Howdy CrackBerry nation! This week was a busy one and not just because kids are back in school and everyone is back at work. But enough of my post vacation woes, it is time to bring you up to speed on what has transpired since our last outing. The latest BBM Beta brought it with it several new features including the all new BBM Sticker Club, BlackBerry OS 10.3.2.2639 began rolling out to multiple regions and devices, John Chen will be speaking at Code/Mobile in October, and there was a another edition of the BerryFlow Upstream Podcast.
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.
Advanced Tic Tac Toe - Online multiplayer game by FincoApps
Browsing through the App Announcement forums, I came across a post about our first game. We are all familiar with this simple game that occupied our childhood but a BlackBerry developer decided to add an extra twist. Rather than vie to get three across, players are now asked to connect 5 x's or o's in a row on a grid. The game is rather simple when it comes to graphics but it does offer the ability to play with other players online. In addition, players can play against the computer, set the AI difficulty, and load a saved game. This native game is free to download in BlackBerry World.
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Quicket - Your travel companion by Kwiket GmbH
As someone who has been frequently traveling lately, including last minute trips, being able to book deals on the go is important. This week one such app popped up in BlackBerry World that is optimized for frequent and last-minute travelers to streamline the travel experience. Users can purchase a ticket in a minute or less from over 700 airlines, explore the best and worst seats even in offline mode, view detailed seat maps, mobile check-in for over 300 airlines, get flight status, gate number, and time of departure and arrival, and see who else is on your flight with social media check-in. There is also an option to explore alternative transportation options if there are any flight interruptions. This Android port is available to download for free in BlackBerry World.
Learn More / Download Quicket
Call Log Extender by AM
For those of you seeking to organize your call logs or history this handy little app is there to help. This native application stores call history records indefinitely, gives the ability to export history to DocsToGo, option to add short textual notes to history records, and lets users browse or filter through the stored history and even refine their searches by date. Call Log Extender is $1.99 in BlackBerry World.
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Slydris by Radiangames
Going through the Amazon Underground I came across Slydris. This addictive puzzler is free in the Underground, as it is normally $1.99. As someone who grew up addicted to Tetris, firing up my Passport and downloading this game was a no brainer. The premise is simple but it is no easy feat to accomplish. Your goal is to slide the blocks that fall from the top to create full lines of blocks at the bottom to clear them. Players can create combos, create a row of a single color for a burster, and even utilize other special blocks (including bombs) to enhance gameplay. There are three modes to choose from: Infinite, Zen Mode, and Survival. All it takes is clearing 25 lines to advance to the next level. You can find it in the Amazon Underground App.
KeepTrack Pro by Zagalaga
On another search through the Amazon Underground (normally priced at $1.99) I came across this simple yet flexible tool for tracking just about anything you can think of. Whether you wish to track your weight, exercises, books read, medications, amount of coffee, or any other kind of information you can all from this app. It is designed to track numerical values, text, yes/no questions, mark specific times, predefined values, and duration. Once a tracker is created you can set an initial and default value, set a goal value, and enter in the units and increments. What I find interesting is what happens once you start tracking. KeepTrack Pro creates reports based on your entries. You can view the results as a list or a graph, which is a nice way to visualize your progress. There is also a stats page for even more detailed information. You can download this for free, at the time of this post, in the Amazon Underground App.
What You Might Have Missed
Brain Coach Free & Pro by Inspiro Software Sp. z o.o.
For those wishing to give their brain a workout, this week saw two different versions of Brain Coach. This applications seeks to train your memory, concentration, and reaction time. There are several different games across different categories to boost your cognitive skills and help develop skills you need the most. The games designed include Cards (concentration and reaction training), Arrows (reaction training), Envelopes (memory training), Match times (memory training, Find object (memory training), Numbers (memory and concentration training), Segregation (memory, concentration, and reaction training), and Stripes (memory and concentration training). This native BlackBerry 10 game offers two purchase options, a $2 a month subscription, or a free version with an in-app purchase of $7 to unlock the pro version. You can find both in BlackBerry World.
Learn More / Download Brain Coach Free
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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