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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10 New App Store Games To Watch [December 10 - 16]

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Wow.  I was afraid my last roundup was an accident and that there wasn’t going to be much to write about this week.  Instead I think I might have had more options to choose from!  That being the case I’ll mention a couple of games that didn’t make the main list, starting with Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.  It’s got a weird name, it’s a rhythm based Final Fantasy, and it could quite possibly have the most IAP of any of their games to date.  One Million Monkeys is more than a word game, it’s actually a story creation game.  It sounds like it takes Mad Libbing to the next level, and it might even get this stubborn game playing loner to engage in a more social multi-player experience.  Monsters, Inc. Run takes one of the best Pixar films and fuses it with one of my favorite genres, the infinite runner.  I don’t know if it adds anything new to the mix or not, but when you combine two of my favorite things I have to give it a shout out.

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Santa Rockstar in Review – Heavy Metal Christmas Cheer

There’s something to be said about holiday themed games, and that’s by and large I don’t care for them.  When it comes to Christmas these days the games usually seem to revolve around delivering presents or destroying renegade elves, both of which might be good for one or two variants apiece.  Now don’t get me wrong – Santa Rockstar is still about saving Christmas, but at least the game format is one that hasn’t been touched so far in the holiday makeover realm.  Ironically enough I’m not really a big fan of Tap Tap Revenge style music games, but in this case the theme and choice of music seems to make all the difference in the world.

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iOS Deals of the Day – Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty, THOR: Son of Asgard and more

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

And if you missed our iOS Deals of the Day post yesterday, be sure to check it out as most of those price drops are still in effect.

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Forever Lost: Episode 1 HD in Review – Can You Picture That?

I probably shouldn’t admit this, but there’s something about wandering around an asylum that’s always been oddly intriguing to me, which I think is why I tend to gravitate towards such games.  It’s also a well visited subject, as I can recall games back as far as my Radio Shack color computer dealing with the topic (if you don’t know what that is, congrats on being a younger gamer).  Forever Lost: Episode 1 HD is a more recent entry in the list, and it’s actually one of the best ones I’ve played in quite a while.  I do miss the fact that there are no wacky inmates to converse with, but otherwise it has managed to nail the atmosphere pretty well, and has a nice balance of object puzzle solving and mini-games to complete.  Now if I could just find the skip button for the puzzle I’m stuck on…

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10 New App Store Games To Watch [December 3 - 9]

If this past week was any indication of the season as a whole, iOS gamers are going to have a good Christmas this year.  There were actually quite a few high profile games (or games that became high profile because of the forum chatter surrounding them), so I’m going to try and mention a few other games in their stead.  However, I will acknowledge that this week saw the release of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, another installment in what is possibly the most popular “bad boy” series in interactive entertainment.  If that’s not your style there’s also an enhanced edition of Baldur’s Gate, an extremely popular PC RPG.  The game includes a new adventure and several new characters and weighs in at 80  hours of game play.  Finally, Bulkypix has released Pendulo Studios’ third iOS port called Hollywood Monsters, which like their first iOS release is a port of a classic style point and click adventure game.  It looks to have all the polish of their first effort Yesterday but a much lighter tone.

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FAA’s Free App of the Day – The Curse

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

Mojo Bones’s The Curse is a Pocket Gamer Silver Award-winning collection of increasingly difficult puzzles, mini-games, and brainteasers.

Basically, you’ve opened an ancient book and unwittingly released a mischievous adversary known as the Mannequin. If you wish to banish your newfound foe and correct your mistakes, you must first complete the 100 challenges he sets you. These challenges involve solving riddles, completing electrical circuits, and finishing those pesky sliding block puzzles that everybody hates.

If you fancy challenging puzzles on your iDevice, be sure to grab The Curse while it’s still Free (was $2.99)

The Curse Toy Studio, The Curse - Free

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