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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!

  1. DB
    May 10, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I can't understand how someone can effectively make a stop motion animation using an ipad..you need your camera to be complete steady during stop motion.
    I use iKIT stop motion software on PC which allows you to secure your camera to a desk or tripod while connect via usb to my PC. This ensures that your camera does not move between frames. Something that using an IPad is almost impossible to do.

    • Tim B
      May 11, 2014 at 2:08 am

      You can get tripod mounts for both iPhones and iPads, so this really isn't an issue. The choice of software you use has nothing to do with how steady your capture device will be, that's all down to how you're mounting it.

      iOS is, in many regards, a far more accessible platform for creating stop motion films because you don't need to bring a big clunky PC, laptop or even SLR with you and you can do everything on the device.

      Nice spam.

  2. Casey
    March 14, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    This link will take you to the Animate It app in the iTunes Store (U.S.).

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/animate-it/id544691268?mt=8

  3. Eric M
    March 2, 2014 at 2:06 am

    I just checked and the Animate It app doesn't even show up in the iTunes store (US).

  4. Casey
    March 1, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    I just checked the Animate It app in the iTunes Store and it isn't free.

  5. Tenyo M
    March 1, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Cool games for by familly

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