The iFriday Roundup, No. 23

Sales Galore, Part 1

Looking for something to do while you’re waiting impatiently for Christmas morning? Never fear, iOS developers have you covered. Here are just a few of the games that are going absolutely free right now and caught our interest: Pod Odyssey (Our Review); Zenonia, Zenonia II and Zenonia IV(!); Call of Mini: Zombies (Our Review); ThermoBox; Mamba Nation Battle; Gravonaut (Our Review); Broken Sword – The Smoking Mirror: Remastered; A Knight’s Dawn; The Serpent of Isis; and Happy Hills.

Sales Galore, Part 2

Kemco’s giving JRPG fans a real Christmas present by slashing Alphadia down to $0.99! And that’s not the only game we’ve covered this year that has a hot deal going right now. Check out the half-priced full edition of Shantae: Risky’s Revenge (Our Review); Anomaly: Warzone Earth; Galaxy Phantasy, the game formerly known as Galaxy Pirate Adventure; Shadowgun; Dead Space (iPhone and iPad editions); Pocket Academy; Fantastic Knight; Real Steel; Exitium; Pocket RPG; Gears; Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light; and Aralon: Sword and Shadow.

So, If You Crossed Dieselpunk With The Lord of the Rings, and Made a TBS

Also on sale is TOME Studio’s Turn-Based Strategy debut, Danger Alliance: Battles! Last week we reported that the game received its first major content update, and while the Nazgûl-filled bonus mission came as quite the tongue-in-cheek surprise, we can say we definitely like the direction Danger Alliance is going in after spending some quality time with the new content!

The bonus mission offers a nice look at a new scenario system separate from the ad hoc skirmish battles that whet genre fans’ appetites when Danger Alliance first released in October. Also introduced are atmospheric New Age tracks that pump some audio goodness into the player’s earbuds and a weapon switching system at the character select screen — devoted to Captain Jerry Cash’s very cool dual pistols at the moment. The update has even brought about a new strategic element: rather than equip all the player’s soldiers with med packs to begin with, the game has your World War II-era troupe rushing around the battlefield to collect them before enemies can do the same. Last but certainly not least, the time for enemy AI processing has been shaved down just about as far as it can theoretically go. Suffice it to say if you passed up this title earlier it totally deserves a second look, especially now that it’s going for only $1.99! Keep an eye on TOME Studios’ website for the latest news, as well as more background on the game’s growing story.

A Stocking Stuffer for Casual Puzzle Fans

Alawar Entertainment were in touch to let us know that they’ve just launched The Treasures of Montezuma 3 for iDevices big and small. We also received a link to a free trial version so you can take it for a test drive on your iPhone or iPod Touch if you’re looking for your next casual puzzle fix!

Gun Fu Receives Family Friendly Stickman Edition

Well, actually, it doesn’t look like any of the blood was removed. Just the bodies. If you’re a fan of the original Gun Fu, you’ll be glad to know that Dobsoft Studio has provided another opportunity to sharpen your gun kata in this cartoonized free release, complete with an X-Mas Mode to celebrate the season! Even more interesting is a weapon switching system, so it looks like the developer’s actually upped the ante on the original formula.

Space Tap Gets a Tutorial

Playing Species is playing Santa a little early this year, giving Sean exactly what he wanted when he reviewed this otherwise smooth-as-silk line drawing and traffic management game. Since our review the developer has also offered up a Lite version you can try out first if you’re still skittish about the idea of managing rocket traffic on your iDevice.

Fara Gets an HD Edition With New Content

Pixel and Texel were in touch to let us know they’ve launched Fara HD for the iPad, and that it’s on sale for $1.99 versus a normal price of $2.99. We’ll turn it over to Andrew from Pixel and Texel: “This is the expanded, definitive version of Fara, complete with new abilities, a new boss, secret areas, and a full new dungeon. Fara HD screenshots, features, and additional info can be found here.” You can check out our review of the original iPhone and iPod Touch release here.

Season’s Greetings from Infinite Dreams and Image & Form!

One of the great things about being on the press side of the videogame industry is that you get a bunch of devs popping cool holiday cards into your inbox! In lieu of our usual video of the week, let’s share these warm holiday greetings from the makers of Jelly Defense and Anthill:

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