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Shining Force Now on App Store!

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SEGA has released another great game of yore for iOS (see my Sonic review here): The RPG title Shining Force from the Genesis platform. Currently enjoying a fat 4 and a half stars (but it is still new), you might check it out on the App Store your own self here! Planning a review when I get to it meself, so stay tuned!



Review: Giana Sisters by Bad Monkee

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The Giana Sisters is a retro platform game – actually it’s more appropriate to say a modern update to an old game – but other than that I’m not really sure what the game is about.  Truthfully, though, it doesn’t really matter.  This is old school platform action at its best, and that’s the important thing.  The game looks great, it sounds good, and with 112 levels between the main game and “classic” mode it’s sure to keep you busy for a while.  If you still think you need some convincing read on, but if you’re a platform game junky like I am, you should be headed to the App Store already.



Review: Flipstones by Press OK Entertainment

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I was never really into the whole “lines” genre of games until I played the lines series from HeroCraft.  I still don’t necessary jump at the chance to grab any old lines game that comes around, but then Press OK decided to release Flipstones.  All I can say is “wow”.  I’m not going to lie to you – there are a few times already that I’ve felt like chucking my iPod out the window while playing.  This is definitely the most original implementation of lines I’ve ever played, and besides the minor frustrations it’s actually incredibly fun!



Review: Hollywood Hospital by Zed Worldwide

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While most time management style games are relatively close in game mechanics, I still tend to enjoy each new one I play, at least for a while.  Hollywood Hospital is no exception to the rule, and it’s actually a time management game that doesn’t take itself seriously, which is even better.  The visuals are good, the music is straight out of a bad 80s drama-dey, and the mini-games are actually rather amusing.  After a while it does suffer the same “wash, rinse, repeat” dilemma that plagues most time management games, but while it’s fresh it serves as one of the more quirky and fun time management games you’ll play on the iPhone.



My Favorite Games

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What games are on my iPhone? Check out my list and see if you have any of these.



Hollywood Hospital Game Free this Weekend...and Free Stuff Here at iPhoneLife!!

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Looking for a freebie time killer app? Well, this weekend (24th, and 25th) you can grab Hollywood Hospital in the app store for free for this limited time offer. Haven't tried it myself, so can't vouch for it, but hey...it's free. Oh, and while on the topic of free stuff, don't forget to check out our giveaway here to win a Nano case, or maybe some cool headphones. Both offers end Sunday, so don't forget to check them out before the deadline!



Review: Qwak by Mr. Qwak

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Every time you turn around these days it seems like a developer is bringing a blast from the past to the iPhone.  One that’s surfaced in the last couple of months is Qwak, a cute platform game featuring an egg tossing duck fighting things that resemble what I’d picture a dragon looking like if it existed in the land of the Teletubbies.  The game isn’t bad, but the constrained level design and utter chaos that sometimes erupts on screen put a bit of a damper on playability, at least for me.  I wonder if some of the problem is lack of screen real estate, because I imagine this would be a lot more fun with most or all of a level visible on the screen at the same time.



Spider: Bryce Manor HD for the iPad Review

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Have you ever imagined what it might be like to explore an abandoned mansion?  How about combining that exploration from the dimensional aspects of a spider, with the ability to personify that spider in search of its prey?  Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor HD is just such a game.  

On the surface, the objective of the game is as simple as the life of a spider.  Maneuver around the flora, walls and objects while feeding on insects that can be trapped in webs generated by intersecting spider silk lines.  Once enough insects have been eaten, a portal appears.  Jumping into the portal progresses players to the next scene until the last of the 38 levels is completed.  

 



Quick Look: Saving Private Sheep HD (It's On The iPad)

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When Sheep meet wolves, it typically means all out war...I mean WAR!!  Let's face it, the two just do not get along.  This is mainly based upon the fact that wolves like to y'know...eat sheep.  And the sheep, they don't so much like to be eaten.  That is where we pick up the action in Saving Private Sheep, a highly original game on the iPad.



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