We don’t usually talk about price drops too often, but when the game in question is one of the best turn-based tactical games ever made we tend to pay attention. Today, 2K Games dropped the price of XCOM: Enemy Within down to only $5 from its usual $13. Getting XCOM for $13 is, frankly, a steal so getting it for $5 is pretty much like getting it for free.
If you haven’t played XCOM on your iPad before and you’re thinking, “This can’t be the same game that I have to pay $60 for on Steam,” then you’re in for a treat, because it is. Yep, the base game + the Enemy Within expansion will run you $30 a piece on Steam, but on iPad today you can get them both for $5. Now, sure, with the iPad version you can’t go back and just play vanilla XCOM, but that’s a small price to pay, wouldn’t you agree?
Other than Hearthstone, I can’t think of any game on my iPad that I’ve sunk more time into [What about me? -Pinball Arcade] and I cannot recommend it highly enough, especially if you’re using an iPad Air or Air 2. It runs like butter on those. Then again, I’ve even played it on my iPad 2 without too much difficulty.
XCOM: Enemy Within is for iOS Universal and Android, but the sale appears to only be available on the App Store. Trailer after the break.
We’re all questing for the best deals, and I’m stuck in the tavern. Again.
Hello, excuse me. Yes, if you could just stop playing BattleLore and The Witcher for a few minutes, I’d like to chat. While you were busy stuffing your gullet with sweetened yams and jellied cranberries, more deals appeared on the App Store. That’s right, the App Store never sleeps. [well, except for 10 days in December. – ed.]
Trouble with Robots arrived on the App Store Wednesday night and, like we mentioned in our earlier post, it’s free to download with IAP that unlocks additional chapters. That’s still true, except that all the IAP in this card battler is free right now. You can get the app and all the content right now for nothing.
Thanksgiving is coming tomorrow here in the US and it’s a day of reflection and giving quiet thanks for all that we have in our lives, and we celebrate by trying to buy as much new crap as possible. I’m not sure we’re getting the message. Then again, when everything is on sale, what are you going to do?
The App Store isn’t immune from the cunning wiles of Black Friday. This time of year you can snatch up some pretty amazing apps for a steal. Wargames? On sale. Board games? Yep, those too. We’ll even throw in an RPG for good measure. Check out the deals after the break.
No turkeys were harmed in the writing of this post
For our non-US readers, this Thursday is Thanksgiving Day here in the States. That means we’ll eat way too much, watch American football, and fly low enough under the radar to avoid having to help grandma with the dishes. We’re supposedly doing this to remember to be thankful for what we have, but its real purpose is to get drunk and fall asleep on the couch with your pants unbuttoned. It’s kind of weird.
That said, it’s not all turkey gravy and sweet potatoes. We still need to load up on games for the long weekend. Here comes Playdek to help our cause with a Thanksgiving sale that’s going on right now. What’s on the menu? You can nab the Agricola IAP decks for cheap, only $1 a piece, as well as the Agricola app which is only $3 instead of $7. You can also snag everyone’s favorite creepy maid game, Tanto Cuore, for only $1 instead of $3. That’s still not all! You can pick up the Ascension expansions for only $1 each, except for the latest, Darkness Unleashed which is on sale for $2.
The sale lasts through December 1st.
After the break, Board With Life plays Agricola. Yes, it has nothing to do with Playdek, but it explains in four minutes why my game group won’t play Agricola with me any more.
“Got into my hand and it went bad, so I lopped it off at the wrist. It, uh, got in that guy’s head too. Definitely.”
Auroch Digital’s updated Chainsaw Warrior was seen by many as a wholly faithful adaptation of the 1987 Games Workshop original. Like its progenitor, digital Warrior is a timed, single-player, dice-driven jaunt through a deck of zombified nasties that have overrun New York City (maybe upstate New York, too, but who would notice?) with the help of a supernatural evil, Darkness.
Owen praised the game’s grimy sci-fi while lambasting how it played in his review. In short: the thing’s heavy on chance, light on decisions, and that goes for both the ’87 classic and the newfangled app.
Now, appearing from the shadows like some alternate Earth mutation, comes Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night, a full sequel to Chainsaw Warrior that will hopefully temper the dice rolling with some more substantial mechanics. Auroch are making special mention of improved combat, an upgrades system, and mini-bosses that promise tactical challenge, though it remains to be seen just how far the game will stray from the original’s formula.
Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night will be $4.99 on iOS, Android, and Steam early next year. To celebrate the sequel announcement, Chainsaw Warrior is on sale today, down to $1.99 from $4.99 on iOS, with a similar Android and PC drop coming as well (though at the time of writing those two versions still appear full-price).
