So now that we’re rolling into December, we’re about to enter into the biggest season of the year for both app buying and app sales. Right before Christmas, Apple will “freeze” the App Store, which means listings won’t get updated, and developers won’t be able to change prices or release new apps, so iOS devs and publishers are working overtime right now to make sure everything is ready for the holiday.
But there are other ways to find big app price drops. EA has made it easy for its apps — the company has put together a “Daily Deals” page that will highlight free and discounted apps that show up in the company’s catalog. Right now, for example, Shift 2 Unleashed and The Sims Medieval are both completely free, and there are a few other apps that are discounted in price.
Electronic Arts added to its growing repertoire of mobile games with the release of Battleship for the iPad today. This new tablet version of the classic board game takes advantage of large screen of the iPad with its HD quality graphics and expanded UI. There’s also new battle environments, new ships and new weapons for iPad owners to enjoy.
The iPad version also has a multi-player mode that lets you play against another iPad, iPhone or iPod touch over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Single players can enjoy playing alone in Classic mode, Salvo mode or Super Weapons mode. The game is available today from the App Store for a reasonable US$2.99.
To celebrate Memorial Day, Electronic Arts and Gameloft have reduced over 30 of their biggest iOS titles. For as little as $0.99, iOS gamers can enjoy one of the most impressive FPS titles in Battlefield Bad Company 2,exhilarating racing action in Need for Speed, and the the biggest soccer franchise available in FIFA 11.
Thanks to the guys from CultofMac for putting the list together.
Here’s the full list of games on sale:
Fast Five the Movie: Official Game – $0.99
Dungeon Hunter 2 – $0.99
Iron Man 2 – $0.99
Let’s Golf! 2 – $0.99
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 – $0.99
Dead Space – $2.99
FIFA 11 – $0.99
Fight Night Champion – $0.99
Heroes Lore III – $0.99
Littlest Pet Shop – $0.99
Madden NFL 11 – $0.99
Mass Effect – $0.99
Mystery Mania – $0.99
NBA Jam – $0.99
Need for Speed Undercover – $0.99
Need for Speed Shift – $0.99
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit – $0.99
R-Type – $0.99
Scrabble – $0.99
The Sims 3 – $0.99
The Sims 3 Ambitions – $0.99
The Sims 3 World Adventure – $0.99
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 – $0.99
Zombies & Me – $0.99
Fast Five the Movie: Official Game HD – $0.99
Assassin’s Creed: Altaïr’s Chronicles HD – $0.99
Sacred Odyssey: Rise of Ayden HD – Free + $0.99 in-app purchase
To celebrate the Easter weekend, EA mobile has launched its ‘Sweet 99¢ Deals’ sale with up to 86% off some of its most recent and most successful titles – such as Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12, Fifa 2011, and Dead Space.
Here’s the full list of games included in the sale – all of which are now just 99¢:
full list of games included in the sale – all of which are now just 99¢:
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12
Max & the Magic Marker
Fight Night Champion
Battlefield Bad Company 2
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit
The Sims 3
The Sims 3 Ambition
Madden NFL 11
Need for Speed Shift
The Game of Life
Max & the Magic Marker
Madden NFL 11
As we previously reported, EA dropped prices on most of its iOS apps this week, and that sale sent shockwaves through the App Store’s holiday season. We’ve seen tons of awesome new apps hit the store in the past few weeks, but if you look at the Top Paid apps right now, most of them are older EA favorites. EA currently has six of the top 10 apps on the store (with Battlefield: Bad Company 2 leading the way — a big name title released for just 99 cents), and it’s peppered throughout the rest of the top 50 as well. The biggest recent release on the list is probably Infinity Blade, which, despite extremely solid reviews and lots of press about its release, is currently down at number 16.
In short, EA has kicked off a price war, and there’s a time limit on this one. Apple is freezing the charts on December 23rd, which means that any games in the top 200 at that time will remain there over the all-important Christmas holiday, the point at which we’ve seen the biggest jumps in App Store sales (due to all the new hardware out there under the tree).
At least one big publisher has already responded in kind — Gamevil has announced a price drop on many of its apps, including the just-released Illusia and Nom, although it couldn’t make it down to the 99 cent price that EA is offering. I would say look out for more big sales in the next few days. Companies have had a lot of success with App Store sales in the past, and as we get closer to that holiday freeze and the ensuing burst of sales, they’re much more likely to start pulling out the big guns.