It can be hard to find real bargains on the App Store these days, as so many services and utilities have moved to a freemium model with no up-front cost. But many of the best apps still come with a price tag, and there are some big hitters offering discounts this week. Don’t miss out!

All prices are accurate at the time of writing, but please be mindful that they could change at any time.

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Affinity Photo

Was $20/£20, now $10/£10

This is the iPad’s answer to Adobe Photoshop, an app so well-realised for the touch screen that in many ways it’s actually better than its inspiration. The app’s impressive toolset may take some learning, but Affinity Photo can handle pretty much any image editing task. It’s great for retouching, filtering, building compositions, color correction, sketching, and so much more. We recommend this even at full price, but currently you can get full access forever for the cost of a single month’s access to Photoshop.

Affinity Photo

Affinity Photo

Affinity Designer

Was $20/£20, now $10/£10

Yep, at the time of writing both of Affinity’s pro-grade iPad apps are half price. Affinity Designer is a vector drawing program akin to Adobe Illustrator, and once again it offers a phenomenal set of tools for a relatively low entry price. Illustrators and graphic designers of all stripes should have this in their app arsenal, no questions asked.

Affinity Designer

Agent A: A Puzzle in Disguise

Was $6/£6, now $3/£3

This is a logic-based secret agent adventure in which you’ll have to solve a mystery by snooping around a fancy house and fiddling with hidden levers and clever contraptions. It’s one of the best point-and-click puzzlers on the App Store and it’s currently half price.

Agent A

This War of Mine

Was $14/£14, now $2/£2

A sombre game of strategy that puts you bang in the middle of a warzone. The catch? You’re not a soldier – you’re a group of innocent civilians. Patch up your hideout by day and sneak out to scavenge supplies at night, all while making tough moral choices and praying for survival. This game has won over 100 awards for its portrayal of the horrors of war and you can now check it out at a whopping 85% off.

This War of Mine