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!
Posted by Jessica Fisher on December 19th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Toyze, the 3D marketplace app by Eligo Games, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Badland developers Frogmind has announced that their popular side-scroller has reached the 20 million player mark worldwide, and their latest level pack ‘Daydream’ is coming out to celebrate.
Featuring ten new single-player levels, 30 missions, and five achievements, this new level pack also includes the journey of SNORF (one of the multiplayer characters) through the more bizarre sections of Badland. To celebrate the holiday season, the pack is also free for a limited time. Fans of Badland will also be happy to know that Frogmind has announced that they are working on ‘multiple’ titles in the series for release next year.
Badland is available from the App Store now, if you aren’t one of the aforementioned 20 million players, for $3.99. The ‘Daydream’ pack is available for free for a unspecified ‘limited’ time.
These days it’s not uncommon for big game releases to be accompanied by their own iOS app – a Companion App if you will. In fact, it seems more uncommon for a AAA game to come out and not have some sort of iOS presence.
And goodness do they ever have an iOS presence. It’s the very reason AppSpy has taken the time to put together a list of many of the AAA companion apps you’ll find on the App Store. Grand Theft Auto V, Shadow of Mordor, Elite: Dangerous, Far Cry 4, and Dragon Age: Inquisition are only a few examples of what they’ve covered.
The holiday season is upon us, and Australian developers Halfbrick have decided to make their complete iOS catalogue free for a limited time to celebrate. Listed below are the games on sale, listed the only way games should at this time of year: to the tune of ‘Deck the Halls.’
Deck the Halls with Age of Zombies,
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‘Tis the season to Fruit Ninja,
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Troul the Fish Out Of Water!,
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See the Monster Dash before us,
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Strike the harp and join the Colossatron,
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All of these are free for now,
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The end of 2014 is almost here, which can only mean one thing.
Okay it can mean a lot of things, but in this specific context it means Game of the Year lists!
Which is why the 148Apps staff have all picked their favorites from the past year. And why we’ve put them all into one handy list for you all to enjoy. It’s a nice list, too. Lots of variety and even a few free downloads that are worth checking out. So give it a look, and if you agree (or even if you disagree) please chime in below!
Puzzle to the Center of the Earth feels like a breath of fresh air compared to most everything else I played this year. It’s a fair free-to-play puzzle game that encourages and rewards patience in all of the best ways and none of the bad. It’s also a platformer that requires forethought and strategy rather than reflexes.
Unlike other mobile games like it, Puzzle to the Center of the Earth is not pushing players to make huge combos or speed-run through levels. Instead they can take their time planning out the best courses through a cave, much like an actual spelunker might (albeit with the power to carve out paths by magically matching blocks). It’s a super well made game that isn’t scared to have players get lost in its levels for a good while, which makes it unique as a puzzle game. For a mobile title, it strikes a fantastic balance of being engrossing, replayable, rewarding, and light enough for playing on the go, all of which lend to it being my favorite mobile game of 2014. – [Campbell Bird]
When I heard that an original Hitman game would be coming to iOS, like plenty of other people I couldn’t wait to cheese wire a guy to death while disguised as a security guard before popping another target in the face with my silenced pistol, all while waiting for a bus. When Hitman GO was released, many were initially disappointed to find that wasn’t the case. However, after playing what is a deceptively simple and infectious game of strategy for a short time, many (including myself) were hooked.
Hitman GO looks like the board game you wish your family would play at Christmas (put away the Cluedo box, grandma) with its sheen and minimalistic graphics that just ooze class akin to the suit Agent 47 is known for. Combine that with accessible gameplay that calls for multiple play-throughs thanks to the variety of challenges available, forcing players to tackle levels in different ways, and you have a winner in Hitman GO. It’s a game that should be on everyone’s hit list – [Lee Hamelet] Continue reading Game of the Year 2014 – 148Apps Staff Picks »
Posted by Jessica Fisher on December 18th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
CastleStorm, by Zen Studios, is getting a new update called Free to Siege. Now you’ll be able to challenge yourself to see how long you can last against wave after wave of pillaging vikings. Each wave survived will net you some fame and Pearls.
You can now train your troops and upgrade your weapons to level 20. And you’ll need them to work toward taking first place on new Survival Mode leaderboards.
The Survival Mode update is available for download now, and you can get CastleStorm for free on the App Store.
Eh… What’s up, doc? Wanna talk about Looney Tunes Dash!, do ya?
Sorry. As a long-time Looney Tunes fan I couldn’t resist. But Looney Tunes Dash! is a real game – a lane-based runner from Zynga – and it’s really out now. We were able to watch an extended gameplay demo, courtesy of John vanSuchtelen (General Manager) and Michael Waite (Creative Director), so here’s what you can expect.
It’s not an endless runner, though. Instead, you’ll be progressing through several levels with a definitive beginning and end. These levels are grouped together into ‘episodes’ that all involve specific themes, locales, and characters. For example, you can play as Bugs Bunny as he tries to outrun Elmer Fudd in an obvious homage to the classic “Wabbit Season/Duck Season” cartoon.
There’s a lot of character variety, including favorites like Bugs, Daffy, Tweetie, and the Road Runner, with even more planned for future updates. And of course, in addition to the effects of all the different power-ups like coin magnets and the like, each character has their own unique abilities to make use of. My personal favorite from what I’ve seen has got to be Daffy donning his Duck Dodgers outfit and blasting obstacles in his path.
Recreating the Looney Tunes feel was one of the biggest goals with Looney Tunes Dash!, and I have to say that there definitely seems to have been a lot of TLC poured into Bugs & Co. The animations are fairly reminiscent of the classic show, many of the individual personalities of the characters come through in their behaviors, and many of the voices are supplied by Jeff Bergman himself.
The levels themselves also displayed a fair bit of variety. There are branching paths in each, and some of them offer far greater rewards but also increase the risk. So not only will you have to keep an eye on the path ahead, but at times you’ll need to decide how you want to progress as you try to complete a level or maximize your score. And you’ll probably want to maximize your score when you can as you’ll be competing with your Game Center friends’ scores on each stage.
Looney Tunes Dash! is available now as a free download. And a big thank you to John vanSuchtelen and Michael Waite for letting us take a look at their game!
Recently, Time named inkle’s 80 Days their #1 Game of the Year. It plays out as an interactive fiction game with a steampunk reimagining of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days.
inkle has updated 80 Days with the new polar expedition, which adds approximately 30,000 words to 80 Days’ branching narrative. The game lets you explore an entire 3D globe with 150 cities and race your friends to see who can circle the world the fastest.
Join in the race with 80 Days for $4.99 on the App Store.