The holiday season is in full-swing, which means a whole lot of iOS apps and games are going on sale. A bunch already have, in fact. Naturally this means we’re putting together a hand-picked list of the best discounts and sales we can find in order to make your own App Store holiday shopping easier.

Things are already kicking off with an impressive assortment of great titles, and it’s only going to get better as we close in on the New Year. So take a peek at what’s on sale, and treat yourself a little.

[Updated – 12/20]: Holy moly there were a lot more things on sale than we expected. Over 150 entries are in the list right now, including some rather significant titles like Chaos Rings II, Where’s My Water, and Deus Ex: The Fall. We’ve also updated the list with a devoted Apps section, and that’s loaded down with some significant sales on apps like AmpliTube, Fantastical 2, and Launch Center Pro as well. The best part is we’re just getting started!

[Updated – 12/22]: As expected, the list just keeps growing. A few things went back up to regular price (boo!), but way more things have gone on sale to make up for it (yay!). We’re talking apps like GoodReader and The Hit List, and games like Machinarium and Infinity Blade III.


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How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you’re looking for. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the many good apps and games with something just a little bit more to offer. Take a look at what we’ve been up to this week, and find even more in our Reviews Archive.

Dragon Quest III

 
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Fairly tricky to track down in North America, Dragon Quest III’s $9.99 asking price doesn’t seem so bad when placed into the context of eBay prices for a NES or Gameboy Color cartridge. That doesn’t stop Dragon Quest III from seeming rather dated by modern standards, but JRPG fans will enjoy this slice of history. You play the child of a hero, sent to see the King on their 16th birthday before being thrust into an adventure to save the world. Dragon Quest III doesn’t bother with too much originality on this front but it’s forgivable. It adds some more originality and flexibility through its party system. While there’s no chance of being overly attached to your fellow party members, given they’re essentially soulless husks of statistics, they do offer plenty of potential. You simply head to the local tavern to recruit your party and then head out, forming them into exactly what you want of an ally. –Jennifer Allen

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath

 

Roaming the Oddworld version of the Wild West is the Stranger: a gruff bounty hunter turning wanted criminals in for cash. There are a few gameplay styles on offer here, the first being the third-person platforming that allows for navigation of each area, as well as basic combat. The second is a first-person shooting mode that enables players to think more strategically by making use of a variety of critters that can be captured and used against enemies. Will they use a Bolamite to tie up their enemies, a Chippunk to draw them away from their buddies, or just electrocute them into submission with a Zapfly? Either way, the freedom of approach is an excellent touch. Last of all is the stealth element, giving players the option to take out enemies one by one by setting off traps or creating them, all while hidden from view amidst tall grass. These different styles come together seamlessly to give players the ability to decide how they resolve the matter at hand, preventing Stranger’s Wrath from feeling too linear and monotonous, and instead feeling fresh and exciting. –Lee Hamlet

Papers Please

 

As unlikely as it might sound, I had a job once that was vaguely like playing Papers, Please. It wasn’t on the border control of a corrupt state, but it did involve conducting background checks on people and checking that their papers as well as their stories added up. I stuck around as there was a strange satisfaction in looking out for discrepancies, and I also happened to be quite good at it. Papers, Please succeeds partially because of that similar sense of satisfaction, but also because of a storyline that draws you in bit by bit. Not that it should, technically. The idea of a game all about working on border control, checking over people’s papers before either admitting them to the country or rejecting them, really isn’t that fascinating on the surface. Two things save Papers, Please from being monotonous, however. The first is how, on a simple level, it gradually introduces new elements to what’s expected of you. –Jennifer Allen

1Writer

 
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Text editing apps are fairly commonplace on the App Store, but every now and then one will come along that clicks that bit more easily than the last. 1 Writer is one such app. Simple to use but reasonably powerful as well, it’s the kind of text editor that works just as well for taking notes quickly as it is for more powerful markdown-based work. A quick tap on the plus sign guides you straight into things. You can choose to just type away as normal or opt to throw in links, bold, italics, lists, and even images. Along the way, 1 Writer can upload it all to Dropbox and generate the relevant markdown syntax for you. A cursory swipe to the right takes you to a built-in web browser, lending itself well to research purposes. –Jennifer Allen

Flyhunter Origins

 
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Flyhunter Origins from Ripstone and Steel Wool Games offers a solid demonstration of how mobile games are getting a bit ahead of themselves. Players zip through Flyhunter Origins as Zak, an alien janitor aboard a flyhunting spaceship. During some impromptu roleplay, Zak accidentally jettisons the ship’s crew and its cargo (bugs) into space. Then they promptly fall back to Earth. Zak needs to round up the crew and the bugs or else he risks making his powerful boss very unhappy. –Nadia Oxford

