Category Archives: Sales

Friends, Telltale's games are a bit like Pringles potato chips: once you consume one, you immediately hunger for more, devouring another and another until you ralph all over Jared's brand new loafers. Or something. Look, we're not here to talk about the TouchArcade Staff Beach Party. No, we're here for something everyone can enjoy, without that nasty sand-in-your-suit after-party. It's time to talk sales. Discounts. Price plunges. Budget relief. Take your pick of terms, but be careful. Clementine will remember that. Anyway, those fearless purveyors of story-based games Telltale are running a pretty sweet sale on just about every game they offer. It's a good time to load up on the ones you're missing...

Guild of Dungeoneering [$2.99] is one of those games whose appeal is hard to explain in words. It's kind of a card game, a little bit of a roguelite, and a healthy dose of dungeon building. Although it wasn't born on mobile, it's a natural fit for the platform. It's also been well-supported by its developer, receiving two large expansions in the one year and change since it released on mobile. During that time, its price didn't just stay at the same level it launched at, it actually increased with each update. Well, I don't know what the occasion is, but you can get the game right now at a discount for the first time ever...




Butterscotch Shenanigans' Crashlands [$2.99] came out early last year, and was easily among the best games we played. They actually succeeded in making a crafting game that could be enjoyed by people who aren't really that into crafting games. I'm not sure how they did it, and it wouldn't surprise me if a monkey's paw was involved, but either way Shaun digs deep into the magic that is Crashlands in his review. Not only was the game well received critically, but judging by today's news it also did well financially: Crashlands has passed 500,000 copies sold, and with that the game has gone on sale to celebrate...

Tabletop board and card games are a natural genre to get a remake into digital life. Such transitions don't always go well, but when they do it sure is satisfying to be able to play great tabletop games on your phone or tablet. Tsuro - The Game of the Path [Free] is, thankfully, an excellent example of the physical-to-digital conversion done right. In the game you lay tiles onto the game board to create a path. Your goal is to travel as far as possible, in actual game board centimeters, and to complete as many loops as you can while doing so. Your opponents, either AI or live humans in the digital game, are seeking to do the same and to disrupt your best efforts. Today, for the first time since its release, Tsuro is now available to download for free on the App Store...

Rubicon really knows what they're about when it comes to turn-based, tactical war games on mobile devices. They all but pioneered the genre early on in the App Store with Great Little War Game [$0.99] and followed it up with Great Big War Game [$0.99], and Great Little War Game 2 [$0.99]. Last June, Epic Little War Game [$0.99] hit the scene and really modernized the franchise. It offers the same great intuitive and fast-paced gameplay and is a lot of fun. A wide variety of units, each with their pros and cons, along with a variety of different terrain considerations really drive up the decision making and make this a great game for strategic players...

The Corpse Party [$3.99] franchise made its debut on iOS back in 2012 in Japan. The original hit the App Store and had no support for English at the time, but thankfully we now have two of the three Corpse Party games localized. If you’re ready for some absolutely creepy horror and genuinely scary moments, you might want to check out the two localized releases here, as 5pb. is having a sale on the App Store for the full franchise. This sale is on until August 20th, with some great discounts on the included titles. While the games are available on multiple platforms, there are some cases where the iOS version is the definitive version, such as with Blood Drive. I’m a big fan of playing adventure games and visual novels on portable devices, so having these on iOS is fantastic...

Among the many things that take place in the TouchArcade Discord is a hefty amount of speculation that comes from iOS gaming fans desperately trying to read the tea leaves on the App Store. Today's eyebrow-raising events surround an all-time classic of gaming: Final Fantasy Tactics [$13.99]. If you've never played this game and you're even remotely interested in turn-based strategy, I don't care what platform you play it on, or what re-release you play as long as you play it. Final Fantasy Tactics was one of the few PlayStation games you could practically turn a profit on trading it into Funco Land it was in such demand back in the day, and the game has aged beautifully over the years through its various ports and re-releases...

