Sales are fun, aren’t they? I like seeking out bargains – buying iOS games can be an expensive sport – but I enjoy it doubly when the games don’t go completely free because while I might occasionally run out of money for games, I still want to help the developers of games I enjoy. So, without further ado, let’s go enjoy a good day in the land of cheap iOS games.
Alto's Adventure, $4.99 – Review – This is the best game of the bunch not so much for its gameplay (since the game is an entertaining, if somewhat basic, take on an endless runner) but rather for its excellent visual style that achieves so much with so little. The dynamic day/night cycles and the weather effects really make this game stand out. You won’t play this one for the challenge, you’ll play it for the experience.
Bean Dreams, $2.99 – Review – This is a fantastic platformer by Kumobius (and the sequel to the great Bean’s Quest) which in our review we praised for streamlining the original’s concept into a tight and concise experiment. This time around, Kumobius gave us smaller levels that offered much tighter challenges than the original game and, therefore, made the game much more accessible.
Breath of Light : Relaxing Puzzler, $1.99 – Review – If you, like me, occasionally long for games that offer relaxing and meditative experiences rather than frantic challenge, you’ll enjoy this game a lot. In our review, we talked about how easy it is to get lost playing this game because of its beautiful graphics and alluring sound track.
FOTONICA, $1.99 – Review – If you liked Mirror’s Edge or simply enjoy endless runners that actually try to provide a different experience, you should give Fotonica a try. The game is a one-touch runner, but instead of tapping to jump, you tap and hold to force your character to descend to the ground and pick up speed; letting go makes the character jump. This simple change to the runner recipe makes Fotonica one to try even if you’ve had your fill of endless runners.
FRAMED, $3.99 – Review – What a beautiful game this one is. Framed looks like an old detective comic book with wonderful silhouetted art and vibrant colors. In this game you rearrange the on-screen panels to change the outcome of each encounter in order to help your protagonist escape the police. Even though the novelty wears thin after a while, the game is still an enjoyable one.
Shadowmatic, $3.99 – Review – This game was our pick for Game of the Week when it came out back in January. In this game you get to manipulate abstract objects in an attempt to make their shadows on the wall create a known object. If you’ve ever cast the shadow of a dog’s head on a wall using your hands, you know how this game plays. In addition to its clever gameplay, this game is also gorgeous with incredible lighting and shadows.
Duet Game, $2.99 – Review – Last, but definitely not least, Duet is on sale. I could just stop here, and you would know why you should go pick this one up if you don’t already own it. Still, let me convince you a bit more. As we wrote earlier today, Duet just got new free content, an “Endless Encore" mode and a “Speed Run" mode. So, go get it cheap while you still can.
These are all the great sales for today. We’ll continue to keep an eye on the App Store, and we’ll keep you informed if any other good deals pop up.