Download Discounts for Jan. 14: Dots-n-Bombs, SceneryShare, Meteogram

Jan 14, 2011
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Ever play the game Dots on a sheet of paper with a friend or two? It has you drawing a grid made of dots, then taking turns drawing lines to link the dots in order to try to make squares. We’ve got a free iPhone version of that game, complete with a few strategic twists […]

Ever play the game Dots on a sheet of paper with a friend or two? It has you drawing a grid made of dots, then taking turns drawing lines to link the dots in order to try to make squares. We’ve got a free iPhone version of that game, complete with a few strategic twists and four different modes of play, to head up our list of Download Discounts today. Read about it and check out a few other cool, cheap apps.

Dots-n-Bombs (iPhone) Free (was $0.99)

You’ve probably played Dots before, the pen-and-paper game in which players take turns drawing straight lines between dots that form a grid. The goal is to be the player that draws the fourth line in a group in order to make a complete square. The winner is the player who claims the most squares at the end of the game. Dots-n-Bombs puts that game into an app, but with the twist of adding bombs to the mix.

With the bombs, players can choose to spend a turn to destroy some of the lines that have been drawn on the board. It’s a way to lower your enemy’s score strategically, but it can cost you your own chance to score points. There are four game types available in the app, including the classic version of Dots, a lightning round version, and a mode in which you can make your own rules. There are also multiplayer modes, so you can take on friends, as well.

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SceneryShare (iPhone) Free (was $1.99)

Fans of photography will find something fresh in SceneryShare, which is something of a social networking service that allows users to add photos to a constantly streaming roll of shots that are useful as iPhone wallpapers. You can grab photos and wallpapers from the stream and send in your own, and your shots can include information about you and your website, in order to help photographers gain more exposure.

SceneryShare is free for a limited time. It was recently updated to include high-def photos, as well. Photos are divided into categories which will make them easier to peruse.

Meteogram (iPhone, iPad) $0.99 (was $1.99)

Use Meteogram to search through weather trends in a given area, allowing you to analyze what’s been happening and get predictions for the next 48 hours. All the trends are presented graphically, so you can see in charts and other depictions the way things have been changing lately, and what you can expect in the future.

The app contains data from 11,000 cities across the country, and allows you to tap different spots on various charts to see details about different days and the weather that was going on at the time. There’s a lot of data here and it’s cheap, so if finding out more about the weather interests you, grab this one while it’s at a low price.

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