Infinity Blade II for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

Being on the list of ten premium apps and games Apple gave away to users as part of the App Store’s fifth birthday was enough to revitalize downloads of Chair Entertainment’s elegiac masterpiece, Infinity Blade II.

We’re talking some meaningful numbers here: the premium game has racked up nearly six million downloads on the basis of being slashed from its usual asking price of seven bucks a pop to $0…

Eric Johnson, writing for AllThingsD, says “the action-RPG sword-fighting game added 5.7 million new players in seven days”.

On the first day of the promotion alone, Infinity Blade II racked up a cool 1.7 million downloads, three times what the game usually gets in a normal week.

During the same period, the original $5.99 Infinity Blade game and the $2.99 Infinity Blade: Awakening e-book saw their downloads jump 2.5 and 1.7 times, respectively.

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You may recall that Epic Games – which publishes the Infinity Blade series (an iOS exclusive, by the way) – showed off at Apple’s iPad 3 event a great-looking prequel called Infinity Blade: Dungeons.

Unfortunately, the company told us last week it has definitely scrubbed the game after it was put on hold as Epic had shuttered developer Impossible Studios which was working on the Dungeons.

The universal Infinity Blade II build is currently seven buck on the App Store.

The game is compatible with the iPhone 3GS/4/4S/5, third-generation iPod touch or later and iPad running iOS 4.3 or later. Needles to say, it looks business on newer devices running the A5/A6 chip, such as the iPad 3/4 and iPhone 4S/5.

The massive 1.1GB download offers gold coins via in-app purchases, but luckily you won’t need to spend a dime in order to play it through the end.

Of course, Chair is betting that free downloads will generate revenue down the road as some gamers may spend a few bucks here and there on virtual coins to advance their character.

Chair spokeswoman Laura Mustard downplayed the importance of in-app purchases:

While we normally notice an increase at times when we’ve done free promotions, we don’t think it’s significant, because the game is balanced in a way that does not require any IAP.

i must say I’ve never been a big fan of this way misused feature.

Matter of face, I loathe freemium games that constantly nag me by asking for cash.

  • riyadian1

    wooooooow

  • Rowan09

    I took advantage of the free download since I purchased part 1 when it was released.

  • MarcPhilippeB

    Do you play it mostly on the iPad or on the iPhone as well?

    • Tyler P

      iPad mostly. You have a lot more room to swipe but when I don’t have my iPad on me I will play it on my iPhone. Thank god the save files sync.

      • MarcPhilippeB

        Yeah, I’ve alwyas been playing it on the iPad as well. But didn’t know that the save files sync! thats awesome!

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Hmm so if Infinity Blade can sync files properly over iCloud how come other games can’t?

      • mehrab

        If depends on the game developer kf they wish to add that feature or not lots of games have this feature

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        I know that but if I recall correctly there’s been a bunch of developers (for example Rovio) that have been winging and whining about iCloud not working or being to hard to get to work properly and not being open enough etc and creating their own cloud save services instead…

  • Mounir Toumi

    any body having issues in Infinity Blade II with iOS7 ? where right half screen can’t be touched ?

    • MarcPhilippeB

      need to try that first

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Works fine for me!

    • Rickm_jr

      What you can do as a temp fix until the next time it happens is flip your device so the landscape orientation is to the other side and it works. Every time that happens from flip again and the screen works again. this works for me on my iPhone 5, idk about any other iDevices

      • Mounir Toumi

        That’s better, but can’t wait for them to patch it… 🙂

        Thanks a lot buddy

      • Rickm_jr

        No problem!

  • jocastro

    now make the 3rd game

  • At

    Is this why it took me 10 tries to download it?

  • Victor

    Check the spelling next time you post something… “i” “Buck”