The best free iOS apps for March 21, 2014

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This week’s best free iOS apps begin with one that’s not really an iOS app. Even weirder is that it’s an app from Microsoft, and it’s completely free. OneNote has been around for a while, but this is the first time it’s been free. It’s a digital notebook app that does everything you’d expect a digital notebook to do, including sharing to all of your friends, colleagues, and devices (there are iPhone and iPad apps for free too). If you’d rather just play some games on iOS, you might like to download Ridge Racer Slipstream. It’s the first Ridge Racer game on iOS and it’s Apple’s app of the week. You might also like to try out The Collectables, a game that has you commanding renegade soldiers against The Enemy. It’s 3D, it looks great, and there are explosions. Need I say more?

The Best Free iOS Apps:

  • Microsoft OneNote – Okay, so this isn’t exactly an iOS app, but you can certainly download Microsoft’s OneNote apps for iPhone and iPad for free. No, this is a Mac App Store app that’s brand new from Microsoft, and it’s free. If you’re not already familiar with OneNote, it’s a powerful app for creating digital notebooks. It can be used any way you see fit, but some obvious uses are for keeping notes in class, saving homework, constructing shopping lists, itineraries, store receipts and bills, etc. Like a real notebook, you can share it with others. Unlike a real notebook, you can sync it across all of your devices and share copies with all of your friends/colleagues, type in it, add pictures, etc. The only catch is that you need a free Microsoft account to use it.
  • Ridge Racer Slipstream – The ultimate arcade racing franchise brings the console experience to your iOS devices. Slipstream past your rivals and drift around tight turns at over 150 MPH! This game futures 12 powerful machines with hundreds of customization possibilities. There’s a full-featured career mode, quick races in arcade mode, and even a real-time multiplayer mode with up to 7 other races. Race at 10 unique venues and 20 courses and 100 racing competitions across 6 Grand Prix Series. This is Apple’s app of the week, so get it while it’s still free.
  • The Collectables – Command a crew of renegade soldiers and lead them into explosive combat with strategic precision. Can you overthrow the ruthless army known only as The Enemy? You can choose your favorite heroes, dust off that bazooka you’ve been eying up, and, you know, get to the choppa. The game features cutting-edge 3D graphics and explosive battles, and the more you play, the more you can upgrade your troops.

The Other Free iOS Apps (some for a limited time):

  • Calculator Por – Why doesn’t the iPad come with a calculator app? I have no idea, but you can rectify that situation with this app. It has many different themes, one of which looks just like the iPhone calculator app from Apple.
  • Super Paper Pool – This is just like mini-golf combined with billiards up in the nighttime sky. Sounds a little weird and a little awesome, right? There are over 70 challenging tables to play on with precise swipe-to-shoot controls, a leaderboard, and achievements.
  • Crystal Cave Classic – Collect gemstones from ancient tombs and pyramids in this amazing adventure logic game. It’s a quest for long-lost treasures buried in pitch black gavel, pyramids, and temples of ancient civilizations. But, of course, there are traps and dangers you’ll have to make your way past in over 170 levels (the first 30 are free). It’s a mix of action and puzzle.
  • Crystal Cave Classic HD – The same for iPad.
  • PILE – Here’s a fast-paced puzzle game that’s easy to learn, but as you can probably expect, full of subtleties. You’ll have to think fast to survive as long as possible and score big as you drop boxes from the top of the screen, a little like Tetris mixed with a matching colors game.
  • Fling! – This is an amusing game featuring over 10,000 unique puzzles in 30 levels of increasing difficulty; you’ll essentially never solve the same puzzle again. Each puzzle has a single unique solution that is solved by flinging furballs (not exactly cats) at each other until one remains on screen. It’s very challenging, and a great casual game.
  • Max Axe – Throw axes with your finger to slay foul beasts, collect treasure, and score billions of points in this pure arcade frenzy game. It’s filled with humor, crazy combos, and one barbaric viking on a quest for total destruction, massive loot, and a princess, too!
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