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9 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited time (save $36!)

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:53PM EST
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This has been a great week for paid iPhone and iPad apps that have gone on sale for free, but we have a few more gems to share with you before the week is done. Thursday’s list included seven great paid iOS apps that were made available for free for a limited time (a few of them are still free if you hurry), but today we have nine apps regularly worth a combined $36 and each and every one is 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 are free at the time this post is published. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “free,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged.

Living Planet

Normally $0.99, currently free.


For the first time ever, on any platform, you can now create jaw-dropping tiny planet videos!

– Transform your videos into living, breathing tiny planets
– Photos are also supported
– Choose the wormhole option for an inverted effect
– 6 manipulation tools (Rotation / Alignment / Size / Blend Angle / Blend Direction / Bulge)
– 40 expertly crafted filters
– Pre- and post-transform cropping tools
– Add music tracks to your videos
– Pause video processing at any time and as often as necessary to make adjustments
– Monitor video processing frame-by-frame
– Universal app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
– From the creators of ProCam, Stackables and PhotoFusion

Visit our Instagram feed @livingplanetapp for demo videos and photos.


Maximum output resolution is 2000×2000 (4MP) for photos and 640×640 for videos.

Living Planet uses advanced algorithms to convert frames on the pixel level into stereographic projections. This, combined with our state-of-the-art blending technique achieves in seconds what would take hours to produce manually in Photoshop for a photo, while videos are transformed in minutes. All devices running iOS 7 are supported, but processing times vary.

Download Living Planet

emoji keyboard Japanese emoticons

Normally $0.99, currently free.

Directly input emoticons( emoji, kaomoji ) from your keyboard into apps.

No need Copy & Paste between different Apps.

Over 1000+ emoticons
– angry – apologizing – bear
– bird – cat – confused
– crazy – crying – dancing
– dead – dog – embarassed
– excited – happy – hiding
– hugging – hurt – kissing
– laughing – love – monkey
– music – pig – rabbit
– running – sad – sleeping
– surprise – table-flip – thinking

Add your favorite emoticons for easy input.

Download emoji keyboard Japanese emoticons

Snippet Pro

Normally $0.99, currently free.

Inspired by the 1 Second Everyday app comes Snippet, an app about collecting moments, not things.

Snippet gives you easy to use video editing tools to stitch together 1 second selections of your clips. Unlike other apps, with Snippet you have the freedom and flexibility to create multiple snippets each day. Weddings, events, weekends away and holidays can all be stitched together to create amazing mini-memories which are easy to share and engaging for other to watch! Or take a clip a day for a year and watch your life change or your child grow!

Some ideas for your first Snippet:

Watch your face change over the course of a year

Create a video diary of your fitness progress

Capture your friend’s wedding in beautiful vintage filters (makes a great wedding present!)

Capture your child’s birthday party or first steps.

Go partying with your friends for a fun clip

Create the most memorable travel video you’ve ever made with a video diary of your journey

Watch your garden grow via time lapse

Document the build of your dream home (or just the construction site across the road ;)

Watch the seasons change in fast forward

Download Snippet Pro

Fuel My Run

Normally $1.99, currently free.

Runners that fuel properly can improve their half marathon and marathon race times by up to 20%.

Fuel My Run is the first running app that lets you track your workouts, while helping you take in enough fuel to finish your run strong.

Most half marathon and marathon runners slow down significantly during the last half of the race. More often than not, an inadequate fueling strategy is the cause. Developing a fueling strategy and practicing it well before your race is vital.

Fuel My Run ensures runners have enough energy to finish strong, maintain pace and never hit the wall again.

Perfectly suited for runners training for a half marathon, marathon, triathlon or ultra race.


– Track the distance, time and pace of your run with GPS.
– Eliminate guess work by getting fuel reminders at specific times or distances.
– All fueling plans for each workout are saved and ready to adjust or use again on future runs.
– Simulate the fueling plan for your upcoming race.
– Sync and share your workouts with your RunKeeper or MapMyRun accounts.
– Share your progress with friends on Twitter and Facebook.
– Free fueling plans for half marathon and marathons distances.
– Know exactly how many carbohydrates you consumed on each run.


Jason Fitzgerald, Running Coach
“Fuel My Run answers the two most important questions about fueling for long races: how much and when? Just choose your fuel and let the app do the rest – say goodbye to hitting the wall in your next race!”

