Games To Make Your New Year Bright [December 17 - 30]

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Hope you all had a happy New Year.  Since Christmas obligations kept me from writing a roundup last week I thought I’d do my best to give you a double dose of gaming goodness this week.  After being relatively quiet for a while Digital Chocolate is back with what looks to be a real time strategy game called Army Attack.  It’s free with IAP options, and it also requires an internet connection in order to be able to play.  Stone Blade Entertainment released SolForge, a demo of a new trading card game coming from the creators of Magic The Gathering.  The current offering is an offline pass and play experience only, but given the pedigree I would expect some pretty good things to come.  And of course you should check out the extras at the bottom of this post.  Now on to the main attraction…

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SEGA’s Sonic Jump is today’s 12 Days of Christmas freebie

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The 12 Days of Christmas promotion started 5 days ago, and for its sixth feature gift, it’s none other than SEGA’s Sonic Jump. Not to be dismissed as just a Doodle Jump clone, this variation of Sonic the Hedgehog is a welcome addition, with addictive gameplay and solid replay value (be prepared to spend some dosh on IAPs). While the 12DoC is technically open only to international App Stores, the game did go free 2 days ago in the US, so this is certainly one worthwhile freebie that’s available to all iDevice users.

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MumboJumbo now offering all their iOS games either Free or $0.99

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Midnight Mysteries: Haunted Houdini for iPad

If you enjoy a good hidden object game on your iPad, MumboJumbo’s holiday sale should be right up your alley. Their entire iOS library is now either Free (Luxor 27 Wonders: Magical Mystery Tour and more) or down to just $0.99, which include their HOG/Adventure titles like Midnight Mysteries: Salem Witch TrialsHaunted Houdini and Samantha Swift and the Fountains of Fate. Theses normally go for $4.99, so that’s a nice 80% discount. The sale is good until the end of the year, so you’ll have plenty of time to decide which of these great games to grab for free or just a dollar. The entire list of MumboJumbo’s iOS games can be found below.

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Karateka remake kicks and punches its way onto iOS App Store

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Remember Karateka? You know, that classic 8-bit side-scroller fighter that made your jaw drop back in the 80′s? Well Jordan Mechner, the man behind the game and who later made Prince of Persia, has brought Karateka back to life with the help of Jeff Matsuda’s artwork (The Batman) and music by Grammy-winning composer Christopher Tin (Civilization IV). The remake first arrived on XBLA in early November and has now arrived on iOS.

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EA Mobile’s Holiday Sale: 55+ iOS Games now $0.99

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EA Mobile has once again dropped prices of their most popular iPhone and iPad titles to $0.99, and this one is likely their biggest of the year. Nearly all their iOS games are on sale for a dollar, and for the very first time, FIFA SOCCER 13 and Need for Speed Most Wanted can be had for a buck. If you have yet to pick up some of their more recent offerings or are a new iDevice owner, this holiday season would be a great time to pick up some great games on the cheap for yourself or someone else via iOS 6′s new gifting feature. The full list of games on sale can be found below.

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Chillingo celebrates Holidays with App Store freebies

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Unsurprisingly, as we get closer to the Christmas holidays, the App Store has been seeing a ton of price drops on quality apps and games. Chillingo, one of the biggest publishers on the platform, is celebrating the holiday season with 15 iOS games you can download for free. Leading the way is ORC: Vengeance, an awesome action RPG that was recently named in Apple’s Best of 2012 under the “Showpiece Games” category. Others in the list include Endless RoadPony Trails and Spice Bandits, a superb Tower Defense and one of my favorites in the genre [read about the making of Spice Bandits here]. The complete list of free Chillingo games after the break.

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Adventure gaming deals: Telltale’s iOS games now $0.99

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Back to the Future on iOS

Telltale Games has launched their holiday sale and are now offering most their iOS games for only $0.99. In case you’re not aware, Telltale is behind some of the most recognizable point and click adventure titles around, including Back to the FutureMonkey Island Tales and Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space. Most of them are episodic, meaning you can now snag the games in its entirety for $3 – $5, depending on how many parts there are. There are also standalone games you can grab for a buck, like Puzzle Agent 2 and Wallace & Gromit The Last Resort. If you’re a fan of adventure gaming, check out the full list of Telltale’s iOS catalog after the gap. And don’t forget to pick up The Walking Dead ep.1, which has gone completely free for a limited time.

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FAA’s Free App of the Day – The Walking Dead: The Game

We’re working together with the team at Free App Alliance to highlight a great free app for you to check out.

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Play the Walking Dead adventure game on your iDevice

If you download one game today, make sure it’s Telltale’s award-winning point-and-click adventure Walking Dead: The Game. This five-part series is just spectacular… from start to finish.

In Episode 1: A New Day, you take on the role of a con named Lee Everett, who’s thrust into survival mode when his police escort careers off-road and into a walker-filled forest. Your aim is to safely make your way to the small town of Macon, Georgia. Along your journey, you’ll meet and greet plenty of other apocalypse survivors, and be faced with tons of tough decisions. These decisions have an impact on future episodes. So, if you get on the wrong side of a survivor, don’t expect him to help you out of a sticky situation later down the line. Simply put, if you enjoy a good adventure game and are fan of the TV show/comics, be sure to grab Ep1 while it’s still free.

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