Smartphones became bigger, bolder, and certainly more expensive (at least on the high end) in 2017, but as for the apps that run on them? Well, they're still wonderfully diverse, quite often free or pretty cheap, and can assist or amuse you in so many different ways.
There's an endless stream of mobile apps hitting Apple's App Store and the Google Play Store throughout the year, but only a small number of those really resonated us, whether they were useful apps or simple entertaining diversions. Need a few fresh things to download? Here are our picks for the best mobile apps and games of 2017.
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This hand-drawn mobile game is a calm, cool Where's Waldo? for a new generation, adding delightful animations, sound effects, and pop culture jokes to the enormous scenes while you hunt for various sights.
This buzzy live trivia sensation lets loads of players vie for thousands of dollars in real cash by answering 12 increasingly tricky questions. And, like most game shows, this one comes complete with a live-streamed host.
Ocean's 11 and The Knick mastermind Steven Soderbergh's latest filmmaking experiment is an interactive HBO series with multiple perspectives, letting you tweak the narrative structure. You can watch it all for free with the app.
Rule a kingdom (and try to keep your head) one decision at a time with this game that uses Tinder-like swipes. This sequel's gender swap is more than skin-deep, bringing in all sorts of brilliant narrative twists.