This week on the Free Apps Roundup: If you’re a collectible card game fan, you’re bound to enjoy the new game from Wizards of the Coast: Magic 2014. It’s a virtual card game with tons to do and probably just enough free content to get you hooked. Fans of the Professor Layton series will be excited to see the new Layton Brothers Mystery Room game. And if you’re bitter about Google closing down their Reader service, you’ll have mixed feelings about one of the very best apps on the App Store, Reeder, going free. Plus there are a ton more limited time freebies just waiting to fill up your iOS devices.
The Top Three Free Apps:
- Magic 2014 – Become a Planeswalker and travel the places of existence unleashing a torrent of spells and creatures with this game from Wizards of the Coast. The game comes with 3 decks, each with 5 unlock able cards. There’s a single player campaign across the plane of Shandalar, one Planeswalker duel, a sealed Play mode and tons of extra content to purchase if you really enjoy it. If you’re a Magic: The Gathering fan with an iPad, you’re going to like this.
- Layton Brothers Mystery Room – The latest game from the Professor Layton adventure game series. There are new mysteries to be solved by the genius inspector and son of the great Professor Layton. There are extraordinary cases to be investigated in the “Mystery Room” deep within Scotland Yard. Investigate the evidence, find the contradictions, and unravel the truth that lies shrouded in mystery.
- Reeder – This is an amazing app for reading RSS feeds. It’s easily the most used app on my iPhone. Unfortunately, Google decided to kill their very popular Reader product, which is what has made this app so useful for so long. Sunday June 30th will be the last day that Google Reader will function, and thus this app has been made free. But fear not, Reader will be updated in the near future to support other similar services going forward. In the meantime, you can use this app to read RSS feeds directly (no syncing service) and wait for a future update.
- Hangouts – Google has updated their Hangouts app with support for sending and clicking links, invitations via SMS, in-app notification sounds, and more.
- Google Earth – Google is on a roll this week. They’ve updated this app with Street View, improved directions, and an improved interface.
- Amazon Instant Video – Are you an Amazon Prime subscriber? Then you’ll enjoy this app and its newest update. Amazon has revamped the interface making it easier to find the videos that you want to watch. There’s a drop down menu on the home screen, and now the app even has personalized carousels of content you might like.
Free Apps for a Limited Time:
- Video Rotate – Did you accidentally take a video in the wrong orientation? Why isn’t there a button to fix that? Anyway, now there’s an app to fix it. It also has a video flip option, in case you take all of your video directly into a mirror.
- Arpeggionome – Transform your iPhone into an expressive musical instrument with this app. You can design intricate patterns of musical notes, then trigger those patterns at different pitches and speeds with an x-y matrix. It can handle up to 240 notes per second, but can you?
- Card Mate Pro – Is your wallet full of cards? This app will store all of your plastic details for you. It can store credit cards, bank cards, ID cards and more. Everything is stored on your device and password protected. Cards can even be entered via picture.
- THX tune-up – This app will help you properly adjust your TV, projector and speakers, helping you get the most out of your entertainment system.
- VS. Racing 2 – Enjoy thrilling all-out arcade racing with 72 tracks, 6 cars, weapons, upgrades and much more. It’s top down racing, very much like Reckless Racing.
- Nihilumbra – Discover the beautiful world of Nihilumbra and join Born on his adventure to find himself whilst trying to escape from his inevitable curse.
- TouchSports Tennis 2012 – It’s a tennis game with natural motion controls. One finger moves the player, two make them swing.
- Treemaker – It’s a casual puzzle game that has you traveling through three different worlds, harness the power of physics and help the creatures get their trees back.
- League of Evil 2 – To celebrate the 3rd iteration of this series, number 2 is free for a limited time. It’s a 2d, side-scrolling platformer in true retro style. There are over 100 levels and 5 environments.