Download Discounts for Apr. 14: Jet Ball, Mint Browser, Memory of Colors

Apr 14, 2011
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Looking for free apps? We’ve got them in today’s Download Discounts, starting with a refreshing addition to the brick-breaker game genre in Jet Ball. Your job is to quickly drag a platform across the screen to bounce a ball up into a mess of bricks in order to do some geometry based demolition. We’ve also […]

Looking for free apps? We’ve got them in today’s Download Discounts, starting with a refreshing addition to the brick-breaker game genre in Jet Ball. Your job is to quickly drag a platform across the screen to bounce a ball up into a mess of bricks in order to do some geometry based demolition. We’ve also got the skinny on Mint Browser, a lightweight and fast alternative to your iDevice’s Safari, and Memory of Color, a photography art exhibit on your iPhone or iPad. All are free so check ‘em out.

Jet Ball (iPhone, iPad) Free (was $1.99)

There are plenty of brick breaker-type games out there, each with its own gimmick. Jet Ball’s gimmick? Creative level design, whether it be the shape of the bricks, their consistency, or the fact that they often move and spin to make things extra difficult. If you’re into the brick breaker genre at all, this is an app you should absolutely snag while it’s free.

Jet Ball comes with tons of unlockable levels — 145 of them — and more that can be obtained through in-app purchases. There are 60 different kinds of bricks and objects to interact with, which is probably what makes the game feel original in a crowded genre, and allows you to play your own iPod music in the background.

Mint Browser (iPhone, iPad) Free (was $0.99)

Based on the WebKit engine that powers the Google Chrome and Apple Safari web browsers, Mint Browser is built for speed. It includes the ability to browse in up to four windows at once in a split-screen mode, presenting all the websites on your device at the same time so you can multitask without having to switch between windows and tabs.

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Other than its multiple windows, Mint Browser runs a lot like you’d expect a full browser on your computer to run. You can favorite websites to bookmark them and switch between landscape and portrait modes and a full-screen mode, and Mint works with multitasking and is also optimized to run in the background.

Memory of Colors Presented by Fotopedia (iPhone, iPad) Free (was $2.99)

Get a little culture on your iDevice (for free, even!) with Memory of Colors, a photography exhibit that includes more than 1,300 from 80 cultures and spanning 12 countries. The images were created by photographer Jaime Ocampo Rangel over the course of eight years and give a snapshot of many of the peoples of the world.

You can set up slide shows of Memory of Colors’ images, or pan through and view each one individually. Shake your phone or iPad and a random photo will pop up, and each comes with background and description information about who and what they depict and where they were taken.

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