Five to Try: SKR fixes wonky phone photos, The Room Three is another eerie puzzler

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 15 Jan 2016

lcome to Five to Try, our weekly look at what’s new, fun, interesting in the ay Store. SKR leads the list this week, serving up precise tools designed to fix photo distortion turn your phone snapshots into brilliant results. so new on the app front is ldcard, a curated news resource ideal for quick, on-the-go skimming. 

The Room Three is the week’s biggest game release, delivering another atmospheric, brain-bending puzzle box experience, plus Star Trek elines pulls together the sci-fi franchise’s top characters cket Mortys creates an odd, kémon-like experience from Adult Swim’s & Morty. Got an Android phone? Fire up the ay Store check these out. 


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Use SKR to fix lens distortion issues—or add some artificial distortion, if you’d like.

ng acclaimed on ione, SKR ($1) is finally available for Android— while we might wonder just how to pronounce the name, there’s no denying its photo editing power. Unlike a lot of surface-level editors designed to tweak enhance your shots, SKR is more focused on fixing them: its array of tools lets you subtly correct any perspective distortion issues caused by the fixed focal length of phone cameras.

If you’re editing photos taken with an external camera while on the go, SKR has value there too: specific filters designed to fix DS even Goo distortion are included. And you’ll find auto-cropping, photo ratio selections, even light vignette options if you want to put a finishing touch on anything. SKR isn’t really meant for quick casual use, but if you pride yourself on excellent phone photos, it’s a heck of a package for only a buck. 

The Room Three

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The lens still shows otherwise unseen elements, but now there’s more to it.

One of the best mobile puzzlers around is back— bigger better now, too. The Room Three ($5) continues the atmospheric series, challenging you to unlock numerous puzzle boxes by rotating, maneuvering, massaging their oft-unseen parts. ke the earlier entries, the third is an ideal touch experience, delivering a tactile sensation as you interact with the digital brain-teasers in view.

The Room Three is even larger more beautiful than its predecessors, with exped locales filled with multiple puzzles. so, your magic eyepiece—which is typically used to find hidden messages clues—now offers a whole new play element (that we won’t spoil here). strongly recommend playing The Room The Room Two first, but if you already have, The Room Three is a very welcome addition.

Star Trek elines

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Classic ! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg for this sci-fi mash-up.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek television series, in addition to this summer’s Star Trek Beyond on the big screen, the creative forces behind the franchise have just unleashed a rather all-encompassing game. Star Trek elines pulls together characters from every TV series, from The Original Series The Next Generation all the way through to Enterprise.

They’re all assembled for a menu-driven strategic quest that finds you building a crew from character cards, completing tasks by selecting the best squad member for the job, taking part in simplistic ship-to-ship battles. There’s not a whole lot of variety of depth to the gameplay, it seems like it could really be a grind over the long haul—but there’s plenty of fan service authentic series flavor on tap here.


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You’ll find an odd pick here or there, but most of what’s shown is interesting.

Eager to quickly catch up on the news on your phone? ldcard is a solid new option that delivers curated headlines pulled from the day’s events trending stories, then tosses them into a list of cards. Tap any card for a quick summary varying source links that exp out to full stories, if desired, letting you dig as deeply as you want without leaving the app. It’s a hy way to see what’s happening around the world, all wrapped up in an attractive package.

That said, as the name suggests, it’s their curation, not yours: you can’t choose particular news topics of interest or browse categories, it’s not rare to see a story or two that seems out of place on the list. nking up a Twitter account helps pull in shared stories from friends, at least, ldcard’s editors seem to do a good job of bringing in (mostly) relevant stories making them approachable interesting.

cket Mortys

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Clearly, cket Mortys was made by developers who grew up on Nintendo’s catch-‘em-all classic.

Adult Swim’s lovably demented & Morty, a cartoon series about an abrasive, dimension-hopping scientist his insecure grson, hits the ay Store this week with cket Mortys. And curiously enough, it’s a dead-on kémon riff, tasking you with recruiting battling all the different Mortys that appear from different dimensions.

cket Mortys does an admirable job of taking the kémon framework infusing it with the show’s distinctive humor, with more than 70 different Mortys to train fight—including Stray Cat Morty, Mustache Morty, Multi-Morty. Familiarity with the show is a huge benefit, since the game is packed with references, although anyone else seeking a silly, offbeat role-playing adventure might get a kick out of this free-to-play release anyway.