If you’re not already off work thanks to a snow day, we’re here to help you pretend to be working this Friday afternoon. Hopefully, you’re inside with your feet up, looking at the snow and sipping a toasty, warm, cup of hot chocolate. If you want even more help passing the time this afternoon, we can help. Most of our picks for this week’s app roundup are mobile games.
So if you want to try some fun new games, check out this week’s app roundup which includes: an app where you battle aliens to protect our bacon; an app that is like Grand Theft Auto for teenagers attending a private school; an app that brings awesome face-altering filters to every selfie not just the ones on Snapchat; and an app that turns office drudgery into a souless, puzzle game where you play as a “human resource programmer,” programming the perfect, empty husk of an office worker.
What is it? Aliens are coming for your pork products! Sound the alarm! In this game you are a brave rooser trying desperately to fight off robots, aliens and UFOs to defend earth’s favourite salted pork product that can take your lettuce and tomato sandwiches to the next level. After all, a BLT without the B is just a boring LT sandwich. You can also pull out some ingenious human inventions to save these bacon-thieving, dastardly villains. As you advance you can win awesome weapons and armours to better defend your right to have bacon and eggs for breakfast even though you’re a rooster yourself and a rooster eating eggs is kind of disturbing.
Best review quote: Scientists have confirmed that eating bacon is not only vital to human health but all living things as well. That’s why the aliens have descended upon our planet. They intend to steal our entire supply of pigs. The only thing that stands in their way is one brave rooster. You’re able to run, jump, and fire upon your enemies using on-screen controls. Dodge enemy fire while blasting the tentacles off of alien spaceships in order to ensure the safety of every pig. – AppAdvice
Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad.
OS: iOS, Android
What is it? This game has been around for 10 years, which is why this is the “anniversary” edition of Bully. It’s a port of a PC game that is a bit like GTA, but with more childish concerns like taking down divisive cliques, standing up to bully’s, beating jocks at dodgeball, playing pranks, flirting with girls and completing classroom activities like dissecting frogs. Go on rule the one of the worst schools around, Bullworth Academy.
Best review quote: […] as 15-year-old Jimmy Hopkins, you’re not really the bully (for the most part), but rather a kid who was discarded by his parents and the system, and is trying to take down cliques and shady folks at his new school. In any case, it’s another gem from the GTA maker, and now you can play it on Android.
Bully: Anniversary Edition ($7) delivers the complete console game experience with higher-resolution textures and other graphics improvements, and you’ll wander the school grounds and surrounding city as you attend classes, get into fistfights, complete missions, and build relationships. – Greenbot
OS: iOS, Android
What is it? Everyone deserves the ability to add weird and disturbing selfie filters and other effects to all their photos, not just the ones they share on Snapchat. That’s where MSQRD comes in. You get access to way more odd filters like panda-themed filters than Snapchat. So don’t keep sharing boring selfies, kick it up a notch with filters like adding laser beam eyes.
Best review quote: No doubt buoyed by the success of Snapchat’s selfie lenses and face-swapping, MSQRD quickly became a huge hit with its own take on “live filters” and face swapping. The app boasts way more effects than Snapchat so you don’t have to cycle through the same “masks” day after day. – Mashable
App: Human Resource Machine
OS: iOS, Android
What is it? You are the soul-crushing engineer of a diabolical human resource machine where you program a tiny office worker of your own.By programming, we basically mean puzzle-solving to automate a dead-inside office peon. You need to make that tiny human the best possible office worker he/she can be, because robots are coming for your job! So it is vitally important that your little office drudge is the best possible office drudge they can be. Dream big! Dream of having your contract renewed for another year of work!
Best review quote: Human Resource Machine is a puzzle game for nerds. In each level, your boss gives you a job. Automate it by programming your little office worker. If you succeed, you’ll be promoted up to the next level for another year of work in the vast office building. Congratulations! – Android and Me