One of the most important things about getting your app info from smartappsforkids.com is that we test LOTS of apps. LOTS. So we know what's good and what's not so good.
So I've bugged everyone on staff and put together a list of their **personal** favorite always-free apps for adults and kids. Our staff doesn't like in-app purchases any more than you do, so all of these can be played fine without them.
(I've also included links to the last few day's Featured Free and Discounted apps, since those are still reduced/free while the App Store is closed to changes.)
Whislt they are in no particular order, Clumsy Ninja was mentioned by nearly everyone so our little mate gets center stage like he deserves. Aaaw, he's even got his Christmas hat on.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!
** Only the app's developer can control when an app is free/discounted. The prices of apps in this post are verified to be correct at the time of this post. We make no guarantees otherwise.
Please note: Some of these apps may have in-app purchases, but they can easily be disabled in the settings of your device. There also may be ads and social network links in some of these apps.**
** The App Store is closed to developers over the Christmas period so most of the apps from previous days posts are still available at a discounted price or free so I've included them below for you to check out too. **
Featured Free and Discounted Apps 24th December (12 apps)
Featured Free and Discounted Apps 23rd December (20 apps)
Featured Free and Discounted Apps 22nd December (13 apps)
Good Free Apps of the Day : Digital Leaf (SIX great free app books!!) (save $16)
Featured Free and Discounted Apps 21st December (37 apps)
OUR STAFF'S ALL-TIME FAVOURITE ALWAYS-FREE APPS
Clumsy Ninja (in-app purchases)
Meet Clumsy Ninja, the most hapless ninja ever to grace a touchscreen!
Train him, throw him, tickle him, and even tie balloons to him. Everything you do will make Clumsy Ninja more skillful, and help him find his missing friend, Kira.
Clumsy Ninja is the next generation of interactive characters! He can sense, feel, move, and react uniquely every time. Prepare to be amazed…oh, and please take good care of him!
Cynthia introduced me to these apps and I must say that I absolutely adore them! They are simple but very well made and feature the original voices from the much loved television characters.
Titles include: Hide and Peep, House Hunt, Paint Splat, Sounds Like Fun!, Trash Stash and Quack’s Apples.
Kickstarter for iPhone (for adults)
Kickstarter is a new way to fund and follow creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. We love projects! Take it for a spin...
* Discover new projects
* Watch project videos
* Get updates from projects and your friends Are you a project creator?
* Use the app to stay connected with your backers
* track your project’s progress
* post updates from wherever you are.
Pandora Radio (in-app purchase for ad-free version)
Great music discovery is effortless and free with Pandora. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs, genres or composers and we will do the rest. It’s easy to create personalized stations that play only music you’ll love. Tap into an entire world of music, including almost a century of popular recordings - new and old, well known and obscure. Create up to 100 personalized radio stations with your free account.
Not sure where to start? Create a free account to explore hundreds of music and comedy genre stations.
SEVEN American Girl apps
Free titles include:
-Cheer On! -Gymnastic
- Paint Ponies - Port to Port
- Scene Sounds - Secret Wardrobe
- Shave Ice.
Bill Nye The Science Guy
Bill Nye The Science Guy® 20th Anniversary App—of Science! Science rules, especially when you grab a seat at The Science Guy's desk and help yourself to heaping handfuls of science. Just scan your thumb to gain entrance to Nye Labs, the most amazing, scientifically fascinating place on Earth (and possibly beyond!). Twenty orbits around the sun and 28 Emmys along the way—now that's something to celebrate!
SEVENTY-TWO FREE DISNEY APPS (We thought Bill deserved a special mention above though)
Titles include: Planes Adventure Album, Disney Storytime, Where's My Mickey?, Nemo's Reef, Winnie the Pooh Wonder and Wander, Fix-it Felix Jr., Toy Story Read-Along and Monsters Univeristy: Catch Archie.
