Category Archives: Sales

Sales are fun, aren't they? I like seeking out bargains - buying iOS games can be an expensive sport - but I enjoy it doubly when the games don't go completely free because while I might occasionally run out of money for games, I still want to help the developers of games I enjoy. So, without further ado, let's go enjoy a good day in the land of cheap iOS games...

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about blind gamers and the accessibility features of iOS. It was an incredibly educational experience for me, and it was a privilege to hear from so many gamers and developers about the topic. As part of that article, I had taken a poll of which games were most popular in the community at AppleVis, and the list showed more variety than I had expected. There were card games, role-playing games, simulation games, and most curiously, an action-packed defense game where you have to fend off zombies with only your ears to guide you. Titled Audio Defence: Zombie Arena [$1.99], it comes from the good folks at Somethin' Else, who previously released the popular Papa Sangre [$4.99] games...

I was just taking a peek over at the new design for our sister site AppShopper, which has a great new responsive design that works across a number of screen sizes and resolutions. It's great, check it out. But while exploring it, I saw a few great sales and freebies from recent days, and felt like pointing out a few. Skullduggery [$2.99] is available for 40% off after its first big update, Game Bakers' Squids [Free] games are free, both Gentlemen...Ricochet! [$0.99] games can be had for free, Infinity Blade 3 [$2.99] is on a deep discount, and more. Here's a bunch of the discounts worth nabbing:..

Episodic games can be hard to make a decision on. Do you buy each episode as it releases and risk getting invested in a game whose ultimate quality is yet to be realized? Or do you sit on your hands and wait until the whole thing is released, even though you really want to play it now? Well, if you were in the latter camp when it comes to the unusual Joe Dever's Lone Wolf [$12.99], your patience has been rewarded. A couple of months ago, publisher Bulkypix released a complete version of the game that contained all of the episodes with no additional purchases required. Its initial price was $9.99, but it went up to its regular price of $12.99 a few days later. While the original episodic version of the game has seen a few sales in its time, up until now the standalone complete version hasn't been on sale...

It's Christmas apparently over at the Amazon App Store because the little mom and pop store (just kidding) is giving away free games that would've cost you over $110 if you bought the games at full price. There are some good games in the mix, including Telltale's Game of Thrones, Rebuild, and Star Command, but the two games that make this deal worth it is Five Nights at Freddy's 3, the horror game that's ruling the world (as we wrote about recently), and, of course the brand new masterpiece from Inkle, Sorcery! 3, which came out less than a month ago...

The NBA playoffs are in full swing – not that anyone cares any more now that my beloved San Antonio Spurs have been eliminated – and NBA 2K15 [$7.99] is on sale in connection with the second round heating up. The game will be on sale for $2.99 through May 14th, so if you've been eyeing this one, pick it up before the Conference Finals start and you get that basketball game craving then...

Pixeljam's awesome ode to classic shoot-em-ups, Glorkian Warrior: Trials Of Glork [$2.99], turned heads here at TouchArcade when it released in early 2014, rating a good review, a Game Of The Week nod, and even ending up on Jared's Top 10 Of 2014 list. It basically takes the Galaga concept, adds a few twists of its own, and paints over it with an impossibly charming style of presentation...

Freebie Alert: '2-bit Cowboy' Goes Free for the First Time to Celebrate its One-Year Anniversary

It's hard to believe, but it's already been an entire year since Crescent Moon and Cascadia Games released their monochrome "Westernvania" platformer 2-bit Cowboy [$0.99] on the App Store. But time flies, and in celebration of this momentous anniversary the game has been discounted from its already-paltry price of 99¢ all the way down to free. The clever term of Westernvania is a play on Metroidvania–an action platformer that takes place in one big level map that slowly opens up new areas as new abilities are attained by your character–but, you know, with a Western theme. ..

With Cinco de Mayo come great sales, as the famous saying goes (I think), so here's your chance to improve your game library for cheap. The sales range from sports games, to deck-building games of all flavors, to shooters, so there's plenty to choose from. With no further delays, let's get down to the business of buying cheap games...

Apparently, the economy is still in the dumps because even stealing cars comes cheaper now with Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas[$6.99] dropping to its lowest price ever. Rockstar's GTA: San Andreas, the iOS port of the fantastic PS2 game originally released in 2004, made quite a few gamers very happy when it hit the App Store in 2013, and now those who don't already own the game can enjoy San Andreas at probably the lowest price ever on any platform. In our review, we talked about how the power of iOS devices fixed all the technical issues of the original version and how the on-screen controls work pretty well (there's controller support too). The game is absolutely enormous and with cloud-saving enabled (through Rockstar Social Club), you won't have to worry about anyone stealing your save games...

