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 Ellis Spice on December 19th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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,
Fa la la la la la la la la.
‘Tis the season to Fruit Ninja,
Fa la la la la la la la la.
Troul the Fish Out Of Water!,
Fa la la la la la la la la.
See the Monster Dash before us,
Fa la la la la la la la la.
Strike the harp and join the Colossatron,
Fa la la la la la la la la.
All of these are free for now,
Fa la la la la la la la la.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on December 12th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Stone Age: The Board Game, by Campfire Creations, was released two years ago today. To celebrate, they’re putting the game on sale for one week only.
In Stone Age you can play solo, against AI, or against your friends in a challenge to see who can be the best leader of their tribe. If you have iOS 6 or higher you can also play against others in competitive league play with Elo rankings.
Can you get Grogg to invent fire? Will Mogg’s tribe starve? Find out by downloading Stone Age for $2.99 while you still can.
Posted by Ellis Spice on December 11th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
We’ve reached that time of the year where every man, woman, and corporate entity decides on their favorite games of the previous twelve months. Apple is no exception to this, and this week they named Threes from Sirvo LLC as their iPhone game of the year. To celebrate this honor, the developer has announced that the game is now on sale, with the price having had a very appropriate 33.3 recurring % sliced off.
In other words, Threes is available now for $1.99, down from its usual price of $2.99.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on December 9th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This year, Leo’s Fortune, by 1337 & Senri, was named App Store Best of 2014 and the 2014 WWDC Apple Design Award winner, as well as being nominated for game of the year by the App Store. That’s a lot to be proud of.
In celebration of their achievement, 1337 & Senri are offering Leo’s Fortune for 40% off for a limited time. Help Leo recover his stolen treasure in this gorgeously animated (and controlled) physics puzzler.
Nothing says “Holiday Season” like an Advent Calendar, right? Well the folks at Pocket Gamer, in collaboration with a lot of very generous and generally awesome developers, have set up a special one just for you, the iOS gaming enthusiast.
Starting next Monday, 12/8, they’ll be giving away one top-rated premium game for $0, for 24 hours. After that a new game will go free for anther 24 hours, and so on. And it will continue right up through 12/19. That’s ten days of freebies!
All you have to do is check this list each day between 12-8 and 12-19 to get those free games. Simple, right?
Posted by Jessica Fisher on December 5th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
SEGA is offering Crazy Taxi for 80% off the normal price until December 11. The sale is enough to make you drive like a madman through the streets.
Just like the old classic from the Dreamcast, Crazy Taxi for iOS, has you racing to pick up fares, shouting at slow buses, and jumping off the highest hills to show off your cabbie skills. The game offers 3, 5, or 10 minute runs in Arcade Mode and Original Mode, and features an awesome soundtrack by Bad Religion and The Offspring.
You should pick up Crazy Taxi for $0.99 on the App Store before SEGA realizes just how crazy their sale is.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on December 4th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
In God of Light, by Playmous, you become a glowing ball of light named Shiny who lives in a darkening universe. And for a limited time you’ll be able to download it for free.
You must conquer a variety of physics based puzzles to manipulate light and save the universe. The game has a pretty graphics and a moody soundtrack created by the band UNKLE. We thought it was pretty fun, actually. You might want to check it out while you have the chance to download it without having to pay.
We don’t know exactly when God of Light will stop being free, but for the time being that’s how much you’ll find it going for on the App Store.
‘Tis the season for sales and price drops, and Castaway Paradise has apparently caught the bug as well. Seeing as it’s free to download, the upfront cost hasn’t changed. However, for a very limited time you can purchase a 12 month VIP subscription for $5 off the regular $29.99 price.
A holiday-themed update is also on its way, which will bring a big new Christmas event (and various goodies, naturally) to the island. The update will also add group chat to the game, but that’s not particularly Christmas-y.
You can download Castaway Paradise form the App Store for free, and take advantage of the VIP subscription sale right now. The holiday update will being “in December.”
Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 26th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Ossian Studios has permanently lowered the price of their western action RPG, The Shadow Sun.
The game brings together elements of Dungeons & Dragons and The Witcher to create a story-driven RPG with real-time combat and tons of characters to meet. You will explore the imperial city of Shar with its mysterious plague in this 10-hour adventure with over over 70 unique areas and 200+ unique items, hidden secrets, and ancient treasures.
Check out The Shadow Sun for $4.99 on the app store.
It’s almost turkey time! Which means lots and lots of food but also lots and lots of sales. Some sales have even started a few days early, which is why we’ve put together a list of iOS games that are currently discounted (sometimes by a lot).
Chances are this list is only going to get bigger as we approach the weekend, so check back in with us from time to time to see what else you can nab for a reduced price.
[Updated 11/26]: Even more games have been discounted and it’s still not even Thursday yet! A lot of fairly well known titles have joined the list this time, including games like Surgeon Simulator, Republique, and Thomas Was Alone.
