As every weekend, we meet on NextPit for my selection of 5 free or paid mobile apps and games that have fascinated me on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
Every week I try to bring you the best possible applications that are not traps for personal data or nests of microtransactions. I also add to my own findings applications discovered by the NextPit community and shared on our forum, which I invite you to consult.
From mobile games to productivity apps, there are 5 free and paid NextPit Android / iOS apps this week. We publish this selection every week, you can also check out my 5 apps for the last week.
Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds (Android and iOS)
The most expected application of the week is definitely By No Kuni: Cross Worlds. After an endless beta phase, the hit PC game from the Japanese company Level-5 is finally available for Android and iOS. And the best part is that it is available completely free of charge.
In the game Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds, you slip – ironically – into the world of the beta tester of the game for virtual reality, the so-called Soul Diver. And because of a mistake, you are stuck in a VR world called Ni No Kuni. Then you play as one of five character classes in an imaginary world that is simply stunning thanks to Unreal Engine 4 and Genshin Impact-style animation graphics created by Studio Ghibli.
During the game you will be able to work with different characters and also create your own farm and customize it to your preferences. In addition, Netmarble promises many events with the Ni No Kuni community.
- Price: free / advertising: no / In-app purchases: no / Account: mandatory / French: yes
Tired of pulling recipes from long blog posts that explain at length how the author’s grandmother brought this or that raw material to a mountain llama? Then the Pestle app is for you. The iOS tool extracts titles, photos and ingredients from web pages and converts them into simple lists step by step. So you can build your own cookbook from various sources and save it locally. Adding recipes is done either in the application via a URL, or using the sharing and “Send to Pestle” functions.
You can then cook your recipes as step-by-step instructions – navigate by voice command, so you don’t rub your iOS device with marinade or dough. Thanks to the integration of the Live Text API in the latest version, Pestle also supports applications for scanning cookbooks. You can also edit the recipes later and fix them quickly. Unfortunately, Pestle doesn’t work if there are recipes behind the paywall – as a paying Chefsteps customer, for example, unfortunately I can’t store my recipes in Pestle – and Pestle doesn’t allow you to store login details.
Pestle is basically free, but it only allows 15 recipes in the database – and only one recipe scan. For advanced features, unlimited recipes and scans, you need € 0.99 per month, € 9.99 per year or € 24.99 for a lifetime for an account.
- Price: free / Advertising: no / In-app purchases: yes / Account: required / French: no
Square Valley (Android and iOS)
Square valley is a tip from the NextPit community – big thanks to Luna! As you may have guessed from the name, it’s about building a city step by step – a kind of crossover with Tetris. The aim of the game is to really deliberately incorporate randomly selected elements of the city into the existing landscape. This is facilitated by the fact that you always have two or three options per bike; and more complicated by the fact that you can only build each round on certain randomly selected squares.
For example, roads, forests, houses, windmills, pasture fences, or mountains are on your map nine times nine. Depending on how the existing items and the newly placed items fit together, you will get more or less points per round – and whether you will reach the goal of the challenge points or not. For example, houses should be built close to roads, but not too close – nearby fruit trees give bonus points. You can view the rules at any time by clicking on the items.
The principle of the game and a handful of rules integrate quickly. Game moves are relatively short and usually end within minutes.
- Price: 1.99 euros / Advertising: no / In-app purchases: no / Account: not necessary / French: yes
Screenshot Flow is the perfect app for anyone who needs to regularly explain to their parents or friends how to reset their Android smartphone from Korean to German, how to use wireless recharging, or how to add songs entered using Shazam to Spotify playlists. In Screenshot Flow, you can actually assign individual screenshots to instructions and then send them in full.
The trick is to mark the position on the screen for each slide using the Overflow Screenshot tool and then save one screenshot after another. Using the marked positions, Screenshot Flow then arranges a guide with clickable positions. The only downside: unfortunately, you can no longer edit instructions after saving.
A small note: under MIUI, I had to grant all permissions manually in the application settings until the application wanted to work.
- Price: free / Advertising: no / In-app purchases: no / Account: not required / French: no
Ringtone Maker – MP3 Cutter (Android)
Unlike Pestle, in fact, there are still applications that work without any subscription model. Yogesh Dama’s Ringtone Maker is one example that will live up to its promise of a $ 1.19 app. 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 sources for ringtones. For example, if you want to change your favorite song to a ringtone, you must first place it as an MP3 in the music directory of your Android smartphone. If you haven’t already done so, I’m sure you can do so using the YouTube Music Downloader or other download applications.
- Price: 1.19 euros / Advertising: no / In-app purchases: no / Account: not required / French: no
What do you say to this choice? Have you ever been able to test some applications on this list? What would be your app of the week for Android and / or iOS?