Have you ever wanted to read your favourite websites, faster? How about raiding dungeons, Warhammer-style? It’s all possible at a reduced rate thanks to this weeks apps on sale.
ReadQuick is an app that can help you digest the day’s reading at a faster rate, and it’s currently completely free. This week it’s joined by a smattering of synth apps courtesy of Moog, and some fantasy-themed games from the likes of Dungeons and Dragons and Warhammer.
$9.99, now free)
ReadQuick is speed reading app for iOS that is designed to increase the rate at which you read, making it possible for you to read more and hopefully learn more. By only showing you one word at a time, at a rate that’s perfect for you, the app can help you get through long pieces of writing much faster than using traditional methods. After using it for a while and settling on a comfortable speed, you’ll be able to reliably predict just how long it will take you to get through the day’s articles.
$4.99, now $2.99)
If you’ve ever used the WordPress iOS app on your iPad, you’ll know that it’s pretty terrible. Worse still, your blogging platform of choice might not even have a dedicated app. Blogsy aims to solve both these problems by providing rich, mark-down compatible interface from which to wax lyrical. The app supports multiple blogs on a host of platforms including Blogger, TypePad, MovableType, Drupal, Joomla 1.5-2.5 and Tumblr among others.
Animoog / Animoog for iPhone (
$24.99/$7.99, now $15.99/$3.99)
A synth that needs little introduction, Animoog is Moog’s first entry to the world of software synthesizers. The app is aimed at both hobbyists and professionals, which means the sounds it produces are nothing short of remarkable. The app was already rebuilt from the ground-up once to use Moog’s new Anisotropic Synth Engine, and includes both MIDI and Audiobus support as you’d expect. For many the price is usually prohibitively expensive, but you can save some serious cash on both versions at the moment.
Moog Filtatron (
$7.99, now $4.99)
Now with support for Audiobus and JACK audio, Filtatron is a realtime audio filter and effects engine that uses line-input (from a microphone, guitar, keyboard or other instrument), a sampler and a built in oscillator to create weird and wonderful sounds on your iPhone or iPad. Control it with external MIDI hardware, destroy one of the many in-built samples or see what strange droning ambience you can come up with usign the oscillator. Lots of fun, now only $5.
iTransfer Wi-Fi Camera Roll (
$0.99, now free)
How often do you need to transfer images from your iPhone to a computer or device that isn’t your own? If the answer is more than “occasionally” then an app like iTransfer might come in handy. Using the local Wi-Fi network, iTransfer allows you to share your Camera Roll with multiple devices at the same time without the need for a cable.
$2.99, now $0.99)
Winner of Apple’s Design Award for 2014, Blek is a game that uses animated gestures in order to collect blocks of colour. It’s really one of those concepts that’s better seen than explained, so go ahead and click play on the video above. The game features 60 levels, with a promise of more soon as well as iCloud syncing to ensure progress between devices is maintained.
Pure Pinball (
$1.99, now free)
It might not be the best pinball game on the App Store (I reserve that title for Pinball Dreams HD) but it’s currently free and might addictive. Pure Pinball only features one table to begin with, though there are two more to unlock with your itchy paddle fingers. The game features fully 3D graphics, immersive sound, several camera options and some interesting game modes to shake things up a bit.
D&D Lords of Waterdeep (
$6.99, now $0.99)
If you like Dungeons and Dragons but haven’t tried the digital editions out yet, grabbing Lords of Waterdeep for a dollar might be the best thing you do with your weekend. Take on the role of one of the masked Lords of Waterdeep, a city in which completing quests will expand your influence. The game supports 2-6 player matches with AI, pass and play or online multiplayer (both asynchronous and realtime) so you’re never short of opponents to defeat.
Warhammer Quest (
$4.99, now $0.99)
If Dungeons and Dragons is a bit too hardcore for you, Warhammer Quest might scratch your fantasy itch instead. This is the first Warhammer game to arrive on iOS, offering more than 40 hours of gameplay (thanks to the expansions available as in-app purchases). Hack and slash your way through dungeons, loot enemies and defeat orcs, goblins and more in what is an addictive mix of RPG, action and strategy.
$4.99, now $0.99)
Bringing a distinctly Gears of War feel to the world of iOS shooters, SHADOWGUN (yep, all capitals) is a rather beautiful-looking touchscreen gaming experience. Take on the role of John Slade, a bounty hunter, tasked with hunting down an evil genius with an army of cyborgs, battle droids and genetically-enhanced humanoids at his disposal (the usual, then). As you can imagine, the rest of the game involves lots of shooting and getting shot at, with marvellous visuals to boot.
Star Command (
$2.99, now $0.99)
Build and command your own starship in this must-play sci-fi strategy game. Gawp at the beautiful pixel-art styling, sink hours into exploring a vast universe and unravel a story worthy of any episode of Stargate. Recruit a team, build and upgrade your ship, take her into battle and fend-off invading alien forces. It’s all there, and it’s currently a bargain for a dollar.
That should be enough Apps on Sale for another week, be sure to check back next weekend for more!