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Best Apps of the Month: March 2013
Note: we have removed Armor for Android from our list in light of allegations of deceptive practices.
10,000,000 – Best Apps of the Month
First on our list of best apps of the month is a game called 10,000,000. This game is a mash up of a dungeon crawling RPG and a puzzle game. The premise is you’re a guy trapped in a broken down castle and you must dungeon crawl to earn points. You can fix the castle using resources you earn from dungeon crawling and you earn your freedom after you reach a score of 10,000,000. Spoiler alert, it takes a long time.
10,000,000 is a really fun game to play. During the dungeon crawls you must match up icons on a board in order to perform actions. Matching up staves and swords earns you attacks. Matching up shields earn you defensive points. You can even match up resources like wood to help you rebuild the castle. The game play is repetitive but it’s very fast paced and challenging, which keeps gamers locked in and engaged. It’s available in the Google Play Store for $1.99.
AVP Evolution – Best Apps of the Month
It’s noteworthy to mention that critics have always hated on the AVP series. The story lines are usually pretty bad and the characters are usually pretty lame. However, the series has continued to thrive because, well, it’s a whole lot of fun watching these monsters duke it out. AVP Evolution, the next app on our best apps of the month, fits under all the aforementioned information.
It features a simple hack’n’slash game play and some pretty impressive graphics. While it won’t win any awards for its story line, the game itself is fun and gorgeous. The series is popular because it’s fun to watch these monsters fight one another and this game is a pretty good way to give players the ability to experience it first hand. If it looks up your alley, you can find it in the Google Play Store for $4.99.
Chameleon Launcher – Best Apps of the Month
Chameleon Launcher has been around for awhile so you may not think that this is a new app. However, the development team recently retooled the application and re-released it for phones. It operates almost exactly like the tablet version, except on phones. It is pretty smooth on most devices, has a wide range of customization, and the Chameleon Launcher crew has already promised that they have more in store.
It’s available for $2.91 in the Google Play Store. If you want to hear more about what the Chameleon Launcher people have in store for the app, we recently interviewed the Chameleon Launcher people on Android Authority on Air. You can see the interview here.
Doodle Jump – Best Apps of the Month
Doodle Jump was a long time bastion of iOS-only gaming. The iconic game has been mentioned all over the internet and even on some popular TV shows, like The Big Bang Theory. In March, the game was released on Android and it’s definitely worth being included in the best apps of the month.
It’s identical to the iOS version in terms of game play and graphics. You play as a little doodle thingy that leaps up on ledges indefinitely. There are a range of items to help you move upward more quickly and protect you from bad guys. It’s one of those very addicting games that doesn’t take long to play but it’s entertaining nonetheless. You can get it for free in the Google Play Store.
Google Keep – Best Apps of the Month
Even from day one, Google Keep was one of the best note taking applications for Android and that’s why it’s on this best apps list. It is strikingly easy to use and doesn’t come with the bells and whistles of more complicated note taking apps. That can be both a pro and a con depending on what you want in a note taking app, but for people who just need to jot something down really quick, Google Keep is perfect.
There are a variety of ways you can take a note. There are regular text notes, list notes, picture notes, and voice recorded notes, among others. You can assign notes different colors based on topics. To top it all off, you can view these notes online instantly by going to drive.google.com/keep. If you’d like to check out our full review of Google Keep, you can find it here.
Icomania – Best Apps of the Month
Next on our best apps of the month list is a game called Icomania. This simplistic guessing game gives players a picture and they must guess what it is. It starts out easy enough, with instantly recognizable characters like Shrek and Nemo. As the game progresses, though, the pictures get harder to guess.
This has received a great deal of praise from Google Play Store reviewers. It’s actually among the highest rated apps on the list. This is likely because of its wide audience. Like the board games of old, Icomania has that “ages 8-80” appeal that people absolutely enjoy. If you’re interested, you can get it free in the Google Play Store.
Ninja Village – Best Apps of the Month
If you’re into old school real time strategy games, then Ninja Village will be instantly appealing to you. Most RTS games these days have great graphics, complicated mechanics, and, while fun, usually take an above average PC to fully enjoy. Ninja Village keeps things simple in both mechanics and graphics and takes you back to the 90’s style of RTS. The premise is quite simple. You’re a ninja that runs a ninja village and you must raise an army to help unify your country.
The game officially ends after 16 years in game which equals about 16 hours. However, you can continue to play passed then if you so choose or start over and try to beat your last score. It starts out a little slow but once you get into the swing of things, it’s a truly difficult game to put down. If this game looks like it’s up your alley, it’s available for $4.99 in the Google Play Store.
Photoshop Touch – Best Apps of the Month
A world without Photoshop is a truly scary world for some people. The universally known go-to application for photo manipulation and editing has been around for a long time and is trusted by pretty much everyone. So it’s no surprise that Adobe has begun to release the world renown software for Android and it’s even less of a surprise that Photoshop Touch has made it onto the best apps of the month list here.
