iOS Apps Gone Free: Awards Hero: Oscars Edition, Repulse-O, Arcade Jumper, And More

View every single Oscar nominee and winner since 1929, and once 2012's nominees are released, create Oscar pools and compete with friends with AppEzzy's entertainment app, Awards Hero: Oscars Edition. We also have a fast-paced matching game, and a retro-inspired platform game.

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Awards Hero: Oscars® Edition ($2.99 → Free, 7.8 MB): The perfect app for all of you movie lovers out there. Awards Hero allows you to view every Oscar nominee and winner all of the way from the inaugural year in 1929 up to today. It also allows you to view a live movie news feed so you can keep an eye on who is truly in the running along with a collection of movie trailers. Once the 2012 nominees are announced on January 24, 2012, you'll be able to create an Oscar pool and compare votes with your friends to see who had the most accurate picks.

Awards Hero: Oscars® Edition is available for free for a limited time. It has a 3.5-star rating with a total of 193 ratings.


Arcade Jumper ($1.99 → Free, 34.5 MB): This retro-inspired platformer has you running and jumping through randomly created levels to earn coins that can be used to play redemption mini-games in the arcade, and the arcade is the only place you can earn tickets to buy in-game extras. The game includes 10 zones with three stages each, power-ups, three mini-games, and Game Center integration.

Arcade Jumper is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 909 ratings.

Expired (gone back to paid already):

Icarus-X ($1.99 → Free, 17.8 MB): A top-down 3D vertical shooter that will challenge your reflexes and your patience. Dodge the constant enemy fire by simply dragging your finger around the screen, and grab power-ups from downed enemies to get an advantage over them for a limited time. The game includes two campaign modes, and a practice area that allows you to toggle the game's speed to get a better grasp on the enemy's patterns. It also includes four difficulty levels, downloadable replays, and Game Center integration.

Icarus-X is available for free for a limited time. It has a 3.5-star rating with a total of 881 ratings.

Cave Bowling ($0.99 → Free, 8.0 MB): Go bowling caveman-style with Cave Bowling by Donut Games. Just set the angle and power of your shot, and then launch your bowling ball over rocky landscapes to try and collect as many bones as possible before knocking over the pins. The game includes 60 levels, all kinds of crazy obstacles, and Game Center integration.

Cave Bowling is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 21866 ratings.

Parkbud ($1.99 → Free, 14.4 MB): Never forget to add money to your parking meter again with this handy utility app. Just set the timer and then choose when you want to be notified that your parking meter is about to expire. The app's main screen will display all of this information in an easy to read and understand format. It also allows you to make payments via phone or SMS, get directions back to your car, take a photo of your location, and add notes.

Parkbud is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 176 ratings.

Repulse-O ($0.99 → Free, 19.2 MB): Different colored bubbles will enter from the left and right sides of the screen, and it's up to you to rotate the core and all of the bubbles attached to it to create matches of three or more. The more connected bubbles of the same color, the more points you'll earn from them. If bubbles stay outside of the game circle for too long, it's game over. The game includes two modes, 15 challenges, three environments, three control options, power-ups, and Game Center integration.

Repulse-O is available for free for a limited time. It has a 3.5-star rating with a total of 39 ratings.

Quotebot — 30,000 Great Quotes ($0.99 → Free, 8.4 MB): A slick little reference app that allows you to view over 30,000 quotes from politicians, philosophers, movies, books, celebrities authors, and more. You can search for quotes by keywords, by category, or you can have the app provide you with a random one. Quotes can be bookmarked for later use, and shared via Twitter, email, or SMS. All of the quotes are stored on your iDevice, so you'll never need an internet connection.

Quotebot — 30,000 Great Quotes is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 50 ratings.

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