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Like the eternal battle between nachos and quesadillas, the Final Fantasy series and the Dragon Quest series constantly struggle for the hearts and minds of RPG fans. My answer to that is the same as my answer to the former dilemma: why not both? Square Enix is making it really easy for you to fill out your Dragon Quest collection on iOS by putting a few of their recent releases on sale. Square Enix sales don't come terribly often, and the Dragon Quest games are only sometimes a part of them, so you might want to stockpile these for a rainy day even if you're working on other things. So far, the sale consists of three of the six games available on iOS. We'll let you know if any of the others join...

Freebie Alert: Stylish 'Monument Valley'-Esque Puzzler 'Back to Bed' is Free Today

Do you like artsy, vaguely-Escherian puzzle games, like Monument Valley [$3.99]? Then you will want to check out Back to Bed [$2.99], which is currently free. You must help a sleepy wanderer get his way back to his bed through a series of ever-crazier dreamscapes. Here's what our Andrew Fretz had to say in his review:..

Spiderweb Software makes some mighty fine RPGs that you can enjoy on your iPad. The developer's latest game, Avernum 2: Crystal Souls, is due to hit the App Store in a couple of weeks on April 15th. Presumably in celebration of that pending release, Spiderweb has been running some sales on their previous titles. Last weekend, the first Avadon [$9.99 (HD)] game was on sale for half-price. This weekend, it's the 2014 sequel to that game, Avadon 2: The Corruption [$9.99 (HD)]. Regularly $9.99, you can pick up this gem for just $4.99 for the next couple of days...

PSA: Madgarden's 'Chillaxian' is Free Today

March 27th, 2015 11:30 AM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Sales
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Here's a cool freebie to chill out to this weekend. Chillaxian [$1.99] from Madgarden is free right now. This is a Galaxian-inspired space shooter, where enemies float around at the top of the screen, and you must shoot them as they occasionally fly down, though these aliens aren't about lining up, they just kind of bunch together freely. The game uses simple touch controls with auto-firing, you tap on the left and right sides of the screen to move, and can bend bullets by moving as they fire. The game features a neat generative music effect that picks up as action speeds up, and "1979 mode" for something that looks like it's being played on a buzzing CRT monitor. Oh, and impressively, the whole game is .2 MB. ..

If you've wanted to check out Skylanders Trap Team [Free (HD)] for yourself, but didn't want to drop $70 on a bunch of plastic toys and the stuff to interface them to iOS, then good news: Amazon has the whole tablet starter kit with the Portal of Power, controller, and starting figures for $20 right now. The game is compatible with both iOS and Android, and there's MFi controller support, so you can play with a friend if you have one of those sitting around, as this contains a controller that works with the game...

[Editor's Note: We accidentally jumped the gun posting these sales about 12 hours too early, but the price changes are now reflected in the US App Store so we bumped this bad boy up to the top so everybody can get a crack at these awesome sales!] 2K Games has just put several of their 2014 releases on to deep discount as part of their spring sale. Been meaning to check out the iOS version of BioShock? [$9.99] Well, it's available at its cheapest price yet, for $2.99. The game is one of the best games of the past decade, and while its touch controls are a bit much, as to be expected of a console-to-mobile port, it has controller support. Another huge sale to check out? XCOM: Enemy Within [$9.99], which has gone down to $4.99 from $12.99. Considering that you probably can't even pick up that in a Steam sale for that cheap, not bad...

'Power DOS' the iOS x86 Emulator Goes Free

March 24th, 2015 2:02 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News, Sales
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Back in 2010, few things were hotter than emulators sneaking on to the App Store. The novelty value of your iPhone or iPad emulating something and the whole lucky feel you got of snagging something from the App Store before Apple pulled it often resulted in a tornado of interest around anything to do with emulation. In fact, the reveal of iDOS is one of our most popular TouchArcade stories ever. Well, skip ahead in time five years later and almost everyone has a folder full of weird emulators on their device, they don't cause the same splash of excitement, and Apple isn't anywhere near as vigilant about removing them- Or, at least, this has been the case with Power DOS [$0.99] for the last few months...

We have just a few weeks left until the April 15th release of the iPad version of Spiderweb Software's latest RPG, Avernum 2: Crystal Souls. iPad-owning RPG fans everywhere are likely getting pretty excited, but there might be some of you out there who are curious about these Spiderweb RPGs and aren't sure if you want to take the plunge at full price yet. Well, I could direct you to the demo versions that you can try out on your computer, but we're an iOS site, so instead I'm going to point you at Avadon: The Black Fortress HD [$9.99 (HD)]. Like the rest of Spiderweb Software's games, it usually sells for $9.99, but likely in celebration of the upcoming game, it's currently on sale for half-price, or $4.99. That's a great deal for a huge game filled to the brim with content...

Well this is weird. Dark Echo [$1.99] is one of those games that really make the App Store special. If you've been around for a while, you know the type- Totally experimental gameplay in a package that'd be super hard to sell on other platforms, but the impulse buy-friendly nature of the App Store combined with pricing of a couple bucks often makes all this work out. Or, so it would seem. If this is the first you've heard of the game, definitely check out our five star review. Here's an excerpt:..

