Howdy CrackBerry nation! Hope you all have had a fantastic week. Today may be Friday the 13th but that won't stop us from having some fun now will it? This week we not only saw Amazon and ShopBlackBerry place the BlackBerry Passport on sale for Valentine's Day, but a new BBM Beta. While you are at it, be sure to take advantage of the ShopCrackBerry's Valentine's Day promo and receive 20% off all accessories.
Now on to the more important topic of the day. 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.
Swear By Weather by Francois Lalumiere
For those of you who enjoy a bit of obscenity with their weather forecast, this application is available to download. The purpose of the application is to present users with the current weather conditions along with a few swear words in the process. It is meant to deliver the information in a basic and funny way. If you are easily offended then this application is not meant for you. The developer clearly states in the forums that his application is a continuation of another similar item as the code was open source. As such, you can download it for free for all BlackBerry 10 devices.
More information/Download Swear By Weather
Baamboo Player Trial by Luke Soft
As someone who listens to music constantly, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try this player. This full-featured player displays the lyrics while player a song, allows you to browse music by genre, folder, album, and artist, create playlists, add or remove songs, sort your library by various categories, and offers shortcuts for keyboard devices. The application is available in a three-day trial for legacy devices and BlackBerry 10 devices. There is also a premium version for $1.99 available for most BBOS devices as well as the ability to install skins for the player. I do recommend trying to the free trial first as there was an issue on Passport devices for only certain OS versions.
More information/Download Baamboo Player Trial
File System by CellNinja
CellNinja is at it again this time with a helpful utility application for anyone who wants to browse files on their system, but not just any files. This native file system navigator gives users the ability to browse their system file folders, thereby granting access to hidden files and folders not available using File Manager. There are several reasons listed as to why a person would need to access those files. For instance, if you want to check the condition of a phone bought secondhand, troubleshoot hardware issues by looking at their state in the file system, obtain a list of applications running in the background, or even because of curiosity. However, the application does not have the ability to modify/create a file so as to prevent issues. File System is $0.99 for BlackBerry 10.
More information/Purchase File System
Balance Blox by EntwicklerX
Going through the Amazon Appstore, I discovered an interesting game. The purpose is to drop blocks on the balance. This in turn affects the balance according to the distance from the bottom triangle. By matching three blocks of the same color either vertically or horizontally will clear them from the playing field. The game is over when the balance touches the ground. There are also special blocks available to help you play the game including column and row cleaners. In this game you control where the box falls and where to add a new one. This game involves a lot of concentration and patience and is $1.23 to purchase from the store.
How to install Balance Blox from the Amazon Appstore
Search for Target by S4BB
This week saw the release of this application that aims to make browsing the Target catalog of products and ordering them easier. In addition to being able to view promotions in the hub (instant notifications of current and upcoming), add items to favorites, option to view best selling lists, and browse by category, the app is also integrated with BlackBerry Assistant / Universal Device Search so that users can find their favorite products right from the home screen. It offers a simple mobile experience and is free to download.
More information/Download Search for Target
What You Might Have Missed
Modern Combat 5: Blackout by Gameloft
Gameloft introduced the latest in their FPS series, Modern Combat 5, this week in BlackBerry World. This first-person shooter game allows you to create a squad, add your friends, and test your skills against other squads. Users can also choose from 4 customizable classes, activate class-specific skills by earning and spending skill points, and accumulate points by playing both single-player missions and multiplayer matches. Modern Combat has a price tag of $6.99 and is available for BlackBerry 10 though it requires 1GB of free space and may only be compatible with devices on 10.3 and higher.
Learn more / Purchase Modern Combat 5: Blackout
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.