Best Games Currently On Sale or Free

Hey neat, a bunch of iOS games are on sale or free right now. And you know what? Lots of them are actually really good games. If you’ve been eyeing any of these bad boys or are in the mood for a bargain on an excellent time waster, check out the list below and stock up. You never know when they’ll go on sale again.

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Free

Tainted Keep – (was $1.99) – Download
Yet It Moves – (was $2.99) – Download

On Sale

Banner Saga – $4.99 (was $9.99) – Buy
Battleheart Legacy – $0.99 (was $2.99) – Buy
Botanicula – $1.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
Braveland – $0.99 (was $2.99) – Buy
Desert Golfing – $0.99 (was $1.99) – Buy
Gunbrick – $0.99 (was $2.99) – Buy
Inferno 2 – $0.99 (was $2.99) – Buy
Machinarium – $1.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
Out There – $1.99 (was $3.99) – Buy
Rules! – $0.99 (was $2.99) – Buy
Space Age: A Cosmic Adventure – $1.99 (was $3.99) – Buy
The Witcher Adventure Game – $3.99 (was $5.99) – Buy

Craneballs Unleashes it’s Massive Shooter Overkill 3

Overkill 3 (Free to Play, App Store) has been released worldwide by Craneballs. This casual-ish shooter has some pretty amazing graphics and tons of upgrades.

Craneballs has done a great job tailoring the controls and the gameplay to fit a mobile world. Quick play, lots of variety. Very well done. Take a look at the video for a good feel of the game.

Overkill 3 is available now on the App Store.

Gameloft Releases ‘Age of Sparta’ Teaser Trailer

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Gameloft is gearing up to release Age of Sparta, a “strategy/tycoon” game in which you use the powers of ancient Greek warriors and ancient Greek gods to protect your land.

Little about the game has been announced, but we do know that historic characters, including Alexander the Great and Persian general Mardonius will make appearances. Battles will be fought, digital ancient blood will be spilled.

No pricing information or release date has been announced yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a free-to-play game. You can watch the trailer on the game’s Facebook page.

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From the Editor: New Slide To Play Launching Soon

It’s been a few months now since I was lucky enough to take over the controls here at Slide To Play and we’ve been pretty quiet about what changes we were going to make. Well now we can finally reveal some bits as we will be launching the new Slide to Play very shortly and it takes Slide To Play in a pretty new and exciting direction. Let me explain.

Why a new site?

It’s a long story, but I’ll make it as short as I can.

Sites like Slide to Play exist purely because we love mobile games. We love finding new games and we love sharing the stuff we like with you. But we have to keep the lights on and the bits flowing. That means we have to pay bills, sometimes some rather large bills. To do that we run ads on the site — as few as we possibly can get away with. But those ads are a necessity to allow us to do what we love, bring the game news to you.

Then about two years ago the bottom dropped out for advertising. Free to play took over and with it came the era of buying users from game to game instead of building a brand by buying ads on sites like Slide To Play. That meant that sites like Slide to Play saw up to an 80% drop in ad revenue and we had less to pay writers. Fewer writers meant fewer stories which meant fewer page views for the few ads we had left. And that meant even less money coming in to keep the lights on.

So, damn. No money from ads = fewer writers = fewer posts = fewer page views = even less money = time to try something new.

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That New Car Smell!

That’s where the site was when I took over. The drop in revenue wasn’t the fault of the previous staff as they did an amazing job in what became a pretty harsh environment, almost overnight.

I took over with every intention of pumping up Slide To Play to its old glory, and hopefully beyond. I tried a few experiments on a different server to see what might work. Then I threw those away and tried more. Finally I think I have something that might actually work.

I’ve been describing it as a sort of Techmeme meets The Wirecutter for mobile games. Aggregating what mobile games sites like Touch Arcade, Gamezebo, and 148Apps publish, stripping out any fluff, and making a concise resource to what is happening in mobile games right now. We won’t be syndicating what they are producing, just curating and cross-referencing it to produce what we hope will be the go to resource for gaming on mobile.