10 Digits Learning Toy Hardware

 
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Recently, I was given the chance to review the 10 Digits learning toy – wood numbers that interact with the iPad and other tablets. Two apps work in tangent to this number set that teaches basic number recognition, addition and the manipulation of numbers up to one hundred within these Montessori-styled applications. I was eager to test this new toy as its brightly colored classic good looks and wooden construction remind me of the wood number puzzle my son had as a toddler, which he loved and oddly anthropomorphized by dragging these numbers within their frame to listen to stories or play with other toys as though this puzzle would take an interest in these activities. A close look at each of these wooden numbers from the 10 Digits toy will find three soft plastic feet on the back to allow these pieces to work on top of the screen of the device. Each foot pattern is unique; they’re akin to Braille and work with the iPad and other tablets to recognize each number in use. Both the apps 10 Fingers and Up to 100 have free lite versions to download and unlock easily using the 10 Digit toy pieces. I admire the clean look of these apps; the white screen, boldly colored numbers, and other details seen with bright translucent colors and subtle brush strokes are details reminiscent of felt tip markers on a dry erase board. –Amy Solomon

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If you are looking for the best reviews of Android apps, just head right over to AndroidRundown. Here are just some of the reviews served up this week:

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Pear Sports System Hardware

 
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Being fit is gently moving on from being a pastime to being a habit of successful people. Of course, as the need to be healthy becomes more pervasive, it is natural to see more and more tools that have a mobile component. It makes sense… smartphones are the ubiquitous pocket companions. The Pear System looks to bridge this gap, first by being a veritable heart rate measuring tool, and then by wirelessly connecting data via one’s Android device. The review package Pear send to us highlights the system; the review packet contains the Pearl heart rate monitor, a chest strap, headphones and a carrying pouch. Most of th pieces are bathed or accented in bright blue. The HRM unit is diminutive, with the company logo tastefully stamped on the front. The back has two press-in buttons and the battery cover. The strap is black, with the press-in receptacles, and is adjustable and stretchy. The headphones look simple, but have interesting buds, and there is a button on the right ear. Finally, the carry pouch is light and zippered. –Tre Lawrence

Star Wars Galactic Defense

 

Star Wars Galactic Defence is a pretty basic tower defence game. Enemies of different types run along lanes in each level. The player must build a series of towers to prevent the m enemies reaching a certain area . After each level the player receives a rank depending on how many enemies they managed to stop. Player can also select 1-3 heroes for each level. These heroes can be freely controlled. Star Wars Galactic Defence doesn’t stray far from this formula and indeed lacks fairly basic tower defence features, like an upgrade system or hero skills. The only hint of progression in the game is new towers that are unlocked at certain levels. Galactic Defence doesn’t just encourage players to replay previous levels, it requires it. Every level after the first is so difficult that it is nigh on impossible to repeat earlier levels to gain money and hero experience. Enemies simply flood in and getting three stars is difficult indeed. This is the polar opposite of fun and is compounded by the fact that to unlock later levels the player must acquire a certain amount of stars. –Allan Curtis

Call of Duty: Heroes

 

Call of Duty: Heroes, despite its action game roots has more in common with Clash of Clans than with Modern Combat. Does the mammoth license of CoD make it a good game? After an initial battle, like other city builder games, the player is put in charge of constructing a base from the ground up including resource buildings, troop training facilities and base defence. This proceeds slowly. After a few resource buildings are ticking over the player can begin to crank out an army. These range from average rifle wielding grunts to..other slightly different soldiers such as RPG ones. –Allan Curtis

And finally, what were the ten most watched videos on AppSpy? What are the best gamebooks on Android? And just how good is Galcon 2? All of these questions, and at least four more, are all answered on AppSpy’s lovely website this week.

Also this week, Pocket Gamer finished off its advent calendar with five more amazing freebies, reviewed the new SimCity and Brothers in Arms games, and reported on the most Googled game of 2014. It wasn’t Destiny… All that and loads more, right here.

New Version of Tempo Smart Calendar Helps You Plan Your Day Without Opening the App

Posted by on December 22nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Tempo, the smart calendar for iOS 8 by Tempo AI, has added a new Contextual Widget, Interactive Notifications, and 10 New Languages. Using iOS8’s Today View, you can see all of your upcoming events without opening the calendar. You can even add new events, check contact details, get directions, check flight status, and more.

The update has also added Evening Notifications, which are sent later in the day and provide an overview of tomorrow’s events to help you prepare. And 10 new languages have been added to Tempo to make it more universal. They are Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Swedish.

Tempo is available on the App Store for free.

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DICETINY is coming to iOS in 2015

Posted by on December 22nd, 2014

Fakedice has announced that they’re bringing their digital board game DICETINY to iOS.

