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Make music with Magic Fiddle!

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Do you know how to play the fiddle?  Want to learn... on your iPad?  Smule may have outdone themselves this time with the introduction of Magic Fiddle ($2.99) because I think they've really created a new instrument, not just an electronic fiddle.

Though having studied violin for a short period in college, little skill remained, that is until I bought Magic Fiddle on a whim.  I can not put it down and have been practicing constantly, even giving my family a short recital on Thanksgiving day.



Review: Dragon Fire Una's Quest by Debug Design

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Dragon Fire is the prefect example of why buyers cringe when they see the GameSalad logo come up on their screen.  The real problem is that Dragon Fire is not a terrible game, but rather a mediocre game marred by some issues that make it not as enjoyable as it should be.  It’s also fairly representative of the offerings that come from the aforementioned game authoring tool.  If this game were given a bit more TLC it could rise above the ever increasing number of vertical shooters that are making their way into the App Store, but as it stands right now the unique premise of playing a dragon doesn’t help the rest of the game.



Pigs beware: Angry Birds Xmas edition is on its way; Angry Birds Day is officially 11th Dec 2010

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Rovio, the Finnish Developers of top iphone app, Angry Birds, have hinted in their twitter feeds that there will be an Angry Birds Christmas edition. Apparently it’s going to be a free update for those who purchased the Halloween edition but probably a round of $0.99 donations for the rest of us.

Not content to sit on their laurels, it also looks like Angry Birds is going to take on life outside the iphone in a big way (where it started).



Preview: Dino Rush by Nemoid Studio

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On November 26th you’ll be treated to a new distance running game in the form of Dino Rush, and I have to say that the game does a decent job of setting itself apart from similar games.  You play a little dinosaur that has a series of missions to complete, but it just so happens that you’re always hungry.  To keep your strength up you must consume all the fruit you can find, as well as avoid all the other nasty dinosaurs and things like quicksand and lava.  You’ll receive various power ups like a spiked helmet, fruit magnet and super-dinosaur suit that will help you in your quest (and are often imperative to your survival).



The real magic of Harry Potter

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The real "trick" that JK Rowling was able to perform was to print money.  The books, movies, merchandise, and theme park have all taken a good chunk of my income.  But I am okay with that.  At least I'm supporting a literary endeavor as my oldest daughter reads as fast as Ms. Rowling can write them, if not faster.



SEGA Releases Free to Play MMO Kingdom Conquest!

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This is a few days late, but better late than never. SEGA has released their first MMO (Massive Multiplayer Online) game, which is a first for them in 2 categories. It's also their first free-to-play title, though you can enhance your play through in app purchases. Kingdom Conquest looks to be an adventure style game, and can be downloaded from the App store here.



Let's Create Pottery Lite!

From the makers of iQuarium comes the popular app called Let's Create! Pottery. You can grab this hot list game in the app store for free (the Lite version), so go fire up that kiln!



Lesser-Known Treasures

Five great games you probably haven't played!

There are many articles out there reviewing better known games available on the App Store. However, there are tens of thousands of games available, and these reviews tend to overlook some of the lesser-known treasures. Here are five games that you probably haven't played, but probably should.

Must.Eat.Birds.

$0.99, app2.me/3095; free "Lite" version: app2.me/3099


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Top 5 "Hot Seat" Games

The iPad is an ideal platform for multiplayer games where you pass the device from one player to the next.

Thanks to Apple's elegant hardware design and the hard work of innovative app developers, the iPad is quickly becoming one of the best gaming platforms around. This is especially true for "hot seat" games (multiplayer games during which you pass the iPad around from one player to the next). Unlike the iPhone and many other gaming devices, the iPad has a large touchscreen that is easy on the eyes and invites human interaction. Nothing beats having friends and family huddled around a board game, but the multiplayer gaming experience on the iPad comes very close. This article takes a look at some notable hot seat games available for the iPad.


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Zombie Line

zombieLineZombie Line isn't all that compelling, but I haven't regretted buying it for one second. Its unique visual style sucks you into the game and the interesting array of weapons continues to surprise you and make you wonder what's coming next.

In this game, you must protect a damsel in distress from zombies as she tries to get to the door at the end of each level. Shoot everything that's not the damsel, collect money to buy weapons and health, and get to the exit on each level.

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