TouchMyApps » News http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:33:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.10 News: Behind The Scenes With Panda and Rousey http://www.touchmyapps.com/2015/08/13/news-behind-the-scenes-with-panda-and-rousey/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2015/08/13/news-behind-the-scenes-with-panda-and-rousey/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 02:42:06 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=74668 Do you play cross-platform action / RPG Taichi Panda?  Or maybe you’re just a fan of up and coming UFC fighter Ronda Rousey.  Either way, if you haven’t seen it yet, they’ve been featured in a pretty cool TV ad promoting the game and her fondness for it.  Better yet, for those of you that … Read more]]>

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Do you play cross-platform action / RPG Taichi Panda?  Or maybe you’re just a fan of up and coming UFC fighter Ronda Rousey.  Either way, if you haven’t seen it yet, they’ve been featured in a pretty cool TV ad promoting the game and her fondness for it.  Better yet, for those of you that like behind the scenes goodies, here’s a short video of how the commercial was made:

Making Of Taichi Panda Commercial on Youtube
The Actual Commercial

If you haven’t tried the game yet, you can find it here:

Apple: Taichi Panda Snail Games USA Inc., Taichi Panda – Free
Google Play: Taichi Panda

My thoughts here: Taichi Panda in “10 App Store Games To Watch”

 

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Sale: Check Out Free Titles from Colto during August http://www.touchmyapps.com/2015/08/10/sale-check-out-free-titles-from-colto-during-august/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2015/08/10/sale-check-out-free-titles-from-colto-during-august/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:34:51 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=74658 Kids might be starting to go to school already, but the summer is not quite over yet.  Colto is trying to ease the pain of “back to school blues” by offering one of its iOS titles for free every day in August.  If you have young kids you might want to check out one or … Read more]]>

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Kids might be starting to go to school already, but the summer is not quite over yet.  Colto is trying to ease the pain of “back to school blues” by offering one of its iOS titles for free every day in August.  If you have young kids you might want to check out one or all of these titles.

1-11 August – Eli Explorer
Trailer: Eli Explorer on Youtube
Eli Explorer  –  Fun educational game for preschool kids to learn and discover their first 100 words and phrases in 10 languages with a flying bunny Colto, Eli Explorer – Fun educational game for preschool kids to learn and discover their first 100 words and phrases in 10 languages with a flying bunny – Free

12-18 August – Star Gurus
Trailer: Star Gurus on Youtube
Star Gurus  –  Fun educational dot to dot game for preschool kids to learn numbers and how to count in different sequences Colto, Star Gurus – Fun educational dot to dot game for preschool kids to learn numbers and how to count in different sequences – $0.99

19 – 31 August – ABC Gurus
Trailer: ABC Gurus on Youtube
ABC Gurus  –  Fun educational alphabet and phonics game for preschool kids to learn letters and their phonetic sounds Colto, ABC Gurus – Fun educational alphabet and phonics game for preschool kids to learn letters and their phonetic sounds – $1.99

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Space Food Truck – Help One Man Left Realize Their Portable Vending Desires http://www.touchmyapps.com/2015/07/21/space-food-truck-help-one-man-left-realize-their-portable-vending-desires/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2015/07/21/space-food-truck-help-one-man-left-realize-their-portable-vending-desires/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 20:40:30 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=74604 The developers of the awesome “dodge ‘em all” series Tilt To Live and the free-to-play strategy game Outwitters are at it again.  This time they’re taking on the galaxy with Space Food Truck, a quirky combination of Star Trek and Diner Rush.  Okay, it’s really not like either of those things, but I bet that … Read more]]>

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The developers of the awesome “dodge ‘em all” series Tilt To Live and the free-to-play strategy game Outwitters are at it again.  This time they’re taking on the galaxy with Space Food Truck, a quirky combination of Star Trek and Diner Rush.  Okay, it’s really not like either of those things, but I bet that got your attention.  Your mission, should you choose to accept it, it to scour the galaxy for the perfect ingredients to make the best dishes to serve all your clients.  It will take the combined efforts of all four of your crew members, which can conveniently be controlled by multiple players.  You can play the game solo, but the optimal configuration is to have one person control each crew member.  The game is conceptually complete, but the good folks at One Man Left Studios are coming to Kickstarter for your help.20150721-sft-2

So what’s the money for?  Here’s a list of some of the things the developers wish to achieve:

  • Online play, include asynchronous play when you can’t finish a game in one sitting
  • 38 unique events to rock your world
  • An infinite variety of recipes
  • Professional voice actors

There’s plenty more as well, but frankly they do a much better job of explaining it than me.  Go check out their Kickstarter page here: Space Food Truck on Kickstarter.  In the mean time, you can also peruse their current iOS offerings: One Man Left on the App Store.

