New Android apps worth downloading: Times Square Official Ball App, AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!!, Syberia

by Phil Hornshaw

Get ready for New Year's Eve with today's first app worth downloading, Time Square Official Ball App. It brings a countdown to the ball drop, a live stream from Time Square, and more that you'll want for your New Year's Eve. Following that is AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!!, a game about jumping off of buildings and doing scoring tons of points on the way down. Wrapping things up is Syberia, an Android port of the 2002 critically acclaimed adventure game, in which players journey to Europe and Russia to locate the owner of a mysterious wind-up toy factory.


Don't drop the ball! Find quality apps for New Year's Eve here.


Times Square Official Ball App (Free)

Times Square Official Ball AppWhat’s it about? Track the Ball Drop on New Year's Eve and keep up with the festivities in Times Square using the official app of the event.

What’s cool? The New Year's Eve party in Times Square is televised every year and treated as the official ringing in of the new year, and you can keep up with the party there and the Ball Drop as it happens with the Time Square Official Ball App. The app lets users stream video from Times Square, and features customizable countdown clocks that can be set to various time zones to help keep track of the second 2014 begins. You can also follow and interact with the official Ball Twitter account through the app, as well.

Who’s it for? If the Times Square Ball Drop is something you look forward to on New Year's Eve each year, you'll want to snag this app.

What’s it like? For an alternative New Year's Eve countdown, try New Year Countdown 2014.


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AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAA! ($3.99)

What’s it about? An first-person game about jumping off sky scrapers, Aaaaa!!! has users dodging obstacles on the way down, while also interacting with spectators and tagging buildings with graffiti to score points.

What’s cool? Using some great-looking 3-D graphics, Aaaaa!!! manages to convey the excitement and intensity of falling, while also encouraging players to do cool stuff as they plummet. You'll need to dodge structures and obstacles as you go, scoring points along the way, and you'll also be able to give fans a thumbs-up (and lewd gestures to protestors), perform stunts to increase your scores, and tag buildings with graffiti. Aaaa!!! includes 82 remastered levels from its PC version, and some 43 new jumps for players to perform.

Who’s it for? Fans of arcade-style games and titles that take a unique spin on gamplay mechanics and visuals will want to try this one.

What’s it like? Check out Snuggle Truck and Shoot Many Robots for more games from Owlchemy Labs, the developer responsible for Aaaa!!!'s Android port.


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Syberia ($4.99)

SyberiaWhat’s it about? Point-and-click adventure title Syberia takes players on a mysterious journey through Europe and Russia as a lawyer gets goes searching for the man who owns a strange factory that builds automatons.

What’s cool? Syberia was first released to PC players back in 2002, when it won numerous awards for its graphics and script. More than a decade later, it's now available to Android players, with the same well-received story and an updated interface for mobile devices. As American lawyer Kate Walker, players start their journey with the run-of-the-mill assignment to finalize the sale of a factory in Europe. When it turns out the factory's owner has died, Kate must travel to Russia to seek out her brother, while solving puzzles and meeting other characters along the way.

Who’s it for? Players who like well-written narratives, interesting puzzles to solve and the point-and-click adventure genre won't want to miss Syberia.

What’s it like? For more games with great stories, check out Broken Sword and XIII - The Lost Identity.