2K holiday sale: Sid Meier’s Pirates, Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies, BioShock and more


2K is having a holiday sale of a number of its premium iPhone and iPad games, including the high-seas adventure game Sid Meier’s Pirates, the WW2 strategy flight sim Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies, the award-winning first-person shooter BioShock and more.

If you’re in the market, now’s a good time to pick up these finely done games at a reduced price before the iTunes Connect holiday freeze window closes on December 29.

The following 2K games have been discounted:

BioShock [$11 → $5]

Released in August, BioShock is a first-person shooter set in an underwater world called Utopia. The main protagonist named Jack finds himself trapped in the midst of a civil war. The game focuses on powerful technology and fascinating characters and includes all of the elements that made the original such a huge hit.

Civilization Revolution 2 [$15 → $8]

Released back this summer, this mobile-exclusive strategy game files as the official sequel to the iOS and console port of the 2008 PC original, Civilization Revolution, which was a turn-based strategy game. The game includes sixteen historical leaders from the first game and new ones featured in the series for the first time, including Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, Napoleon, Churchill and Kennedy. There’re plenty of new units, technologies, buildings, wonders, historic events and battles available in Scenario mode to keep you occupied during the holidays, and then some more.

NBA 2K15 [$8 → $4]

A refreshed version of 2K’s true-to-life pro basketball simulation mobile game includes an updated roster, enhanced graphics and animation, a one-off Quick Game mode, MyCareer mode, an improved ‘Made for iPhone’ controller support with three different sizes of virtual controls to choose from and more.

NBA 2K15

NHL 2K [$8 → $4]

2K’s hockey simulator surfaced on the App Store in October and has touch-optimized controls with ‘MFi’ controller support, enhanced graphics and updated rosters to bring a complete and portable All-Star NHL experience for hockey fans on iOS. My Career mode lets you control one player and earn skill points to build up ratings over multiple seasons. There’s also a turn-based multiplayer penalty shootout using Game Center, a fast-paced arcade style 3-on-3 mode and more.

Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies [$5 → $2]

The airborne fighter simulation, released in November 2013, has you patrolling the skies over the treacherous waters of the Pacific ocean. You’ll be taking on some of the most skillful pilots of World War II while flying the most iconic American of the Pacific War. You can also take control of the Japanese fighter planes, depending on your chosen side.

Sid Meier’s Pirates! for iPhone [$3 → $1]

Unleashed unto the App Store in May, Sid Meier’s Pirates! for the iPhone and iPad is a high-seas adventure game which carries the legendary game designer’s stamp of approval. As a fearless Pirate Captain, you’ll helm one of 27 fully customizable ships as you descend upon unsuspecting ports of call to amass a motley crew of seafaring bandits, undertake daring missions and courageous rescues and swiftly hand out pirate-style justice to local braggarts at every port.

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Sid Meier’s Pirates! for iPad [$5 → $1]

The iPad edition of Pirates! is a standalone download. Like its iPhone counterpart, it includes the same content such as open sea battles, touch-optimized controls traditional mini games (like Sword Fighting, Ship Combat and Dancing), GameCenter support and some of the most famous pirates in history, including Blackbeard, Captain Kidd and Henry Morgan.

XCOM: Enemy Within [$13 → $7]

A standalone expansion to 2K’s XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Enemy Within treats you to a wave of new content such as new soldier abilities, additional weapons and equipment to give your operatives an extra tactical edge, new enemy threats to counter from two new alien types, a valuable new alien resource known as Meld, enhanced story elements (like defending the XCOM headquarters from alien attack in a series of new plot-driven missions), a bunch of new multiplayer maps, units and abilities, to mention just a few.

A huge number of other apps and games are currently on sale on the App Store during the holidays so check out Cody’s article for way more not-to-be-missed discounts.

For example, Square Enix has put a few of its biggest Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest games on sale so you can pick them up at a significant discount for a limited time.

Apple-owned Beats is offering a cool ten percent discount its headphones and speakers with free shipping, photography app Brushstroke is available at no cost as Apple’s Free App of the Week while the gorgeous action adventure game Oceanhorn was discounted for the first time since its App Store release.

Last but not least, don’t forget to check out our Best Games of 2014.

Will you be picking up some of the aforementioned 2K games and if so, which ones?