We've been so busy doing our end-of-year and best of 2013 stuff, as well as taking some much-needed time off to hang with the family over the holidays, that a very noteworthy Freebie Alert nearly slipped right by us. Nearly. Currently, 17-Bit Studio's Skulls of the Shogun [$4.99] is free. Why is it free? Christmas? New Year? Just because 17-Bit are nice people? Who cares why, you need to download this bad boy right now. We awarded Skulls of the Shogun five stars in our review, and it was our pick as Game of the Week when it released. It's a fantastic strategy game with the approachable-yet-super-deep flavor of a game like Advance Wars, and the production values are just through the roof.

Now, Skulls of the Shogun went free a couple of days ago, and normally I'd be leery of posting about a sale when it's that old. However, since iTunes is still frozen up at least through today, then the game should be free for at least as long. Just be careful, as iTunes is scheduled to "unfreeze" at some point on Friday, so maybe double check the price before clicking the old buy button. And, if you do happen to miss out on this freebie, I have good news: Skulls of the Shogun is totally worth paying for anyway, and at its normal price of five bucks, it's still a total steal.

  • 61050

    bummer i just bought this two weeks ago. i have to agree though, worth the msrp.

    • defunct32

      I'm surprised no one condemn you for making such a statement. You know how some people are over in here.

  • JJE McManus

    Outstanding gift from 17-bit and a very sincere thank you to them.
    I picked it up on Christmas Eve and because (reasons) haven't launched it yet. Nevertheless I'm overjoyed that once Holiday Week is over I'll have one more gift to open.
    At all the parties I've attended thus far I've made the usual pest of myself pointing out to any that would listen the uniqueness of what was done here. The ensuing discussions were educational. "They gotta be getting something outta it" was far too frequent. The computer savvy said there would be a paywall trap.
    (I claimed there was no IAP without, of course, evidence. I do hope I'm right and not just the argumentative OFAP)
    Very late one evening one person actually conflated 17-bit with BP. Then things got weird.
    Anyway all the Seasons Greetings to All of You and Yours. I'm off to prep New Years appetizers.

  • koryc

    Downloaded it yesterday and I'm having a blast.love the storyline,dialogues and the artwork.a great freebie

  • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

    Great game, must download for any TBS fan. Great polish and game play.

  • spsummer

    Thanks 17-Bit, awesome game.

  • rabidnz

    6.49 nz

  • meatz666

    Damn, I bought it a few days ago. Bah, it worth every penny!

  • jForsythe

    Still listed as $5:49 must be just for the us

    • Nekku

      Also free in Ger. So definitely not a US-only sale

    • AزizMarwan

      Not free also here in Malaysia's shop.

      • abazigal

        Not free here in Singapore either.

      • defunct32

        I got it free and I'm in Singapore.

  • aikavari

    Just bought this though it's worth it just to support the Dev.

  • MonkeyChunks

    Get this game already. It is too good to pass. I now have played this one as well as the Xbox version. The games are almost identical as far as controls scheme and graphics. Strategy and challenges in every mission keep the game re playable, humor is very funny as well. Sort of like the Mexican Day of The Dead dark humor except which is set in ancient Japan with Samurai. Gameplay is turn based and yet provides various options usually reserved for real time games like pushing someone off the cliff or resource gathering in some areas. Either way, one of the best turn based strategy war games I've played over last 2 years.

  • Amano Jacu

    Not free here in Spain, it shows 4.49€... Will try tomorrow.

  • Kugiro

    BOOM. Not free anymore.

  • austin

    Dang missed it by a few hours.

  • mannydz

    Missed it too!

  • http://www.nafna.com/ nadav bar kama

    on the spanish app store its still 5$.

  • elhawk3

    This is a great game!!! So beautiful on iPhone 5s 64gb.... Great turn based action! This game run so smooth for me

  • WhiteHadal

    Nice game :3