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Galaxy On Fire 2 is one of the best games on iOS, period, seeing as it's Elite in any sense of the phrase. And what's more, the HD version is crisper, sharper and prettier than ever. Galaxy On Fire 2 HD is now only £2.99 on the App Store for a limited time (that's 50% off), so if you've got an iPhone 4 or iPad 2+, it's well worth embarking on this sensational space quest. Be sure to check out our 5/5 Galaxy On Fire 2 review for more details.

 

Thumbstar Interview: The Edmondson Brothers Talk World Domination

"Every Platform, Every Territory, Every Genre"

After founding Thumbstar back in 2008, the Edmondson Brothers (of Driver fame) haven't been sitting on their laurels. Over the last four years, they've quietly forged over 140 different distribution channels for their games, crowned by a recent Chinese deal that will see them exclusively distributing games via China Telecom.

Armed with this network of channels, third-party developers and in-house studios worldwide, Thumbstar is poised and ready to become a heavyweight contender, and proudly showed off their newest games deep within the heart of trendy Camden Town. Keen to know what the future holds for Gareth and Martin Edmondson, I sat down with the two brothers to discuss their plans for global domination, the death of home consoles and the Chinese connection.

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Cult adventure game The 7th Guest is absolutely free on the App Store for today only. So... go get it!

 

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Infinity Blade II is currently £2.99 on the App Store for a limited time, which means that you should probably buy it ASAP. Both 'hardcore' and 'casual' gaming fans can agree that Chair's latest effort is a perfect blend of both, along with hours of addictive, recursive questing and character development. Plus, you'll save two quid.

 

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Telltale Games are running a nifty sale on several adventure games for a limited time, and Hector Episode 1: We Negotiate with Terrorists HD is currently absolutely free on the App Store (iPad required). The second and third episodes are both reduced to a wallet-friendly £1.99, so this is a great chance to get involved with the series and see if you like it. Check out our full review over at Dealspwn.

 

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Infinity Blade has been reduced to 69p on the App Store. It's amazing, and there's a huge amount of content to enjoy thanks to the meaty base game and several post-release updates. So, if you're late to the Infinity Blade party, it's probably high time you sampled Chair's recursive, addictive gem for yourself.

 

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Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP is now down to £1.49 on the App Store - saving you £1.50 on one of last year's most surreal and brilliant adventures. Note that you can also get the native iPhone-only version for £0.69 if you don't happen to have an iPad. Be sure to check out our 5/5 Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP review for more details.

 

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Unstoppable Gorg is currently down to £1.49, which will save you £1.50 on the usual RRP. Futuremark games studio have discounted this sensational tower defence game until Sunday evening, and it's a glorious homage to 50s B-Movies as well as being a satisfyingly tactical romp. Check out our 5/5 Unstoppable Gorg review for more details, and note that it's only compatible with iPad.

 

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Go and get Extraction: Project Outbreak for free. NOW! Sorry for the urgency, but it's one of last year's best games - a brilliant fusion of Cannon Fodder, Syndicate and twitch shooters. And it's free on the app store for a limited time to celebrate a new update with even more features. You can read our 5/5 Extraction: Project Outbreak review for more details.

 

Pizza vs Skeletons iPhone/iPad review

When the mischievous dead came out to play, they certainly weren't expecting a delicious, deep-pan nemesis to counter their demonic incursion. Pizza vs Skeletons may appear to be a somewhat cynical title at first glance - or a case of throwing random words together for the sake of wackiness - but the truth is that this crazy crust comes double-stuffed with innovation and polish.

Plus, you get to destroy the undead skeletons with a pizza topped with candy and jellyfish. Wearing a Mozart wig. Why haven't you bought it already?

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Nothing says "I love you" like free stuff, so here's another great Valentines freebie for you. Hypership Out Of Control is now free on the App Store (saving you 69p), and brilliant to boot. Go download it. You'll fall in love.

 

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Telltale Games have announced that the first episode of Back To The Future is now free on iPad, along with a discount for 55% discount for episodes 2-5 if you dig it. Check out Back to the Future Episode 1 HD on the app store for more info.

 

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These Robotic Hearts Of Mine, a heartbreaking indie puzzler from Alan Hazelden, is now absolutely free for a limited time on the App Store (saving you 69p). You can read my These Robotic Hearts Of Mine Preview over at Dealspwn for more info.

 

Spice Bandits iPhone/iPad review

Spice Bandits iPhone/iPad review

Jonathan Lester  Feb. 13, 2012 at 17:00

Ha! Spice Invaders! Very clever, Chillingo. Now all that remains is to review what must be a cheap and cheerful arcade shooter and knock off early... what's that? A tower defence game? With loads of unlockables and solid multiplayer? For free?

Touché. And to avoid this problem ever happening again, they've renamed it Spice Bandits.

Spice Invaders Bandits may be pretty, meaty and free, but is there a sting in the freemium tail?

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SpaceChem is one of last year's best indie games, and its iPad port is a slick and cerebral affair that's good for countless hours of puzzling. You can now grab SpaceChem Mobile for £1.49 on the app store, which will save you £2.50 for a limited time. Reminder: only compatible with iPad and iPad 2.

 

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Galaxy On Fire 2 is one of the best games on iOS, period. And what's more, the HD version is crisper, sharper and prettier than ever. Galaxy On Fire 2 HD is now only £2.99 on the App Store for a limited time (that's 50% off), so if you've got an iPhone 4 or iPad 2, it's well worth embarking on this sensational space quest. Be sure to check out our 5/5 Galaxy On Fire 2 review.

 

Hello Copter iOS/Android Review

Hello Copter iOS/Android Review

Jonathan Lester  Feb. 3, 2012 at 18:00

The App Store and Android Marketplace aren't just places to buy major hits from veteran developers. They're also the perfect start for newcomers who want to cut their teeth on indie game development and get their wares into the public domain; making a little money in the process.

Hello Copter is the product of one such outfit... but it's so polished and pretty that you'd never know. Plus, you'll never look at Twitter in the same way again.

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Call Of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land iPhone/iPad review

World War One is an incredibly controversial and under-used setting for videogames. The laborious trench warfare and horrific attrition between static armies just doesn't translate into fun - rather, it's a miserable and thought provoking part of our history that's best remembered with respect and regret.

Throw in Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos, however, and you've got a rich and exciting tableau for tactical action. The Wasted Land is one of the few Lovecraft-themed games to adopt a serious tone rather than pop culture parody, and it pays off.

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Quarrel has just launched on Xbox Live Arcade, and to celebrate, you can now grab the original game for just 69p on the app store. Quarrel Deluxe was a bargain at £2.99, frankly. Check out our Quarrel Deluxe review for more details.

 

Unstoppable Gorg iPad review

Jonathan Lester  Jan. 26, 2012 at 17:00

Unstoppable Gorg iPad review

Oh no, another tower defence game! Ready the fleets! Launch all defences! Battle stations!

Feel free to do all of the above, but be aware that Unstoppable Gorg is definitely not "just another" tower defence game. In fact, this premium app packs jaw-dropping production values, massive content and dynamic gameplay into its half-gig file size. It even improves upon its full-price PC brother while revolutionising the genre in the process.

They came from outer space. And we're so very glad they did.

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