Windows Phone 8 gamers are currently enjoying this week’s new Xbox title, the delightfully free and also just plain delightful Jetpack Joyride. But you can never have too many games, especially when you’re addicted to Xbox Achievements. Your mouth gets dry, the shakes start to set in, and only a new game will keep you from eating a family sized bag of Whoppers (wrapper and all) in your delirium.
Enter the Xbox Red Stripe Deal of the Week, only too eager to ease the pain! The latest weekly sale title is BulletAsylum from UberGeekGames. Normally priced at $2.99, it’s now discounted to 99 cents. BulletAsylum previously went on sale for $1.99 once in May 2012, so this is a better deal… Probably what the game should always have cost, in fact.
The new non-Xbox Red Stripe Deals are indie game Chicken Invaders 3 from Betacom and popular instant messaging app IM+ Pro. Both cost only a dollar this week, which is an especially good deal for the normally $5 IM+ Pro. Read on for more details, screenshots, and download links!
BulletAsylum (Windows Phone 7 or 8)
Regular price: $2.99 Sale price: $.99 Download size: 16 MB Store Link
BulletAsylum is a modern take on the arcade classic Missile Defense. Aliens rain down from the sky and it’s up to your turrets to stop them. You can use a single finger to fire all your weapons at one area or two fingers to split the fire. Game modes include the extremely easy Arcade, an endless Survival mode that has no Achievements for some reason, and the frustratingly hard Architect mode.
It’s easy to get into BulletAsylum thanks to the pretty colors and flashing lights. The unlocking system is decent, and the Achievements are attainable for most mortal men and women. Still, I found the gameplay far too simplistic to maintain interest; the lack of depth really keeps the game from having much staying power. At least it's only a buck right now! Check out our review to learn more.
Chicken Invaders 3 (Windows Phone 7 or 8)
Regular price: $2.99 Sale price: $.99 Download size: 19 MB Store Link
This indie game is a clone of Galaga but with an aggressive army of poultry serving as the enemies. Downed enemies dropped fried chicken for players to collect. Score enough of it to get screen-clearing bonus missiles. Silly premise aside, Chicken Invaders 3 is kinda-sorta pretty and probably plays better than the poorly-controlling Galaga Legions DX. It also comes in Christmas and Easter variations, but only the main game is on sale. Give George’s review a look if you’re curious about the gameplay.
IM+ Pro (Windows Phone 7 or 8)
Regular price: $4.99 Sale price: $.99 Download size: 3 MB Store Link
Wouldn’t it be convenient to have one instant messaging app that can communicate with all the different IM networks you use? IM+ Pro does just that. It supports: Skype, Facebook, Google Talk, AIM, Yahoo!, ICQ, Jabber, and a bunch of foreign networks as well. The only missing feature I’d like to see is Steam chat support, but I assume the Steam platform is closed to IM developers. On Windows Phone 8, the app even supports fancy lockscreen notifications. IM+ Pro comes in free and this paid, ad-free version. If you hate ads but love chatting on your phone, it might be time to drop a dollar on this one.
Thanks to Marcel at InsideGames.ch for the tip!