|A Bubble Mania screen. I feel so sad when the Mother Cat cries because I couldn't save her kittens!|
If you've got a smartphone, chances are that you spend a good amount of time on it. I heard Dr. Oz on the radio this morning saying that most of us are within 5 feet of our phones at all times. There are a few apps that I'm having quite a bit of fun with these days and I just want to share them with you. All are free, require a minimal amount of permissions, and since I have an Android phone, they're available in Google's Play Store. (Note: for more information on why permissions are critical when you're downloading an app, visit this article I wrote for the website savvygeekmom.com: http://savvygeekmom.com/2013/12/is-installing-that-app-compromising-your-privacy.)
Anyway, here they are:
- Bubble Mania – I love the apps made by King.com (Candy
Crush, Farm Heros Saga, etc.), but they invariably crash on my
phone. This app is similar in the sense that you can buy power ups
and have to wait a set amount of time for new tokens to play the
game, but so far it hasn't crashed on my Samsung Confuse. To play,
you have to pop three bubbles of the same color to save the Momma
Cat's kittens. Obviously, the levels get more and more difficult,
but I'm finding that if you play a certain level often enough
(meaning I haven't been able to figure it out), eventually, I can
break through. I think that's because the programmers know that if
it's too hard, you're going to delete it. Bubble Mania is made by
Team Lava, a firm I'll look out for when I invariably get tired of
The icon for News Hog
- Gym Pal – I recently wrote about my daughter's passion for
gymnastics and the fact that she's started competing. Since our
family is focusing on her competing against herself, rather than
others, Gym Pal provides a handy way to keep a record of her scores.
I can enter the day of her meet and her numbers in various events.
It then tabulates her final score. It's a nice way to chart your
young gymnast's progress.
- Most Popular Ringtone – There aren't many ringtones in this
package, but I like many that they offer which include two “romantic
love” songs, a few Christmas songs (that I'll probably use in the
summer just for the irony), and some “beautiful music” tunes.
I'll probably, at some point,use most of them...except for the
Exorcist tone. That's just creepy.
- Kaleidoscope Magic Draw – I just reviewed this app for
savvygeekmom.com, so I won't go into it in depth, but for mindless
fun, give it a try. It makes even the most inept person an artist.
- Pressed For Words – I am a word game-aholic and this one is
really good. You have to spell as many 3, 4, 5, and 6-letter words
as you can before the timer runs out. I love it when a game shows
you the words you didn't get, as this one does, so I can try to
learn from my mistakes.
- Word Weasel – Match your word-finding wits against others
in this take on the game, Boggle. I love the ranking feature that
shows you where you are against other players. My best rankings
come at odd hours when no one else is playing. Yeah!
The icon for Twilight
- Twilight – There's a boatload of research that suggests
that exposure to blue light from phones, tablets, etc., before sleep
disrupts the body's natural, or circadian, rhythm. This makes it
harder to fall asleep. Twilight makes your device screen adapt to
the time of day by filtering the blue spectrum and protecting your
eyes with a softer red filter. Since I installed it, I have been
sleeping better...until the hot flashes wake me up.
Got any apps you'd like to share? Comment below. And check back in with me in a day or two for some easy Chinese New Year recipes in honor of the Year Of The Horse which starts on January 31st.
Thanks for reading!