Yes, almost every other famous app in the world is available at a discounted rate today (and many of them over the weekend too), thanks to the Black Friday Sale in the iTunes App Store. But before you get your cents out of your jar and get into crazy download mode (well, we are halfway there), we do recommend getting the following seven apps first. We would have considered them to be value for money even on their proper prices – at a discounted rate, they redefine the term “bargain”:

Quickoffice Pro (iPhone)

Original price: $14.99
Now available for: $ 0.99
Available from: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id310723177?mt=8

quickoffice

A complete office suite on your handset for less than a Dollar. And no ordinary office suite at that – Quickoffice has been around for a while now, and its latest avatar comes with full support for viewing, editing and create Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. There is cloud integration, options to share files through mail and even some very handy graphic-editing capabilities. Pretty much THE productivity app to have on your iPhone, we think.

BackStab (iPad and iPhone)

Original price: $6.99
Now available for: $ 0.99
Available from: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id440313496?mt=8

BackStab

If the notion of console quality games on tablets no longer makes people snigger, then games like GameStab have played their role in this transformation. You play the role of Harry Blake, a man who has been betrayed and needs to fight to get back his honour in a medieval world. Run across rooftops, dodge cannonballs and rattle your sabres in rich locales. High class entertainment, we think.

Scanner Pro (iPad and iPhone)

Original price: $6.99
Now available for: $1.99
Available from: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id333710667?mt=8

Scannerpro

Both the iPad and iPhone have pretty decent cameras and this handy app from Readdle allows you to use them as a scanner. So you can take a picture of a document and convert it into a PDF, share it, convert paper notes into sketches, send a scanned documents for printing and so on. And the scanning actually works – you don’t just get a picture of a document, but a number of software tweaks ensure that you get something that is almost like a proper scanned copy. Definitely worth it.

Virtua Tennis Challenge (iPad and iPhone)

Original price: $4.99
Now available for: $1.99
Available from: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id517271093?mt=8

VirtuaTennis

Touchscreens have become a rage in the gaming world, but the idea of swiping your fingers to control a character and their antics remains utopian – you keep depending on onscreen buttons to find your way around. Virtua Tennis Challenge however has managed to do away with the buttons to a large extent with some of the best gesture control we have seen on a touchscreen title. Yes, you can use onscreen buttons too, but this is one of the first purely swipe-oriented mainstream titles we have used.

Shakespeare Pro (iPhone and iPad)

Original price: $9.99
Now available for: $1.99
Available from: https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/shakespeare-pro/id341392367?mt=8

ShakespearePro

We know the book-hating crowd will glare at us for this, but we must confess to having a very soft corner in our heart fro Readdle’s excellent rendition of the works of the most famous author of them all. Not only do you have all the works of the Bard (in their original spellings, if you so wish to view them), but also detailed scene breakdowns, character sketches, a comprehensive glossary tale version of some of the plays, and in our favourite touch – a simple shake of your device generates a random memorable quote. To download or not to download? At $1.99, it is certainly not the question!

Plants vs Zombies HD (iPad)

Original price: $6.99
Now available for: $0.99
Available from: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/plants-vs.-zombies-hd/id363282253?mt=8

PlantsVsZombies

A collective groan went up from the world of apps when news of this deal came out. For, many have been so addicted by this award winning battle between the undead and the plant kingdom that they went right ahead and purchased the game at its original price. If you are among those who hasn’t, then this is just the time for you to grab one of the most celebrated games in the history of mobile gaming. And be prepared to forget about everything else as you make one last, photosynthesis-laced stand against the Zombie horde.

Galaxy on Fire 2 HD/ Galaxy on Fire 2 (iPad and iPhone)

Original price: $4.99
Now available for: Free
Available from: https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/galaxy-on-fire-2-hd/id465072566?mt=8

One of the best space combat games on a mobile platform, Galaxy on Fire 2 has been around for a while, but has not dampened its appeal one bit. We still love travelling from galaxy to galaxy, seeking adventure and getting into battle time and again. The graphics are spectacular, the sound effects exceptional and the gameplay simple and addictive. We would have paid for it, it is that good. As a free offering, it is our pick of all the titles that have gone free this Black Friday.


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Nimish Dubey has been writing for more than a decade now (well, Windows 3.1 was around and Apple was on the verge of being finished when he started). He has been published in a number of publications including The Times of India, Mint, The Economic Times, Mid-Day and Femina on subjects that vary from tech write -ups to book reviews to music album round ups. He managed to interview Michael Schumacher once and write two books for young adults along the way.