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Aug 22, 2013, 02:08 PM
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Popular WWII air combat game Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders was named as Apple's App of the Week, and as a result, the $4.99 app can be downloaded for free for the next seven days.

First launched in late 2012, Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders allows players to participate in dogfights, protect cities, and bomb enemy structures. The in-game locations are based on real areas like Pearl Harbor, Coast of Dover, Germany, and France and detailed WWII planes are used.

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Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders has iCloud and AirPlay support, along with several different online modes that are both cooperative and competitive. The game was also featured as one of Apple's 2013 Design Award winners (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/06/10/apple-announces-2013-design-awards-winning-apps-include-letterpress-and-evernote/).

Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders (http://appshopper.com/games/sky-gamblers-storm-raiders) is universal and will be free for 7 days in the App Store. [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sky-gamblers-storm-raiders/id574375380?mt=8)]

Article Link: 'Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders' Named App of the Week, Available for Free (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/22/sky-gamblers-storm-raiders-named-app-of-the-week-available-for-free/)



Michaelgtrusa
Aug 22, 2013, 02:09 PM
Have it great game.

GSPice
Aug 22, 2013, 02:18 PM
Solid. Downloading now.

Wha...?

Blasted 50MB limit!

Oh well, used to be 25.. :D

Chris Blount
Aug 22, 2013, 02:23 PM
Great game! Suggest downloading. Very easy for most people.

iThinkIt
Aug 22, 2013, 02:46 PM
I HATE IN APP PURCHASES... It will be deleted....:mad:

Mad Mac Maniac
Aug 22, 2013, 03:13 PM
I HATE IN APP PURCHASES... It will be deleted....:mad:

Who said there were in-app purchases? Are there? Considering how the game is typically $5, I can't imagine any potential in-app purchases would be very essential to the gameplay.

Otis Bagotis
Aug 22, 2013, 03:50 PM
Who said there were in-app purchases? Are there? Considering how the game is typically $5, I can't imagine any potential in-app purchases would be very essential to the gameplay.

There's actually lots of IAP. Unlock planes, weapons, levels. It's a little absurd. They should make things like that unlockable via gameplay as well. People don't respond well to that much IAP.

Baumi
Aug 22, 2013, 04:06 PM
Question from a German to the native English speakers around here: Does the name "Sky Gamblers" sound as silly to you as it does to me?

I don't know why, but the sound of that title has been enough to dissuade me from buying any of the games in the series so far.

Bear
Aug 22, 2013, 04:07 PM
There's actually lots of IAP. Unlock planes, weapons, levels. It's a little absurd. They should make things like that unlockable via gameplay as well. People don't respond well to that much IAP.Well if I find the game that normally isn't free restricted without making in-app purchases, I will write a review warning people about it.

gorskiegangsta
Aug 22, 2013, 05:26 PM
Question from a German to the native English speakers around here: Does the name "Sky Gamblers" sound as silly to you as it does to me?

I don't know why, but the sound of that title has been enough to dissuade me from buying any of the games in the series so far.

It does, a little, but no more so than something like "Call of Duty".

Scrumper
Aug 22, 2013, 07:34 PM
The IAPs are not essential to the game play and I have found that things like new planes are unlocked periodically as one progresses through the levels, gets promoted and gains points.

It's a great game but rather addictive. I paid £2.99 for mine but it's worth every penny, in my opinion. I'm just waiting for Cold War to become free now! :D

Keebler
Aug 22, 2013, 09:19 PM
Folks can make fun of the name or bemoan IAPs (which you don't need btw), but this is a great game at $4.99 and even better at free!

The graphics are fantastic, gameplay is easy and fun, multiple game play options, plane dynamics are great too. It's not a full simulator - more arcade style.

It's worth a shot.

Cheers,
Keebler

NOS2U
Aug 22, 2013, 09:19 PM
one of my favorite games on iOS. Detail if fantastic. I paid $1.99 when it was on sale. I've enjoyed playing it.....

