The App Store, being an entirely digital space and with Apple playing the gatekeeper, can be a tricky place. We've seen some sticky situations in the past when publishing deals expire and there's no easy way to transfer the rights to someone else so that a game can continue being sold. Sometimes that means a game simply gets pulled, never to be heard from again. More frequently, at least in my experience, is that a new publisher or the developer themselves will go ahead and put the game out again, but since there's no way for the App Store to recognize who bought the game already under the previous publisher your only option as a customer is to buy it again to ensure you have the newest version.

So really, the only good option in that scenario is to re-release the game for free for a brief initial period, and let your previous customers know that they should replace their current version with the new one while it's temporarily free. That's exactly the scenario we've currently got with Gesundheit! [$0.99 / $1.99 (HD)], an award-winning puzzle game developed by Revolutionary Concepts in conjunction with the fantastic artist Matt Hammill. Gesundheit! originally launched in July of 2011 and was published by Konami. At some point it disappeared, but today Revolutionary Concepts has re-released the game under their own name, and is offering it for free for a very limited time.

The happy side effect here (well, for the gamers anyway) is that even if you didn't have the previous version of Gesundheit! you can still take advantage of the freebie and grab it right now. And holy moly should you ever grab it. Not only is the art style and music incredibly charming, but Gesundheit! is also a clever puzzler that will tax your brain. It's also got a lot of snot, which is cool. You should give our original 5 star review a look if you need some more details, and you can always check out our forums for more impressions and discussion.

Whatever the case, everyone should definitely download and at least try Gesundheit! while it's temporarily free, and owners of the previous versions should grab this newly released one which will be the one that's maintained and updated going forward into the future.

  • http://twitter.com/DotComCTO DotComCTO

    Hey Jared! Thanks for posting this news. I was just about to post this same info in the forums, but this front page article is a heck of a lot better than that! :-)

  • Aventador

    This is a must download, game is awesome

  • Greyskull

    Good news, but an symptom of a problem Apple needs to think about curing if they really want people to migrate to the "cloud".

    • Bruno Scheele

      I asked Apple Developer Support about tranferring ownership of apps and it is apparently as easy as the original owner asking Apple to transfer it to the new owner.
      Never tried it though, but they do give the option.

  • TheFrost

    Thanks a lot for thr info, I completely forgot it

  • thesidewaystable

    bought This thinking it was going to be amazing and it was decent .get it for free but wasn't worth the money or space.

  • toxiccheese

    This game really clicked with me. The animation, art style, and amazing design direction is top-notch. As a free app it's a must-get.

  • garret44

    Very cool! Never heard of it but definitely gonna try.

    And it's optimized 4 iPhone 5!

  • mr_bez

    I know it's a long shot, but is there any way to transfer your progress from the old app?

    • pheraph

      Good question. I will try to migrate my progress with iExplorer tomorrow.

  • GiHubb

    It's probably going to be free for a week as it's Apple's free game of the week.

  • http://twitter.com/BeRad_Ent Be-Rad

    HD version's a fatty @ 475 MB

  • http://twitter.com/revolutionaryco RevolutionryConcepts

    Thanks Jared. Beautifully put! One thing we should add - if you already have Gesundheit! and want to retain your saved game progress you should leave the old/existing version installed. You can also download the newly minted versions as they are seperate titles and can happily co-exist.

    Lastly if you happen to have an iPhone5 or new iPod touch then you definately want to grab the new free version as we had time to add support for the larger screen, which on Gesundheit! makes a world of difference.

    Gesundheit! is currently Apples 'App of The Week' and will remain free for the next week or so.

    Thx and enjoy! (again :)

  • Thorz

    Great game! Thanks. I have never played it before.

  • TreeHouse

    Pulled it down and played it for an hour or so. Totally dig it. Great art, great music, and simple gameplay with adequate strategy. You can't go wrong with this one. Definitely worth a few dollars and you'd do yourself a disservice not to try it out while its free. Even my girlfriend is wanting to play this and she rarely plays anything!

  • Jetjet

    I have bought the old version and appreciated that clever cute game but please as it's now free for limited time, don't put any IAP in it for the love of this game !

  • http://twitter.com/Jonnysevern Jonathan Severn

    Fantastic art direction and audio - love it!

  • Madrox303

    Thanks so much for making this game. My 3 1/2 year old LOVES it on the iPad and he plays it for hours. He gets up to the part with the mosquitoes and blue guys (bit too tough for him for now) but he has mastered it up to that point.

    thanks again!!!