Old-school dogfighting

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Skyforce 2014

Old-school dogfighting

An app in the style of a classic arcade game, SkyForce 2014 is a fun little shooter that puts players in the shoes of a fighter pilot on a rescue mission. Players control their aircraft with the tip of the finger and can send planes darting through enemies while continuously shooting. Agility, not accuracy, is the name of this game. The challenge lies mostly in being able to dodge a whole lot of obstacles. Neither the game nor the controls are particularly hard to grasp. But it isn't so easy that those who play a lot of mobile games will get too bored.

The game has some in-app purchases that will power you through the levels and increase the quality of your aircraft, but isn't so reliant on cash that you'll need to pay much. Overall, SkyForce 2014 is good, old-fashioned gaming fun and can be a go-to for short bursts of play or for longer sessions as well. Free, for iOS and Android devices.

 

Baconreader

Reddit? Get it

It's hard to explain reddit — basically a news and article-discovery site — to those who don't use it. But for those who do frequent this complex online community, where users can go to find articles, videos and other information on virtually every subject, the site quickly becomes a daily habit. One gripe that regulars might have, however, is that reddit doesn't have an official app (although one is in the works).

BaconReader for reddit attempts to fill that gap, with an easy-to-use mobile version of the site. It lets users log in with their existing reddit accounts and quickly bookmark the parts of the site, known as subreddits, that they most want to read. It also lets users browse whatever is trending on the site.

The app does have ads — or rather, one banner ad per screen — but you can pay for an upgrade to ditch that if it bothers you. Free, for iOS and Android; $1.99 (about R20) for an ad-free version. - The Washington Post

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