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New Android apps worth downloading: Hotel Tonight update, NewsWhip, Forever Lost: Episode 1 SD

by Phil Hornshaw

Planning a trip? Hotel Tonight, an app makes it possible to book same-day hotel rooms when you’re traveling for big discounts, was recently updated for optimal performance on Android tablets. Following that is NewsWhip, a news aggregator app that uses social networks to find out about the biggest stories in the world. Finally, Forever Lost: Episode 1 SD brings players into a horror adventure to solve puzzles and a mystery.

Hotel Tonight update (Free)

What’s it about? Next time you’re traveling, use Hotel Tonight to book a same-night hotel room, and save some money.

What’s cool? The app makes it easy to search for and book hotels, and leverages hotels’ desire to fill up their rooms to help you get huge discounts – as much as 70 percent off. With Hotel Tonight, you can find rooms in a number cities in the U.S., Europe, Canada, and Mexico, and the travel app’s latest update adds tablet compatibility.

Who’s it for? Travelers, you must try Hotel Tonight to save some serious money when booking your hotel rooms.

What’s it like? There are lots of apps that can help you with hotel bookings, including Expedia Hotels & Flights and Booking.com.

NewsWhip (Free)

What’s it about? News aggregator NewsWhip finds the most interesting and important news of the day by scanning what “billions” of people find important through social networks.

What’s cool? NewsWhip is the ultimate means of crowd-sourcing. The app scans through social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, grabbing the popular stories that have been shared heavily among the huge numbers of users there. In that way, NewsWhip can get you stories that are popular and heavily shared, keeping you up on what’s happening. You can filter the news feed in a number of ways, as well as see what’s trending among users in 10 different countries.

Who’s it for? News junkies, give NewsWhip a try for a new way to find out the news stories that have gone viral.

What’s it like? For another way of getting hold of important stories from around the world, try BBC News or Pulse News.

Forever Lost: Episode 1 SD ($2.33)

What’s it about? Forever Lost, developed by duo Graham Ranson and Simon Pearce of Glitch Games, is an adventure game where players figure out the world around them, as well as who they are, after waking up in a strange place with no memory.

What’s cool? Like other adventure games, Forever Lost operates with “point-and-click” puzzle mechanics, meaning you’ll tap the screen to get around and spend most of your time trying to figure out puzzles and fetch important items. The game has something of a horror bent in terms of its storytelling, dropping players into the middle of the world they have no memory of and asking them to uncover the mystery of what has happened and where they are. It also includes a camera mechanic that allows you to snap shots of puzzles and items you find so you can remember them later, and you can even take notes for yourself so that when you eventually find the key to the door you just discovered, you’ll know right where to go.

Who’s it for? If you like horror titles and games that maximize story and puzzles, give Forever Lost a look.

What’s it like? For more adventure game goodness, try The Lost City and Tesla’s Electric Mist.

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