'Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders' Named App of the Week, Available for Free

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    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.

    Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders is universal and will be free for 7 days in the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: 'Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders' Named App of the Week, Available for Free
  2. macrumors 603


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere
  3. macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2008
    Solid. Downloading now.


    Blasted 50MB limit!

    Oh well, used to be 25.. :D
  4. macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2008
    Great game! Suggest downloading. Very easy for most people.
  5. macrumors regular


    Mar 21, 2012
    Florida, USA
    I HATE IN APP PURCHASES... It will be deleted....:mad:
  6. macrumors 68040

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    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.
  7. macrumors member

    Otis Bagotis

    May 9, 2013
    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.
  8. macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2005
    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.
  9. macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    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.
  10. macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    It does, a little, but no more so than something like "Call of Duty".
  11. macrumors member


    Jan 10, 2010
    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
  12. macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    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.

  13. macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2012
    one of my favorite games on iOS. Detail if fantastic. I paid $1.99 when it was on sale. I've enjoyed playing it.....
  14. macrumors regular

    May 19, 2010
    Yes, it does.


    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.

  15. macrumors 68030


    Nope…..That's why it's only for a week; buzz and IAP probably make up for some of that revenue loss.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2004
    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
  17. macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    The buzz is a huge benefit. Word of mouth brings in more sales after the free week.
  18. macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    Have you seen the list of top grossing games on the App Store? 43 out of 50 are 'Free'.
  19. macrumors 65816

    Mar 20, 2008
    Ugh. Thanks for the heads up. I avoid those IAP maddening games also.
  20. macrumors regular

    May 19, 2010
    Not if everybody's already bought it during the week :p

    Does Apple get the Developer's permission first before doing this?
  21. macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    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.
  22. macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    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.
  23. macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2011
    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.
  24. macrumors 65816

    Mar 20, 2008
    Good to hear real life reviews. Thanks.
  25. macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2013
    classy! the next thing i'm doing is downloading this game:D

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