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Hey, friends. You all look like you could use a mid-week pick-up to get you through the weekend. Well, I don't know about you, but I feel pretty darned energized when I buy something, and there are a bunch of great games on sale right now that make it easy to do just that. There's quite the grab bag on offer here, with games that fit a wide variety of tastes, from the outstanding RPG Legend Of Grimrock to the fun arcade racer Horizon Chase. For some of these games, it's their first time on sale, so getting them for $0.99 is quite the treat. The full list, with links to reviews where applicable, follows...

If there's one genre iOS players aren't exactly starving for, it's the roguelike. Something about the genre makes it just about perfect for mobile play. That said, it's hardly the most approachable of game types, with games of the genre often wearing their high difficulty levels with pride. Sproggiwood [$4.99] is a little different. It's still got plenty of challenge, but its presentation makes it a softer, gentler choice. Much like how Twinbee twisted the shoot-em-up genre into the far more adorable cute-em-up, Sproggiwood throws a friendly coat of paint over the roguelike to make it a bit less intimidating on the surface. It seems to have resonated well with mobile players, selling better on mobile than it did on Steam...




If you play card games or board games on iOS, then you know Playdek's high quality mobile games. Personally, I own almost all the games the company has published on iOS and have spent many hours with most of them. Playdek has decided to run a flash sale on both Agricola [$6.99] and Ascension [Free] until the end of month, so here's your chance to get some great games (or their expansions) for cheap. A few quick words about the games first. Stoneblade's Ascension is a deck-building card game where both players build their decks from a common pool of cards. Both the physical and digital versions of the game have been big hits, and Stoneblade has released many expansions that have provided plenty of variety. Now, Playdek has put the game's latest expansions on sale, with Dawn of Champions dropping down to $1.99, and Darkness Unleashed and Realms Unraveled both dropping to $0.99...

Mobile platforms are in a tricky position when it comes to gaming. We rock some incredibly powerful little devices in our pockets, and as gamers we naturally want "console-like" games for them. The problem is that the actual experience of gaming is drastically different between consoles/PCs and smartphones/tablets, which is why smaller arcade-style games typically do better than deeper, more complex "console-like" games. One game which comes to mind as a great example of striking the perfect balance between a big, impressive gaming experience but fitting into the mobile gaming style is Rayark's Implosion - Never Lose Hope [$9.99]...

Few games have the notoriety of the Grand Theft Auto franchise; if you were around when they started coming out, you'll remember the uproar, all the newspaper articles (those were still a thing back then), and the news "experts" who decried all the violence and bad language. Fast forward a few years, and no one really blinks an eye anymore about these games, a sign of the times I suppose. GTA III [$4.99], GTA: Vice City [$4.99] , GTA: San Andreas [$6.99] have made the trip from consoles to the iOS streets these last few years, and Rockstar Games even made a GTA game specifically for playing on the go, GTA: Chinatown Wars [$4.99] which originally released on the Nintendo DS but was faithfully ported to mobile...

If you're a fan of quirky adventure games, chances are good that you're familiar with Phoenix Wright and his friends. After spending a few years as a Japan-exclusive series on the Game Boy Advance, the series made the jump to the rest of the world on the Nintendo DS, before being ported around to various other platforms. The main series continues to live on Nintendo's handheld, but iOS gamers have been treated to pretty good ports of many of the titles. Ace Attorney: Phoenix Wright Trilogy HD [Free] is a nice collection of the first three games in the series, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies [Free] is a solid port of the latest game in the franchise to leave Japan's shores...

If you enjoy adventure games, get that credit card, gift card, or whatever else you use ready because Wadjet Eye Games' Blackwell series is going for cheap, probably in anticipation of the fourth part of the series, Blackwell 4: Deception, coming to iOS September 24th. If you haven't played any of the Blackwell games, Wadjet Eye Games' lovely series consists of 5 games and the plot revolves around a spiritual medium, Rosangela Blackwell, and her spirit guide Joey Mallone. Together, they help ghosts transition to the afterlife (very The Sixth Sense-like story, in a way). The whole "I see dead people" hasn't been done in adventure games much, so the Blackwell series is definitely original when it comes to its core concept...

Sometimes, I want to play games that get my brain racing and my fingers tapping like an over-excited tap dancer. Other times, I enjoy a serene gaming experience, and Triada Studio Games' Shadowmatic [$2.99] is a great specimen of the kind of games that you play to relax. If you enjoy these type of games too, then you'll be happy to hear that Shadowmatic has gone free for the first time. If you haven't played or seen Shadowmatic, you are in for a (at the very least) visual treat as the game's gorgeous. The purpose of the game is to rotate a physical object in 3D space in an attempt to make the shadow it casts look like a familiar object. If you've ever used your hands and fingers to cast the shadow of a barking dog on a wall, then you know how this game plays out...

Let's start with the essential information: the gorgeous and classic Infinity Blade III [$6.99] is free for the first time ever, and you should definitely get it. Why? Let me explain the game's history a bit. When the original Infinity Blade [$5.99] came out on iOS, it really surprised everyone with how good it looked; not many thought that companies could bring the Unreal Engine to the iPhone. The game soon became the go-to game for showing off your mobile device's capabilities to wide-eyed friends. In addition to its fantastic visuals, Infinity Blade introduced swiping combat to mobile devices, a system that's been used in so many games ever since and had some players enjoying it and some players complaining about its relative simplicity...

