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App review: Jetpack Joyride, Mindly

Jetpack Joyride

It's a blast

Google Play screenshot

You don't need a lot of time to understand Jetpack Joyride. That doesn't mean that you won't spend a lot of time playing it. This infinite side-scroller is made by the same studio that brought us Fruit Ninja, and it carries the same feeling of joyful destruction. Players are put in the high-flying shoes of Barry, a dude storming the lair of a mad super-villain with the aid of a jetpack machine gun.

Really, the story is secondary; the fun lies in dodging missiles and other obstacles, collecting treasure and generally making a mess. Players largely control their flights by tapping on the screen to make Barry climb or leaving the screen alone to send him back to the ground. Various power-ups of varying ridiculousness give players some fun options, such as riding a dragon. As you might expect, Jetpack Joyride is not for the serious-minded, on-task workers of the world. For the rest of us, though, it's a whole lot of fun. Free, for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry devices.

Mindly

Put ideas in orbit

Digital notes are great for moving from device to device. But for doodlers, they can be a bit limiting. Mindly offers a simple tool that lets users lay out their thoughts in a more visual way, using a three-tiered map of circles. A complete Mindly document looks like a solar system, with the central idea in the middle. Users can add dozens of elements with a second tier of orbiting sub-points and even a third if you have some deeper thinking to do. Link any circle to a Web page, an image, an icon or even a simple note.

The result is a clean but complex diagram that could be great for complicated tasks. The free version lets you share your map using the Mindly format or as a PDF. Upgrading for $6.99 (about R70) lets you export your maps into formats such as HTML and add an unlimited number of elements to each document. Free, for iOS devices. - Washington Post

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