Unwrapping a new Windows Phone tomorrow morning? Your first stop should be the Store’s just-published Year-End Apps Sale Collection, which features 10 popular paid titles discounted by 50% or more. The sale, which runs now through the end of the year, features everything from Xbox games to apps for mixing cocktails and balancing your portfolio. It’s also a small gesture of thanks for being with us in 2012. Some highlights below.
And if you celebrate Christmas and have little ones at home, don’t forget to download the free NORAD Tracks Santa app, which lets kiddies track his sleigh worldwide today using Bing Maps.
Regularly $2.99, now $1.99. You’re in command of a fleet of tanks, turrets and robots, heading into enemy territory with a mission of total destruction. This sci-fi, turn-based multiplayer game lets you challenge online opponents and friends, or play solo. Buy it
Regularly $2.99, now $0.99. This handy bartending app turns amateurs into mixologists, just in time for company. It features hundreds of cocktail recipes (with more added regularly), a cocktail of the day, and lets you search by ingredients – even by cocktail color. Buy it
Regularly $2.99, now $1.49. Stay in sync with stock prices, manage your positions and see your portfolio performance over time, all in this popular finance app. Many great features, including real-time quotes for most markets and integration with your existing Google finance portfolio; this version also features live tile improvements. Buy it
Regularly $7.99, now $1.99. Going for a run? Zombies on the loose tend to quicken your pace, as in this exciting, terrifying, immersive running game co-created by an award-winning novelist. Hear the story through your headphones, then use the supplies you’ve collected while running to expand your base back home. Buy it