App Deals This Week

It’s the first of November, and app deals are in, well, let’s say decent supply, as usual, and I’m here to greet you with this week’s specials. The apps on today’s agenda include WriteRoom, the original distraction-free text editor, Crow, a game about pitch-black avians and other creatures from Skyrim, something of adventurous nature, and the usual bundles and such. Join me after the break for all the good stuff.


Seeing as it’s the day after Halloween, there should be a horror game or two in this week’s deals. Crow is a perfect opening then. Boasting “stunning 3D graphics” and an “immersive story line”, this game hits the frightening target’s nucleus. It touts a remastered soundtrack just for the Mac, Game Center support for potential karma, and full playability with a mouse. As a Mac game, it of course comes with a price, which until today was $9.99. But now it’s been lowered to a mere 99 cents. If you’re one for the puzzling havoc of a horror game, or just enjoy trying something new, this may very well be the best choice of the week.

Price: $9.99 » $.99
Requires: OS X 10.7 or later with a 64-bit processor
Developer: Sunside, Inc.

Sid Meier’s Pirates!

The swashbuckling tales of a pirate are always exciting, to say the least. Everyone loves a good battle with swords, or canons, or muskets, or the like. Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean is, after all, a very successful franchise. Well, now it’s time for you to a be a pirate with Sid Meier’s classic. You can battle ships, invade cities, and do a lot more on the Caribbean seas. At $19.99, the game is $10 off, and well worth the price. Just make sure you read the minimum system requirements before downloading to make sure it’ll run on your computer. Enjoy plundering.

Price: $29.99 » $19.99
Requires: OS X 10.6.6 or later
Developer: Feral Interactive Ltd


I cannot count the number of times I’ve mentioned a distraction-free Markdown editor in the deals article, and in my entire career, for that matter. Jesse Grosjean’s WriteRoom is the original. Released back in 2006, it’s had a long time to reach its current version of pure distraction vacancy. It’s a fantastic alternative to the more widely-used iA Writer and Byword. Best of all, it’s optimized for Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina display models. If, after all this, you’re still skeptical, take WriteRoom for a test drive by downloading the demo from the developer’s Web site.

Price: $9.99 » $4.99
Requires: OS X 10.7 or later with a 64-bit processor
Developer: Jesse Grosjean

Prizmo 2

If you need a powerful scanning and OCR app, you should rush over to the App Store and grab a copy of the newly updated Prizmo 2. It can grab text from documents, images, and more … even from a picture you’ve shot of a sign or advertisement. It even works with over 40 languages. It’s 50% off this week, and its pro pack is half off as well.

Price: $24.99 (+ a $24.99 pro pack in-app purchase)
Requires: OS X 10.7.4 or later with a 64-bit processor
Developer: Creaceed SPRL

MacLegion Halloween Game Bundle

The Mac App Store has a lot of games at a fair price, but nothing will match this year’s MacLegion Halloween Bundle. It lasts for 11 days and offers $194.95 of software for a mere $29.99. “Oh, but it must all be rubbish,” you think to yourself. But it’s not, at least if you want LIMBO, Civilization V, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, And Yet it Moves, and Company of Heroes: Complete. This is a full pack of real games that’ll take you a good amount of time to finish, so get downloading while it lasts.


Is that all? Really now? I’m sure you’ve managed to scrape up some extras from the week. Tell us about your findings in the comments and we’ll be sure to post them in next week’s edition of the deals if they haven’t expired. Have a nice week.