We missed out on last week's feature due to the Galaxy SIII event, but we're back for another edition of Apps of the Week!
In this edition, we have a brutal platformer, all-in-one travel companion, stylish news reader and more!
Featuring hand-drawn visuals, an original soundtrack, mini-games and nifty puzzles, Machinarium is a cult classic on other platforms already.
This brutal iOS title by celebrated developer Square-Enix represents quite the departure from the firm's usual role-playing fare.
It's a "murderously difficult action platformer" as the App Store listing reads, featuring more than 70 hours of gameplay and over 774 ways to die. And the deaths are an extremely bloody affair – don't say you haven't been warned.
On the presentation side of things, 774 Deaths doesn't push Apple's hardware to the hilt, featuring a charming yet simplistic 8-bit visual style. Nonetheless, at $3.99, you should give this a go.
The game sees you slingshot a shark in order to munch fiendish rubber ducks (no, I'm not making this up), but it's pretty addictive.
A free trial is available for iOS users, while Android owners will have to pony up the $0.99 fee to try it out. Still, if you don't like it, you can always get a refund fifteen minutes after downloading it.
Although it's a Windows application, Ringtone Maker deserves a spot on this week's listing thanks to its neat premise.
The program promises to create a ringtone for almost any platform, be it BlackBerry, iPhone, Windows Phone, Android device and more, LifeHacker reports.
The stylish iOS news aggregator has landed on Samsung's Galaxy SIII, being marketed as an exclusive app. However, a few enterprising guys at the XDA Developer forums have managed to get the install file, available for almost all Android devices.
To install the application, first visit "settings", "applications" and then tick the box that says "allow installation of non-Market applications".
You'll then need to visit the XDA Forum and choose either the Dropbox link or the link below "attached files". However, please note that the app is not an official port of the Flipboard application so use it at your own risk.
Our brief hands-on with the application was pretty encouraging, with the only quirk being that landscape mode wasn't really implemented.
BlackBerry Screen Reader
This in-house application from Research in Motion is a must for the visually impaired, using sound instead of visuals to help users navigate.
The BlackBerry Screen Reader has support for all native applications and services, such as email, calendar, phone calls and other functions. Additionally, users can also make use of keyboard shortcuts to access selected services quickly.
The BlackBerry Screen Reader is available for the BlackBerry Curve 9350, 9360 and 9370.
For the uninitiated, WorldMate is an all-in-one travel solution, giving you real-time flight alerts, collates travel documents, currency conversion and more, making it a great choice for the frequent flier.
The app is free on both iOS and Android, with a premium upgrade available too.