can select playing a computer opponent or with your friends even if they are on other platforms. There are instructions on how to play each game, integration with Facebook, there are virtual coins to bet and to play without ads, option to view statistics, and ability to control the speed of the chip motion and dice animation. The graphics are rather simple but if you enjoy the game it gets the job done. iTavli is $0.99 for all BlackBerry 10 handsets with the exception of the Q10.
Viira for BlackBerry 10 by Karta Mobile Inc.
This next application was a suggestion from a reader. It is a powerful and professional GTD application for BlackBerry devices. Its main purpose is to keep you organized, and I must say it is a robust application with all of the bells and whistles to help you accomplish this. There is a plethora of features included only a few of which can fit into the space here. With Viira you can organize your tasks and emails into projects, tag tasks, create email tasks directly from the hub, associate tasks with reminders, reorder tasks and project by priority, view appointments, backup/restore, and it even sync with Outlook (version 2003-2013 is supported). The only downside is the hefty price tag. Normally $19.99, it is currently on sale for the holidays for $14.99, though there is a free trial version available. To some that is a bit steep but if you follow the GTD method of organizing your day-to-day life, then it certainly is an excellent resource to have for all BlackBerry 10 devices. There is also a version available for legacy devices.
Guess the Gif by Random Logic Games
If you are traveling this holiday weekend and need a quick diversion, this is a fun and entertaining game. The premise is that you are presented with an original drawing that represents a pop culture icon or personality. Using this clue and the letters below, it is up to you to figure out who or what it is. There are over two hundred level to play, and I have to say the images are quite amusing. Coins are used to purchase hints or to solve the puzzle, though these can be earned as you play or bought through the application. It is a cute and charming hangman like game that you can download for free in the Amazon Appstore.
Passport Companion by Tony Cresswell
This application allows users to store and manage their .PKPASS files. What this means is that you can access your boarding passes, coupons, loyalty cards, movie tickets, and other passes on your BlackBerry device. As long as they are in the .PKPASS format you can use your device to collect and use loyalty points in stores such as Starbucks that you created on another device or for ones you created at www.passsource.com. The application is easy to use and offers headless support, customized LED notifications, register for geofenced reminders of when a .pkpass is valid (if you pass a store), and the option to send an alert to your Pebble device. While this version does not support dynamic updates (i.e. Points balance updates, airport gate updates), it is handy to use while on the go. Passport Companion is $2.99 for BlackBerry 10.
What You Might Have Missed
Heads Up by Tundra Core Studios
Not to be confused with the popular trivia game, this Heads Up is geared towards a different audience. In those moments where you find you cannot look away from your device while walking, this application offers you a transparent view, using the rear camera, of what is ahead of you. This way if you do happen to be transfixed with a particular conversation on your device, you won't bump into any obstacles in your path. Heads Up is $0.99 for BlackBerry 10.
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 or the BlackBerry PlayBook. 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.
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