[Updated 11/27]: Goodness but there are a lot more sales happening right now! Just under 40 games have been added to the list this time, with big names like Banner Saga, Table Tennis Touch, King Oddball, a whole bunch of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks, and a whole lot more.
[Updated 11/28]: If you thought all the sales were done, you were mistaken. Even more price drops have gone into effect since yesterday, for big titles like Joe Denver’s Lone Wolf, Knightmare Tower, Talisman, and Kingdom Rush. But that’s not all. We’ve also updated the list to include apps! You can click the link below to jump to the Apps page.
[Updated 11/30]: Yep, we’re still going. The list is still growing, and will most likely continue through Monday. Currently we’re looking at a number of board game additions like Eclipse and Kahuna, as well as plenty of non-board games like Warhammer Quest and The Firm.
[Updated 12/1]: Happy Cyber Monday! A few titles have returned to regular price over the weekend, but several are still discounted and we’ve got plenty more to add to the list. And Little Inferno and Infinity Blade II are just the beginning.
The sale includes Agricola for $2.99 and Decks I and K (available via in-app purchase) for $.99 each. You can also get Tanto Cuore for $0.99 and the Ascension Expansions (excluding Darkness Unleashed) are on sale for $0.99. Darkness Unleashed is on sale for $1.99.
This sale is only running until December 1, so pick up your copies soon.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 18th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The Chainsaw wielding card game, Chainsaw Warrior by GameTheNews.net, is coming back in Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night. The new game will have an upgraded combat system, new weapons, upgrades, powers, equipment, zones, and unique mini bosses.
Steve Martin, the game’s designer at Auroch Digital says: “Chainsaw Warrior will always be, at its heart, a board game. It’s important to us that people who played the original can jump right in and feel at home, but at the same time we want to use this opportunity to build on the challenge and add in some tricks that the digital format opens up for us.”
To celebrate the upcoming release of this new installment, the original Chainsaw Warrior, which was based on the 1987 classic from Games Workshop, is going on sale for 50% off today.
You can download Chainsaw Warrior for $1.99 on the App Store and Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night will be out later this winter.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 13th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Kuuluu Interactive Entertainment has updated Linkin Park’s popular iPad game, Linkin Park Recharge – Wastelands. It’s gone Universal, so now the game can be played on the iPhone 4s and above. And to celebrate, Kuuluu has made the game free to download.
So if you enjoy battling evil overloads that have sized the only natural resources left on a dying planet, destroying their robot minions, and exploring a post-apocalyptic world set to Linkin Park’s music, then download your free copy of Linkin Park Recharge – Wastelands on the App Store today.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 3rd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Somethin’ Else‘s Papa Sangre II and The Nightjar have gone on sale in Apple’s Amazing Horror Games Promotion. Until Nov 7th, the price of the games will be halved. Papa Sangre II is a survival horror game told entirely through a creepy soundtrack. Narrated by Sean Bean (best known for Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings), the game takes you through 18 levels of Papa Sangre’s museum as you try to find a way back to the living.
The Nightjar is another audio only game. This time you are up against a horde of zombies. With only your ears to guide you, how long will you last?
You can pick Papa Sangre II and The Nightjar up for $1.99 on the App Store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 29th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
King of Dragon Pass, by A Sharp, was first released 15 years ago in 1999 for Windows and Mac. In March of 2000 the game won the “Best Visual Art” at the second Independent Games Festival, and in 2012 it was released for iOS.
In celebration of an amazing 15 years of gaming, A Sharp is putting all versions of the game on sale for 50% off for 5 days, beginning today.
The A Sharp team also reports that they are working on a spiritual successor to King of Dragon Pass, set in the same world. It won’t be released for at least another year, but it already has a working title: Six Ages.
While you wait for Six Ages, you can check out King of Dragon Pass while it’s still on sale.
Nightfall is now $0.99 (previously $2.99). Lords of Waterdeep is $3.99 (previously $6.99) and its expansions are $0.99. Finally, Ascension‘s Darkness Unleashed expansion is on sale for $1.99 (previously $2.99) while all other expansions are $0.99.
This Halloween treat is only available through November 1, so pick up these great games on the cheap while you have the chance.
Posted by Ellis Spice on October 28th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Bio Inc. developers DryGin Studios have started a giveaway of one million copies of the disease simulation game, which they hope to achieve in around 48 hours.
Alongside this giveaway, version 1.5 of the game has arrived. Features added in in this new version include Game Center integration, including leaderboards and 30 new achievements to unlock, a ‘Fast Forward’ mode, new sound effects, and an Italian language option.
Bio Inc. is available for free from now until one million people have gotten the game for free.
