holiday-sale-2010This holiday sale season has been a little weird on the App Store. As we mentioned in our EA sale post, things feel significantly less spectacular than previous years. With so many games just flat out being free now, normally 99¢, or with wild price fluctuations anyway, we've really yet to spot many games that raise the typical "You MUST grab this at this price!" alert that we've seen in previous years.

Regardless, there's some deals to be had out there, even if they're not that significant. Forum member Hoggy110 is doing an amazing job posting all the noteworthy games in the Xmas Holiday Sale 2013 Roundup Thread. Of those, the best values seem to be games like Deus Ex: The Fall [$6.99] slamming down to 99¢ from $6.99, similarly Ghost Trick [Free] has its IAP unlock reduced to 99¢ from $9.99. If you're into fighting games, Capcom has a ton of great ones for a buck. That includes Marvel vs. Capcom 2 [$4.99], Street Fighter II Collection [$3.99], Street Fighter IV Volt [$4.99], and Street Fighter X Tekken [$2.99]. That's a whole lot of fighting for $4.

free-signEveryone should pick up the noteworthy freebies, which amounts to Contra Evolution [Free (HD)], EPOCH [$2.99], Flick Extreme Golf HD [$0.99 (HD)], Hatchi [$0.99], Tower of Fortune 2 [$0.99], Shadow Vamp [$0.99] and Wave Trip [$0.99]. Definitely be sure to snag 'em, even if for no reason other than to have them marked as "purchased" in your account if you ever want to play them later.

Also, we've posted about it before, but our sister site AppShopper is a fabulous way to find things on sale. For instance, right now you can page through all the games on sale by clicking here, or just filter out popular games on sale by clicking here. There's loads of stuff out there.

Either way, the place to be is definitely our Price Drops Forum, and specifically, Hoggy110's sale roundup thread inside of it.

  • Taclys

    Free and sales are always good, though I have most of the games on the list. Definitely EPOCH is one of the best freebies currently, I'd highly recommend it.

  • dancj

    I was all over Deus Ex until I found it's at that irritating new $1/£1/€1 pricing tier.

    I'd probably weaken over this one if I wasn't already swamped in games I've downloaded, free and paid, that I haven't even tried yet.

    • dancj

      And now I've just bought Ghost Trick as well.

  • chuckdoom

    I have a feeling Final Fantasy VI isnt coming out today

    • Zerol3onheart

      KEEP HOPE ALIVE!

    • curtneedsaride

      And that's the ONLY one I'm really waiting for this Christmas... But I guess I'll show my love for SE by getting Deus Ex.

  • Zerol3onheart

    Santa better bring me some App Store gift cards...

    • Amenbrother

      Right!

  • GameTaco

    I want to try Deus Ex: The Fall so bad, if only it weren't for that big "this game is incompatible with the iPhone 4" note in the app description. :/

    Still, I got Star Command for .99, so I'll give that a shot when the mood strikes... And what, .99 for Ghost Trick? Totally considering redownloading that for the full purchase.

    Also, I caught Sage Fusion 2 (normally $2.99, TouchArcade's Shaun Musgrave rated it 3.5 stars) on AppShopper as a "today only" freebie deal, so anyone that wants a side of RPG with their mobile visual novel is welcome to check that out, I suppose.

    • curtneedsaride

      Weird. On the app description it lists iPhone 4 as compatible. At least in the US App Store.

      • ltcommander_data

        Apple gives very limited options to developers for specifying compatible hardware for apps focused around features like cellular or camera support rather than CPU or GPU performance, so the stock Compatibility description is often inaccurate, especially for games. Developers have to resort to placing the official compatibility list in the app description which is an inelegant and confusing compromise that you'd think Apple would have addressed by now.

  • Nekkedsnake

    still waiting on the KOTOR update!

  • Nekkedsnake

    still waiting on the KOTOR update!

  • rabidnz

    Contra hd is a horrible insult to the original

    • Zerol3onheart

      My god, it's horrible. I was so disappointed. I almost bought it when it came out too, and man, am I glad I didn't.

  • revolverblue85

    Man deus ex is crashing every level on my first gen mini, but for .99 it doesn't even bother me.

  • austin

    Deus Ex: The Fall is absolutely phenomenal. Easily the best game I've played on IOS. I'm partial though... the original PC Deus Ex is my favorite game of all time, so I just love that style of gameplay. It was recreated extremely faithfully in Human Revolution and then very very very well on IOS. I've already put over 10 hours into the SP on playthrough one and plan on playing multiple more times. You'd be a fool not to get it for $0.99, even if you don't plan on playing it for a few months.

    Now here's hoping they continue the story soon. I want more content!

  • Dr. Woodenstein

    Heads up, that "You MUST grab at this price!" alert just went off. Star Wars KOTOR just dropped to $4.99!

    • austin

      Been 2 hours and it's still not showing up on the app store at that price. Hmmm.

      • Dr. Woodenstein

        Ok, I admit I spoke to soon. It's going to drop to that price. The Lego games are dropping too.

      • austin

        It dropped! And it has now been purchased. Here's hoping that new update for it drops soon too. Not that I'll even have time to play it with all the other stuff I have, but next year!

      • Dr. Woodenstein

        Indeed it has and I've also bought it. I truly hope the update happens soon, but it doesn't really do me any good at this point. I haven't got my new iPod yet, and probably won't until at least the end of February. Still I have an iPad mini so I can already play it. :)

      • OrangeJews

        Will it drop at a different time in other regions? It still shows the old price for me.

        Do you, by any chance, know how long it will be on sale though?

      • OrangeJews

        Ha, nevermind, should have checked the App Store instead of the watchlist.

  • GlitchGames

    We've dropped the price of Forever Lost: Episode 1 down to 69p / 99c - it got 4.5 stars from TA a few months back :-)

  • revolverblue85

    MC4 just dropped to .99!

  • danny31004

    Hatchi is showing up as $0.99