The app combines card collecting, RPG elements, and board games. You’ll have your choice between four classes – warrior, cleric, mage, or rogue – and will use them to battle monsters. As you defeat them you are awarded with cards to build your deck with.

DICETINY should be coming out next Summer. Until then, you can check out the trailer below.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt may still be a few months away, but very soon players will be able to get a new taste of the acclaimed Polish RPG on their mobile devices with The Witcher Battle Arena. While it trades open-world exploration for compact multiplayer brawls, we see how much of that old Witcher charm remains in this edition of It Came From Canada!

The Witcher Battle Arena definitely has a lot of MOBA elements, but its changes are significant enough to keep it from fitting squarely into that genre. Players choose from a handful of characters from Witcher lore, like lumbering trolls or agile archers, each with their own skills to master like giant arrows or fire storms. From there they team up with two other players to fight another team of three, whether it’s online humans or bots, to the death.

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But instead of using typical MOBA ideas like creeps or lanes or turrets or crystals, here battles boil down to direct confrontations and capturing outposts. To whittle their opponents’ health to zero, players kill their foes as well as maintain control over the three outposts as long as possible. Conquering a neutral outpost takes just a few moments, but once they are all quickly snapped up, players must last long enough to completely steal control points for their team. This back and forth makes up much of the game. Although the limited arenas are compact to the point of claustrophobic, teams must still make sure not to spread themselves too thin as they try to take enemy territory while simultaneously protecting the base. The variety of skills and shop upgrades add to the tactics, and just one well-executed surge can move a match from a stalemate to a decisive victory in minutes. It’s about being in the thick of constant carnage instead of sneakily circumventing it looking for the last kill. Compared to most MOBAs, it’s less detached.

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It also looks pretty good considering its unenviable position of being compared to a gorgeous AAA console cousin. The smaller maps allow for more details and the grim fantasy aesthetic of The Witcher shines through. It may not surpass Vainglory’s visuals, which are a graphical showcase for iOS MOBAs and iOS games (period), but it’s impressive nonetheless.

Just as The Witcher refuses to be like all other RPGs, The Witcher Battle Arena rejects rigid MOBA conventions. We’ll see how well that pays off when the game fully launches soon.

The Babies Get Lost Again in the New Aztec Ruins Update for Light in the Dark

Posted by on December 22nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★☆ :: LIGHT 'EM UP UP UP :: Read Review »

Light in the Dark, by Dreamgate Studios, is celebrating the holidays with a new expansion called Aztec Ruins. In this update, the baby Totems have run off again. You’ll have to solve the puzzles to find all of the lil’ totems and return them to their parents. The Aztec Ruins add 72 new levels, including 12 challenge levels and character skins.

Aztec Ruins also features the new Ghost light feature, which makes enemies fall asleep when it hits them and deactivates other features, such as a revolving mirror.

You can download Light in the Dark for $1.99 on the App Store now.

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via: Our Review

Living Room 3D for IKEA Makes All In-App Purchases Free Until 2015

Posted by on December 22nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Living Room 3D for Ikea: iCanDesign, by Oleksandr Rysenko, is giving everyone a Christmas gift for the holidays. All of the app’s features are currently free until 2015. If you’ve been clamoring to redecorate or just like playing around with interior design, now is the time to check it out.

Living Room 3D for Ikea lets you design your dream living room. You can move the furniture, change flooring, repaint the walls, and add décor and accessories. You can also share your complete living room with friends and family on social networks or via e-mail.

You can download the Living Room 3D for Ikea: iCanDesign for free on the App Store, and all of the in-app purchases will be free until 2015.

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A New Update Races onto Asphalt 8: Airborne

Posted by on December 22nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★½ :: HIGH FLYING ENTERTAINMENT :: Read Review »

Gameloft is giving the gift of updates to Asphalt 8: Airborne. The update features Pro Kits that let you exceed your car’s previous max specs, 11 new Cars including the Tramontana XTR and Arrinera Hussarya, a new location, a new token system, and 3 winter-themed tracks.

The token system lets you earn tokens by playing events or buying them in the shop. You can then use the tokens to acquire exclusive cars, refill Fuel, or buy Boosters.

You can get in on the Asphalt 8: Airborne holiday action by downloading it for free now.

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via: Our Review

The iPhone Gets its Own Pocket-Sized Galaxy Trucker

Posted by on December 22nd, 2014
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Galaxy Trucker Pocket, by Czech Games Edition, is a mini version of the iPad version of Galaxy Trucker, which is itself a port of the popular board game.

You can play solo against various AIs in the campaign mode, or with up to three other players in pass-and-play or real-time online games. Galaxy Trucker Pocket lets you build your space ship (from sewer pipes), make deliveries, and fight off raiders. The game has 81 achievements and 12 different AI personalities for solo play to always keep you on your toes.

