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Broken Sword The Director's Cut HD Product Review

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Previously released on the iPhone, the iPad edition takes full advantage of the larger screen, bringing it full circle from the original Broken Sword PC game released nearly 15 years ago.  I played both the original PC version (released in the US under the title Circle of Blood) and Astraware's Pocket PC port (winning the number two spot in my Top 10 Games for 2007).  I expected the iPad version to be yet another port of this classic title, but was pleasantly surprised when the opening credits and a notable amount of the story were different.  Most of all, I was thoroughly captivated by the polished graphic and sound quality this engrossing interactive title had to offer.



Phoenix Spirit: a Dark and Fun Adventure for Kids of all Ages!

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I like that the iPhone and the App Store have helped forge new flavors of apps and games. Back in the geeky days of early mobile games, there would not have been much room for a title like Phoenix Spirit from Spearhead games. A game about healing the forest. Phoenix Spirit has a few control challenges (but you could say that for many iPhone games), but the dark forest scenes, music and quirky overall theme work for me. I especially recommend this for kids into mystical stuff (i.e.



Mega Review: Land Air Sea Warfare is the SimCity of RTS War Games!

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I love RTS (real-time strategy) games, especially when they provide a brigade of options, smart enemies, and adaptive play. I hate reviewing them, however, because it requires a ton of screens and mucho things to describe (hint: skip to the end and watch the embedded video). When I found out LASW from Isotope244 hit the App store, I knew I would just have to suck it up, and review it.



Make Summer Reading Fun with the Reading Game from LegendApps.com

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This summer (or anytime), when your youngsters say "I'm bored", have them check out The Reading Game from LegendApps.

The app itself is not something you read.  Rather, the app encourages kids to read their favorite books and come back to the app to mark off how many pages they have read.  As milestones are met, rewards (funny sounds, animations, etc.) are unlocked.

The app's custom graphics are beautiful and even though the app is not compiled for the iPad, they render well in the 2X mode.



Review: Demon Hunter - Fight Or Die by Rockifone

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It’s a sad but true statement – if a dual stick shooter has you controlling some sort of character toting a gun, it will probably be compared to iDracula or Minigore.  The reality is that these two games set the bar incredibly high for this style of game play, so it stands to reason the question would be “how does game X compare to the top of the heap?”  Well, in the case of Demon Hunter, one of the newest entries in this ever expanding club, the answer is that it kind of falls short.  It’s not bad,, but it’s not great either.  And I’m a bit perplexed but the lack of demons in a demon hunting game.



More from Macworld — 10 essential games for iPad

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I'm not sure why a game would be an essential app — maybe if you're bored. But this list of 10 top iPad games from Macworld is definitely worth checking out. I couldn't resist buying Pinball HD. I'm not really into gaming, but i spend so much time having to show my iPad off to interested people that I thought this would be a good one to let them see the sort of cool things it can do. 



Awesome Game: Land Air Sea Warfare now on iPhone!

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You may or may not read or agree with my game reviews, which is okay, but do yourself a favor and check this RTS game out (regardless if you agree with me). App store link is here. It is called Land Air Sea Warfare, by Isotope 244. I will be posting up a full review next week, but I have to say it's predecessor (Machines At War) is probably one of my all-time mobile favs. Stay tuned for my review, and a full press release later from the developer, but I warn you that you will lose hours and hours of time if you play this game...



Bible Challenge

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If you like trivia and games that test your knowledge, Bible Challenge is one you should own. The objective of the game is to make a path from the first row of squares to the fifth row. You do this in one of four options of game play: hangman, fill in the blanks, true/false questions, or trivia.



Review: Dungeon Run by PressOK Entertainment

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Have you ever been frustrated because a really fun (or potentially fun) game is marred by one feature?  It’s even worse when that feature is critical to game play.  Unfortunately, Dungeon Run is just such a game.  The game is a nice variation of a cool concept.  It looks good, sounds good, and has a nice assortment of levels to keep you busy for a while.  Sadly, the controls will make sure that you stay busy on some levels a lot more than you need to.  I hope they revisit the controls some day, because it definitely makes the difference between a mediocre and really good game in this case.



Angry Birds game so popular it gets coverage in the Wall Street Journal

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A game whose play involves catapulting involves catapulting birds into castles occupied by green pigs hardly sounds like the stuff of a winner. But Angry Birds ($0.99) is the top-selling game in the App Store — and so popular that it got written up in the Wall Street Journal a couple days ago. It has an astonishing 25,000 five-star ratings in the App store. It has two key components: it's fun and addictive.



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