Awesome iOS Sales (And Reviews!)

Being the holiday season, it’s the perfect time for some sales! And where better to have sales than on the iOS App Store, which has every thing from indie games to some big blockbuster titles. And this year, the sales have been really good, with some stellar games being dropped down to only $0.99. Before you read this though, bear in mind that I have only finished three of these games (Dead Space, which I already had, Walking Dead episode 1, and Arkham City Lockdown), so I may be wrong about some of them.

The Dark Knight Rises

Normal Price: $6.99
Sale Price: $0.99

$6.99 is kind of expensive for the app store, so I wasn’t even considering getting the Dark Knight Rises until it went on sale a few days ago. And honestly, while I’m glad I bought it, there’s no way it can justify that price tag. At first, it seems like a really awesome game. I’ve seen people play it, and it’s easy to draw connections to Batman: Arkham City. And the similarities are certainly there, the semi open world is certainly a nice touch, and the gliding is pretty good as well. I’m only at the Pit level right now, so I’m not sure how much of an open world there really is, but the gliding is pretty awesome.

The game’s story (which is the only mode you’ll find in the game) is very loosely based off of the movie. It’s basically what would have happened if the entire movie had taken place at night and Batman had been a part of some key events. And it’s cool, but where I am right now, it doesn’t really seem to be any different from the movie. If anything, the story is worse in the game than it is in the movie.

But, overall, the game is fun. The gameplay is awesome, using essentially the same combat system as Arkham City except on a touch screen and with less gadgets. Controls are similar to many other iOS games in the realms of movement, but they aren’t as fluid. You can expect some annoyances with the controls. The only other complaints I would have about the game are the “stealth” segments and the voice acting. There really is no stealth because the controls can be so buggy, so the whole game is pretty much just beating people up, which kind of defeats the point of Batman. Also, if you do get this game, mute your iPad or iPhone, because the voice acting is pathetic at best, and, at times, downright atrocious,

This is a universal app, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for iPhone users. I have tried it on my iPhone and it just isn’t as fun on the compressed screen. But for iPad users, at only $0.99, this game is worth it despite a few issues that you will run into. But get it while it’s on sale, because there isn’t really enough to justify the standard $6.99 price tag.

The Walking Dead

Normal Price: $4.99
Sale Price: Free!

If you are sane, you will go get this app right now. You won’t even need to read a brief review for it. Granted, it’s only the first episode of the five part series that’s free, but that first episode is awesome. Once you pick it up, you’ll find it extremely hard to put down. I find it hard to believe that I hadn’t already bought it, considering how awesome the game is. Sure, there’s not all that much action, with most of the game, at least up until the last 15 minutes or so, is set up for the next four episodes. There’s a lot of stealth, and a little action there, but that isn’t what makes this game so great.

What makes the Walking Dead an awesome game is it’s characters, story, and choice system. From the very beginning, you get to choose the type of person you want Lee Everett to be. And no, by beginning, I don’t mean thirty minutes into the game. Those of you who read my blog regularly will remember that I slammed Skyrim for it’s lengthy, boring intro. But The Walking Dead has none of that. Sure, you’ll spend just over five minutes in a car, but it’s interesting, because of the fact that you get to choose how you interact with the police officer.

And after that, character interaction only gets better. You get to choose who to side with, what actions would be best, whether or not you want to be nice to some people, even who lives and dies in some cases. And this does have a lasting effect on the characters. What you say or do to them will effect how they see you, and what they say to you. Especially in the cases where you have to choose who to save. And the fact that your actions have consequences bring whole new levels of intensity to the game, and make it that much more awesome.

If you haven’t already, go get this game. Now. But, again, it’s a universal app. Having played it on both iPhone and iPad, I again have to recommend that you get it on iPad, as it plays a lot better. The relatively simple gameplay is well executed on both, but the bigger screen certainly makes a noticeable difference. And for those of you who own an Xbox, this is also free on XBLA, but I’ve only briefly played the console version, so I can’t make recommendations.

Avengers Initiative

Normal Price: $6.99
Sale Price: Free!

The reason that this game is free right now is because it won IGN’s People’s Choice award. And that is no small feat, especially for a brawler like this one. People will probably compare it to Arkham City Lockdown, but it’s actually more similar to Infinity Blade. It doesn’t have the added layers of complexity that Arkham City Lockdown has (like gadgets). It’s pretty much just a brawler. You tap the sides of the screen to avoid an attack, and swipe from side to side to attack your foes.

Despite it’s simplicity, the game is a great deal of fun. I was a little discouraged that there are only two playable characters (Hulk and Captain America), and that you don’t get to choose who you play as. I haven’t even played as Cap yet, but that’s because each has their own individual story. I know nothing about the Captain America’s part of the story, and very little about Hulk’s, but the stories do seem to be pretty good, better than you would expect from most brawlers, at any rate.

And since it’s free, I would definitely recommend it, if only for the fun of the gameplay. $6.99 is a bit pricey for this relatively simplistic game, so if you want to get it, get it while it’s free.