Chainsaw Warrior trailer after the jump, as well as the PT Predict-O-Tron’s estimation of what Lords of the Night might look like.
Now you must pass a skill check for gerrymandering.
Aren’t elections just the best in those final few hours, when all the campaigning is done, everything’s up in the air, and the only thing left to do is wait and watch the will of the voters run its course? We here at Pocket Tactics certainly think so, especially when we neglect to cover a brilliant crowd-driven weekend sale until the final day.
YOU have 24 hours left to decide which Gamebook Adventures app goes on sale this weekend! http://t.co/fukKMFOctr
Tin Man Games are running a poll, found here, to determine which of their gamebook adventures will sport an over 80% discount this weekend on iOS and Android. The candidates include pulpy fantasy tales such as An Assassin in Orlandes, Sultans of Rema, and The Wizard from Tarnath Tor, among others. Noticeably absent from this sale are the Fighting Fantasy titles (including Caverns of the Snow Witch, which we’ll have a review of soon).
Most of these are running for $6 on the App Store, or for considerably less if you pick up one of the Tin Man gamebook bundles. Still, this weekend looks like a good time to dip one’s toes in the gamebook experience (choose your own adventure with extra parts stats-management and equal parts embarrassing death because you tried to arm-wrestle an orc) for next to nothing.
Voting closes at 9pm GMT, so go exercise your democratic privilege. And, after casting a ballot, talk up your favorite candidate in the comments. Depending on our constitution check we’ll have either a painstakingly researched, Nate Silver-led breakdown of the votes or a retweet from @TinManGames when the race is over.
After several years of widespread acclaim for George R.R. Martin’s gritty, twisty fantasy world Westeros–really for the HBO series based on that writing, to be honest–we’re not quite yet at the point of max Game of Thrones saturation. But maybe we’re close–in fact, you might even say that the cultural winter for the series is, in fact, coming. (Jeez that’s played out…)
Or maybe I’m a miserable cynic unfit for the lowest House of the realm. Point is, Twitchy Thrones is a land-grab strategy game which ever so lovingly takes the piss out of everyone’s favorite serialized snuff film. Today’s also the last day you can grab it for free.
Despite roots as a Ludum Dare entry that, fittingly, focused on character’s with incredibly short life spans and incredibly active libidos (with a sort of dynasty system, now cut from the game), Twitchy Thrones as it stands is more about big battles than anything else. Main developer Ricardo Moura contacted us via email with some details, writing that the main gameplay thrust is a trade-off between defending key choke-points and presumably costlier attacks to grab more plots of land. More plots equals more troops, but also a wider expanse to defend.
As for the game’s humor, well… comedic tastes will vary. For my money, the fake Westeros map on the game’s site with “Up Lands,” “Middle Lands,” and “Land of Sand” at least shows the developers understand good parodies are born from genuine love for and understanding of a genre, and not–hopefully–just because Game of Thrones is SEO gold. *sets focus keyword to “Game of Thrones”*
“Huh, now that you mention it maybe Monica’s board game nights *have* gotten a bit extreme…”
There’s plenty of well-established horror fodder to gorge on for Halloween in film, television, and games, and just as many pieces of advice floating around about the definitive cultural touchstones that everyone needs to see this time of year. For my money, as someone raised on the old AMC Monsterfest (given an excellent breakdown here, by Jim Vorel writing for Paste), you’re not doing the holiday justice unless you catch something that’s as obscure as it is schlocky. Less Halloween, more Halloween III: Season of the Witch.
To further that end, publisher Aksys Games Localization are putting two iOS thriller/horror titles on sale for 99 cents apiece this Weenmas time, a discount of a couple dollars for each. 999: The Novel is the iOS version of Nintendo DS title 999, and concerns the “Nonary Game,” one of those “kidnap a bunch of individuals who constitute a perfect cross-section of society and lock them in a spooky place” schemes that cults and evil corporations are so fond of. The spooky place is a ship, and the motivation comes from these fly wristwatches linked to bombs planted in every person’s stomach.
Banshee’s Last Cry, meanwhile, is a port which hearkens back all the way to 1994 and the Super Famicon, the when and where for the original “sound novel” (literally just a novel with sound effects) of the same name. It’d be fair to call this one an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery, if Agatha Christie wrote her stories down in Japanese first, then had someone else translate them. Oh, and then sold them with a phonograph and recording of her going “ooooOOOOHHHHHHooooooo.”
Both titles promise interactivity and branching story paths, though it seems that 999: The Novel has none of the puzzles from the DS version. Still, a buck or two for some undoubtedly cheesy Halloween fun is fair enough. You used to have to shell out for expanded basic cable to get Monsterfest. Scary.