Category Archives: Sales

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 [$0.99] 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 [$0.99] have dropped from their regular prices of $9.99 and $2.99 respectively...

'Sentinel 4: Dark Star' Goes Free for First Time

February 18th, 2015 4:00 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Sales
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Another pretty cool freebie has just hit the App Store, and this one's a first-timer. Sentinel 4: Dark Star [$2.99], the latest in Origin8's long-running series of tower defense games. This is a big and busy tower defense game, with levels so massive that they won't even fit on one iPad screen. The game is somewhat of a hybrid between both fixed- and open-path tower defense games, as you have paths to place towers along, but can also deploy units in the paths in order to help defeat the oncoming hordes...

Five Alarm Freebie Alert: 'Duet' Goes Free Once Again

February 18th, 2015 2:00 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Sales
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Duet [$0.99] from Kumobius has just gone free on the App Store once more. The game went free a couple weeks ago, but if you missed that then congratulations - you can pick it up for free once more. Since the game's last freebie, it got an update with its first paid DLC, the Encore Chapters, which add new levels with new narration and music to go along with them, all for $0.99. It's possible that this is a free-to-play shift, but we've reached out to Kumobius to see if there's any reason behind the sale. With this happening on a Wednesday, it could presage an Apple free app of the week promotion as well...

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 [$0.99] 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...

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