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Another week, another boatload of app sales flood the App Store – but how to separate the wheat from the chaffe? Luckily, you won’t have to worry about that as we’ve already gone and done it for you.

This week we’ve got a sale on retro timewasters, an interactive maps for Tolkien fans and a Mars-themed miner with plenty of depth to keep you busy till next week.

Apps

Animate It ($2.99, now free)

Aardman Animation, legendary creators of Wallace and Gromit and other claymation masterpieces, have their very own app, Animate It. Using stop-motion techniques, onion skinning and a time-lapse feature for hands-free animation, it might not be the best animation app on the app store – but it is free for a limited time!

The Hobbit: Official Visual Companion ($4.99, now free)

Fancy a gander round Middle Earth? Then you might want to grab the official HarperCollins Visual Guide to The Hobbit. The app features an impressive 3D rendering of Middle Earth, over 75 in-depth articles and a quiz among others. While it might not be a compelling buy, it’s currently completely free.

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Speed Tracker ($3.99, now $0.99)

A mighty impressive package, Speed Tracker uses GPS to work out metrics like speed, distance and other statistics to act as a speedometer, trip computer and mapping tool. What’s more, the app even has a nifty HUD mode which uses your windshield’s naturally reflective qualities to display information in front of you.

Games

R.TYPE ($1.99, now $0.99)

The classic, all-flying, all-shooting R.TYPE, is currently discounted to $0.99 as publishers Dotemu have a bit of a sale. The game is still rock solid, which is the way it should be, but there are some modern enhancements like Retina graphics and Game Centre achievements to work your way through now too.

Waking Mars ($4.99, now $0.99)

If the words “start the reactor!” bring a smile to your face, you’ll probably appreciate Waking Mars. The game sees you terraforming and cultivating an alien ecosystem, discovering the secrets of the planet’s mysterious past and interacting with new lifeforms. There’s a serious amount of depth on offer here, so jump in and grab a bargain.

Double Dragon Trilogy ($2.99, now $0.99)

Continuing the aforementioned Dotemu sale, classic side-scrolling beat ’em up Double Dragon is currently on sale – and not just one, but all three. This is the original breakout arcade hit from 1987 spruced up with Continues, more lives and even iOS 7 controller support.

The Last Express ($4.99, now $0.99)

Listen up mystery fans – The Last Express is worth your time. A PC classic from a bygone era, the game is set on the Orient Express and features a gripping adventure plot that has you quizzing passengers and conducting your own investigations. The game was first released in 1997, but the core mechanics haven’t aged a bit.

That should be enough to keep you busy for a week, check back next Friday for more iOS Apps on Sale!

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