We've got some classics that were ported to iOS for you this week and some novel games that take advantage of iOS as a wholly different platform. And while mostly today is focused on games, there are a couple apps this week for those of you who like cooking or who need to bone up on your math. So let's have a look, shall we, and see what easy calculations we can make on free and discounted apps.
Okay, strap yourselves in, kids, because this week is seriously killer. Major studios are busting down prices across the board, big name apps are down to a buck from five and more, and everyone's acting like it's a holiday weekend. So stop reading this and get clicking below!
A couple big name families of apps are on sale across the board this weekend, plus we've got an assortment of apps that want you to be more productive and apps to track your every last move if you so desire. And if you want to get your chat on, we've got an app that kills at that, and best of all, they're all on sale and tons of them are free, so get your fingers to the ready.
Back in January we gave Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed a "good" rating, calling it a "entertaining burst of nostalgia-drenched fun" while noting a few downsides as well. If those minuses were enough to dissuade you from its original $4.99 asking price, you'll be happy to know that Sega's spirited race is now free to play on iOS as of today.
Sega’s first attempt to mine the Mario Kart formula worked out rather well on iOS with Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, though it already looks a bit weathered by time (especially without iPhone 5+ widescreen support). Luckily, console sequel Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed has now likewise made the leap to the App Store, expanding the arcade-style approach with the addition of flight and boating segments across an array of colorful tracks inspired by classic Sega properties. It’s once more an entertaining concoction, though slow-paced progression and paid power-ups slightly diminish the effect of this mobile port.
Holy smokes, y'all, we have a bigger than usual Price Drop column this week as there were just too many great apps from big names in iOS that we couldn't stop. If there are apps you've been looking to buy but have been waiting for a sale, well, your ship has come in, kiddos. Get 'em while they're hot, fresh and cheap.
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.