$5
Apps

EightyEightGames 10,000,000

Rather than stick with Apple’s distribution channels, EightyEightGames decided to go with Steam for the Mac port of its popular iOS title 10,000,000 ($5). Using 8-bit-style graphics, the game combines elements of RPG, action, and puzzle games; think Bejeweled meets Final Fantasy meets Indiana Jones.

 

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$3
Apps

Digital Tribe Velvet Assassin

Sneaky sneaky. That’s what you have to be in order to succeed in Digital Tribe’s latest Mac App Store release, Velvet Assassin ($3). Set in the fever dreams of a British secret agent in World War II, the game has you stealthily maneuvering around as you take out enemies. The scope and quality of the game are surprising giving its small-by-Mac-standards price tag.

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Free
Apps

BlueStacks App Player Beta

Have you ever wanted to run iOS apps on your Mac? Well, you’re still out of luck, but there’s some good news: if there’s an Android version of your favorite iOS app, you can now emulate it using Bluestacks App Player (Free), now available in beta. The app is simple: load it up and you have a straightforward interface for using any Android app right from your computer. There are still some bugs, but it’s definitely promising as a way to bring mobile apps to your laptop or desktop computer.

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$45*
Apps

Aspyr Media Borderlands 2

One of these days, Mac users will get big games at the same time they’re released on other platforms. In the meantime, the Mac App Store release delay for Aspyr Media’s Borderlands 2 ($45*) isn’t too terrible. While it’s been available on Steam for a month already—and you can’t use the DLC from that version with the one that’s just been released—the Mac App Store version comes with Apple’s usual installation and updating conveniences.

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$4
Apps

Infinisys Flying Toaster Screen Saver

Everyone’s favorite flying toasters have finally—finally!—made their way to modern Macs. Inspired by the classic Macintosh screensaver software After Dark, Infinisys has released its Flying Toaster Screen Saver ($4). Compatible with OS X 10.6 or higher, the app will bring you right back to the days of Performas, Dogcow, and other long-forgotten Apple artifacts.

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$5
Apps

3D4Medical.com iMuscle

Everyone takes their MacBook to the gym, right? No? Well, if you do—or, more likely, have a computer near your home workout equipment—you might like 3D4Medical.com’s iMuscle ($5). Ported from iOS to the Mac, it’s designed to help optimize your workouts with really cool 3-D graphics of humans stripped down to their muscles.

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$20
Apps

Apple OS X Server

Apple calls OS X Server ($20) “The Server for everyone.” At such a low cost—and especially compared to the $499 price tag of Snow Leopard Server—it’s a pretty easy purchase. The Mountain Lion add-on is designed to be a really easy, point and click solution; some power users say it’s too simplistic. But for those running a small business or needing a home server, it’s definitely worth consideration.

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$4
Apps

Gameprom Arcade Pinball

Gameprom is back at it again with its latest pinball title for the Mac, Arcade Pinball ($4). We were happy to see Pinball HD and War Pinball HD in the Mac App Store; this edition is decidedly more retro. Instead of the highly detailed 3-D elements, this table is rendered to resemble classic arcade games.

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$2*
Apps

Software Ambience Unclutter

The past few versions of OS X have added lots of features to help keep you organized—Spaces, Mission Control, Notes, and more. Lion and Mountain Lion were particularly big on gestures. Software Ambience’s new app Unclutter ($2*) adds even more organizational tools, while incorporating the same kind of intuitive gestures. It provides quick access to your notepad and clipboard, and temporary file storage.

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Free/$29
Apps

Oisin Prendiville + Pádraig Kennedy Tokens

We don’t normally feature apps aimed solely at developers, but this one’s too cool to pass up. Tokens (Free/$29), from developers Oisin Prendiville and Pádraig Kennedy, is a standalone tool for managing App Store promo codes. If you’ve never had to deal with getting them out, consider yourself lucky. It’s normally a big hassle, but Tokens makes the process whole lot easier and gives you features Apple doesn’t.

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Rovio Entertainment Angry Birds Star Wars

We could probably just say “Angry Birds Star Wars” and tell you everything you need to know. Rovio Entertainment’s latest game brings together two incredibly popular franchises, at the $5 cost the company has established for its games on the Mac. Thankfully it took full advantage of the license, bring more than just a new coat of paint to its tried and true game.

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$15
November 8, 2012
Apps

Realmac Software Clear

First released as an iPhone app in the winter of 2012, Realmac Software’s reminder application Clear garnered a lot of attention for its cool looks and inventive interface. Our review found it to be beautiful and fun, but lacking in features. At least one of those issues is being addressed with the launch of the Mac version, which arrives on November 8 at a fairly steep $15 price.

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$5
Apps

TinkerHouse Games Penny Arcade's On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3

Fans of the popular webcomic Penny Arcade and classic RPG players should both take note of TinkerHouse Games’ new Mac App Store release, Penny Arcade’s On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 ($5). The third installment in the comic’s foray into video games is full of the humor and irreverence Penny Arcade is known for, plus SNES-style graphics and play.

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Free
Apps

Idea Shower Pocket

The gift and curse of the Internet is the ridiculous quantity of reading material it makes available—new information that keeps arriving even when you have no time to take it in. A handful of services including Apple’s own Reading List aim to solve this issue by time-shifting your stories, kind of like a DVR does for your TV shows. One of the more popular options is Idea Shower’s Pocket. Formerly known as Read It Later, the service came to iOS with a truly great app updated in April 2012, and is now available for free in the Mac App Store.

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$2*
Apps

Operatio Pin Tiki Ball

We’re suckers for cool pinball games, so when Operatio’s Pin Tiki Ball launched for the Mac, we had to check it out, and it’s a cool take on traditional pinball tables. Ported over from the iOS version, the tropical theme allows the developer to employ a novel twist: instead of metal balls, you bounce around hot lava balls to crush fruit and protect the natives.

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