A Look at the Latest Smartphone Apps That Have Launched


Welcome to this week’s edition of the cross-platform app roundup! This week I noticed a slight trend in the apps I chose for this roundup - they’re all (except the last one) rooted in past technologies. I’m all about paying homage to the classics, and these apps for iOS, Android, and BlackBerry are all great examples of that. So, let’s have a look at what’s hot on the other major platforms so that we might get an idea of what their audiences are looking for.


Real64 (N64 emulator)

This app is just awesome. A great late-90s throwback for console lovers, Real64 lets you play your favourite Nintendo 64 games. With Android presenting some incredible and original games, it’s really cool to see that the platform can also bring back the classics at the same time. Might this be another step in the revolution of handheld gaming?

Writepad Stylus

Though this app requires a stylus, it’s definitely useful for people who prefer to take notes the old fashion way. Designed as an electronic notepad, Writepad lets you save and share your notes as PDF files using Evernote. Very simple and very straightforward.



A really neat multiplayer game that allows you to race through 3D mazes against people all over the world. Each map is randomly generated and each opponent is randomly selected to race against you. As you make your way through the maze, you collect as many gems as possible. If you win the race, you get to convert your gems into coins which you can then use to unlock new levels, characters, and items.


Type 55 was a style of black and white Polaroid film. It produced a positive and a negative photo that the photographer would have to peel apart to fully develop the photo. The negative was intended to be thrown away, but most thought that the residual border left behind on the negative photo was attractive and artistic. Photo55 is photo editing app that lets you transform your photos into stunning black and white, Type 55 style photos.


Celestial Slingshot

This is a physics based game, and it’s actually kind of difficult. The object of the game is to aim your spaceship perfectly so that it hits all of the gems and completes the level. Sounds relatively easy, right? Wrong! The controls are super sensitive and your aim must be precise. However, it’s not difficult enough to stop me from trying over and over again. There are 20 levels with varying difficulty levels. You can also purchase ship upgrades that give you special abilities and change the look of your spaceship.

Official Toronto International Film Festival App

The Toronto International Film Festival is only days away! If you’re heading there, it’s a good idea to arm yourself with the official app so you can stay in the loop with everything that’s happening. The app features film descriptions, maps, schedules, Festival picks, and information about the exclusive Mavericks Programme.

That’s all for this week! Let us know what you think of these apps in the comment section below or on our FaceBook page, and if there are any apps you think we should include in our weekly roundup.

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    So, let’s have a look at what’s hot on the other major platforms so that we might get an idea of what their audiences are looking for.