As you're fiddling with your phone to book a table or save the world by killing a dragon, look at that app you're using.
You might not know it, but it might have been made right here in Singapore. The island is host to some very talented app magicians whose stuff you might have downloaded unawares.
Here’s some made-in-Singapore gems that you can download from Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play store. The best bit? They’re all free.
(Lead image via weare.sg)
Formerly called Bubble Motion, this little app is part of a voice-driven social network. The posts are displayed in a Twitter-like scrolling format, with a variety of different backgrounds to customise your posts.
You can also add background filters like ‘Coffee Shop,’ ‘Clubbing,’ and ‘Bombay,’ to add atmosphere sounds to your voice posts. Or go crazy and use voice-altering filters like ‘Helium’ and ‘Echo Cave’ to annoy all your followers.
The craziest bit is that Bubbly already has 30 million users so far. Obviously Instagraming your breakfast is passe when you can narrate it while sounding like Batman.
You love sharing and rating your food on social networks? Burpple might be up your alley. Daniel Hum, Dixon Chan and Elisha Ong are the founders behind this little app that allows you to not just share your meals but organise your shares into collections.
Think of Burpple as your own shareable food journal. Instead of ‘likes’, your Burrple followers ‘reburp’ a post which saves the post to their own little Burpple box.
Burpple also helps you find places to eat in Singapore, whether on the app or by surfing the newly launched find.burpple.com.
This app takes the fuss out of choosing a place to eat by helping you look for restaurants and make reservations. There is a pretty sizeable list of restaurants, which you can check out on its website here. Singaporeans will probably appreciate the app being named after the Singapore slang word for 'reserving' or 'booking' an empty seat or table by placing a tissue packet on it.
No tissues here, though. Instead, you can make reservations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week according to its makers with your reservations confirmed via email.
Should you be traveling to Hong Kong, Chope has an app for the country as well.
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4. MONSTER BLADE
Free-to-play RPG games are a popular fixture and app developer Nubee has quite a hit on their hands. Nubee says that in less than a month, the app has garnered over 26,000 favourable reviews.
Play-wise, it's a lot like others in its genre - lots of beasts to kill, loot to acquire and friends can help you out along the way.
If you're the type who fancies wiling away the hours killing monsters on your smartphone or tablet, Monster Blade might just whet your appetite.
The graphics are pretty high-quality but also high-bandwidth so make sure you're on WiFi when you're downloading the game!
Trying to be cute, the makers of Perx made a play on the word 'perk' to come up with this reward card app. Instead of stuffing your wallet full of all the reward cards acquired from your most-frequented outlets, leave them at home and install Perx instead.
It's a nifty solution to all those reward cards shoppers keep accumulating and the company posts frequent deals and offers to encourage people to download the app.
Of course, it helps that Perx is free, no purchase required unlike those reward cards in your collection.
6. PUZZLE TROOPER
You feel like something more casual, not as uncool as sudoko but not as time-intensive as Call of Duty yet still have guns (sort of)?
Puzzle Trooper has you marching with your team to engage the enemy by shooting at them.
But no, you don't need to aim. Just flick your finger through a path of variously coloured orbs to hit your targets and rack up points.
A simple, fun way to pass the time.