Japanese mobile game developer DeNA has always had a fairly high profile, but whatever we knew before, it's peanuts compared to its visibility after the announcement that they would be partnering with Nintendo to bring the Japanese gaming giant's properties to smartphones. There are suddenly more eyes on DeNA than ever before, and many of them are skeptical. While that's not an unearned reputation, many people are imagining the DeNA of a few years ago rather than the DeNA of today. While they're still putting out free-to-play games that fall along their traditional lines such as Blood Brothers 2, they've also been trying to serve a different audience, one that prefers more traditional experiences...

Who's ready for chimichangas? To celebrate the arrival of Marvel's biggest star to PlayNext's X-Men: Battle Of The Atom [Free] card battle game, Deadpool has had his agent set up a one-of-a-kind deal for all his fans. For a limited time, you can get Marvel Pinball [$0.99] from Zen Studios for free. That stand-alone app comes with the table based on the Avengers movie, and it's the only way to get the Spider-Man table for reasons. Spidey's agent just isn't as good as Deadpool's, I guess. Maybe you're a fan with discerning tastes, though, and you think that goofy webhead is just a zero-calorie version of everyone's favorite merc with a mouth. Well, Papa Deadpool still has something nice for you. For an equally limited time, almost* all of the Marvel tables in both the Marvel Pinball app and Zen Pinball [Free] are on for half-price. That's just a dollar per table!..

It's hard to believe how fast time flies. WayForward Technologies, the plucky indie developer behind the Shantae series and countless other games, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Wait, they only started in 1990 and... oh, right. That's 25 years, alright. Well, instead of dwelling on the fact that Outkast's Hey Ya! is old enough to evoke nostalgia in some of our readers, why not treat yourself to a little sale? WayForward hasn't released a whole lot of stuff on iOS, but until March 19th, everything they have released is as cheap as it's ever been...

Back in 2012, the App Store was a very different and arguably crazier place. Free to play, and all the tricks that go into promoting a free to play game didn't exist yet and really the easiest way to get additional interest in your game after launch was to drop the price. This resulted in the pretty hilarious trend of game sales for reasons that didn't even make sense. Universally recognized 100% useless Hallmark-invented holidays like Sweetest Day even had their associated deluge of iOS game sales. So, I figured if developers were looking for a reason for a say in the dead zone between George Washington's birthday and St. Patrick's Day, why not observe my own birthday with a iOS game sale?..

We caught wind of a few sales on some rad games the other day, with a whole batch dropping all at once. Usually, if there's a whole bunch of sales at once, that means that some kind of coordinated promotion or feature is afoot. And so it was, as Apple launched an "Amazing Indie Games" feature on the App Store front page, featuring just that. There's some notable titles to check out. We wrote up some things on some of the indivudal titles:..

'Blood Bowl' Goes on Sale for a Buck

February 27th, 2015 10:00 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News, Sales
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Man, if you would have told me about the intense drama that would surround giving Blood Bowl [$0.99 (HD)] a negative review, I would have told you that there's no way people are this passionate about a weird football game... Then this happened. If you've been dying to see what all the fuss was about with this game, but weren't curious enough for the original $4.99 price point, now's your chance...

Looking for a fun and lengthy dual-stick shooter without paying fun and lengthy dual-stick shooter prices? Well then I have good news for you, as Radiangames' Inferno 2 [$2.99] is currently on sale for the low, low price of $0.99. The game offers a fantastic dollars-per-hour-played value, as it has 80 levels of dual-stick shooting to enjoy, with secret things to discover in the levels and plenty of upgrades to buy. Oh, and the game supports MFi gamepads. Check out our review for more details on the game...

Nitrome's rad take on the puzzle platformer, Gunbrick [$2.99], has just gone on sale for the first time. You control a bird-type fellow who has bought a gunbrick, which is a giant brick with a gun on one of its sides, and you must try to make it from beginning to end, mastering the rules of movement with the brick to make it through the three dozen levels. And of course, the game has that Nitrome pixel art style going for it at some of its most detailed...

Here's a solid freebie to pick up today. Yet It Moves [$2.99], the puzzle platformer based on And Yet It Moves, that was published on iOS by DeNA, is currently free until Febrary 27th at 3:00 PM GMT. That means Friday morning for those of y'all in the US, so download this now. This is based on the 2007 indie game, where you control a running man and must rotate the world in order to navigate from one place to another. Check out our review of the game...

One of the games I constantly hear about as far as far as great action-RPGs go among our readers is Battleheart Legacy [$4.99] from Mika Mobile. And the game was critically-acclaimed, too, with a five-star review from us and other outlets giving it high scores as well. If you've been meaning to check this one out, now is as good a time as ever, as Mika Mobile has put the title on sale for the first time. You can pick up the game right now for $1.99, down from a regular price of $4.99...

Hello, friends. Do you like strategy games? Have you somehow avoided playing the excellent Frozen Synapse from Mode 7? Are you in favor of saving some money? If you answered yes to all of those questions, today is your day! Both the iPad version [$9.99 (HD)] and the iPhone version [$2.99] have dropped from their regular prices of $9.99 and $2.99 respectively...

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