Hohoho, appy holidays from Mac|Life to you. Here it is, the final slab of free and discounted apps available just for you, dear readers, before the Christmas holiday is well and truly upon us. We've got you on our Nice list, so we grabbed these apps for your stocking.
Last week, amidst the mayhem of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Sega showed off its upcoming releases for iPhone and iPad, giving us a chance to go hands-on with Total War Battles: Shogun and Alexandria Bloodshow, as well as try out a big update for Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing.
Lots of good stuff in the deal basket for this weekend, so you can get your App Store finger ready for some freebies, some price cuts, and some fantastic app deals. App deals this weekend include Sonic the Hedgehog 4, Sam & Max, and Little Rockets HD.
Before you ask, no, we're not entirely certain why Sonic needs to drive a car in this upcoming racing game. We weren't sure when this title was released last year on consoles either. Our guess: it would look weird if he was running next to the cars of his opponents in a kart-racing game. There's one thing we are sure about: we're pretty excited about this game getting its release on iOS platforms.
There's officially no good reason to pay more than 99 cents for any game on the App Store today. We always thought Valentine's Day was the kind of holiday that specialized more in cheap pink teddy bears than smartphone software, but apparently we were wrong. The past couple of weeks have been positively flooded with huge iOS video game sales from major publishers, and now Sega, Capcom, and Namco are getting in on the action. Some of their very best games are included so check out the full list.
Back in the early days of gaming consoles, there was quite a bit of jockeying between Nintendo and Sega. While the latter eventually won the hardware war, Sega has shifted into creating software for other consoles and platforms. And the platform we, of course, are most excited about them bestowing their attentions on is the iPhone OS.
What, you may ask, has us so singing the praises of Sega gaming? Oh, just a little game they're tweaking and prepping called Sonic 4. At least according to the Sega blog -- and they seem in a position to know.