It’s snack time at the zoo, and everybody’s hungry. Of course this is no ordinary zoo, it's Lazoo Zoo, filled with giraffes whose spots magically change depending on what they're fed, an ape who sprouts new hairstyles when he's overfed and a finicky lion who tells you what he feels like eating. Just like at the real zoo, have fun feeding the animals using the handy dandy food dispenser. And if you don't see the food you want in the dispenser, simply draw something new or look for hidden foods.
Candy Crush Saga (in-app purchases)
Switch and match your way through more than 400 levels in this delicious and addictive puzzle adventure. Ain't it the sweetest game ever?
Please note: Candy Crush Saga is completely free to play but some in-game items such as extra moves or lives will require payment. You can turn-off the payment feature by disabling in-app purchases in your device’s settings.
Lead your clan to victory! Clash of Clans is an epic combat strategy game. Build your village, train your troops and battle with thousands of other players online!
PLEASE NOTE! Clash of Clans is completely free to play, however some game items can also be purchased for real money. If you don't want to use this feature, please disable in-app purchases in your device's settings.
Mushroom Wars (in-app purchases) (iPad only) (older kids and adults)
An unknown enemy has made mischief among the Mushroom folk, and once friendly neighbors have begun to fight one another. Lead the Mushroom Army and mediate peace in the forest!
Mushroom Wars is a dynamic real-time strategy. Defeat enemy tribes or capture key strategic locations! Increase the size of your army, complete the construction of your villages, improve your weapons, capture smith shops or hold defensive towers – it's up to you to choose your way to victory!
The Kindle app is optimized for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, giving users the ability to read Kindle books, and PDFs on a beautiful, easy-to-use interface. You’ll have access to over 1,000,000* books in the Kindle Store Amazon Whispersync automatically syncs your last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across devices (including Kindle), so you can pick up your book where you left off on another device.
The iTunes U app gives you access to complete courses from leading universities and other institutions — plus the world’s largest digital catalogue of free education content — all from your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Whether you’re studying molecular biology at university, learning Spanish at school or just interested in European history, you now have a valuable tool to help you learn anytime, anywhere.
Star Wars: Tiny Death Star (in-app purchases)
From Disney Mobile, in partnership with LucasArts and NimbleBit, the makers of Tiny Tower, comes an all-new mobile game about everyone’s favorite space station, STAR WARS™: TINY DEATH STAR™!
Amidst a civil war in a galaxy far, far away, the Emperor is building a Death Star level by level, and he needs your help. Intergalactic war is expensive, and space stations are, too. Do you have any idea how much it costs to build one the size of a moon?
Do you know what efficacious means? Just what exactly is the opposite of 'bear'? Find out with The Opposites, an exciting word game which challenges children (ages 7+) to match up pairs of opposing words before the screen is filled.
Opposites starts with easy word pairs, like 'up-down', but as players level up they are challenged with more complex and abstract pairings, until they are dealing with rare descriptive and technical words, from biology, economics, politics, medicine, poetry and classical Greek prefixes!
Spotify (for adults)
Spotify is now free on mobile and tablet. Listen to the right music, wherever you are.
With Spotify, you have access to a world of music. You can listen to artists and albums, or create your own playlist of your favorite songs. Want to discover new music? Choose a ready-made playlist that suits your mood or get personalized recommendations.
Letris 3: Word puzzle game (in-app purchases)
Letris 3 is one of the most popular AppStore word games. You have to build words to keep the screen clear and empty for as long as possible. It’s based on a simple idea that will keep you hooked, encouraging you to go on to the next level and beat your own record.
◆ EASY TO PLAY
Everyone knows how to play Letris. The most difficult thing is stopping.
Train your memory and attention. Used by over 50 million people worldwide, Lumosity creates a Personalized Training Program that challenges your brain.
SCIENCE BEHIND LUMOSITY
Lumosity is designed by neuroscientists to train memory, attention, and more. With foundations in the study of neuroplasticity, Lumosity games have improved working core cognitive abilities in several research studies.
iPad version: iPhone version:
BrainPOP Featured Movie (in-app purchase)
Learn something new every day! Bring learning to your fingertips™ with the BrainPOP Featured Movie app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Watch a different animated movie every day, then test your new knowledge with an interactive quiz – free!
