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New Android apps worth downloading: Amtrak, Sierra Trading Post, Project Downforce

by Marty Gabel

Here are three great Android apps to enjoy. The official Amtrak Android app has arrived at the station and is waiting to depart. You can book tickets through the app or keep up on arrival times. Sierra Trading Post also emerged on Google Play as a great way to shop for brand name clothing at huge discounts. Last but not least, our game today is Project Downforce, a very retro grand prix racer right down to its sprite-based graphics and chip tune soundtrack.

Amtrak (Free)

What’s it about? The official app of the North American train service is now on Android and offers plenty of handy travel information for riders.

What’s cool? You can plan and book a trip on Amtrak’s trains and buses via the app, check the arrival/departure of trains, display your e-ticket, modify your reservations if necessary, search for station amenities and hours of operation, and connect to your Amtrak Guest Rewards account.

Who is it for? Amtrak is clearly aimed at regular travelers on the service, but with the ability to buy and sell tickets easily, it could be useful for anyone traveling across country or those without their own transport.

What’s it like? Amtrak also offers customers it Arrive Magazine which has coverage on travel, business, technology and health for riders on the Eastern seaboard.

Sierra Trading Post (Free)

What’s it about? Sierra Trading Post, which sells a large variety of seconded or overstock brand name apparel, now has their very own Android app.

What’s cool? The app is easy to navigate with a clean interface so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for. There are app-exclusive deals and free shipping offers, plus the special coupons offering deep discounts which shoppers of Sierra Trading Post are used to. The search box is enabled for speech-to-text and you can access your shopping cart from any device.

Who is it for? People who shop at Sierra Trading Post, whether at their physical outlet stores or online, will no doubt welcome the opportunity to shop from anywhere via their Android device. It’s all part of the company’s mantra of providing optimal customer service.

What’s it like? There are plenty of other apparel retailers with Android apps like Zappos, Walmart, H&M and REI.

Project Downforce ($0.99)

What’s it about? Burn some rubber on exotic race tracks around the world in this 3D retro grand prix racing game.

What’s cool? You can take on seven opponents for the championship title, blast through a single race, or simply hit the track to rack up the best laps in the time trial mode. It’s a straightforward pick-up-and-play racer with colorful sprite graphics reminding players of ‘80s arcade titles like Pole Position.

Who is it for? Fans of retro-style racers will get a kick out of Project Downforce. With three game modes, seven racetracks, an old-school soundtrack and Nintendo Mode 7 graphics, it’s a fun, first-time effort from a new developer. Also, once you’ve paid your buck, there are no ads and no in-app purchases.

What’s it like? Of course, there are plenty of other retro style racers in Google Play, so take your pick from the likes of Retro Racing, Pocket Racing, Final Freeway 2R and plenty of others.

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