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148Apps Holiday Sales Guide

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 26th, 2019

It’s almost Christmas, which means a lot of things, including lots of things going on sale. I’m keeping track of the absolute best games getting price drops this year, and there’s a whole lot of them. Some of these titles even made my game of the year list for 2019, so make sure to pick them up at a discount while you can!

Star Traders: Frontiers (Best of 2019) - $3.99

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Ordia (Best of 2019) - $2.99

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Xenowerk Tactics (Best of 2019) - $2.99

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Everything you need to know to have the best mobile gaming holiday season

Posted by Harry Slater on November 28th, 2018

A happy French Bulldog puppy waiting patiently for Santa

It's almost December, which means that the festive period at the end of the year is almost upon us. You've probably already done some shopping. Or, if you're anything like us, you've tutted about people who've already done their shopping. But we thought you might like some help getting prepared for the holidays, which is where this article comes in.

We're going to update it regularly with everything you need to know to make sure you spend the holidays in the finest mobile gaming place the world has ever seen. Every Wednesday we're going to be adding some new tips, tricks, deals, and more, as well as linking out to all the other festive content we're going to be creating.

Since the holidays are all about friends and family, we'd love you to join in. Got your own questions, comments, or ideas? Then please do let us know in the comments section at the bottom of the article. We might even get you a present or two, in the form of replies.

The best Christmas games on mobile

Posted by Jennifer Allen on December 17th, 2015

Christmas is nearly upon us, which means you want everything in life to have a kind of snowy or festive theme, right?

Well, what better way to get in the mood than by playing a few festive treats on your mobile or tablet.

We at 148Apps have picked our favorite winter-themed games that you’re sure to enjoy these all year round.

8 KEMCO JRPGs Are Just $0.99 in Celebration of the Holidays

Posted by Jessica Fisher on December 18th, 2014

KEMCO has announced a special Christmas sale. 8 diffrent KEMCO iPhone titles will be on sale for up to 90% off for a limited time. The sale has already begun and will last through December 25.

The titles on sale are:

Alphadia Genesis
Fanatic Earth
Soul Historica
Chrome Wolf
Chronus Arc
Bonds of the Skies
Fortuna Magus
Link of Hearts

You can pick up all of these great games for $0.99 each on the App Store.

Santa Spreads Happiness Like a Virus in the New Plague Inc. Update

Posted by Jessica Fisher on December 17th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Plague Inc., by Ndemic Creations, has discovered an all new mutation: Santa's Little Helper. A new update adds a new Christmas scenario where you infect the world with the holiday spirit. Governments have banned the joyous holiday and it is up to the Neurax Worm and Santa to bring the world to its knees with happiness.

The update brings some upgrades, too. Using highly advanced technology you can now teleport to other countries using portal. The progress screen has also gotten a bit of a redesign so now you can see your completion % and challenges. Several diseases, including Parasite, Prion, and the Neurax Worm, have mutated and the humans are getting smarter so the game will now be a bit more of a challenge.

There is so much to to explore - just try not to catch the flu while you do. You can check out the cheerful new Plague Inc. for $0.99.

Disco Zoo Update Adds a New Region and Festive Headwear

Posted by Ellis Spice on December 12th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DANCING HIPPOS! :: Read Review »

It's been a while since we've heard from Disco Sue of NimbleBit's Disco Zoo, but now they bring us news of a new update for the game.

Headlining the update is further expansion to the zoo, along with a new region and new creatures. A special holiday treat in the form of festive hats for the animals is also arriving in this update. iPhone 6 users will find that the game works better on their device, with other various small bugs having been taken care of as well.

Disco Zoo is available to download now from the App Store for free.

Now We Can All Celebrate the Holidays with Khloe & Kourtney in Kim Kardashian: Hollywood

Posted by Jessica Fisher on December 10th, 2014
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SHALLOW ROLEPLAY :: Read Review »

The Kardashians are celebrating the holidays in Kim Kardashian: Hollywood by Glu Games Inc, and a bunch of special stuff will be rolling out over the next couple of weeks.

This year Kourtney & Khloe will be joining in; Kourtney will debut on 12/19 and Khloe will debut on 12/26. You'll be able to collect 12 days of Christmas Gift Boxes starting 12/12, and as you find new holiday items you'll earn bonuses for Kourtney and Khloe's hosting holiday events.

