Best Android apps this week

Games and apps galore make up the filling in this week's Android app pie

Total War Battles: Shogun

£2.99 Google Play

This made-for-touch real time strategy game comes straight from the makers behind the acclaimed Total War series, so you know it's good. All the classic RTS recipes from tactical combat and building/troop management are here, all set in an artfully illustrated Medieval Japan.


£Free Google Play

Via.Me lets you share your stories in picture, video sound and text form with your adoring Twitter fans and Facebook friends. With 15 impressive photo filters, friend feeds and instant notifications, it's the Instagram/social network combo you've been looking for.

Distress Signal

£1.49 Google Play

Distress Signal stores emergency contact details, sends pre-set emails and texts, has one touch emergence service buttons, and shows locations of the nearest police stations, hospitals and more. Ideal for paranoid and safety-conscious gadgeteers alike.

The Curse

62p Google Play

The Curse gives your brain a much needed workout by challenging it with 100 mind bending puzzles which will test your neurons with logic, memory and reflex tests. Weekly riddles should also keep you on your toes (or tie your poor tormented brain up in knots).

Maluuba – Do Engine

£Free Google Play

What's a Do Engine we hear you ask? Well, it's Maluuba's fancy way of labelling voice-controlled search. Think Siri for Android – Maluuba lets you search for local businesses, organise your calendar and find nearby gigs and more. Apple's Virtual Assistant needs to watch its back.

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