To The Moon [$4.99] may feel like a relatively recent release in iOS terms, as Freebird Games' beloved adventure title only made the transition to mobile in May of this year. However, To The Moon dates back to 2011, and has since become one of the reference points for the emotive power of certain indie games. The title was met with universal critical acclaim upon its original launch, and was showered by accolades, even against groundbreaking releases like Ghost Trick and Portal 2. The mobile version was similarly met extremely positively, and received a glowing four-and-a-half star recommendation in our review shortly after launch. It may be a relatively fleeting experience, but it is certainly an essential one, and today To The Moon has gone on sale for $2.99 for the first time...

The word 'classic' gets bandied around a lot when talking about games, and as a result has somewhat diluted its meaning. However, if one game on the App Store was worthy of such an adjective, it would definitely be Day of the Tentacle [$4.99]. Widely regarded as one of the greatest point-and-click games of all time, LucasArts' opus captured the hearts of a generation when it launched on the PC in 1993, and its remastered mobile release last year was a glorious representation that was a fitting tribute to its stunning source material. However, its release on the cusp of Pokemon GO [Free] hysteria meant that many may have missed out on Day of the Tentacle Remastered, and if you haven't experienced the eccentric time-travelling world of Bernard Bernoulli and friends, the game has today gone on sale for its lowest price ever, along side a handful of other Double Fine releases...

Kenny Sun has amassed a formidable catalogue of releases since his 2014 debut on the App Store. Ever since Spectrum [$0.99] underlined his eclectic design principles three years ago, the Boston-based developer has released a succession of quality mobile gaming hits, with Circa Infinity [$2.99] and Yankai's Peak [$2.99] being bizarrely beautiful but also impossibly immersive puzzle games that suited the platform to a tee. Yankai's Triangle [$0.99] is potentially the weirdest of Kenny Sun's games thus far, as its colorful, psychedelic graphical design combined with its compulsive triangle-based geometry gameplay resulted in what can only be described as the Sgt. Pepper of the puzzle game genre. We awarded Yankai's Triangle a glowing five star rating in our review last year, and today the game has been reduced to the bargain price of free for the first time ever...

Ticket to Earth [$4.99] has been received quite well, with its most important accolade being the highly coveted TouchArcade Game of the Week, and now you can get it for $1.99, its lowest price ever. Ticket to Earth plays out on a grid, with you and your opponents taking turns either moving, attacking, or taking other actions. The tiles come in different colors, and you'll have to be matching them as you move across the board; longer matches give you bonuses, and different color tiles give you different abilities. While it does use a match-3 mechanic, the game is much more than just that, so don't let images of another Candy Crush clone scare you away. This is a very different game, and you can see that from the trailer below...

Lanota [$1.99]  is a clever blend of a rhythm game and adventure story, and you can get it for free today in celebration of its first anniversary. Lanota has received quite a few awards these last couple of years, and for good reason. The game is all about an alternate reality where the world is lost in a colorless silence, and it can only be rescued through the use of the Notalium, an object that comes from the era prior to the events that covered the world in silence. The Notalium resembles a plate, and you use it to play the rhythm parts of the game...

I've been involved with the wild ride that is the iOS gaming community for some time now, and I'd like to think that not much can really surprise me at this point. However, upon my customary morning glance of Appshopper to hunt down the hottest deals to share with our lovely readers, one price drop in particular did manage to leave me speechless. Framed 2's [$4.99] highly anticipated release only a few weeks ago has been one of the high points for mobile gaming so far in 2017, and in our review we adored Loveshack's sequel to its incredibly stylish puzzler, as it made huge strides to improve on the original title. However, just under a month since its launch to much aplomb, Framed 2 has today gone on sale for $0.99, which is a true App Store bargain if there ever was one...

When I saw the prices of pretty much every Slitherine game drop to their lowest ever, I didn't know what to think. If nothing else, this publisher has been pretty firm about charging a premium price for their games. Slash and burn isn't usually their style. But then I remembered something very, very important. Almost all of Slitherine's games are 32-bit apps, and the publisher has made it clear that they are not going to update them. So if you buy, do so with the knowledge that these games absolutely will not work on any iOS version after iOS 10. You have been warned!..

