New Android apps worth downloading: Music Player (Remix), ShadowArc, Tower of Evil

Aug 6, 2013
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Amp up the experience of playing music on your Android device with today’s first App Worth Downloading, Music Player (Remix). The app is a powerful music player with a ton of features, including the ability to download lyrics and album art, stream YouTube videos, and control and edit your playlists. We’ve also got two games that will suck up your free time: ShadowArc, an arcade game that has players manipulating two panels in order to block incoming obstacles, and Tower of Evil, a survival horror game in which players must solve puzzles to escape a deadly prison.

Music Player (Remix) (Free)

What’s it about? Music Player (Remix) is a powerful music player that packs tons of useful features.

What’s cool? There are some useful music player apps for Android devices, but Music Player (Remix) aims to outdo all of them with sheer power. It includes a ton of useful features, including a handy user interface designed to be perfect for the smaller touch screens of mobile devices. It also sports a widget that includes swipe controls, and the ability to look up lyrics and album art, stream YouTube videos, and manage playlists from within the app. There are also more advanced controls, like a five-channel equalizer and song bookmarking, and in-app Wikipedia access that can bring you  more information about whatever it is you’re listening to.

Who’s it for? If you’re looking for a better music player app with lots of useful features, check out (Remix).

What’s it like? You can also get a lot of use out of HikiPlayer Pro and jetAudio Music Player Plus for your mobile music needs.

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ShadowArc (Free)

What’s it about? Arcade rhythm game ShadowArc requires players to carefully maneuver two beams around a circle as obstacles march toward the center of the screen, using each beam to block the obstacles.

What’s cool? Taking a bit of a laid back approach to arcade, rhythmic gameplay, ShadowArc tasks players with maneuvering a pair of colored paddles around a circle in order to use them to block similarly colored obstacles. The goal is to block all the approaching walls before they reach the center of the circle, but you can only block the obstacle with the matching color, which means you’ll need to coordinate between your left and right thumbs and react quickly to approaching threats. ShadowArc includes 75 levels and five different endless game mode, so there’s plenty to keep players busy here.

Who’s it for? Fans of casual arcade titles with good music should try ShadowArc.

What’s it like? Super Hexagon is an arcade title with similar gameplay mechanics, but with a more intense take on the idea.

Tower of Evil ($0.99)

What’s it about? Survival horror title Tower of Evil sends players into a spooky tower, where they’ll face off against monsters and work to solve puzzles in order to get out alive.

What’s cool? Played from a first-person perspective, Tower of Evil in which players work to escape from the titular tower, a prison that’s filled with all kinds of ghastly things. Making your way through the prison means solving puzzles in various rooms, and dodging the monsters that can be found within the prison. Tower of Evil includes more than 20 levels and a chapter-based story to work through, and its developers boast upcoming content updates that will be free to players who’ve already purchased the game.

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Who’s it for? Fans of horror games that are heavy on puzzles should check out Tower of Evil.

What’s it like? Also worth a look for horror and thriller fans are Yesterday and Dead Space.

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