October is already almost half-over, if you can believe that. The end of a week is always nice, so why not make it better with some app sales? I promise there are some good ones here today… very good ones. I’m sure you’ve guessed them by now, but let’s get into this.
Sometimes it’s easy to take for granted the sheer number of great classic RPGs we can carry around on our phones these days. A big part of that line-up comes from Beamdog and Overhaul’s enhanced ports of the classic Infinity Engine PC RPGs from the 1990s. Beginning with Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition [$ 4.99] back in late 2012, Beamdog and Overhaul have since released iOS versions of Icewind Dale [$ 4.99], Baldur’s Gate 2: Enhanced Edition [$ 4.99], and earlier this year, Planescape: Torment [$ 6.99]. Having just recently finished updating all of the games with 64-bit iOS 11 support, the publisher appears to be celebrating with a sale on all of their iOS releases.
This is the first time Planescape: Torment has ever gone on sale, while the other games are at as low of prices as they’ve ever been. The complete list of games on sale follows, along with links to TouchArcade’s reviews of each.
For those who just want the short version without checking all of the reviews, these are really great ports of the games and are easy to recommend to anyone playing on an iPad. If you’re on an iPhone, the developers have done their best to include options like zooming and increasing the size of the text, but be aware that some people find it a little too cramped on smaller screens. Personally, I think they’re fine, but I know that not everyone feels the same way. There’s no word yet on how long this sale will run, so as usual you might want to get while the getting is good.
Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition [$ 9.99] launched on the App Store a few years ago and it also happens to be the only release from Overhaul Games that was left to be updated for iOS 11. Well the update is here in the form of a massive patch that brings it to version 2.4. This patch has fixes across the board and quite a few useful additions.
There are new portraits, enhancements to party creation, multiplayer fixes, new customization options, and more. One welcome addition is the Story Mode difficulty option which will be great for newcomers to RPGs in general where your character cannot be killed in combat. The full patch notes are available in PDF form here which is a lot more detailed than the App Store release notes for obvious reasons.
Check out an interview where Eli and Brad spoke to Overhaul Games about the release a few years ago. Read our review of the original release on iOS here. You can check out the forum thread here. This update makes Overhaul Games’ full catalogue on iOS compatible with iOS 11. I’m glad we didn’t lose these ports to the 32 bit appocalypse.