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Flying Hamster and Flying Hamster HD are Free and Updated to Support MFi Controllers

Posted by Stephen Hall on April 9th, 2014

Flying Hamster brags that it has almost 2 million players worldwide, and I don't see any reason to doubt that as the truth. After all, this game is about flying hamsters. It features 6 unique worlds, 35 different enemies, and 8 "freaky" weapons that you can find throughout each level. Additionally you can control the game in four different ways, allowing the player to use either on-screen controls or the accelerometer.

Flying Hamster and its HD version were both recently updated with support for 4-inch screens, iOS 7 game controllers, and Game Center. But the best part about the recent update is that both games are now completely free to download. Head over to the App Store and grab one (or both) of them now.

Figure Lets Users Play Around with Sound for Free, Selected as This Week's App of the Week

Posted by Andrew Stevens on October 25th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SIMPLY STUNNING :: Read Review »

Figure is this week's App Store App of the Week. This means, of course, that we get to toy around with sounds for FREE! Yay! We like free.

In our review, Chris Kirby said, "I’m not a DJ. I don’t pretend to be. I’m also not a musician. All of that said, however, I had one heck of a time with Propellerhead’s Figure app. It’s designed for someone like me – a person who loves to play with sound without it getting all technical and impossible to understand. And yet, I can see where Figure might also prove useful to a veteran performer or DJ. It’s just that versatile."

CAVE WORLD is Having Another Summer Sale - Quick, Buy Stuff!

Posted by Rob Rich on August 9th, 2013

CAVE WORLD makes awesome shooters. And as sure as they make awesome shooters, they also have seasonal sales. This summer, beginning tomorrow (8/10) and wrapping up next Sunday (8/18), a number of their highly acclaimed games will be getting price drops. These include the likes of Dodonpachi Resurrection and my own personal favorite, Deathsmiles.

The full list is below, but know that there's bound to be something there that you'll want.

MUSHIHIMESAMA BUG PANIC - ($6.99 -> $4.99)
Deathsmiles - ($11.99 -> $6.99)
Espgaluda II - ($7.99 -> $5.99)
Dodonpachi Resurrection - ($7.99 -> $5.99)
Bug Princess - ($4.99 -> $2.99)
Dodonpachi Blissful Death - ($4.99 -> $2.99)
Bug Princess 2 - ($6.99 -> $4.99)
Bug Princess 2 BLACK LABEL - ($13.99 -> $6.99)
DODONPACHI MAXIMUM - ($11.99 -> $6.99)
Espgaluda II HD - ($13.99 -> $10.99)
Dodonpachi Resurrection HD - ($13.99 -> $10.99)

The World Ends With You: Solo Remix Goes Half Off Its Original Price

Posted by Andrew Stevens on August 6th, 2013
iPad App - Designed for iPad

Pocket Gamer reports that The World Ends With You: Solo Remix has dropped its price in half for both the iPad and iPhone versions, making them available for $10.99 (iPad) and $9.99 (iPhone). In our review, Jennifer Allen wrote, "Originality is clearly something that The World Ends With You: Solo Remix is far from short of. I’ve played many JRPGs in the past and there’s nothing quite like it."

Readdle Turns 6 and Drops Prices to Celebrate

Posted by Rob Rich on August 5th, 2013

Not everyone will be familiar with Readdle, but the developer has been around ever since 2007 and enjoying a steadily-increasing user base ever since. What began as a single book reading app with a handful of followers has since turned into a large collection of useful apps (scanning, printing, reading, etc) with over 16 million downloads. To celebrate, Readdle is dropping their prices for a limited time.

At the moment you can download any, or all, of the following apps at a significantly discounted price:

Scanner Pro - Originally $6.99, now $1.99.
Printer Pro iPhone - Originally $4.99, now $1.99.
Printer Pro iPad - Originally $6.99, now $1.99.
Calendars+ - Originally $6.99, now $1.99.
PDF Converter - Originally $6.99, now $1.99.

Ms. Splosion Man Celebrates a New Update with a Sale!

Posted by Rob Rich on August 2nd, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: AN ABSOLUTE BLAST :: Read Review »

It's only natural that something as volatile as an anthropomorphic explosion would act spontaneously. Hence the out-of-nowhere sale Ms. Splosion Man is currently having.