Note that this will initially be a desktop based game, but they have recently announced a mobile release as well.  Let’s make sure they decide to take the game that far.

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Update: Streetfood Tycoon from Kuyi Mobile better than ever http://www.touchmyapps.com/2015/07/13/update-streetfood-tycoon-from-kuyi-mobile-better-than-ever/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2015/07/13/update-streetfood-tycoon-from-kuyi-mobile-better-than-ever/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 21:32:29 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=74591 Streetfood Tycoon was always one of my favorite street vendor time management games, but leave it to Kuyi Mobile to feel like they need to make it even better.  There was already plenty to serve, tons of fun customers and lots of goals to meet.  This time around they’ve decided to tackle pop culture, new … Read more]]>

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Streetfood Tycoon was always one of my favorite street vendor time management games, but leave it to Kuyi Mobile to feel like they need to make it even better.  There was already plenty to serve, tons of fun customers and lots of goals to meet.  This time around they’ve decided to tackle pop culture, new challenges and even pay homage to their homeland.

  • Daily Challenges – come back day after day to unlock new items and upgrades for your cart
  • Like spoofs?  Meet Jun Snow from Game of Throngs, Steep Curry from Warriorz (a spoof of their own game Warriors of Nom Nom), and more…
  • If you’re from the Philippines you might recognize local favorites like Red Star, Monty and others… and if you’re not get busy looking them up

This is one of those free-to-play games that you actually can complete without spending any IAP (I have), but if you download and like it toss the devs a couple of bucks anyway.

Streetfood Tycoon Kuyi Mobile, Streetfood Tycoon – Free

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You Wanna Make Games? Sure You Do… http://www.touchmyapps.com/2015/07/11/you-wanna-make-games-sure-you-do/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2015/07/11/you-wanna-make-games-sure-you-do/#comments Sat, 11 Jul 2015 21:31:04 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=74584 You’ve been playing games for years, but the truth is you secretly want to actually make them.  The problem is, you don’t know where to start.  Maybe Humble Bundle can help you out.  They are currently offering a game making bundle that comes with a wide assortment of tools for making games and some demos … Read more]]>

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You’ve been playing games for years, but the truth is you secretly want to actually make them.  The problem is, you don’t know where to start.  Maybe Humble Bundle can help you out.  They are currently offering a game making bundle that comes with a wide assortment of tools for making games and some demos of what can be made with those tools.  For a complete list of what comes with the bundle you can check out the official page here: Humble Game Making Bundle (and yes, I’ve already bought mine).  In the mean time, here’s a partial list of what you can get, depending on what you’re willing to pay…
Game Guru
Stencyl: 1 year license
RPG Maker VX Ace Deluxe Edition
Spriter Pro

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Maybe you’re more of a modder at heart.  You’ve possibly even been itching to try your hand at the Unity 3D engine but didn’t want to start something from scratch.  Mad Finger Games has been kind enough to take modding to a whole new level by supplying users with the entire project chain for their multiplayer arena game Shadowgun: DeadZone.  You can download the game on the App Store to see how it plays, then head on over to the Unity Assets store and grab the entire codebase as well as all the assets for free.  Add new weapons, characters, levels… even new game mechanics if you’d like.  Be the master of your own FPS destiny.

Shadowgun: DeadZone on the App Store
Project on Unity Asset store

While the Shadowgun DeadZone Game Master’s Kit might not be helpful with this, the Humble Game Making Bundle has been launched in conjunction with the second annual Indie Game Making Contest.  Not only can the tools in the bundle be used to help you make an entry for this contest, but sales of the bundle directly affect the resulting prizes that will be offered for contest winners.  Get coding and good luck!

