Five to Try: Charlie Hebdo goes digital, E’s superhero brawler, y Road hits Android

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 16 Jan 2015

Discovering great new apps games on ay can be a pain, with a wealth of content added daily, it’s not getting any easier. could point you towards lengthy lists of fresh releases let you find the gems yourself, but instead, we’ll do the heavy lifting for you.

Five to Try is our new weekly column that highlights a hful of just-released or just-updated Android apps games we think you should try out this week. ’ll share initial impressions, but the goal is to get you the info you need on what’s interesting relevant right now so you can begin enjoying the apps without delay. 

Charlie Hebdo


One week after the devastating terror attack, Charlie Hebdo’s new issue is available, now on Android for the first time.

On nuary 7, the world was startled when masked gunmen stormed the ris offices of satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 10 employees along with two police officers. It was a shocking attack, but also a disturbing assault on free speech—Charlie Hebdo had been targeted for criticizing religion other sensitive topics.

But while the impact was felt in human lives, it won’t chill the publication’s aims or reach, as the new issue has sold more than a million print copies— now it’s available on ay, as well. The issue is only out in French as of this writing, but an English translation is reportedly due soon, your $3.54 issue purchase helps support both the publication the essential need for a free press. (Note: Nudity other potentially offensive content found within.)

Charlie Hebdo is free with in-app purchases.

E Immortals


o wrestling mixed with comic fantasy—sure, why not? E Immortals embraces its new theme for fighting with card-collecting elements.

E’s particular br of entertainment can be divisive—people are often really into it or really not—but Immortals isn’t a typical pro wrestling game at all. This free-to-play offering from Mortal Kombat maker NetherRealm Studios blends 2D fighting game action with a collectible card aspect, letting you custom-choose a trio of combatants to take into battle.

so, all of the notable wrestlers within have been transformed into comic heroes fantasy warriors, with some great artwork costumes within. It’s very similar to the studio’s previous DC Comics fighter, Injustice: Gods Among Us, if that game’s longevity is any indication, the strong card-amassing hook should keep the simplistic tap–swipe gameplay fresh for some time.

E Immortals is free with in-app purchases.

Falcon o 3

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Swiping left right pulls up pages for mentions, search, more, while your profile ( DMs) are accessed with a pullout drawer.

wer tweeters— anyone else who wants a distinctive, Material Design-influenced Twitter client—take note: Falcon o is back, it’s been rewritten from scratch for llipop. The totally new Falcon o 3 maintains the core elements of the earlier favorite, with column-based viewing of your timeline, mentions, more, the new UI is extremely attractive.

rge, bright images load inline with tweets, scrolling is super fluid. Falcon o 3 launched without direct message access, as noted in our review on dnesday, but that’s already been patched in, making the app both slick very useful. It’s a free download, but buying token access to use it costs $3.99 for the first account— it’s worth it. 

y Road

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You’ll tap to hop forward a lane, but you can swipe backwards or to either side to avoid obstacles or get out of a tight bind.

I’m fudging the timeline with this first entry to include y Road, which launched last Thursday, as it’s one of my most-played mobile games in months. Think of it as an endless take on Frogger: you’ll hop ahead one lane at a time, through traffic across floating logs, to set the furthest distance possible. Add online leaderboards to the equation it proves utterly spellbinding.

It’s a simple game, but the balance of risk reward is ever appealing. If the need to trounce your friends in tap-based skill competitions is impossible to ignore (like it is for me), then you’ll probably be playing y Road incessantly for weeks to come. ile y Road has in-app purchases, it never bugs you to spend money or restricts your play. 

Adobe ghtroom Mobile

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ether tweaking phone snapshots or camera photos pulled from the cloud, ghtroom Mobile makes it easy to access your entire collection anywhere.

If you like to use the same tools for on-the-go photo editing as you do on your , then this week’s release of Adobe ghtroom Mobile is surely great news—mostly. Adobe curiously hasn’t released a tablet-optimized version yet, but ghtroom works just fine on a phone, especially for those with larger hsets.

Its simplified interface doesn’t have the deeper tweaking tools of the desktop version, but the ability to edit RAfiles play with imported digital camera photos on your phone is hy. ghtroom Mobile requires a paid Creative Cloud subscription (or the free 30-day trial), so it’s best served as a companion app for existing users. Anyone who simply wants to fiddle with phone camera shots can do just fine with Aviary or Snapseed.