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New Android apps worth downloading: Cover, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Rollabear

by Phil Hornshaw

Make your week a bit easier with today's first app worth downloading, Cover. It's a lock screen app that pays attention to the apps you use during the day and where you use them, and then puts those apps on your lock screen for fast access. We've also got some games to help you kill time until holiday vacation: Sonic the Hedgehog 2, a remastering of Sega's classic platformer, and Rollabear, a game that's sort of like bowling – but with bears.

Cover (Free)

CoverWhat’s it about? Android lock screen Cover adapts to how you use your Android device, placing the apps you use most in a given location on the lock screen for faster launching.

What’s cool? The apps you use in your car aren't the same ones you use at home, generally, and they're both usually different from the apps you use at work. Cover is a lock screen that knows this, and pays attention to which apps you use, when, and where. Then, the app organizes your device's lock screen with your most-used apps per location, allowing you to quickly launch them with a swipe from the instant you turn on your device's screen. The result is fast access to the apps you need most, when you need them, and you can also set different ring tones and alert sounds depending on where you are. Keep in mind, though, that Cover is still a beta, which means it's still being tested and debugged.

Who’s it for? If you could use a lock screen that's a big smarter about what apps you need and when you need them, try Cover.

What’s it like? Get more handy app-launching capabilities with Buzz Launcher and try Themer to take greater control of your device's home screen.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 ($2.99)

Sonic the Hedgehog 2What’s it about? A mobile remake of the Sega Genesis classic, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 features the series' first 3-D gameplay, and brings the ability to play as new characters.

What’s cool? Sega has been slowly re-releasing tons of its old games for mobile devices, and with Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the publisher has remastered the original title with new touch controls and some new feature, as well. The platforming classic added Tails, the two-tailed fox sidekick of Sonic, and also was the first game in the series to include behind-the-back 3-D levels in addition to its usual side-scrolling ones. Players can play as Knuckles the Echidna in the remastered Sonic 2, and this version also includes a “boss attack” mode for just engaging in those tough classic boss fights.

Who’s it for? Players who are fans of great classic platformers and Sonic in general should nab Sonic 2.

What’s it like? There are plenty of other great Sonic titles on offer in the Google Play Store, including Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic CD.

Rollabear (Free)

RollabearWhat’s it about? Bowl bears down courses littered with boxes to pick up in Rollabear, a game that has a lot in common with bowling, but with a helping of goofiness.

What’s cool? It's kind of hard to accurately describe Rollabear. Players choose a bear character at the beginning of the game, and that bear then rolls up into a ball and is slingshotted down a course toward waiting lumberjacks, aligned like bowling pins. Your goal is to use touch controls to navigate the course toward the pins, collecting points and hidden stuff along the way, and avoiding obstacles. Then, you need to take down as many pins as possible, just like in bowling. Scoring well, getting multiple strikes in a row, and completing other challenges unlocks more characters and levels, and you'll be able to bowl bears across 60 different levels and three game modes.

Who’s it for? Players who like arcade games with a humorous, goofy cartoon spin should check out Rollabear.

What’s it like? You'll find some similarities to Rollabear in Angry Birds and Roll: Boulder Smash.