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Game Dev Story is Only $0.99 for a Limited Time

February 6, 2011 2:00 AM | Tim W.

Kairosoft's Game Dev Story is once again on sale at the App Store for only ninety-nine cents, marked down by 75% from it's original price of $3.99. If you own an iDevice and haven't had the pleasure of trying out the game yet, then here's your chance to get it on the cheap. Unconvinced? No worries, there's also a lite demo version that allows you to play for up to two in-game fiscal years.

For our review of Game Dev Story, go here.

Last Fish is Free for a Limited Time

January 27, 2011 7:00 PM | Tim W.

Last Fish is a challenge-based arcade game that plays a bit like a monochromatic version of thatgamecompany's flOw, where you get to control a fish that has to gather food for survival while avoiding black goo and enemy fishes from hurting you. There are two gameplay modes and forty-five levels to play through, with objectives ranging from collecting a specific number of rings to staying alive for a certain amount of time.

You can't change the accelerator settings in Last Fish, but the tilt controls worked surprisingly well even when you're trying to squeeze through a tight spot between two dangerous balls of black goo. My only issue with the game is that it will start to lag a bit on older iOS devices when there are a lot of objects displayed on screen (e.g. during levels where players are required to collect a sequence of rings quickly).

Last Fish was originally priced at $0.99, but it is now available as a free download from the App Store for a limited time only.

iPhone Game Pick: iMamonoSweeper (Hojamaka Games)

January 21, 2011 12:00 PM | Tim W.

iMamonoSweeper is an iOS port of the well-received Minesweeper variation by Hojamaka Games, originally released as a Flash game that is still available to play for free on the author's website.

Similar to most RPGs and roguelikes, the objective here is to reveal the location of all monsters on the board and defeat them in battle with little or no combat damage (since players only have ten hit points to use for the entire puzzle). There is no deduction to your HP counter if you engage an enemy that is of the same or lower level than you, and your current level will increase automatically when you've gathered enough experience points from winning fights against low-level monsters like slimes and goblins.

The numbers on the board shows the sum of of every monster's level in the surrounding squares, and you can mark tiles if you're not ready for a difficult combat by placing your finger at any tile for roughly two seconds. There's even a zoom option that can be activated by using the pinch gesture on any part of the screen.

iMamonoSweeper is available from the App Store in two flavours: the lite version is fully-featured, but includes only the easy gameplay mode. The full version can be purchased from the App Store for only $0.99.

Today I Die Again is Free for a Limited Time

January 19, 2011 3:00 PM | Tim W.

The iPhone port of Daniel Benmergui's IGF finalist competition entry is now available as a free download from the App Store for a limited time only.

Selected as our iPhone Game Pick as recently as two months ago, Today I Die Again is a remake of the original Flash version for iOS devices with new scenes included.

Mike's review of this unique app can be found here, and if you were hesitant about purchasing it before then you should grab Daniel's game from the store before it goes back to its original retail price of ninety-nine cents.

iPhone Game Pick: It's Just a Thought (Yellow Monkey Studios)

January 19, 2011 1:47 PM | Michael Rose

It's Just a Thought uses photos from your Facebook profile to create a path of memories for you to travel down. You begin by letting the game know how you're feeling and what you're thinking about, then set off down a path of neurons and other conflicting thoughts.

Along the way, you'll see pictures from your Facebook account, and touching them will add powers to your bottom bar which can be used to kill or pull other thoughts that are zooming around you. You can also leave things on the track for future playthroughs. When you eventually die, your thought is left at that point, and with enough plays you'll eventually be able to see all the past thoughts you had while playing.

The gameplay isn't exactly the most entertaining you'll play - you simply tilt the thought around the track, and leaving the path for too long will kill the thought. However, the use of Facebook integration is interesting, and fortunately doesn't make you post crap to your Facebook wall without asking first like certain other apps do.

It's Just a Thought is available to download from the App Store for $1.99.

Truckers Delight Free on iPhone For Next Few Days

January 14, 2011 10:12 PM | Michael Rose

The excellent Truckers Delight from Mobigame is free to download for your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad/iWotsit from now until Sunday evening. The game is based on a music video that you can find embedded just below the cut (note: It's rather NSFW, as is the game!).

It's a delightful and sometimes grotesque arcade racer in which you play a trucker who is chasing a desireable lady in a flashy sports car. You never actually catch up with her, but the idea is to keep driving and passing checkpoints until you eventually run out of time. Big points are earned by smashing into her car, and collecting powerups that allow you to tear through cars on the road and grow a long tongue, perfect for... tasty side-missions.

Definitely worth grabbing if you've got the right equipment, if you know what I mean. Download from the App Store while you can.

100 Rogues Free on iPhone Today Only

January 11, 2011 2:14 PM | Michael Rose

The wonderful iPhone roguelike 100 Rogues is free today from the App Store. For those not fully acquainted with the title, it's a turn-based dungeon crawler with randomly generated maps, multiple classes and plenty of challenging monsters to keep you on your toes.

The idea is to see how far through the dungeon you can get on a single life, upgrading your weaponry and battling stronger enemies such at the Skybaby and the Gummy Rat. It's really marvellous fun, so make sure you grab it while it's free. It works on iPad too, of course!

Death Worm iOS is Free for a Limited Time

January 4, 2011 7:00 PM | Tim W.

Death Worm for iOS is a remake of JTR's original Game Maker creation that was released several years ago. PlayCreek's version features updated graphics, new gameplay modes, power-ups, and a ton of improvements to make it a title that should belong in everyone's iDevice library.

Of course, it seems that a few disbelievers weren't too convinced with the lite version and the trailer, so we've got a bit of good news for them today. Death Worm iOS is a free App Store download for a limited time, so grab it before the price goes back up to 99 cents (which is still a steal).

iPhone Game Pick: Gravonaut (Nexus Game Studio)

January 4, 2011 1:58 PM | Michael Rose

Gravonaut is a simple yet tricky retro-styled iPhone offering from Nexus Game Studio. The game aims to test your reflexes, providing only two buttons that must be pressed when required to guide an astronaut through a series of challenging obstacles.

The ship is going down, and the astronaut needs to escape. He can either walk along the floor, or along the ceiling, and will constantly keep running until he reaches the exit. On later levels, you'll need to walk on the walls instead, adding an extra level of difficulty. The fact that the three available options at the start of the game are 'Hard', 'Harder' and 'Hardest' should give you an idea of what to expect.

It's cheap (at just 99c) and plenty of good, masochist fun. If you've got an iGummy, make sure you check it out.

Game Dev Story for iPhone Only $0.99 Today

December 29, 2010 10:11 AM | Michael Rose

If you own an iPhone or iPod touch and you haven't picked up a copy of Game Dev Story yet, then you're missing out on one of the most addictive gaming experiences of the year. You can watch bears and monkeys making games with silly names!

For today only, the game is now available for a mere $0.99 (59p) from the App Store. Both myself and Tim absolutely love the game, and you will too, from starting your own development company to attending expos each year to winning Game of the Year at the annual awards ceremonies.

Go give it a download while it's cheap, and prepare to lose many hours (and days) of your life.

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