‘Marvel Contest of Champions’ Hits the App Store


Want to play as Marvel superheroes and beat the snot out of other Marvel superheroes? You finally can, in Marvel Contest of Champions, a free-to-play fighting game that’s now available in the U.S. You can download it here for free.

Basically, you collect a range of superheroes, including the likes of Wolverine, Deadpool, Spider-Man, and Punisher, as you play through quests. You can manage your heroes and level them up, all with the goal of defeating Kang the Conquerer and saving the universe. Watch the trailer below for an idea of how it works.

As with most free-to-play games, if you want to spend money in the game, the sky’s the limit. The priciest IAP costs a smooth $100, so maybe turn off the feature when you hand the game to your kids.

As an aside, the company behind this game, Kabam, is also working on a Marvel RPG that’s set to release in fall 2015.

Best Games Currently On Sale or Free


Once again, for no apparent reason, a handful of excellent games are currently free or on sale right now on the App Store. Check out our list of the best of the best, with pricing, review links, and App Store links all in one place. Then hop over to the App Store to fill up your iOS device for a cheap week of nonstop gaming.

The Wolf Among Us


Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf – (was $0.99) – Download
Shadow Blade – 3/4 – Review – (was $1.99) – Download
Stickman Tennis – 4/4 – Review – (was $0.99) – Download
Wingsuit Stickman – 3/4 – Review – (was $0.99) – Download
The Wolf Among Us – 3/4 – Review – (was $4.99) – Download

Leo’s Fortune

On Sale

Almightree: The Last Dreamer – $0.99 (was $1.99) – Buy
Crazy Taxi – 4/4 – Review – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
Horn – 4/4 – Review – $1.99 (was $6.99) – Buy
Leo’s Fortune – $2.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
Tetris – 3/4 – Review – $0.99 (was $2.99) – Buy
Tomb Raider I – $0.99 (was $2.99) – Buy

SteelSeries Stratus XL MFi Controller Quick Look

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Easily the best MFI controller for iOS devices, the SteelSeries Stratus XL doesn’t disappoint.

There’s a variety of MFI Certified controllers out there for iOS. Most of them are passable, but this one shines. In what I believe is the ramp up to games on Apple TV, Apple last year released official APIs to allow game developers to support controllers. We’ll skip the details about what Apple did wrong, but that official support has meant is a slow trickle of controllers being released.

The Stratus XL is the bigger brother to the very portable, but very cramped Stratus controller. The XL is a full sized, console quality controller for iOS. The buttons feel great, the weight is good and balanced. Very well done. While I prefer the dual stick layout of the Xbox line (one high, one low), the Stratus XL uses the two low layout of the Playstation line. Easy to adapt either way.

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In general, the buttons all feel great. Including the shoulder buttons which have been an issue with other controllers. But as with any controller, there has to be something wrong with it, right? The only very slight problem I found were that the dual sticks were a bit stiff. Not to the point that it was detrimental, but it was noticeable. It’s a balance, like everything. Would have been easy to make them too loose too.

If you are looking for a MFI controller, the SteelSeries Stratus XL is the best one out there right now. It’s available starting today from Apple.com and at Apple Stores for $69.95.

While we wait for more games to finally add MFI support, we at least now have a killer full size controller to use when that happens.

‘Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect’ Announced


The show Sons of Anarchy may be drawing to a close on December 9, but that doesn’t mean your time with SAMCRO has to come to an end. Orpheus Interactive and Fox Digital Entertainment have announced that a mobile game is heading to iPhone and iPad in early 2015. It’s called Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect.

According to the press release, the game will give players “a chance to explore an original story, location and previously unknown chapter of the motorcycle club.” Like The Walking Dead games, it will be episodic, with new content coming out regularly. It’s not clear what kind of game it is, exactly, but if it’s an adventure game like Telltale’s recent hits, and it’s good, fans would certainly be pleased.

Show runner and creator Kurt Sutter tweeted earlier this year that “I cannot give you any more details, but I will tell you that there will definitely be an SOA game…and it’s pretty f**king awesome.“

For more info, you can sign up for emails on the game’s website, or like its Facebook page.


Apple Announces the App Store Best of 2014

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Apple today released their annual Best Of the App Store lists and Threes [App Store] and Monument Valley [App Store] got the nod as best iPhone and iPad game of the year respectively.

Leo’s Fortune [App Store] and Hearthstone [App Store] got runner up in the games categories.

Apple also released the top Paid, Free, and Grossing charts for iOS based on the last year of sales. While there hasn’t been much movement in the top of the charts, the expected games are up there near the top including: Minecraft, Cut The Rope 2, Heads Up!, Clash of Clans, Candy Crush Saga, and Game of War – Fire Age.

It’s easy to see from the 2014 top charts in iTunes that games dominated in the money made in the App Store. Games make up the majority of the top paid and top grossing charts. While apps lead the pack in the top free downloads of 2014.

The full list of the best apps and games of 2014 as chosen by the Apple editorial staff can be seen in iTunes on any iOS device.

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


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.