Something odd has been afoot on the App Store with releases recently. Bit City comes out on Monday; Zach Gage's new game Typeshift comes out on a Saturday; Card Thief has been submitted but they can't say the release yet. I've heard from a couple of devs that something is happening with their games soon that they're not at liberty to discuss, including some more unorthodox release timing. The reasons have seemed unclear, but the unspoken reason for all this is usually "Apple told us to do this." As to why Apple would do some things beyond them being Apple, weird is what they do, who ever knows? Well, Apple just provided a big reason for all theses shenanigans with the new "Celebrating Indie Games" promotion running from March 9th-20th.

The App Store right now features a varietty of great games from independent developers over the past few years, including a number of classic titles. Mushroom 11 [$4.99] is the first up with editor's choice, though I bet that's a revolving slot with some of the announced and unannounced titles. And hmm, I wonder if that sudden Kingdom: New Lands [$9.99] delay that popped up out of nowhere has anything to do with the game's sudden release! Strangeness is afoot, and I'm sure some interesting games are coming as well...

  • TrencH

    This is a good strange. Something to keep us on our toes.

    • HelperMonkey

      Hooray! Apple is putting its weight behind premium gaming!
      For 12 days...
      (12/365 = Apple FULLY supports premium gaming, 3% of the time.)

      • Michal Hochmajer

        WROOONG!
        They acknowledge My bulletproof criticism of the appstore here on TA.
        They also know my birth day.
        So only right conclusion is:
        Apple want give me nice present!
        Everything else is blind and false belief...

        or maybe not. 🙂

  • http://www.mrmissile.com/ Lacuna King

    We weren't aware of this promotion (shame on us), but we just happened to release our indie game at the right time. Very fortuitous, but sad that there are only a couple days left to be on the App Store front page...