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The Frankenstein Wars – Ring In Christmas With The Undead http://www.touchmyapps.com/2015/06/04/the-frankenstein-wars-ring-in-christmas-with-the-undead/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2015/06/04/the-frankenstein-wars-ring-in-christmas-with-the-undead/#comments Fri, 05 Jun 2015 05:49:12 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=74492 I’m certainly as much a fan of zombie games as the next guy, but there are other undead specimens that are just as cool and often tend to go virtually unnoticed.  The upcoming game The Frankenstein Wars takes the notion that someone has managed to harness the secrets of Dr. Frankenstein and create an army … Read more]]>

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I’m certainly as much a fan of zombie games as the next guy, but there are other undead specimens that are just as cool and often tend to go virtually unnoticed.  The upcoming game The Frankenstein Wars takes the notion that someone has managed to harness the secrets of Dr. Frankenstein and create an army of piecemeal soldiers that feel no pain and can definitely wreak havoc.  You actually control the fate of two brothers, and it’s up to you whether they become allies to stop the impending invasion or if they choose to be mortal enemies as one vies for ultimate power.

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While story will certainly be key to this adventure, the game goes well beyond the scope of normal interactive gamebooks.  You’ll explore interactive maps, follow branching, non-linear storylines, and eventually decide the fate of two different characters.  Your goals will change as the story progresses, and your theoretical victory will be affected by your pace – the longer you take to reach the enemy, the stronger they will be.  Weather can actually direct the story, and you’ll even get to command whole battalions of troops.  The scope of the game sounds much grander than anything we’ve experienced previously in a gamebook adventure, and I for one am pretty excited about it.

It appears that The Frankenstein Wars is slated to ship in December on both iOS and Android platforms, and there is currently a Kickstarter campaign so the developers can gather a few additional funds to tidy things up a bit.  Head on over and check it out.

Goodies:
Video: The Frankenstein Wars on Youtube
Kickstarter Campaign: The Frankenstein Wars on Kickstarter
Sol Invictus – Sequel to Interactive SciFi Gamebook Heavy Metal Thunder Cubus Games, Sol Invictus – Sequel to Interactive SciFi Gamebook Heavy Metal Thunder – $1.99
The Sinister Fairground - The Horror Adventure Gamebook Cubus Games, The Sinister Fairground – The Horror Adventure Gamebook – $2.99

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Coming Soon(ish) – Dark Future: Blood Red States http://www.touchmyapps.com/2015/06/02/coming-soonish-dark-future-blood-red-states/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2015/06/02/coming-soonish-dark-future-blood-red-states/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 23:21:16 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=74481 It sounds kind of ominous saying that Dark Future is coming soon, but don’t sweat it – I really am just talking about a game here.  The electronic gaming community seems to be exploding with Games Workshop content lately, and while I’ll be the first to admit I know little about the company or their … Read more]]>

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It sounds kind of ominous saying that Dark Future is coming soon, but don’t sweat it – I really am just talking about a game here.  The electronic gaming community seems to be exploding with Games Workshop content lately, and while I’ll be the first to admit I know little about the company or their properties I’m aware that they’ve been around for a long time and their stuff seems to be quite popular.  This particular IP takes place in the post apocalyptic America of 2023, which isn’t too far around the corner from us now.

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You run an agency that helps clean up the wasteland between Patrolled Zones, making sure the NoGos don’t try to go where they shouldn’t go.  You’ll have to manage both cars and drivers, making sure that jobs get handled and drivers have everything they need to do their tasks.  The press release describes this as a “turn based strategy game, played out in simultaneous real-time action”.  I assume that means everyone will “move” and then you’ll get to see the results of your choices.  However it ultimately works out, if the game itself looks half as good as the teaser video, this is literally going to be one wild ride.

I’ve seen nothing yet to indicate what platform(s) this bad boy will arrive on, but I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that it at least lands on iOS devices.  The developer, Auroch Digital, has already teamed up with Games Workshop to produce two outings in the Chainsaw Warrior universe for iOS, so it seems logical that Apple’s mobile platform would be one target for Dark Future: Blood Red States as well.