I could talk to you about Ustwo's Monument Valley[$0.99], which has just dropped to its lowest price ever, in so many ways. I could wax poetically about its illusory essence or its mysterious blank-faced protagonist. Or maybe just mention the game's abundance of awards, among them Apple's 2014 iPad Game of the Year, 2015 BAFTA for Best Mobile & Handheld, Apple's 2014 Design Award, or 2015 GDC Innovation Award. Or, of more interest to those who enjoy their TV shows, I could talk about how the fictional President Frank Underwood - of House of Cards fame - goes from blasting people on Call of Duty in the first season to pondering his next machination over a solemn game of Monument Valley. I could even talk about how its brevity actually enhances its originality. Or maybe just add a trailer for those who prefer the visual over the textual...

'Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition' Goes On Sale For The First Time

How long has it been since a huge, great iOS RPG went on sale for an awesome price? Like, three days or something at least, I'm sure. Well, I hope you all kept at least a fiver in your wallet, because the wonderful Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition [$9.99] has gone on sale for the first time ever since its launch late last year. Regularly selling for $9.99, would-be adventurers can now embark from the town of Easthaven for half the price, a mere $4.99...

Their last sale just ended, but Kemco's already rolling out their next one. I guess with that many games to your name on the App Store, you can pretty much just keep the sales coming if you want to. To be honest, this batch is a bit less exciting than the last one. All of these have been on sale before, and for cheaper to boot. But if you're looking for a new JRPG and really don't want to wait, you might find something in here to enjoy...

Somewhere along the line, someone figured out a pretty clever pun involving a calendar date and Star Wars. They almost immediately regretted it as everyone and their Uncle Owen clamored to be the first in their class, office, or social network to mention it. Well, whether you're the sort that eagerly waits for May 4th every year to make that joke, or the type who wants to Force choke people who do that, the one thing I'm sure we can all agree on is that sales are pretty nifty...

It seems that someone probably cast a spell or crossed a wire somewhere in the App Store because both Shadowrun: Returns [$1.99 (HD)] andShadowrun: Dragonfall [$2.99 (HD)] are currently on sale. When Harebrained Schemes announced a Kickstarter campaign to bring their cult Shadowrun Universe to the PC and iOS, many were both rightfully excited, because of Shadowrun's unique blend of magic and technology, and worried because many Kickstarter projects have been...short-circuited and never saw the light of day...

Want Bean Dreams [$1.99], the fantastic platformer from Kumobius, for free? Well, Starbucks is giving it away for free right now, and you don't have to go to an actual Starbucks store for it. If you download the Starbucks app [Free], you can get a promo code for the game for free through the app as its digital pick of the week. ..

Good news for fans of Crystal Siege [$2.99], the action/tower-defense game published by FDG that released last year. The game has been stuck on the iPad since its release, but FDG is releasing the iPhone version this week, and they're going to make it a free universal update instead of a separate iPhone version. The update should be available on Thursday, April 30th. With the new update coming out, the game is on sale for $2.99 this week, so now's a good time to pick it up if you're interested...

Democracy is on sale, something everyone who watches politics knows very well. Of more interest to iPad gamers though is that Democracy 3 [$1.99 (HD)], Positech Games's Democracy simulation, is $0.99 today down from $9.99. It's the first time that Democracy 3 has dropped so low, so if the special interests you are representing want to influence (ruin) the political system of a country, now is your chance to make it happen at a bargain price...

If you love strategy games on the iPad, do I have a deal for you. Ultimate General: Gettysburg [$7.99 (HD)], the real time strategy game by Game Labs, is now $3.99, down from $7.99. The game is in soft-launch currently, but the U.S. is one of the soft-launch territories, so many of you should be able to get it. If you haven't heard of the game, which is a crime if you enjoy wargames even a bit, Ultimate General was originally developed for the PC and later ported to the iPad...

Can you believe it's been 25 years since SNK launched their real hot dog gaming hardware, the Neo Geo? While its success as a home platform was limited to a dedicated niche, in the arcades it ruled the roost until arcades themselves died around it. Part of that was because of its flexibility and ease of use for arcade operators, to be sure. The other part of it comes down to the fantastic line-up of quality games SNK furnished it with, including some of the best fighting games and run 'n' guns of all-time. Mobile gamers have been lucky enough to see many of those games reach our devices in fine form, and SNK is celebrating the quarter-century anniversary by putting the whole shebang on for a dollar each. Yes, even their two most recent releases...

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