An Apple Inc. employee holds an iPhone 6 for a photograph during the sales launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at the company's George Street store in Sydney, Australia, on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014.
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January 2, 2015 12:17 PM EST

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


Alayer is an advanced photo editor with very streamlined and simplified functions. It allows you to alter photos using filters, effects and an arsenal of standard editing tools like color balance or adjusting light in an image. Essentially, Alayer is an idiot-proof version of Lightbox that makes it easy for amateur mobile photographers to get their desired outcome with minimal work.

Alayer is temporarily free in the App Store. is the digital version of those impossible puzzle games found on keychains dangling from your old elementary school backpack. However, the added fun of is that you can take photos from your library and turn them into solvable puzzles in the app. is temporarily free in the App Store.


Arguably one of the most popular console games of the past few years, BioShock’s iOS version has made a similar splash. Although not as extensive as the original, the iPhone/iPad version’s developers did an excellent job optimizing this game for mobile platforms. Fight your way through the dystopian, retro-space-age universe using old school weapons and futuristic machines just as you would on a console.

BioShock is on sale for $4.99 in the App Store.

Alarm Clock Reboot

If you’re anything like most iPhone users, then your brain has probably found a way of shutting off your standard iOS alarm clock without ever actually making you wake up. Alarm Clock Reboot has taken our laziness into account and built an alarm clock that actually gives you snooze options well before your schedule wake up time — you can hit the button four times and still get up when you’re supposed to. Not only is the display huge, but alarms need to be shut off in such a way that it’s hard to do it without truly being awake.

Alarm Clock Reboot is temporarily free in the App Store.

Avadon: The Black Fortress HD

Some typical iOS games have started to feel strangely deficient — but Avadon is an incredibly interactive fantasy RPG that could easily be played on a computer far more powerful. Build a character, boost its stats and go on epic adventures into a dark universe of underground prisons and dangerous wooded areas. One of the more extensive iOS games available.

Avadon: The Black Fortress HD is on sale for $4.99 in the App Store.

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