Howler, Seashine, and other awesome apps of the week

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'Appy weekend everyone!
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The weekend lasts a way-too-quick 48 hours, so it’s essential that you don’t waste time downloading the wrong app.

Fortunately, Cult of Mac is here to fill you in on the best pieces of mobile software to hit the App Store as of late. From a photo-app-with-a-difference to a fantastic new Star Wars title, we’ve got you covered whatever your interests.

Make sure you check out our picks below:

Howler – Social Joke Writing

Knock knock. Who's there? One of your apps of the week.
Knock knock. Who’s there? One of your apps of the week.
Photo: Mike Hince

Howler’s a great, simple concept for an app. It’s a collaborative joke writing tool, where users have the chance to read, write and share jokes with other comedy fans from all over the globe. You have the option of adding setups and passing them on, finishing someone else’s joke with a creative punchline, or creating your own entirely.

Once this is done you hand them over to the community to vote on, with updates about popularity sent via something called the Howler Daily Digest.

This isn’t an app that will transform your life, but it’s certain to give you a smile every day. And provide a bit of joke-writing practice for any budding comedians out there.

Available for: iPhone
Price: Free
Get it from: App Store

Periscope

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Periscope is finally going landscape.
Photo: Periscope

Sure, Periscope is an app you’ve likely heard of already — and are possibly even an avid user of.

This week Periscope was announced as an app for Apple’s refreshed Apple TV. That’s not why I’m including it on this list, though. Instead, I’m featuring it because of the long-awaited addition of landscape mode, which means an end to the tyranny of portrait video. Huzzah!

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

everyStory

everyStory allows you to curate digital photos albums and add audio to each photo.
everyStory allows you to curate digital photos albums and add audio to each photo.
Photo: everyStory

Like Howler, everyStory is a brilliantly simple idea. Everyone, including Apple, is looking for ways of increasing the functionality of our photo albums — hence the iPhone 6s’ Live Photos feature.

everyStory allows users to record audio over collections of photos. This audio can last anywhere from minutes to hours, and is storable for free on everyStory’s cloud, where we are told, “they can be safely stored for generations.”

You can read more about this unique app and its poignant origin story here.

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

Star Wars: Uprising

Yes, this is a free-to-play game but, trust us, it’s a good one!

The first video game that’s canon in the new Star Wars universe — bridging the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force AwakensUprising lets you create a customized character to journey through an all-new storyline. You’ll battle enemies, upgrade your gear RPG-style, and even venture through classic Star Wars locations like Hoth and Bespin Cloud City.

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

Seashine

Do you remember Echo the Dolphin, the “endless swimmer” from the glory days of the Sega Genesis? Here in 2015, Echo‘s successor is Seashine, a superb iOS title in which you guide a young jellyfish through the darkest reaches of the ocean, featuring some gorgeous lighting effects.

It’s all very Finding Nemo in style, but the beautiful graphics can often result in some surprisingly tense gameplay — particularly when you never know what’s going to be lurking in the dark around the next corner.

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