With Oculus finally unveiling the consumer version of its virtual reality headset and Twitter CEO Dick Costolo's sudden resignation, you may have missed some of this week's best new apps
Luckily, each weekend, we round up a few of our favorite new and updated apps.
This week's list includes a tower defense game based on Mean Girls, a photo editing app that automates custom photo effects and an updated HotelTonight that includes more options for last minute getaways.
Check out the gallery, below, to see our top picks. If you're looking for more, take a look at our last roundup of can't-miss apps.
As its name suggests, 4Arrow’s is premised around guiding four arrows around the board and into their respective gates, in order to advance to the next level. But each arrow can only move in the direction it’s already pointing, so the game quickly becomes one of strategy as you plot how to make the arrows work together.
Keep an eye on: The game’s undo button, which can help you out if you make a wrong move or two.
Pro-tip: The game’s hints will help you out when you get stuck, but pay attention as you’ll need to replicate the moves in order to pass to the next level.
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Partially inspired by the phenomenon of social challenges like last year’s ALS ice bucket challenge, Challenged aims to create a platform where brands and nonprofits can connect with users by inspiring feel-good challenges.
Keep an eye on: The company is also working with an impressive list of celebrities and social media influencers who are involved in many of the challenges.
Pro-tip: The app works with a constantly changing set of celebs and brands that offer real-world prizes. Walgreens, for example, is challenging users to create 12-second videos showing off beauty tips for the chance to win makeup, while HotelTonight is offering a $10,000 credit to whomever wins their challenge for most spontaneous moment.
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Created by artists, Formulas aims to provide its users with a suite of custom photo effects created by photographers. The effects include filter-like adjustments for a vintage photo look, custom textures and other color and lighting adjustments. Users can also choose to follow artists they like to see all their latest updates and tools.
Keep an eye on: The app’s photo-editing extension, which allows you to leverage Formulas’s abilities while viewing photos in your camera roll.
Pro-tip: The developers say the app’s auto adjust tool, which analyzes the color levels and other aspects of an image to make automated adjustments, enables one-touch high quality results with no extra tweaking involved.
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HotelTonight’s latest update added a new “Escape” feature, which specializes in finding weekend getaways within driving distance for the days or weekend ahead.
Keep an eye on: The update also added an improved Georates feature, which appear for nearby hotels when browsing same day bookings after 12 p.m.
Pro-tip: The latest updates are available on iOS now and the company says a similar Android update will be coming soon.
Free: iOS, Android
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Mean Girls: The Game
It may be hard to believe, but Mean Girls is over 10 years old. Luckily, we have Mean Girls: The Game to help satisfy our nostalgia. The game, which went free this week, offers tower defense-style gameplay with each level taking place in a different location inspired by the movie.
Keep an eye on: The game’s many cliques (crunchies, goths, math nerds, etc.), each of which influence gameplay in a different way.
Pro-tip: Movie lovers will be rewarded with extra bonuses for correctly answering trivia questions based on the movie.
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