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There's a Mega Memorial Day Promotion on the App Store - Here's a Complete List of All the Games on Sale

What started off as an impressive but relatively limited Memorial Day-related sales promotion on the App Store has snowballed into a ridiculous week of slashed prices, empty wallets and an abundance of brilliant indie titles now even more accessible than ever before. Thanks to the exceptional detective work and list-making skills of our very own Shaun Musgrave, we've been keeping tabs on the titles that have gone on sale over the last few days. However, for your convenience - and to overwhelm you with the sheer amount of games that are now available at a cheaper price - here is a complete list of the 44 games that, to the best of our knowledge, are taking part in some capacity in the Memorial Day Weekend sales. To help you out even more, we've alphabetised the amalgam of the sales posts, as well as provided helpful links to reviews and other materials that should help you make a wise decision with your funds. Without further ado, here is the full list of discounted titles: ..

Ball-rolling games have been around since the dawn of time, before electricity was even a thing, let alone OLED capacitive touch screens. They have also been an omnipresent force on the App Store from the very beginning, with titles such as Labyrinth 2 [$4.99] demonstrating the gyroscopic capabilities of the iPhone, and the genre has remained steadfast on iOS despite its inherently basic nature. However, this is by no means a slight at these sort of puzzle games - ball-rolling titles have evolved over the years to provide unique and memorable experiences. The Little Ball That Could [Free] marks the latest attempt at perfecting Marble Madness in a modern guise, and is available to download for free (with an in-app purchase to remove ads) on the App Store today...




'GRID Autosport' Has Been Delayed to Autumn for iOS, With an Android Version Launching Later This Year

The App Store port of Codemaster's premium console racer GRID Autosport has been one of the most eagerly anticipated titles on our Upcoming Games forum, and rightfully so. With the promise of the 'complete experience' of the 2014 iteration of the TOCA series, the forum thread for GRID Autosport has almost reached one hundred posts in a matter of months, and has garnered over 30,000 views from eager gamers wanting to get behind the wheel in the next big-budget racing release. However, the initial Spring release date came and went, and many have been asking when the game would finally be available on iOS, let alone whether it would launch at all on the Google Play store. Today, Feral Interactive have brought some clarification to the issue of the game's release date - as many had expected, GRID Autosport has been delayed to Autumn so more work can be done on the UI and performance. However, the developers have also confirmed that the racing title will also be making its way to 'select Android devices' later this year...

'Cubie Adventure' Brings One-Touch Platforming Mayhem to the App Store, Releasing Worldwide on June 1st

As of late, the one-touch platformer has been particularly appealing for the cramped commute on the tube, as being able to play a game with a one-handed tap is extremely convenient irrespective of where I happen to be trying to kill time. DROP NOT! [Free] has been a particular highlight, however Cubie Adventure caught my eye when UNIT5 announced their latest title last month. As well as the typical cast of cute and colorful creatures that are obligatory in games with a similar voxel art style, Cubie Adventure impresses through its emphasis on immersion, with frenetic fast-paced action as your protagonist jumps to avoid dangerous obstacles and potentially fatal pits. After a brief soft launch and numerous delays later, Cubie Adventure finally has a fixed release date, and will hop, skip and jump onto the App Store on June 1st...

MouseBot [Free] came as something of a surprise when it launched last month. Vector Unit, the developers of this new eccentric gauntlet-esque puzzle game, were previously renowned on the App Store for their extreme sports series Riptide GP, and had only recently released the excellent Riptide GP: Renegade [$2.99] that cemented their credentials in the mobile gaming space. As a result, a move towards a slower-paced, more casual friendly title was a major departure for Vector Unit, however is was quickly evident that developers of their calibre had easily acclimatised to this new direction. MouseBot was a roaring (or perhaps squeaking is more apt) critical success, and was proclaimed our Game of the Week when it launched because of its accessibility, charm and deceptive level of depth, and today a new update has landed that adds a brand new Chapter 10, title 'Boss Cat', to the game...

There should be a public holiday whenever a new Goat Simulator [$4.99] game releases, as it really is a momentous occasion for not only the App Store, but the video games industry as a whole. Chaotic, buggy, and downright freakish action featuring a whole cast of eccentric animals guarantees a fun time, and Goat Simulator: Payday [$4.99] takes the typical shenanigans of the series to a new gangster-themed setting. With the eponymous mammal joined by a wheelchair-bound dolphin, a spitting camel and a flying flamingo, you're tasked with assembling your crew in an open world suburban town and taking the money of innocent bystanders with no mercy and an abundance of style. The screenshots look hilarious, and if there's any praise you can level at the Goat Simulator series it's that you know exactly what you're getting yourself into - if you're looking for the next essential iOS release, Goat Simulator: Payday is available now on the App Store for $4.99...