In addition we will still be producing our own original content. But this change allows us to do this at a higher level. Perhaps we can discuss more the changes going on in the industry and what we can look forward to. We’ll also be producing more best of guides / top games lists and such.

There you go, the cat is out of the bag. We hope you will like the brand new Slide to Play. It’s more than just a fresh coat of paint, it’s a whole new beginning.

Look for the new site coming soon and let us know your thoughts. If you like it, I hope that the 47% of the readers that are blocking the ads on Slide To Play consider adding us to their exemption list. It will help greatly.

Cheers,
Jeff Scott
Publisher and Editor

‘Frozen Synapse’ is Free, Download It Immediately

Yesterday we posted about some terrific games that are currently free. Today the ridiculously good strategy game Frozen Synapse has joined their ranks, bringing the iPad version down from $9.99 and the iPhone version down from $2.99. This is a crazy good deal, so if you don’t have them, be sure to grab them up.

Frozen Synapse doesn’t look like much to be honest, but that boxy neon veneer hides some of the best strategy gameplay available on a touchscreen. The game has a wide variety of missions, both single-player and multiplayer, so you’ll get to pull off assassinations, run escort missions, and infiltrate enemy territory, all of it viewed from a top-down perspective, perfect for a tactician such as yourself.

To what do we owe such a fine game going free? Developer Mode 7 Games has just released the follow-up on PC, Mac, and Linux. That game is called Frozen Cortex, and you can watch the trailer here. With luck, it’ll launch on iOS at some point, too. In the meantime, be sure to download Frozen Synapse.

Endless Skier Alto’s Adventure Released

Alto’s Adventure is a very pretty endless runner / skier. Released today by Snowman ($1.99, App Store), the game is a very beautiful looking downhill Ski Safari type game. Set in a beautiful procedurally generated alpine world, tricks are done with just one touch to jump/rotate the skier while in the air to gather coins and power up from jumps.

Beautiful game well worth the two buck price tag.

Some Really Great Games are Currently Free

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Listen up, frugal iOS gamers. It has come to my attention that a handful of worthy games that usually cost money are currently free to download. So kick back, grab your iOS device (unless it’s in your hand and you’re reading this on it now) and download these titles. They run the gamut of genres, so you’re all but guaranteed to find something that appeals to you. In addition, you’re sure to save money and get a bunch of hours of entertainment for free. What more could you want?

Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden – If you’re an iOS or PC gamer, you may be familiar with G5, a company that puts out a crazy number of adventure/hidden-picture games each year (that may or may not tend to blend together in your mind). This one borrows liberally from Bioshock, which makes it a fine entry point for more-than-casual gamers to see what G5 has to offer. Download it here for iPhone and here for iPad.

Bean Dreams – If you have even a mild affection for platformers, do yourself a favor and give this game a shot. It’s a colorful title that stars a bean who has to get from point A to B while conservatively metering out his jumps and also collecting fruit. It might not sound like much, but it’s great. Download it here.

Duet – This incredibly challenging twitch-reaction game oozes class. It’s in the same ballpark as Super Hexagon, but has its own thing going on. It just got its first paid DLC update, and to celebrate the developer has temporarily made the core game free. Download it here.

RGB Express – Mini Truck Puzzle – I love games like this. Each level is a single-screen puzzle in which you have to guide trucks along roads to deliver packages to houses. The catch is that, while the trucks can cross paths, they’re not allowed to travel down the same path as any other truck. It gets tricky quick. Download it here.

Sentinel 4: Dark Star – Sure, this may seem like just another a tower defense game, but it’s actually worth a download. That’s because it’s a TD game done right. It looks gorgeous, takes place on an alien world, and has tons of content. Download it here.

