You don't have to wait until Cyber Monday to get good deals for casual and social games. Both Amazon and Apple are promising deep discounts on Friday for a slew of games, and we fully expect that Steam and a bunch of other online gaming outlets will follow through with other wallet friendly sales as well.
Games.com will be tracking Black Friday sales for the bigger social, casual and online games, so stay tuned for regular updates right here during Thanksgiving week.
Amazon - 300+ Casual Games for $1.99
The online retailer is offering 300+ casual games for $1.99 (and at least 50% off 150 downloads). Some of those games include Puzzle Quest, Mystery at Mortlake Mansion and Diner Dash 5: Boom. > Amazon Black Friday Deals Week
Apple is promising a one-day shopping "event" on Black Friday for Mac, iPad and iPhone games. This might be your big chance to get the paid version of Angry Birds or Jetpack Joyride for mere pennies. Note: There will also be a rare sale on iPads as well. > Apple Store
Steam - New deals every day through Nov. 27
The annual Steam Autumn Sale is generally described as "epic," and you should expect no less with this year's sale, which kicks off Wednesday, Nov. 23 and ends on Sunday, Nov 27. And, there will be new deals every day. For instance, on Thursday, you can get the excellent Portal 2 (for PC) for roughly 10 bucks.
Other items of note: The PopCap Complete Pack (includes 32 PopCap games including Bejewled 3, Zuma's Revenge) is $50 (it's usually $100) This and more casual games like Hamilton's Great Adventure, Luxor: 5th Passage will be available for 50% off through Monday. > Steam Autumn Sale
Blizzard - Starcraft II for 50% off
Head to the Blizzard Store and get StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty for $29.99 (that's 50% off regular price.) Deal ends on Monday, November 28 > Blizzard Store
PopCap - Get a FREE copy of original Zuma game through Tuesday, Nov 29
PopCap is giving away the original Zuma for free when you sign up for the newsletter. Once you sign up, you'll get a link to download the game in your email. This deal ends Tuesday, November 29. > PopCap Free Zuma
PlayFirst - 70% off Diner Dash and other Dash Games
The creator of Diner Dash is offering 70% off all Dash games (standard edition only) through 11/28. So, if you've been wanting to work on your time management skills, you can get Diner Dash 5: Boom!, Hotel Dash 2 and Soap Opera Dash for $2.99 a pop. Use the code Dash 299 when checking out. Sale ends on Monday, 11/28. > PlayFirst
GameHouse - 2-for-1 Thanksgiving Sale
GameHouse is offering up to 64% on bundled games. The big winners are the Peggle Double Pack and for Twihards, the Vampire Saga Double Pack. > GameHouse 2-for-1 Thanksgiving games sale
Youda Games Black Friday sale
Youda Games is offering a discount on a handful of games, such as Youda Farmer 2 and Youda Fisherman, on Friday only. > Youda Games
Nexon - Limited time sales in Maple Story and other games on Friday
- MapleStory will have a slew of Black Friday doorbusters starting on Friday, in the form of three-hour sales that will pop up four times during the day.
- MapleStory Adventures players will get a 30% discount on all pets on Black Friday and Cyber Monday will have deep discounts on "stylish outfits." Hairstyles, hats, coats and gloves will be 20% off all weekend.
- Dungeon Fighter Online, Combat Arms, Mabinogi, Atlantica Online will also have Black Friday deals, for more info on all of these sales go to Nexon's web site. > Nexon.net
The mobile phone game publisher is giving away one free Android game every day through Monday. To get your free game, follow @GameloftAndroid on Twitter and keep your eyes peeled for the details (FYI -- the sale will only last two hours). Miss the big announcement? Gameloft will be offering discounts on Android games (through a special link posted on Twitter) and also has an iOS sale in the works on the website. > @GameloftAndroid on Twitter , Gameloft.com
Stay tuned for more updates on this Black Friday Guide for social and casual games. If you know if a great Black Friday sale for a social/casual game, drop us a line at email@example.com.