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The 5 Best iPhone Games of the Month

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From 'Ducktails' to 'Hellrider'

Every week, TIME rounds up our favorite iPhone games of the past few days. Here are the best of the best for March, from a 1990s throwback to a spooky dungeon adventure.

 

DuckTales: Remastered

DuckTales, originally released in the late 1980s and 1990s, was one of the best adventure games ever. Now, it’s been remastered for iOS — which means no more crummy, hard to see graphics. Take Scrooge McDuck on a string of journeys through dangerous terrains, traps and maps until you find your treasure. It’s an expensive game, but it’s a small price to pay for reliving one of the best games ever developed – or discovering it for the first time.

DuckTales: Remastered is available for $9.99 in the App Store

Bouncy Bits

If you were to take Frogger and give it to the creators of Adventure Time, you’d get Bouncy Bits. It’s a simple runner game with a slight twist. The goal is to navigate your character and bounce through each level while dodging obstacles. You can upgrade to new maps and players and rack up points. There are some in-app purchases you can make, like new player modes and characters, to enhance gameplay.

Bouncy Bits is free in the App Store

MORTAL KOMBAT X

This hugely anticipated game was well worth the wait. It’s essentially just like the much-loved button mashing games of yesteryear, except with greatly improved graphics. You can unlock a variety of characters, including some of your favorites from the old series, and spend your time ripping opponents throats out or stabbing them in the face or turning them into ice sculptures.

MORTAL KOMBAT X is free in the App Store

Hellrider

Imagine Mad Max, but instead of fighting other humans, you’re battling an army of skeletons. Clobber your way through various maps and destroy your enemies. Despite the fact that Hellrider follows the basic arcade game principle of running through levels and smashing enemies to bits, the game is remarkably designed and never gets boring.

Hellrider is free in the App Store

Tiny Dangerous Dungeons

Until the day Nintendo decides to get launch a full suite of titles for iOS, games like Tiny Dangerous Dungeons will have to do. Take your character (who is wearing a suspiciously Mario-like outfit) through spooky arenas and over obstacles until you reach the end of each level. There’s not much enemy-fighting in this one, which is why it’s so endearingly like games of yesteryear, down to the blocky graphics and monochrome display. It’ll look really cool on your iPhone screen.

Tiny Dangerous Dungeons is free in the App Store

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The 5 Best iPhone Apps of the Month

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From HBO Now to Periscope

Every week, TIME rounds up our favorite iPhone apps of the past few days. Here are the best of the best for April, from television to productivity.

HBO NOW

HBO NOW is HBO’s new standalone streaming service, offering all of the network’s programming for $15 a month sans a cable subscription. You can watch shows like Game of Thrones, Veep, and Silicon Valley as they air, or dive deep into HBO’s back catalog to catch up on Sex and the City or The Sopranos.

HBO NOW is free in the App Store

Google Calendar

Many of us have been waiting for years for Google to release an iPhone version of its Google Calendar app. It’s finally here, with a beautiful color palette and easy-to-read viewing options. It also syncs up nicely with your Gmail account, helping to import events directly from emailed messages.

Google Calendar is free in the App Store

Periscope

When Meerkat came out and gave Twitter users a way to stream live video feeds directly to their followers, it was clear that Twitter itself would need to respond, and quickly. Like Meerkat, Twitter’s new app Periscope allows you to send direct live video feeds to your Twitter followers. However, the app is more polished and easier to use, plus it has the benefit of official Twitter support.

Periscope is free in the App Store

Highball

Highball is less of a cocktail recipe app and more of a cocktail diary app, helping you remember exactly how you prefer certain drinks. For example, I like twice as much gin in my Negroni than the normal recipe calls for. Highball allows you to doctor and alter drink recipes, adding measurements as small as a “Pinch” (which will come in extremely handy for the eccentrics who like to add a drop of bitters into everything).

Highball is free in the App Store

Office Lens

Long one of the best Windows Phone apps out there, Microsoft’s Office Lens is now available for iPhone (and Android), letting you use your iPhone’s camera to digitize just about anything. Office Lens can turn whiteboard notes into a readable document; it can convert images into a PowerPoint presentation, and it can make digital versions of print documents. In short, your phone is a lot more useful with Office Lens than without it.

