New Android apps worth downloading: Messaging + Google Voice, Where’s My Valentine?, QuestLord

by Phil Hornshaw

Messaging + Google Voice is a straightforward app that lets you send text messages either from your phone’s cellular number or your Google Voice account. We’ve also got some solid games: Where’s My Valentine?, a holiday-themed version of the popular Where’s My Water?, and DungeonLord, an 8-bit dungeon-crawling role-playing title.

Messaging + Google Voice (Free)

What’s it about? DreamBig has combined Android’s stock messaging app with Google Voice, allowing for a lot more functionality if you’ve installed Google Voice on your phone or tablet.

What’s cool? You’ll need Google Voice for Messaging + Google Voice to work at its best, but once you’ve installed it, the app can send messages both across your cellular plan, or through your Google Voice account. That means you’re able to control where your messages are sent from and what number appears, giving you an added layer of privacy. With Google Voice integration, you can also see who is sending messages back to your Google Voice account without having to switch into the app or check your account on a computer.

Who’s it for? If you like filtering some messages through a Google Voice account instead of sending them all directly from your phone number, try Messaging + Google Voice.

What’s it like? Also worth trying is the standalone Google Voice app, as well as Handcent SMS.

Where’s My Valentine? (Free)

What’s it about? Riffing on Disney’s Where’s My Water? and Where’s My Perry? for the holiday, Where’s My Valentine? brings 12 additional puzzle levels to players with a V-Day theme.

What’s cool? The puzzle levels available in Disney’s Where’s My franchise are well-loved by players, because they require smart thinking and careful planning in order to solve them. In Where’s My Valentine?, players get to interact with both mascot characters from the franchise, Swampy  and Perry, in two sets of levels, all of which feature hearts. The mechanics at work in Where’s My Water? and Where’s My Perry are back, requiring players to carefully cut through dirt to allow water to flow downward to a goal in Swampy’s levels, and to utilize the three forms of water to succeed in Perry’s.

Who’s it for? If you like puzzlers, you should try Where’s My Valentine?, as should anyone who’s had a good time with this franchise before.

What’s it like? Grab Where’s My Water? and Where’s My Perry? while you’re at it, as both are pretty great puzzle titles.

QuestLord ($1.99)

What’s it about? Delve into dungeons and fight monsters as you explore for loot in QuestLord, all in an 8-bit world.

What’s cool? QuestLord is an interesting combination of old and new. It’s a 3-D dungeon crawler role-playing game, which means that most of its gameplay includes players walking around grid-based dungeons as they search for treasure and fight off monsters. The new part is the game’s use of touch controls, which are gesture-based. You’ll find new gear and weapons as you explore, become more powerful, and wander through a huge world that includes more than 160 maps.

Who’s it for? Fans of role-playing titles, dungeon crawlers and old-school graphics should definitely apply to become a QuestLord.

What’s it like? Check out Dungeon Quest and Block Rogue for some more dungeon-diving action.

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