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March 17, 2015Peter Heinrich
We know that, as an app developer, your days are long and thankless. You work hard to enrich the lives of those around you with hardly a thought for yourself. That next-generation match-three game? It's not going to write itself. The new dataset with the latest tax updates for New Hampshire? Somebody's got to upload it. Fixing the bugs Dale introduced just before we went on vacation? That's on you.
Still, on a day like today, don't you deserve a break? You don't have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, and you may even learn a little Gaeilge (Irish Gaelic) along the way. Sit back, relax, and enjoy an app or two in the spirit of St. Paddy—apps that you didn’t have to write.
For arcade fun, Lep's World 2 by NER Brothers is our favorite (leprechaun-themed) side-scroller, second only to its predecessor, Lep's World. Defeat the evil wizard by helping Lep run and jump his way through 64 levels across 8 different worlds.
If you prefer casual games, check out the St. Patrick's Day version of 24/7 Games' Mahjong. They have implemented several other perennial favorites in the same theme (such as Sudoku and Solitaire), so you have a few shamrock-inspired options to choose from.
DifferenceGames just released two new hidden-object games themed for the holiday. Hidden Object – St. Patrick's Day and Hidden Object – Pot O' Gold will keep you hunting for distinctive words, pictures, and silhouettes through 20 levels each, with match-three and memory mini games built in. All of the scenes are lush and beautiful, tied together by one special, secret visual element. It would spoil the surprise to mention it here.
Green. Oops, it slipped out.
Games aren't the only way to get in the Irish spirit. Stream Irish radio live with the Irish Radio Music & News app from Witch Apps. Whether you're looking for Celtic music or the latest hurling scores, chances are there's an Irish radio station broadcasting it live.
You can also check up on Irish current events with digital versions of traditional media. The Irish Mirror (by Trinity Mirror) and Irish
Examiner (by Landmark Digital) serve up business, sports, weather, entertainment, and other news categories in the format of their physical counterparts. The only thing missing is the accent.
Everyone has a little Irish blood for one day in March, so sláinte chugat (“health to you”) as you observe St. Patrick’s Day. Erin go bragh (“Ireland Forever”)!