Sometimes, life can throw us a few curveballs and finding new and creative ways to deal with day-to-day stress can be a challenge. Luckily our tablets, smartphones, and wearables offer us a virtually endless playground to try out a series of apps that aren’t just useful, but also fun to use.
Games that Go Beyond Gaming
There’s no doubt that people absolutely love games. Candy Crush Saga (500 million downloads) is a popular game by entertainment company, King. This instant app offers a hypnotic Tetris-like game with lush colours, the rush of the ticking clock, and an intense focus on searching for chains of candy.
Meanwhile Clash Royale (100 million downloads) is a multiplayer battle game from Supercell, that throws you into a training ground to test your kingdom’s might. The app stands out for its engagement and the way it awards solid tactics and strategy.
But not all apps are created equal, and Lumosity has famously used gamification to actually help empower people’s mental health.
Ask most people, and they would say Lumosity is the original brain training app. Used by more than 85 million people across the world, this app offers 50 vibrant activities to help you flex 5 key cognitive functions:
The app was co-founded by Michael Scanlon who dropped out of a neuroscience PhD at Stanford to design an app that has been proven to help ward off the onset of conditions such as Alzheimer’s.
Lumosity can also help people boost their brain power in general — to focus better at work or function better at school.
The agencies making these games possible on the iOS platform understand that the right mobile app needs to serve a purpose beyond simply passing the time — and the best app development companies will help you develop an app that not only entertains users, but also provides them with a valuable experience.
Making Flying Fun
While your trip to the Caribbean might be delayed by a few months, flights won’t be grounded forever, and when planes are back in the air, people will be excited to fly in style.
App in the Air is the perfect app for people who live out of a suitcase. The app keeps track of your itineraries, boarding passes, and frequent-flier programs. You can type in any number of flights and track boarding and landing times, along with current waits for check-in, security, and customs. You can even search for tips from other travelers on which airport coffee shop is open at 5 a.m. and nearby spaces where you can charge your phone.
App in the Air will also check you in to your flight, record expenses, track information about airport lounges, and remind you of your baggage allowance.
For people who are on the more sociable side, the app can also track the travel stats of your friends and compare them to yours. App in the Air turns travel into a game and keeps track of your score.
There is an AR globe for visualizing the flights you have taken, along with a worldwide leaderboard as well. Furthermore, you can use this app on your Apple Watch without any loss of features. The best thing about it being on the watch, though, is that it works offline and comes with automatic check-in, too. App in the Air is available on the Apple Store, Google Play, and the Samsung Galaxy Store.
If you’re looking to design an app with both fun and functionality, take a page from the playbook of these incredible examples.
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