Molecule
Aug 22, 2013, 10:55 PM
Question from a German to the native English speakers around here: Does the name "Sky Gamblers" sound as silly to you as it does to me?


Yes, it does.

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If an app is made App of the Week and thus becomes free, does the developer still get paid? In other words, does Apple compensate the developer for lost revenue?

I know this is probably less of an issue for this particular app, as it leans quite heavily on IAP, which is generally a lot more profitable than pay-per-download anyway; but there are plenty of other apps that don't.


Molecule

macs4nw
Aug 23, 2013, 02:18 AM
…..If an app is made App of the Week and thus becomes free, does the developer still get paid? In other words, does Apple compensate the developer for lost revenue? I know this is probably less of an issue for this particular app, as it leans quite heavily on IAP, which is generally a lot more profitable than pay-per-download anyway; but there are plenty of other apps that don't. Molecule

Nope…..That's why it's only for a week; buzz and IAP probably make up for some of that revenue loss.

DrNeroCF
Aug 23, 2013, 03:09 AM
Yeeah that's a terrible name...

Also, 'In Game Footage'? Really? Game's going to have to look way better than that to think it needs to convince me that the video is realtime. Mobile was supposed to surpass last gen consoles how long ago? And the flag at the beginning is waving backwards :p

ValSalva
Aug 23, 2013, 04:56 AM
Nope…..That's why it's only for a week; buzz and IAP probably make up for some of that revenue loss.

The buzz is a huge benefit. Word of mouth brings in more sales after the free week.

mw360
Aug 23, 2013, 05:56 AM
People don't respond well to that much IAP.

Have you seen the list of top grossing games on the App Store? 43 out of 50 are 'Free'.

slapppy
Aug 23, 2013, 09:23 PM
I HATE IN APP PURCHASES... It will be deleted....:mad:

Ugh. Thanks for the heads up. I avoid those IAP maddening games also.

Molecule
Aug 25, 2013, 11:10 PM
The buzz is a huge benefit. Word of mouth brings in more sales after the free week.

Not if everybody's already bought it during the week :P

Does Apple get the Developer's permission first before doing this?

cambookpro
Aug 26, 2013, 04:17 AM
Yes, it does.

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If an app is made App of the Week and thus becomes free, does the developer still get paid? In other words, does Apple compensate the developer for lost revenue?

I know this is probably less of an issue for this particular app, as it leans quite heavily on IAP, which is generally a lot more profitable than pay-per-download anyway; but there are plenty of other apps that don't.


Molecule

I don't often use IAP, and won't in this game. However, it was so good that I've bought another game in the series, one that I would never have bought if I didn't get this one for free.

So, they do make money, just in different ways.

ValSalva
Aug 26, 2013, 04:29 AM
Not if everybody's already bought it during the week :P

Does Apple get the Developer's permission first before doing this?

Not everyone buys it during the free week :D

No, I don't think Apple get's their permission. Usually it's to the developer's benefit. But not always.

decafjava
Aug 26, 2013, 05:00 AM
Ugh. Thanks for the heads up. I avoid those IAP maddening games also.

I got the game to try it out, most of the IAP are optional, extra planes and the like-there is already lots of content in the game as it stands. Very nice graphics and all right gameplay, while the control scheme is pretty good it still is not as natural as a joystick on a desktop sim. Plus it is a huge and I mean huge battery killer, worst of an app I've tried.

slapppy
Aug 26, 2013, 11:31 AM
I got the game to try it out, most of the IAP are optional, extra planes and the like-there is already lots of content in the game as it stands. Very nice graphics and all right gameplay, while the control scheme is pretty good it still is not as natural as a joystick on a desktop sim. Plus it is a huge and I mean huge battery killer, worst of an app I've tried.

Good to hear real life reviews. Thanks.

bnnentertainmen
Aug 26, 2013, 11:49 AM
classy! the next thing i'm doing is downloading this game:D