In September of last year, English iOS fans were finally treated to a localized version of the hit Japanese visual novel Steins;Gate [$24.99 / $24.99 (HD)]. It's an excellent game with a story that will keep you guessing right up until the end, and was easily one of the best releases of 2016 on the platform. The only real bummer about the release is that it wasn't a universal app. Combined with its relatively high price, that made it hard to justify for some players who use both their iPad and iPhone for gaming. If that's you, I've got some good news. Publisher 5pb is running a sale on many of their titles to celebrate the release of Corpse Party: Blood Drive [$31.99], and for the first time, that includes the English version of Steins;Gate.

Originally released on the Xbox 360 in 2009, Steins;Gate is a science-fiction visual novel that follows the story of a young inventor named Okabe Rintaro, who accidentally stumbles on a method that allows him to travel through time. What at first seems to be a dream come true soon becomes a complete nightmare. Okabe realizes he needs to set things right, but he discovers that it's hard to stuff a genie back into its bottle. With strong characters, excellent art, a good localization, and multiple endings, this is one of the better visual novels you can buy on iOS. Feel free to read my review for more details if you're not convinced.

As mentioned, the only real negative point with the iOS version is that it would normally cost you a lot of money if you wanted both the iPhone and iPad versions. This sale discounts the price so heavily that it's even better than getting both for the price of one, though. And if you happen to only want one version, getting Steins;Gate for this price is an absurd steal. The sale will continue for the entire month of February, so don't panic if you can't get the scratch together today. Make sure that you do grab the game at some point this month, however.

  • imdakine1

    I've been interested in this game for a long time... I will only get it on one device and don't know if I should get it for the iPad or iPhone 7.

    Is the iPad better with HD and better graphics?

    Will it be hard to read on the regular iphone 7 not the 7 plus screen?

    I believe the iPhone version has black borders which I usually find annoying as it makes the iPhone 7 screen even smaller etc... does the iPad version has the same black border?

    • Michal Hochmajer

      No side borders (only top and bottom), I've grabbed ipad version.

  • Duranki

    I deliberated on this, too. People in the forums--plus Shaun himself--recommended the iPhone version, as it was more thematically appropriate for the game. I just bought that version today. Haven't started yet but looking forward to it!

  • Milotorou

    Bought this at regular price 3 weeks ago, finished it last week.

    As a VN fan I was taken away by this one, Steins;Gate is an absolutely amazing VN, I highly recommend it.

    Among my favorites ive ever read.

  • Mysterious Heroine X

    Hands down the best visual novel on the app store. There's really no comparison.

  • Michal Hochmajer

    BRING IT ON! First VN. Curious, how does it compare to gamebooks. U know, always exploring new possibilities. Prologue, so far so good.
    Sorry devs, I am cheap in this case so only 9 bucks this time.
    btw. guys. Your recommendation on VN? Just in case I am in.
    Philosophy, science, knowledge, gaming, fun? Relatively wide range of topics. Anyone?

    • Milotorou

      On iOS i'm affraid the VN selection is quite limited.

      Theres Phoenix Wright you can take a look at...

      Ghost trick is very good.

      If you have a PC my favorite VN ever is Fate/Stay Night and I cant recommend it enough

      • Michal Hochmajer

        Ghost trick is great (more puzzle game then VN).

  • jabbasoft

    U.K. App Store shows as £8.99.. Will look again later..

  • Aggro Magnet Games

    Ok, purchased! I'm going to give this a try!