Kemco has sales pretty often, but it's been a while since they've had a nice $0.99 sale on their selection of JRPGs. The most frequent comment I hear whenever Kemco does this is about which games to buy. After all, Kemco has published somewhere around 40 or so JRPGs on the App Store, and while some will tell you that one is as good or bad as the next, it's just not so. There are TouchArcade reviews for many of the games, but sometimes you just want the straight beef at a glance. Well, my friends, let me give you my picks from the selection of nine titles that you can currently pick up for $0.99 each...

One of the defining tower defense games on iOS has been Kingdom Rush [Free / Free (HD)], whose mixture of hero-based gameplay and standard tower defense elements has helped make the game a success across three separate entries so far. While it's hard to imagine many TouchArcade readers who haven't checked out at least one entry in the series – particularly as they've gone on sale or free at various points – if you haven't, and want to see what the fuss is all about, Ironhide Games has announced that the first Kingdom Rush is now free-to-play forever...

The original Knights of Pen & Paper is a humorously self-referrential look at the world of pen and paper RPG players, and despite some of its flaws, it's gained quite a following of fans over the years. So when Knights of Pen & Paper 2 [$4.99] arrived back in May, it had a lot to live up to as well as a lot of areas to offer improvement. In Shaun's review of the game, he noted several downsides to the sequel, one of those being a lack of content and overall short play experience. Today, the second big expansion for Knights of Pen & Paper 2 has arrived, rectifying some of those negative issues...

Transistor [$9.99] is easily one of the best games of the year for me, a wonderfully-realized world and a very entertaining battle system that come together almost seamlessly. Some balked at the original $9.99 price (which I found more than justified), but even that reason is now moot as the game has dropped to $4.99 in its first sale ever. If you want my detailed review of the game, jump over here and take a look, but I'll give you the short version if you don't feel like reading a couple thousand words. Transistor let's you enjoy a very original world that oozes with detail and, funnily enough, realism as Cloudbank feels like it could be a real place at some point in the future. Its narrative unfolds in a very clever way and the voice-over is fantastic, so if narrative is your thing, Transistor will definitely scratch that itch...

One of the best games of 2014, Out There [$4.99], got an update not long ago adding new visuals, music, and a bunch of new content in its "Omega Edition" update. And now, if you've wanted to play the game for yourself at a way-too-cheap price, well, the game's on sale for $1.99 this weekend. Definitely pick it up at that price – it was a fantastic game even before the new content was added in...

Earlier this year, when Heroes Of Might & Magic 3 - HD Edition [$9.99 (HD)] released for the iPad, I was hoping it would be the start of Ubisoft porting more of the classic Might & Magic games to iOS. The iPad version of the game had its share of quirks, most of which I outlined in my review, but it was a decent enough port of the game for those not interested in playing on their computers. Unfortunately, the game seemed to have stalled out a bit, getting a pretty quick update that introduced more bugs than it killed, followed by months of nothing. Imagine my delight when I saw that the game received a new update today that addresses most of those nasty bugs. Coupled with a sale that drops the price from its regular $9.99 down to $4.99, we might call this Heroes Of Might & Magic 3 HD's second chance...

Did you miss Adventures of Pip [$14.99] when it was $4.99 at launch? Well, while I think the game is worth $14.99 since it's a good platformer and that's what the game is worth on other platforms, I'm here to tell you about an opportunity to both pay an above-average price for a mobile game and still get a discount. Because Adventures of Pip is in the PAX 10, the developers at Tic Toc Games have put the game on sale for $9.99 for the weekend. No one knows when the game will be on sale again, so if you want the game for less than $14.99...do it now...

Last week saw the much-anticipated release of Square Enix's ultra-hit RPG Final Fantasy 7 [$15.99], but the nature of the port is causing some mixed feelings among fans. If you're one of those players feeling a little disappointed in that particular release, let me salve your wounds with some nice, soothing RPG balm. Square Enix's fantastic port of the superb Dragon Quest 5 [$14.99] has gone on sale for the first time ever, down from its usual "very-much-worth-it" price of $14.99 to a "how-can-you-not-buy-it" price of $9.99...

Glitchsoft's Uncanny X-Men: Days Of Future Past [$0.99] is a decent side-scrolling action game that layers on some excellent X-Men fan service. I enjoyed it well enough in my review, though I found the fighting mechanics to be on the repetitive side and the jumping to be a bit dodgy. Since then, the game has received a few updates, adding additional playable characters, improved control schemes, and lots of valuable bug fixes. It's been more than a year since the last one, but a brand new update for the game just hit, and to go along with it, the game's price has dropped from its regular $4.99 to a mere $0.99...

It's barely been out a month, but the outstanding strategy game Warhammer 40K: Deathwatch - Tyranid Invasion [$1.99] is already on sale. Regularly selling for $4.99, you can now pick up the game for a measly $2.99, and let me tell you, that's a lot of value for your three bucks. I'm not sure exactly why it's going on sale so soon, but it seems pretty likely that it's being held to beef up the player base in anticipation of the soon-to-come update that adds four-player multiplayer support...

If you love strategy games, I hope you haven't blown your whole budget for the week. Slitherine, the publisher behind some of the best strategy games on the App Store, is having a pretty rare sale at the moment. You can pick up several of their games (and IAP campaigns) for low, low prices, and with the prices some of them usually carry, these are some serious deals. The sale runs from today until August 17th, so stock up quickly while the getting is good. The complete list follows, with reviews linked where applicable:..

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