The iFriday Roundup, No. 46

Friday Freebies

It’s a good weekend to be an iOS gamer! Leading this week’s crop of freebies is FDG Entertainment’s Cover Orange, which you should snap up right now judging from its five star average over thirty thousand(!) App Store ratings.

Also check out Bag It! (Our Review), Folded Flyer (Our Review), Harry’s House (Our Review), and Whale Trail (Our Review).

And those are just the games we have reviews filed away for. Here’s some more games that look ripe for the picking: Blood Ninja: Last Hero, Sky Gnomes, Great Jitters: Pudding Panic, Third Blade, Happy Hills and Monsters Ate My Condo. Phew!

Sales Roundup

This week’s sales are of equally high pedigree. If you had James Pawliuk’s LostStar Tactics (Our Review) on your TBS wish list, now’s the time to snatch it up at $0.99. The same applies to Galaxy on Fire 2 (Our Review) for combat flight sim fans. If you’re more the Metroid action/adventure type and don’t mind a little belly dancing thrown in, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge (Our Review) is a real steal at $1.99.

Also check out Roboto, Broken Sword: Director’s Cut and Broken Sword: The Smoking Mirror – Remastered.

Players Less Likely to Get Shanghai’d in ChinaTaxi

We noted an annoyingly steep difficulty curve in Keyloft’s ChinaTaxi, but the devs were in touch over the week to let us know the first update takes the edge off with an improved interface. We’re especially looking forward to future updates that promise to round out the game with some more power-ups and surprise gameplay expansions.

 Bee Leader Aims for Perfection

Flightless Ltd.’s Bee Leader barely missed a perfect score in our reckoning on account of loose controls, but the devs flew into our inbox today with news of an interface overhaul. Word in the bee hive has it that we should expect “a special treat” and more levels in content updates soon!

You’ll be Very Haypi if You Win This New iPad!

Well, this is different. Haypi Co., known for Haypi Dragon among other games in a series that bears the studio name, are putting out a call for stories about the role the games play in players’ lives. Even more amazing than the third-generation iPad up for grabs is the fact that three pages’ worth of reflection have been posted already, some showing players sporting dapper costumes and Haypi memorabilia. This officially proves that iOS is no longer just a pastime — it’s a lifestyle.

A Look Ahead

Jujubee Games (here’s an interview) and Ayopa Games were in touch this week to let us know Suspect in Sight and Light Byte will be going head-to-head on June 14 among the usual flood of new releases. Check out preview footage for each in this week’s video gallery:

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