Category Archives: Sales

While the quality of the results have been somewhat arguable, no one can deny that 2K has been throwing their weight behind premium, paid games on the App Store. While everyone and their uncle has been shifting towards free to play, 2K's schedule over the last couple of years has included ports of games like XCOM and Bioshock, premium-priced strategy games from Sid Meier, and "new" versions of their sports franchises, among others. Yes, there have been missteps along the way, but if you want to reward a company for avoiding the F2P candy, you could do a lot worse than throwing a few bucks 2K's way. Heck, depending on what you want, it might only take a few bucks, because many of 2K's recent offerings are on sale starting today. The complete list is as follows, with links to our reviews where applicable:..

Oh, times are good for fans of computer RPGs these days. But they weren't always so good, friends. During the late 1990s, when PC gaming died the way console gaming is dying today, things were pretty dire. There was one consistent sparkle of hope during those dark times, however, and that was the Dungeons & Dragons Infinity Engine series of games from Bioware and Black Isle. Those five games helped keep the fires burning for many a PC RPG fan, and I think it's pretty fantastic that we can play three of them on our mobile devices today. Beamdog and Overhaul have done a great job adapting them to mobile user interfaces, and it's hard to argue with the value for your dollar on each of them...




Just over a month ago, prolific gamebook publisher Tin Man Games released the latest in their in-house Gamebook Adventures series, Gamebook Adventures 10: Lords Of Nurroth. It had been a long time coming, with Tin Man releasing all kinds of great stuff in the interim. I enjoyed the game quite a bit in my review. But even I have to admit, although each book is designed to stand on their own, there's a certain appeal to diving into a world's lore hard, and doing that with a gamebook series ten installments deep can be intimidating to the pocketbook, bundle or no...

One of the great things about modern gaming is how quickly and relatively easily a developer can respond to criticisms from players by updating games. There are negative sides to that, of course, but there are so many iOS games that have gone from promising to great with an update or three that it's hard for mobile gamers to knock it too hard. One such game that has made impressive strides is the Silent Hill-inspired horror game, Forgotten Memories: Alternate Realities [$5.99]. Its initial release was strong in so many ways, but certain parts of it didn't resonate well with the often on-the-go mobile crowd. Of course, many other players were quite happy with the tension present in the game's original set-up. A few updates later, and just about everyone is taken care of. Perhaps it's something of a symbolic rebirth, as Forgotten Memories is now on sale for the first time ever...

Vivid Games' Godfire: Rise of Prometheus [$2.99], a visually stunning action-adventure title in the style of God of War, has just gone free for the first time ever probably in celebration of the first anniversary of its release on the App Store. The game has you playing as Prometheus in a third-person perspective, blocking, dodging, and launching heavy and light attacks against a number of enemies. You can also customize your hero by choosing from a variety of skills, you can upgrade your weapons, and, in general, do the kinds of things players get to do in games of this genre...

When I played Democracy 3 [$4.99 (HD)], the game about running (and/or ruining) a country, I quite enjoyed it because it let me see whether my political beliefs would translate to a happy country (they didn't) or whether they would get me assassinated (they did). Now, Positech Games has added more ways to mess with a country by porting the PC version's three DLCs to iOS. "Social Engineering" adds new dilemmas and policies and enables subtler ways to tamper with the voting public than the base game. You can now run TV ad campaigns or go with any of the other 25 new policies that the DLC offers...

That list of sales we had the other day was pretty cool, full of all sorts of goodies to occupy your weekend. But just in case those weren't enough, it looks like a whole bunch of other games are on sale right now, too. Good thing there aren't any other major sales happening on other platforms right now or anything, right? Because if there were, we might have all ended up broke. Anyway, here's the second wave of sales to celebrate... E3? Father's Day? Paula Abdul's birthday? Well, I suggest you not worry about it too much and just enjoy the nice prices, friends. The new list of apps on sale follows...

I know what you're thinking. All this E3 stuff is well and good, but I'm tired of watching cool games, I want to play some cool games. Well, it's your lucky day, because a massive list of great games just went on sale. Some of these games rarely go on sale, a couple are dropping to their lowest prices yet, and at least one is on sale for the first time ever. Here's the full list so far:..

I like originality in game design, and Evoland [$4.99] is definitely a pretty original game. This RPG is a journey through the evolution of the genre, letting the player experience decades of RPG goodness in a single game. Evoland goes from monochrome to 3D graphics and from turn-based battles to real-time boss fights, all the while evoking a powerful sense of nostalgia. It's a brilliant idea by Evoland's developers that's also executed with relative success. The game does have some issues, but that's understandable given the game's scope and breadth...

Some iOS games come along and are immediately universally liked and praised, and Radiation Island [$2.99] is definitely one of those. Now, for the first time since its release, the first-person survival adventure game is on sale; the game will only cost you $0.99 now, down from $2.99. If you are one of the very few who haven't traversed the game's eponymous island, this is a game that drops you on the shore of a mysterious, supernatural world and then refuses to hold your hand. Radiation Island challenges you to survive in a world filled with dangerous animals and even more dangerous...other things (no spoilers necessary). The game has a full day-night cycle, a variety of environments and buildings, and much, much more...

If you've wanted to play Monument Valley [$3.99] but have been somehow too cheap to actually play one of the most gorgeous iOS games yet, well, I have good news if you're willing to travel: it's the free app of the week at Starbucks, as discovered by an intrepid internet user and confirmed by mills of ustwo:..

Even in the days of free-to-play, there's still something cool about a paid game going free, that whole factor of a game that you once had to pay money for being available for no cost whatsoever. Even better is when they're free for the first time – you don't know if you'll ever get a chance to get these again at a 100% discount. There's three really cool first-time freebies live today on the App Store, all worth checking out:..

If you're not playing NimbleBit's Capitals [Free], first off, what's wrong with you? Secondly, you should fix that problem by reading our review and maybe even checking out the strategy guide written by the game's developer. For everyone else, the game's two main IAP items recently got a little cheaper...

While there's lots of sales that happen before any big holiday, such as Memorial Day, there's still a few stragglers and even some new sales that have popped up after the fact. The big one is Traps n Gemstones [$4.99] which is on a sale down from $4.99 to $0.99 this week. It's a top-notch Metroidvania for mobile, from an unlikely source in Donut Games. There's still high score elements, but it's definitely something unique and really fun from them, with their unique art and feel to the game. A great pickup for a dollar. ..

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 [$1.99] games are free, both Gentlemen...Ricochet! [$0.99] games can be had for free, Infinity Blade 3 [$6.99] 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...

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