Category Archives: Sales

This Thursday marks the start of the Chinese New Year, and in case you weren't aware, it's the year of the Goat. In celebration of this momentous occasion, one of our favorite iOS platformers of 2014 Bean Dreams [$2.99] has received an update with two new sets of levels, one featuring a rideable goat named Goatee and one taking place in the fiery Temple of the Dragon...

I always feel bad that we have so little coverage for hidden object games given the ridiculously huge community behind them that's powering the rapid-fire release schedule of hidden object game dev giants G5 Games and Big Fish Games (and others). They've actually gotten really cool over the years, and what originally were basically ultra-basic games that were just digitalizing the hidden object puzzles from kids magazines are now full-featured experiences chock full of varied content between finding objects, mini-games to do with those objects, and often fully fleshed out storylines that persist throughout entire series of these hidden object games...

Those of you looking to finally jump in to Modern Combat 5 [Free] might want to do so now, as the game is on sale at its lowest price yet, $0.99. After a December update and price cut that added new content, options, and IAP to the previous IAP-free game, the game is now at its lowest price ever. You're getting a bunch of game for only a dollar, and one of the most visually-intensive ones on iOS, as it added Metal support not long after launch...

We've been a little light on the freebies this week, but this one just scrolled across AppShopper and it seemed worth posting. UniWar [$0.99] is easily described as an oldie but goodie. It's actually among the first games I reviewed on TouchArcade, so it'll always have a spot on my iPhone...

Did you catch wind of the Space Marshals [$4.99] Chapter 2 update coming soon, and realize that you haven't yet checked the game out? Well, good news for you, as the game has just gone on its first sale, dropping down to $2.99 from its original $4.99 price. The second episode of the game will be a free update, so you'll be getting more of the game without paying more for it...

It's been just under a year since RPG fans were treated to the first ever official English release of Atlus's Shin Megami Tensei [$3.99], the game that launched the brand Atlus built its company around. It's a great port that mixes various pieces of different remakes to create the ultimate version of the game, though its UI in portrait mode sure does look strange. It was on the RPG Reload list of the best iOS ported RPGs of 2014, owing largely to its unique atmosphere and teeth-gnashing challenge level. There's really nothing else quite like it on iOS, and now you can own it for just $3.99, half the usual price...

Earn to Die 2 [$1.99] is a game all about earning money through killing zombies with your zombie-killing vehicle, spending money to improve it. Thus, I suppose that being able to get the game for free is somewhat ironic, but perhaps that's what Australia Day is all about, as now you can get Earn to Die 2 for free thanks to the Australian holiday. Also, you just learned that publisher Not Doppler is from Australia! Throw another zombie on the barbie! I'm so sorry...

Duet [$2.99] from Kumobius rates as one of the best of the bunch of minimalist, challenging, arcade-style games. And now the Australian developer has made the game free for a limited time in honor of Australia Day. You play as a pair of orbs that spin around a central point, and must try to make it to the end of a level without hitting anything. There's also endless modes and daily challenges to take on for high scores. Those were added as post-release updates, along with new music and a narrator, to add some flourish to the game...

One of the more creative narrative-driven games from 2014 has just gone free for Australia Day, in Framed [$4.99]. This game has you rearranging comic panels to advance the story, utilizing spatial awareness to help get the protagonist of the scene from ledge to ledge, room to room, and out of the way of those pursuing them. It jumps from character to character, and introduces new types of puzzles as you go on, experiencing the narrative that unfolds all without words...

When the absurd PC hit Goat Simulator [$4.99] launched on iOS last September, it was a joyous event. I'd seen all the crazy videos and read all the reviews, and I knew that Goat Simulator was something I needed in my life, but for whatever reason I never got around to playing it until it hit iOS. Once I had though, it was basically everything I'd ever hoped for, and we gave it high marks in our review. However, the iOS version wasn't quite up to snuff with its PC counterpart in terms of content, but developer Coffee Stain Studios let us know on their blog that big things were in the works for the mobile Goat Simulator. Today, one of those big things was released in the form of a new update for the game...

'Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath' Gets First Price Drop

January 21st, 2015 2:59 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Sales
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Have you been looking into checking out Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath [$2.99] but just haven't done so yet? Well, good news, slacker: the game's just gone on sale for the first time, dropping down to $3.99 from its regular $5.99 price. This is an absolute steal for this cult hit game, which was originally released on the Xbox as a full-priced game, and subsequent re-releases on console and PC are typically $10, so it's a nice bargain no matter what...