Rubicon Development, makers of the award winning Great War Games series, has announced a huge sale on 15 of their most popular games that will run until Monday morning at 9:00am. The games that will be included in the sale are:
Posted by Ellis Spice on October 7th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
As much as I’d like to reveal to you that The Room Two, the great logic puzzle title from Fireproof Games, is currently on sale for 66% off, I’m afraid that you’ll need the spyglasses pictured below in order to see this news.
It’s a shame, really. You likely would have loved to have known that we gave the game 4.5 stars in our review, and that it currently carries an 8.9 rating over on QualityIndex. But alas, you’ll likely never know that this game is very much worth getting at this price, especially with The Room Three set to release next year.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 29th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Aralon: Sword and Shadow, by Crescent Moon Games, has been compared favorably to Elder Scrolls in its visuals and play style. Recently Crescent Moon released an update to add widescreen and full iPhone 6 support. They have also improved lighting and shadow effects for a more visually pleasing experience.
To celebrate, Crescent Moon Games is offering Aralon: Sword and Shadow for $0.99 for a limited time on the App Store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 17th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
To accompany the release of iOS 8, Eastwood has released a new update for ETA. The personal driving assistant now has a Today View extension that shows your top three locations.
ETA integrates with your favorite map apps so that you can click on a location on a map and get the ETA and directions without ever opening the app, and they have included the ability to drag and drop locations via a pin.
In celebration, ETA will be on sale throughout the iOS 8 launch week, which runs from the 17th to the 24th. You can pick up ETA for $0.99 right now on the App Store.
KEMCO RPGs Destiny Fantasia, Infinite Dunamis, Bonds of the Skies, and Grinsia are all currently on sale for 88% off their normal prices.
In Destiny Fantasia you play Lidim, a weapon shop worker who accidentally overhears a secret negotiation between two countries that may end in war. The game has an interesting leveling system, which gives characters strength and attributes after each enemy encounter.
Infinite Dunamis is the story of Luke, an engineer who stumbles across an amazing robot, and features a plot that threatens the entire world (of course).
Bonds of the Skies has players taking on the role of main character Eil as he travels with his friends and their Grimoas (gods) to save his town and fight an evil demon.
In Grinsia, a family of treasure hunters searchers an ancient ruin for the ultimate loot. The game allows you to play as multiple characters, and each one has a slightly different take on the story to make the game re-playable for different experiences.
All four games are on sale for $0.99, but the sale won’t be around forever. So check out these Kemco titles while it lasts.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 29th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Snowman has just released their 2.1 update for Checkmark 2. The update includes new features such as snoozing, improved recurring reminders, and tappable actions in notes. The recurring reminders now require you check them off so that you never miss them and the tappable actions allow you to add links inside the notes field, such as a phone number, URL, or email address.
Checkmark 2 now also supports a 24-hour clock and has improved their date-specific location-based reminders and “Add from map” zooming. And to celebrate all these new features, Checkmark 2 is 70% off for a limited time.
You can download the latest version of Checkmark 2 today for the temporary price of $2.99.
Labor Day is fast approaching, and so are the sales. Lots of sales, by the look of it.
This list is already pretty sizable, and we haven’t even made it to the weekend yet. Naturally that means you can expect there to be plenty more price drops and freebies on the way. We’re talking big games, too. VVVVVV, Rayman Fiesta Run, LEGO Lord of the Rings, and a whole lot more. So why not check back with us from time to time as we update the list throughout the weekend? Worst case scenario: you end up saving money.
Updated 8/29: Several new titles added, including Phantom PI and 100 Rogues.
Updated 8/31: Now with more Bio Inc. and 868-HACK!
Posted by Ellis Spice on August 25th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The second chapter of SkyGoblin‘s The Journey Down series has today arrived on the App Store. The Journey Down: Chapter Two continues the story of Bwana and co in St. Armando as they continue to look for his lost father. Along the way, whilst running from pirates and the law in the Underland, they’ll discover a dark conspiracy which shrouds the fate of Bwana’s father.
To celebrate the release of Chapter Two, The Journey Down: Chapter One is also available this week for the grand price of nothing, giving players a chance to play the first chapter before they play the second installment in the story.
The Journey Down: Chapter Two is available on the App Store now for $4.99, whilst Chapter One is currently free and will be for the rest of this week.
Posted by Ellis Spice on August 22nd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the King of Fighters franchise, with the original arcade King of Fighters making its début in Japanese arcades on August 25, 1994. To celebrate this historic milestone, SNK is having a big sale on the App Store, knocking the price of ten games down to $0.99.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 20th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Echo Prime, the sci-fi dungeon crawler by Robot Entertainment, is on sale now for only $0.99.
The game pits players against alien creatures, space pirates, and mercenaries, and allows them to befriend the mysterious “Echoes” to gain their abilities. With over 100 pieces of gear, random campaign generation, and a variety of enemies, it’s has received a lot of great reviews.
You can try out Echo Prime for $0.99 on the app Store.