Best Apps 2013: This year's hottest apps
App of the month: Dragon’s Dream
If, as Bill Bailey once urged Simon Pegg in Spaced, you “defend the fantasy genre with terminal intensity”, you’ll probably be familiar with Roger Dean. He’s the old-school artist responsible for the multicoloured landscapes that adorn the albums of Yes and Asia, not to mention the iconic games of Amiga stalwart Psygnosis.
Well, he’s made an iOS game, and you know what? It’s exactly like Whale Trail, except it replaces the cutesie Moby Dick with – you guessed it – a dragon, and the former’s hand-holding energy bar with frustrating instant death on any impact. Yet this is less a game and more interactive art. As Dean himself attests, “I’ve always wanted to produce something that would allow people to explore the worlds I created and experience a different way into the paintings.” So it is, in fact, a guided tour of his greatest hits, with high-score bells on. Viewed as such, it’s really rather good. The soundtrack is suitably trippy, the illustrated worlds lush and it dishes out so many wallpapers as level prizes that you could print them off and start a head shop.
Price: £2.99 | Download Dragon's Dream iPhone app
Groove Coaster Zero
Tap your screen to the rhythm of plinky-plonky space-age techno as the notes come up. Think Guitar Hero but with more sci-fi, less cock rock.
Price: Free | Platform: iOS | Download Groove Caster Zero iPhone app
Play such classic games as Super Snotput on your PC, laptop or tablet’s internet browser, whilst using your iDevice as a separate controller.
Price: Free | Platform: iOS | Download Nitrome Touchy iPhone app
You are Lars Speedwagon, stuntman and professional shover. Escape your enemies by flinging people into their path. Check out the trailer, it’s genius.
Price: £1.49 | Platform: iOS | Download Shove Pro iPhone app
Grab yourself 70 free minigames, including faintly familiar titles like Nom-Man and Shape Ninja. New games added every Tuesday, too.
Price: Free | Platform: Windows Phone 7.5+ | Download Taptitude Windows Phone app
Sync your android device with a wide range of cloud storage services, including Dropbox and Skydrive. Includes a great file manager, too.
Price: £1.95 | Platform: Android | Download FolderSync Android app
Going one step further than recommending restaurants, this app wants to know where you’re going, so that its users can recommend dishes.
Price: Free | Platform: Windows Phone 7.5+ | Download Foodspotting Windows Phone 7.5 app
Google Play Music
A dedicated cloud storage for 20,000 songs and a newly launched google music store, with more than 13 million tracks available to download. you can store music you already own, not just tracks downloaded from google, and it’s streamable across all of your android devices, even your desktop computer.
Price: Free | Platform: Android | Download Google Play Music Android app
Get last-minute bargain offers on hotels around europe. one hundred major cities are listed and more are added each day. come on, Skegness!
Price: Free | Platform: BlackBerry 6.0+ | Download Hot BlackBerry app
Finally, a free satnav app for BlackBerry. it’s not comprehensive, but has turn-by-turn navigation, speed cam alerts and live updates.
Price: Free | Platform: BlackBerry 6.0+| Download M8 BlackBerry app