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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...



Tilt to Live adds Game Center Support and Retina Graphics!

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Tilt to Live recently got an update that includes Game Center support and Retina-worthy graphics. You can grab the game (if you aren't already an addict) here. To learn more about this addictive and award winning game, see my Top App picks article here... I am loving the sharper game screens even as I write this. Shoot, no new power-ups though..! Well, it's rumored there might be another present in time for X-mas!



After Angry Birds, what game should you get next?

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Like millions of you, I have downloaded, enjoyed and even finished all the levels of Angry Birds, at least so far... more levels, please!  So what is a user to do?  Sure, Chillingo (which EA is buying) has released another Angry Birds version for Halloween and you should definitely get that.  And they also released Cut the Rope, another pick-up-and-play game with cute graphics.  But it's not the same in terms of controls or even orientation (landscape versus portrait).  Fortunately, with any successful app, there are other vendors stepping up to the plate.



Angel's Choice -- free game app for finding apps uses "prediction market" approach

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This is such a cool idea — I hope it becomes a big success. Angel's Choice (free) is a game, an app for finding apps, and an information market all in one. I loved the book The Wisdom of Crowds, which is a good intro to how information markets or prediction markets work. Two of the most popular are the Hollywood Stock Exchange and Intrade. The idea is to create a mechanism that gives everyone an opportunity to predict which apps will be a big success.



Review: Mushroom Age by G5 Entertainment

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I had the opportunity to play the PC version of Mushroom Age briefly at one point, but I actually jumped into it in the middle of the game to pass a section for someone.  Now that I’ve had the chance to go back and play it from the beginning on my iPod Touch I’m finding that I really like the game.  The story is quirky and keeps you wondering.  The characters are amusing, especially when you get to talking to creatures you never thought you’d have a conversation with.  The actual meat of the game is a combination of hidden objects, puzzle solving and mini-games.  Overall it’s a well rounded package that delivers the goods quite well.



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