[Updated] iOS and Mac Deals o’ the Day – Easter Edition

Early Edition 2 for iPad now $0.99

Looking for the latest app deals for the iPhone, iPad and Mac? Here’s our roundup today for the most recent freebies and price drop that are worth checking out. As always, they’re only good for a very limited time.

EA Mobile also has their games at up to 80% off for Easter weekend, and our previous Deals o’ the Day post still has a number of price drops that are still in effect.

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Save 15% on iTunes gift cards from Bestbuy.com

Thinking of picking up some iTunes gift cards for the recent EA Mobile, Gameloft and Sega iOS sales (or maybe just some new App Store Games)? If so, you may want to pick some up via Bestbuy.com, where all iTunes GCs — be it physical cards or digital delivery — are currently 15% off. So $25 cards are now $21.25, $50 for $42.50 and so forth. This promo is especially beneficial for those international iDevice owners who use their US iTunes accounts extensively. A redeem code is sent via email for any “Digital Delivery” purchases made, so you don’t have to worry about a shipping address if you reside outside the US. Not to mention that your code will be delivered straight to your inbox shortly thereafter in either case. Head over to the iTunes gift card section at Bestbuy.com and take advantage of this offer, which will end on Feb 18th.

Reflections On A Year’s Worth Of App Watching – 2010 Edition

AirAttack - Sublime Scrolling Shooter

As the year draws to a close I’ve started thinking about my time writing the weekly “10 Games To Watch” article, and I soon realized that I’ve been doing this since May of 2010.  As such I thought I’d take a few moments to reflect back on my first year’s worth of articles and point out some of my biggest hits (and worst misses).  That way, if you’re in need of a few extras games because of some new iTunes gift card burning a hole in your account, you’ll have some idea of the ones you missed that are worth checking into again – or avoiding, as the case may be. Continue reading…

Apps Gone Free: Broken Sword – The Smoking Mirror, Zenonia and more!


Fans of point and click adventures will undoubtedly enjoy this Apps Gone Free roundup. Revolution’s highly regarded Broken Sword – The Smoking Mirror: Remastered is now free for an entire week (until Dec 29th). Dropped from its regular price of $6.99, this is the sequel to the original Broken Sword (TMA Review) and the crowning jewel of our App Store’s Best Adventure games roundup. Needless to say, you enjoy the genre, this is a freebie you definitely don’t want to miss out on. Lots more apps and games have gone free today, so be sure to grab them below before their prices go back up.

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Apps Gone Free: Flight Control, Minigore and Jets – Flight & Seat Advisor

EA’s Daily Deals is now offering Flight Control – the game that started the whole line drawing craze on the App Store – as a freebie for both the iPhone and iPad. Also free this weekend: Minigore – the grand daddy of dual stick shooters on the iPhone, and Jets – a handy and informative seat maps app for when you travel. And don’t forget that most, if not all, from our Apps Gone Free roundup yesterday are still $0.

Flight Control Flight Control / Flight Control HD – “Flight Control is a must-have App Store classic. It’s the incredibly simple, yet insanely addictive worldwide #1 game from Firemint that invented the “line drawing” genre. Over 4,000,000 copies sold – don’t miss out, play all six unique maps in the original and best today!”

Minigore Minigore (TMA Review) – “Can you survive the onslaught of furries in the dark wilderness of Hardland? Help John Gore avoid his enemies and fill them full of lead in this action-packed arcade shooter. Intuitive dual-stick controls and stunning, fluid visuals make for one of the most addictive and characterful games on the App Store.”

Jets - Flight & Seat Advisor Jets – Flight & Seat Advisor – “Jets is a brand new app to help you find the best seat for your flight. It contains detailed seat maps showing positive and negative features on every seat on board. Whether you are a regular flyer or just take the occasional trip, it makes a massive difference if you can relax in comfort with additional legroom, more storage space and awesome window view. Using Jets you’ll always know which seat to choose, so you can avoid discomfort, backache, nasty smells, cold drafts and noise near galleys, restrooms and stairs.”

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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 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.

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TouchGEN releases Issue 2 of its iOS Based Gaming Magazine for iPad

London, United Kingdom – The second FULL issue of Touchgen.com’s free magazine has hit the AppStore, bringing the experience of a print-style gaming magazine to your iPad. Get it for free now!

Inside issue 2: the retro edition
* Dev story: Exclusive interview with Disneymobile about bringing Captain America to iPad
* Top 20 retro games on the AppStore (by Slide To Play)
* Top five feature: the best games to play with iCade
* Generation-i – looking at how the iPad fits in with the family
* Interview with CAVE, creators of Deathsmiles
* Thoughts from ‘The Thumb’: a mysterious unknown thumb, rants about his dislike for Zombies
* The G Spot: a roundup of gear for your iPad
* Top Apps for…: this issue we look at great music apps for iPad
* Gamingology: Our resident gaming doctor looks at what makes a great game – this issue we discuss Presentation
* Free Toy enclosed
* REVIEWS: 9mm, Contre jour, Anomaly: warzone earth, Drawrace 2, Groove coaster, iBlast moki 2, Jetpack joyride, Captain america, Let’s golf 3, Final fantasy tactics, Secret of monkey island series 1-5, Need for speed shift 2 unleashed, Nyxquest, Sid meier’s pirates, Sonic All-Stars Racing, 1-bit Ninja, BackStab, Block Breaker 3, Candy Boy, Casey’s Contraptions, Cut the Rope: Experiments, DeathSmiles Dream Track Nation, dream:scape, Emberwind, Feed Me Oil, Gesundheit!, Heli-Awesome!, House of Mice, Julius Styles – The International, King of Fighters-i, Mooniacs, Pocket RPG, Puzzle Agent 2 Reckless Getaway, Roboto, Silent Ops, Sprinkle, Swords and Soldiers, The Incredible Machine, Touchgrind BMX, Transformers: Dark side of the moon, Velocispider, Xtreme Wheels, Muffin Knight.

Device Requirements:
* iPad
* Requires iOS 3.2 or later
* 135 MB

Pricing and Availability:
TouchGEN Magazine 1.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category.

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