The surprisingly addictive new Pokémon game, starring
everyone’s favorite fish Pokémon Magikarp, is just one of the
great titles we’ve picked out for this week’s “Awesome Apps”
We’ve also got a tremendous free video downloading tool, a SEGA
classic gone free, and a slate of productivity apps that now
let you easily drag and drop content between them on your iPad.
Check out our picks below. There’s really no better way to
spend the middle day of the Memorial Day weekend!
The Pokémon Company launched its latest game on iOS last
week, and while it’s got no hope of being as big as Pokémon
GO, it’s still worth checking out if you’re a fan.
Based around Magikarp, one of the original 151 Pokémon
species, Magikarp Jump asks players to train a
freshly-caught Magikarp to jump as high as possible by taking
part in daily training sessions and feeding it when it’s
hungry. You can then use it to compete against other trainers
in a jumping league and progress through the game.
It sounds simple — and it kinda is! — but it’s also strangely
Available for: iPhone, iPad
Get it from: App
4K Video Downloader
There are no better ways to get
YouTube videos for offline viewing.
This app writeup is brought to you by 4K Video
If only all video downloaders were this simple! 4K Video
Downloader does exactly what it says on the tin: letting you
download YouTube playlists and channels in high-quality,
complete with all the trimmings.
That means 360-degree video, subtitles, and your choice of 4k,
1080p, or 720p quality (provided that they’re available.)
Simply copy the video link from your browser and tap “Paste
URL.” What could be easier? Oh, and you can download videos
from other services like Vimeo and Facebook, too.
Available for: macOS
Get it from: 4K
Few games instantly summon up images of MY misspent high school
study periods than SEGA’s 1999 arcade hit Crazy
Taxi. One of the most fun, pick-up-and-play games for the
criminally underrated Dreamcast, Crazy Taxi was first
ported to iOS way back in 2012, costing $4.99.
This week it got an upgrade, updating the game for 64-bit
processors, as well as making it free to play. To account for
this, SEGA has added some in-game ads, but as of now these
aren’t too bothersome. If you’ve never gotten around to playing
this insanely addictive game, or just never picked it up
on mobile, this is your chance to relive an arcade classic for
Available for: iPhone, iPad
Get it from:
We’re grouping Readdle’s various iPad productivity apps
together for this list, because all of them got a big update
this week — allowing you to drag and drop content between the
entire family of apps. It’s never been easier to multitask and
manage your most important files on the go.
The apps in question include Readdle’s
PDF Expert ($9.99),
Scanner Pro ($3.99), and email app
Spark (free). Individually, they’re worth a download; with
the latest app update they’re more essential than ever!
Check out our “how to” post for details on how to use the
drag-and-drop feature to your benefit.
Available for: iPad
Cost: Various (see above)
Get it from: App Store (see above)