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We got FREE Battle Bears T-Shirts and Redeem Codes to giveaway!

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We got em, and you know you want em! The Battle Bears developer, Mr. Benjamin Vu--the animator dude his own self--sent me 3 codes, and offered up 3 free T-shirts as well (free shipping only to US, and Canada), so here is the deal for this giveaway. You, the reader, post up a comment here, preferably bear-related--example: a creative new way to kill cute, cuddly pink Teddy bears, and I pick 6 lucky winners (contest ends Sunday, January 3, 2010, 11PM EST). Read on for full contest rules..



The 12 Reviews Of Christmas: Sherlock Holmes The Game Is Afoot (Day 11)

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Sherlock Holmes has always been one of the greatest literary detectives.  With the new Robert Downey Jr. movie fresh in everyone’s minds, it stands to reason that some developers wouldn’t mind capitalizing on the publicity to give their software that extra push.  A few Sherlock Holmes products have hit the App Store recently, one even based on the feature film.  Thankfully, this one is not.  Instead, Sherlock Holmes: The Game Is Afoot is actually an interesting combination of hidden object game, spot the difference game and ebook reader.  As individual elements they’re nothing special, but blended together they make for a pretty decent fare.



Sometimes Bears just wanna hug...but not this time!

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I have been searching for that one game--probably all of my earthly existence--if you know what I mean (if you don't, then nevermind). The one that makes it all truly worthwhile-the meaning of life/death and all that. The slogging through endless tunnels, killing mindless enemies. That one game that brings everything you've experienced up to that point sharply into focus. A gaming epiphany... Friends, I have found that game, and it is Battle Bears. I wish I had the time tonight to describe the sheer joy of this magnum opus of quirky FPS from SkyVu Pictures.



The 12 Reviews Of Christmas: Sheep Abduction by Sticky Studios (Day 10)

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I realize that Christmas is over now, but I really wanted to finish this series.  Technically I only need two more entries since I did two reviews one day, but we'll try to get all 12 in before the end of the year.  Today's review is for a game that actually came out in February, but it's been on my plate to review this whole time and really deserves the spotlight.  Besides, the way I figure it, there's always a multitude of new iDevice users, so this is bound to be useful for someone, even all this time later.



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. 

 



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