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Black Friday Starting Today, Many On Sale

Black Friday is an interesting day for shoppers, providing many sales for people looking for good deals.  This doesn’t seem to be exempt from the App Store as today, Wednesday, sales seem to be going out of control.  Big name companies like Gameloft and EA are taking part in this sale, and some indie developers including BeTomorrow have put their games on sale also.


Electronic Arts

IUGO (available TONIGHT 12 PM Pacific Time)


Good luck, and happy shopping!  Check out our reviews section to decide what to really get.

Noteworthy Sales: Enigmo 2, Beneath A Steel Sky Remastered, and More

Sales aren’t uncommon in the App Store, and they usually come in swarms whenever there are any.  Here’s a list of a few games that recently went on sale.  All of the games mentioned below are worth the sale price, and I wouldn’t be hesitant about picking up any of these.  Among all of these games, I would recommend Beneath A Steel Sky Remastered the most followed closely by Ground Effect.

What in the world?
What in the world?

Enigmo 2: Down from the original $2.99, this game adds a whole new dimension to the Enigmo puzzler that sold over 800,000 copies back when the App Store was first released.  This version is a lot more sophisticated, but the difficulty may set people off.

$0.99 seems good enough for me...
$0.99 seems good enough for me...

Beneath A Steel Sky Remastered: This adventure game is one game we never really covered, but many people have come to enjoy this remastered game on their iPhone.  Beneath A Steel Sky has gone down from the $4.99 price point to $0.99.

Reach for the stars, you're almost there... not.
Reach for the stars, you're almost there... not.

Ground Effect: I believe Jeff reviewed this title not too long ago, and gave it the “Buy” rating for its graphics and immersive gameplay.  At the time of the review, the game was $3.99 and now the developers have decided to lower it to $0.99.  For $0.99, it’s definitely worth a shot.

Best Halloween Treats for the iPhone

With Halloween around the corner, it might be fun to invest a little time in a spooky new game or two. To make sure you’re not tricked into spending your hard earned cash only to end up with a title as empty as Charlie Brown’s goodie bag, check out these games guaranteed to give you a treat. What else are you going to do while waiting for the neighbor kids to come over in their oversized plastic Batman costumes looking for free candy?


Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor might be one of those games that eventually defines this generation of touch gaming. An innovative side-scrolling action/puzzler with beautiful scenery, high production value, and a mystery to boot, this title delivers an experience that can only be had on an iPhone. Is it too soon to call this game a classic?



Resident Evil rears its ugly head for a second time on the iPhone with Resident Evil 4, a fine third person shooter that never veers too far from the formula. Great cut scenes and an intriguing plot-line keep the action moving in this new chapter of the perennial series. If you’re not a fan of over-the-shoulder shooters, try the top down title Alive 4-ever, a dual-stick bloodbath with hints of a RPG.


Tower Defense

Halloween or not, Monsterkill has to be one of the best tower defense games on the iPhone. An onslaught of Draculas, mummies, Frankensteins and teen wolves are outside your door. They must be mowed down with intuitive touch controls: a swipe cuts off a zombie’s head while a z-pattern lights up Dracula with 1.21 gigawats of pure electric force. Simple, fun, and addictive, this game is an absolute buy.



Dark Harvest is the next generation of the match three game made popular by the Bust-a-Move series. Although the plot is silly– raise an evil vegetable garden by conjuring spirits– this incarnation far exceeds its predecessors with a much more organic experience. Don’t let the loading issues scare you; Red Rocket seems to have fixed the bugs that plagued their launch.


Day Old Candy

Like the candy you trade away to your kid brother, these titles may not end up being your favorite Snickers bar, but they can still satisfy your need for a gaming fix.

Horror Racing is a nice update to the top-down racer. It’s also light on the gore and family friendly.

iZombieland: Let’s face it; usually games with movie ties are horrible, but this side scrolling action title may surprise you.

Kids Vs. Zombies: This conceptual cousin to Monsterkill doesn’t boast the same production value, but it may be worth a test drive because it’s free!

