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Free Apps Roundup for November 18th, 2011

Sections: iDevice Apps, iPad, iPhone, iPhone/iPod touch/iPad, iPod touch, Originals

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The Oregon Trail

This week on the Free Apps Roundup: Do you remember the Oregon Trail? Of course you do. It’s been a long time, but you can finally play the sequel to that wonderful game. Now that you’ve made it alive, you can start building your village and getting back to your lives. Also this week, Google rerereleased Gmail for iOS. Is the third time really a charm? And, of course, I found a whole bunch of limited time freebies.

  • The Oregon Trail: American Settler – I grew up with Oregon Trail. It will always have a special place in my heart, even if they totally change the graphics and gameplay. This is a brand new adventure for our frontiersmen and women to conquer, and it’s not a trail. No, this time is just living together on a plot of land, which, as many of you know, can be quite the challenge. You’ll be in charge of creating a frontier village. While you’re doing that you’ll meet up with some of the most important figures in history. You didn’t think you were going to get out of this without learning something, did you? You can even make new friends or meet up with old ones in neighboring villages. Oh, and watch out for a stampede of buffalo, or a hurricane.
  • Savvy – It’s that time of year again. The time when you spend all of your money on gifts for everyone you know because you’re just such a nice and thoughtful person. It’s nearly Black Friday, which means stuff is going on sale. So, what happens if you buy something and it drops in price? A lot of stores have price guarantee policies, but you’d have to keep track of stuff you already bought. This app is the solution. Just snap a picture of your receipt and it’ll keep track of the prices for you at certain retailers. Amazing, right? Additionally, you can scan some barcodes with the app and set target prices, just in case you’re waiting for it to drop to just the right price. If it does, it’ll let you know.
  • Gmail – Hey, this app isn’t new! Well actually, it is. Again. Google thinks the third time is a charm, or at least is hoping that it is. It has a whole bunch of features and such, but all you really need to know is that it’s the official Gmail app for iOS. Better download it now before they pull it again…
  • Bullet Time HD – Here’s a free-to-play 3D dual stick shooter that’s self described as “epic” with “awesome gameplay.” The graphics do look pretty sweet. You play as John Irish, a man hellbent on reclaiming his family from savage mutated beasts. The game supports retina and HD graphics, plus you can even do three player co-op against the hordes of monsters! It’s universal and just waiting for you to try it out.
  • MathBlaster Space Zapper – Just like Oregon Trail, MathBlaster influenced me a lot while growing up. Now you can play my (and hopefully your) favorite math game on your iOS device. This game challenges you to protect the intergalactic space station by solving math problems. Free for a limited time.
  • Solid Dots HD – It’s kind of like legos mixed with Google Sketch Up mixed with low res graphics. Ya follow me? Fans of pixel art are sure to love this 3D pixel art app. You can build 3D models out of cubes, or pixels. After your model is done, you can share it or Tweet a picture. Free for a limited time.
  • Snuggle Truck HD – Doesn’t this just sound like the cutest game ever? Actually, it’s about smuggling. Ironically, they had to smuggle the title past Apple, and right now it’s free for a limited time. They should have started charging again by now, but it might still be free if you click quick. There are over 40 physics-packed levels full of terrain for you to navigate. If that’s not enough for you, there’s a level editor built in, so you can make and share with others. Seriously, just download it.
  • Snuggle Truck – And here’s the non HD version.
  • Calculator++ – How many calculators would you say you need on your iPad? If you answered “at least one folder full” you’d be correct. Here’s yet another calculator app to fill the void (or folder) on your iPad. It’s more than just a basic calculator, too. It has all of your favorite scientific functions, plus themes.
  • TrafficVille HD – In celebration of over 60k downloads, this game is free for a limited time. It’s a universal app that has you controlling vehicles at intersections. There are six lights, more than seven types of vehicles and unending challenges. Keep the traffic flowing and don’t let crashes happen. Ok?
  • Origami Airplanes Folds In 3D – If you find origami diagrams hard to follow, but enjoy the art, you’ll definitely want to check this app out before they start charging again. It takes origami and makes it 3D. The instructions are interactive and rendered in 3D so they are much easier to see and understand. you can even take the airplanes in this app and print them via AirPrint, or send them via email as a PDF to be printed elsewhere. It really couldn’t be much easier to follow along.
  • Curlington HD – How could you possibly make curling not boring? This is probably the best attempt I’ve ever seen. It takes everything you love about curling and adds things you wouldn’t expect. How about playing on a plane? How about an arcade mode? How about stones with special properties? When you think about it, curling is practically made for touch screens. You can throw your stones easily and sweep with your fingers as well. If you’ve ever wanted to play curling but just couldn’t stay awake, then you’re going to like this. Free for a limited time.
  • Burn the Rope Worlds – This time of year just makes you want to burn things, doesn’t it? It’s not really supposed to, but just in case, this game is free for Today only. There are over 100 levels spread across four themed worlds. Remember, unlike reality, this flame only burns upwards. Burn as much rope as possible. That is all.
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