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8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free right now (save $42!)

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:56PM EST
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Another busy week is coming to a close and here on the East Coast, we survived the blizzard that never was. What better way to celebrate than with a fresh list of cool paid iPhone and iPad apps that can be downloaded for free for a limited time? Yesterday’s list was an awesome one, and a few gems are still available for free if you hurry.

Today, we have eight new apps for you that normally cost a combined $42 to download, but they’re all completely free for a short time.

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These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged.

Route Map

Normally $1.99.

‘Route Map’ will help you track your walking, running and cycling trip on offline maps based on OpenStreetMap data. This app helps you record, analyze and share trip data.

– Record your GPS tracks even if app is in background.
– 12 map sources based on OpenStreetMap data.
– Simple and easy interaction
– Download map before your trip and use it in offline mode
– Shows current speed and altitude
– Detailed tracks statistics
– Export Tracks in GPX through iTunes share or direct to other apps

Download Route Map

Almighty PHOTO

Normally $2.99.

Almighty PHOTO is the brilliant photo album app for organizing and browsing your photos. Especially if you have a lot of photos on the device, Almighty PHOTO will be the best choice for you.
With Almighty PHOTO, all you have to do is just to take photos. On behalf of you, Almighty PHOTO will manage the rest of works.

“It’s an innovative and powerful approach to photo management and editing.” – TUAW

“This is almost definitely one of the best Photo & Video apps that I’ve had the good fortune of using.” – appPicker

“This is a great photo app for casual photography fans. It’s feature-rich, works great, and is a joy to use.” – tapscape

1. Smart Album
You don’t have to categorize any photo(video) by album when you use Almighty PHOTO. If you create Smart Album, Almighty PHOTO will automatically categorize photo(video) into albums by dates(by day, by month, by year), cameras, lenses, tags.

2. Efficient Storage Use
Almighty PHOTO does not duplicate the existing photo(video) in the device to the app but only links to it, you can manage strorage usage efficiently.

(If you delete any photo(video) at Photo app or any album in the device gets deleted through iTunes Sync, those photos and/or albums will be disappear from Almighty PHOTO as well automatically.)

3. Automatic Frames
Almighty PHOTO automatically analyzes all photos in the album and puts them in each frame in result just like a physical album in real life. Now you can view the photos in your device, turning pages by swiping as if you turn pages of your album in the bookshelf.

You can easily change page settings as you wish from the filter effect to the background image/color, even for the frame thickness/color, margin or shadow effect.

Share the cool frame pages with your friends by SNS! It’s easy and quick as frames are automatically created for you.

4. Live Filter
Almighty PHOTO shows instantly filter-effected photo without duplicating the original photo. Live Filter can be used in video as well.

5. Share via WiFi
You can share photo(video) with other iOS device as long as Almighty PHOTO has been installed in both of devices.

6. Automatic Rotation
No matter which angle you take photo(video) vertically or horizontally, photo(video) will automatically rotate to show you maximized full screen.

7. Meta Data
Almighty PHOTO reads partial data from EXIF meta data and IPTC meta data and shows them to you.

8. Animated GIF + Animation
You can play animated GIF with Almighty PHOTO. Furthermore, it offers a photo animation feature which gives a glimpse of GIF animated images with those serial photos you have taken.

9. Slideshow
Almighty PHOTO offers various slide show options. If you have selected any filter, filter effects are automatically applied to slide show as well.

Download Almighty PHOTO

Axe in Face

Normally $0.99.


Axe in Face – Defense of the Daffodils. Now free to download, own and play :)

Even though Red Beard loves gardening more than he loves pillaging, his obsession with flowers can turn him into a vicious killing machine. Not only does he know how to handle a watering can, he can also throw an axe like no other Viking in the village.

Game Features:
* Behead thousands of enemies hurling a deadly and ultra-sharp axe
* Beautifully animated cartoon graphics (with blood, of course)
* Easy to learn, line-drawing gameplay
* 32 increasingly difficult levels
* (NEW) Survival Mode. Play as long as you can keep your enemies at distance
* 16 awesome trophies to get your bloody hands on
* Use godly powers to FREEZE and ZAP your enemies to keep them out of the flowerbed
* (NEW) Summon a giant Axe to deal with the more robust intruders
* (NEW) Strike the Golden Mole as fast as you can to earn maximum points
* Game Center Integration

Download Axe in Face


Normally $1.99.

Design360 is a powerful photography design studio in the palm of your hands. Create beautiful photos by adding light leaks, textures, grains, photo filters, adjustments, and much more to your photos, while using one of the most beautiful and simplest interfaces to date.

Design360 provides 360 filter effects beloved by professional photographers, all conveniently packed in 10 different themes. Design Plus themes vary from the feel of film camera to the unique sets of classy moods or fun creativity. Whether you are looking for vintage sentiments or special effects like skin smoothing, blur, textures, or light leak, you will find it all in Design360.

Download now and look forward to amazing new features and enhancements to the app! Design360 is a universal app – available for your iPhone, iPad and iPod all for the price of one!

Download Design360


Normally $4.99.

[DragonLair] has 60 floors, numerous dungeons, puzzles in each dungeon, and missions will entertain you.Because of the orb system that let you choose occupation, attack, attribution, magic whatever you want, divers way to play are available.