Brock Skywalker Armstrong, Marathon & Triathlon Coach
“The old adage “failure to plan is a plan to fail” is a good one for any marathon training program and it applies to fueling as well. The app Fuel My Run has given me the ability to create, test and tweak my fueling plan so I have all the guess work eliminated before race day.”

Matt Johnson, Running Coach, Runner Academy
“It can be all too easy to forget when to fuel when training. This app removes that potential mistake and lets you really dial in on what works for you. By being able to track how you fuel and feel during your training you can line up on race day confident and ready to execute your plan having actually ran it beforehand and knowing how your body feels at various points. I’ll be recommending this app to the runners I coach.”


Fueling is highly individual. What works for other runners, may not work for you. Try lots of different types of energy gels, chews and sports drinks and see what works best. Fuel My Run will help you through this trial phase to find the optimum fuel types and fuel quantities to finish your race strong. If you don’t know where to start, Fuel My Run offers free sample fueling plans for the half marathon and marathon.

Download Fuel My Run


Normally $0.99, currently free.

No more paper maps and forgotten locations.

Just imagine, that you don’t have to carry a paper map during your trip anymore, but still you can put all the spots together. Your special places. That lovely caffe, that elegant balcony on the Baroque building close to the fountain, that quiet small sweetshop, where the best marzipan candies can be found, and also that crossroad, where you can take the best selfie ever. Basically, any place, which you think about “I should get back there some day”. This phrase comes across our minds all the time, but usually we easily forget about it the next second.
But now you can easily create your own lists of spots, add any place you want, categorize it and organize. Nothing will be lost from now!

And just imagine, that you can observe the whole range of your favourite locations at the same time. Not one by one, but alltogether on the one map. How often did you want to add one, three, twenty pins on the map? Now it is possible with a single tap.

And, well, don’t forget to share your unique discoveries with your friends!

Download Peepkey


Normally $4.99, currently free.

The traditional Japanese mounted archery “Yabusame” has been reborn as a major action game!

Play through the adventures of “legendary” child samurai Nasu Santaro, who arrows were said to be able to reach the moon even as a baby!

Gallop through a huge world trying to rescue the princess from the clutches of the evil Onmyoji!

In this new type of horizontal scrolling action game, tap to shoot an arrow, and flick to make your horse jump, aiming for the goal!

Using your device’s capabilities to its fullest, and with a system that allows single finger play, you can adventure through a huge world with its own special style and beautifully crafted graphics.

And did we mention the crazy boss battles?

A dragon running wild… Monster birds dancing through the sky… And an evil god sealed away… Can you escape certain death from the vicious evil that comes to attack you?

You’ll have a blast playing this major action game that goes beyond your average smart phone game; it’s the real deal!

*Explanation of Yabusame
This ceremonial art is part of Japan’s cultural heritage. While galloping on horseback, arrows are shot at targets. It is one of the primary disciplines for samurai.

*SAMURAI SANTARO has been optimized for the latest devices. You can play with the best graphical resolution on an iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, or iPadmini Retina.

*With the paid version of “SAMURAI SANTARO” no ads will be displayed. Everything else is exactly the same.

Download SAMURAI SANTARO – Dark Onmyoji

Video Download

Normally $2.99, currently free.

Video Download is your ultimate video downloader & video player for your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Highlight Features
-Full portrait & landscape mode support.
-Passcode lock.

Manage Features
-Support rename, copy, move and delete video files.
-Support create, rename, copy, move and delete video folders.
-Support import video from Photo Albums.
-Support save videos to Photo Albums.

Video Player
-Support .m4v, .mp4, and .mov formats.
-Support auto play next video.

Web Browser
-Automatically capture video files.
-Tap and hold on video link to force download it.
-Support download all the videos in current page using “Save Videos”.
-Bookmark manager support.
-History support.
-Integrated Google, Yahoo! and Bing search.
-Ability to change browser’s User-Agent to display web pages like Firefox.

Download Manager
-Fast Downloading.
-Support multiple downloading at one time.
-Live download progress bar and speed indicator.
-Support background download.
-Support pause, resume and cancel download.
-Active downloads badge number.

Share Features
-Support email files
-Support iTune file sharing you can add video files to Video Download or save video files to PC/Mac via iTunes.

