The new year's just begun but there's always something to review. First up is a sweet little match 3 / PvP combat game from Handy Games called Puzzlegeddon. The game's fun to play, the match 3 element is blended nicely into the game's mechanics, and it looks pretty sharp too. They just need to throw in some human opposition to round out the picture.
The game site TouchGen recently named the top games of 2009 in nearly 20 different categories, from the best action game to the best online multiplayer game. The site also named a runner up in each category. Plus, they selected the best overall game of 2009. And the winner is . . . . iBlast Moki, a puzzle game. The judges liked it in part because it was the one that "truly feels unique to the platform."
It's just minutes away from midnight where I live, but that still gives me time to post the last entry in my 12 Reviews Of Christmas (or as it has now become, 12 Reviews Of December) series. This time I took a look at Chillingo's latest racer, Speed Forge Extreme. If you like futuristic racing with deadly weapons and cool tracks, I think you'll agree that Speed Forge Extreme is worth taking for a spin.
We got em, and you know you want em! The Battle Bears developer, Mr. Benjamin Vu--the animator dude his own self--sent me 3 codes, and offered up 3 free T-shirts as well (free shipping only to US, and Canada), so here is the deal for this giveaway. You, the reader, post up a comment here, preferably bear-related--example: a creative new way to kill cute, cuddly pink Teddy bears, and I pick 6 lucky winners (contest ends Sunday, January 3, 2010, 11PM EST). Read on for full contest rules..
Sherlock Holmes has always been one of the greatest literary detectives. With the new Robert Downey Jr. movie fresh in everyone’s minds, it stands to reason that some developers wouldn’t mind capitalizing on the publicity to give their software that extra push. A few Sherlock Holmes products have hit the App Store recently, one even based on the feature film. Thankfully, this one is not. Instead, Sherlock Holmes: The Game Is Afoot is actually an interesting combination of hidden object game, spot the difference game and ebook reader. As individual elements they’re nothing special, but blended together they make for a pretty decent fare.
I have been searching for that one game--probably all of my earthly existence--if you know what I mean (if you don't, then nevermind). The one that makes it all truly worthwhile-the meaning of life/death and all that. The slogging through endless tunnels, killing mindless enemies. That one game that brings everything you've experienced up to that point sharply into focus. A gaming epiphany... Friends, I have found that game, and it is Battle Bears. I wish I had the time tonight to describe the sheer joy of this magnum opus of quirky FPS from SkyVu Pictures.
I realize that Christmas is over now, but I really wanted to finish this series. Technically I only need two more entries since I did two reviews one day, but we'll try to get all 12 in before the end of the year. Today's review is for a game that actually came out in February, but it's been on my plate to review this whole time and really deserves the spotlight. Besides, the way I figure it, there's always a multitude of new iDevice users, so this is bound to be useful for someone, even all this time later.
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Looking back on the year, I can't help but tote up my winnings (and losses) while playing poker on the iPhone. The good news is that I'm richer than I was earlier this year. The bad news is that those are still virtual dollars.
In the summer 2009 issue of iPhone Life magagazine, my article bragged about being $300,000 ahead in Texas Hold'Em. I'd never played the game before I started playing on my iPhone, so I thought that wasn't bad.
Then an iTunes upgrade wiped out all my data, and I had to start at the Garage again, with no bankroll. I felt like a lot of people this year that way.
But I'm happy to report that my game has rebounded, and before the holidays I went over the $9,000,000 mark. Christmas morning I topped $10 million with a $1.25 million dollar payday in Dubai.
Given the number of games I've played, the improvement might be expected. But I've still averaged over $15,000 in winnings per game, even with the entry fees subtracted.
But before I get too self-congratulatory, I guess I should try playing against real people sometime, with real money...
Games starring Santa seem to have taken a turn towards the violent this year, and Bloody Xmas is no exception to that rule. I'm never thrilled to see Santa spill some blood (though at least you wouldn't be able to see it against his suit), but I'm willing to try and look past it if there's a decent game to be played underneath. Unfortunately, Bloody Xmas just didn't do it for me. There are other games with a similar theme that I found much more enjoyable, and that didn't go quite so overboard in the gore.