For even more access to BrainPOP’s award-winning content, choose an optional in-app subscription and enable kids to explore hundreds of Science, Math, Social Studies, English, Engineering & Tech, Arts & Music, and Health subjects right on their mobile devices. All movies are close captioned, so it’s easy for them to read along.
BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week (in-app purchase)
Learn More With Annie and Moby ... Every Week!
Bring learning to your fingertips™ with the BrainPOP Jr.® Movie of the Week app for the iPad®, iPhone®, and iPod touch®. Get a different animated movie every week and check out related quizzes and educational activities - free! BrainPOP Jr. site subscribers can log in and access all BrainPOP Jr. content directly from the app.
Despicable Me: Minion Rush (in-app purchases)
Gru’s loyal, yellow, gibberish-speaking Minions are ready for their toughest challenge in Despicable Me: Minion Rush. Play as a Minion and compete with others in hilarious, fast-paced challenges in order to impress your boss, (former?) super-villain Gru! Jump, fly, dodge obstacles, collect bananas, be mischievous, and defeat villains to earn the title of Minion of the Year!
iKiva for Kiva.org (iPhone, 2x iPad)
Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. To know more about how Kiva works please goto www.kiva.org
Model Me Going Places 2
Model Me Going Places™ is a great visual teaching tool for helping your child learn to navigate challenging locations in the community. Each location contains a photo slideshow of children modeling appropriate behavior. LOCATIONS:
- Grocery Store
My Singing Monsters
Welcome to My Singing Monsters! Collect, breed, and listen to your monsters sing. You have never seen a game like this before!
Populate an island and watch what happens. Create unique havens by landscaping and arranging your creatures. Name them, feed them, make them happy; each monster is loaded with personality. You’ll experience game play and music as never before with this innovative technology!
With over 3.7 million Mad Libs apps now downloaded to iOS devices we wanted to thank you for your support with an update that takes the Mad Libs app to a whole new level.
The 2.0 update keeps all the fun of the original version and adds loads of new features!
Toontastic (iPad only)
Lights, Camera, Play! Toontastic is a creative storytelling app that enables kids to draw, animate, and share their own cartoons with friends and family around the world. With over 7 million cartoons created in 200+ countries, parents and teachers rave about the app... and kids can't stop creating! Making cartoons with Toontastic is as easy as putting on a puppet show - simply press the record button, move your characters onscreen, and tell your story. Toontastic records your animation and voice as a cartoon video to share with friends and family on ToonTube, the app's global storytelling network for kids.
Book of Me
Book of Me for iPhone is a series of entertaining and educational stories that places your child in the center of the adventure.
Have you ever had trouble getting your child to eat different foods or stay in his or her bed at night? You and your child can jump in, create a cartoon avatar in the Book of Me, and save it in a personalized bookshelf that holds special stories just for your child, featuring your child! Voice recording allows you or your child to record audio on each page to personalize your stories even further.
Singing Fingers lets you fingerpaint with sound. Just touch the screen while you make a sound, and colorful paint appears. Touch the paint to play back the sound again!
You can paint your own musical instrument and play it, play with your voice, experiment with sounds, or create whatever else you can imagine. Singing Fingers comes with help screens to get you started, examples to inspire you, and the ability to save and load your creations.
Create beautiful glowing art!
Tons of brushes and colors to express your creativity!
Save your creations as photos!
Share your art on Facebook and Twitter!
Wanna learn to make this app?
Check out www.iphonecodeprojects.com
SYMPHONICA (for 7yrs +)
Symphonica is an entirely new breed of music game. Its breezy controls and tightly integrated gameplay give you a taste of what it’s like to be an up-and-coming conductor via a wholly unique gaming experience. Give Chapters 0 through 3 a try for absolutely free!
