Like every weekend, we meet on NextPit for my selection of 5 free or paid mobile apps and games that caught my eye on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
Every week I try to offer you the best possible apps that aren’t data traps or microtransaction nests. In addition to my own finds, I also add the apps found 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 check my 5 apps from the last week.
Linktree (Android & iOS)
Linktree is a kind of digital and augmented business card for online content creators. Basically, if you write, draw, compose, or film content, this is a way for you to aggregate all your social networks to showcase your content.
The app offers paid subscriptions to unlock more visual customization options, but the free version alone is more than enough. I strongly advise you to only join your “public” or professional networks, since the application collects a lot of data. The user interface is very clean and Linktree contains no ads.
- Price: Free / Ads: No / In-App Purchases: Yes ($3.99 to $21.99 per month) / Account: Mandatory
Random Walking (Android)
This application consists in simply blindly following a cursor while walking to discover random places or points of interest.
The basic idea is interesting. But the application lacks a bit of sophistication. The cursor could be more precise, as could the map, which doesn’t really let you see where you’re going, which can be quite dangerous if you keep your eyes on your screen.
But I’m really keen to test the experience this weekend and quite by accident I’m going for a walk. I’m curious to see how the application finds the various points of interest and, more importantly, how it presents them to you. The application is free with no ads or in-app purchases.
- Price: free / Ads: no / In-app purchases: no / Account: not required / French language: no
Aquafy is a wellness app that tracks your hydration and eventually reminds you to drink when needed. You can record each drink and indicate the amount and type of liquid consumed.
You can create your hydration profile, set reminders to remind you to stay hydrated, and access an entire stats section. The application is free but has very few ads that you can get rid of for an annual subscription fee of around $6.99.
I don’t know about you, but I… *Glouglouglou*… Ahhh. I love water, in 20, 30 years there will be no more water. So hydrate yourself!
- Price: free / advertising: yes / in-app purchases: yes ($6.99 per month) / account: not required
Birthday Reminder & Calendar (Android)
With this application you can create reminders for the birthdays of your loved ones. Yes, yes, I know. You can do exactly the same what this application offers right in your Google calendar.
However, this application also allows you to create a profile for each birthday, write gift ideas and even call the person concerned on the day or send him a card directly from the app.
I find the interface very beautiful and although the developer states that there are ads and suggests getting rid of them with a Pro version for $4.79 (one-time purchase), I didn’t notice anything during my very short use.
- Price: free / advertising: yes / in-app purchases: yes ($4.79) / account: not required
GWENT: Rogue Mage (Android & iOS)
In The Witcher 3, Gwynt (or Gwent) is a strategic card game similar to Yu-Gi-Oh! or Magic the Gathering, in which you must align cards with warriors, beasts, and other elements from The Witcher’s fantasy world in order to eliminate your opponent’s deck of cards.
It started out as a mini-game within a game, but it has become so popular with gamers that a real community has formed around Gwynt.
And I know I’ll make the purists go wild, but as much as I love The Witcher 3 and have spent hundreds of hours making it, I’ve always hated the Gwynt. Lack of patience, brain spasms, this type of game is not for me. And it has to be said that the first mobile Gwynt game released in PvP a few years ago was a toxic nest of microtransactions.
But maybe GWENT: Rogue Mage will reconcile me with Gwynt. This premium game costs 10.99 euros but has the advantage of being a single player, with a story mode and therefore a scenario. The story takes place long before the time of Geralt of Riv, the hero of The Witcher. And the gameplay is based on the good old Gwynt mechanics that all fans know.
- Price: $10.99 / Ads: no / In-app purchases: no / Account: not required
What do you think of our picks this week? Have you found other interesting apps or games in Google Play Store or Apple App Store?