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Full version of Crazy Hamster for iPhone/iPod touch free this weekend!!

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"Sunnyvale, CA - April 16, 2010 - Gamelion (http://www.game-lion.com ) announces today that the full version of best-selling kids/adventure game "Crazy Hamster" for iPhone/iPod touch will be available as free download this weekend.



Feeling left out? Games & Gear for iPhone & iPod touch owners! Who needs an iPad?!

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Feeling left out because of all the iPad news?  Here are some gadgets that can help iPhone and iPod touch users feel like an iPad owner at a fraction of the cost.

First, one of the nice features of the iPad is the bezel.  Yes, many folks complained about it, post announcement but before they actually got their hands on one.  The complaint was how wasteful the untouchable, black border was.  But once you use it, you can see how it's important to be able to grip the device without being detected as a "touch" on the multitouch device.  So for some games, this bezel makes a big, positive difference.



Pacific Defense

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I saw a video of this game being played on the iPad the other day and I wanted to try it out. For $1.99, I bought it for my iPad.  I have only played it a few times but I did want to share this information with you.



Free Karate Kid app includes 5 mini-games

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The free Karate Kid app includes five mini-games that test your Kung Fu virtues: courage, endurance, patience, perseverance, and will. You start out as a white belt and try to become a black belt and achieve martial arts mastery.



Color & Draw

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Look no further to keep your kids (maybe yourself) entertained than to Color & Draw (.99) from Tipitap Apps.  Now, this app looks spectacular on the iPad, but I'm going to review it from the perspective of iPhone and iPod Touch because my colleague Cindy reviewed it in her blog, and it's awesome on the iPhone too!



Sherlock Holmes - as much fun as a video rental for the same price

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OK, if I could solve this game in less than 30 minutes, then it’s not a very hard game. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a big gamer.


Review: Furballs! by Dan Russell-Pinson

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I love match 3 games.  The problem is that so many developers start with the “tiles in a box” approach and try to figure out how they can improve on it.  These days, however, so many match 3 games exist that developers really need to start thinking outside of the box (didn’t see that one coming, did you?)  Thankfully, that’s exactly what Dan Russell-Pinson did when he designed Furballs (in space) for the iPhone.  The playing field is 360 degrees and constantly moving, and the path drawing technique adds a new perspective to the mechanics.  Oh, and did I mention there are things like comets and satellites to contend with?



Review: Space Defender by Anatolii Shamkin

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Somehow a set of emails got crossed one day, and I ended up downloading this game instead of the one I thought I was downloading.  Since the developer had provided the code to someone for review, I felt like I should provide a review even though I didn’t mean to actually download the game.  For their sake I really wish I didn’t feel that way.  As Randy Jackson from American Idol might say, “it’s not good, dog”.  The music is good, but that’s the only part of the game that’s really aesthetically pleasing.  The closest product game play wise I could think to compare it to on the App Store would be Heavy Gunner 3D from Com2us, but the experience of the two games doesn’t even come close.  With some work it could be playable, but lackluster controls and ultra-repetitive game play just make me want to leave the planets at the fate of their attackers.



App Sale from Electronic Arts

I wouldn't normally blog about price changes, but EA has dropped the prices on a ton of apps, that have mass appeal, so here's the scoop... I will be picking up Simpsons Arcade myself.  Enjoy!

 

 



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