The app is scaled back from the desktop version but there are still a bunch of features. You can still work with layers and many of the same tools can be used. It won’t be replacing the desktop version any time soon, but it is more than useful enough for hobbyists or for lightweight professional use. You can grab it from the Google Play Store for $4.99.
Pokemon TV – Best Apps of the Month
When it comes to internet popularity, Pokemon is right up there with cats. The Pokemon TV show is among the most popular anime cartoons of all time and the Pokemon video games are the most profitable RPG series ever. Even the card game saw it’s craze for a little while. So of course an application that streams Pokemon TV shows to your phone would make it on a best apps list!
The app is very simple. It opens to an interface where you can select random episodes to watch based on the region in the Pokemon world where it takes place. That’s really all it is. The episodes seem to change at regular intervals and there is a feature box that shows random episodes from random parts of the series. The video streaming is smooth and clear. If you’re a fan of Pokemon, then this app is a must have. You can get it for free in the Google Play Store.
Rivals at War – Best Apps of the Month
Speaking of card games, Rivals at War uses a card system with a little real time strategy thrown in. Players can purchase cards with money earned in game or with real money if they prefer. They then take those cards and battle others. It’s important to note that this game is 100% online multiplayer so you’ll always be facing other people.
This increasingly popular game has one really neat aspect. Instead of dueling with cards like other games, Rivals at War uses a simulation which uses cards you’ve selected. In the simulation, cards are represented by soldiers who run around and shoot one another. You can use tactic cards to control how they operate and essentially orchestrate a whole battle. If that sounds like something you’re interesting in, you can grab it from the Google Play Store for free.
System Monitor – Best Apps of the Month
Simply put, there are a whole bunch of system monitors on Android. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for improvement, and this system monitor, aptly named System Monitor, is a solid overall offering in that category. It features a very simple interface and several good tools to help monitor your system. However, it never detracts from being easy to use and because of that, it has gained quite the following.
Along with full screen monitoring, you can also put the system vitals in your notification bar, create floating windows, or use widgets to monitor your system. With its popularity, ease of use, and decent feature set, System Monitor can compete with more well known system monitor apps and definitely deserves to be among the best apps of the month. You can pick it up in the Play Store for $1.99.
Temple Run: Oz – Best Apps of the Month
When a Temple Run game gets released, people flock to it like bees on honey. So it should be no surprise that the latest iteration, called Temple Run: Oz, makes our best apps list. In just a few short weeks it has been downloaded millions of times. It’s also the first of two apps on this list that was released by Disney.
In terms of game play, you’ll see nothing new compared to other Temple Run offerings. You’re still jumping, sliding, and tilting your way through levels to earn coins and avoid obstacles. The only real difference is in the theme of the game itself. For instance, instead of monsters, you’re being chased by spear wielding, winged monkeys. Nevertheless, it’s just as fun as prior Temple Run releases so if you’re a fan of the series, you’ll probably be a fan of this one. You can pick it up in the Play Store for $0.99.
Toy Story Smash It – Best Apps of the Month
This is the second Disney app to make it on the best apps of the month list and it’s actually a pretty good one. Toy Story Smash it borrows a number of mechanics from Angry Birds. You play as Buzz Lightyear and you throw toy balls at various structures. The goal is to knock off the vending machine aliens in as few throws as possible for a higher score. The story of the game is the evil Emperor Zerg (sworn enemy of the Galactic Alliance), has made a come back and needs to be stopped. It’s definitely an entertaining game out of Disney and Toy Story is always a popular concept.
Unlike Angry Birds, Toy Story Smash It is a 3D game. So instead of taking straight shots at different angles, you can actually move left and right to tackle these obstacles from a different view. Given how we’re all used to the 2D style of Angry Birds, going 3D actually adds a lot to the experience as a whole. In the Google Play Store, it’ll cost you $0.99.
Vector – Best Apps of the Month
If you’re a fan of parkour style games, then you’re going to want to hear about Vector. It’s already widely considered to be one of the best parkour games that you can buy and it’s actually really fun to play too. The game starts by showing you a totalitarian society and you, the parkour extraordinaire, is running away from Big Brother to avoid becoming a part of it.
The game is done in 2D and all the obstacles and characters are silhouettes. Depending on what tricks you’ve unlocked, your timing, and your speed, your character will perform a number of awesome parkour moves which makes Vector as much fun to watch as it is to play. Some have complained that you have to grind for awhile to earn new tricks, but the levels are fun to play through regardless so we didn’t see it as that big of a deal. You can pick it up for free in the Google Play Store.
Best Apps of the Month: March Wrap Up
If you take a look at our leaderboard, you can see how the free and paid apps stack up against one another. The top one is for paid apps and the bottom is for free ones. As per the norm, this is a completely unbiased ranking system from us. We use the ratings the app has in the Google Play Store to rank them so this is how everyone who uses these apps have ranked them. At the time of this writing, some of these apps have received as high as a 4.9 rating in the Google Play Store, which is truly impressive.
If you enjoyed this list, stay tuned to Android Authority as we’ll be doing one of these every month! As always, if you feel like we missed an application or you want to share your favorites that were released in March, feel more than free to leave a comment telling us about it.