Weekend Update: New Apps & Worthwhile Sales

by panappticon on November 21, 2009

in News,Sales

Well, another weekend, another round of sales as well as a couple cool new Apps! Let’s get right to it!

NavigonMobileNaviPhoneNavigon’s MobileNavigator North America is on sale for $69.99 (regularly $89.99, 4/5 stars). If you’re looking for a GPS app, now is the time to grab this one. 4/5 star reviews and a ton of them mean this is a great deal for anyone looking at a GPS app.
 

BeneathASteelSkyiPhoneBeneath a Steel Sky: Remastered is on sale for $0.99 (regularly $2.99, 4/5 stars). This is a remake of the classic PC point-and-click adventure game. The sale was supposed to end already but if you’re lucky you might still be able to grab it for $0.99.
 

GroundEffectiPhoneGround Effect is on sale for $0.99 (regularly $2.99, 4/5 stars). It’s a racing game that delivers an incredible sense of speed and is quite fun. I picked it up and played it for a while, and while I don’t think it’s going to be a game I’ll be playing for hours every day, it’s probably worth the $0.99 for an occasional racing-type game.
 

EnigmoiPhoneEnigmo is on sale for $0.99 (regularly $2.99, 3.5/5 stars). Enigmo is a 3D puzzle game that’s also available for the Mac. Coincidentally, ALL of developer Pangea’s games are on sale (including Enigmo 2) for $0.99, just click here to check them all out. They’re all pretty averagely rated games but if you’ve been wanting one (or all) of them for a while, now is the time to pick them up.
 

LoopyLabiPhoneLoopy Laboratory is on sale for $0.99 (regularly $4.99, 4.5 stars). This is a puzzle ‘escape the room by constructing a circuit’ type of game. Worth a look if you’re into them.

 

GangstariPhoneGangstar: West Coast Hustle is on sale for $4.99 (regularly $6.99, 4/5 stars). This is a Grand Theft Auto-style game and has been garnering pretty strong reviews.

 

DragonPortalsiPhoneDragon Portals is on sale for $0.99 (regularly $4.99, 3.5/5 stars). This is a pretty neat ‘connect the similar items to break them away until you clear the grid’-type of game (yes, one of those!). I picked it up, play it occasionally, and find that it’s certainly worth the $0.99. At $4.99 it might be a bit hard to swallow, but at $0.99 it’s a relative bargain.
 

LuxDLXiPhoneLux DLX is on sale for $3.99 (regularly $7.99, 3.5/5 stars). This is a Risk-style board game that’s pretty popular. There are some complaints about lag, however I’ve been doing some research and most people say that there isn’t any lag anymore. There is a free version with fewer options and maps, which supposedly does not suffer from any lag. So take your chances on the paid version if you dare (I have not personally tried the paid version so cannot comment on the presence of any lag).
 

There’s something for everyone with the sales this week! Now let’s move onto some notable new releases-

TrillianiPhoneTrillian has been released ($4.99). Trillian is a pretty popular Windows multi-protocol Instant Messenger application that finally has been approved by Apple and is set to compete with the rest of them. How is it? So far the reviews on the App Store are trending positive with 4/5 stars. There are some people complaining that it is not as good as the current crop of competing IM apps (such as IM+ and BeeJiveIM, however whether or not Trillian will be updated aggressively to better compete with them is unknown at this point.
 

MonopolyMonopoly was also released ($4.99). This is the classic version of the game, unlike the Here and Now edition that has been out for some time. Supposedly the AI has been improved to well, not cheat every time with dice rolls. And, well, it’s classic monopoly! There is local Wi-Fi multiplayer, but since I don’t have anyone to play with when I’d want to play, I really wish that EA would have included true Internet multi-player. Like I mentioned in our review of Catan, I think with board games especially, being able to compete against people anywhere, anytime would be a massive improvement and a huge selling point. I’m most likely going to hold off on it until it’s updated to include online multi-player (however don’t hold me to that, as I have a soft spot for Monopoly!).
 

OrbaiPhoneFinally, Orba is a new game from Kieffer Brothers. Never heard of them you say? Well, we have an upcoming review of their word game Lexic, however we had to mention Orba because it’s on a limited time sale for…FREE. One thing about Kieffer Brothers games is the insane amount of visual polish and slickness in their games, and Orba is no exception. It may look too simple at first (and it is simple, but amazingly fun and addictive)–you select 3 or more connected colored orbs to remove them from the grid, while the orbs above them fall down into place. As you progress in levels you get more and more different colored orbs which ups the challenge significantly. This is a really nice relaxing game that you can just pick up and play anytime and I highly recommend it, especially right now since it’s free.
 

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