‘Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect’ Announced

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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.

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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

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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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