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Fresh Android Apps for Jan. 19: Airbnb, Mind Games, Seal the Monsters

by Ian Black

Mid-January is not too early in the year to plan your next vacation. Let’s make 2012 a year of new adventure and breaking out of old routines. Why stay in a hotel when you can use Airbnb to rent a villa on the east coast of Borneo?

Get your magic on with Seal the Monsters and make yourself feel stupid by downloading Mind Games.

Airbnb (Free)

Need a place to stay? If you’re looking for something unique, check out Airbnb. It’s a DIY service for those renting out a dwelling and those looking to rent one. Listings include everything from a room with a bed to a castle, and the locations range all over the world. Browse based on place, price, or other filters, submit a reservation, and pay for it right through the app. You’ll find pictures, descriptions, reviews, and directions to your next getaway.

Hosts can manage all their listings, reservation requests, and financial transactions through the app as well.

Mind Games (Free)

Most mind games are bad for you, but these are meant to exercise your brain. Each screen shows one of ten different styles of board or card game puzzle with some you’ll recognize – chess, solitaire, and reversi – and many you won’t.

Solve each puzzle to move forward through the 120 challenges, each more difficult than the last. Use the hints if you get stuck, but be warned, the creator intended the app to mess with your head.

Seal the Monsters (Free)

You are the only living “sealer” and no that isn’t a home improvement skill, for gosh sakes, it’s magic! Monsters roam the earth and you must encircle as many as you can with your mystical invocation (also known as drawing a circle with your finger) to trap them and banish them from earth. Draw special patterns to unleash powerful spells that effect every monster on the screen, including fire and ice. Combo moves earn extra points.

Choose to fight in survival mode, where you try to stop the monsters from forming a pack, or time mode, where you have thirty seconds to trap as many demons as you can.