You can grab this fantastic platformer for 1/3 of the original asking price (down to $0.99 from $2.99), but that's not all. Twisted Pixel has also upgraded an optimized the heck out of it with:

- Support for cross-device savegames via iCloud
- Adjusted in-game economy
- Updated UI artwork
- Numerous bug fixes and optimizations

Seriously, if you haven't tried Ms. Splosion Man yet, you're just about out of excuses at this point.

2K Games' Mobile Summer Sale is in Full Swing

Posted by Rob Rich on August 1st, 2013

Nothing says summer like a sale! Okay, I suppose beaches, barbeques, convertibles, swimsuits, and ice cream say summer as well. Still, it's sale time!

2K Games is kicking their summer celebration off with a big sale on several well-known titles, including XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Check out the full list below.

- Civilization Revolution - $.99 (reduced from $2.99)
- NHL 2K11 - $.99 (reduced from $3.99)
- Sid Meier’s Pirates! - $.99 (reduced from $2.99)
- Borderlands Legends - $.99 (reduced from $4.99)
- NBA 2K13 – $2.99 (reduced from $7.99)
- XCOM: Enemy Unknown – $14.99 (reduced from $19.99)

TanZen Celebrates its 5th Birthday by Going Free

Posted by Rob Rich on August 1st, 2013
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED :: Read Review »

It's been five years (five Years!) Since Little White Bear Studios released TanZen onto the App Store. That's only about a month after the App Store came into being when you think about it.

To celebrate, the developer is making TanZen free for a limited time across the board. That means both versions of tangramy goodness, HD and not, are currently free to download. Even the free versions are free! Give it a look, I hear it's pretty good.

Ninja, Inc. Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on January 24th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: WE ARE NINJA
This ninja tower-builder with a healthy dose of zombie-slaying feels a little loose at times, but it can be surprisingly tough to step away from.
Read The Full Review »

Infinity Blade II Gets Skycages! Whatever Those Are.

Posted by Rob Rich on August 3rd, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Remember how ChAIR promised continuous and free updates to Infinity Blade II? Well that’s still very much a thing. The gorgeous App Store juggernaut has just received yet another significant content update and includes all of the requisite stuff we’ve come to expect (i.e. more of practically everything), as well as a couple of surprises.

The Skycages update is adding 30+ new items to the game. This includes weapons, armor, rings, and so on. New achievements, enemies, and some special new Clashmob content is also available. However, there are two major aspects that really make the “+1” version number enticing: it adds even more story elements that finally bring this particular chapter of the saga to a close, and - perhaps even more exciting – there’s a new weapon type to learn and master. No, not a new sword, a new type of weapon. The “Solar Transport Energy Blades” is a class of weapon entirely separate from the sword/shield, dual blades, or two-handed weapon and allows players to “harness the power of the sun.”

As though all of this weren’t enough, seeing as I’ve barely scratched the surface of the first update, Infinity Blade II is also getting a celebratory price cut. So the six people who haven’t gotten their hands on it yet can do so now for a paltry $2.99. Then maybe we can figure out just what the heck Skycages are together.

Alexandria Bloodshow Brings Hemophilia Back

Posted by Rob Rich on June 8th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

It feels like it wasn’t all that long ago when Samurai Bloodshow (the rest of the title is too confusing so I’m leaving it off) managed to take me completely by surprise. The combination of strategy, card collecting, and over-the-top arterial spray brought a huge smile to my face. And now Sega is poised to do the same thing to me all over again. Albeit without the surprise since I know what’s coming this time around.

Alexandria Bloodshow is the official sequel to that other fantastic genre mash-up. This time players can take control of two separate armies – the Egyptians and the Greeks – as they attempt to collect, cut-up, and conquer. With the requisite art styles (Greek pottery, Egyptian hieroglyphics) to match of course. All the engrossing card gathering and deck building is still on offer, now with a whole new set of units to strategize with. Over 120 in all, actually. And with the two selectable armies, five difficulties, and seventeen stages it makes for a total of 170 campaign levels to conquer. And that’s not even taking the two player versus mode (via WiFi or Bluetooth) into account.

Alexandria Bloodshow is available on the App Store now, and it’s only $0.99. Okay, it's actually free to download but it's $0.99 to unlock the full game. Not a bad deal.

Love is in the Air. Also Gameloft Sales. And More Love.

