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January 30, 2021
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5 apps you shouldn't miss

Stellar Hunter

Price: Free to play Stellar Hunter is an engaging mix of a space RPG and a roguelike. You get the RPG fun of leveling up and getting stronger but also randomly generated events and stuff to throw sticks into your wheels. The game play is mobile RPG style with a few unique twists. Thus, it’s pretty simple to learn and play. This one has its ups and downs, but the concepts are fun. There is also a gacha element that you don’t have to pay that much attention to. It’s quite good, although there is a level of expectation with the game play twists.

Touch Locker

Price: Free / $0.99 Touch Locker is a utility app with a very specific function. It lets you lock your touch screen so you can’t touch it. The app is mostly for media watching or music listening. You can start your media, enable the app, and you can’t touch your screen to accidentally mess things up. You simply swipe down from the status bar and stop the service with the notification. There are a variety of niche use cases for something like this and the app does what it said on our test phones. However, there are some people reporting that it doesn’t work on their phone.

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Dragon Quest Tact

Price: Free to play Dragon Quest Tact is a new gacha mobile RPG from Square Enix. It uses the monster cast from the Dragon Quest games, both figuratively and literally. You summon monsters, level them up, and use them to fight bad guys. The game boasts a use even for low rarity monsters but we didn’t test the game long enough to see what those were as the game progresses. It’s otherwise a pretty decent mobile gacha with Dragon Quest combat and story elements. Our only potential complaint is the gem system. It might end up being a little aggressive during the endgame.

Simple Notepad

Price: Free / $1.99 Simple Notepad is, well, a simple notepad app. You can create notes, edit notes, and share notes with other people. The app has a simple UI, a light and dark mode, and that’s really about it. The base version comes with advertising and you can remove the ads with a single in-app purchases. The app won’t light up the Play Store with its originality. However, it works quite well, especially for power users. Others may want something a little more modern like Google Keep or ColorNote.

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SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom

Price: $9.99 SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom is a mobile port from a classic video game remaster released on PC last year. The remaster removed some content from the game but added in some other elements. The game lets you play as SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy as you platform your way through various levels to save Bikini Bottom from robots. The game also features Google Play Games features as well as controller support. It’s a tad expensive at $9.99 but has no in-app purchases or ads.

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