Some Great iOS Apps, Currently Free

App Store 5-Year Anniversary

This Wednesday (July 10, 2013) is the 5th anniversary of the iOS App Store. There hasn’t been any official announcement from Apple yet (Update: Now there has), but we’ve found that several popular developers are offering their top apps and games for free this week. If you’ve never gotten around to trying these out, now’s your chance.

We will try to keep this list updated as new announcements are made – so keep checking back – but here are the great deals we’ve come across so far (all are iOS-universal unless denoted otherwise):


  • Day One: This is the best journaling app for iOS. Period. If you only download one thing from this list, it should be Day One. (Normally $5)

  • Over: A fantastic way to add beautiful typography to your photos. (Normally $2)

  • How to Cook Everything: The bestselling cookbook has been adapted for iOS, featuring 2,000 recipes and all sorts of other goodies. (Normally $10)

  • Traktor DJ for iPhone (normally $5) and for iPad (normally $20): Probably the most popular DJ app for iOS. Allows you to mix and record using tracks from your iTunes library.

  • Barefoot World Atlas: A multi-language, interactive 3D globe designed to educate children about locations around the world. It even pulls live data from WolframAlpha. This one is a lot of fun, and quite beautiful as well. (Normally $5)

  • Map My Ride+ for iPhone: Essentially converts your iPhone into a biking GPS/computer, and tracks all sorts of data about your bike rides. For best results, use it with something like the Quad Lock iPhone Bike Mount. (Normally $1)


  • Infinity Blade II: The premise is simple: you play as an armored medieval warrior who battles enormous monsters using a huge sword. The graphics are near-console quality, thanks to the Unreal Engine powering the app. (Normally $7)

  • Tiny Wings for iPhone (normally $1) and Tiny Wings HD for iPad (normally $3): One of the more addicting iOS games we’ve ever played. You control a cute little bird that uses gravity to their advantage to swoop through a hilly landscape.

  • BADLAND: An atmospheric side-scrolling platformer with a beautiful visual style clearly inspired by another game known as Limbo, which was actually just released for iOS last week, if you’d like to check it out too. (Normally $4)

  • Where’s My Water?: A puzzler where you play as an alligator who must redirect flowing water to their broken, underground shower. Sounds a little weird but it’s actually cutesy and fun. (Normally $1)

  • Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP: One of the most interesting, engrossing games on the App Store. I almost don’t even want to mention the story, because it’s best experienced for yourself. The pixelated art is absolutely gorgeous though, as is the soundtrack. (Normally $5)

  • LiquidSketch for iPad: Another liquid puzzle game, but this one has you rotating your device to essentially pour colorful liquid into containers. The water physics are pretty neat. (Normally $2)

  • Dead Space for iPhone (normally $7) and for iPad (normally $10): One of the creepiest games I ever played on PS3, and now I can get creeped out on my iOS devices. What’s not to love about that?

  • Mirror’s Edge for iPhone (normally $1) and for iPad (normally $10): If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to play a parkour adventure game, Mirror’s Edge is for you. It was 1st-person on consoles but it’s 3rd-person on iOS (still fun, though).

  • Flight Control (normally $1) and Flight Control HD for iPad (normally $5): I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve lost playing this game since it released over four years ago. You simply trace the flight paths that planes need to take to land on their respective runways. Sounds simple but the challenge definitely starts ramping up after a while.

  • Peggle for iPhone (normally $1) and Peggle HD for iPad (normally $1): A colorful, humorous game that resembles the Plinko game from The Price is Right. Another addicting game you could sink a ton of hours into.