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Angel's Choice -- free game app for finding apps uses "prediction market" approach

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This is such a cool idea — I hope it becomes a big success. Angel's Choice (free) is a game, an app for finding apps, and an information market all in one. I loved the book The Wisdom of Crowds, which is a good intro to how information markets or prediction markets work. Two of the most popular are the Hollywood Stock Exchange and Intrade. The idea is to create a mechanism that gives everyone an opportunity to predict which apps will be a big success.



Review: Mushroom Age by G5 Entertainment

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I had the opportunity to play the PC version of Mushroom Age briefly at one point, but I actually jumped into it in the middle of the game to pass a section for someone.  Now that I’ve had the chance to go back and play it from the beginning on my iPod Touch I’m finding that I really like the game.  The story is quirky and keeps you wondering.  The characters are amusing, especially when you get to talking to creatures you never thought you’d have a conversation with.  The actual meat of the game is a combination of hidden objects, puzzle solving and mini-games.  Overall it’s a well rounded package that delivers the goods quite well.



Cut The Rope: The Game App that will dominate 2010

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I was pretty shocked that no one has yet blogged here about the latest game app that has taken hold of my kids for the past few days and reportedly ‘sold 1 million apps in 10 days’.



City Story and iTunes Charges!

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A month or so ago, I posted a review up about an app called City Story. Since then, there have been a few complaints from readers who have incurred excessive charges. The screenshot above (which clearly warns of an In App Purchase), was taken during my testing of the game, and appears in the review. I inquired to the vendor what could have contributed to these cases. A spokesperson for the app responded (see below), but be sure to always pay attention to prompts on your phone when playing this and similar games, and is not advisable to let small children play unattended.



Review: Mani Golf by SoGoPlay Games

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Mani Golf is an interesting game.  Some might consider it an overly simple golf game with whacked out courses.  Personally, I look at it as a physics puzzle game under the guise of a whacked out golf game.  Whatever your perspective is, there’s no question that Mani Golf is fun, crazy and at times quite challenging.  You’ll not hear the word “fore” uttered from the main character’s mouth, but be prepared for some zany comments as you attempt to conquer 36 holes on two insane courses.



Tap Disc on the App Store!

I will eventually get around to checking it out, but if you are into addictive, simple time-killers, Tap Disk looks like it might be a good one. Tap to collect flying disks and collect points and power-ups...Looks fun!



Review: Pig Shot by Nexx Studio

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Not too long ago I previewed this fun new casual game called Pig Shot.  Well, now it’s in the App Store for you to purchase so I thought I’d give it a more thorough review.  Of course, the irony is that the game is rather simple (hence the term “casual”), and I really kind of covered it all in my preview, at least in a nutshell.  Still, I’m sure I can find a few more words to say about it, so here’s my look at the game Pig Shot.



Land Air Sear Warfare HD Review

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If you are looking for one of the best Real-Time Strategy (RTS) games for the iPad, look no further than Land Air Sea Warfare HD.  Graphics and sound combine with gameplay that in many ways is better than the original game that launched the RTS genre, Command & Conquer.



Review: Pigeon Squadron from I-Play

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I don’t go for the “farting is fun” application genre on my iPod Touch.  I think it’s silly and juvenile, and just further crowds the App Store so that good games don’t get noticed.  For that matter, I’m not big into the defecation appreciation games as a whole, but something about Pigeon Squadron intrigued me.  I’m not sure if it’s because at its heart Pigeon Squadron is really just another target bombing game where the weapon of choice happens to be bird feces, or what drew me in to wanting to try the game.  Well as it turns out, despite the fowl droppings premise, Pigeon Squadron is actually a rather entertaining game.  It’s also quite challenging, so don’t think you’re going to just coast through this defacing experience with a gold medal for no effort.  Are you ready to join the pigeon army?



iView: My Favorite Products for Leisure Time

Here are the apps plus one accessory that I use most often during my down time. I can't guarantee they are best in their class, but I can strongly recommend each one.


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