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Ball Pit 2.0 - Free 3D game uniquely utilizes iPhone 4's Gyroscope

Ball Pit 2.0 - Free 3D game uniquely utilizes iPhone 4's Gyroscope

Ball Pit, version 2.0, a unique 3D game developed by Terry Weissman is now available for free. Ball Pit is best played standing up, so you can easily spin around to see everything that happens around you. Your iPhone 4 or 4th generation iPod touch acts as a window between you and the world of Ball Pit.

Version 1.0 of Ball Pit earned a solid 5 stars in the App Store. Now, version 2.0 builds on it by improving game play, with the addition of a thrust button, power-ups, Game Center integration, and improved graphics.

Reviews of version 1 from the App store said:

* "By far the best game on my iPhone. Watch out Angry Birds, Doodlejump, ... This game is going to the top!"


Sneak Preview: Samurai Girl – Gaming Giant CJ E&M Calls for Beta Testers

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Calling all beta-testers! CJ E&M, the gaming behemoth behind Netmarble is preparing to launch Samurai Girl for iOS. In line with the company’s usual attention to detail and its end-user focused philosophy, CJ E&M is calling for beta-testers for this epic new game experience.



Get your puzzle fix with Puzzle Man!

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Can't vouch for how realistic this is in comparison to assembling a real puzzle, but I like the concept, and never shy from giving indie devs a bit of press. Developed by a programmer from Barcelona, Puzzle Man (now spelled correctly) varies from easy 24 piece jobs up to 300+ challenges. If you are into puzzles (which I am admittedly not), check it out for just 99 cents here in the app store...



Haunted Manor HD Review

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Big Fish Games is rapidly becoming the Infocom of the object hunting puzzle adventure iOS gaming arena. Their latest interactive story, Haunted Manor HD, places gamers in a typical Victorian-style haunted house scenario, learning clues about the ghosts occupying the house as the various hunt and peck puzzles are solved. How does Haunted Manor compare to other Big Fish titles? Read on to find out.

Haunted Manor HD follows the simple story of Stan Riddle who is inexplicably trapped in an elegant, spooky mansion filled with a cornucopia of objects. Consisting of over 90 tasks spanning 18 different locations throughout the mansion, players eventually re-assemble pieces of a broken mirror to reach the story's resolution.



Operation Wow - A loving tribute of Operation Wolf

Operation Wow - A loving tribute of Operation Wolf

Ivanovich Games, the Spanish game developers responsible for hits such as Time Geeks, have launched a new game for iPhone and iPad: Operation Wow, the first multi-touch shooter including the novel multi-touch fire system that allows us to kill our enemies using all fingers at once, which means that the fun factor is substantially increased. Operation Wow is a new version of the legendary 25-year-old game Operation Wolf that offers the opportunity to play once again the same missions that marked a whole generation.
Operation Wow will enable us to experience war in first person as we fight in order to complete the missions and be comforted and congratulated by the President.


Review: Atomic Ball by Meritum Soft

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One thing I really like about the mobile scene is that it has helped me to appreciate genres that I never really got into on the PC.  For instance, I’m pretty sure I’ve played as many FPS games on my PocketPC and iPhone as I have for as long as I’ve owned a PC (unless you count the myriad of mods I played when I was into Half-Life).  Another genre that didn’t really catch my attention until the small screen was the Arkanoid style game.  I’m not suggesting that I jump up and down with joy now every time a new one of these games is released, but I do find that when certain variations like Atomic Ball come along, they actually manage to hold my attention for a while.  Of course it doesn’t hurt that aesthetically this is one of the coolest looking Arkanoid clones on the market either.



Review: LilRacerz Pro Rally by Irix Pty Ltd.

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There have been a number of top down racers available for iOS devices since the inception of the App Store, and one that I’ve particularly enjoyed came out about a year ago.  It’s called Lil’ Racerz Pro Rally, and despite its age it has held up rather well.  It might not be as fancy as the likes of Reckless Racing, but it offers lots of tracks, 10 different cars to unlock and upgrade, and some sweet “modern retro” graphics and sound.  If you're a top down racing fan this would certainly be a fitting addition to your collection.



NewtonApples 1.0 for iOS - Pop, Slice and Flick Your Way To Victory

NewtonApples 1.0 for iOS - Pop, Slice and Flick Your Way To Victory

 

Singapore - edenpod today is pleased to introduce NewtonApples 1.0 for iOS, their new arcade game where players save Sir Isaac Newton from getting hit by falling objects, and discover his three Laws of Motion at the same time. The goal is to pop falling red apples, slice falling green apples, and flick away descending green leaves, allowing Newton to remain asleep under the tree. Players score points by preventing Newton from being hit twice.

 

* 27 Fun levels (with more coming up in the next update)

* Different moving backdrops in every single level

* Fun and quirky enemies with their own unique sounds

* Comes with a hidden Hungry Worms game

* Includes original Zombie game

* Original artwork and graphics


Review: Crazy John by Trinity Games

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I know there are a lot of people that believe Trinity Games is basically in the business of making cheap knock-offs of other developers’ games.  The truth is that their games do tend to be derivative of other games on the App Store, and often aren’t nearly as good.  You can rest assured, however, that such is not the case with Crazy John, which is why I’m bothering to review it in the first place.  Some will argue that it is merely a Minigore clone, or possibly even a rip off of Age Of Zombies.  The reality is, however, that the game offers more features than the first couple of iterations of Minigore (I honestly haven’t played it lately), and I find it more enjoyable than Age Of Zombies.  If you’ve not been convinced in the past that Trinity Games could take a concept and make it their own, Crazy John might just be the product to persuade you.



All proceeds from Street Fighter IV goes to Japan Quake charities

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Message from Capcom, developer of Street Fighter IV:

"Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with people who were caught in tragic 'Tohoku Region Earthquake' in Japan. CAPCOM as a Japanese gaming company, starting from Mar. 15th through Mar. 22nd we are going to drop the price of iPhone / iPod touch 'Street Fighter IV' globally and donate all the sales to public charity.



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