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Martians striking the planet, dangerous jumps from building to building, discovering the secrets of the Infinity Blade and more is the storyline behind this edition of App Recap, a daily column that promotes the best new, updated and discounted apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Whether you are addicted to puzzle games, strategizing your next move in tower defense or looking for an app to fill out forms or annotate documents, we’ve got 12 apps for iOS that are worth a look… 

New Apps

BPLEIn Beware Planet Earth, Martians are about to strike Earth and take the single most valuable resource: cows. In this whimsical tower defense game, it is your job to protect the cows from being taken. There is a veteran mode for experienced players, and a normal mode for beginners in the tower defense genre. Beware Planet Earth is free for iPhone and iPad.

DOUTPlay as a disgraced daredevil turned delivery boy in Delivery Outlaw, and hop behind the wheel as you are forced off road and outside the law by the mysterious Lily Breaker. The clock is ticking, and you need to manage your fragile and often lethal cargo through nightmarish terrain and deadly pitfalls in order to deliver to a crime boss. Delivery Outlaw is free for iPhone and iPad.

FKICKThe best penalty shootout. That is the tagline for Final Kick, a new soccer or football penalty shot game with realistic graphics and physics, simple and intuitive controls, single and multiplayer modes, weekly tournaments with prizes, customizable teams and more. Become the 2014 Brazil champion in Final Kick, a free download on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.

MLVWhile his parents were away, Marcus has been transported inside the video game Gorbar and The Valley of the Seven Light Towers. In the new platformer game Marcus Level, guide him through four worlds and twenty levels to free the Princess Aria from the villain Vipkrad. It’s your only chance of returning to the real world. Marcus Level is free for iPhone and iPad.

RPFTPerfect Paths is a new puzzle solving game in which you create paths and add other instructions to move blocks to their designated positions. A collection of simple rules creates an interesting gameplay environment, and each puzzle can be solved in many different ways. If you are looking for a game with high replay value, Perfect Paths is $1.99 for iPhone and iPad.

Updated Apps

NTFYRLast week we told you about Notifyr, a new app for receiving iOS notifications on your Mac. The app uses Bluetooth LE, requiring an iPhone 4S and newer Mac. Earlier today, the app received its first update with improved connection stability, faster reconnecting and various user interface changes. The app is now at version 1.0.1. Notifyr is $3.99 on the App Store for iPhone.

SKYSSkyline Skaters is a game where you skate across the rooftops of the world, performing hazardous jumps from building to building with only a skateboard to save you. The game has now been updated with a new Rio theme, bringing you and your skateboard all the way to Rio de Janeiro to join the World Championship. Skyline Skaters remains free on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.

WRTWrite for iPhone and Write for iPad have both been updated to version 2.5 with several new features: a new unobtrusive save file animation, all sync messages hidden by default, tag support, ability to move files, a delete icon on the main writing screen, thesaurus, updated Evernote SDK and more. Write for iPhone and Write for iPad are both $1.99 on the App Store.

PF5Our own Christian Zibreg recently highlighted an update to PDF Expert 5. The useful productivity app for filling forms, annotating PDFs, signing documents and more was pushed to version 5.1.1 with universal support for iPad, continuous scroll, calculations in LiveCycle Designer forms, speed improvements and more. PDF Expert 5 is $9.99 on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.

TGUThe official app for The Guardian was updated to version 3.0 this morning with a brand new design for iPhone and iPad, allowing readers to quickly see which stories are the most important based on the smart adaptive layout. You can follow your favorite stories for personal notifications, and add unlimited sections to the home screen. The Guardian is free for iPhone and iPad.

On Sale Apps

IFBInfinity Blade II has gone free for the second time ever as Apple’s featured App of the Week. The award-winning game, which has a regular $6.99 price tag, features an unlikely hero that has emerged and must discover the truth behind the secrets of the Infinity Blade. The journey of young Siris continues in Infinity Blade II, a game that you’ll want to grab for free while you can.

TTLThe fast-paced, pick up and play action games Tilt to Live and Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous have both gone free for a limited time, down from $2.99 each. The games feature unique gameplay with heat-seeking cluster missiles, flesh-freezing blasts of glacial ice, buzz saws with razor-sharp spikes and more. Tilt to Live is for iPhone and Tilt to Live 2 is for iPhone and iPad.

That concludes yet another action-packed Thursday that saw the release of at least a dozen new games and apps on the App Store. We couldn’t possibly fit them all into this edition, so check back tomorrow for more interesting new, updated and discounted apps to check out over the weekend. If we missed an app or two that you believe should be included in this list, share in the comments section down below.