C64 Remains Free, KaleidoVid Also Available at No Cost

Recently, the C64 application, a Commodore 64 emulator, was made available at no cost for a day as part of the Free App a Day initiative. Despite the promotion ending, the app remains free.

We reached out to Stuart Carnie, CTO of Manomio, who confirmed the ongoing free status of the C64 app.

Carnie explained that the decision to keep the app free has led to a significant increase in in-app purchases, with sales of games soaring to twenty times their previous levels. This strategy not only boosted their sales but also expanded their user base significantly.

With nearly 1.5 million downloads, Manomio has been able to negotiate more effectively for licenses for classic C64 titles. Thanks to this strategy, they have acquired the rights to games like International Karate, the Last Ninja series, and Myth, which are expected to be available in the store soon.

In a similar vein, David Barnard, the developer behind KaleidoVid, an application that transforms your iPhone into a video kaleidoscope and was praised by our own Dave Caolo, has also opted to make his app free for a limited period.

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