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Heads up, iOS gamers: Dozens of great titles are currently on sale

Although there isn’t any official announcement from Apple, an invisible sale has carved a swathe through some of the App Store’s bigger gaming titles for iOS, dropping a bunch of them to $0.99/£0.99/AU$1.49, and some even coming free.

We’ve scrounged together a list of 12 of the more popular and well-regarded iOS games below. It’s worth noting that not all of these offers are available in every region — and many of the discounts don’t specify an end date — so double-check the price before you pull the trigger.

  • Captain Cowboy ($0.99, Free): A reimagining of games like Boulder Dash but with a puzzle-adventure format and a gorgeous retro space aesthetic.
  • Mini Metro ($4.99, $0.99): Do you toss and turn at night, dreaming of town planning and infrastructure? If so, then Mini Metro has you covered. It's an oddly therapeutic management game in which you manage a growing city's subway system, adapting to your limited resources and the ever-flowing stream of transit.
  • Lumino City ($4.99, $0.99): This game won a BAFTA award in 2015 for its gorgeously hand-crafted paper and cardboard aesthetic. Another puzzle adventure title but in a completely different style, Lumino City is an adorable must-play.
  • Steamworld Heist ($9.99, $4.99): The spiritual successor to the popular SteamWorld Dig, this title has you captaining a pirate crew in a steampunk, turn-based strategy game like no other.
  • Human Resource Machine ($4.99, $0.99): This well-regarded game has you controlling a horde of little office workers to solve programming-esque puzzles so you can get 'promoted' to the next level. How long can you last under the watchful eyes of your roboto bosses?
  • Botanicula ($4.99, $0.99): An adventure game filled with adorable and funny moments as a band of five little tree friends try to protect their tree’s last seed. Gorgeous animation from the same studio that brought us the award-winning Machinarium (below).
  • Machinarium ($4.99, $0.99): Help the charming little robot Josef on an epic adventure to save his girlfriend through the storybook world created by Amanita Design studios.
  • Leo’s Fortune ($4.99, $0.99): A unique platform adventure game where you help Leo (a little mustachioed, fuzzy, blue ball) navigate a wondrously detailed environment in search for his stolen fortune.
  • Castles of Mad King Ludwig ($6.99, $0.99): The iOS iteration of the castle-building board game where deep strategy is needed to outwit your friends or the AI.
  • Assassin’s Creed Identity ($4.99, $0.99): A mobile gaming adaptation of the popular Assassin’s Creed franchise, Identity brings an action RPG to your pocket. Pick a class and level up your character as you face challenges across the Italian Renaissance.
  • Alto’s Adventure ($4.99, $0.99): Explore a beautiful snowy village as you snowboard across the icy mountains and grind along railings and fences.
  • Eggggg ($2.99, Free): This game is about vomit. And cyborg chickens. It’s an adventure-platformer where you use glorious streams of vomit to propel yourself and escape the heat of the cyborg chickens. Great.
Harry Domanski
Harry is an Australian Journalist for TechRadar with an ear to the ground for future tech, and the other in front of a vintage amplifier. He likes stories told in charming ways, and content consumed through massive screens. He also likes to get his hands dirty with the ethics of the tech.