Goodies:
Video: Official Teaser Trailer
Web Site: Dark Future: Blood Red States
Chainsaw Warrior Auroch Digital Ltd, Chainsaw Warrior – $4.99
Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night Auroch Digital Ltd, Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night – $5.99

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Swipe to Kill: Designing An HTML5 Mobile Game http://www.touchmyapps.com/2015/03/04/swipe-to-kill-designing-an-html5-mobile-game/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2015/03/04/swipe-to-kill-designing-an-html5-mobile-game/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:48:06 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=74306 Fancy yourself a game developer, but don’t know where to start?  Looking for development tools with little monetary overhead that support multiple mobile platforms?  Do you like match 3 / RPG style games?  Gregory Ellis might just have the solution for you… if you’re willing to help give his project a bit of a Kickstart!  … Read more]]>

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Fancy yourself a game developer, but don’t know where to start?  Looking for development tools with little monetary overhead that support multiple mobile platforms?  Do you like match 3 / RPG style games?  Gregory Ellis might just have the solution for you… if you’re willing to help give his project a bit of a Kickstart!  The name of the game is Swipe To Kill, and the goal behind the project is for the developer to provide a complete tutorial along with fully documented source code so you can develop your own game of this style in no time flat.  Since the format of choice is HTML5, CSS and JavaScript there’s nothing to buy unless you want a special editor that supports the syntax for these common web development paradigms, and you could probably even find a few of those for free as well.  To find out what you can do to support this developer’s aspirations check out the Kickstarter page here: Swipe to Kill: HTML5 Mobile Game & Development Tutorial.

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Robot School. Learn To Code – Even Programming Can Be Fun http://www.touchmyapps.com/2015/02/15/robot-school-learn-to-code-even-programming-can-be-fun/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2015/02/15/robot-school-learn-to-code-even-programming-can-be-fun/#comments Sun, 15 Feb 2015 23:43:24 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=74265 Do you have children that are interested in learning how to program?  Maybe you just feel like your son or daughter has potential and want to trick them into it?  Robot School. Learn to Code might just be the tool for the job.  Aimed at children 7 and older, the software is presented as a … Read more]]>

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Do you have children that are interested in learning how to program?  Maybe you just feel like your son or daughter has potential and want to trick them into it?  Robot School. Learn to Code might just be the tool for the job.  Aimed at children 7 and older, the software is presented as a puzzle game where you have to help a robot make its way back home, but in order to do so you’ll have to program it to get around all kinds of sticky situations.  According to the developer Next is Great, here are the basic selling points:

  • The app is suitable for children aged 7 and above
  • It offers a child-friendly way to learn procedures, loops and conditional instructions, while making programming fun and accessible, regardless of prior experience
  • The app has 45 levels for children to work through, unlocking new powers and achievements as they go
  • The code created in the app can be then previewed in Apple’s Swift programming language and shared on Facebook
  • PSST … it is a great logic game for grown ups too!

If you’d like to see the game in action, here’s a Youtube video: Robot School is in session

And for the first three to grab them, the developers were kind enough to offer some promo codes:
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If you happen to take one please drop the developer a note to say thanks, or at least consider rating it on the App Store.  And if the codes have already expired I apologize, because it took me a little while to get this post up.

Robot School. Learn to Code Next is Great, Robot School. Learn to Code – $2.99

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Romance And Games? G5 Seems To Think So… http://www.touchmyapps.com/2015/02/10/romance-and-games-g5-seems-to-think-so/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2015/02/10/romance-and-games-g5-seems-to-think-so/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:37:05 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=74262 Looking for some tales of love but not interested in “chick flicks” or the latest romance novel?  The fine folks over at G5 games have put together a collection of 5 of their most romantic offerings to get you through this sappy holiday.  They were even nice enough to put all of the games on … Read more]]>

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Looking for some tales of love but not interested in “chick flicks” or the latest romance novel?  The fine folks over at G5 games have put together a collection of 5 of their most romantic offerings to get you through this sappy holiday.  They were even nice enough to put all of the games on sale to help make your decision a little less strenuous.

Royal Trouble: Hidden Adventures (Full) G5 Entertainment, Royal Trouble: Hidden Adventures (Full) – $0.99
Royal Trouble: Hidden Adventures HD (Full) G5 Entertainment, Royal Trouble: Hidden Adventures HD (Full) – $1.99
Spirit of Wandering - The Legend (Full) G5 Entertainment, Spirit of Wandering – The Legend (Full) – $0.99
Spirit of Wandering - The Legend HD (Full) G5 Entertainment, Spirit of Wandering – The Legend HD (Full) – $1.99
Vampires: Todd and Jessica's Story G5 Entertainment, Vampires: Todd and Jessica’s Story – Free
Vampires: Todd and Jessica's Story HD G5 Entertainment, Vampires: Todd and Jessica’s Story HD – Free
Mystery of the Opera (Full) G5 Entertainment, Mystery of the Opera (Full) – $0.99
Mystery of the Opera HD (Full) G5 Entertainment, Mystery of the Opera HD (Full) – $1.99
Romance of Rome (Full) G5 Entertainment, Romance of Rome (Full) – $0.99
Romance of Rome HD (Full) G5 Entertainment, Romance of Rome HD (Full) – $1.99

