The World Cup is well underway, and regardless of whether your team is still in the running you can always take a break from the football with some cracking app deals.
This week EA is having a massive sale on most older titles, which means lots of board games and big franchises. Games Workshop are also having a sale, so if you’re a big fantasy or sci-fi fan you can save a buck there too.
It seems like every email app out there wants to help streamline your workflow, and for good reason. Inky is another mail client for iOS with an emphasis on speeding up the process. The app downloads and analyses your mail locally, sorting it by type and offering useful context-based actions depending on the contents therein. The changes sync back to Inky’s Mac and Windows clients, so you only ever need set it up once.
Is there really any excuse for not having this game on your iPad? Aside from longstanding Nintendo allegiances, this version of Sonic the Hedgehog has mass appeal through its excellent touch controls, blistering 60fps performance and new playable characters in the form of Tails and Knuckles.
The digital equivalent of having a really good argument with family members, Monopoly for iPad is a faithful representation of the printed version. Play solo against AI, over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth against friends with the app and locally (around the same iPad) for pass and play fun.
If vanilla Monopoly is a bit “been there done that”, then Monopoly Millionaire offers a quirk: the first player to one million wins. The game is actually based on a printed version of the same name, and the emphasis is placed firmly on speeding up the traditional experience. Featuring improved property trading, three different difficulty modes and pass and play multiplayer – all $0.99 for a limited time.
Just in case the previous two versions of Monopoly don’t appeal, Monopoly Here & Now is essentially the same as the classic game, except with a more global twist. Buy and trade locations from around the world, take on AI or real opponents in tabletop mode and even tweak the rules to your liking. Now 90% off!
A digital conversion of a tactical turn-based board game from Games Workshop, Space Hulk has you taking control of a small squad of Space Marine Terminators who are mounting an assault on a derelict Space Hulk (that’ll be some sort of space ship then). Indulge in 12 missions from the original game, expand via three additional in-app purchases. With local, online and cross-platform multiplayer, it’s a steal for 60% off the usual price!
Another board game, and another from Games Workshop. This time it’s the digitised version of Talisman, a classic fantasy adventure board game for up to four players. As you’d probably expect, the story involves a quest for treasure which you must retrieve by choosing one of 14 characters, each with unique skills and attributes. Take on AI opponents, enjoy pass and play and real-time online multiplayer and expand the game further via in-app purchase.
The tactical family board game that everyone loves, Risk for iPad allows you to dominate the world from the comfort of your tablet. Up to 6 players can crowd an iPad and duke it out for the ultimate game of multiplayer global domination. The game supports a single player mode against AI with multiplayer options using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth or pass and play. There are even optional “progressive” revised rules!
If you enjoyed the original Mass Effect trilogy (despite that initial disappointing ending) then you might be interested in a completely new storyline in the form of Mass Effect Infiltrator. From the same team who brought us Dead Space for iOS comes an original adventure where you take on the role of a rogue Cerberus agent, utilising swipe and tap combat to unleash biotic powers, stealth cloaking and an arsenal of high tech weaponry.
If racing games are more your thing, you can take $6 off Need to Speed: Most Wanted and race 40 licensed cars while you evade cops and take on other street racers. If you’ve played a Need for Speed game before, you know the deal. Choose from tilt or touch to steer, add modifications to your vehicles and gawp at the visuals, the EA way.
Continuing with the EA sale, Tetris for iPad is currently reduced to a dollar and offers all the classic geometric fun of the original with a few modern twists. While there’s some division in the App Store reviews over this one, the current special price is a great way to indulge without spending too much.
The days of Tamagotchi are over, and most of us are left wondering why the manufacturers didn’t put their efforts into creating a really good mobile version instead. It was up to the developers of Hatch to do that, the iPhone’s most interactive of virtual pets. Feed, clean up and reward your Hatch to keep him (or her) fit and strong, they don’t evolve but they’re bound to keep the young and young at heart entertained.
Another EA title (of course) but one that you probably only want to buy when it’s on sale. Why? Because it’s a clipped version of a classic (Sim City 3000) that hasn’t been updated since 2011. For that reason, and thanks to the words of warning in App Store reviews, I wouldn’t spend more than $0.99 on this – which means now is the perfect time to take a punt on a neglected port of a game many remember fondly.
That’s a lot of games for one week, check back next week for even more!