You can download Kim Kardashian: Hollywood now for free.

Christmas Comes to The Simpsons: Tapped Out

Posted by Jessica Fisher on December 8th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar :: SOULLESS CASH-IN :: Read Review »

How does Santa get into so much trouble every year? In The Simpsons: Tapped Out, by Electronic Arts, someone's going to have to save Christmas.

In the game's new holiday update, you'll be tasked with collecting presents and helping the elves in exchange for prizes. The update also includes new characters, buildings, decorations, and more.

You can download The Simpsons: Tapped Out for free right now.

Pocket Gamer is Giving Away a Different Premium iOS Game for Free, Every Day, Between 12/8 and 12/19

Posted by Rob Rich on December 5th, 2014

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?

Worms 3 Gives the Gift of a Free Festive Update

Posted by Ellis Spice on December 3rd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MORE WORMY GOODNESS :: Read Review »

A seasonal update has arrived for Team17's Worms 3, bringing some festive cheer to the usual explosions and mass Worm death.

The update adds five Christmas-themed hats (Cracker, Penguin, Christmas hat, Turkey, and Christmas Tree), five themed gravestones (Penguin, Cracker, Christmas Tree, Present, and Candy Cane), explosive Christmas puddings instead of mines, an air strike dropped from Santa's sleigh, and festive present weapon crates.

Worms 3 is available on the App Store now for $0.99.

Castaway Paradise VIP Subs are on Sale for a Limited Time, and a Special Holiday Update is Coming Soon

Posted by Rob Rich on November 28th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: AN ISLAND OF FRIENDS :: Read Review »

'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."

How To: Track Santa on Christmas Eve on Your iPhone or iPad

Posted by Jeff Scott on December 24th, 2012

It's Christmas time again and Santa will be starting his global voyage any moment now. Did you know that you and the kids can track Santa's progress around the globe with your iPhone or iPad? Here are a couple apps that help you do it.

By far the best way is to use Google Earth. To view the Santa tracker in Google Earth, just hit the menu tab at the bottom of the screen and select the Santa tracker to follow Santa around the earth.

Vito Technologies has also released an update to Star Walk that lets you track Santa in an augmented reality sort of way. Hold your device up to the sky to track where around the earth Santa is.

To all of you and your families a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from 148Apps!

This Week at 148Apps: December 17-21

Posted by Chris Kirby on December 24th, 2012

'Twas the week before Christmas, and as everyone knows, Jeff Scott listed sale apps and watched that list grow: "As another year draws to a close, millions of people will find iOS devices and iTunes gift cards waiting for them under the tree. That means lots of people looking for apps and games to download and that means it’s time for a HUGE sale. This year does not disappoint with tons of apps and games on sale and a ton going free for Christmas week.

If you enjoy this list, feel free to tweet or share this post on Facebook.

Here are our picks from the best of the best apps and games on sale. And as a reminder, you can always find the latest apps and games on sale at our iOS Price Drops page."

Read the full list at 148Apps.com.

Then away to GiggleApps we ran with a dash, and checked in with Amy Solomon, who had this news flash: "The Night Before Christmas presented by One Hundred Robots is a personal favorite retelling of the classic holiday story of the same name.

If one were to check iTunes, one could find multiple apps adapting this traditional Christmas story, and this app is a top choice of mine for a few reasons.

Although I am not always a fan of computer generated animation, especially when it boasts a 3D effect.
I do, however, love the bright, colorful and wonderfully stylized look of this computer-generated app, with interesting photographic elements and textures along with a 3D look for a very interesting visual experience. There is a wonderful use of perspective, and the placement of that would be the camera if one were shooting live action as well, as quick camera movements highlights the benefits of working with computer graphics."

Read Amy's full review at GiggleApps.com.

Then at last we arrived at AndroidRundown, to see what was new in KickStarter-town: "Stands for smartphones are a very usual kickstarted project because they are all generally very simple and relatively cheap to make. We have done a few here for this blog post, and I was trying to stay away from them, but after seeing the crazy look of this week’s KickStarter Spotlight project I had to do it. This week I am showing off Simply Amplified’s Symphony Shells. They are 3-D printed phone stands that are shaped like real-life oceanic shells. They come in three separate forms, the urchin; small and spiked, the murex; arched and pointy, and the nautilus; square and twisting. All can be done in a very colorful and ornate tie-dye pattern or simply come in a solid or di-chromatic color scheme. My initial favorite is the nautilus simply because of its epic size and crazy spiky, square spiral. These really are very beautiful designs and any of them would display a smartphone with style and aplomb."

