Lots of App Store Sales for the Holidays

I spend a lot of time in the App Store and in AppShopper, although AppShopper appears to have been pulled from the App Store (hopefully temporarily). It is still working perfectly, if you already have it.

What I’ve noticed in the past few days are a lot of sales that are lasting from now until the new year. This is a great opportunity to pick up apps you’ve been wanting and to gift some apps to others for holiday gifts.

Gift that app

Send an app for the holiday.

If you didn’t know, you can buy an app for someone else by clicking on the box in the top right corner of the app pop-up box for any paid app in the App Store. Just click the blue “Gift” button that appears, and it will guide you through how to send that app to someone else. It then shows up on your iTunes account, as usual.

Today, I’m going to feature 1 developer. I will continue to keep an eye on the sales and bring you the best deals that I see in future posts.

Walking Dead: The Game

One really great deal going on right now is the sale by Telltale Games. They make a number of great games that usually cost around $3-$7. Right now, they are all 99 cents, with 1 exception. Walking Dead: The Game (photo at left) is completely FREE.

The sale is going to continue until the new year begins. Walking Dead is based on the book series by Robert Kirkman. With the current TV series, zombie obsession is running high, which makes this app a real steal.

Monkey Island

Telltale also makes a lot of games that are series themselves. One of my favorites is the Monkey Island Tales series (photo at right), which has 5 games. Each of the 5 games are available for the iPhone and the iPad, but they are not universal games so you’ll have to buy them separately if you want them on both devices.

Monkey Island is a fun adventure game filled with humorous dialogue and tricky puzzles to figure out.

It may seem costly to buy all the games, but at 99 cents apiece, you’re saving $10 (they are usually $3 apiece). On some of the other games I will feature, you’ll save up to $18 with this sale.

Here is a list of the links to all of the Monkey Island Tales games:

iPhone version

iPad version

Sam & Max

Another popular series by Telltale is the Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space games (photo at left). There are 5 episodes of this game. I just picked them all up myself. I’ve played part of the 1st game and it is really fun, and like Monkey Island, it is filled with humorous dialogue. Unlike Monkey Island, Sam & Max games are universal, so all the games work on any device. Yay! There is also a game called Sam & Max Episode 1: The Penal Zone for iPad, which is available for 99 cents as well. I assume there will be more games coming in this series.

Here is a list of all 5 episodes of Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space:

Wallace & Gromit

Another game that I picked up today by Telltale is Wallace & Gromit The Last Resort for iPad (photo at left). The review by 148apps was very mixed on this game. They said it was great, but they had a lot of technical glitches and crashes while playing it. I’m hoping my 3rd generation iPad can handle the game, because it looks like a lot of fun.

Puzzle Agent 1

Two games that I’ve had for awhile but have yet to play much of are the Puzzle Agent games (Puzzle Agent 1 photo at right). As you can tell from the name of the games, they are filled with puzzles. But, they are also filled with Telltale’s trademark humorous and witty dialogue.

One thing that is great about the Puzzle Agent games is that there is a lite version available for the 1st game, so you can try it before you buy it. This will give you a good feel for how the games play and what they are like. The bad thing is that they are not universal, so you have to buy separately for each device.

Here are the links to the Puzzle Agent games:

iPhone version

iPad version

Hector: Ep1

Another series of games by Telltale that has interested me but that I have yet to buy is the HECTOR series (photo at left). This series has 3 episodes filled to the brim with humor and things you would never say in real life.

The HECTOR series is not universal, so you have to buy each game separately. But, there is a lite version of the first game for the iPad, which means you can try before you buy. I’m a little confused because the 1st game doesn’t seem to be available in the App Store for the iPhone version. If it’s there and I’m missing it, someone please let me know.

Here are the links to all the HECTOR series games:

iPhone version

iPad version

Back to the Futue

We’ve got 2 more series and 1 stand-alone game to go in the Telltale library of games. You still with me?

The next 2 series are based on movies that were blockbusters in their time.

The 1st is Back to the Future (photo at right). The story of this series should be familiar to just about everyone. At least everyone over the age of 35 😃

The Back to the Future series is broken into 5 games and is available only for the iPad.

Here are the links for the series:

Jurassic Park

The final series by Telltale is based on Jurassic Park. Jurassic Park: The Game (photo at left) is a 4-part series available only for the iPad 2 and higher. This is probably due to the fact that all of Telltale’s games are big due to the intensive nature of the graphics involved. That means your device needs to have a chip that is powerful enough to run the games, and the original iPad does not have that (sorry). The Jurassic Park series begins during the last half of the first Jurassic Park film and goes on from there.

Here are the links to the Jurassic Park series:

Law & Order

The final game in Telltale’s line-up is based on the TV series Law & Order. It is called Law & Order: Legacies (photo at right) and it is universal, so it will work on any device.

Although it is a stand alone game in the App Store, you can purchase another 6 episodes to the game through in-app purchase. A multi-pack is available that includes all of the episodes for $12.99, or you can purchase each episode individually.

In each episode, you get to play detective first and then prosecutor, just like on the show. There are multiple endings that are based on your moral decision-making.

That’s it for me today. Until later, …

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