Download Discounts for Dec.16: Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, SimCity Deluxe, One Way Home

Dec 16, 2010
Games

It’s a big day for games. In addition to a bunch of cool new releases, we’ve also got some pretty huge reductions on games from Electronic Arts. The newly released iPad port of SimCity Deluxe is now down to just a buck, as is the latest entry in the Need for Speed series. Read about […]

It’s a big day for games. In addition to a bunch of cool new releases, we’ve also got some pretty huge reductions on games from Electronic Arts. The newly released iPad port of SimCity Deluxe is now down to just a buck, as is the latest entry in the Need for Speed series. Read about them, and more, below.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (iPhone, iPad) $0.99 (was $4.99/$9.99)

Electronic Arts has knocked the price of this cops-and-robbers racer way down for the next few days, demanding that you check it out for merely a dollar.

Need for Speed puts you in the role of both fleeing criminals and pursuing police in one-on-one multiplayer using either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connections. You can also take on fleeing criminals in 24 single-player missions as the cops.

SimCity Deluxe for iPad $0.99 (was $6.99)

It’s been out, what, two days, and already the iPad-optimized version of SimCity is getting a pretty massive price cut — so if you haven’t already grabbed this PC classic city management game, you just ran out of excuses.

Like we explained when we featured this on our Fresh Apps list, SimCity is a spiffed-up version of the game on other platforms and includes new iPad touchscreen controls, seven different game scenarios to put you through your paces and all kinds of natural disasters and issues to deal with.

One Way Home (iPhone) Free (was $0.99)

In platforming games, you usually guide a digital character through levels, commanding him to jump, fight bad guys and collect things — but there’s always a degree of separation between you and the character, since it’s just a representation on a screen. When it comes to One Way Home, you are the character, and your fingers are your feet.

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When you play One Way Home, the iPhone screen becomes the ground, adequately littered with traps, gaps, obstacles, enemies and collectibles. You place two fingers on the screen to activate the level, and then “walk” forward by keeping one finger on the screen and sliding it, then putting the other down to take another step. It takes some getting used to, but it’s a novel adaptation of a well-tried gameplay system, and it’s free to try out.

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