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Retro Widget, Wellnest, Soapbox, and other apps to check out this weekend

In this episode of our Apps of the Week roundup we have a retro widget with a fun built-in surprise, a self-care journaling app that you’ll actually want to use, and an interesting drop-in audio platform. And as always, we’ve selected two new games for you to check out.

Retro Widget 2

This is kind of fun. Retro Widget 2 is a…retro widget made to look like the Home Screen of Nokia’s vintage 3310 handset. The attention to detail here is very good, but easily the best part of the widget is that it contain the original Snake II game. That’s right, Snake II. Before kids were connecting their PlayStation controllers to their smartphones to play Fortnite, they were moving a snake around a screen using their phone’s keypad.

Download for $2

Wellnest: Self-Care Journal

I’m going to keep beating the drum of mental health and self-care as the pandemic rages on and we venture further into the holiday season. Wellnest promises a journaling experience that’s joyful with features like mood check-ins, voice journaling, and gamification of the whole process via Wellnest Gold.

Download for free

Soapbox: Talk with anyone

This is interesting. Soapbox is a drop-in audio chat app that makes it possible for you to have casual conversations with strangers. I know we’ve seen hundreds of these kind of apps over the years and they almost never gain traction, but I just figured in the current climate folks might be more inclined to give something like this a shot.

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New Star Baseball

The folks over at Five Aces publishing know how to make a good arcade sports sim. Now they don’t have all the licensing of a major sports franchise, so you’re not going to get to play with all of your favorite teams and players. But what New Star Baseball does have is hundreds of hours of baseball fun.

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Clusterduck

Clusterducks is about hatching as many ducks as possible. As more ducks hatch, the more strange things happen. The ducks begin to genetically mutate! Ever seen a duck with a sword for a head, or horse hoof for a wing? These ducks have gone absolutely bonkers. Yep that’s it, that’s the pitch.

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