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New Android apps worth downloading: Jelly, Galactic Phantasy Prelude, Lyne

by Phil Hornshaw

New Android Apps Worth Downloading

Grab today's leading fresh app, Jelly, if you're in need of answers. The app from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone lets users discover answers and information by snapping photos and asking questions of social network users. We've also got Galactic Phantasy Prelude, an action-role-playing game in which players explore the galaxy with a number of different spaceships, and Lyne, a minimalist puzzler in which your job is to draw a line to connect a number of shapes, without crossing or doubling back.

Jelly (Free)

JellyWhat’s it about? Snap photos, ask questions and get help and information from your existing social networks with Jelly.

What’s cool? Jelly is a search engine by way of social networking. The app helps you get information from people on your existing social networks. You just snap a photo and attach some text with your question, and Jelly sends it out to other users for help. You'll get answers from people in the know, and you can also answer questions yourself by responding to other people's queries, using either text or drawing right on the photo. You can also forward questions to friends who don't have the Jelly app to get help from them, as well.

Who’s it for? If you like answering questions or think you could use the help of others to answer some through social networks, try Jelly.

What’s it like? You might also find community question-and-answer apps like Quora to be helpful and fun.


Galactic Phantasy Prelude (Free)

Galactic Phantasy PreludeWhat’s it about? Build a fleet of ships you can customize and use them to explore the galaxy and fight in space battles in Galactic Phantasy Prelude.

What’s cool? Galactic Phantasy Prelude is an action-role-playing game that's all based in spaceships. Players choose their ship and use it to explore a vast universe, where they'll get mixed up in battles and complete missions, earn customizations and eventually grow a fleet from the 46 available vessel types. Combat has players utilizing a number of different weapons while piloting ships from a third-person perspective, and you'll experience an epic story as you expand your career as a starship pilot and explore the game's 10 different star systems.

Who’s it for? Fans of role-playing titles and games about spaceships will want to get to exploring in Galactic Phantasy Prelude.

What’s it like? You'll also want to try Galaxy on Fire 2 and Star Traders.

Lyne ($2.50)

LyneWhat’s it about? Puzzler Lyne challenges players to connect a series of related shapes with a single line drawn between them, without intersecting other lines or running through the same shape more than once.

What’s cool? Lyne is a puzzle game about drawing lines. Each level in the game presents users with a series of shapes – like a group of triangles or diamonds – and tasks them with drawing a single line to connect all of them. Certain shapes mark the beginning and end of the line, so you'll need to figure out the best way to connect all the shapes without criss-crossing or needing to go through the same shape twice (unless it's the kind of shape that requires two lines to connect with it). As more shapes are added and configurations get more complex, you'll have to plan your lines carefully to complete all the puzzles. Lyne also features procedurally generated puzzles that are updated daily to add even more content to compete.

Who’s it for? Puzzle gamers, Lyne will challenge you and keep you busy as the new puzzles keep coming.

What’s it like? Check out other solid minimalist games in Hundreds and Pivvot.