The Sorcery! [$4.99] series came to an emphatic conclusion last year, and Inkle's groundbreaking gamebook titles have made a profound impact on mobile gaming as a medium. With some truly phenomenal storytelling throughout all four titles, and consistent support through successive updates over the years since the games initially launched, the Sorcery! series has been a reference point and pivotal example of both how serious and immersive experiences can be found on the App Store, but also how they can be catered to the platform's many unique strengths. For the first time in the title's four year existence, the original Sorcery! has today been made completely free to download - if you did somehow miss the game, its sequels and the universal critical acclaim every entry received over the past few years, this is a fantastic opportunity to finally immerse yourself in Sorcery's universe...

Turns out there's more going on this weekend in Canada than poutine donuts at Tim Horton's (for real, I guess that's a thing now), particularly in the arctic tundra of Saskatoon, home of Noodlecake: Two great games are on sale. First off, Super Stickman Golf 3 [Free] is free to download (and really, you could play forever without spending a cent) but this weekend the premium unlock IAP is 99 cents. This IAP removes ads, and gives you unlimited access to the downloadable courses area of the game. Additionally, with the premium unlock you'll have unlimited attempts at the daily races, and can have 25 turn based matches going at one time. Oh, and to further sweeten the deal you'll get 5 card packs...

While seeing older Steam releases make the transition to the App Store is by no means a rare phenomenon anymore, publishing label tinyBuild has been responsible for some of the more interesting ports to iOS in recent times. Party Hard Go [$6.99] was notable for bringing its eccentric stealth strategy gameplay to the smaller screen, and Punch Club [Free], with its beautiful pixel art aesthetic and numerous updates since its January 2016 launch, remains one of the better simulation games on the App Store to date. Beyond these two standout titles, tinyBuild have amassed a significant catalogue of iOS releases, and today have reduced every single game down to the bargain price of $0.99 for a limited time summer sale. To tempt you further into expanding that backlog even more, here's a full list of the tinyBuild games that are currently on sale:..

Badland 2 [$3.99], the sequel to the very successful Badland, is a gorgeous game to play on an iPad and one I often use to showoff mobile gaming to non-gamers. Today, Badland 2 got a huge update and dropped to $0.99, its lowest price ever. The new update adds a new level pack called Evolution, which brings 10 new levels, 20 new online levels, 35 new secrets to discover, 19 new achievements, 60 new time trial badges to unlock, and 7 new time-based leaderboards. As you can tell, that's a tone more content in a game already filled with stuff to do...

The Last Warlock [$3.99] is a prime example of the old adage 'don't judge a book by its cover'. A quick glance at the blocky, voxel graphics reminiscent of Minecraft [$6.99], Crossy Road [Free] and the million imitations of both games that have spawned on the App Store since suggests a more iterative and casual experience. However, under the surface lies one of the more creative and in-depth turn-based strategy titles on the iPhone, as you trawl through dense maps with a number of magical summons and spells that take advantage of the flexibility that the basic graphical style permits. A significant single-player campaign combined with an awesome asynchronous multiplayer mode meant the game was extremely well received in our review back at its 2015 launch, and today The Last Warlock has gone on sale for the first time in two years at a bargain price of $1.99, this week only...

While the App Store has been the recipient of a whole host of excellent ports of tactical RPG classics, the Demon's Rise [$7.99] series from the folks at Wave Light Games is one of the few that started its trade on the App Store, and has gone some distance to carving out its own identity in the crowded turn-based strategy scene. While a sequel in the form of Demon's Rise 2 [$7.99] launched last year to a glowing four-and-a-half star review from our resident RPG guru Shaun Musgrave, the original game has received continued support since its original release in 2015, most notably through an update that brought up Demon's Rise interface, graphics and tactical engine to the same level as its sequel. Today, the first Demon's Rise game has gone on sale for $0.99, which serves as its biggest price drop yet, and will provide hours of brilliant RPG action for the dollar cost of entry...

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