Office Lens is free in the iTunes App Store

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These Are the 3 Best Free iPhone Apps Right Now

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You'll be glad you downloaded these

Looking to score some great new iPhone apps at no cost? These three are some of the best you can get without spending a dime right now.

City Maps 2Go Pro

One of the biggest struggles of traveling abroad is paying for super-expensive roaming data plans. City Maps 2Go Pro is an amazing app that allows you to download maps for offline use, which means actually finding your way around a new city without spending a ton of money on a data plan.It will also give you walking directions and sightseeing recommendations.

Meeting Box

Although Meeting Box might work best on the iPad, it’s a great note-taking app on any device. It allows users to sketch, write notes, as well as take audio recordings to accompany your jottings. A good app for the note-takers who don’t like the distraction of a full computer in class or in meetings. More importantly, it can create an entire note document that you can cycle through later, page-by-page.

Sketchworthy

For the most expert doodlers, Sketchworthy is definitely worth downloading. Choose from different types of paper and choose from a variety of points and colors to let your imagination run wild. There’s a professional element to the app, too, which means you can sketch out blueprints or designs and share them with friends or partners.

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How to Automatically Post Instagram Photos to Twitter

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Here's an easy fix to a frustrating problem

Once upon a time, it was easy to share your Instagram photos via Twitter. But these days, sharing your Instagram images directly to Twitter just tweets out a boring old link, not that fav-worthy snapshot you just took.

No worries — there’s an easy fix.

IFTTT, short for “If This Then That,” is a program that lets you create “triggers” for your various apps. IFTTT has lots of great applications, but one of them is sharing Instagram images natively on Twitter once again.

To do so, you can create a recipe—IFTTT’s name for its triggers—for posting an image to Twitter every time you take a photo with Instagram.

First, visit IFTTT’s website and create an account. Then, visit this link and activate the recipe. You’ll then be asked to activate your Twitter and Instagram accounts, which you should go ahead and do. Then, the service will essentially link those two accounts, sending out a tweet every time you post a new photo to Instagram.

A few caveats: This setup can be a little slow, so fret not if your photos don’t show up on Twitter immediately after you post them on Instagram. And if you want to temporarily turn off the auto-posting, download IFTTT’s mobile app, which lets you turn recipes on and off on a whim.

 

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The 5 Best iPhone Games of the Week

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Try 'Bouncy Bits,' which is like a modern Frogger

Had enough Candy Crush and looking for some fun new games to play on your iPhone? Here are five favorites TIME rounded up this week.

Wrassling

Although Wrassling is truly inane in its gameplay, it’s reminiscent of the classic Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots. Command a blockheaded wrestler and try your best to clobber your opponent even as your limbs fall off. There’s something truly mesmerizing about how long you can spend playing a game this simple.

Wrassling is free in the App Store

Burn It Down

For a blocky, retro-looking game, Burn it Down is surprisingly plot-heavy. You wake up and find that all of the sudden, your lover is missing. The kidnapper and the motive remain unclear, but you must work your way through various, grim levels and find clues in order to get to the bottom of it. Part detective story, part haunted mansion explorer.e

Burn It Down is free in the App Store

Bouncy Bits

If you were to take Frogger and give it to the creators of Adventure Time, you’d get Bouncy Bits. It’s a simple runner game with a slight twist. The goal is to navigate your character and bounce through each level while dodging obstacles. You can upgrade to new maps and players and rack up points. There are some in-app purchases you can make, like new player modes and characters, to enhance gameplay.

Bouncy Bits is free in the App Store

Tower Slash

Tower Slash takes the classic neo-pixel game format and does something that is at once both incredibly retro and very well suited to the iPhone. Climb up a tower on the game’s vertical landscape and try to beat your friend’s scores — but you’re limited to the few basic commands of jumping to dodge obstacles and attacking enemies with a few weapons upgrades.

Tower Slash is free in the App Store

Tadpole Tap

This should have been a Game Boy Color game. Navigate a tadpole with an elastic tongue through a river and snatch various bugs and animals. As you improve, and as the game becomes more impossible, you also unlock other tadpoles to play with. Every fly you eat earns you points. There’s something incredibly calming about the game’s design and how easy it is to play for a few short minutes here and there.

Tadpole Tap is free in the App Store

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The 5 Best iPhone Apps of the Week

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Google Calendar, VOX Player and more are our favorite iPhone apps of the week.

