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Weekly Apps Roundup – 1 Jan

Very few apps were released in the space between Christmas and New Year, but luckily there are still plenty of seasonal price drops to sink your teeth into! Check out the best discounted apps and games of the past week in our bargains-only New Year roundup.

Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse

Price: $9.99/£7.99 $0.99/£0.79 • Version: 1.0 • Size: 481 MB

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Play as everyone’s favorite cartoon mouse in this completely reimagined version of the 90s Sega classic Castle of Illusion. It’s now got HD graphics with seamless switches between 2D and 3D platforming segments. Throw in some cool bosses and you’ll realize how much of a steal it is to get this huge game at 90% off!


Blue Sky Weather

Price: $0.99/£0.79 Free • Version: 2.0.2 • Size: 14.5 MB

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A weather and radar app that won’t leave you guessing – as well as the regular forecast views we’re all used to, it also shows moving weather conditions on a map so you can tell when the rain is headed your way. It works great on the Apple Watch too!


Price: $0.99/£0.79 Free • Version: 2.4 • Size: 12.4 MB

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Spirit is a fast-paced neon arcade shooter without the shooting. Swipe to avoid oncoming hordes of enemies, encircling them with your ship to teleport them safely to another dimension. It looks and plays like a pacifist version of Geometry Wars.



Price: $0.99/£0.79 Free • Version: 2.1.0 • Size: 1.1 MB

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A black-and-white photography app that uses a system of swipes to offer precision when turning your photos into monochrome works of art. One of the earliest apps of its kind, and just updated with iOS 9 support!


Price: $1.99/£1.49 Free • Version: 2.0.1 • Size: 89.8 MB

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Still not decided on your favorite photography app? Bitpoem is one of the best for adding selective effects to your images. It’s not long since the big version 2 update brought new features, and now it’s free for a limited time!

Worms 4

Price: $4.99/£3.99 $0.99/£0.79 • Version: 1.06 • Size: 148 MB

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If you don’t know Worms, you should: teams of bilaterally symmetrical invertebrates (read: worms) duke it out in cartoonish turn-based combat with an eccentric arsenal of weaponry. The latest installment in the much-loved franchise has a great mission mode and is currently available for less than a dollar!


Check out our review!

Pocket Scanner Ultimate

Price: $2.99/£2.29 Free • Version: 3.0 • Size: 79.1 MB

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This app helps you to scan, edit and organize paper documents into digital formats. Scan your notes, add annotations and make multi-page PDFs in no time. It lacks the optical character recognition that some rival apps have, but for everything else it’s very solid – and who can argue with a free app?

Read more: what’s the best document scanner for iPhone?