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5 apps worth downloading this week

a board game version of the popular Hitman series, an excuse to explore Ireland on your bike and a service which makes multi-tasking a breeze.

Image: hitman/YouTube

EACH WEEK, WE highlight five apps that are worth downloading for your smartphone and tablet. There are a lot of apps released on a daily basis, but not all of them are worth paying attention to.

This week includes a board game version of the popular Hitman series, an excuse to explore Ireland on your bike and a service which makes multi-tasking a breeze.

Youmigo
For: Windows Phone
Cost: Free

- Ever had a question about a country or culture that couldn’t be answered through Google? Of course you have and now there’s a handy way to get those answers you were looking for.
- Youmigo is somewhat similar to Jelly in which you ask questions, but is focused purely on cultural questions.
- Asking questions is straightforward, simply tapping an area on a world map before letting you ask locals your burning question.
- Best part is it translates answers should an answer come from a non-English speaking area and vice versa.
- It’s very early days for the app, but the core of it is fun and it has a lot of potential.

Source: GlassboxGames/YouTube

IFTTT
For: iOS, Android
Cost: Free

- We can always do with more efficiency, and if you find yourself repeating actions regularly, this is the app for you.
- The basics behind If This Then That (IFTTT) is combining actions together. So for example, you can create an channel which automatically tweets an image anytime you post something on Instagram.
- iOS and web users get an impressive amount of customisation. You can choose pre-made combinations or create your own.
- The newly released Android version takes this a step further with six extra channels such as emailing reminders to text someone or changing your wallpaper anytime you post something on Instagram.
- Even if you don’t repeat actions, IFTTT an essential download as there are so many combinations you can work with.

IFTTT Source: IFTTT/Google Play

Cycle Ireland
For: iOS, Android
Cost: €4.99 (lite version also available)

- With us coming into summer now and with the weather getting better (fingers crossed), now might be a good time to explore Ireland in a different way.
- Cycle Ireland features 100 pre-selected routes covering more than 6,800km of cycling, with different lengths to suit all levels.
- Each route is designed to bring you through scenic locations, and maps feature relevant landmarks such as cafes and nearby services should anything happen.
- There is a lite version available on both iOS and Android should you need to try it out first before purchasing (Note: it only features four routes).
- If you’re looking for something a little bit different to do during a quiet weekend (and it’s nice outside, lets not forget that), give it a spin.

Source: cycleireland/YouTube

Start Perfect
For: Windows Phone
Cost: €0.99

- While it hasn’t officially arrived yet, Windows Phone 8.1 has brought with it a new collection of apps which are being released already.
- Start Perfect allows you to customise your start screen any way you like, allowing you to get the layout and start screen you want.
- Alongside customising tiles and settings, you can choose and do up your background, add tiles for websites, and offers support for a large number of apps.
- A nice touch is allowing you to add space to your screen to show off your background image should you need it.
- As mentioned before, it’s designed for Windows Phone 8.1 so if you haven’t the developer version yet, you will have to wait until May at the earliest to use this.

Start Perfect Source: Start Perfect/Windows Phone

Hitman Go
For: iOS (Android version arriving soon)
Cost: €4.49

- Turning a tense action-stealth series into a turn-based board game may sound like a strange move, but in this case, it’s an inspired move.
- Taking the style of a board-game, you move (slide?) Agent 47 across a collection of grid based levels. It’s surprisingly fluid and easy to get to grips with.
- Like most mobile games, it’s broken up into small segments with you having to carefully plan your route by using whatever means necessary.
- It’s quite impressive just how much of the series hallmarks translates onto the small screen. Nothing beats the feeling of competing a level by just the skin of your teeth.
- It is one of the more expensive iOS games out there, but it’s a game which will take you a while to crack.

Source: hitman/YouTube

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