Massive iOS Christmas Sales Roundup

SEGA digging $0.99 deals

Christmas is just 2 days away and the App Store’s once again littered with awesome deals. Numerous big name publishers have dropped most, if not all, their titles to just $0.99, including EA, Big Fish Games and SEGA. If not a dollar, then expect anywhere from 40-75% off regular prices. This is certainly one of the biggest iOS sales of the year (next to Thanksgiving). The majority of these offers are good until even after Christmas, so you should have plenty of time to decide which ones to add to your app collection. The complete roundup after the break.

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Humans beware – UFOlocaust available at the APP store

Grion, Madrid – Priware Entertainment, the independent videogame developer, launches their first game for iOS in the App Store.

Earth is being invaded and you’re our last hope! An alien race threatens to conquer the only inhabited planet in our solar system. You will be at the helm of our last line of defense, an arsenal created many years ago in order to contain an invisible threat that most thought would never come to pass.

Keep the alien spacecraft from abducting the last surviving citizens of Earth, destroy the aliens, and save the planet.

This arcade game blends the gameplay of Tower Defense with the classic Space Invaders and will provide you with hours of endless fun.

UFOlocaust available in the APP store starting December 5th.
* High-definition graphics for iPhone 4 / iPad 2
* 25 incredible levels that will take you all around the world
* More than 20 different weapons
* Over 40 different weapon upgrades
* More than 20 different enemy types
* Excellent soundtrack and sound effects
* Set of achievements all compatible with Game Center

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later
* 177 MB

Pricing and Availability:
UFOlocaust 1.2 is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

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Priware Entertainment is an independent videogame company based in Grion, Madrid that develops for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Founded in 2011, our main goal is to produce fun titles that show off the wide selection of games available across different digital markets. To this end we’ve assembled a young multidisciplinary team with extensive experience in the field. Our games all show off the quality and entertainment value that are the hallmarks of our company. We aim to compete with international companies in this sector and increase the Spanish presence in the world of videogames. Copyright (C) 2011 Priware Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Apps Gone Free for Thanksgiving / Black Friday

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 DefenseSentinel 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.

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Com2uS’ $0.99 Black Friday Sale

Korean mobile games publisher Com2uS has joined Namco as one of to offer a Thanksgiving sales event on the App Store. 8 of their bestselling titles are now on sale for $0.99, including Inotia 3: Children of Carnia and Tower Defense: Lost Earth. No exact time has been given for when the offer ends, though it’s safe to assume that it’ll likely run until the end of the week. More info, piccies and iTunes links after the gap.

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10 New App Store Games To Watch [Nov. 7 - 13]

This week’s 10 New App Store Games to Watch includes bad boy antics, arcade classics and undead kinfolk. From Gameloft we have Gangstar Rio: City Of Saints, the next installment of their “I wanna be like GTA” series. There are plenty of missions, lots of weapons, and even a tank, so I think all you manly types are pretty well set. If you’re nostalgic for the “old days” you can try Asteroids GUNNER for free. It’s a modern take on one of the first space shooters, and it looks to do its predecessor justice. Puzzle fans that are itching to blow zombies away should give Corpse Granny a spin. You’ll control all sorts of items, including 4 different types of fireballs, all in a quest to rid three separate realms of zombie invaders.

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10 New App Store Games To Watch [Oct. 31 - Nov. 6]


This week’s 10 New App Store Games to Watch is for those that feel the need for speed.  Invictus released Race Of Champions, a racing game that lets you drive licensed cars on real world tracks to compete in a tournament that will determine the best racer in the world.  On the other hand, if you want to feel the excitement of a New York cabbie with a bit more exotic locale you might try Cosmic Cab, the game where your fares are out of this world.  If driving vehicles isn’t your thing at all there’s Zombie Parkour Runner HD, a game that requires you to use your athletic skills to outrun hordes of undead that would love nothing better than to eat your brains.

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Price Drop Alert: Com2uS’ iOS games now $0.99

In celebration of the Games category (finally) launching in the Korean App Store, Korean publisher Com2uS has announced that all their non-free iOS games (save for the iPad only versions) are now available for $0.99 for a limited time. Time to pick up titles like Inotia 3: Children of Carnia, Chocolate Tycoon and Puzzle Family for only a buck. The entire list of $0.99 games can be found after the break. You can also check out our interview with Com2uS to learn more about this leading mobile games developer/publisher.

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Anomaly Warzone Earth HD in Review – Who’s the bad guy now?

Every once in a while, a game along and makes me truly admire the deviousness of the mind of its creator. The Tower Defense genre, though still relatively young, has probably seen everything but the kitchen sink in terms of gameplay variations. Top and side-view, fixed and open path, lacking in anything but the pure tactical placement of towers and the complete RPG package, rivalling some desktop roleplaying titles. We’ve even had elements of CCG thrown in. Well, Anomaly Warzone Earth HD is the proverbial kitchen sink, turning the genre upside down and inside out.

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Blast some stress away with Defen-G Astro version 1.0.5 for iOS

Seoul, South Korea – innodis Co., Ltd., an established mobile application research and development firm focused on emerging gaming technologies, has today announce the recent update of Defen-G Astro for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices running on iOS 4.1 or later. As a “Thank You” to Defen-G Astros legions of fans, the games developers also announced that they’ll be giving away a special in-game bonus item – Healing & Shield Potion – to players in celebration of the games update. To get this awesome bonus gamers simply have to rate or review the game after seeing the special giveaway pop up at the end of select stages – 2-3, 2-4, 2-5, 3-3, 3-4 and 3-5 in the full version of the game and stages 2-3, 2-4 and 2-5 in the free version!