'Astro Crash' Is a Silly Smash-Em-Up in Space From Ex-Halfbrick Developers, Launching June 1st

My favorite part of the App Store is seeing some of the more ridiculous and absurd ideas from smaller developers come to fruition, and as soon as I saw the trailer from Astro Crash I was overwhelmed with an abundance of questions as to what I was actually looking at in the video. Seeing a giant kitty-shaped spaceship, dubbed the 'Lightning Cat', flying around the screen and crashing into other opposing vessels in a colorful, extraterrestrial environment may appear to be absurd, but in reality looks like a lot of fun and a strong App Store debut for ex-Halfbrick developers Affable Games. Astro Crash is set to launch for free on June 1st, however you can sign up for the beta test on our forums if you simply can't wait to cause comical chaos on your iPhone...

You may have played theme park, hospital or game development simulators, but nothing can prepare you for the comedic criminal construction chaos that is Prison Architect [Free (HD)]. Having launched in 2015 on PC to critical acclaim - and a BAFTA award in 2016 to add to its many accolades - Prison Architect puts you in prime control of a maximum security facility, with your tasks including literally constructing the concrete walls that separate your wildly unstable inmates from the outside world, as well as managing the variably violent criminals that are incarcerated in the lock-up. The mobile iteration of Prison Architect has been a long time coming, and after a limited soft launch in the Netherlands, the game has finally released worldwide on the App Store and is available to download for free, exclusively for tablet devices...

A New Gameplay Trailer for 'Cat Quest' Reveals Rampaging Dragons and Awesome Open-World Exploration

It's been incredibly interesting watching Cat Quest evolve on our forums ever since it was first announced back in June of last year. Over the past eleven months, ex-Koei Tecmo developers The Gentlebros have repeatedly impressed with their interaction with members of the iOS gaming community, as well as the level of ambition and polish that has turned Cat Quest from a mobile and PC exclusive to a multiplatform release that will launch on both the PS4 and the Nintendo Switch. In anticipation of its Summer 2017 release date, the developers have released a new gameplay walkthrough trailer which gives a glimpse of the combat, customisation and world exploring action that you and your kitty can embark on when the title eventually launches on the App Store...

It may seem superficially tedious to anyone who has no interest in soccer, but the PES vs FIFA rivalry every year is not merely a quest for internet clicks, but one that has a significant amount of importance for any fans of The Beautiful Game. I've personally been firmly in the FIFA camp since 2007, however the past year has been something of an identity crisis for EA's commercial giant. The console version of FIFA 17, despite its flashy Frostbite engine, came across a bit sluggish and pedestrian for my tastes; the FIFA Mobile [Free] iteration that launched shortly after its bigger brother stripped the actual football for a strange minigame-focused card collecting spinoff, and is certainly better left forgotten. In spite of FIFA's profligacy, Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer series has taken the reins - with a focus on slick arcade footballing action, the console version was arguably this year's definitive soccer title, and the mobile version of PES 2017 [Free] has finally today launched worldwide on the App Store after an extended soft launch period since last December...

Minecraft mash-up packs have been some of the neatest new additions to the game on all platforms, and seeing some big franchises collaborate with the iconic crafting title has gone some way to keeping the gameplay fresh amidst numerous other activities competing for your time. The Super Mario series came out in force in the recently released Nintendo Switch edition of Minecraft, and on Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] we've had Magic: The Gathering and even the Fallout series make their respective debuts in Mojang's blocky world builder. Today, the developers have announced that the cult classic cartoon Adventure Time will soon receive a mash-up pack in the console and mobile versions of the game, as you explore the Land of Ooo with the colorful and quirky characters from the series...

For readers in the United States, next Monday is Memorial Day, when the service of those who died in the army is celebrated and commemorated. While this holiday is normally a great time for families to get together, it has also become a good excuse for many iOS developers to put their titles on sale, and a whole bunch of excellent indie titles are today available for the bargain price of only $0.99. Here is an extensive list of titles that should presumably be available at this new discount price until after the long weekend has ended; whether you celebrate Memorial Day or not, if there's a certain game that has been missing from your collection this is a fantastic opportunity to make amends!..

Racing video games have taken a bit of a personal renaissance for me lately. Maybe it's been instigated by the exhilarating and frankly ridiculous 200cc mode on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but I can't get enough of any title that lets me take a blistering accurately racing line around a particularly nasty corner. The App Store thankfully has its own share of brilliant driving experiences, from the blistering pace of Riptide GP: Renegade [$2.99] to the more methodical simulation of Rush Rally 2. Today, Ace Racing Turbo [Free] joins the former camp in fast paced action, and after a limited soft launch earlier this month the game has finally released worldwide on mobile devices for the sweet price of absolutely nothing (with some in-app purchases in the back seat)...

