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New Android apps worth downloading: Instagram update, Pitfall!, Dueling Blades

by Phil Hornshaw

If you’re still a fan of Instagram despite its policy change fallout, you’ll want to grab its latest update, which also serves as today’s leading fresh app and adds a new photo filter. Following that, we’ve got Pitfall!, an endless runner that reinterprets the Activision classic, and Dueling Blades, a hybrid strategy game with multiplayer capabilities.

Instagram update (Free)

What’s it about? A new filter and new languages have come to one of the most popular photography apps on Android.

What’s cool? Instagram has suffered from its share of public relations missteps lately, with lots of users deleting the app because of changes to its terms of service. If you’re still with the app, though, you’ll at least get something for your loyalty – specifically, a new filter added in the app’s most recent update called Mayfair. There’s also support for 25 more languages with the update, and the ability to share Instagram photos to Facebook pages. As always, the app is filled with easy-to-apply photo filters and sharing capabilities, as well as its own social networking tools like the ability to view, comment on and “favorite” other people’s photos.

Who’s it for? If you like vintage photography and social photos (and you’re not angry over the change to ToS that has the Internet in an uproar), Instagram is for you.

What’s it like? The recently updated Twitter app also contains photo filters of its own, and alternatively, there’s Paper Camera for other cool effects.

Pitfall! (Free)

What’s it about? Activision’s gaming classic has been reimagined as a third-person endless runner, much like Temple Run and similar titles.

What’s cool? Taking a page from the popular Temple Run, Pitfall! is mostly about running through the jungle and avoiding obstacles by jumping, sliding, and juking back and forth. But Activision has added a lot of other features, like animals you have to fight off with Harry’s whip, sections of the game that have you riding a moped scooter or running through a village, and more.

Who’s it for? Like other runners, Pitfall! is a fun and addictive way to waste a few minutes, so if you like games like that, check out this one.

What’s it like? Temple Run is an obvious comparison, as is Temple Run: Brave.

Dueling Blades (Free)

What’s it about? A mix of role-playing, fighting and turn-based strategy genres, Dueling Blades is a multiplayer fantasy game with an interesting way of depicting its battles.

What’s cool? As mentioned, Dueling Blades mixes elements of a number of genres to create its unique gameplay. It combines both real-time and turn-based strategy elements, meaning you and your opponents enter your moves for each turn at the same time, and they’re executed simultaneously. You’ll need to anticipate what your opponent is going to do, while they try to do the same with you. The game includes multiple classes of fighters from which to choose, and you can improve them over time as you play through either the story mode or Dueling Blade’s multiplayer mode.

Who’s it for? If you like strategy titles and taking down real opponents in online multiplayer, Dueling Blades is worth your attention.

What’s it like? Battle Fury and Great Big War Game will also please strategy game fanatics.

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