This exhilarating strategic defense game turns the tower defense genre on its head, while offering vibrant highly stylized graphics and fresh engaging gameplay. Defen-G Astro challenges players to mastermind the battle to protect the Atea Tower – known as the Tower of Life – by strategically utilizing a wide array of cute yet deadly cartoon warriors to defend it. Updated to maximize the user experience, Defen-G Astro version 1.0.5 now includes partial game localization, retina display support. Defen-G Astro version 1.0.5 is currently available for download on the Apple App Store free of charge in the Games category.

Best described as an eclectic blend of arcade action, strategic problem solving, and engrossing cinematic experience, Defen-G is a mobile adventure like no other. The game is complete with charming warrior characters – each with unique skills and powers, spectacular boss levels, and even a trainable Guardian Angel character that players can bring with them into battle. Competitive gamers can also take a shot at the Defen-G Astro world record by playing the game in Infinity mode and seeing exactly how long they can keep the monsters at bay and Atea Tower safe!

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Established in Seoul, South Korea in October 2003, WASAC Research Institute of innodis has been active in the provision for emerging industry trends in the area of game technology. (C) innodis Co., Ltd. 2011. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod, and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Castle Attack-Ultimate HD+ for iOS – Top 20 Adventure Game in US + China

Zero Workroom today is pleased to announce Castle Attack – Ultimate HD+ 1.2.1 for iOS, an update to their US, China, and Hong Kong App Stores Top 20 Adventure Game. A tower defense style game with static defenders and mobile offensive forces, it recreates battles in the Eastern Han Dynasty in China beginning in the year 207 AD. Featuring rich graphics and animation, magic, skills systems, four modes of play, essential cooks who feed the army, different kinds of soldiers, OpenFeint Achievements, and an advanced scoring system, the game will reward players with the intellectual abilities to master its strategies.

Following the course of the ancient Eastern Han Dynasty, Castle Attack – Ultimate HD+ recreates the famous battles of social unrest and peasant uprisings. “At the end of the Han Dynasty, as a result of constant change and disturbances within the regime, government was extremely corrupt. Vagrants were everywhere and rioting appeared repeatedly across the kingdom. Local groups of rebellious citizens formed armies and competed with each other for power. You will now be the commander Zhuge Liang in Shu.”

Gameplay involves placing forces and defenses strategically for the type of attack anticipated. In the early part of the game, attacking soldiers are armed only with spears. To recruit defending soldiers, who are archers, it is necessary to have bread to feed them. Therefore, the simple cook becomes an integral part of defense. Each bag of food he produces is worth 25 points, and archers can be procured for 100 points. Still, another cook is only 50 points.

Soon, it becomes clear that the more cooks the player has on the board the more points are automatically generated at set intervals. However, the cooks are defenseless. Players must find a balance between having many cooks and paying for soldiers to defend them. Archers require 10-25 shots to kill each spear-carrying infantry soldier advancing across the field of battle from right to left, and it takes approximately 60 seconds for each soldier to reach the defensive lines. As the game continues, more possibilities open up. In addition to an archer or a cook, players can soon redeem points for defensive soldiers with shields, buried spike defenses, etc.

Timing and coordination are also important in the game, as after a player has placed anything on the board, it requires about 10 seconds until they can again redeem points to place another item of the same kind on the board. In addition, bags of food produced by each cook appear at intervals on the board beside them, and the player must touch the bag to deposit it in his treasury. Skills icons also appear randomly on the board and must be touched to be accumulated as points. The four skills give the player control over wind, rain, thunder, and lightning. Each lightning bolt requires 100 skills points and can kill an enemy soldier anywhere.

Following the four directions on the compass, there are also four weather conditions for battle and four modes of play, which include: Adventure, Mini-Game, Survival, and Nightmare. Within any mode, the scoring system evaluates the conditions of battle in scoring, creating always new, challenging gameplay.

Feature Highlights:
* Control the deployment and placement of defensive forces
* Command the army and manage supplies to feed them
* Decide quickly on a strategy depending on the attack
* Fight battles with dozens of soldiers on the board
* Summon magic skills to help defeat the enemy
* Receive advice and news from counselors
* Compete through OpenFeint Achievements
* Displays perfectly on all iOS devices – Universal App

“It is rare for a Strategy/Adventure Game to rise to the Top 20 in both the US and China,” commented Jinqi Pang of Zero Workroom. “We are very gratified that our efforts have met with such success in both our country and the US.”

Language Support:
* US English and Chinese

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* Requires iOS 3.0 or later (iOS 4.3 tested)
* Universal app optimized for display on all iOS devices
* 108 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Castle Attack – Ultimate HD+ 1.2.1 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Diamonds, which can be redeemed in higher levels of gameplay, are available as an in-app purchase.

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Based in ShenZhen, China, Zero Workroom is a Communication Technologies company focusing on mobile application development and operation. Founded by Jinqi Pang, they are committed to mobile, Internet, and 3G services, application software development, and research. Copyright (C) 2010- 2011 Zero Workroom All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.