A Newbie’s Guide to Finding App Store Deals

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So you just blew anywhere from $329 to $499 or potentially way more than that on an iPad and/or iPad mini, don’t have a lot of money left over for games, and don’t want to go trudging through the top free charts? The good news is, there’s always an insane number of deals to be found on the App Store. Every day there’s more stuff on sale than you’ll ever be able to buy or play, and the values to be had right now in the mobile gaming scene are seriously just out of this world. The games you can get for less than a dollar now? Crazy. The even better news is finding these deals isn’t hard at all.

First off, you could stop by our Price Drops, Must-Have Freebies, and Deals Forum where we’ve got an army of dudes combing the App Store to find cool games on the cheap (or free). If you want to get a little more proactive, you can go scoping for deals yourself. How we do this when we post about sales is by utilizing our sister site, AppShopper.

Here are some handy links:

Watching the previous two freebie links can yield some particularly great results, as you can often find games that go free before whatever freebie promotions those particular games might be doing even technically start. Similarly, I’ve heard tales of some people being able to snag great games that were accidentally marked to free.

As far as the differences between “all" games and “popular" games, that all has to do with a top secret algorithm that attempts to determine what kind of games people are interested in. Personally, I tend to lean towards just wading through all games as sometimes you find some really crazy stuff in there.

Alternatively, you could just download the AppShopper App [Free] which also is pretty great for finding deals.

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