A prismatic puzzle game and other cool apps of the week



Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

We’re always keeping our heads up for the best new apps coming to our iOS devices and Apple TVs. We’re like prairie dogs that way, only we’re not as cute, and our homes are only metaphorical holes.

Every week, we round up the coolest new apps (or awesome updates to existing ones) that have hit Apple’s digital storefront in the past seven days. And if you’re spending your Valentine’s Day browsing the App Store for some new utilities, we have you covered. Also, we’re sorry that that is how you’re spending your Valentine’s Day.

Check out our weekly picks for apps of the week below.


The Driver’s Ed section alone is worth your dollar.
Photo: Rewinder

We really loved Rewinder! when it came out for the Apple TV, and we still cue up weird safety videos like the classic Shake Hands with Danger when we need to unwind. And now it’s available on the go, so you can have that movie’s bizarre, musical narrator Three-Finger Joe with you at all times.

Trust us; that’s a good thing.

Rewinder! is a repository for strange, old content like the horrifying Driver’s Ed videos you or your parents had to watch in high school. It also features some movies that played on Mystery Science Theater 3000, and if you think you can handle watching Manos: The Hands of Fate without the running commentary, Rewinder! will let you do it.

Available for: iPhone, iPad
Cost: $0.99
Get it from: App Store


Prism apps of the week
It’s so pretty …
Photo: Clint Siu

We’re having a hard time describing what exactly _Prism is, but here goes.

It’s a Zen-like puzzle game that has you manipulating switches on huge, geometric shapes to unlock their secrets for … some reason. It’s kind of like a minimalist version of the Room series — which we love — combined with the vagueness and oblique spiritual elements of developer Thekla’s recent, island-bound title The Witness.

But mostly it’s relaxing, and we can always use relaxing.

Available for: iPhone, iPad
Cost: $2.99
Get it from: App Store


Anchor apps of the week
We’re sure nobody will use Anchor for evil.
Photo: Anchor FM

Anchor is the radio equivalent of a public-access TV station. It allows anyone to post short audio clips (two minutes in length) to start a discussion with anyone who hears it. So it’s also kind of like an audio version of Twitter-style microblogging.

We aren’t entirely sure that’s enough time, but it’s a really cool premise. We just don’t know if we can properly expose the secret history of the United States, including its shadowy conversion into a country-sized post office hundreds of years ago and the secret way you must write your name in red ink to unlock the secret Treasury fund in your name that contains the sum total of your projected lifetime wealth, in just 120 seconds.

Obviously, that will take at least five minutes. Get on that, Anchor.

Available for: iPhone, iPad
Cost: Free
Get it from: App Store

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