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New Android apps worth downloading: Audible for Android update, Tiny Thief, Sprinkle Islands

by Phil Hornshaw

Get through more books this week with Audible, the app to kick off today's Apps Worth Downloading column. The service brings audiobooks straight to your Android device and makes listening to and enjoying them really easy. We've also got a pair of great puzzle games to tank your productivity this week: Tiny Thief, a stealth puzzler in which you need to steal things without getting caught, and Sprinkle Islands, a physics title in which you need to carefully direct water around various levels to put out fires.

Audible for Android update (Free)

Audible for AndroidWhat’s it about? Download and listen to audio books using your Android device with Audible.

What’s cool? Audible is a subscription-based service that's filled with thousands of audiobooks, and provides serious discounts to its members on audiobook costs. The Android app syncs up with your Audible account on the web, allowing you to browse through, download and transfer books between your devices so you can listen to them on the go. The app also provides news on books and authors, and packs badges you can unlock through your listening habits. The latest update to Audible introduces a newly redesigned user interface and new simplification in navigating through your library and skipping through books to the chapters you want to hear.

Who’s it for? If you're an Audible user or a fan of audiobooks, you'll want to check out this one.

What’s it like? Snag LibriVox, another audiobook app that's filled with free offerings. Readers should also grab Amazon's Kindle app, which works in much the same way as Audible, but with e-books.

Tiny Thief ($2.99)

Tiny ThiefWhat’s it about? Stealth puzzler Tiny Thief challenges players to steal stuff from corrupt merchants, mean Medieval guards and more throughout a number of challenging levels.

What’s cool? As the tiny thief of Tiny Thief, it's your job to steal stuff. Set in a side-scrolling, 2-D world with a fun animated art style, the game requires you to use the environment of each stage to your advantage. You might need to hide in a barrel from approaching guards, or climb a ladder and utilize a nearby fishing pole to liberate the item of your fancy in each stage. Hidden puzzles require you to explore what you can interact with in each level, either by sending the thief after it or by tapping it yourself. With lots of inventive levels, Tiny Thief is an easygoing puzzler that's both challenging and great for killing a few minutes.

Who’s it for? If you like stealth games and puzzles that require novel solutions, check out Tiny Thief.

What’s it like? There are more great puzzles to be had in Scribblenauts Remix, which also requires some out-of-the-box thinking, and World of Goo.

Sprinkle Islands ($1.99)

Sprinkle IslandsWhat’s it about? The sequel to physics puzzler Sprinkle once again asks you to don your firefighter hat and blast blazes with your hose, putting out fires in various scenarios by effectively using the movement of water.

What’s cool? The original Sprinkle's puzzles were all about the way water moves in any given level. With fires starting in houses, you often had to spray water over hills or use it to push obstacles in order to get the flames doused. Sprinkle Islands takes that same basic formula and expands it, bringing moving parts like huge centipedes and octopuses to serve as bosses, which must be dealt with in order to fight fires. The game spans four different islands, each a unique setting with different challenges to be overcome.

Who’s it for? Physics game fans and those who enjoyed Sprinkle shouldn't miss the smart puzzles in its sequel.

What’s it like? You should also check out Sprinkle (duh) and Puddle, which both require players to pay attention to the flow of liquids in order to succeed.

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