It's been sort of a slow news day, so while we're busy plugging away at busting out reviews from yesterday's release onslaught, here's two great deals you should be aware of. Actually, before you get either of these you should take a good long look at Ballistic SE [$0.99] as I've been having a blast with it since it came out last night. But, anyway, on with the show.

Smash Cops, $4.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Normally $2.99 and free for a limited time, Smash Cops is a really cool driving game where you (get this) play a cop, and smash into other cars. It's worth checking out for the controls alone, because the way you drive the car is by "pushing" it with your finger. It's hard to explain, and feels a little weird as first, but once you get into it you'll wonder why more top-down games don't employ similar controls.

Ascension: Deckbuilding Game, Free - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Normally $4.99 and recently slashed to 99¢, Ascension is a deck building fantasy-based card game. I had some small gripes with the mechanics of the actual game itself in my review, but as far as a paper card game to iOS port, Ascension is flawless and worth checking out just to see how well it translates. 99¢ is also a stupidly good deal considering the physical version retails for $39.99. An expansion with new cards is available in game for $2.99, which sells for $29.99 in the real-world paper version.

  • rodgerodger

    Another reminder why you never ever buy anything unless it's on sale. Just two days ago on Tuesday I spent $5 on Ascension... Grrr. I know it's only $4, but I still feel like a sucker. I won't make that mistake again.

    • Jacob Gehman

      At least Ascension is totally worth even the regular price.
      I bought it at full price and haven't regretted it for a minute.

  • IMNS

    Sweet. Grabbed both of them!

  • Rirath

    Awesome with Smash Cops - had that sitting on my wishlist as a "I know I won't play this now..." sort of game.  Didn't expect it to go from $2.99 to free, though.

    I'll bite on Ascension for $0.99 too.  You make a good point vs the physical card cost. I think we need a round-up of all the good card games on iOS at this point. Orions 1 & 2, Dominion, Cabals, Shadow Era, Ascension.... am I forgetting any?

    Edit: And Magic: The Gathering Planeswalkers 2013, coming soon.

  • Locanis

    Picked up Ascension (and the expansion purchase) as soon as I saw the drop.

    To get the original and expansion for $4 (less than a trip to Starbucks), when the real world card equivalents for both would be $70, is crazy-stupid-good pricing.

    If ever on the fence about the game prior, I think now is a great time to bite the bullet and smash that buy button. It really is an excellent card game, and the online multiplayer looks to be reasonably coded as well.

  • Crunchewy

    Ascension is a very good game and an excellent iOS adaptation. I'd certainly give it more than 3.5 stars myself. I have played it so much that it has been more than worth the original asking price. I'd give it 4.5 stars, with the .5 left off because there is no in-game chat. I hope they will add that eventually, but it's far from a deal killer. The Return of the Fallen expansion enhances the game and is a highly recommended purchase as well.

  • espekayen

    Ascension is a great game. The first expansion was also excellent and I'm looking forward to getting the second expansion next month.

    @Rirath, you missed Nightfall which I purchased recently; it's a bit complicated and I'm still learning how to play it, but it looks very good so far. As for Orions 1 and 2, they had huge potential to become classics, but sadly were completely abandoned by the developer. I honestly believe Orions 2 could have become one of the best card games for iOS, had the developer released updates to fix bugs, game balancing and so on.

  • famousringo

    Yeah, that 3.5 stars for Ascension bugs me too. It's not perfect, but it's simply the most addictive iOS game I have, period.

    Another expansion coming out in a month? That means the backlog of games I buy but don't play gets longer...

  • Stark2k

    Ascension needs a retina update, a card game is one of the most obvious practical uses for retina with the tiny text of cards on the playing field.

  • Out5poken

    Picked up smash cops, excellent game. Very polished. Makes me think they should do a part two with some added pizazz like voice narration, pedestrians...err, just make it a little more comical, almost gta-ish but not if you know what I mean.