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New Android apps worth downloading: imo Messenger Beta update, Space Voyager K,1,2 Math, 9 Lives: Casey and Sphynx

by Phil Hornshaw

Grab hold of new messaging features with today's first app worth downloading, imo Messenger Beta. The app is the beta testing space for imo Messenger, and that means users get access to the latest features to test – including video messaging in the app's newest update. We've also got Space Voyager, a space-based math game for kids in Kindergarten through second grade, and 9 Lives: Casey and Sphynx, an action-adventure title in which players get nine lives that they can use to solve various puzzles, usually by letting one of their two characters die to find a solution.

Imo Messenger Beta update (Free)

imo Messenger BetaWhat’s it about? The beta version of imo Messenger is where users can go to test new features coming to the communication app, like its newly added video chat capabilities.

What’s cool? The handy voice-over-Internet app imo Messenger allows users to do a lot of cool things, like make voice calls over their Internet connection, send photos and texts, turn their Android devices into push-to-talk walkie talkies, and more. The beta version of the app is where imo's developers go to test new features, so they might not be up to the final app's polish – but it's here that users can check out cool new things as they're being worked on. The latest update to imo Messenger's beta app is the ability to make video calls across your Internet connection.

Who’s it for? Anyone looking for a handy VoIP communication app with cool new features should check out imo Messenger Beta.

What’s it like? The completed imo Messenger app offers a little more polish, and you'll also find handy features in Skype.

Space Voyager K,1,2 Math (Free)

Space VoyagerWhat’s it about? Space Voyager helps kids learn early math skills by answering questions that help them navigate a rocket through various space locales.

What’s cool? Many kids find learning to be a little bit easier when they've got the incentive fof a game to help motivate them, and that's what Space Voyager is counting on with its math-based gameplay. The title introduces young kids to simple math questions, like 1+2 or 5-3, and answering the questions correctly allows kids to continue exploring space in their own rocket. Questions are solved when kids fly their ship through the right, number-marked ring, and they can unlock new ships by spending the energy they accumulate from right answers. Questions also get tougher and more elaborate as kids increase their skill levels.

Who’s it for? Space Voyager is specifically aimed at kids in Kindergarten and first and second grades.

What’s it like? Kids can learn even more from developer Mrs. Judd's other games, including Crabby Writer and Space Cakes.

9 Lives: Casey and Sphynx ($2.99)

9 Lives: Casey and SphynxWhat’s it about? Action-adventure puzzle game 9 Lives pairs museum security guard Casey and Sphynx, an Egyptian cat, together as they work through a series of puzzles that often require one of them to die in order to solve them.

What’s cool? Casey and Sphynx have been cursed by the ancient Egyptian cat god Bestet, and in order to break the curse, they need to work their way through the museum currently holding a Bestet exhibit. That means solving a whole lot of puzzles as a duo, and players will control both characters in order to figure their way through each level's intricacies. The trouble is, sometimes, you'll have to die in order to find your way through a puzzle – but that's okay, Casey and Sphynx have nine lives with which to work, which means players can use Casey as a stepping stone over spikes and still make it through each puzzle. 9 Lives also supports cooperative play, in which two players each take on the role of one of the characters.

Who’s it for? Fans of interesting puzzles and cooperative play should give 9 Lives a look.

What’s it like? Adventure through more action-based gameplay (and solve some puzzles, too) in Horn and Paper Monsters.

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