Linkagoal

Linkagoal describes itself as a “goal-based social network,” letting you post all sorts of personal aspirations so people can cheer you on and help keep you motivated. But the flip side is also true: Using the app brings a newfound sense of shame when you don’t complete your goals, further helping you stay on target. Once you post about your dreams online, motivation from strangers won’t get you there — the fear of public failure, rather, does the trick.

Linkagoal is free in the App Store

Sketchat

Sketchat is essentially Snapchat for drawings, but you don’t lose your sketches into the ether. The most fun part of the app is that you can send your sketches to friends, who can then make modifications of their own and send them back to you. Staff meetings and lecture halls will never be the same.

Sketchat is free in the App Store

VOX Player

VOX gives you cloud storage for your music, meaning you don’t have to take up your iPhone’s storage space with a whole bunch of .mp3s. You get unlimited music storage for $4.99, as well as the ability to create offline playlists and access music you have stored in different places, making it a great app for those managing multiple music subscriptions.

VOX Player is free in the App Store

Office 365 Video for iPhone

Office 365 Video is a great way to share videos with your employees or coworkers. Record a video, then submit it to your personal portal for others in your organization to view — assuming you’ve got an Office 365 subscription.

Office 365 Video for iPhone is free in the App Store

Google Calendar

Many of us have been waiting for years for Google to release an iPhone version of its Google Calendar app. It’s finally here, with a beautiful color palette and easy-to-read viewing options. It also syncs up nicely with your Gmail account, helping to import events directly from emailed messages.

Google Calendar is free in the App Store

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The 5 Best iPhone Apps of the Week

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Try HBO Now, which brings you HBO content without a cable subscription

It seems like hundreds of new iPhone apps pop up every week, but which ones should you bother trying? We explored the App Store and found some apps actually worth downloading.

HBO NOW

HBO NOW is HBO’s new standalone streaming service, offering all of the network’s programming for $15 a month sans a cable subscription. You can watch shows like Game of Thrones, Veep, and Silicon Valley as they air, or dive deep into HBO’s back catalog to catch up on Sex and the City or The Sopranos.

HBO NOW is free in the App Store

Highball

Highball is less of a cocktail recipe app and more of a cocktail diary app, helping you remember exactly how you prefer certain drinks. For example, I like twice as much gin in my Negroni than the normal recipe calls for. Highball allows you to doctor and alter drink recipes, adding measurements as small as a “Pinch” (which will come in extremely handy for the eccentrics who like to add a drop of bitters into everything).

Highball is free in the App Store

Dingo

Ticket-buying app Dingo is perfect for anyone looking for more reliable options than Craigslist or scalping outside the stadium. U.K.-only at the moment, Dingo combines the efficiency of StubHub with the chat function of Tinder to bring you a pretty solid way to buy tickets directly from other fans.

Dingo is free in the App Store

Dialr

Dialr makes life easier by putting your most-dialed contacts right in the Notification Center so you can reach them with minimal effort. Basically, it makes your iPhone way more useful without overcomplicating the device. While there are other similar apps out there, Dialr is simple and doesn’t require launching the app every time you want to use it.

Dialr is $0.99 in the App Store

CARROT Weather

If ever you’ve wanted to feel like Tony Stark jabbing with his sarcastic artificial intelligence J.A.R.V.I.S., then CARROT Weather is the app for you. It’s an adorably designed weather app that talks to you, or, more accurately, talks back to you. It puts up new images on your screen for different weather scenarios, and makes checking the weather actually sort of fun as opposed to tedious.

CARROT Weather is $2.99 in the App Store

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How to Save Stories To Read Later On Your Phone

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Pocket and Instapaper help you avoid missing the articles you want to read

Sometimes, it feels like our phones buzz with notifications from our favorite news apps at the most inconvenient moments — it’s hard to open a notification about Iranian nuclear developments when we’re headed into a meeting or chasing down the bus.

Luckily, there are a few great apps that will help you save important stories for reading later in the day when you’ve got some downtime, even if you don’t have a data signal (say, on the subway).

One of the most well-known of these story-saving apps is the easy-to-use Instapaper. After creating an account and downloading the mobile app (iPhone and iPad here, Android here) and optional browser extensions, you can save stories to your Instapaper queue from your desktop browser or mobile device. Later, you can recall those saved stories in Instapaper’s app for easy reading. Some websites and apps also offer a button that lets you instantly save stories to Instapaper directly.