Featuring character design by Chinatsu Kurahana.
Supported platforms: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and newer, iPod touch 3rd generation and newer.
The Sandbox (for older kids/adults)
Are you ready to travel back in time, when video games were played on arcade machines?
This update will allow you to replay some of the greatest video games of all time!
Discover the hits from the 80s, such as Tron or Nibble and many more, through the 12 levels of the new Retro Gaming campaign + 10 new elements. You will need skills to complete it! We also added 2 new blueprints for Holiday Season : a Christmas Tree and Xmas Gifts.
Dumb Ways to Die (for older kids/adults)
Kate Moss's favourite game, according to The Guardian! You've seen the video - now the lives of those adorably dumb characters are in your hands. Enjoy 15 hilarious mini-games as you attempt to collect all the charmingly dumb characters for your train station, achieve high scores and unlock the famous music video that started it all.
From piranhas and platforms to snakes and level crossings — tap, swipe, and flick to safely escape a wide range of DUMB WAYS TO DIE.
Download the FREE game now to enjoy the new fun and remember, be safe around trains. A message from Metro.
Bla | Bla | Bla
Bla Bla Bla is a sound reactive application for iPhone and iPad. This App is a little selection of an exercise called “Parametric Mask”. The exercise is a part of a one-day workshop held in December 2010 at the design department of IUAV of Venice and in February 2011 at the ISIA of Urbino.
The aim of the workshop, called “Procedures of Basic Design”, is to go beyond the classic exercises about form and perception that characterize the course of Basic Design.
EIGHT Collins Big Cat apps
Titles include: The Farmer's Lunch, It was a Cold, Dark Night, In the Garden, My Bike Ride, The Steam Train, Around the World, Playing and At The Dump.
THREE Melody Street apps
- Melody Street HD
- My Musical Friends HD
- Mozart Interactive
MY LITTLE PONY - Friendship is Magic (in-app purchases)
Saddle up for adventure with Twilight Sparkle & friends!
After being locked away in the moon for centuries, Nightmare Moon is set free and spreading night across Ponyville! Only Twilight Sparkle and her friends can free Ponyville from her grasp and bring light and friendship back to the land. Help them rebuild the town and reach their dreams in exciting quests!
Space Cakes - Kids Bakery Game with Math and Numbers
What do you get when you mix the right amounts of stellar sugar, moondust, orbiting eggs, and meteor milk? Levitating Space Cake batter ready for your child to bake, decorate, and deliver to loved ones back on planet Earth! Space Cakes bakery app ignites a passion for geometry, number sense, and early math. Players complete intergalactic baking missions, by navigating an intriguing bakery filled with alien ingredients, fantastic frosting, and an array space toppers from across the galaxy. Then children prepare for take off as they steer a cake delivery spaceship back to Earth and celebrate safe arrival with starburst, fireworks, and colorful confetti!
Lazoo: Squiggles! (iPad only)
Pictures come to life with "Squiggles!", a revolutionary new educational drawing app for young children.
A child’s simple hand-drawn squiggle can become a bird’s nest, rocket smoke, cotton candy, sheep’s wool, a curly beard, and more! Simply squiggle away to complete Lazoo’s internationally award-winning art. Then hit the GO button and watch drawings soar, pulsate, move, twirl, and multiply. Save your child’s creations in the app, then upload them to Lazoo’s secure digital treasure chest or email them to family and friends!
Bamba Ice-Cream (iPad only)
It's every kids' favorite - Ice-Cream! Let them run an Ice-Cream parlor. Custom-make your ice-cream dish with lots of wacky ingredients. Decorate with the mystery topping! Don't forget to eat it when you're done!
- Lots of flavors - from Chocolate to Princess
- Try to find all the mystery ingredients
- Interactive ice-cream making - select the flavors, toppings and container.
- Fantastic, beautiful artwork
- Kid-focused interface
Lisa M wishes everyone a happy and safe Christmas.