▷60 floors, numerous dungeons, puzzles in each dungeon, and missions will entertain you.

▷Hundreds of orbs in this game can be combined to make characters whatever you want.

▷your character grows as town is being developed.

▷it is armed with perfect story and wonderful graphics.

iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch 2.5G, iPod touch 3G, iPod touch 4G.
iOS 4.1 or later.(Tested by iOS 4.2.1)

Download DragonLair

Store Times

Normally $0.99.

Store Times is an essential application for finding places, addresses & open hours. Store Times instantly finds places currently open near you as well as search from 30+ different categories (Restaurants, Malls, Museums and more!). Ever found yourself asking “Where is the nearest ____” or “Is ____ open”? Then this app is a must for you!

*Quickly find places currently open near you
*Filter between all places or places open now
*Quickly view opening hours of places
*Easily search for places or categories using search bar
*Easily navigate to store by tapping the address in the Place screen (if available)
*Bookmark your favorite places
*Shake phone to let Store Times randomly choose a restaurant if you can’t decide (Must be on Open Restaurants category)

Simple Times automatically detects your location as well as if you use the 12 or 24 hour clock.

Download Store Times

Lomo Camera 360

Normally $1.99.

Lomo Camera 360 is a photo filter and effects editing tool that gives you a fulfilled experience. We’ve built incredibly, amazing creative effect tool to impress your mates, friends and family with excellent and startling photos where you could magically become a real super star for them.

Lomo Camera 360 themes vary from the feel of film camera to the unique sets of classy moods or fun creativity. Whether you are looking for vintage sentiments or Expired, Lady Grey, Golden Age, Diana, LC-A, Later, 8mm, Yellowish, Hipster or Light Leak, you will find it all in LOMO Plus Ordinary days can get extraordinary with Lomo Camera 360.

Lomo Camera 360 provides 360 filter effects beloved by professional photographers, all conveniently packed in 10 different themes. Over 360 Different camera filter effects which make your photos look more stylish.

Download Lomo Camera 360

Quantum Galaxy HD

Normally $29.99.

Conquer the new Quantum Galaxy for the first time in new HD with a unique “Transformable Ships” game mechanic, on top of smooth Tilt/Tap controls made specifically for the casual audience in this Incredible HD ON-RAILS 3D Space Shooter! Earn XP, Level-Up and Transform one of 3 BRAND-NEW HD playable ships on your 3+ hour journey through 20 BRAND-NEW HD action-packed ON-RAILS missions with JAW-DROPPING RETINA HD graphics EXCLUSIVELY on the iOS!

For the first time, experience the never before seen innovation of the mobile ON-RAILS genre in HD as Quantum Galaxy gives you the ability to Transform your spaceship in real-time via the use of space Pods and Stations. Watch as your ship morphs before your eyes from a tiny spacecraft, to a formidable star-fighter, to a massive MINI-BOSS! All this, combined with a unique use of friendly AI Wingmen to aid you on your new action-packed journey through the Quantum Galaxy.


• Amazing cinematic ON-RAILS HD arcade action aimed at a casual audience!
• Brand-new JAW-DROPPING RETINA HD graphics on all modern iOS devices
• Full support for iPhone 5 and iPad with Retina display in HD
• Tilt to steer your ship manually and avoid enemy bullets
• Forgo tilting and Tap your enemies for a casual HD ON-RAILS experience
• Master the game in minutes with intuitive controls and dynamic tutorial system
• Control, Morph and Transform one of 3 brand new playable spaceships in HD
• Earn XP to Level-Up and FREELY unlock new playable ships and 13 different HD shields and weapons
• Skip the RPG Grind with Optional In-App purchases
• Explore the vast Quantum Galaxy via the 20 brand new action-packed HD missions!
• Like never before: morph your ship in real-time using space Pods and Stations
• Defend Space Outposts and team up with friendly HD AI Wingmen
• Face more than 25 types of HD enemies with Gigantic Bosses in every level!
• Experience over 45 minutes of original HD orchestral music
• Game Center support with 7 unique Leaderboards and 18 challenging Achievements
• Near-endless replay value with Dynamic Difficulty and Randomized Enemies
• No boring or complicated Sci-Fi story. Only non-stop arcade HD action that is accessible to all players with no language barrier!

>> Game Play Basics:

Steer your ship manually by tilting your device left and right, or tap your enemies to engage the ON-RAILS “Autopilot”. To maximize damage, it is best to be facing your enemies directly before pressing the right “Weapons/Fire” button. Holding the left “Shield” button will allow you to deflect all enemy projectiles. Prolonged use of the Weapons/Shields will cause a temporary overload. Note that it is NOT possible to fire your weapons while Shields are active until you level-up your starship and unlock Translucent Shielding at Level 5.

In addition, completing missions, earning XP and leveling-up your ship to Level 5 will also unlock new playable spacecraft for FREE. You may also skip the RPG grind and instantly level-up via the use of optional In-App Purchases. Each In-App Purchase can also be Restored, thus allowing you to instantly unlock playable ships on multiple iOS devices.

 Download Quantum Galaxy HD

Zach Epstein
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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.