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Six amazing apps and games gone cheap

Black Friday is here, and the deals have spread all the way to the App Store. There are a ton of apps on sale right now, and the good news is you don’t even have to go to a crowded mall and fight your way through throngs of people to get involved!

There seem to be fewer discounted apps than years gone by, as more and more services move to a freemium model. Perhaps that’s why Apple has compiled a list of its favorite app sales of Black Friday bargains focuses squarely on freemium apps and games with discounted in-app purchases.

That’s pretty handy, but we’re looking at the complete opposite – heavy discounts on premium purchases with no exploitative IAP. Here are some of our faves from Black Friday 2019 – three apps and three games.

Alto’s Odyssey

Was $5/£5, now $2/£2

Join Alto and his friends and set off on an endless sandboarding journey to discover its secrets. Soar above windswept dunes, traverse thrilling canyons, and explore long-hidden temples in a fantastical place far from home. Along the way, you’ll grind across vines, bounce atop hot air balloons, ride towering rock walls, and escape mischievous lemurs – all while uncovering the desert’s many mysteries. Read our review!

Alto’s Odyssey

Weather Line

Was $3/£3, now FREE

Weather Line’s centerpiece – the timeline – means you’ve always got glanceable information. It’s all about visualizing the weather through a fluctuating temperature line. It’s also just as easy to switch between an hourly, daily, and monthly view. The hourly view has immediacy, the daily gives you a running timeline on what’s coming up over the next few days, and the monthly one looks at the averages for the month. Read our review!

Weather Line

Thumper

Was $5/£5, now $2/£2

Thumper is rhythm violence: classic action, blistering speed, and brutal physicality. This was a hit on console, and the mobile edition of this music-action game translates surprisingly well. Get yourself into the groove and test your reflexes with this satisfying one-thumb challenge.

Thumper

IQ Test

Was $3/£3, now FREE

Need a bit of brain training, or just fancy measuring your smarts against the global average? An intelligence quotient (IQ) is a score derived from one of several standardized tests designed to assess intelligence, and this app not only asks all the questions – but reveals all the answers, too.

IQ Test

Transistor

Was $5/£5, now $1/£1

Games are richer and more ambitious on Apple TV than comparable TV boxes

Experience a science fiction action RPG like no other! This is a beautifully polished adventure game with deep, fast-paced combat, a compelling narrative, and a highly unusual weapon. Dig into the rich fast-paced strategy of this sci-fi epic on the biggest screen you have – it’s particularly good on the Apple TV.

 

Transistor

Pulse

Was $3/£3, now FREE

Are you a musician – or would you like to be? Pulse is a sleek minimalist metronome with haptics and Bluetooth syncing for iPhone and Watch. That means you can set a steady pace and have one of your devices subtly ‘tap’ you in sync, so you never lose your rhythm while playing.

Pulse