Calling all PC/Mac gamers. Steam has launched a fantastic “Autumn Sale“, where different daily deals has some of the biggest titles discounted by as much as 80%. Today’s deals, which started about 30 minutes ago, include Monkey Island Special Edition bundle ($5.09), Total War Mega Pack ($12.49), Fallout Vegas ($4.99) and much more. Not all games on sale can be played on a Mac (assuming you’re living a Windows-free life), though you can browse the Mac section to see which are compatible. The Autumn Sale runs through the Thanksgiving weekend (ending Nov 27th), so be sure to head on over to Steam over the next few days and check up on the latest deals.
We’ve already seen some awesome App Store sales for the US Thanksgiving holiday seaon, but there are also a number of notable games that have gone free. 1112 episode 01, one of the first episodic adventure games exclusive to the iPhone, is now a freebie. The first person adventure featuring protagonist Louis Everett gets better and better, as evidenced by our reviews of 1112 episode 2 and ep 3. Also free are the popular tower defense games from Origin 8 - Sentinel: Mars Defense, Sentinel 2: Earth Defense and Space Station: Frontier, one of my favorite in the genre. The complete roundup can be found below, and don’t forget to check out other apps/games that have recently gone free.
Update: ** Denotes apps newly added to roundup.
Our massive Thanksgiving and Black Friday Sales Roundup is finally ready. All the biggest and most notable price drops, including those mentioned in previous days, are here. EA Mobile, as expected, is offering a good number of their iPhone and iPad games for $0.99. Dead Space, C&C RED ALERT for iPad and The Sims 3 are but a few you can pick up for a dollar over the next several days. Meanwhile, Dark Meadow, the critically acclaimed first person adventure, has dropped from $5.99 to $0.99. And if you’re in the market for GPS apps, the CoPilot Live and NAVIGON series are both discounted by as much as $20. Check out the entire roundup after the gap!
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
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Luminance - A well received photo editing app that allows you to easily add effects to your images. You can choose from a host of built-in presets, crop out unwanted areas, manipulate the order of edited layers to create unique effects and more. You can even copy edits made to one photo and apply them to others in your library to help save time. Luminance is universal, so it’s good to go on both the iPhone and iPad.
Kevin’s BREAK’EM - If you missed this one previously, Kevin’s Break’em is free once again to celebrate the upcoming release of the lite version. It’s essentially a breakout type game, though it sports some of the most unique visuals for the genre (graphics are rendered in 3D art). A second update coming next week will also pack an all-new game mode. If you like tilting your iPhone and bouncing balls off a paddle, grab it!
Topping Pro - A highly rated app that lets you create your own wallpapers without the need to jailbreak your iPhone/iPod Touch. Choose from a bevy of professionally designed backgrounds, add “toppings” to customize your masterpiece and set them as wallpapers on your Home and/or Lock screens.
iBearSoft’s personal finance apps for iOS and Mac, several of which are highly regarded and consistently among the top selling Finance apps on the App Store, are all on sale now for the upcoming US Thanksgiving holiday. Most iBear apps have dropped to $0.99, including Money for iPhone (was $9.99), Checkbook HD (universal) and Bills for iPad. The two exceptions are Money for iPad and Bills for Mac, both of which are $3.99 (previously at $9.99). If you’re still looking for quality money tracking apps on your iDevice, now would be a great time to pick up one or more on the cheap.
“Three for Free” is back and here are 3 apps/games that you can now download for free (for limited time):
AcePlayer - Much like the GoodPlayer (TMA Review) app, AcePlayer can play basically any video file format you throw at it (WMV, AVI, MKV, RMVB, RM, XVID, MP4, 3GP, MPG etc), meaning you no longer have to convert your movies and tv shows before uploading to your iDevice. The app has a built-in UPnP client so you can stream video from most UPnP/DLNA media servers.
Fragger - This casual catapult-type game is among the more popular titles on the iPhone and has been played on Miniclip.com as a free flash game over 100 million times. Simply use your finger to aim and launch grenades to kill all enemies throughout 340 levels and 11 different worlds. Game Center leaderboards lets you see just how good you are at tossing ‘em mini “pineapples”.
RuneMasterPuzzle - A fairly new and rather promising match 3 game, RuneMasterPuzzle allows blocks (or Rune Stones) to be swapped in 8 directions (horizontal, vertical, diagonal). The “Spirit” counter, which shows the number of total swaps remaining (it can be recharged), along with the various power ups and combo make this an intriguing prospect among the crowded match 3 genre.
Not to be out done this Thanksgiving, Gameloft has launched what they’re calling their “Biggest Sale Ever”, resulting in $0.99 price drops for 20 Gameloft iOS games. Big hits like Silent Ops, Starfront – Collision (TMA Review) and Eternal Legacy (TMA Review) are part of this massive sales event. If you’ve been saving up for sweet App Store deals, this is one you don’t want to miss. The full list and links can be found below.
Namco has launched their iOS Thanksgiving Sale and 25 games from their sizeable App Store catalogue is now 40 – 80% off. Games like ACE COMBAT Xi Skies of Incursion, PAC-MAN Championship Edition and Time Crisis Strike can be had for only $0.99. Meanwhile, Puzzle Quest 2 (TMA Review), one of my favorite match 3 games with doses of RPG elements tossed in, has dropped down to $2.99. This week long sale will last through the Thanksgiving weekend, up until 11:59 PM on Cyber Monday. Check out the full list of games after the break.
Do note that not all games are showing their sale price just yet on iTunes. Check back later and hopefully all the adjusted prices will have gone through by then.
Burn the Rope Worlds - The followup to the hit Burn the Rope, Worlds comes packed with 100 new levels, 4 themed worlds and an all-new Endless Burn mini-game. The premise: burn as much rope as you can, though the fire only burns upwards – meaning you’ll have to tilt & turn your iDevice around to keep the flame alive.
TrafficVille HD - Think Flight Control (Review) minus the planes and line drawing. Supposedly the first “traffic control” game for iOS, you must manage multiple lights and vehicles and ensure that the flow of traffic keeps humming along. It’s universal, so it can be enjoyed on both your iPhone and iPad.
XenoCube SD - A unique take on the Match 3 genre, it’s almost like you’re playing Bejeweled on a rubic’s cube. And being that the playground’s a cube, you can rotate it to make your matches (thus giving it a 3D feel to the game). Power ups, explosive effects and 5 game modes should excite all Match 3 fanatics.
Over the past few days, the App Store saw a number of mighty fine $0.99 price drops. Superb games like STREET FIGHTER IV VOLT (Review), SHADOWGUN (Review) and even World of Goo for the iPhone/iPod Touch are those that currently on sale for a buck. This roundup includes just over 20 titles, many of which certainly deserve a spot on your iDevice. So head on inside and check out the full list. And as always, don’t procrastinate as these deals aren’t likely to last very long.