A sale on several popular LEGO games headlines today’s edition of App Recap, a daily column that shares new, updated and discounted apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. In this roundup, we also feature some useful productivity apps for managing documents and PDF files. App Recap is posted on weekdays to supplement the in-depth app coverage that Lory, Christian, Cody and our other writers provide. Here are 17 apps to check out…
Overview Calendar is a calendar app that takes a different approach to the way you organize your life. The app displays upcoming items in a simple scrollable timeline that you can swipe through, with features ranging from countdowns and color coding to push notifications and social sharing. Overview Calendar is $1.99 on the App Store for iPhone.
The German army is relying upon you in Frontline: Road to Moscow, a new combat game where you must seize Russia to win the war. In the game, command your forces on an ambitious invasion towards Moscow, and go on missions to capture an armoured convoy or recover important documents. Frontline is $2.99 for iPhone and iPad.
Swaly is a new social location app that allows you to share your position with others through Facebook, Twitter, a private message or email. Take a picture of your location and place it on the built-in map to share the exact moment you’re living with friends. If you want to localize yourself, you can get Swaly as a free download on the App Store for iPhone.
Fallen Lords is a cooperative board game in which you explore a buried city and defeat the Fallen Lords before they escape their ancient bonds. You can play solo or with up to three friends, as you battle over 60 monsters across four difficulty levels. Fallen Lords is $1.99 on the App Store for iPad, although its price will soon increase to $3.99.
Control cars, avoid crashes and become a crossroads operator in Road Story, a new arcade game in which you complete missions, develop talents and unlock powerful bonus cars. The game has simple swipe and touch controls, with an interactive tutorial and tracking of player progress. Road Story is free on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.
The award-winning adventure game Badland has been updated for the second time in the past week, this time with several bug fixes and other minor tweaks. The game is a side-scrolling platformer based in a gorgeous forest full of imaginative traps and obstacles. Badland, which now stands at version 2.1.1, is $3.99 on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.
The cross-platform messaging service Kik Messenger was updated to version 7.2.0 today to help users better connect with friends. A separate section was added for messages from new people, with pictures and content from new contacts blurred out until you choose to see them. It is also easier to send stickers to or block other users. Kik is free for iPhone.
Yesterday, slideshow and video creation app Pics2Mov Pro was updated to version 2.9.1 with user interface improvements, embedded design pack data, 17 new designs and bug fixes. The app is no longer free, but it still on sale for $2.99 versus its regular $4.99 price tag. Pics2Mov Pro is available on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.
Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPhone was updated this afternoon with additional brush types for fine-tuned corrections and painting, a quick selection tool, auto-recovery of unsaved documents, iOS font support for the Type tool, the ability to keep original EXIF metadata when editing a JPEG, bug fixes and more. Photoshop Touch is $4.99 for iPhone.
On Sale Apps
In what could be an early Memorial Day sale, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes and LEGO The Lord of the Rings have each been discounted from $4.99 to 99 cents. Explore the events of Harry Potter’s years at Hogwarts or stop The Joker from destroying Gotham City in classic Lego style.
The digital version of the iconic board game Space Hulk has been slashed from $9.99 to $4.99 for the first time since launching on the App Store in December. Space Hulk is a tactical turn-based game in which you play as a small squad of fearless Space Marine Terminators attempting to reclaim their honor. The game is $4.99 for iPad at its new price point.
PDF Cabinet 2.0 has gone free for the first time since January 20th, discounted from its regular $2.99 price. PDF Cabinet is a popular PDF reading and annotation app for iPad, with a minimalistic design absent of overwhelming menus, buttons, settings and options. PDF Cabinet 2.0 is free on the App Store for iPad while it is on sale. Get it while you can.
Templates for Pages Pro is another productivity app that has gone free, down from its regular $4.99 price point, for the first time since April 15th. The app allows you to create professional and polished documents using Apple’s stock Pages app, featuring over 222 document templates and page layouts. The app is free for iPhone and iPad for a limited time.
The video filter effects and editing app Analog Video is free for a limited time, so get downloading before it goes back up to $2.99. The app has over 400 presets and effects, including the Kodak Gold, Portra, Ektarchrome, Tri-X, T-Max, Fuji Pro, Superia, Velvia, Fortia, Astia, Provia, FP and Neopan series. Analog Video is free for iPhone during the sale.
As we inch closer to the Memorial Day weekend in the United States, we expect a number of game studios and developers will be hosting blowout sales on several popular apps. We’ll be closely monitoring the App Store this week to track these sales promotions, and we’ll be sure to post about any noteworthy discounts. If you spot anything yourself, let us know in the comments section below.