Download Discounts for Nov 29: Death Cop, Bedtime Stories, Buzzbuka

Nov 29, 2010
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Interested in free apps? We’ve got a two-stick mech shooter that’s heading up our Download Discounts today, as well as an app to help put the kids to bed each night, and another one that let’s you covertly signal your friends. Check them out below. Death Cop – Mechanical Unit (iPhone) Free (was $0.99) You […]

Interested in free apps? We’ve got a two-stick mech shooter that’s heading up our Download Discounts today, as well as an app to help put the kids to bed each night, and another one that let’s you covertly signal your friends. Check them out below.

Death Cop – Mechanical Unit (iPhone) Free (was $0.99)

You can snag this dual-stick shooter for free today, which should be a pretty good incentive to go check it out forthwith. But if you need more convincing, consider that this one includes 16 levels and multiple different weapons to employ, at no cost to you. It also includes RPG elements that let you build up your character’s “level” over time in order to access different weaponry. And did I mention it’s a mech shooter? You’ll get access to three different robots to pilot to do your fighting.

Bedtime Stories Vol. 1 – Japanese Folk Tales (iPhone, iPad) Free (was $2.99)

Here’s a great app to supplement the books you read to your kids at bedtime. Bedtime Stories Vol. 1 has a lot of great features to that end, not the least of which is an excellent group of stories you can read aloud with pictures, right on your iOS device.

In addition to reading along with the book while the app’s music plays behind you, Bedtime Stories Vol. 1 will also read the story along for you, when you aren’t feeling up to it, or when a child wants to hear a story when no one’s around to read it. And if you’re really slick, you can record your own reading of the story into the app to be played back later, solidifying your nomination for parent of the year.

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Buzzbuka (iPhone) Free (was $0.99)

This tricky app makes it possible to send covert messages to another app user without revealing what it is you’re saying. You can even just signal the other phone to make it vibrate, without sending an actual message at all — perfect for communicating incognito.

You can send your messages in Morse code using in-app tables to translate your message, or translate a message back to something you can read when you receive a text from someone else. And when you just want to send a signal to someone else, the app lets you use your phone’s volume buttons to make the receiving phone vibrate, while both phones look like they’re still off: perfect for signalling about an awkward date or a dragging conversation.

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