Everyone loves free or massively reduced stuff, right? One of the joys of owning an iOS device –be it an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch – is the wealth of apps available for the platform. This translates into some tasty deals that change on an almost daily basis.
This week’s freebies include digital inking and note-taker Notability and classic family puzzler Jenga, as well as a smattering of other tasty discounts.
$2.99, now free)
Apple’s App of the Week this week is digital inking and note-taking app Notability. You’ve probably already got a decent note-taking app (everyone does, and they often go on sale) but this is definitely one of the best. Jot, sketch, draw, type and even record audio, or use the robust digital inking features to markup PDFs. With excellent cloud support, powerful search features and the ability to play back notes – this one has it all.
Triage: Email First Aid (
$2.99, now $0.99)
We’ve featured Triage in past round-ups, and that’s because it takes a very unique approach to managing your inbox. By displaying one message at a time and giving you three options – keep (in your inbox), archive or reply – Triage hopes to get you to “inbox zero” in record time. It supports Gmail, iCloud, Yahoo! and most IMAP inboxes, so if you can’t rest till your unread count is dead and buried this might be one for you.
Jenga should need little introduction, but just in case you’ve never played this family classic – Jenga is a game of steady hands and a cool head, where you must remove bricks from a tower, place them on top of that tower and hope the whole thing doesn’t come crashing down. Featuring online multiplayer as well as local and single player fun, the best thing about this version is you don’t have to find all the blocks and rebuild the tower once you’re done.
$4.99, now $0.99)
Kairo is a puzzle game, but one that deviates from the usual path and places great deal of emphasis on exploration. In order to uncover the secrets of what appears to be an alien landscape you must wander the map, bringing ancient machinery back to life in order to progress. A haunting visual style, lashes of critical acclaim and undeniable uniqueness make this one hard to refuse, particularly at the sale price of 99c.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (
$9.99, now $3.99)
One of the best Star Wars games ever (nothing beats Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight for my money), Knights of the Old Republic was a triumph for both LucasArts and BioWare when it was released to PC gamers way back in 2003. Now you can enjoy one of the finest RPGs of the era on your iPad or iPhone, complete with iOS 7 controller support and an overhauled UI (which some reviewers lament) – provided you’re rocking an iPad 2 or later.
Infinity Blade (
$5.99, now $0.99)
Hack, slash and fight your way through opponents of increasing difficulty in one of the platform’s defining games. Infinity Blade has gone on to impress gamers worldwide with hardware-testing graphics in several sequels, and now you can return to its roots and enjoy the original for the bargain price of $0.99.
$4.99, now $2.99)
Machinarium is a critically acclaimed point and click adventure that tasks you with solving tricky puzzles in a strange yet beautiful world of rusty cogs and robots. Everything from the music to the level design is wonderfully crafted, and now to celebrate the release of their latest app Botanicula, developers Amanita Design are having a 40% off sale.
Super Stickman Golf 2 (
$0.99, now free)
Featured in Apple’s “Best of 2013” App Store round-up, Super Stickman Golf 2 is the sequel to the original smash hit for iPhone and iPad. In this second outing you can hone your skills over 30 dynamic courses, use brand new power-ups to help you along the way and even customize your golfer. Best of all there’s a proper pass and play two-player mode, in addition to asymmetric multiplayer online.