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18 September, 2014

Bundles of Games Now Appearing on App Store via Today's iOS Update

If you have an iOS-compatible device you can now update to iOS 8. The new software is compatible back to the iPhone 4s, iPad 2 and the 5th generation iPod Touch. A great new feature of this OS is the ability for developers to sell apps in bundles - good news for developers and customers alike

Typing the word "bundle" into the App Store search field this morning harvested some interesting results. There are already various fitness and productivity bundles available, and some interesting games packages as well. Here are the first four games bundles that turned up in my search:

Touchgrind X-Sports Bundle - contains Touchgrind Skate 2 and Touchgrind BMX. 
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-7 - contains LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and 5-7 games.
Illusion Labs Puzzle Bundle - contains Blast-A-Way and Labyrinth 2. 
Angry Birds: Ultimate Slingshot Bundle - contains Angry Birds (original), AB Star Wars, AB Space and AB Seasons. Trust me, these four Angry Birds games between them have enough level packs to keep fans occupied for many, many months.

Update: Crescent Moon Games has just revealed a bunch of great bundles

It will be endlessly fascinating to see the bundles developers come up with; I envision some great RPG compilations, best-of strategy titles, and so on. 

An excellent inclusion in the App Store listing for the bundles is that once you click on the bundle's app icon to go in and have a closer look and read the description, you'll be shown not only the bundle's price, but also the total price it would cost you to buy each app separately. For example, the Touchgrind bundle listed above costs AU$8.99, but the two games individually would cost a total of AU$12.98. Similarly, the Angry Birds bundle would cost a total of AU$5.16 outside of the bundle, but only AU$2.49 all together. 

Already it's a great insight as to the awesome deals gamers will be able to pick up. If we spy any particularly interesting bundles, we'll let you know. Watch this space.

Garry Balogh

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