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Review: Plxeline And The Jungle Treasure by Osao

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I’ve been playing electronic games for a long time, and one of the best genres since I can remember has always been the platform game.  Sure they’ve evolved greatly over the years just like any other type of game, but the basic premise has always been “start at point A – run, jump and do whatever to get to point B – collect things and bop bad guys in the head along the way”.  Pixeline And The Jungle Treasure exemplifies this tried and true formula.  The truth is that it adds nothing new to the genre, and actually hearkens back to the simpler days of platform gaming in a lot of ways.  Still, I’ve quite enjoyed it thus far, and hope we see more of cute little Pixeline in the future.



Review: Altered Beast by SEGA

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20 years ago, Altered Beast was one of the first games I played on my brand spankin’ new Sega Genesis.  Playing the emulated version on my iPod Touch brings back fond memories of my 16 bit gaming days, which are probably among my favorite as far as consoles are concerned.  It’s also a great reminder of how it takes something special to stand the test of time.  Honestly, I’m not sure that Altered Beast has that something special.  I’m quite enjoying the game as it’s a part of my gaming past, but I’m not sure how well modern gamers will take to the limited control scheme and basic game play.



How was it for you? ...On Angry Birds Day?

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This is a rather belated post about what happened in various cities during Angry Birds Day 11thDec 2010.  And so it seems that Scandinavians, in this case, Rovio, the developers of Angry Birds who hail from Finland, are not great party organisers and therefore the world-wide turn-out was reportedly not fantastic. There were, of course, a small group of hardcore fans who did show up at gatherings in New York and Los Angeles dressed up as – what else – Angry Birds.



Sonic Spinball released on App Store!!

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SEGA has ported some great 16-bit titles from back in the day (see my Sonic and Shining Force reviews). Now you can play Sonic Spinball on iPhone, iPad or touch--a gorge fest of pinball-oriented levels from the Sonic series. The game features 4 levels, 3 bonus stages, and a hidden bonus round. When normal pinball just won't cut it, give Sonic a ...I just can't say it...



EA Games only $.99!!!

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For the holidays and probably to get some free buzz around the net (the strategy apparently worked) EA is selling it's excellent game titles for less than the price of a pack of gum. Considering most of the games weigh in at around $5-$10 each this is a great way to get them on the cheap. I just purchased Madden NFL, Skate It, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Need for Speed Undercover, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit and Mirror's Edge, for a grand total of $5.94! Just search "EA" in iTunes or check it out here: www.ea.com/iphone



Daily App Dream -- three free paid games each day

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The Daily App Dream website is popular with gamers — because you can get paid games for free. Each day they make three paid games available. Now there's a free Daily App Dream app that gives you access to new free apps every day. Also, if you're interested in apps that have just become free, check out iOSnoops, which posts updates several times a day about newly free apps. They also have good articles.



O say can you Say What You See?

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I really wanted to finish this latest game before I wrote my review, but at this pace, it may be next Christmas before that happens.  I pride myself in my movie trivia knowledge, something that can make me both interesting and annoying at parties.  But "Say What You See" has been a challenge!

 



Drawn: The Painted Tower HD Review

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In the short time since its release, the iPad has quickly become the ideal portable gaming device. One of the easily discernible traits is the iPad's graphic abilities, providing rich, high resolution imagery. Combine this with a compelling puzzle adventure and the outcome is a game like Drawn: The Painted Tower HD.



Baloonia pipe game in App store!

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Haven't gotten round to reviewing it, but Baloonia seems to be getting good comments on the App store. Looking for a pipe puzzler to help pass time this holiday, this might be the game you were looking for. You can grab it here for the practically universal price of 99 cents...



Infinity Blade on its way to #1

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If you have tried the beautiful free (and somewhat promotional) app Epic Citadel, you have been waiting for this day.  Infinity Blade ($5.99 Universal) is out and I'm downloading all 300+MB of it now.  I'll post a full review soon, but you will want to check out the game that may prove to Nintendo, Sony, and others that the iOS platform is a gaming system to be reckoned with.



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