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Review: Cryptic Keep by 3D Methods

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In my humble opinion the term “adventure game” has become too broad these days.  I see some sites even try to classify an FPS as an adventure game.  To me it is games like the King’s Quest series from Sierra or Zork from Infocom that defines the adventure game genre.  Games that require you to really explore your surroundings, solve many puzzles, and quite often interact with dozens of non-player characters in more than just a “pardon me while I shoot you” capacity.  Cryptic Keep certainly strives for the feel of the classics, though the distinct lack of NPCs and very little story save snippets at the beginning and the end make it feel more like Myst than a true adventure game.  Still, I appreciate that developers are trying to reinvigorate the genre, and it was fun while it lasted.



Pinball Tristan 1.1 for iPhone/iPad - Legendary Game Hits iOS Screens - Published on 07/06/11

Pinball Tristan 1.1 for iPhone/iPad - Legendary Game Hits iOS Screens - Published on 07/06/11

Toyama, Japan - Announcing that LittleWing Co. Ltd., the developers of Pinball Tristan, has released an exciting new product for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. The application is an iOS launch of the legendary award-winning, classic Mac game of the same name. Known for its overwhelming quality, Pinball Tristan combines 3D retro graphics, good old-fashioned pinball and a variety of interesting new twists that will challenge even hardcore gamers. The app's game center gives players access to world competition, and the Facebook and Twitter features let them brag.

Long time Mac owners will be thrilled to hear that the legendary Pinball Tristan is now available for their iDevices.


Burney for iphone- free for 96 hours!

 

Burney, an iOS story-driven puzzle-game, is back for 96 hours of free download from July 7th. The addicting platform puzzler is now geared with new controllers and redesigned levels, offering hours of mind-twisting fun.

Players are required to guide Burney, a cool-oozing-radioactive-on-the-run ball of fire, on its way to freedom while going through various challenging levels. Moving Burney around is done by a set of arrow keys, though the real challenge lies in making sure Burney’s flaming tail doesn’t ruin the precious platforms used to bounce around.


Bulletproof Outlaws and Ravenous Games team up to release Elusive Ninja: The Shadowy Thief for iOS

Bulletproof Outlaws and Ravenous Games team up to release Elusive Ninja: The Shadowy Thief for iOS

Bulletproof Outlaws and Ravenous Games team up to release Elusive Ninja: The Shadowy Thief for iOS

Visually stunning, fast-paced survival action comes to the iPhone and iPod Touch

 


Celebrate Fourth Of July with Magic Puzzles: Independence Day

Celebrate Fourth Of July with Magic Puzzles: Independence Day

 

XIMAD has released a thematic Magic Puzzle game specially presented for Independence Day United States of America from Puzzles Series project.


Quick Look: Hanging With Friends

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Most of you are familiar, by now, with the Words With friends phenomenon.  This surprise hit word game spurred the development of an entire genre (which I covered, here for iPhone Life).  Now, Zynga has come out with the latest entry to its, “…With Friends” online gaming series, "Hanging With Friends," which is a redesign of the classic pencil and paper game, Hangman.  Let’s take a quick look at the new game.



Review: Ionocraft Racing by Pan Vision AB

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Apparently there will be pod style racing some day, because that seems to be what so many futuristic racers depict the vehicles being like.  I kind of get that feeling from Ionocraft Racing as well, but that’s okay because I like the whole “hovering craft” type of thing.  The game also has a pretty nifty customization system.  Unfortunately, the lack of any game modes beyond career / quick race and the absence of drivers other than yourself kind of dampen the festivities a bit.  Thankfully there is some decent track design to help pick it back up, and in the end you come out with a solid single player affair.



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