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App sales are like buses. You spend a long time waiting for the right reductions, and then the entire App Store goes on sale at once. Those are generally referred to as “holidays” and they provide an excellent excuse to part with your cash.

But what about the rest of the year? Well we have our moments, but some weeks just aren’t as good as others. This just so happens to be one of those weeks, and while there’s no shortage of quality below – I wish I could have found some more.

Apps

Specifics HD ($1.99, now free)

Combining a note-taking app and task manager in one, Specifics HD tries to put its unique spin on the already-bustling iOS productivity market. The app supports a few features not commonly seen elsewhere, including handwritten note-taking and a few different ways of visualizing notes. Oh, and you can also sync it with Evernote – handy!

Alarmy ($1.99, now free)

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Alarmy is an alarm clock app that invites you to “sleep if you can” – and it’s pretty good at what it does. In order to stop the alarm from sounding, you actually have to get up then take a photo. If you have serious trouble getting up, Alarmy might just be the rude awakening you need to get out of bed.

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iExplorer Mobile ($4.99, now free)

You’ve probably heard of iExplorer for Windows and Mac, a small free program that lets you browse and copy data from your iOS device. The developers didn’t stop there, and went ahead and created iExplorer Mobile which was previously known as Awesome Files.

Currently down from $5, the app allows you to create and edit text files, manage documents and even create or unpack .ZIP files on your iOS device. Unfortunately, it doesn’t add Finder-like abilities, but it’s the next best thing.

Games

Joe Danger Infinity ($0.99 launch price)

The original Joe Danger was a slightly convoluted console racer that was fun, but required immense amounts of patience and effort. Joe Danger Infinity is the evolution of this series, and it’s currently an iOS-exclusive. That means it’s been designed from the ground up for the touchscreen – and it’s a lot of fun.

With hundreds of levels, the endless running action doesn’t need to stop for a good while yet.

Backbreaker Football ($0.99, now free)

A bonafide classic, Backbreaker Football is an American Football game that focuses entirely on crunching your opponents. With excellent tackling and running modes, it’s up to you to avoid and destroy your opponents. The game was initially released at the Xbox Live price point, the game made an excellent transition to touchscreens.

Mike V: Do or Die ($0.99, now free)

Mike V is apparently a professional skateboarder, as well as being star of his very own skating game in the form of Mike V: Do or Die. This iOS title was originally released in 2009, and looks more like a Tony Hawk knock-off than anything else. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially for free!

tap ten trillion 2 ($1.99, now free)

Have you found yourself completely and utterly addicted to Cookie Clicker 6 Bizarre Browser Games You Can Play Now 6 Bizarre Browser Games You Can Play Now Buckle up, because it's about to get weird. Each of the following browser games is a hot slice of crazy from the far corners of the Internet that you have to see. Read More ? Well tap ten trillion 2 takes the same premise as cookie clicker, and applies it to breaking a stone. A stone that needs ten trillion taps to break, of course. Tap to earn currency, upgrade your tapping abilities and hopefully you too can break 1,000,000,000,000 taps.

Hopefully next week’s list will look a little healthier. Let us know if you enjoyed any of these in the comments, below.

  1. Greg L
    January 18, 2014 at 2:07 am

    sweet deals

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