Category Archives: Sales

Cosmic Express [$4.99], a fun puzzle game by Draknet — the maker of the awesome A Good Snowman is Hard to Build [$4.99] — is on sale for the first time today. The game describes itself as "a puzzle game about planning the train route for the world's most awkward space colony". That's quite accurate, really, as your job is that of space-aged transit planner. You visit a series of galactic outposts and must figure out how best to setup a train line to pick up a bunch of cute little alien folk and drop them off at their destinations. The aliens are either lazy or it is super dangerous to, you know, walk anywhere and they need door-to-door service. This is made more difficult by the fact that buildings and lunar rocks are already all over the place. It's a fun game with a ton of levels you can jump around to play, which is good, since it is also very challenging and easy to get stuck on a level for some time...

Sunless Sea [$9.99 (HD)], Failbetter Games' story-driven (or, perhaps, nightmare-driven) game, has dropped to $6.99, its lowest price ever, and it's definitely worth picking up if you like strong writing and a weird (in a good way) universe. As I talked about in my review of the game, Sunless Sea is a literary RPG that that you exploring a gloomy, uncharted sea called the Unterzee, and while the basic gameplay loop is stocking up your ship and sailing across the darkness, the game's brilliance comes from the wonderful writing and the great characters you'll encounter. Sunless Sea is all about your sanity (or lack thereof), so the further out you venture, the greater the rewards but also the greater the risk of your crew going insane and eating each other (yes, that can happen). I had a lot of fun going from port to port, discovering some really outlandish characters, having to trade and negotiate, all the while trying to ensure I could make it back safe and sane...




Video games as a medium have long been seen as a form of escapism. Whether you choose to explore the beautiful, utopian open world of Hyrule, or if you don the jet-pack and hyper-realistic weaponry of the latest Call of Duty title, jumping into the latest release serves as a way of blocking out the hardships and monotonous tedium of everyday life. However, the passage of time can make many titles become a little too real in their sprawling dystopian narratives, and upon its release back in May, Beholder [$4.99] joined the likes of Papers, Please [$7.99 (HD)] in providing a terrifying yet utterly immersive look into a totalitarian future of absolute surveillance amidst some difficult moral dilemmas. We adored Beholder in our review, and today the game has gone on sale for a mere $1.99, which is its lowest price since the title's release...

F1 2016 [$1.99] was a fairly major release at the bookend of last year, and while we had a few issues with the game's AI in our review, it is undoubtedly a beautiful representation of the blisteringly fast sport on the smaller screen. With the Belgian Grand Prix taking place this weekend as this year's world championship firmly accelerates into the second half of the series, there has never been a better time to try out the App Store iteration of Codemasters' racing series, and today the game has gone on sale for a mere $0.99 - the lowest price since its launch. For fans looking for something to fill the void while waiting for qualification to begin, or anyone wanting a game that truly make the most of the iPhone's graphical fidelity, this limited time dollar promotion for F1 2016 is one you don't want to let drive past you...

My two favorite things in the world (apart from cats as otherwise it's not a fair contest) are undoubtedly free things and minimalistic puzzle games. BorderLeap's colorful block-sliding game minimize [$2.99] fell firmly in the latter category when it released last year, and its intuitive core mechanic combined with how the levels evolve and slowly grow more complex based on a familiar pattern was an enjoyable mix. Finally, after almost eight months since it first launched, minimize is now completely free to download, offering some quirky sliding action for a seductive price of zero dollars...

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 [$5.99] 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 [$6.99] 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 [$2.99] 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 [$17.99] 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 [$2.99] 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...

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