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Ho Ho Halfbrick This Holiday Season http://www.touchmyapps.com/2014/12/18/74209/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2014/12/18/74209/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:12:14 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=74209 Looking for some new games to add to your iOS collection this holiday season?  If you’re into casual gaming, Halfbrick is the place to be.  From the international sensation Fruit Ninja to one of the first “do something besides run” infinite runners Monster Dash, these guys have a wide assortment of options for you to … Read more]]>

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Looking for some new games to add to your iOS collection this holiday season?  If you’re into casual gaming, Halfbrick is the place to be.  From the international sensation Fruit Ninja to one of the first “do something besides run” infinite runners Monster Dash, these guys have a wide assortment of options for you to choose from, and they’ve decided to go crazy and give them all away for this festive occasion.  This is quite the one-two punch given that they’ve recently updated several of their titles with lots of fancy new features.  I could tell you more, but the best way for you to experience the fun is to simply head on over to the App Store and check out the choices yourself.

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Bundle Up Your Software This Winter http://www.touchmyapps.com/2014/11/29/bundle-up-your-software-this-winter/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2014/11/29/bundle-up-your-software-this-winter/#comments Sun, 30 Nov 2014 03:06:40 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=74179 One of the latest features of the App Store is the ability for developers to bundle up their software titles and offer that bundle at a reduced price.  What’s really nice for the consumer is that if you own some of the games in the bundle already you can purchase the rest for a pro-rated … Read more]]>

One of the latest features of the App Store is the ability for developers to bundle up their software titles and offer that bundle at a reduced price.  What’s really nice for the consumer is that if you own some of the games in the bundle already you can purchase the rest for a pro-rated lower cost so you still save some money.  Many game developers are already jumping on this bandwagon, so I thought I’d point out a couple of recent one that I thought were interesting.

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Tilt To Live Tilty-Tilt Boom Boom Bundle

Besides being one of the best names for a bundle so far, this bundle contains some of the best twitch action, dodge everything games you’ll find on the App Store.  Start with the original Tilt To Live, my favorite game in the genre at the time.  You can read all about my adventures with this gem here: Tilt To Live review.  Once you think you’ve mastered all there is to tilting and destroying you’ll want to check out Tilt To Live 2: Redonkulous, the game that managed to kick the insanity of the original up a notch or two.  I just happen to have a review of that one as well, just in case you’re inclined: Tilt To Live 2: Redonkulous review.  Finally, you can see what the first official spin-off feels like in Tilt To Live: Gauntlet’s Revenge.  This game turns the crazy, arena based action into an obstacle course instead, proving that the Tilt To Live franchise isn’t a one trick pony.  This is one action bundle you can’t go wrong with.

Tilt to Live Tilty-Tilt Boom Boom Bundle One Man Left, Tilt to Live Tilty-Tilt Boom Boom Bundle – $4.99

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Cubus Games Adventures

There’s actually a bit more to the title on this one, but I think you’ll get the drift once I start laying out the games contained within.  First up is The Sinister Fairground, an interactive horror gamebook that’s sure to make you think twice before visiting your local carnival next time.  An intricate, detailed storyline is laced with combat and mind bending puzzles to keep you on your toes.  If you’re more of a sci-fi nut you’ll want to try Heavy Metal Thunder.  A deep science fiction plot will suck you in and a slick combat system will keep you entertained.  It’ll also prepare you for the sequel which is due out some time in the near future.  Finally you have Necklace of Skulls, a story steeped in Mayan culture.  Besides the unique background for the tale, an innovative combat system is sure to intrigue even the most seasoned gamebook player.

Cubus Games Adventures: get into the darkest, dangerous stories – Gamebook Bundle Cubus Games, Cubus Games Adventures: get into the darkest, dangerous stories – Gamebook Bundle – $7.99

I believe both of these bundles have a limited shelf life, so grab them while you can.

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