The Sleeping Prince Goes Free, Really Free (For Now?)

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The Sleeping Prince [Free] is one of the better done new games of the year.

In the Sleeping Prince the goal of the game is to collect stars by dragging, bouncing, flinging, and out right trashing the rag doll prince through castles and palaces. Inventive power-ups and helping contraptions exist along the way. It’s a physics puzzler of a different kind.

The Sleeping Prince has great graphics, interesting gameplay, works great on mobile, but well, it’s paywalls just sucked. The developers figured that out — basically that they had a premium game hidden underneath layers of free to play crap. So they have stripped the IAP and made it completely free. For now.

The game is being re-done and will be re-released next year as a premium title — the premium title it was destined to be, we hope. For now, grab the game, it’s awesome, and with the lack of IAP it’s not mind numbingly annoying at all anymore, just challenging, like a game should be.

‘Dragon Quest III’ Now Available

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Time marches on, and new Dragon Quest games keep hitting the App Store. The latest installment of the beloved series of JRPGs is Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation, which you can download here for $9.99.

So what is Dragon Quest III? It’s a classic RPG that originally hit U.S. shores for the NES in 1991 under the title Dragon Warrior III. The graphics in this version are based on a Super Famicom remake that was released in Japan in 1996 but never made it Stateside.

Just like the other Dragon Quest iOS ports, the game plays in portrait mode, which makes it look kinda funky, but makes it playable one-handed, which some people appreciate. For those keeping track, you can now buy the following games in the series on iOS: Dragon Quest, Dragon Quest IIDragon Quest III, Dragon Quest IV, and Dragon Quest VIII. They’re just hopping all over the place, aren’t they?

According to a producer at Square Enix, speaking at PAX Prime earlier this year, the plan is to fill in the gaps as time goes on. The gaps that are left now are installments 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10. It may be a while for the tenth installment, as it’s a fairly different game that came out for the Wii, and has yet to receive any kind of U.S. release.

Black Friday game sales start early — Here’s our updated list (Updated Black Friday!)

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Just as certain as we will all overeat on Thanksgiving day, there will be games on sale for Thanksgiving week. This year is no exception, we will all eat too much, forget to save room for the pumpkin pie, and lapse into a food coma before it’s even dark outside. Oh yeah, and there are a metric crap ton of games on sale this year.

I’ll be updating this list through the next weekend, when things traditionally start to go back to normal prices. Newest items at the top. These aren’t all of the games on sale, check App Shopper for the full list. These are just the cream of the crop, top of the heap, best of the best, and good deals.

And try to save some room for the pumpkin pie with extra whipped cream.


Update: Black Friday, pumpkin pie is gone, but there’s leftover Cool-Whip

W.E.L.D.E.R. (Ayopa Games) [Free]

Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf (Bulkypix) [Free]

Lost Winds (Frontier Developments) [Free]

Circadia (Simple Machine) [Free]

Trouserheart (10tons) [$0.99]

Out There (Mi Clos Studio) [$1.99]

True Skate (True Axis) [$0.99]

Drive on Moscow: War in the Snow (Shenandoah Studio) [$4.99]

Battle of the Buldge (Shenandoah Studio) [$4.99]

Thomas Was Alone (Bossa Studios) [$2.99]
Hit the jump for the full list.
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App Store Games go (RED) for World AIDS Day

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Apple has announced the Apps go (RED) campaign for World AIDS day. 25 Favorite apps and games have added content and will donate proceeds for two weeks to the cause. Some of the games added to the campaign include Monument Valley (with a whole new level, beyond Forgotten Shores recently released) [App Store], Threes! [App Store], and the original Angry Birds [App Store]

For the full list of apps and games supporting the (RED) campaign, check this special section on the App Store.