Black Friday: What To and Not To Buy

Black Friday arrives again, the infamous day right after Thanksgiving when retailers decide to chop down prices to some ridiculously low amount (sometimes…).  And it’s that time of year again, and the App Store is not exempt from Black Friday’s reach.

And you’ll obviously be searching for some good deals, so here’s a comprehensive list of what to buy and what not to buy.  If you find any other game on sale that we didn’t include, be sure to let us know in the comments.

What to Buy

Defender Chronicles ($0.99): This is still one of my favorite tower defense games on the App Store, although I haven’t played a tower defense game in a while.  Still, for $0.99, you really can’t go wrong.  It’s filled with content, nice artwork, and overall, it’s a steal at the price.

Cogs HD ($1.99): This is one of the best puzzle games I have played on the iPad, and it’s seriously worth picking up if you’ve got an iPad handy.  You really don’t know what you’re missing out on, as I can’t bring enough praise on Cogs HD.  Get it while it’s cheap.

EA’s Offerings (all $0.99):

Com2us’s offerings (all $0.99):

Castlevania Puzzle ($0.99): While it’s not the real Castlevania, it sure can pack a punch.  This is for anyone out there that remembers Castlevania or just loves puzzles in general; it received a Must Have award here, and as a whole, we really enjoyed it.  $0.99 for a game like this is just too great of a deal to pass.

Ravensword ($0.99): Probably one of the most technologically advanced RPGs on the App Store, featuring great graphics and a great storyline.  Sure, it is a bit short but for $0.99, it’s hard to complain.  Grab it for a buck while it lasts, or I fear you’ll miss out on one of the best RPG experiences on the App Store so far.

Carnivores Dinosaur Hunter ($0.99): One of the best hunting games that I’ve come across, although the graphics could use a bit of work.  It is a port of an old PC game though, and it’s definitely a ton of fun to play.  Throw in universal iPad support and Retina graphics, and you have the perfect makings of a great game.

100 Rogues ($1.99): We’ve given this game a lot of love here, and definitely with a reason.  It’s a great rogue-like that frankly everyone should get.  At it’s current, low price I highly doubt you can find a reason not to get it.  Seriously though, get it now (notice how many times I said get it?)

IUGO’s offerings (all $0.99):

Monkey Island 2 Le Chuck’s Revenge for iPad ($1.99): Whew, that title is a mouthful.  For $1.99, you get a remastered classic that should give atleast 8 hours of gameplay if not more.  It’s a ton of fun for adventure-goers, and I personally loved it.

What not to Buy

Gameloft’s offerings: None of the games put on sale on their part are really “must have experiences”.  You could probably argue buying Hero of Sparta II, but other than that, none of the other games are great.  Some of them may be GOOD, but hey, good just isn’t enough these days.

Namco’s offerings: Namco has continued to make some pretty bad games on the iPhone (Splatterhouse being the most recent one), and none of their sales are really eye-popping.  Despicable Me: Minion Mania and Pool Pro Online 3 are pretty much the only games worthy of buying; everything else just skip over.  Yes, that includes Pac-Man.  And Time Crisis 2nd Strike.  And Ridge Racer Accelerated.

And that’s it folks!  Again, if you believe there’s a game(s) that should be on the list and aren’t, feel free to let us know in the comments.  Hope you enjoy your Black Friday shopping!

About Daniel

I have been an iPhone game addict ever since the NES emulator came out on the 1.1.4 iPhone 2G. After 2.0 and the App Store came out, my iPhone homescreen has never been the same. Other than writing reviews for App Store games, I play soccer/football, American football, volleyball, and golf. I love going to the beach and fishing on the pier. Some games not available on iPhone/iPod Touch that I truly love are the Call of Duty series, Guitar Hero III, Madden NFL 09, and PGR: Gotham Racing.

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