Google Play App Roundup: Qapital, Dub Dash, and Evo Explores

By Ryan Whitwam

Frugal music puzzles.

You probably want more apps, but more than that, you want the right ones. That's what we're here to deliver with the weekly Google Play App Roundup. This is where you'll find the best new and newly updated apps and games on Android. Just click the link to head right to Google Play.

Qapital

Saving can be hard, but there are apps that can make it easy. In the case of Qapital, it makes it almost completely invisible. This app lets you configure various rules that drop a few bucks here and there into a savings account with specific goals. Setup is a bit involved, but it seems like a really interesting financial app.

As with many apps that plug into your bank account, Qapital requires you to go through a few steps. First, you make an account and lock PIN for the app. Next, you'll register your bank account. You'll probably need to get the unique access code from your account to connect Qapital. Lastly, you have to wait a few days for Qapital to make two small deposits in your account, then use those amounts to verify with the app.

Okay, now that that's all taken care of, what can Qapital do for you? You can configure the service to dump money into your Qapital savings account each time something specific happens. The app comes with several built-in rules that can be configured to your liking. For example, the round up rule allows you to round all your purchases up in whatever dollar increments you want. The extra money is deposited in Qapital (which is a standard FDIC-insured account, by the way). You might also want to use the budget rule to deposit money into Qapital when you're under budget for a certain thing. There's even a neat "guilty pleasure" rule that transfers money each time you do a certain thing, like eat fast food. Yes, regular old manual transfers are a thing too.

The other side of Qapital is setting goals. Your savings can just be a big lump of money if you want, but the app makes it easy to track your progress toward purchasing an item or going on a trip. The main screen in Qapital keeps you appraised of all your recent activity and how much has been saved toward your goals.

What makes Qapital a bit different from the other trendy saving plan apps out there is that it has IFTTT integration. IFTTT is a cloud-based automation platform that plugs into a ton of connected devices, apps, and services. With IFTTT, you can create recipes with Qapital that make it much more powerful. For example, you can have all of your Qapital transfers automatically logged to a Google spreadsheet. You might also want to trigger a transfer to savings when you hit your goal (or don't) with your Fitbit. Qapital is a clever app.

Dub Dash

The music becomes real in Dub Dash, a new rhythm-based game on Android. The fast-paced electronic tracks inform the layout of obstacles you must avoid. The controls are simple, but the songs are anything but. This game is intense and challenging, but probably great if you've got a sense of rhythm.

The tracks in Dub Dash were composed by electronic artists Bossfight and the DJs behind the popular game Geometry Dash. There are only a few nine songs right now, but reaching the end of the song is not easy. These will probably keep you busy until the developers roll out more songs.

Most of the game is played in a top-down view as your little glowing wheel rolls on through the song. Blocks on the left and right of the channel must be avoided, but they're positioned in-time with the music. Tap left and right to bounce in that direction. You have to do it fast, though. You'll actually just bounce up for one "beat" then do it again. The gameplay is matched very well with the music -- if you get into the beat, Dub Dash instantly becomes easier and more enjoyable. Even then, you're going to fail a lot. The developers make it clear getting to the end of a song it nigh impossible without some practice.

There are two ways to increase your odds of making it all the way through a song. First, there's practice mode. Turn that on and you'll instantly come back to life when you run into something, allowing you to make it through the entire song to learn the level. You have to beat it in regular mode to advance to the next one, though. To help with that, you have a limited number of lives that can be burned to resurrect you at the last checkpoint. You start with five, and more can be earned by inviting friends to Dub Dash or beating the daily challenges. The challenges are seriously intense and hard to beat, though.

The graphics are all flashy and neon-themed. I suppose that fits with the music, and it's certainly not boring. The visuals are sharp enough that you can see what's coming up ahead so you've at least got a chance of making it through.

Dub Dash is completely free with a few ads that pop up after you eat it. A single $1.99 in-app purchase removes them permanently. For people who like rhythm-based games, this is a great deal. Not everyone will have the acumen to really enjoy Dub Dash, though.

Evo Explores

Evo is a space explorer, and in Evo Explores, he's come upon a planet where the laws of physics appear to be quite different. Although, they're very much the same as a different game you might have heard of called Monument Valley. Evo Explores is done in the same style as that game, and indeed the developers say Evo Explores is inspired by Monument Valley. I'd hesitate to call it a knock off as Evo Explores adds a handful of distinct elements and it is quite good in the same way Monument Valley is good.

The premise of Evo Explores is that of a 3D world forced into a 2D space. When you move objects on the screen such that they appear to be aligned, they are. Two platforms that were clearly on different levels before can suddenly form a bridge, for example. It was the same in Monument Valley, but Evo Explores takes the idea of forced perspective a bit further. If you can cover something up in Evo Explores, it like it's not even there. So, if there's a gap in the path, you might be Able to walk over it if you can just hide it from view by placing something in the foreground.

The puzzles in Evo Explores consist of the same elements you'd find in Monument Valley including ladders, sliders, and disconnected doorways that transport Evo between areas. The world is maybe a little less clever than that other game -- I don't find myself stumped by many of the puzzles. That's not to say Evo Explores is a bad game. On the contrary, it's one of the better puzzlers that I've played on Android, probably because it emulates the undeniably fantastic Monument Valley.

There are a few hours of gameplay in Evo Explores, which isn't a lot. There's also not much in the way of replay value. It's not very expensive, though, at just $1.99. If you liked Monument Valley, there's no reason to pass this one up. It's almost as good.