It’s another rainy, cold weekend in Vancouver, with any luck that won’t turn into snow again. In light of the weather, we’re here to bring you some apps that can help you keep you and yours entertained this weekend.
This Friday’s app roundup includes: an app that lets you recreate playing Cribbage with your grandpa; an app to help you teach your young kids basic math; an app that lets you listen to Canadian radio anywhere, anytime; and a dumb fun app that helps you create YouTube word salad.
What is it? This is different kind of addition to the card playing app genre. It’s designed specifically not just to teach you Cribbage, in case you’ve never learned or have forgotten the rules, but to do so in friendly manner. It allows you to customize your own “grandpa” character to have as an opponent. You can even choose the demeanor of your “grandpa,” which will change the way the opponent jokes or light-heartedly reminds you of the rules. It’s a gimmick, that manages to embrace the social side of cards without making you send out spammy notifications to your friends or adding a useless chat channel. If you want to play with friends, you’ll have to do that in the real world. Keep in mind that it does cost $3.99.
Best review quote: Not only are you able fine tune the look of your grandpa — perhaps you’ll model yours after your own family’s patriarch — but you’re also able to tweak their skill level and personality. Cribbage is a very social game, so you’ll be on the receiving end of some light-hearted ribbing as you play. If you’re new to cribbage, this is a great introduction that lets you practise strategies and play as many games as you’d like. – Android Central
OS: iOS, Android
What is it? Okay, it’s an absurdly long name for a math flash cards app, but it’s a fine educational resource for parents or teachers to have at hand. The idea is that the app is designed by teachers with the US Common Core standards in mind, to help kids gain confidence in simple addition and subtraction. It includes positive encouragement and a reward level after each round. Parents can even adjust the difficulty as their child masters core concepts.
Best review quote: Addition and Subtraction Flashcard Match Games creates a fun environment for your child to practice addition and subtraction in with its eye-popping visuals and positive encouragement. Your child can work on matching problems to their answers or matching problems to other problems. – AppAdvice
OS: iOS, Android
What is it? This is the new radio app you may have heard about on your commute this week. Basically, more than 400 Canadian radio stations, including ones from large companies like Chorus, CBC, Jim Pattinson Group, as well as smaller independent stations and college radio have come together to offer a streaming radio app. It allows you to tune in to live stations or catch up on shows you’ve missed in your hometown or on the other side of the country. It’s nice to see local radio picking an option that’s not based on using a specific app for each station. It includes a variety of French-language options (beyond Radio-Canada) as well as multiple other language options to include as many Canadians as possible.
Best review quote: Obviously, at first, there won’t be any archived episodes, but over the coming days and months, a repository of this content will build up within the app.
It’s comparable to on-demand programming: your favourite Edmonton talk show may air in the middle of the day when you’re at work, but you can listen to it when it’s convenient for you. – Global News
What is it? This is a dumb way to relax and that’s all part of its charm. It allows you to create videos out of random phrases using YouTube. You can select a video and then chop it up word by word and assemble your new remixed creation. The app allows you to add new videos to be remixed and you can share your Frankenstitched creations with your bros on social media.
Best review quote: Bard is a fun app that allows you to make celebrities and YouTubers say anything you want. The app takes videos from YouTube and breaks them down by words. You then simply rearrange the words to make a phrase and the video will be chopped together. – Phandroid
Get it now: for your Android.