You can download Galaxy Trucker Pocket for $2.99 now, and the iPad version is still available for $7.99.

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via: Our Galaxy Trucker Review

Make your own Tribez Figures (and More) with Toyze

Posted by on December 19th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Toyze, the 3D marketplace app, has signed a licensing agreement with Game Insight to offer fans the chance to own 3D figures from three of their properties: Tribez, Dragon Eternity, and Mirrors of Albion.

“Game Insight is one of the most successful players in the international mobile gaming industry and we are thrilled to give their fans the ability to bring their legendary characters to life as sharable 3D models and toys,” said Toyze CEO Vilius Rinkunas in a press release. “Our customers have already created more than 500,000 3D models and we will continue announcing more game developer partnerships as well as characters in the coming weeks and months.”

The first of the series to become available are the figures from the popular game Tribez. You’ll be able to customize all seven tribesmen and share your 3D design via social media.

You can download the Toyze app for free on the App Store to start creating today.

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It’s Bird vs. Bird in the New PvP Mode for Angry Birds Epic

Posted by on December 19th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★☆☆ :: SIMPLE RPGING :: Read Review »

Rovio and Chimera Entertainment have released the hounds! No…wait I mean Birds! Angry Birds Epic has gotten a shiny new PVP mode, so now you can crush your friends with your bird army.

The pigs are taking a break from the beatings to watch the birds fight it out on “Terence’s ship” docked on the south beach of Piggy Island. The new update includes a league system that will let you climb the ladder of success by destroying your foe’s banner. Just don’t let them destroy yours. The battle is turn-based with a focus on tactical game play.

The update isn’t the only thing to get excited about. Coming Dec 21, the game will also have a holiday season for all to enjoy. So download Angry Birds Epic on the App Store for free today to start wailing on each other.

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via: Our Review

Telltale Games has designed some amazing stories, including Tales From the Borderlands, The Walking Dead, and Wolf Among Us. Now they have set their sights on Minecraft. In collaboration with Mojang, Telltale Games is developing Minecraft: Story Mode. The game will be an episodic story of a new character in the Minecraft world, and is set to premiere in 2015.

“People really like the idea of stories about Minecraft, but forcing a narrative into our core game experience would restrict players’ freedom to view the world in their own unique ways. Instead, letting them explore an alternate interpretation via Minecraft: Story Mode, driven by the proven might of Telltale, seems like a no-brainer,” said Owen Hill, Chief Word Officer at Mojang, in a press release. “We’re big fans of Telltale Games at Mojang, and we can’t wait to reveal more details on Story Mode soon.”

For an interesting way to learn more about Minecraft: Story Mode check out their interactive game, Info Quest II.

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WarChest Ltd and Splash Damage Ltd are teaming up again to work on bringing us new game, titled Tempo.

You are a special forces team tasked with saving London from the clutches of a mad rich man who has wired it to explode if his insane demands are not met. And by “saving London” we of course mean “shooting at bad guys a lot.”

Tempo is set for release in January 2015. Until then you can enjoy the newly released and action-packed trailer.

BulkyPix has had an awesome six years, and to celebrate its birthday the developer is giving away 16 premium games to fans.

“Since 2008, our company has grown to become a leading provider of entertainment, first for smartphones and tablets, and now for every possible platforms. We intend to continue our development on the mobile market and to reinforce our presence on PC, Mac, Smart TVs and to explore the promises of VR. There are always many opportunities to tackle with today’s global presence of gaming in our lives and that keeps us really motivated to go further with our projects and our partners,” said Olivier Pierre, CEO of BulkyPix.

The list of free games includes:

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Lithuanian developer Nordcurrent has yet again updated its restaurant simulator and time management game, Cooking Fever; this time with a sushi-themed restaurant and brand new gameplay mechanics.

Cooking Fever is causing quite the sensation after being downloaded by 9 million players since launch, topping charts on its way. What it is, is a time-management game set in a variety of themed restaurants in which you cook world foods using over 100 different ingredients.

Adding to the Bakery, Fast-Food, Chinese, Indian, Pizza, Breakfast, and Seafood-themed levels is a brand new Sushi restaurant that contains new game mechanics. You’ll be rolling a variety of sushi, you see, combining different flavors and condiments.

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The restaurant environment itself is very authentic and the cabinets for sushi storage offers new functionality. The difficulty here stems from, well, the same difficulty with making real sushi. You have to balance speed with accuracy to ensure that not only the sushi tastes great but that it’s served with trademark speed. Those customers don’t like waiting, folks.

Android fans need not feel left out much longer – an Android version is expected to follow in the first quarter of next year and a whole new Paradise Island-themed map containing plenty of new restaurants will arrive soon after.

Head on over to the App Store [download] to get the full sushi experience right on your iPhone in Cooking Fever.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.



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