2014’s Mother’s Day App Store sales probably aren’t going to be of much interest to mom – but we’re grateful for them anyway. This week we have a feature-packed mindmapping tool, an excellent text-to-speech app that reads to you and Ubisoft’s first mobile game in the Assassins Creed series going cheap.
If you’ve got an Android device don’t forget to check out our weekly round-up of Android sales too.
MagicalPad HD (
$9.99, now $0.99)
MagicalPad HD is a feature-packed mindmapping application for organising thoughts, planning projects and studying for exams. You can use mind maps to plan virtually anything, and MagicalPad certainly provides enough tools for most people’s needs. The app combines outlining and mindmapping, allowing you to quickly switch between the two. Export to Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, Evernote or plain old email – currently 90% off.
Voice Dream Reader (
A universal app for both iPad and iPhone, Voice Dream Reader is a reading app that converts text to speech. Feed it PDFs, Word documents, DRM-free eBooks and web pages among others and have Voice Dream read it back to you. With customisable speech settings, including speed and 36 different voices, Voice Dream Reader is a great tool for studying or simply enjoying articles and books while out and about.
Flash Reader (
$1.99, now free)
With a five-star rating on the App Store, a universal binary and a modest price at the best of times, Flash Reader claims to be the king of speed reading apps. The app promises to shave minutes (maybe hours) off the time it takes you to read passages of text by showing you words so fast that you brain doesn’t have time to subvocalize (say aloud in your head) them. It supports Word documents, PDFs, ePubs, AZW, rich text and Open Document formats, and it’s currently free.
Sketchbook Mobile / Pro for iPad (
$1.99/$4.99, now $0.99/$2.99)
AutoDesk has made quite a name for itself in the design scene, and the company is currently offering both Sketchbook Mobile for iPhone and iPod Touch at half price, and the more capable iPad app Sketchbook Pro at 40% off. Widely considered by many as an industry standard for sketching, the apps provide everything you need to get your ideas down on “paper” wherever you are. Use layers, brush presets, custom canvas sizes and even watch a time-lapse playback of your work.
Assassin’s Creed Pirates (
$4.99, now $0.99)
If you enjoyed the naval elements of the recent Assassin’s Creed games you’ll probably enjoy Assassin’s Creed Pirates, Ubisoft’s first mobile outing for the franchise. Build up your crew, upgrade your ship and set sail for battle over 50 quest and side missions, plunder the Caribbean and explore the huge map on offer. Swashbuckling fun, all for a dollar!
10000000 ($2.99, now $0.99)
A highly acclaimed dungeon crawling RPG, 10000000 just so happens to be one of those games that might take over your life. The aim is simple – to reach a score of 10000000 (that’s ten million) by defeating monsters, collecting loot, brewing potions and completing various objectives. Puzzle-based gameplay meets hardcore RPG action in a rather excellent little package.
Rayman Jungle Run (
$2.99, now $0.99)
Fusing beautiful graphics, vibrant levels and endless running action with Ubisoft’s equivalent of Sonic or Mario, Rayman Jungle Run is an exhilarating endless runner that delivers plenty of fun for its meagre price tag. Now with 20 extra levels, Jungle Run provides a stiff challenge while being utterly addictive at the same time.
Infinity Blade II (
Last week it was the original Infinity Blade reduced to a dollar, this week it’s the much-celebrated sequel. Many regard this as the franchise’s best moment, improving on the original in almost every way (particularly in the graphics department) without getting stale. If you’ve still to discover what the fuss was all about, the entry fee is suitably low at the moment.
$0.99, now free)
Float is a game that’s designed to be satisfying and relaxing, and definitely shouldn’t be mistaken for anything resembling Flappy Bird. Your aim is simple – to keep the balloons afloat and stop them touching the spikes. The learning curve is forgiving, and even those looking over your shoulder will have difficulty not barking instructions. Endless replay value, multiple modes and a universal binary means you should grab it for free right now.
That’s a lot of sales! Don’t forget to check back next weekend for even more freebies and bargains.