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Zombie Games Invade the App Store

From Night of The Living Dead to Zombie Wonderland, movies have shaped our perception of that most intriguing of undead adversaries: the zombie. The App Store is crawling with zombie games—more so than the Tetris and Jewel derivatives. Here are a few of my favorites. Each one offers something unique to the genre; they'll provide you with hours of gruesome fun.


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Review: Tank Raider by Sunday Studios

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I tend to like tank games, because at a base level they all tend to involve blowing things up.  Tank Raider is no exception, except it throws the convention of collecting gems into the mix.  In theory that should make the game more fun, but it tends to make it more tedious instead.  Add to that controls that aren’t real conducive to fast action, and what could be a nice change from the run of the mill tank game feels like a bit of a mess instead.  It’s certainly not a terrible mess, but it doesn’t stand out like it could, either.



Classic board games for iPad -- 10 for $1.99

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Board Games — All in One ($1.99) now has an English version. You get 10 classic games for your iPad: checkers, chess, Chinese checkers, backgammon, tic tac toe, peg solitaire, Ludo, and more. I like the idea of having all of these games in one app for the iPad. They're attractively designed, and can accommodate up to 6 players. These are pretty basic. You won't be able to play against your iPad, though, as in other chess apps, for example. And to have access to the instructions, you'll need an Internet connection, since it simply accesses the info on Wikipedia.



Review: Aqua Pearls by G5 Entertainment

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There are certain genres that seem to remain fun even though each new game in the genre isn’t necessarily that different from the last.  Time management games are one such anomaly, and so to, it seems, are “marble poppers”.  Granted there have been some that weren’t quite as engaging as others, but there’s something about the whole concept of trying to whittle away a string of objects before it reaches its destination that’s simple yet challenging, and ultimately enjoyable.  Aqua Pearls is no exception to this rule, and what sets it apart from many of the others I’ve played are some new game modes as well as the general atmosphere of the game.



Free Blork is Wacky Sleepwalking Fun!

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I have played some offbeat games in my day, but Blork has to take the prize as one of the oddest, but also amongst the coolest (at least in terms of concept)! Not over the top on steroids cool, maybe, but understated cool at least! It's currently free in the App Store, so won't cost you a thing to experiment a bit if you want to try something a little different.



Review: Mystery Of The Crystal Portal by G5 Entertainment

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So far I’ve been pretty lucky with hidden object games on the iPhone.  Most of them have had something different to offer from all the others.  Of course I realize that’s because the genre hasn’t been oversaturated like certain other ones, but I’ll take it while I can get it.  Mystery Of The Crystal Portal is no exception to the rule.  In fact, in some ways this is one of the most original hidden object games I’ve played, iPhone or otherwise.  It’s not without its shortcomings, but its strengths keep me coming back for more.



Seeking treasures and having fun with Treasure Seekers HD

I love adventure games, but only if the graphics are vivid and the sound effects are effective. I want to feel like I’m actually having the adventure and solving the puzzles.

Treasure Seekers: Visions of Gold HD does this for me. The graphics are awesome and the sound effects are lively and interesting. Water drips, cows moo, and clock chime. All this put me in the mood for a total immersion experience.

Right from the beginning, I enjoyed how the developers created a night scene where you have to use a flashlight to search for a way to turn the light on. That was fun! I also like the puzzle map – way cool!



Gun Bros Live on App Store

 Gun Bros is now available on the App store... Looks like another awesome scroller/shooter game for the review queue. Reminds me of one of my current favs called BloodNGuns, which my daughter clued me in on.



Quick Look: Medieval HD

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I spend a lot of time every day riding the train….a lot of time.  As in, two hours a day, each way.  That is quite a bit of time to spend alone with my iPad…and the iTunes App Store.  So, anytime I come across some kind of hidden gem in the app store, I like to take a minute to share it here with our readers.  Not long ago, I came across Medieval HD, a truly gorgeous take on the tower defense genre.  A few emails later, and the fine folks at Brisk Mobile were kind enough to send along a copy of the full version of the game for review.



Tap Disc Brings Some Quirky Fun!

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Tap Disc is a a semi-quirky tap game featuring the challenge of rounding up bouncing and flying disks, but with the added twist of having to time and place your taps at just the right moment and screen spot. I warn would-be tappers that this game is not easy to master quickly (IMO), but presents unique, tap-elicious gameplay that is both pleasing to the eye, and engaging enough to keep you coming back for more. Read on for the full review...



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