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December 5, 2014

Looking to download a few great iPhone apps while saving some money this weekend? Check out these five, all on sale or free for the new few days.

The Hobbit: Official Visual Companion

As we await the release of the third installment of The Hobbit (how time flies), we may also find ourselves, for good reason, significantly less invested in the plot of this series than the original Lord of The Rings.

That said, a fascinating app that tells us about the goings on of Middle-earth might be precisely what we need to stay caught up before the release. Packed with interactive maps and character bios, this app might finally tell you the difference between all of the dwarves.

The Hobbit is temporarily free in the App Store.

Sonic Jump

There are a certain class of games that have gone surprisingly undeveloped for iOS — Sonic and friends is one of them. Sonic Jump, although not the classic vertical running game that made the franchise famous, is all about jumping heights. Play as Sonic, or your other favorite characters from the series, like Tails and Knuckles. Collect rings the way you did when you were 8.

Sonic Jump is on sale for $0.99 in the App Store.

Appetites

If you’re anything like most people, cooking recipes never turn out the way you expect. It’s no fault of your own, but your meals might turn out less like a pile of mush if you were taught how to do it properly. Appetites offers countless step-by-step instructional cooking videos to make sure you don’t mess things up miserably.

Appetites is temporarily free in the App Store.

Fuel My Run

If you, like all your friends and relatives ,are training for a marathon, there’s the likely risk of hitting the 20-mile-wall. An app like Fuel My Run can use your phone’s GPS to track your pace and help you monitor progress. It will also watch your mid-race caloric intake in order to make sure you physically have enough energy to actually finish your run at your desired pace.

Fuel My Run is temporarily free in the App Store.

Catan

At this point, everybody’s been forced to play a game of Settlers of Catan at a party as it dies down. Of course, there’s that embarrassing moment when you have nothing left to spend and have been forced to make dark and shady deals simply to stay in the game. This iPhone version may offer just enough practice hours so you don’t end up losing all the time.

Catan is on sale for $2.99 in the App Store.

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