With the iOS gaming community's focus firmly on the ever-changing App Store, it wouldn't be too wild an assumption to suggest that the Angry Birds [Free] vogue has died down significantly over recent years. With a wide variety of eclectic spin offs being soft launched on a regular basis, as well as the theater adaptation in the form of The Angry Birds Movie releasing to a tepid response from critics, the famous irritated flying animals that came to define the early years of the App Store may appear to have fallen from their perch. In reality, however, this is far from the case - The Angry Birds Movie was a commercial hit, making over $300 million at box office, and far exceeding its $73 million budget. Owing to the popularity of these animated avians, a sequel was announced late last year, and today Rovio have confirmed that it will hit movie theaters on September 20th, 2019...

Game Jams are a pretty awesome recent phenomenon in the video games industry for a multitude of reasons. Not only do they present developers with a unique environment to create and experiment with some truly innovative ideas, but they also give gamers the chance to witness some of the brightest sparks in the business go through the creative process, and see the inception of future fully fledged titles at their earliest stages. Butterscotch Shenanigans are one such developer that has taken advantage of the concept in the past, and last month released all of their game jam games on itch.io - while obviously rough in concept, the eccentric style and many gameplay elements in these experimental releases were all vital in the evolution of the 2016 TouchArcade Game of the Year Crashlands [$4.99]. However, not content in merely partaking in game jams, the developers are hosting their own event titled 'The Butterscotch ShenaniJam', and you can now sign up to join in the game creating capers next weekend...

Retro-Inspired Shoot-Em-Up 'Enceladus' Is the Next Game From the Developers of 'Guns of Mercy'

Despite only releasing action shooter Guns of Mercy [Free] back in March of this year, developers Storybird are not ones to rest on their laurels after an impressive four star review earlier this month, and are already looking to the future. Guns of Mercy support through impending content updates is slated to remain, with a major addition on the cards in the very near future, poised to add a brand new game mode and numerous other features to this already value-packed colorful arcade release. However, Storybird have suggested on our forums that after this next update, they will begin to work on a new project alongside Guns of Mercy, in the form of an upcoming PC and iOS shoot-em-up project titled Enceladus. ..

One of the surprise platforming hits of last year had to be the particularly memorable and especially gross Eggggg [$2.99], from developers Hyper Games. Rather than use athletic jumping prowess or other such abilities, the protagonist to Eggggg used their vomit to propel them around the beautifully designed levels. It's a bit of a peculiar game mechanic, but after the initial difficulty curve it just clicks, and reveals itself to be one of the most charming and unique games in its genre on the App Store. While its initial $2.99 cost of entry was great value for the 21 levels within the game, the developers have made Eggggg the unbeatable price of free for the next week only...

Eagle-eyed calendar watchers and sci-fi fans alike will certainly be aware that today, May 4th, is Star Wars Day. On one hand, this means hearing May the Fourth be with you for the umpteenth time, until you're sick of Luke, Leia, and all their Jedi associates. However, this isn't merely a day for awful puns - the long-awaited SPACEPLAN [$2.99] has suitably released this morning for $2.99 on the App Store. Following the incredible 40-minute reveal trailer that was released last week, there has been much expectation on what this latest game from prolific publishers Devolver Digital actually was, and if it would live up to their previous work. Thankfully, early impressions on our forum thread have stated that SPACEPLAN is more than just a run-of-the-mill clicker, but a deep and compelling time-suck that has to be experienced...

Beautiful Samurai-Inspired Runner 'SumiKen' Slashes Onto the App Store May 11th

When SumiKen was first announced back in February, it managed to stand out despite its status as yet another runner on the App Store. Rather than some superfluous gimmick or feature that had been shoehorned in, SumiKen was noteworthy because of its stunning art style that was reminiscent of sumi-e Japanese ink wash paintings, and this aesthetic permeated into the game's design and mechanics. With seven characters, all with their own unique 'Ink Mode' ability that allows them to cut through enemies with ease, SumiKen quite literally caught the eye, and is finally being released on May 11th for $1.99 on the App Store...

At the beginning of the year, those of us in the United Kingdom (as well as some other unlucky territories such as Turkey and India) had to deal with the aftermath of certain political actions - even within the seemingly safe haven of the App Store - as prices rose by around 25% across the board. With many question marks over economic stability of certain countries around the world, it seemed inevitable that other states would soon be affected by this most recent App Store price hike, and today Mexico, Denmark, and all the countries that use the Euro have today faced a similar fate. As our sister site MacRumors reported last week, apps previously costing 0,99 € are now 1,09 € - more expensive games have risen even more dramatically, with something such as Death Road for Canada [$8.99] now 8,99 €, as opposed to its old 7,99 € cost of entry...