Mass Effect: Infiltrator

Normal Price: $6.99
Sale Price: $0.99

I’ve barely started this game, so my opinion of it may be completely wrong. Other reviews say it’s only an OK game but I actually find it to be really fun. Sure, at the point I’m at I know very little about the actual story or how it fits into the Mass Effect universe as a whole, but I wanted to be sure I got these games before the sales ended, so I haven’t gotten a whole lot of play time with most of them. Actually I’ve probably played this the least, since it was the first I installed and I was quick to be sure I touched in some of the newer ones.

And it’s not because I don’t like it that I haven’t played it that much. It’s a cover based third person shooter, more akin to something like Gears of War than the console Mass Effect games. There aren’t really many RPG elements at all, it’s pretty much just a shooter. And I think that that’s why most people don’t like it as much. Sure, I love the RPG elements of the Mass Effect games, and that is nice. But this gives Mass Effect a new spin, and I’m not sure that that’s a bad thing.

The gameplay is very similar to most other third person shooters, consisting of running to cover, and popping out of it to take out an enemy. The controls are your standard touch screen shooter controls, and they work pretty well. I haven’t noticed any glitches in the controls, so that’s a definite plus. The aiming is a little annoying, where you select a target and you just start shooting, and have to move the reticle over it. It seems unnecessary, since it wastes ammo and is a waste of time. Being able to just fire without selecting targets would be nice, though I understand that that is extremely complicated on a touch screen.

At $0.99, Mass Effect Infiltrator is definitely worth your time to check out. I haven’t played enough to know whether or not the game justifies it’s normal price tag, but at the reduced price, I think that it’s definitely worth a shot.

Batman: Arkham City Lockdown

Normal Price: $2.99
Sale Price: $0.99

I actually have a full review for this game, so feel free to check that out if you wish. This will pretty much just be a reiteration of that review though. So Arkham City Lockdown is pretty much just a brawler. Don’t expect any of the open world or stealth aspects that Arkham City as. Because if you go in with those expectations, you won’t enjoy this game, because it isn’t Arkham City. What it is is a brawler.

A very good brawler though. While it lacks any sort of story, which is a missed opportunity for the game, it is really fun. The brawling is your standard iPad/iPhone brawling, but you can give it your own touch with the different gadgets and upgrades. And I like that a lot, because it gives the game some variety. If it wasn’t for the upgrades and gadgets, the game would be extremely repetitive. Which it already kind of is, which is why the gadgets are such a nice relief. The different costumes also give variety, as each has varying levels of speed, defense, and attack, so those are fun to play around with.

The game is extremely short though, which is a definite complaint. Sure, it saves it from feeling too worn out, but it is discouraging. New content has already been added in updates though, so more may be on the horizon, which would certainly be nice.

The $0.99 sale price is a bargain for this game. There’s enough there to justify the normal price, so at the reduced price it’s definitely a game that is worth getting, especially on the iPad.

Bastion

Normal Price: $2.99
Sale Price: $0.99

Bastion was originally an XBLA game, which was recently ported to iOS. I’m not sure why I never bought it on Xbox, but I’m glad that I bought it on iOS. It’s essentially a point and click RPG (or, should I say, Point and Tap). Nonetheless, it’s a fun game, more because of the story. The gameplay is simple and doesn’t require a lot from the player, except in a few areas.

But the story is what makes this game. First of all, there’s the narrator, who is a fun character. Instead of going through cutscenes to deliver the story, the narrator pretty much fills you in as you go, in addition to narrating pretty much everything you’ll ever do in the game. I’m not sure of it’s supposed to be humorous, but it definitely comes across that way. The whole concept if the story is really cool though. After an event referred to only as “The Calamity” everyone was supposed to meet up at the Bastion, where they would be safe. Instead, something went wrong, and you The Kid, seem to be the only survivor.

I don’t know much else about the story, but I already love it, as well as the world and the creatures that inhabit it. The soundtrack is awesome. And adds a lot to the game, and the graphics style is also excellent, contributing a lot to the already excellently crafted world.

At $0.99, Bastion is definitely a game worth buying for most gamers, if not all. While the sale price is awesome, Bastion more than justifies the normal price tag.

Dead Space

Normal Price: $6.99
Sale Price: $0.99

Ah, Dead Space. Dead Space is probably one of the best games (if not the best) on iOS. It’s a console quality game on the iPad/iPhone. It has the length, graphics, gameplay, and story of a console game. There’s not really much to say about it, besides the fact that it’s awesome. It has, easily, some of the best graphics you’ll ever see on the iPad. Controls are similar to many other games, but the gameplay is excellent, and pretty fun. While it does get a little repetitive at times, the stellar story keeps you playing. This is one I have finished, and the story was great. This is one game on iOS where you definitely need to pay attention to the story. So BUY THIS APP.

If there’s anything you think I missed, please, let me know! Because these sales are awesome, and at $0.99, I’ll try most any game, so let me know in the comments!

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About jeanluc1997

Fan fiction writer, Youtube video maker. Hardcore Star Wars fan. Progressive Liberal.
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2 Responses to Awesome iOS Sales (And Reviews!)

  1. aziz says:

    You couldn’t have told me sooner?!

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