Read more about Symphony Shells at AndroidRundown.com.

So rest and relax, and don't even flitter - you can always find us on Facebook and Twitter. And when you wake from your drowse and your long Christmas naps, don't forget to check in with 148Apps.

Ultimate Holiday iPhone and iPad App and Game Sale List

Posted by Jeff Scott on December 21st, 2012

As another year draws to a close, millions of people will find iOS devices and iTunes gift cards waiting for them under the tree. That means lots of people looking for apps and games to download and that means it's time for a HUGE sale. This year does not disappoint with tons of apps and games on sale and a ton going free for Christmas week.

If you enjoy this list, feel free to tweet or share this post on Facebook.

Here are our picks from the best of the best apps and games on sale. And as a reminder, you can always find the latest apps and games on sale at our iOS Price Drops page.

Update 12/24, 10am: updated with a couple dozen newly found great apps on sale - at the top of the list of "all the rest". Merry Christmas Eve!

Big Fish Games

Big Fish Games prides itself in putting out a new game every day. And most of their games are now on sale. That's a lot of games. Here's the full list and a few of our favorites below.

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EA / Popcap / Firemonkeys Annual Game Sale

EA has, once again, put nearly all of their games on sale for $0.99 the holiday. A great way to stock up on any that you may have missed. Here are a few of our favorites, or see the full list for EA, Firemonkeys, or Popcap games on sale.

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A few of the more recent Gameloft games are on sale for $0.99.

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Rockstar Games

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Sega have put a few of their games on sale.

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Square Enix

Squeenix has put a bunch of their games on sale as well. Here's the full list and our favorites are below.

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Telltale Games

Telltale celebrates their winning multiple Game of the Year awards for The Walking Dead by putting the first episode out for free, and all of their other games on sale for $0.99.

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All The Rest

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Apps Invade The Toy Aisle

Posted by Jennifer Allen on December 13th, 2012

In the last few weeks, I've noticed an interesting trend among my young cousins. No longer do they want cuddly toys or regular action figures from Santa. This year, it's all about iPhones and iPads--a marked change from the increasingly distant days when I was a kid. Given the importance of such devices this Christmas, we thought we'd take a look at just how apps are invading the toy aisle and offer a few ideas for festive presents.

Ideas for Babies and Toddlers

Fisher Price offer plenty of great ways of integrating iPhones or iPads with your kids' playtime. The Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case turns devices into a form of 21st century rattle. Noisy beads keep them interested, while a mirror means that baby can take a look at themselves. There's peace of mind too, as the case can withstand drool, teething and a certain amount of throwing around. It comes in iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad varieties.

The Apptivity brand continues from there, too. There's a Storybook Reader, which turns an iOS device into a book that can be turned just as easily as a conventional tome.

For the more active baby, there's the Gym, allowing babies to hone their motor skills in conventional ways, while also playing peek-a-boo with the Fisher Price app.

Finally, there's the Monkey, with its cuddly toy nature combined with the power of some fun iOS games for the youngster.

Toddlers can enjoy the fun of Dora the Explorer Let's Play Backpack, which lets kids place a toy backpack on an iPad in order to unlock new activities to learn logic, Spanish and many other important skills.

Toy Vehicles for the 21st Century

Remember as a kid how much fun it was to play with toy cars? Disney and its AppMATes toys have brought that up to date. Disney Cars2 AppMATes come in two varieties: Lightning McQueen/Holley Shiftwell and Mater/Finn McMissile. In both cases, kids place the car on the iPad screen before taking it for a spin around Radiator Springs. It's perfectly safe for the screen, too, thanks to the rubber contacts, although doesn't work through screen protectors.

For the Scientific Child

iTikes offers a great range of toys that turn iOS devices into more educational tools. The Map Explorer uses a form of Augmented Reality to help kids interact with a world map, as well as learn about the Solar System, dinosaurs and animals.

Other toys such as the Microscope, Keyboard and Canvas offer a similar mix of educational fun. It's all helped by the fact that kids don't require an iOS device at all times to enjoy the toy.