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Over here in the Northern Hemisphere, the end of winter is approaching, and to mark the occasion Crescent Moon Games is having a big sale on some of their top games. Three in particular, Neon Shadow, Mimpi and Strike Wing: Raptor Rising, have dropped all the way down to free for the first time ever. Others, like Aralon: Sword and Shadow and Pocket RPG, are seeing pretty significant discounts. So, if there's something in the Crescent Moon catalogue that you haven't picked up yet, check out the list of sales below and start celebrating the end of the winter season with some new iOS games...

Best iPhone and iPad Games of February 2014

Even though February is the shortest month of the year, it sure was home to some big iOS game releases. Final Fantasy VI after what feels like years of waiting, an Eliss re-release and tons more were among our best rated games of the month. Again, these are not necessarily games that were released in February, but rather, merely the best games we reviewed in February. Also, our scoring system isn't representative of any traditional metric where you combine scores of graphics, sound, fun-factor, replayability, and other elements. Rather, we just rate games based on how much we recommend you download them...

Earlier this week we learned that GBA4iOS, an emulator for iOS that runs Game Boy Advance and legacy Game Boy games, was getting a massive revision and being rebuilt for iOS 7. Well, now that the countdown timer on the GBA4iOS website has finally ticked down to the last second, the new version of the emulator is now available. And, as we had suspected, it does not require a jailbreak in order to install it, nor does it require the weird workaround of turning your device's clock back in time like the previous version did...

The Flappy Bird phenomenon is best described as something so crazy, it could really only happen on the App Store. Seemingly out of nowhere, Flappy Bird dethroned the top free charts which previously had been locked up for months (or more, actually) with the likes of Candy Crush [Free], Clash of Clans [Free] and the standard array of must-have apps that for whatever reason just don't come pre-loaded in iOS like Facebook [Free] and YouTube [Free] pretty much glued to their respective positions on the top ten...

Coming Tonight: 'Final Fantasy VI', 'Galcon Legends', Eliss Infinity', and Tons More

It's Wednesday again, which means precisely one thing in the iOS world: An onslaught of brand new games, hitting the US App Store in about twelve hours. All of these games should be live on the US App Store at 11:00 PM Eastern, or potentially earlier if the developers decide to throw the release switch. If you live in a different iTunes region that isn't the USA, well, these games might already be available for you to buy...

We're turning over the first page of our Angry Birds 2014 Calendar (I actually had the 2013 iteration of this!) to the month of February, which means it's time to round up all the reviews we posted in January. Again, these are not necessarily games that were released in January, but rather, merely the best games we reviewed in January. Also, our scoring system isn't representative of any traditional measure like graphics, sound, fun-factor, replayability, or anything like that. Rather, we just rate games based on how much we recommend you download them...

This past November, Liv Games debuted the latest entry in their "Wars" series with the sci-fi strategy title Stellar Wars [$0.99]. Today the game has received a massive new update, and to celebrate the game is now temporarily free for the first time ever. This trilogy of games began with Legendary Wars [$0.99] back in early 2011. While predominantly a castle defense game, Legendary Wars actually stuffed a bunch of different kinds of genres into its lengthy campaign, along with a humorous story and killer visuals. It all blended together incredibly well, and was so full of content it easily kept us busy until the next game in the series, Monster Wars [$0.99], launched in early 2012, almost exactly a year later...

'Republique' Season Pass In-app Purchase Discounted Down to 99¢

Republique [$1.99], the stealth-based adventure from developer Camouflaj, has just dropped the price of their in-app season pass from $14.99 all the way down to 99¢. According to a post in our forums, the drastic price reduction is an effort to fulfill obligations to Kickstarter backers. Republique is an episodic game with five parts planned, and you can either purchase additional episodes separately or pre-purchase them all for a discount by buying a season pass...

Freebie Alert: Cult Hit 'Carmageddon' Free for a Limited Time

In October of 2012, Stainless Games released an iOS port of their 1997 cult-classic vehicular manslaughter game Carmageddon [$0.99] as part of their revival of the series with a planned reboot for consoles and PC called Carmageddon: Reincarnation...

Play 'Quake III Arena' on Your iPhone or iPad with the 'Beben III' App

Id Software all but bowed out of the App Store world, and with John Carmack resigning to join Oculus Rift last year it seems pretty certain we won't be seeing the planned iOS ports of Doom II, Quake or any other Id classics which had previously been talked about. Especially seeing as Carmack appeared to be the main proponent of iOS development. (Though with the recent update of Doom Classic [$4.99], I'm still holding on to a tiny sliver of hope.)..

Hot on the tail of the SteelSeries Stratus is another Bluetooth iOS 7 controller out of CES. It's by a new brand called "Signal" which I am having zero luck finding anything about because companies named after plain nouns are nearly impossible to Google. Regardless, the press release insists that the Signal team includes "leading hardware and software developers with extensive MFi partnership experience, backed by management with a history of success in consumer electronics."..

SteelSeries Stratus iOS 7 Bluetooth Controller Review: A Great Controller, Graded on a Massive Curve

When I first heard that SteelSeries was making an iOS 7 controller, I got really excited. Previously, we've looked at both the MOGA Ace Power and the Logitech Powershell, the only two kids on the proverbial iOS 7 controller block and while it's awesome to have physical controls in iOS games, they're each difficult to recommend. Logitech and Moga are both great companies who have both been releasing accessories for years now, but SteelSeries has been making products specifically targeted at the hardcore gaming crowd since they were founded in early 2001. I've been a huge fan of their products for quite some time, and hooked up to my gaming PC is the fantastic SteelSeries Sensei mouse and a pair of SteelSeries Siberia v2 headphones. SteelSeries is among the brands of gizmos I trust, if I need new whatever and they make it, chances are I'll just buy whatever they've got. So, it was with lofty expectations that I unboxed the SteelSeries Stratus iOS 7 bluetooth game controller...

Out Now: 'Feed Me Oil 2', 'Jet Car Stunts 2', and 'Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed'

This is turning out to be a pretty weird week for iOS releases. Everyone tried so hard to be in the huge onslaught of pre-Christmas games, and now that we're outside of that we're looking at this measly list of games. But, that's alright. We're super stoked for Jet Car Stunts 2, so I don't mind that taking up all of my time...

Here's one for the ages. Right now, Ubisoft's masterful mobile Rayman game Rayman Jungle Run [$0.99] is free for the first time ever. I mean, it's been 99¢ plenty of times before, which for the quality of the game might as well be free, but this is as free as it'll ever get. Rayman Jungle Run launched last year and took all the impressive visuals and whimsy of its console big brother and packed it into a mobile auto-runner. This wasn't just "another endless runner" though, as the level design is outstanding in Jungle Run, and it's simply a joy to play while still being incredibly challenging. The sky high production values are just the icing on the cake...

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...

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