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Free Little Runner

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Just your price, for a limited time Red Rocket Games Little Runner is free!



Virtual fortunes update

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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...

 

 



The 12 Reviews Of Christmas: Bloody Xmas (Day 9)

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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.



Multiplayer gaming news

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Note that this is an update to the all-in-one Multiplayer bible published a month ago; see http://www.iphonelife.com/node/1370/ .  

There is a LOT to report on - with Christmas approaching, a lot of decent titles have been released or updated to support wireless multiplayer.  

1.) The following major titles have received true wireless support: Worms by Team17 and COMMAND & CONQUER™ RED ALERT™ by Electronic Arts; both excellent titles.

2.) Need for Speed Shift by Electronic Arts has been released; a very nice racing game with local multiplayer.



The 12 Reviews Of Christmas: Angry Birds by Clickgamer (Day 8)

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Angry Birds is one of those genre benders that combines the physics fun of a game like Topple with the concept of the castle siege.  I’m pretty sure this is the only one you’ll run across that focuses on the war between birds and pigs, however.  I’m never quite sure going into a game like this what to expect, but I’m happy to report that Angry Birds is amusing, challenging and above all quite fun.



Relaxing with Asian Painting

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There are any number of ways one can relax, and tap into their creativity with the iPhone, one of the recent apps I’ve found for this purpose is APPFour’s Asian Painting (.99) which is interesting in that it allows a person without years of Asian calligraphy experience to create the likeness of it. 

 



The 12 Reviews Of Christmas: A Quick Two-Fer (Day 7)

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As Christmas day approaches I find that I have a lot of Christmas games to talk about and not much time to discuss them in. Here’s a quick look at a couple of holiday themed games that I’ve really enjoyed palying. You won’t find any ratings at the end of these reviews, but suffice it to say that I recommend both of them.



Shred!

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What do the locations of, Chili, Japan, Alaska and Spain all have in common?  Other than I'm not there. These are places you are going to ride in AMA’s Shaun White Snowboarding Origins  ($4.99)… did I say this game is sick!

Even if you don’t ride, I expect a lot of people will get into this game, and at this price it’s as unstoppable as White!



The 12 Reviews Of Christmas: Fluttr by indieSpring (Day 6)

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There’s something innately addictive about the type of game where your character is constantly in motion and you have to keep them safe from whatever traps their surroundings hold. These games tend to work pretty well on the iPhone, but like any other genre that trick is to come up with something that’s different than everything else the user has played. Fluttr does a pretty good job of that. Instead of a running creature you must protect a butterfly. More importantly, though, is that instead of directly controlling the character you control the environment.



Scene It? Movies — movie trivia game for $0.99

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I'm not a real movie buff, but if I were I think I'd plunk down $0.99 for Scene It? Movies, a movie trivia game from Screenlife Games. The game contains clips as well as movie trivia questions covering movies from the last 30 years. You can play in single- or multiplayer mode. The app also includes puzzles and mini-games. You can upload your scores to Facebook and challenge your friends. 

 



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