Silent Hill: The Escape: This first-person shooter veers a bit from its previous incarnations, but it’s still creepy.

Zombie Pizza: Try to subdue an angry mob of hungry zombies by doling out their disgusting dishes. Get their order wrong, and you’ll end up on the menu.


Instead of smashing your neighbors jack-o-lanterns or moonwalking to Thriller in your front lawn, download a game or two. They’re a great way to kill the night, and in case you haven’t heard, Apple could really use the money. Hee hee. Have a great Halloween!

Writer’s Note: in no way is this list definitive. If I’ve forgotten a game that brings you devilish delight, don’t fret. Share them with the No DPad team by leaving us a comment in the forums.

Sales Roundup: Fastlane Street Racing And More

Every week there seems to be a very numerous amount of sales.  This week is not exempt from this common App Store practice, and most of the games are very noteworthy.  Among the list includes Fastlane Street Racing, Match 3D Flick Puzzle, and KIL.A.TON.

Fastlane Street Racing: This racing game has been the king of all racing games before Real Racing and Need for Speed, and while it does lack in graphics (in my opinion), it makes up for it with some pure, speedy fun.  The game is now $0.99, and there is a lite version to try before you buy.

Match 3D Flick Puzzle: We reviewed this title a while back and thought it was one of the more ingenious inventions, and the game received a solid Buy rating from us for its complete rehash of the match-3 formula.  The game was reviewed when it was $3.99 and it has since gone down to $0.99.  Match 3D Flick Puzzle is on a three day sale, and there is a lite version to try before you buy.

KIL.A.TON: $0.99 sale, this game is a no-brainer.  I found this game to be one of the most sophisticated artillery games on the App Store, and its unique twists make this game extremely attractive.  While the graphics seem to be a little bit too similar to iShoot, the game itself requires some very deep strategic thinking and is also one of the deepest strategy games in the App Store.  The game received a solid Buy rating from us, and it’s really hard not to pass this up.

If you don’t have any of them, now’s the chance to get all of them.  If you don’t have money, go buy a gift card or shell out $3 to buy all three of these titles.  Normally, I find games that are worth your time and are not, but all three of these games are just too great to be ignored.  Of course, you’ll have your own personal preferences, but all three of these games are definitely worth every 99 pennies.

Apple News Event Wrap Up

Yesterday’s event called “Let’s Rock” was an event that totally slapped my expectations in the face.  Like most of you, I was eagerly awaiting a camera on the third generation iPod Touch along with some other cool little features.  Here’s a run down of the new iPod Touch.

iPod Touch: Upgraded to 8 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB models $199, $299, and $399 respectively.  Along with the upgraded space, the new iPod Touch is said to be 50% faster than the old one and is said to support OpenGLES 2.0 just like the iPhone 3GS.  It’s a little disappointing that the new model does not support/include a camera, but for new users this should be a significant improvement.

The device that seemed to steal the spotlight in this event was the iPod nano.  This iPod didn’t really get much attention anywhere (including here) ever since the iPod Touch came out.  At the Apple event, it was announced that the new iPod nano now supports a camera along with FM radio with live pause.  A great improvement from the older model, but I’m not saying you should get it or anything.

As for games that were announced, Gameloft announced an upcoming FPS called Nova that seems to be very similar to Halo.  It also says to offer one of the best looking graphics on the App Store, a fact that’s not really surprising as Gameloft is known for their high-end graphics.  Tapulous announced an upcoming rhythm game called Riddim Ribbon that uses the accelerometer to hit the notes, etc.  EA Mobile released some screenshots of the upcoming game NFS Shift that acts more like a sim racer than an arcade racer.  And last but not least, Assassin’s Creed II was announced for the iPhone from Ubisoft and is said to be arriving this November.

That’s it for now folks, we’ll post up those NFS screenshots right after the jump.  Surprised?  Disappointed?  Why not leave a comment to express your feelings?