‘Dreeps’ is a Self-Playing RPG, Alarm Clock

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The problem with modern life is that there just isn’t enough time in the day to do everything you want to do. After you’ve completed your family/school/work/social obligations, there just aren’t that many hours left to play games, watch TV, stream movies, or whatever it is you do to entertain yourself. The makers of Dreeps feel your pain.

Dreeps is an unlikely combination of an alarm clock and a role-playing game. The super-special unique twist Dreeps brings to the genre is that you don’t actually play it. Dreeps plays itself.

You can check in on it whenever you want to see how the robotic boy hero is faring. Generally, he walks at a leisurely clip through various environments, engaging in turn-based battles with enemies and talking to people. There’s no dialog — the word bubbles simply display meaningless lines, leaving you to fill in the blanks with your imagination — but like the non-game MTN, the whole thing has a certain affecting artistry to it.

Dreeps came out last month, but it’s just been updated to squash some bugs and add a guidebook. You can buy Dreeps here for $2.99.

You Can Help Make ‘Sonic 3 Remastered’ a Reality

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Back in September, we reported that Christian Whitehead and Simon Thomley, the masterminds behind the excellent remastered editions of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic 2, and Sonic CD, had released a proof of concept video of Sonic 3 getting a similar treatment. The hope was that Sega would once again hire them to finish the job. Apparently their campaign has yet to succeed, so they’re enlisting Sonic fans on the Internet to help fight the good fight.

Sonic fans who want to be able to play a primo version of the series’ third installment on iOS can hit up this link to “e-sign” the petition at change.org with a single click. Or, if you’re feeling more ambitious, you can download a pre-written letter written in Japanese, sign it, and mail it overseas to the Sega employee responsible for approving the decision. Click here to get started.

All of the remastered Sonic games have had new features, and Sonic 3 is no exception. If the game is ever released, it will be in widescreen, with HD graphics, and remastered audio. It will also have “new and improved” cutscenes, multiplayer levels playable as a single player, and a handful of new modes.

If it’s as good as the previous remasters (and there’s no reason it wouldn’t be), it’ll be a terrific port of the game. So go on and take action if you’d like to see a remastered Sonic 3 hit the App Store.

Now Apple Allows Apps Up to 4GB

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If you thought games like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Bioshock were big, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Apple announced today that it has doubled its limit on iOS app size from 2GB to 4GB.

That’s right, if you own a 16GB iPhone or iPad, a single app will now be able to take up a full quarter of your available space. And that’s being generous, as brand new iOS devices only sport about 12GB of usable data once the operating system and unremovable apps are taken into account.

A 4GB app size limit could spell good news for gamers, as developers will now be able to pack in crisper graphics and more realistic physics engines, provided the hardware can handle it.

The real upshot is that it’s high time for Apple to ditch any and all models of iOS device with only a 16GB capacity. They got rid of the 32GB line of iOS devices last year, offering 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB. I dream of a world of iPhones and iPads that start at 64GB. Is it likely to appear this year? Probably not. But a guy can dream.

Molyneux’s ‘Curiosity’ Hasn’t Delivered on its Promise

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Remember Curiosity – What’s Inside the Cube? It was a game from iconic game designer Peter Molyneux’s studio 22Cans. The premise was that everyone playing the game was working together to remove tiny pieces of an enormous cube to reach the center.

The person who removed the very last “cubelet” would get a very special prize that Molyneux described as “life changing.” That life changing prize turned out to be that the winner would become “the god of all players” in the company’s follow-up game, Godus, helping shape the rules and getting a share of the game’s profits.

It was a young man named Bryan Henderson who reached the center of the Curiosity cube back in May of 2013. He tapped the last cubelet, contacted 22Cans, and was informed of his prize.

It’s been a year and a half since Henderson delivered the final tap, so Eurogamer caught up with him to see how winning the game has changed his life.

Things haven’t turned out like you might expect. Henderson has not become the god of Godus, and has not received any money from 22Cans at all. Read the full article for an inside look at how it has all gone down.