Howdy CrackBerry nation, hope you all enjoyed your Halloween! This week sure went by quick whether you were trick or treating, wearing a costume at a party, or simply having fun with friends and family. Don't forget, there is still time to enter the CrackBerry Halloween Contest 2014 for your chance to win some fabulous prizes.
Now it is time to bring you this week's picks for all your passionate BlackBerry addicts out there. You can find each app and game I've rustled up for you by clicking through the gallery below. If your favorite did not make the cut this week, remember you can help by offering your suggestions at the end.
Magic Icon by Toysoft Development
First up this week is an application to help you arrange the icons and folders on your desktop. By using the slider bar and tapping on the create button, you can create between one and thirty invisible icons at a time on your homescreen. With these icons you can manipulate the position of your other icons into different arrangements to create your own patterns, show off your backgrounds, or design your own unique icon placements. In addition, you can even enter in a name for your icons as well using the space provided. Certainly an application geared for those of us who are seeking more options when customizing our device. Magic Icons is only compatible with OS 10.3 and is $0.99.
More information/Purchase Magic Icon
CutePress by ShowStopper
For those of you who maintain WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress blogs, this handy little application was released to aid in updating them quickly and easily. From the developer that brought you FastPress, CutePress offers the ability to write/edit pages or posts, add/delete post categories, manage comments, and let you embed or upload images or files. In order to function properly you will have to enable XML-RPC from the admin end (Dashboard->Settings->Writing->Remote Publishing and check XML-RPC) as it is based upon this protocol to support both types of blogs. This application is available for BlackBerry 10 but does not yet support the BlackBerry Passport.
More information/Download CutePress
PhoneAbuser by Roger Leblanc
Next up on our list is an application that answers that age old question "how much time do you spend on your phone?" We all know we are addicts but are we really aware of how long we pick up our device and ignore everything and anyone around us. The interface is not complicated at all. It merely shows the day of the week and the counter showing how much time you've logged in. In terms of settings you can adjust the font size of the app as well as the active frame. PhoneAbuser is free to download for BlackBerry 10.
More information/Download PhoneAbuser
Handrite Notes Notepad Lite by Ben Lee
As the self-proclaimed post-it note queen in college, I can't help but be drawn to any and all applications that offer a similar experience. This intuitive handwriting application serves as your sticky note, to-do list, memo pad and journal. Geared towards those who need to capture thoughts, and ideas quickly it allows users to not only enter in their notes with the keypad but by capturing your strokes as well on the touchscreen. It doesn't purport to identify your exact handwriting but captures the strokes as you draw them. The result is a unique way of displaying your words, symbols, numbers, or anything else you wish to enter. Features include being able to insert pictures, change the font color or paper style, customizable pen styles, set labels, and save/export notes. This is the free version of the application and does contain ads on the main screen though not in the note itself.
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Fun Football Tournament by UBJ3D
Going through the forums I spied this new soccer game for touch only devices (sorry folks no Passport either). While it is an Android Port, Fun Football Tournament runs quick with no lag and comes with decent graphics and sounds. In terms of gameplay, the game itself is turn-based, which means that each player has ten seconds per turn, you control one footballer at a time (the one nearest the ball), and each one has four unique characteristics. Players can kick and dribble the ball, choose between two game modes, Friendly game and Tournament, and set various options. These include up to 8 human players, group stage, quarter-finals, semi-finals, and the final, select from among 48 national teams with real FIFA ranking systems, choose from three difficulty levels, and change the playing field (sunny, rain, snow, and indoor). It's an interesting game that you can download for free, though it does contain ads.
More information/Download Fun Football Tournament
What You Might Have Missed
Space Ball Evolution Free by Dimensions Entertainment
Searching for a challenging game that requires skill and dexterity? This game certainly boasts an amazing concept that will keep you occupied for hours. The adventure is comprised of four worlds, with six levels each, of 3D fun. It's a little tricky on how to explain how it works, but I like to think of it as a 3D space version of the wooden labyrinth game where you have to guide your ball through the course without succumbing to the various obstacles or falling off the edges. Not only does this entertain but can be frustrating at times. Space Ball Evolution is available for the Z10, Z3, and Z30. With only three lives per game you won't be able to put it down as you'll be trying to get things right.
More information/Download Space Ball Evolution
Until next week...
That's it for this week folks. For more apps and games be sure to head on over to the CrackBerry Forums where you will find even more hidden gems to choose from whether it be for BlackBerry 10, BBOS or the BlackBerry PlayBook. Of course, you can always find the latest and greatest top editor's picks in the CrackBerry App Gallery. Are there any apps or games you would like to see? Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments.