Each year in the US, Black Friday is a day when stores give big discounts and other promotional offers. The Black Friday sale trend has also caught up with the digital stores; now you'll see a lot of apps that were paid drop heavily in price, or go free during this festive period. There are a lot of Black Friday deals on offer, and to save you from having to sort through the chaff, here are 10 deals our team thought were really great. In case you want to look for Black Friday deals yourself, here's a guide on finding the best deals for iOS, and one of discount-finding for Android.
1) Tayasui Sketches Pro
Tayasui Sketches Pro is a neat-looking sketching app that is free for Black Friday. There are multiple choices of on-screen sketching tools like a paintbrush, sketch pen, ink pen, pencil, water colors, scale, and so on. The app also supports multiple layers. An area tool lets you easily pre-select areas within your sketch to work on. With Sketches Pro, artists can create realistic-looking works of art on the digital surface of an iPad, Android tablet, or iPhone.
2) Heads Up! (iOS)
Heads Up! is a fun game from the media queen Ellen DeGeneres, which is now available for free as part of the Black Friday Deals. It’s fun to play with a group of people - you draw from a set of cards that will bear names of celebrities, movies, animals, and so on. The contestant puts the phone on his forehead with the screen facing the crowd, so only they can see the word. Now they have to offer clues to help the person guess as many words on the screen in under 60 seconds. The app uses the phone’s motion sensors to operate.
3) Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of Lions
Fun fact: Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions is an updated version of Final Fantasy Tactics which was made for the original PlayStation back in 1997. Since then, this strategy role-playing game has found its way to the PSP, Android and iOS. Participating in the Black Friday Deals, the iPhone and Android versions are discounted considerably, making it worthy of purchase considering the fantastic storyline and timeless gameplay.
4) I am Bread
From Bossa Studios, I am Bread is an adventure where you play as a piece of bread, and your mission is to toast it. As you make your way to the toaster, you’ll have to avoid obstacles in the kitchen, house, garden or beyond that come your way. Available at a discount this Black Friday, the game features eight levels of entertainment, and was selected by Apple as part of their Handpicked Apps and Games in 2015.
5) Thomas Was Alone
A game that ought to strike your funny bone when you first play it, Thomas Was Alone is a platformer cum puzzle where you have to guide a rectangle in a strange world. There are 100 levels to play with a wonderfully narrated story. Great level design and fantastic storytelling make this a must-buy this Black Friday.
6) Out There: Omega Edition
In this text-heavy adventure game, you are an astronaut who has to play out a dark and melancholic sci-fi journey. It’s a game of survival where you have to make do with the resources available to you.
7) Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
One of the best RPGs in recent memory, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is a pretty good port of the PC game, and it is well suited to touch controls. If you haven't played the game before, you're in for a treat, as it looks great on mobile devices, and you will get drawn in to a story that spans many worlds, full of drama, adventure, betrayal, and did we mention evil Sith lords who fire lightning from their fingertips?
Pixelmator is a full-fledged image editor built from the ground-up for Apple’s macOS and iOS, supporting platform-specific features like universal copy-paste, Handoff, Split View, and even Touch Bar and Wide Colour Display on the new MacBook Pros. It can serve as a good replacement for Adobe Photoshop for many and a good Black Friday Deal for anybody in the publishing business.
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Due is a convenient calendaring app that recognises natural language input. So you can type “Meet Rishi for dinner on Saturday at 9pm” and it will convert it into a proper calendar entry. As you type, smart suggestions pop up at the bottom that you can tap to refine the entry. Available at a discount on Black Friday, Due has got an accompanying Mac app to keep the calendaring synced between your phone and computer.
10) Scanner Pro
Scanner Pro by Readdle converts your iPhone into a scanner. Using the camera, you can click an image of the picture you want to be scanned and the app will cut out the relevant content from the background. Not just this, but it even performs OCR (optical character recognition) to convert scanned text into editable form, so you can copy-paste or edit it in a word processor later.
iOS — Rs. 190 (was Rs. 420)
These were our top Black Friday picks, though some other great games such as Monument Valley, and one-year subscription packages such as the Parallel's bundle are also available on sale now. Make the most of these sales, and remember, some of these will go on for the next four days, while others will expire much more quickly, so if anything catches your eye, don't take too long thinking about it, and just go for it instead.