2017’s record of recent apps got here with some actual winners, and a number of other of them we actually loved. To be clear, this isn’t a rundown of apps that had been insanely well-liked this yr. It’s a mixture of ones we’ve reviewed and others that had been simply actually good. We expect everybody ought to obtain no less than one in all these as a memento from this yr.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

I’d have liked to place Tremendous Mario Run or Pokemon GO on this record, however each had been launched earlier than the yr really started. Tremendous Mario Run simply squeaked by as a 2016 iOS app, in truth. However Nintendo did launch one other app from one in all its most-popular franchises.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is a social cell recreation so well-liked it crashed the corporate’s server on each days. It doesn’t precisely have a narrative, however it does allow you to construct and adorn your individual

IKEA Place

Constructed on Apple’s new ARKit, launched with iOS 11, IKEA Place means that you can — because the identify suggests — place IKEA furnishings into your own home by way of the magic of augmented actuality.

IKEA Place is among the extra helpful ARKit apps on the market. Not solely does it provide the probability to visualise your furnishings structure before you purchase, it could actually additionally present a couple of giggles while you pile furnishings in odd locations.


Our favourite productiveness app from this yr, Zenkit has emerged as competitors for Trello. It’s your new to-do record, venture tracker, and calendar multi functional.

Whereas the app doesn’t have all the identical options as its on-line counterpart, it does provide the productiveness necessities, and that’s all most of us would wish. It’s meant for use as a companion to the net model.


A free video-editing app, Clips was Apple’s reply to Instagram and Snapchat — that means, it had filters, stickers, and different video results. It additionally auto-generates captions.

The primary draw of Clips is the truth that it gives these results with out tying the video to any explicit social media platform. While you make the movies, it can save you them to your telephone and ship them to your folks with out having to add them to Snapchat, Fb, or Instagram.


The brand new trivia app from the creators of Vine, HQ has ballooned in recognition because it launched a couple of months in the past. Hosted reside and held at particular instances all through the day, the trivia contests cowl all the pieces from science to literature to historical past.

One of many greatest attracts of the video games is that they pay out precise cash, and within the brief time the app has been round, the prize quantities have elevated dramatically — some video games now have a pot of $10,000 or extra, which is parceled among the many winners. On the larger prize nights, the app drags beneath the load of so many customers, so I like to recommend checking on the nights when the stakes aren’t fairly so excessive.

The Witness

This recreation is a port of an acclaimed console recreation from final yr, however that doesn’t make it any much less of a particular expertise. The Witness is the type of mind teaser that simply makes the transition to cell with out shedding something in translation.

In fact, calling these puzzles “brain-teasers” may be underselling it a bit. The aim of the sport is fairly easy: get from Level A to Level B and remedy lots of of puzzles alongside the best way. You’ll must have a agency grasp of all the pieces the sport throws at you, together with sights and sounds, as a way to make headway.

Fireplace Emblem Heroes

My different favourite Nintendo providing, Fireplace Emblem Heroes has little in widespread with the aforementioned Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp except for the mum or dad firm. Being based mostly on the long-running tactical role-playing collection, Heroes is a extra of a problem than its fluffier counterpart.

Credit score: Nintendo

That includes a number of heroes (get it?) from previous video games, gamers should direct their troups in turn-based fight. Regardless of being steeped in collection’ in-jokes and references, it’s nonetheless accessible to the outsider — extra accessible than a number of of the particular video games within the collection, I’d say.

Newton Calendar

Simply to show I’m not all enjoyable and video games, right here’s one of the helpful apps launched this yr: Newton Calendar, a companion to the favored Newton Mail app.

Credit score: CloudMagic

The interface is straightforward, and easy-to-use, with probably the most helpful characteristic being Schedule View. Customers can sync their calendars with their Google and EWS calendars, and, whereas iCloud help just isn’t at present a part of the app, it’s rumored to be coming quickly.

What had been your favourite apps which launched this yr? Tell us it the feedback.



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