Posted by Rob Rich on February 14th, 2012

No doubt there will be plenty of couples out celebrating this Valentine's Day. Lots of flowers, candy, romantic dinners and candlelight. No one really stops to think about the less glamorous side of the holiday; namely waiting in long lines to get into a restaurant for said romantic dinner, scrambling to find flowers and candy when at least half of the country is doing the same, and so on. Fortunately there's a way for iOS users to lessen the irritation and have an easier time enjoying the moments that really matter. In this case, I'm referring to Gameloft's Valentine's Day sale.

Of course rescuing a space princess in Earthworm Jim, wreaking havoc in Gangstar Rio: City of Saints or running amok in Rayman 2: The Great Escape won't substitute for making googly-eyes at each other from across the table. They will, however, make the wait for the table more bearable. And just in case finding "the right words" ends up being an issue, there's also Gameloft's Love Declaration Generator. Hey I'm just pointing out that it exists, I didn't make the thing.

War of the Worlds Receives 12th and Final Minigame, Celebrates With Sale

Posted by Rob Rich on February 3rd, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: LOTS OF POTENTIAL :: Read Review »

It feels like it's been ages since I first set eyes upon Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of the War of the Worlds Minigame Adventure. Back then it consisted of a mere two games. Now the last of them have been added, bringing the total up to the initially promised twelve.

It makes for an extensive collection of mini-genres, from the "find the item" graphical adventure style of the Prequel through the old-school puzzle gameplay of The Red Weed (Part 1) and ultimately drawing to a close with the arcade-like viral infection of Dead London. It's a collection that I'd easily recommend to fans of H.G. Wells' classic tale for the typical going rate of $5. However, in celebration of Minigame Adventure's completion the price is getting a temporary 60% price cut for the weekend (2/3 - 2/5).

It should go without saying that being able to grab a collection of a dozen well-made, War of the Worlds-themed mini-games for $2 is significant. Even if it should, I feel the need to reiterate it. Both for dramatic purposes and because it would be foolish for fans of the novel/movies to pass this up. So here I go: Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of the War of the Worlds Minigame Adventure, a title which offers twelve mini-games, is currently on sale for $2. It's a ridiculously good deal, and one that I'd recommend jumping on before it's over.

Ash Gets New Custom Artwork, a Few Tweaks, and a Price Drop

Posted by Rob Rich on December 19th, 2011
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Ash was one of the first RPGs I downloaded when I was a new initiate to the wonders of iOS gaming. I recall being thoroughly impressed by the quality. Well, that quality just got a boost. The original game was released with graphics licensed from RPG Maker, but SRRN Games has replaced all of it with totally original artwork. The new style shares a few basic similarities with the older one, but overall it's a huge visual change. Especially the character portraits.

Another less obvious but still notable change has to do with the random encounters. One of the game's initial shortcomings was that there were just so freaking many of them it kind of made getting from point A to point B a pain. This has been rebalanced, so now random encounters are a bit less frequent. They'll still happen, and they're still essential to not being caught in a boss battle with one's pants down, but the decrease will go a long way to making the game more accessible and overall more fun.

Last and most important, Ash is getting an 80% prince drop for the holidays. What was once a great RPG that could be had for $4.99 is now a great RPG made slightly greater and available for a buck. One dollar. $0.99. I'd gladly recommend this game to any RPG fans at $5, but $1? That's, like, "don't even think about it just buy it" pricing. So yeah; don't even think about it, just buy it.

Pocket God Comics App Hits 500K Downloads - Time to Party With Savings!

Posted by Rob Rich on December 8th, 2011

It's amazing how certain iOS games can just explode into our culture, isn't it? It happened with Angry Birds, which spawned more than a few spin-offs, merchandise and even a cartoon. The sadistic little app from Bolt Creative about the lovably doomed island of pygmies has also been bitten by the success bug. Since its release, Pocket God has seen a ton of content updates, a follow-up with its own metric ton of additions, and a digital comic. Each of these three things have been incredibly popular, but it's the success of the comic we're talking about now.

On the heels of a major milestone achievement (500 thousand plus downloads) and a new update (issue #11) comes even better news. Pocket God Comics, in collaboration with Free App A Day (FAAD), is on sale for absolutely free for the next two days. Well technically FAAD is responsible for Thursday's sale, while MonsterFreeApps is handling Friday. Anyway, from the 8th through the 9th, the now 11 issue strong digital comic app will be available for zilch. Nothing. Nada. Zip.

Great games, great reads, great regular prices and an even greater sale. Honestly, aside from a general discomfort derived from the violent demises of cartoon islanders, I can't think of a legitimate reason for anyone to miss this sale. It's looking to be one fantastic weekend.