Another popular option is Pocket, which works mostly the same way as Instapaper — people tend to prefer whichever app they were introduced to first. However, Pocket gives you some different options for saving stories, like the ability to add articles to your queue by emailing them to a designated Pocket address. Like Instapaper, you can also save from a number of third party apps through the share function. Get the iPhone version here, Android here.

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The 5 Best iPhone Games of the Week

Try Rogue Star, a Star Wars-like space adventure

Had enough Candy Crush and looking for some fun new games to play on your iPhone? Here are five favorites TIME rounded up this week.

Smove

Overall an incredibly simple game with a very rewarding premise, Smove takes you through a number of levels in which you fly through different stages, dodging obstacles as they fly toward you. And though it may not be the world’s most complex game, it’ll keep you playing for a very long time.

Smove is free in the App Store

Attack the Light

For fans of Steven Universe, this game is an absolute necessity. For those who have yet to watch the endearing Cartoon Network show, then allow this game to be your gateway. Run through maps related to the show and clobber enemies while playing as the show’s main characters. However, Attack the Light isn’t entirely a fighting game. You lead your characters on an adventure, turning this game into an adorable RPG.

Attack the Light is $2.99 in the App Store

Tiltagon

Tiltagon is a truly fantastic, fast-paced puzzle game. The object is simple: you must continuously tilt your device in order to manipulate the trajectory of a ball on a series of increasingly complex hexagonal landscapes. Keep the ball rolling, and you stay alive. If not, you explode, which is a great way to go out.

Tiltagon is free in the App Store

Rogue Star

Perhaps it’s simply the game’s name, but Rogue Star has great similarities to the celebrated GameCube game Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader. In Rogue Star, you fly your ship in a band of criminals, blasting your way through space and completing missions in order to ascend the ranks.

Rogue Star is $4.99 in the App Store

MORTAL KOMBAT X

This hugely anticipated game was well worth the wait. It’s essentially just like the much-loved button mashing games of yesteryear, except with greatly improved graphics. You can unlock a variety of characters, including some of your favorites from the old series, and spend your time ripping opponents throats out or stabbing them in the face or turning them into ice sculptures.

MORTAL KOMBAT X is free in the App Store

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The 5 Best iPhone Apps of the Week

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Elizabeth Renstrom for TIME

Try Office Lens, which lets you turn paper documents into digital files

It seems like hundreds of new iPhone apps pop up every week, but which ones should you bother trying? We explored the App Store and found some apps actually worth downloading.

Office Lens

Long one of the best Windows Phone apps out there, Microsoft’s Office Lens is now available for iPhone (and Android), letting you use your iPhone’s camera to digitize just about anything. Office Lens can turn whiteboard notes into a readable document; it can convert images into a PowerPoint presentation, and it can make digital versions of print documents. In short, your phone is a lot more useful with Office Lens than without it.

Office Lens is free in the iTunes App Store

Periscope

When Meerkat came out and gave Twitter users a way to stream live video feeds directly to their followers, it was clear that Twitter itself would need to respond, and quickly. Like Meerkat, Twitter’s new app Periscope allows you to send direct live video feeds to your Twitter followers. However, the app is more polished and easier to use, plus it has the benefit of official Twitter support.

Periscope is free in the App Store

Flyp

Flyp works a lot like Google Voice: it gives you multiple numbers to use and connects them to your mobile device. That means you can create dedicated lines for work, for family, for friends, or for people you never hope to hear from again. It makes compartmentalizing your life a lot easier and makes managing a hectic social or work life a lot simpler.

Flyp is free in the App Store

Tempo Video Editor

For a little more depth in your iPhone videos, Tempo is a perfect app that gives you just enough control to make your clips more interesting. You can select parts of your video clips and edit them either to speed up or slow down playback by varying degrees.

Tempo Video Editor is free in the App Store

Unlimited photo and video transfer

This powerful file transfer app eliminates any need for thumb drives and zip files. You can send videos and photos of any length directly to your contacts, as well as between your iPhone and your desktop. This app works incredibly quickly, which means you won’t have to wait 20 minutes for a file to finish transferring.

Unlimited photo and video transfer is free in the App Store

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