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mazec3 Handwriting Recognition – $1.86 from $7.99
Handy Photo – $0.99 from $1.99
Paper Camera – $0.99 from $1.99
Dokuro – $0.99 from $2.99
Colin McRae Rally – $1.99 from $2.99