Category Archives: Sales

Friends, there are an awful lot of twin-stick shooters on iOS. After a period of relative dormancy, the genre came back into fashion at almost the exact same time as mobile gaming went through the roof and the indie boom kicked off, so it was in a lot of ways inevitable. The competition is so fierce that even the series responsible for getting the genre going again, Geometry Wars, has to be at the top of its game to earn a spot on people's devices. Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved [$9.99] stepped up to that challenge, giving mobile players almost the same experience that could be found on consoles and PCs. If you haven't grabbed it yet, today is your lucky day, as the game has gone on sale for the nice price of $2.99...

Five Alarm Freebie Alert: 'Space Marshals' Goes Free for the First Time

We live in a world of constant sales and freebies. It happens so darn much that sometimes it's tough to even get excited about a sale. This is NOT one of those times. Pixelbite's stunning dual-stick shooter Space Marshals [$4.99] has just dropped to free for the first time ever. It's not known why exactly it's free at this point in time, but this isn't the time for questions, this is the time for action. That action is mashing the download button on your device...




If you're hanging around this morning looking for a new game to play but have exactly zero dollars to your name, well, we've got some good news. Rogue Agent [Free] just went from $2.99 to free. We reviewed it earlier this year, and the best way to describe the game is as another super-solid entry in the stealth puzzler genre...

Rayark's Implosion: Never Lose Hope [$9.99] was one of our favorite games of 2015 thanks to its impressively deep and stylish gameplay. It's a rare premium action game in a market full of smaller pick-up-and-play titles, and the lack of any IAP was certainly a plus for many players. That kind of gaming experience commanded a relatively higher price than many other mobile games, and if it was a little too high for you, I've got some good news for you today: Implosion is now on sale for its lowest price ever...

Motorsport Manager [$1.99] is free for the first time ever, and if you enjoy games where you manage racing drivers but are tired of the Kairosoft offerings, you should definitely pick this one up. When Motorsport Manager originally came out in 2014, people who enjoy racing games were pretty wowed by the game's visuals, especially the tilt-shift camera effect that dominated race days. The game has you doing the usual cycle of hiring drivers, building the car, hiring mechanics and so on, which is all pretty standard stuff for the genre. There isn't that much depth in that aspect of the game, which for some is a blessing and others a curse. Still, there are fun moments like hearing your drivers complain about each other all the time...

If you've been enjoying your virtual adventures in Aralon: Forge and Flame [$4.99] but feel like you'd enjoy it even more if you could play as a Paladin class, well, today's update is for you. The oft-requested Paladin class has been added to the game, along with a brand new dungeon called The Ruins of Valemar. In addition to the new class and new dungeon, an in-app store has been added to Aralon: Forge and Flame so if you want to spend some real-life money to fast-track your virtual character's progression, then now you have that option. ..

This War of Mine [$14.99] put gamers in an awkward position when it came out because while the game is great in so many ways, it was tricky saying that you really enjoyed a game about the despair of civilian population in warzones. This was a game about war at its grittiest, and while I hesitate to use the word "realistic," it was definitely a depiction of warfare as experienced by the vast majority of those involved in it. As our 5-star review pointed out, games that create lasting impressions and have you thinking about your decisions long after you turn off your tablet are worth experiencing, and now you can experience This War of Mine at its lowest price ever. The game is 70% off its usual $14.99, and now you really have no excuse not to get it; well, unless that excuse was that the game's violence and stark representation of war doesn't sound like a fun time, because that excuse is still a valid one...

The Room trilogy has offered mobile gamers some of the prettiest games on the platform as well as showing off how the touchscreen interface could offer different gameplay experiences than a controller or a keyboard. The games' tactility combined with the occult themes made The Room trilogy stand out. The Room Three [$4.99] was probably Fireproof Studios' crowning achievement because of how it managed to create a more coherent game world while still retaining the emphasis on object and space manipulation. Now, and for a limited time, you can get The Room Three for half the price, and that's a pretty good deal since the game is a visual treat as well as an evolution of the original game both in terms of puzzles and in terms of storytelling. While not everything the developers did worked perfectly, overall the game is definitely one of those mobile gems; it's no wonder we gave it 5 stars in our review...

The original Badland is a game I often show people to demonstrate how gorgeous mobile games can be. The lighting effects and the great animation of both your little creatures and the environment makes for a beautiful game. And yet, surprisingly, Badland 2 [$2.99] managed to surpass it, not just in the visuals department but also in terms of gameplay since it added plenty of new mechanics as well as the ability to move backwards. We loved the game in our review, and now that it's on sale for the first time (down from $4.99 to $1.99), you should definitely get this one. It looks and plays fantastically on both the iPad and the iPhone, and it costs less than a latte. It's even been updated recently with new levels, a new rolling character, and reactive AI characters, a first in the franchise...

