Like every weekend, we meet at NextPit for my selection of 5 free or paid mobile apps and games that caught my eye on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
Every week I try to give you the best possible apps that are not personal data traps or microtransaction nests. To my own results, I also add the apps that the NextPit community has found and shared on our forum, which I invite you to consult.
From mobile games to productivity apps, here are NextPits 5 free and paid Android / iOS apps this week. We publish this selection every week, you can also consult my 5 apps from last week.
Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds (Android and iOS)
This week’s most anticipated app launch is determined Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds. After an endless beta phase, the popular PC game from the Japanese company Level-5 is finally available on Android and iOS. And the best part is that it is available for free.
In Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds, you slide – ironically – into the world of a beta tester for a virtual reality game called Soul Diver. And because of a bug, you’re stuck in the VR world called Ni No Kuni. You then play as one of five character classes in an imaginary world that is simply amazing thanks to Unreal Engine 4 and Genshin Impact-style animated graphics created by Studio Ghibli.
During the game you will be able to collaborate with different characters as well as create your own farm and customize it according to your preferences. In addition, the Netmarble publisher promises many events with the Ni No Kuni community.
- Price: free / advertising: no / in-app purchases: no / Account: required / French language: yes
Are you tired of extracting recipes from long blog posts that explain in detail how the author’s grandmother brought this or that ingredient to a mountain llama? Then the Pestle app is for you. The iOS tool extracts titles, images and ingredients from web pages and turns them into simple step-by-step lists. So you can put together your own cookbook from different sources and save it locally. Adding recipes is done either in the app via the URL or via the share function and “Send to Pestle”.
You can then prepare your recipes as step-by-step instructions – navigate your way with voice command so you don’t line your iOS device with marinade or dough. Thanks to the Live Text API integration in the latest version, Pestle also supports cookbook app scanning. You can also edit the recipes later and correct them quickly. Unfortunately, Pestle does not work if the recipes are behind a payment wall – as a paying customer at Chefsteps, for example, I can unfortunately not save my recipes for Pestle – and Pestle does not allow to save login data.
Pestle is basically free, but only allows 15 recipes in the database – and only one recipe scan. For extended features, unlimited recipes and scans, you need a pro account which costs 0.99 euros per month, 9.99 euros per year or 24.99 euros for life.
- Price: free / Advertising: no / in-app purchases: yes / Account: required / French language: no
Square Valley (Android and iOS)
Square Valley is a tip from the NextPit community – many thanks to Luna! As you may have guessed from the name, it’s about building a city trip by trip – a kind of crossover with Tetris. The goal of the game is actually to integrate randomly selected urban elements into an existing landscape. This is made easier by the fact that you always have two or three options per. trip; and more complicated by the fact that you can only build on certain randomly selected fields each turn.
On your nine-for-nine card, for example, there are roads, forests, houses, windmills, pastures or mountains. Depending on how the existing items and newly placed items fit together, you get more or fewer points per round – and whether you reach the challenge point goal or not. For example, houses should be built close to roads, but not too close – nearby fruit trees give bonus points. By clicking on the points, you can see the rules at any time.
The principle of the game and the handful of rules are quickly integrated. Spill turns are relatively short and are usually completed within minutes.
- Price: 1.99 euro / Advertising: no / In-app purchases: no / Account: not required / French language: yes
Screenshot Flow (Android)
Screenshot Flow is the perfect app for anyone who regularly needs to explain to their parents or friends how to reset their Android smartphone from Korean to German, how to use wireless reverse charging, or how to add songs entered with Shazam to Spotify playlists. In Screenshot Flow, you can actually attach individual screenshots to instructions and then send them in their entirety.
The trick is to mark a position on the screen for each screen using the Screenshot Flows overlay tool and then save one screen after another. Using the selected positions, the Screenshot Flow arranges a guide with click positions. Only downside: Unfortunately, you can no longer change the instructions once they are saved.
Small note: during MIUI, I had to grant all permissions manually in the app settings until the app would work.
- Price: free / Advertising: no / In-app purchases: no / Account: not required / French language: no
Ringtone Maker – MP3 Cutter (Android)
Unlike Pestle, there are actually still apps that work without any subscription model. Yogesh Dama’s Ringtone Maker is an example that lives up to its promise with an app for $ 1.19. It allows you to cut ringtones from audio files, install them or assign them to specific contacts directly in the application.
Ringtone Maker uses MP3 files as ringtone sources. For example, to turn your favorite song into a ringtone, first place it as an MP3 in the music library of your Android smartphone. If you have not already done so, I’m sure you can do it with YouTube Music Downloader or other download apps.
- Price: 1,19 euro / Advertising: no / In-app purchases: no / Account: not required / French language: no
What do you think of this selection? Have you ever been able to test some of the apps on this list? What would be the Android and / or iOS apps of the week?