appstoreIt grew up so fast! The App Store is five, and creator Apple is celebrating this little fact with -- what else? -- a sale on some of the funnest, most useful apps that you can put on your iPhone or iPad. Word got around about the sale last night, but it has since been made official. And, yeah, Tiny Wings, Infinity Blade II, Where's My Water?, and Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery EP are the games being offered for free, as we've previously noted.

If you want a closer look at these games that linked post gives you precisely that. Spoiler, though: all of these games are pretty good. You should just go download them now and not bother reading because (a) they're free and (b) each offers something really unique to the platform as a whole.


The five apps being offered up as part of this celebration are pretty incredible, too. Barefoot World Atlas [$4.99], Day One [$1.99], How To Cook Everything [$9.99], Over [Free], and Traktor DJ for iPhone [$1.99] are apps that you'll be able to use basically everyday.

Over 50 billion apps have been downloaded since the App Store launched in 2008. As of last month, over 10 billion bucks have been paid to developers. Incredible, right? We wonder what these numbers will look like in another five years.

  • Mj1ggy

    Ironically these apps headline my list of "games I've bought but never played"

    • roguewaver

      Glad I'm not alone in this....sigh

  • Ben Norvell

    Damn, I've bought all those games. But for anyone who hasn't, but these games now. They're all fantastic.

  • Jake7905

    Have them all except Superbrothers, which I just downloaded. Badland and IB 2 are absolute steals for free. I paid full price for both, and having gotten many hours of entertainment them, I can honestly say I have no regrets paying full price.

    • Chellspecker

      You are in for a treat with Superbrothers. It's a strange journey, and probably not to everyone's taste, but it's one of my favorite games ever.

    • one.sixty.four

      100% agreed. I paid for all but superbrothers, and I have not regrets.

  • Chellspecker

    Just downloaded Badland and Tiny Wings HD. Badland was one I was sitting on the fence on, so that decision suddenly got a lot easier. I have Tiny Wings SD, but never really got into it. Maybe the iPad version will draw me in. I love it when $5+ apps go free. It's so... freeing.

  • chrisjmtoscano

    anybody know if more apps will go free the next couple days leading up to Wednesday (official day of the milestone)? ... 10 apps seems a lil weak for such a big milestone :p

    • Jake7905

      Couldn't help but wonder that myself, after all it is pretty early in the week. But 5 top games and 5 top apps seems in line with a 5th year anniversary promotion sponsored by Apple.

      So I'm guessing that any additional sales are more likely to be price drops rather then freebies.

      We shall see.

    • ddm112

      peggle and peggle hd JUST been added to the "free" list for apple anniversary an hour ago!!

      • Jake7905

        So glad I was wrong.

  • Fangbone

    Just downloaded the how to cook everything app and made the butterscotch brownies. Mmm.

  • Spinalc0rd

    I was sooo waiting for a sale on super brothers an now I get it free nice. I'm looking forward to walking dead 400 days this week then next limbo.

    • one.sixty.four

      Limbo is already out...

      • Holcman

        He means for free for the anniversary.

      • Jake7905

        Good luck with that.

  • yepi 10

    Blackberry stands at the crossroads. thank...............

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    • ZarieoZ

      Also Sims Medieval SD & HD, Dead Space SD & HD, Flight Control SD & HD also Mirror Edge SD & HD. I had them all except maybe SD versions of some of them.

      • REkzkaRZ

        Don't see the Mirror's Edge price drop. Are you sure?

      • ZarieoZ

        Yes, just checked again for you, it is free. I have Appshopper & AppZapp, Price drops show up on AppZapp several hours before Appshopper detects it. They are all Free 🙂

  • Zenfar

    Tiny Wings is AmaZing! Should have bought that one awhile ago, downloaded the rest need 2 try them soon. Any other games going free even if not official through Apple?

  • greatnoob

    I've always wanted to try out SSS to see what the hype was about, now that I've had the change to play it: WOW! This is what I call iOS gaming even though this is coming from a hardcore iOS gamer!

    Why did I not buy this game earlier!