BlackBerry App Roundup 7/17/15

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Hope you all had a wonderful week and are getting ready to relax and enjoy the weekend. Things started off with a bang with our own Kevin Michaluk debuting his new YouTube Channel with the unboxing of the gorgeous blue BlackBerry Classic. Be sure to leave a comment on the YouTube video for your chance to win a blue Classic of your own. Also this week , Carl Wiese succeeded John Sims as President of Global Sales, and AT&T officially released OS 10.3.2.556 for the Passport and Classic. On a final note, as I know how much you all enjoy giveaways, be sure to enter to win a $200 ShopCrackBerry shopping spree! Good luck everyone!

Now it's 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.

Brain Blocks – The Mind Puzzle by Modern Alchemists OG

Brain Blocks

Looking to give your mind a workout? Brain Blocks, formerly known as Vibes, is a puzzling tile game with a simple concept. Your task is to restore the ambience of the color palette to restore harmony. This is accomplished by swapping tiles. These blocks do not have to be adjacent to one another. All you have to do is tap two blocks to swap their position that can only be moved left-right or up-down. Each block has to be moved a set number of times, indicated by the dots within the block. If you swap a block incorrectly it will turn black and you will have to undo your last move to continue. When you first download there are 100+ levels included. Additional levels (over 300 in total) are available via an in-app purchase and it offers varying grid sizes. Users may also purchase more undos within the app as well. The IAP purchases range in price ($0.99 to $3.99) depending on the option. Brain Blocks is compatible with most BlackBerry 10 handsets for $2.99.

Learn More / Purchase Brain Blocks

Lifeline by 3 Minute Games, LLC

Lifeline

Going through the Amazon Appstore I can across this interactive fiction game. The story of the game is that there has been a crash landing on an alien moon. Taylor, the main character, is stranded and you are the only person he can communicate with. It is up to you to make the important decisions in real-time to ensure he stays alive. This means you will be interacting with the character throughout the day making small decisions to follow the correct path. Similar to the choose your own adventure games of our childhood, it is an interesting concept even if you have to wait for Taylor to implement your choices. You can purchase Lifeline for $0.99.

How to install Lifeline from the Amazon Appstore

Location Master by David Jones II

Location Master

This application makes it easy to discover your location and share and copy it depending on your needs. All you have to do is launch, move the accuracy slider to your desired position, and tap on start. Once this is complete it will populate the zip code, latitude and longitude, geocode address, the link to online popular map services, and a quick search link for the police phone number in that zip code. You can quickly copy and share or launch in BlackBerry Maps. For whatever reason you may wish to let others know your location, this BlackBerry 10 application is $0.99.

Learn More / Purchase Location Master

Coterie by Anweshm.e

Coterie

As previously noted, two native Slack applications are available in BlackBerry World. While we have already seen one at work, I always love having options at my fingertips. What sets this one apart, as of now, is that it offers the one-to-one instant messaging with others on your team for private conversations. It offers multiple language support, support for multiple accounts, dedicated account linked to Hub, light/dark theme support, custom notifications, real time messaging, file sharing, search and archiving, and access to the team directory. The interface is easy to use and you can find it for $4.99 in BlackBerry World. This native third party slack client is only available for devices running OS 10.3.1 and higher.

Learn More / Purchase Coterie

ScanWritr Pro by Vanaia LLC

ScanWritr Pro

Going through the mailbag, I was sent this document scanner and PDF converter. There are several features this application offers including scanning and importing your documents, with Automatic Edge Detection and Image Enhancement, writing and filling out forms using the Text Input and Marker Tools, storing and sharing, text highlighting, and signing it with the Signature Tool. There is a free limited feature version you can download while the Pro version is $5.99. ScanWritr is an Android port available in BlackBerry World. It is easy to use, scans and converts quickly, and is a handy utility tool for both consumers and professionals.

Learn More / Purchase ScanWritr Pro

What You Might Have Missed

Trip Planner 2015 Games by GreenOwl Mobile

Trip Planner 2015 games

For those seeking real-time traffic and travel information for the Toronto Pam Am and Parapan Am Games this recently released native application will help you get around the city and provide transit alternatives. In addition to venue information, multiple route options, and highway travel times the application also sends auto-reminders, push notifications with live updates during the games, hands free audio traffic reporting, and ability to save your most-used routes before leaving for your destination. Available for most BlackBerry 10 smartphones you can download it for free from BlackBerry World.

Learn More / Download Trip Planner 2015 Games

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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