Howdy CrackBerry nation! Hope you all are ready for the weekend. This week we not only saw OS 10.3.1.2582 update files available for download and the announcement of the BlackBerry Care Protection Plan, but the introduction of the Porsche Design P'9983 graphite. In case you missed it, if you haven't had a chance be sure to listen to the BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Freak where a variety of topics are discussed including the BlackBerry Leap on Vodafone UK and the upcoming BlackBerry earnings report
Now on to the more important topic of the day. 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.
Smash Hit by Mediocre AB
Looking for some madness with marbles? This gem similar to those endless running games is certainly one that will turn your head. The first thing you notice is the graphics. From seeing the tiniest details on the glass objects that surround you to the first person view while playing it is a wonder to behold. Users can even adjust the graphics quality in settings. The object of the game is to travel through the different mazes and tunnels all while smashing the glass pyramids with your limited supply of marbles. Simply tap on the area of the screen to aim and shoot. For each target you smash you earn extra marbles that will come in handy as they are also used to destroy obstacles and other obstructions in your path. There are milestones to reach and power-ups to collect along the way. The visual style is impressive and there are various checkpoints to save your progress. However, the free version will not allow you to access these checkpoints. Players will have to start from the beginning each time they play. To be able to unlock this feature an in-app purchase of $1.99 is required.
Keyboard Shortcuts by Toysoft Development
With the release of OS 10.3.1, keyboard devices gained the ability to assign an action or speed dial to specific keys. As a throwback to legacy devices, it is a productive way of launching apps, composing emails, texts, and BBM's, dialing a contact, or even toggling notification modes and locking your device. Toysoft decided to take things one step further and code an application that works in conjunction with this feature and the ones already loaded. In addition to the 25 available keys you can assign, it gives you 32 additional ones. These include a bookmark manager, clipboard manager, shortcut to speak the current date, time, and temperature, system information, place a fake call, flashlight, and miscellaneous shortcuts. Keyboard Shortcuts is only available for OS 10.3.1 and is $2.99 to purchase.
Geodesic Asteroids by Peter Musgrave
Going through the storefront I came across this arcade game to pass the time. It is a physics based game whereby the surface is played along a torus or a donut. The path your ship takes is on a curved space, not a straight line, which makes it difficult to shoot the objects around you. That is also why it allows you to play on both a 3D torus or on a 2D map view of the space. This may be a simple game but it is quite interesting in its mechanics and concept. There is a free version and a premium for $0.99 that enables bonus ships. You can download this for all touch devices only.
Camera ZOOM FX by Androidslide
Both stores may be flooded by photo apps but that won't deter me from finding the best ones. There is nothing better than taking photos of everything and anything on your device and editing them while on the go and this one is no exception. Camera ZOOM comes with a myriad features and options to work with such as a voice-activated shooting mode, time lapse mode, and collage mode. There are also a variety of overlays and textures and a button to randomly apply them. This application gives you more control over your photos and is $2.99 to purchase.
CryptoWipe - Data disposal by CircleTech, s.r.o.
An interesting app popped up this week called CryptoWipe. As a simple file manager, it allows you to securely delete your data, with overwrite, ensuring that no physical data remains recoverable. The free version allows you to wipe any file without limitations such as size, location or type. There is also a premium version that grants another option called periodical wipe so that users can choose directories that are supposed to be wiped after a certain period of time. The application is free to download for BlackBerry 10.
What You Might Have Missed
Kloudmix by Brandon Orr
This week saw the official release of the first native MixCloud client for BlackBerry 10. Previously available in the BlackBerry Beta Zone, it allows users to login to their account and access their favorite mixes, follow other cloudcasters, and even add their own mixes to the service. There are various features at your fingertips to access the online music service. Not only does it integrate with the systems Now Playing toast, music control shortcuts, and extended search, but it also lets you use Kloudmix as the default app for MixCloud links, share cloudcast links, and view, browse and search through cloudcasts. For those of you with a Pebble smartwatch, it even offers integration with Talk2Watch Pro. You can purchase this application for $1.99.
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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