With a title like Milkmaid of the Milky Way how can you not pay attention to this iOS game? A retro-style adventure game, this will appeal to anyone who enjoyed LucasArts point-and-click classics like Full Throttle and The Secret of Monkey Island.
Created by just one person, developer Mattis Folkestad, Milkmaid is a love letter to a type of game many of us grew up loving. With rhyming dialog and a frankly surreal plot that merges, well, milkmaids with science fiction, it’s a brilliant and very enjoyable experience.
Available for: iPad Cost: $3.99 Get it from:App Store
Procreate isn’t a new app, but this week it received a good dose of publicity, which is why I’m featuring it on this list. That publicity came in the form of a New Yorker cover drawn by long-time art editor Jorge Colombo using the app, his iPad Pro, and an Apple Pencil.
In the above video, you can see a time-lapse of the painting coming together, demonstrating what an impressively versatile tool Procreate is for any budding artists out there. (By contrast, I use it almost exclusively for detailed pencil drawing, which it also works great for.)
The app was last updated on December 31, adding some improvements for brushstrokes.
Available for: iPad Cost: $4.99 Get it from:App Store
Live By Night – The Chase
Based on the new Prohibition-era Ben Affleck gangster movie, which in turn was based on a 2012 Dennis Lehane crime novel, Live By Night – The Chase strips the story down into a driving-and-shooting game. Evading the police, robbing banks and upgrading your vehicle, it’s a fun attempt to turn some of the movie’s set-pieces and locations into an action-packed iOS title.
If you’re looking for something a bit more in-depth with the same overall idea, you’d be better off downloading GTA: Vice City, which was remixed and rereleased on iOS not too long ago. However, if you enjoyed Live By Night and want to relive it in game form, this will keep you occupied for an hour or so on a quiet Sunday afternoon.
Available for: iPhone, iPad Cost: Free Get it from:App Store
Time — Beat Procrastination with AI
I always like to support young developers (hey, you never know who’s going to be the next Mark Zuckerberg!), and the 17 and 15-year-old creators of Time certainly fall into that category. They’re recipients of Apple’s international scholarship for iOS development skills, and the app they’ve created shows why.
It’s a task planner app, with a countdown timer for each task that ensures you stay focused on just one thing at a time. The interface is uncluttered, with simple gestures and useful color coding. Where Time really comes into its own, however, is in its use of machine learning to learn your behavior and make productivity recommendations.
Were it just to support serious young developers, I’d say the $0.99 price tag is worth it. As an app that’s incredibly useful — regardless of who created it — I’d say Time is a definite recommend!
Available for: iPhone, iPad Cost: $0.99 Get it from:App Store