Like every weekend, we meet on NextPit for my selection of 5 free or paid mobile applications and games that caught my eye on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.
I try every week to bring you the best possible apps that aren’t personal data traps or microtransaction nests. To my own findings, I also add the apps unearthed by the NextPit community and shared on our forum, which I invite you to consult.
From mobile games to productivity apps, here are NextPit’s 5 free and paid Android/iOS apps this week. We publish this selection every week, you can also consult my 5 apps of the last week.
Cross Worlds (Android and iOS)
The most anticipated app launch of the week is definitely Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds. After an endless beta phase, the successful PC game from the Japanese company Level-5 is finally available on Android and iOS. And the best part is that it is available completely free of charge.
In Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds, you slip – ironically – into the world of a beta tester for a virtual reality game called Soul Diver. And, due to an error, you are 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 stunning thanks to the Unreal Engine 4 and Genshin Impact-style animation 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, 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 at length how the author’s grandmother brought this or that ingredient to a mountain llama? Then Pestle is the app for you. The iOS tool extracts titles, photos and ingredients from web pages and turns them into simple step-by-step lists. So you can compose 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 cook your recipes as step-by-step instructions – navigating your way by voice command, so you don’t coat your iOS device with marinade or batter. Thanks to the Live Text API integration in the latest version, Pestle also supports scanning cookbook apps. You can also edit the recipes later and correct them quickly. Unfortunately, Pestle does not work if the recipes are behind a paywall – as a paying customer of Chefsteps, for example, I unfortunately cannot save my recipes to Pestle – and Pestle does not allow saving login data.
Pestle is basically free, but only allows 15 recipes in the database – and only one recipe scan. For extended functions, 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 et iOS)
Square Valley is a tip from the NextPit community – big thanks to Luna! As you might have guessed from the name, it’s about building a city turn by turn – sort of crossover with Tetris. The goal of the game is indeed to judiciously integrate city elements chosen at random into an existing landscape. This is made easier by the fact that you always have two or three options per turn; and more complicated by the fact that you can only build on certain randomly selected squares each turn.
On your nine-by-nine map there are, for example, roads, forests, houses, windmills, pasture fences or mountains. Depending on how the existing items and newly placed items fit together, you get more or less points per round – and whether or not you reach the challenge’s points goal. Houses, for example, should be built close to roads, but not too close – nearby fruit trees give bonus points. By clicking on the items, you can view the rules at any time.
The principle of the game and the handful of rules integrate quickly. Game turns are relatively short and usually over within minutes.
- Price: 1.99 euro / Advertising: no / In-app purchases: no / Account: not necessary / French language: yes
Screenshot Flow (Android)
Screenshot Flow is the perfect app for anyone who regularly has 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 indeed associate individual screenshots with instructions and then send them in their entirety.
The trick is to mark a position on the screen for each screenshot using Screenshot Flow’s overlay tool and then save one screenshot after another. Using the marked positions, Screenshot Flow then organizes a guide with click positions. Only downside: unfortunately you can no longer modify the instructions once saved.
Small note: under MIUI, I had to grant all permissions manually in the app settings until the app wanted to work.
- Price: free / Advertising: no / In-app purchases: no / Account: not necessary / 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 one example that lives up to its promise with a $1.19 app. It allows you to cut ringtones from audio files, install them or assign them to certain contacts directly in the application.
Ringtone Maker uses MP3 files as sources for ringtones. For example, if you want to turn your favorite song into a ringtone, you must first place it as an MP3 in the music directory of your Android smartphone. If you haven’t already, 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 necessary / 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 your Android and/or iOS apps of the week?