This has been a slow week for new game releases, but as usual the App Store doesn't disappoint when it comes to games getting cheaper or going free entirely. The standard freebie/sale disclaimer is in place of course-- Most of these deals are only for a limited time and all prices are current as of this posting. If you see anything interesting in this listing, it's probably a good idea to grab it quick before it returns to its regular price.

Totemo, FREE - A clever puzzle game that we enjoyed in our review is free today on account of the Appvent Calendar. Gameplay involves strategic removal of spirits from the game board by selecting matching spirits in the same row of column. The game starts out easy, but it didn't take me long to get hopelessly stuck.

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Vortex, FREE - A gravity-based puzzle game where you move different items around the game board to pilot a rocket back to Earth. 55 different puzzles are included as well as a level editor and level packs which can be downloaded inside of the game itself. I thought it was a little complicated, but it's hard to argue with a free game with this much content in it.

Flight Before Christmas, FREE - A line drawing game where you pilot Santa's sleigh around delivering presents and... avoiding fighter jets? I'm not sure what the military has against Santa delivering presents, but either way this is a surprisingly good Christmas themed game that might even still be worth playing after the holidays are over.

Holiday Smash, FREE - A block-breaking game with... lasers? Blocks are laid out in various holiday designs, and there's tons of particle effects as each block is smashed. It even has OpenFeint, so if you're looking to pad your OpenFeint gamer score, look no further.


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Auditorium, 99¢ (Originally $2.99) - Also available in a free lite version, Auditorium is a musical puzzle game that is a perfect fit for the iPhone. We liked the game in our review, and ended up rating it four stars for the month of November. Recommended for all fans of puzzle games.

Robocalypse - Mobile Mayhem, 99¢ (Originally $4.99) - On sale yet again for 99¢, if you like real-time strategy games, it's hard to find a better one for the iPhone. Fun gameplay combined with online multiplayer, great graphics, and a decent dose of humor to go with it. If you need more convincing, take a look at our review.

Tiki Towers, 99¢ (Originally $1.99) - Still one of my favorite structure building physics games even though it came out last year, Tiki Towers involves building a bamboo bridge of sorts to get monkeys from point A to point B. There's also a free lite version to try. Recommended for all fans of physics games.

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Women's Murder Club: Death in Scarlet, $1.99 (Originally $3.99) - An iPhone adaptation to the insanely popular PC game series. Part hidden object and part mystery game, Women's Murder Club seems to be scientifically engineered for maximum appeal to female casual gamers. While there's a free lite version if you want to see what all the fuss is about, the full version features 14 different murder scenes and 28 investigations to dig through.

Breakspin, 99¢ (Originally $2.99) - Disney's 360 degree block breaking game. Breakspin is a lot of fun, and controlling two different paddles at once adds a surprisingly hectic element to the game. Great graphics, sound, and power-ups all combine in to a must-have game if you're in to block breakers-- Give the free lite version a spin.

Of course this is only a small selection of recent sales and freebies. For a full listing head on over to AppShopper to see a listing of all games with recent price changes as well as only popular games with price changes.

  • kalel39

    I hate it when games go on sale so quickly after release. Thats why people would rather wait a week or two because the price always goes down. Im looking at you Auditorium!!

  • kalel39

    I hate it when games go on sale so quickly after release. Thats why people would rather wait a week or two because the price always goes down. Im looking at you Auditorium!!

  • http://www.mentation.nl/thanatist/ Thaurin

    Oh well, I bought Robocalypse at full price. That's the nature of the App Store. Things sell or they don't. What can you do as a developer? Drop the price, or face early death. It's the only way to keep your game alive when sales are dropping, since most releases are so short-lived in this market.

  • http://www.mentation.nl/thanatist/ Thaurin

    Oh well, I bought Robocalypse at full price. That's the nature of the App Store. Things sell or they don't. What can you do as a developer? Drop the price, or face early death. It's the only way to keep your game alive when sales are dropping, since most releases are so short-lived in this market.

  • Jonah

    You forgot Amateur Surgeon Christmas Edition, which is completely free from Adult Swim, its a great freebie for the fans and non-fans, I have already bought the full version a few months back. I just noticed it and downloaded it straight away as I thought the original Amateur Surgeon is probably one of the best iPhone games I've played. Good example of customer service at a time when other devs are trying to screw us over with rubbish in app purchases.

  • Jonah

    You forgot Amateur Surgeon Christmas Edition, which is completely free from Adult Swim, its a great freebie for the fans and non-fans, I have already bought the full version a few months back. I just noticed it and downloaded it straight away as I thought the original Amateur Surgeon is probably one of the best iPhone games I've played. Good example of customer service at a time when other devs are trying to screw us over with rubbish in app purchases.

  • http://brattonbrothers.com/towersmash/ Erich

    For anyone with small kids (2-5), there's a free Christmas version of TowerSmash (iPhone wood blocks simluation)

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/towersmash-lite/id300117456?mt=8

  • http://brattonbrothers.com/towersmash/ Erich

    For anyone with small kids (2-5), there's a free Christmas version of TowerSmash (iPhone wood blocks simluation)

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/towersmash-lite/id300117456?mt=8

  • kita

    I might give Robocalypes a look. I'm trying to hold off app purchases until Plants vs Zombies comes out :)

  • kita

    I might give Robocalypes a look. I'm trying to hold off app purchases until Plants vs Zombies comes out :)

  • http://www.kotodama.net/blog Zachary

    I like Auditorium, but it's a bit misleading to refer to it as a music puzzle game. The music is great and makes it more fun to play, but the fact is that you can play it just as well without any sound whatsoever. The music responds to what you do, but, again, a deaf person could solve a level just as easily as a hearing person.

  • http://www.kotodama.net/blog Zachary

    I like Auditorium, but it's a bit misleading to refer to it as a music puzzle game. The music is great and makes it more fun to play, but the fact is that you can play it just as well without any sound whatsoever. The music responds to what you do, but, again, a deaf person could solve a level just as easily as a hearing person.

  • jojo

    I live in UK and can not buy Auditorium, US only iTunes store... do these people even want my money? i played the flash game, was looking forward to the iPhone/Touch version, totaly gutted, I hope they sort this soon.

  • jojo

    I live in UK and can not buy Auditorium, US only iTunes store... do these people even want my money? i played the flash game, was looking forward to the iPhone/Touch version, totaly gutted, I hope they sort this soon.