Foursaken Media tackled the deficiency in games inspired by Mega Man Battle Network last year with their action-RPG Phantom Rift [$0.99]. Haven't gotten a chance to check it out yet? Well, now's as good a time as any, as the game is on sale for $0.99. The game combines deck-building with real-time combat, as you create decks of attacks, and draw them out in battles, which you use against enemies, but with an energy cost to equip. You also get to explore a world that is built before your eyes, Bastion-style [$4.99], and can get all manner of equipment to deck out your wizard...

Looking for a cool hidden gem of a game to pick up today? Well, Ninja Smasher [$3.99] is on sale for $0.99 right now. This is an open-world action game where you control a ninja who must get his equipment and powers back in order to rescue the princess of the castle from the monsters who kidnapped her. The game's from Q-Cumber Factory, who previously released Rogue Ninja [$2.99] and Ninja Striker [$0.99], each starring a similar ninja protagonist. Ninja Smasher also uses many of the same controls and design elements of Ninja Striker, expanded out into a bigger game...

One of my favorite little gems released in 2014 was Pako - Car Chase Simulator [$0.99] from Tree Men Games. The premise is pretty simple: The cops are after you and you're trying to escape in your vehicle. The only problem is you're confined to a small space, like a parking lot, and the gas pedal is stuck to the metal. Your only option is to try and evade the police for as long as you can while avoiding running into obstacles like parked cars and buildings. It really is a very clever survival game with a killer art style. Today Pako has received its first major expansion, adding in all sorts of new goodies. ..

'I Am Level' and 'Necrorun' Both Go Free

January 2nd, 2015 11:30 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Free, News, Sales
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We were expecting a bit of an avalanche of price changes, updates, and releases following iTunes thawing out earlier this week. Instead, we really haven't seen much movement at all. That's alright though, as nothing big going on with the App Store means we can focus on more obscure stuff like these two games that recently went free...

I have said it before and I will say it again: grappling hooks are my favorite game mechanic to play with. The feel of swinging to previously-unreachable places, and getting a good momentum going by swinging one rope after another is sublime and unmatched. The mechanic can be applied to a wide variety of games, from endless runners like Hook Worlds [$0.99] and a puzzle-platformer, like Volt: Battery on the Loose [$1.99 / $0.99 (HD)], which is currently on sale for $0.99, and worth checking out for grappling hook fans...

Everyone knows and loves Scribblenauts, which made a welcome iOS appearance in Scribblenauts Remix [$0.99] a few years ago. Well, that series' creator 5th Cell made another game with creative elements on the Nintendo DS, called Drawn to Life [$4.99], which 505 Games ported to iOS and released earlier this year. If you've never gotten a chance to play it, then good news: 505 Games has put this creative platformer on sale for $0.99...

The sneaky miscreants at One Man Left are sneaking down your chimney, delivering deals on their entire library of games on this Christmas Eve. They scheduled this promotion in advance of the iTunes freeze, so that's why this is sneaking in after all the other holiday sales. If you haven't played any Tilt to Live games yet, then I'm glad to hear you just got out of that coma you were in. But now you can pick up all 3 games in the series on iPhone for $1.99 each, or the entire trilogy of Tilt to Live [$2.99], Tilt to Live 2 [$2.99], and Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge [$2.99] in the Tilty-Tilt Boom Boom Bundle for $3.99. Have an iPad? The original Tilt to Live isn't iPad-compatible and isn't part of the bundle due to technical reasons, but the IAP for that full version is $2.99, down from $4.99...

With the iTunes freeze of charts, updates, and price changes seemingly in place, the number of new sales hitting is sure to slow down. Developers can plan sales in advance for during the freeze, but can't change them manually until it ends next week. The idea behind getting price drops before the sale is of course to have discounts for people buying apps for the new devices they get for Christmas or whatever equally-rad holiday people choose to celebrate, and to help climb up the charts before they freeze. Well, we caught a bunch of discounted games before the freeze yesterday, but a few are still trickling out there, like the Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars sale and the 2K Games sale. Here's a list of some additional discounts to keep an eye on:..

2K's got a big sale of their 2014 games going on right now, so it's as good a time as any to check out some of the bigger titles they've been putting out. XCOM: Enemy Within [$4.99] is $6.99, about half-off of its $12.99 regular price. This may be the right time to check out this expansion/enhanced version of the now-unavailable XCOM: Enemy Unknown, particularly if you've been looking to upgrade to the new version. BioShock [$2.99] is at a new low price, dropping to $4.99 from $10.99 (itself a drop from the original $14.99 price). This is one of the best games of the past decade or so, and $4.99 is a steal for it, especially so if you have a controller...

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