The 5 best Android apps and games of the week (edition # 49 2021)

Race with high-speed cars, pay wirelessly with your Android phone and crawl into the skin of a ruthless Viking. Welcome to a new edition of the best Android apps and games of the week.

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1. Rocket League Sideswipe

Our patience was put to the test, but Rocket League finally made the switch to Android. Since this week, you can get started with this crazy racing game on your smartphone (or tablet). For those unfamiliar with the game: in Rocket League you drive a small race car and the intention is to get the football in the opponent’s goal.

Rocket League Sideswipe App Trailer

You can find out for yourself how to do that. A game of Rocket League takes place in an arena and quickly becomes extremely chaotic, for example because you can defeat opponents. In the Android version of the popular PC game you can see everything from the side. You play Rocket League Sideswipe best with a controller, but the touch-sensitive operation also works fine.

Rocket League Sideswipe

Rocket League Sideswipe

Psyonix Studios

2. Google Pay

You could secretly use the app since the end of last year, but now Google Pay is finally available as a ‘real’ app in the Netherlands. With this payment service from Google, you can settle wirelessly with your smartphone in (online) stores. Google Pay is free and very simple.

google pay netherlands highlighted

When you have downloaded the app for the first time, you simply add your debit card, after which you settle via the nfc chip of your smartphone. For the time being, Google Pay in the Netherlands can only cope with somewhat smaller (internet) banks, such as Bunq and N26. But, even a major player like ABN AMRO supports Google’s digital wallet.

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Google Pay

3. Niffelheim

When you mix the TV series The Walking Dead and Vikings, you’re probably getting something like Niffelheim. In this game you crawl into the skin of a dead Viking who is trying to make his way to Valhalla. You do this by turning a neck (undead) enemies around your neck, strengthening your army base and also making your character stronger.

Niffelheim Google Play Trailer

Niffelheim is a spicy game. The game consists mainly of adventuring through dark dungeons and fighting enemies. At the end of the tunnel, a strong end boss is regularly waiting for you, which you can often or simply not defeat by acting very tactically. For example, you need to make smart use of the brews that make your viking (temporarily) stronger.


4. DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo, the privacy-friendly alternative to Google search, added a new feature to the app last week. It tries to block so-called trackers from other apps. Trackers, as the name suggests, follow you across the internet to map your (buying) behavior. Based on this, for example, you get very personal advertisements pre-booked.

Best android apps of the week duckduckgo app tracking protection

The new DuckDuckGo feature is built into the company’s Android app. You will find the new option in the settings menu under the heading “App Tracking Protection”. Via this function you can specify which apps you may or may not follow. You’ll then see in the window below which duck requests DuckDuckGo has blocked in the past period.

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DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser

DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser


5. Leap: A Dragon’s Adventure

As gray and gloomy as Niffelheim is, as touching and cheerful is Leap: A Dragon’s Adventure. In this game you control a dragon that has to jump from platform to platform. You do this by tapping the screen at exactly the right time. The dragon can also fly short distances, but does not let it go all the way.

Leap: A Dragon's Adventure - Gameplay Trailer

While jumping, you earn coins that you can use to buy extensions for the dragon. These are purely cosmetic and therefore do not make the game easier. Thanks to the bright and friendly colors, Leap looks inviting and the traditional Japanese background music quickly makes you feel relaxed. All in all, this is a great game to play in between.

Leap: A Dragon's Adventure

Leap: A Dragon’s Adventure

Rikzu Games

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