Last month, we were treated to the fun and fast-paced Fastar! from developer John Kooistra and Cat in a Box Games. Fastar! is a sarcastic take on action-RPGs that has you blazing through side-scrolling levels as fast as possible, all while collecting coins and upgrading your character as you defeat the game's many square enemies. The funny thing about Fastar! is while it's technically taking jabs at the many action-RPG games out there and the genericness of their enemies and gameplay, it actually accomplishes being an incredibly fun game while doing so.

You can read all about Fastar! in our in-depth review of the game and get a good idea of the gameplay from the trailer:

If you have yet to pick up Fastar! you're in luck as the game has just gone free for a day. We really liked the game, and found it to be a great fit for the iPhone. Players in our forums are also loving the game, and if you've been on the fence about it since its release there's now no reason not to check out Fastar! while it's free for the day.

  • russiaone

    Huzzah! I'm buying this!

  • russiaone

    Huzzah! I'm buying this!

  • Metalbear

    Well I feel screwed as an early buyer. Oh well.

    I actually have NOT played this game that much recently, it's still a decent game though.

    • andsoitgoes

      Oh come on.

      You supported an AMAZING game from an AMAZING developer that's trying hard to make more AMAZING games.

      You paid $0.99 for this game, they are trying to promote it and get more downloads, so they've made it free - I can see being upset with a $3, 5 or 8 game, but for this one, I can suck it up and deal.

      This is great that the dev feels it's useful to do, and hopefully it gets even more people to pick up the game and convince other people to buy it.

    • http://Www.jindofox.com Jindo Fox

      You're not an "early adopter" and you're certainly not "screwed." You spent a dollar on a game that you thought you'd like.

      When you go out to dinner and they bring some free mints with the bill, do you say "well now I feel screwed for buying that candy bar I ate last week?!"

      • Metalbear

        Fine, I was harsh. And I do sound like a cheapskate. But I stick by my opinion. I am probably just disgruntled.

      • Metalbear

        For the record:

        I don't like flaming others who make completely valid points.

    • http://twitter.com/Gromble Chris

      @Metalbear

      You literally spent ONE dollar on a 'decent' game and you feel screwed by the developer. Think about that one for a minute and tell me if you still think you're making a valid point.

      • emil3m

        Spot on!

        The developer made the game free so that early adopter can benefit in the near and far future.

        Whether I buy a game or get it free, the more successful it is the better value I will get in terms of refinement and development.

        The only time I feel screwed is when I buy titles from big developers! The major bugs are fixed and the minor ones are left for the next version (paid obv); and that's not even mentioning any sort of future value (new features etc).

  • Metalbear

    Well I feel screwed as an early buyer. Oh well.

    I actually have NOT played this game that much recently, it's still a decent game though.

    • andsoitgoes

      Oh come on.

      You supported an AMAZING game from an AMAZING developer that's trying hard to make more AMAZING games.

      You paid $0.99 for this game, they are trying to promote it and get more downloads, so they've made it free - I can see being upset with a $3, 5 or 8 game, but for this one, I can suck it up and deal.

      This is great that the dev feels it's useful to do, and hopefully it gets even more people to pick up the game and convince other people to buy it.

    • http://Www.jindofox.com Jindo Fox

      You're not an "early adopter" and you're certainly not "screwed." You spent a dollar on a game that you thought you'd like.

      When you go out to dinner and they bring some free mints with the bill, do you say "well now I feel screwed for buying that candy bar I ate last week?!"

      • Metalbear

        Fine, I was harsh. And I do sound like a cheapskate. But I stick by my opinion. I am probably just disgruntled.

      • Metalbear

        For the record:

        I don't like flaming others who make completely valid points.

    • http://twitter.com/Gromble Chris

      @Metalbear

      You literally spent ONE dollar on a 'decent' game and you feel screwed by the developer. Think about that one for a minute and tell me if you still think you're making a valid point.

      • emil3m

        Spot on!

        The developer made the game free so that early adopter can benefit in the near and far future.

        Whether I buy a game or get it free, the more successful it is the better value I will get in terms of refinement and development.

        The only time I feel screwed is when I buy titles from big developers! The major bugs are fixed and the minor ones are left for the next version (paid obv); and that's not even mentioning any sort of future value (new features etc).

  • http://Www.jindofox.com Jindo Fox

    Thanks for the tip. Also free today is the 3D space shooter Star Pagga. In theory, this is the perfect game-- both singleplayer missions (both campaign and arcade style challenges) and multiplayer. In practice, it needs more people on multiplayer. It's universal so it runs on iPad too. Get this one at the sme time when you grab Fastar.

  • http://Www.jindofox.com Jindo Fox

    Thanks for the tip. Also free today is the 3D space shooter Star Pagga. In theory, this is the perfect game-- both singleplayer missions (both campaign and arcade style challenges) and multiplayer. In practice, it needs more people on multiplayer. It's universal so it runs on iPad too. Get this one at the sme time when you grab Fastar.

  • RogerThat

    Really things like these are destroying the App Store. People will buy less Apps during the initial release and wait for the inevitable sale or freebie.

    • MrMuesli

      I've been saying that to myself now for the last 2 years....never happens though; )

    • newbatthis

      And THIS, is why I almost never buy any indie game anymore unless it catches my complete attention.

    • LazyDay

      It's not ruining the app store as far as I can see. There are still hundreds of new apps and at least a dozen good-to-great games released every week.

      If you mean it's making it tough for indie developers to make a buck, I would kind of agree, though at the same time considering how rampant piracy is on some other platforms (as opposed to being almost negligible on the iphone) I still think they have it pretty good.

  • RogerThat

    Really things like these are destroying the App Store. People will buy less Apps during the initial release and wait for the inevitable sale or freebie.

    • MrMuesli

      I've been saying that to myself now for the last 2 years....never happens though; )

    • newbatthis

      And THIS, is why I almost never buy any indie game anymore unless it catches my complete attention.

    • LazyDay

      It's not ruining the app store as far as I can see. There are still hundreds of new apps and at least a dozen good-to-great games released every week.

      If you mean it's making it tough for indie developers to make a buck, I would kind of agree, though at the same time considering how rampant piracy is on some other platforms (as opposed to being almost negligible on the iphone) I still think they have it pretty good.

  • John

    That counts for the small TA type community who religiously pays attention to releases and sales, but to the majority of iPhone gamers, when's game is released is as much a mystery as when it will go on sale, and they generally won't realize if the game they bought last week went on sale this week because they won't be paying attention.

  • John

    That counts for the small TA type community who religiously pays attention to releases and sales, but to the majority of iPhone gamers, when's game is released is as much a mystery as when it will go on sale, and they generally won't realize if the game they bought last week went on sale this week because they won't be paying attention.

  • Bob

    It's $1! A pop costs that much.

  • Bob

    It's $1! A pop costs that much.