Other Features
-Other apps can save video files to Video Download app (e.g. Email app can save video attachments to Video Download app).

Download Video Download

Great Little War Game HD

Normally $1.99, currently free.

GLWG is the hit 3D turn-based strategy game that everyone’s talking about. With a unique comical style and plenty of laughs and excitement, you’ll keep coming back again and again for “just one more go.”

Core Features:
▶ Campaign mode
▶ Multiplayer mode
▶ Skirmish mode
▶ GameCenter achievements
▶ Four difficulty settings
▶ Lush visuals, esp. on iPad 2
▶ Full 3D terrain affects gameplay
▶ Simple control method
▶ Lots of units
▶ Lots of terrain types
▶ High replayability
▶ Extra campaigns via cheap iap
▶ Tons of humour
▶ Absolutely no birds or zombies

Take command of your army and battle the foe on land, sea and air but be sure to make wise decisions as you go. You want to deploy your soldiers to take full advantage of the higher terrain, natural choke points, ambush spots and defensive walls. Get it right and the bad guys will lose to your superior strategy skills.

Download Great Little War Game HD

Benjamin Wings

Normally $19.99, currently free.

Pilot one of 3 upgradeable Sweep-Wing Jet-Fighter aircrafts during 20 intensely fast and action packed arcade-style missions. For the first time in the Benjamin Universe, watch as your Jet Fighter transforms before your eyes using Variable-Sweep Wing technology with amazing visuals that will take your breath away exclusively on the iOS.

*** NOTICE: Benjamin Wings features Standard-Definition support and LOW QUALITY GRAPHICS specifically designed for older iOS devices, which include: iPod Touch 3, iPod Touch 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPad 1. Featuring:

• Next generation of Arcade-Style Jet-Fighter experience with Variable-Sweep Wing technology that transforms your aircraft in real time right before your eyes!
• Experience the Benjamin Universe with brand new jaw-dropping effects, sights and sounds as well as ultra-fast style of arcade game play like never before!
• Enjoy Simple and Intuitive Controls: tilt your iOS device left/right to steer your Jet Fighter around city obstacles while skillfully avoiding enemy missiles.
• Alternatively, for a casual ON-RAILS experience: forgo tilting and simply tap your enemies to engage the “Autopilot” while controlling your Afterburner and Weapons with a smooth 2-button interface.
• RPG Style Progression System allows you to FREELY acquire, pilot and level-up 3 unique Variable-Sweep Wing Aircraft while unlocking 18 different types of Afterburner and Weapon upgrades.
• 20 action-oriented campaign missions (including 2 bonus Endless Gauntlet levels) offer over 4 hours of action-packed arcade-style Jet Fighter game play.
• Face more than 30 different types of enemies, including: modern jets, attack helicopters and GIGANTIC money-packed transport aircraft!
• Optional In-App Purchases allow you to skip the RPG grind and instantly acquire any of the playable Sweep-Wing Fighter Jets. In addition, you can Restore your existing purchases to unlock content on multiple iOS devices.
• Game Center support: with 7 Leaderboards and 18 elusive Achievements that demand an additional 10+ hours of game play.
• Over 30 minutes of memorable original music will dynamically accompany your Benjamin Wings combat experience.
• Team up with friendly AI wingmen in the later stages of the game, and watch as your enemies fall before your elite Sweep-Wing squadron.
• Adaptive AI and Randomized Enemies with Dynamic Difficulty: provide for a near endless replay value, as your opponents constantly change and adapt to your style of game play each time you engage a new or existing mission.

>> Game Play Basics:

Steer your Jet Fighter manually by tilting your device left and right, or tap your enemies to engage the ON-RAILS “Autopilot”. NOTE that you must be facing your enemies directly before pressing the right “Weapons/Fire” button. Holding the left “Afterburner” button will transform your aircraft’s Sweep Wings allowing you to avoid enemy missiles as well as steer around various city hazards. Remember that the game’s Dynamic On-Screen Tutorial System will always guide you on the right course of action, while prolonged use of the Weapons/Afterburner will cause a temporary overload. Also, note that your Jet Fighter is equipped with automatic repair systems which will activate shortly after you stop taking damage.

Completing missions, earning XP and leveling-up your Sweep-Wing Fighter to Level 5 will unlock new playable aircraft 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 fighter jets on multiple iOS devices.

Download Benjamin Wings

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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.