The 5 games you need to play on your Black Friday iPhone and iPad purchases

Well, it’s that week again. Black Friday is almost upon us, and that can only mean one thing – deals, deals, deals. But this isn’t DealSpy, that’s a completely different website. This is AppSpy, so I thought we’d start off the week by looking at the games you should be grabbing on the swanky new iPhone you’re going to try and get cheap over the next few days.

We’re specifically looking at games that are really going to shine on your new phone or tablet. The sort of thing you’re going to whip out to show your mum to justify the price you just spent on, what is essentially, a few bits of glass, plastic, and metal.

You can click on the emboldened names of the games to download them from the App Store. And if you’ve got your own suggestions about what people should be sticking on their shiny new device, feel free to stick them in the comments down at the bottom of the article.

Infinity Blade 3

It might not be the newest game on this list, but Infinity Blade 3 is still incredibly good looking. Powered by the Unreal Engine, you could say that it puts the gameplay on the back foot just to let the pixels shine. That’d be a bit unfair though. This is a wonderful hacky slashy RPG that fits perfectly in your pocket.

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3 reasons to play Thunder Armada – the new WWII naval stategy game from Chyogame

The bygone days of the Battleship board game might have past, but naval combat simulators still find an audience on mobile. Thunder Armada is Chinese developer Chyogames latest entry into the genre, drawing inspiration from the explosive exchanges across the seas during World War 2. Here are three reasons to set sail for its turbulent tides.

Realistic models

Thunder Armada features detailed models strictly based on the design of historical vessels from around the world, rendered in 3D. The British Nelson-class and American Iowa-class battleships feature alongside the likes of the Japanese super-dreadnought Nagato and Kuroshio destroyers. History buffs should find something to get excited about, then.

Strategic battles

Taking inspiration from the oceanic clashes in the Pacific and Altantic, Thunder Armada puts you in the midst of the action. You take strategic command during famous battles including Pearl Harbour and Midway Island, with text providing historical context during each campaign. Which formation you choose for you fleet directly impacts how the conflict unfolds, often more so than how you use the manual controls, so you can’t sit back and relax. You’ve got a war to win.

Familiar faces

Drawing further from the history books, T…

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The Monday Musing – Why Donald Trump should play First Strike

Ah Monday, the jewel in the crown of our human suffering. All days are not born equal, and Monday is definitely born worse. I’m sorry Monday, it’s not your fault, you just ended up in the worst possible place.

To try and alleviate some of the malaise, Monday is when we here at AppSpy like to have a muse about things. It might not be funny, it might not be right, and it might sound a lot like a stream of consciousness, but that’s all you can really expect from us on this most miserable of days.

And since nuclear war is on everyone’s minds at the moment, I thought I’d take the opportunity to muse about a game that made nuclear annihilation fun, but also absolutely terrifying. You can click on the emboldened name of the game below to download it. And if you or someone you know is scared about dying in a nuclear holocaust, watch the film Threads.

First Strike

First Strike might seem like a neat mobile strategy game, but it’s a little more than that. Scratch the surface and you’ll find it’s actually about making horrific decisions that are going to impact, in some cases literally, the lives of millions of people.

It’s like a choose-your-own-adventure, but the choices you’re making all involve murdering large swathe of the population with nuclear hell fire. And the end result is always the same. Sadness and death.

There’s a lot going on here, and it’s all co…

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Price Drop: Backgammon HD – Play the Online Board Game! (Games)

Backgammon HD – Play the Online Board Game! 4.5.1

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $ 3.99 -> Free, Version: 4.5.1 (iTunes)


Play the #1 Backgammon on the App Store! Now with the best online Backgammon experience with background match-making and two ways to play online: Turn-based gameplay or live games via Game Center. Challenge your friends, play against random opponents, compete for leaderboard glory, and earn achievements.

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** Recommended by MacWorld as a Top Download for your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad in their November 2010 issue.

** “Backgammon Premium is the crème-de-la-crème ‘gammon’” 9 out of 10 stars!

** Nominated for “best dice game of 2009 in the 2009 Best App Ever Awards hosted by!

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Backgammon is believed to have started in Persia, eventually finding its way to Britain with the Roman conquest in the 1st century and was played by Emperor Claudius who even had his carriage equipped with a playing board! It became such a gambling mania that it was declared illegal under the Republic.

Playing on the history of the game, there are 6 visually pleasing, rich board designs; Egyptian, Roman, Medieval, Victorian, Modern and Classic.

We also offer, out of the box, two classic game variations: “Old English” and Nackgammon. “Old English” is the most popular game variation in England. Nackgammon is a more challenging variation designed to add more creativity and skill to the game.

With integrated Bluetooth Peer-to-Peer support you can play with your friends over Bluetooth with no network required! You can also play against the computer in either Easy, Medium or Hard difficulties, or play with a friend on a single device.

– Two ways to play online: Turn-based or live with Game Center
– Background match-making: search for opponents while you play!
– Universal. Play on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad
– Single Player Games (with Easy, Medium, Hard or, soon, with our brand-new Expert player)
– Match support! Play to 3, 5, 9 or 15 points with Doubling. Matches use the Crawford Rule
– On the phone Multiplayer and Bluetooth peer to peer games
– Move-Assist, highlights available moves
– Unlimited “Undo” in single-player games
– Extensive game statistics

What’s New

Thanks for all your wonderful support! This update includes several bug fixes and adjustments to the Daily Challenges feature based on your feedback.

We appreciate every App Review, so keep them coming!

Backgammon HD – Play the Online Board Game! Popular New Apps, Version Changes and Price Changes (Games) for iOS

Gangstar New Orleans guide for iPhone, iPad, and Android – Part 3: Play without spending

In today’s instalment of our Gangstar: New Orleans guide, we’re going to look at how you can get the most out of the game without paying a shiny penny. There are a number of ways to do this, and we’ll break them down for you.

Tomorrow we’re going to look at some more advanced tips and tricks, because that’s the sort of thing we like to do on Thursday. So make sure you come back for that if you can, it’d be lovely to see you.

Right now though, put your wallet away and let’s pick through some strategies that will ensure you’re not bankrupting yourself to be the best criminal that ever did crime.


Make sure you check in regularly to get as many rewards as you can. The game isn’t shy when it comes to giving away spirit jars, so ensure you’re getting as many of them as you can. Check your menu regularly to see what you’ve got.


The same goes for your achievements. You get rewarded as you play, so make sure you grab everything the game is giving you to fill up your coffers. You won’t just get spirit jars, you’ll get cash and upgrade materials too.

Daily Quests

Every day you get a bunch of new quests to perform. It’s important to work through these every 24 hours, because the rewards you get should sustain you for a good long while.

You even get a quest that involves completing all the quests. They’re not easy, but they’ll…

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