As our own Andrew called it in his review, Punch Club [$4.99] is a gut punch of nostalgia whose tropes and references will make the older ones among you smile up until the point when the grind kicks in. Despite the grind, Punch Club is a pretty entertaining and quite complex game, and now that the game has received The Dark Fist expansion and a price drop, this is as good as time to get it as any. If you haven't checked out the game yet, Punch Club is a boxing tycoon management game with multiple branching story lines, most of which will remind you of movies from 20, 30 years ago. The game has both tycoon and RPG elements, and, in a departure from most tycoon games, it's heavily story-driven, which makes it stand about among most other tycoon games on the App Store...

1000000 [$2.99] was an amazing puzzle game that absorbed months of my life, so when we heard there was a sequel coming, I was unbelievably stoked. You Must Build a Boat [$2.99] is better than 10000000 in just about every way, which Shaun goes into incredible detail explaining in his review. ..

'Dungeon of the Endless' Roguelike and Tower Defense Hybrid Goes Free This Week

Good news for you if Dungeon of the Endless [$1.99 (HD)] was on your list of games to someday check out but you just never got around to buying it: the game is currently free this week. No IAP, no shenanigans: just a free download of this interesting mix between a roguelike and tower defense game, all set in a pixel art landscape. If you need more convincing than "it's free right now," Shaun's review should convince you...

Radiangames Having a Huge Blowout Sale with 6 Games for Free and 5 for 99¢ Each

I think it's safe to say that Radiangames, aka solo developer Luke Schneider, is one of the preeminent developers on mobile. For many years now Luke has been putting out some of the very best dual-stick shooters on the platform, and whenever he's not releasing a new shooter he's releasing an insanely clever puzzle game. It's an odd mix of genres to master, but Radian has done exactly that. They also don't throw a whole lot of sales, but today Radian has decided to put literally their entire iOS library on massive discount, including 6 titles that have dropped down to free and 5 more that have dropped down to just 99¢. Here's the full list of what's on sale:..

If you've never heard of McGraw-Hill Education before, check any educational textbook you've got laying around and chances are it's got their logo on it. They're in the "big three" of educational megacorps responsible for books, computer programs, apps, and all sorts of other educational aids from pre-kindergarten all the way up to post-graduate levels. As anyone who has ever bought anything from a textbook company knows, their stuff is never free. (Far from it, in fact!) Well, today apparently is Digital Learning Day, and they've reduced the price of all their learning games/apps to free...

Last week's bummer story of the week was definitely news of Rodeo Games going under following Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch - Tyranid Invasion [$1.99] not doing anywhere near as well as they had hoped which resulted in most of the Rodeo Games staff leaving the company. Well, if you were curious to see the studio-slaying Warhammer game, Deathwatch is now free for anyone to download and check out...

If you're a Grand Theft Auto fan, and haven't gotten a chance to play Liberty City Stories [$6.99] yet, then good news: the game is on sale right now for the first time, dropping from $6.99 to $3.99. This is a limited-time sale with the game planned to go back to $6.99 at some point. The game is also out on Android now for the first time, and on sale for $3.99 there too. So if you are on the dark side of mobile gaming, then go for it...

If you've been reading my reviews, you'll know how much I like almost everything that has to do with the Football Manager franchise because, well, they are the best sports management games on the App Store (at least in my humble, European opinion). The only issue that many have taken with Football Manager Touch 2016 [$19.99 (HD)] - which is iPad only - and Football Manager Mobile 2016 [$8.99] is their price, normally $19.99 and $8.99 respectively. Well, Sports Interactive has dropped the price of both games considerably to celebrate the upcoming Winter Transfer Update, and now you really have no excuse not to buy either one or both of these games because they offer hours (some would say too many hours) of entertainment and can be played either with total dedication or a passing interest...

If you like to crash again, and again, and again, then you should be playing Piloteer [$2.99], a very challenging but equally rewarding jetpack (dying) simulator from Fixpoint Productions that's gone free for the first time as Apple's Free App of the Week. We really liked the game when we reviewed it because while it's absurdly challenging, it's not impossible. So, when you actually get the hang of it, or at least as much as one can get the hang of a rocket strapped to ones back, the game becomes incredibly satisfying. Mastering your jetpack doesn't come from buying the right upgrade but rather having the right feel for it. There are many iOS games that border on the impossible and infuriating but not that many that walk the fine line of "nigh impossible yet doable once mastered" (after many, many attempts)...

One of last year's biggest games and indeed one of our own Best of 2015 and a serious contender for Game of the Year, Aquiris Game Studio's Horizon Chase [Free], has just gone free for the first time since its release. The best way I can describe Horizon Chase is that it's like what someone in 1985 would imagine an arcade racing video game would be like in 2015. It has a decidedly retro feel but somehow still feels modern at the same time. I mean, just look at this glorious trailer for Horizon Chase...

Activision's Guitar Hero Live [Free] hit the App Store in mid-October, setting a really neat precedence of releasing a huge name franchise on mobile the same day as it's console release. A typical App Store SNAFU lead to the game being pretty broken on launch, but it was quickly fixed, and we ended up liking it quite a bit in our review. Currently, the way the game's pay structure is set up has you downloading the app for free and getting a brief tease of what it's like, then paying $9.99 to unlock the rest of the content...

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