New Android apps worth downloading: Rethink, Qustodio Parental Controls, Ravensword: Shadowlands

by Phil Hornshaw

Set yourself all kinds of useful reminders with today's leading fresh app, Rethink. The app lets you set contextual reminds, which send you notifications to buy something when you walk into the right store or message someone when you open up your email. We've also got Qustodio Parental Controls, an app that helps you keep track of (and block) what your kids are doing on their mobile devices. Finally, there's Ravensword: Shadowlands, a 3-D role-playing title with some awesome graphics.


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Rethink ($1.99)

RethinkWhat’s it about? Task-tracking app Rethink allows you to create “context-specific” reminders, like location-based notifications to remind you to buy certain things at the store.

What’s cool? Getting timed reminders can be handy, but just being reminded to buy milk at 1 p.m. doesn't mean you'll remember as you walk into a store. Rethink tries to bridge the gap on reminders by creating “context-specific” notifications – you can set it to remind you to buy something when you walk into the appropriate store, or to send a certain message when you open up your email or texting app. There are lots of options for setting up your reminders, and you can sync them with your calendar to set up dates and times as well.

Who’s it for? If you're a fan of capturing everything with your iPhone or iPad, Mobli will help you do it, as well as help you share it.

What’s it like? Try Task List for more to-do list options, and Google Keep to turn your ideas and reminders into actionable checklists.

Qustodio Parental Cotnrols (Free)

Qustodio Parental ControlsWhat’s it about? Qustodio is a network of parental controls that can let you monitor and restrict what your kids are getting up to on their mobile devices (as well as on the Internet and with other devices).

What’s cool? Qustodio allows you to control just what your kids are able to do with their Android devices. You can use the app to block and monitor both websites and application usage on your devices, and also set up time limits and quotas to limit how much time kids spend on them. You can track multiple devices at once and see how those devices are being used – such as for homework, or for playing games – and can be accessed from both PCs and your Android devices.

Who’s it for? Parents with a need of keeping an eye on what kids are up to on their Android devices and online should check out Qustodio.

What’s it like? Try Norton Family Control and Mobile Kids for more parental control options.

Ravensword: Shadowlands ($6.99)

Ravensword: ShadowlandsWhat’s it about? Adventure through the a huge 3-D world in third-person role-playing title Ravensword: Shadowlands, the sequel to Aralon: Sword and Shadow

What’s cool? Ravensword is something like a mobile equivalent to the well-loved Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on PC. With a third-person viewpoint, you control a warrior as you complete quests, fight enemies, and wield magic and swords to your advantage through a huge world. Ravensword packs some high-quality graphics and is a fairly huge title, allowing you to do everything from gather and cast magical spells, to riding horses and even flying mounts. There are a number of other skills you'll need to master, like lockpicking and stealth, and how you choose to interact with the world (such as by stealing from people) affects your reputation with characters in the game. Ravensword is a huge, full-fledged RPG, and worthy of attention.

Who’s it for? Fans of titles like Skyrim will find a whole lot to love in Ravensword.

What’s it like? Aralon: Sword and Shadow is also worth a look, as is Paper Monsters, another title from developer Crescent Moon Games.

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