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Review: Pro Zombie Soccer by Chillingo

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Average zombie games may come and go, and there’s not much you can do with a traditional soccer game.  Combine the two, however, and you have pure iPhone gold.  Pro Zombie Soccer takes zombie wars to a new level with a humorous story, intense soccer kicking action, and an awesome special weapon.  The visuals are wonderful, there are a variety of different zombies to contend with, and the controls are spot on.  Not really a whole lot more you could ask for.



Review: Maze Runner by 11Apps

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I have nothing against simple games – some of my favorite iPhone entertainment has been easy, casual experiences.  I’m really not sure what to make of Maze Runner, though.  Unfortunately, it feels more like an embellished textbook example project than a fully fleshed out game.  The controls are awkward, the different game play modes don’t really add anything to the mix, and the aesthetics are basic and bland.  As a programmer I’d actually be more interested in seeing the behind the scenes of this game than the final results, and I love games.



Go and get Gosar Episode One

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If you like to show off your new iPad and are always looking for neat apps that demonstrate what it can do, check out Gosar Episode One.  It is a well designed app that combines simple game play with fun music, cool sound effects and beautiful graphics.  I was pleasantly surprised in a couple of ways.  First, when the app launches, it shows a GameSalad screen.  GameSalad is basically a solution for non-programmers to create their own apps, by supplying graphics, sound, and most importantly, ideas, and leveraging code widgets to create a custom app, typically a game.



Review: Bugsy by Glass House Games

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I’ve never really understood the appeal of the sliding puzzle games.  Aside from the picture on the front of the tiles, once you’ve played one they all seem the same.  Fortunately, given the right developer even this type of game can rise from the mundane to become something interesting.  Enter Bugsy, the sliding tile game with a purpose.  Instead of a picture the tiles are composed of tracks, and you must guide a friendly little lady bug so that it can cause all the buds along the edges of the board to bloom into flowers.  It still suffers from a couple of the issues that always made this type of game frustrating, but in the end there are enough interesting aspects to Bugsy to make it worth delving into the genre at least for this game.



Xenome Episode I shows the future of gaming via a dystopian wasteland!

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There's a new game in town, and a new town in town for that matter.  The game is Xenome Episode I and the fictitious town is Silica Flats, a dystopian view of the future, 250+ years from now.  The 3D game offers that rare combination of beautiful graphics of a desolate, barren wasteland.

The goal of Xenome Episode I is pretty straightforward for action/adventure RPG gamers... Kill monsters, gain experience, and customize your character while the story unfolds.



iPad Games: Showcasing the Best!

The most addictive and graphically appealing iPad games

When the iPad was first released, the largest category of applications initially available for the device was games. The number of apps in this category has continued to grow in the few months that the iPad has been out. As it does, we're running into the same problem we face with iPhone apps; how do we find the real gems among the pages and pages of iPad games listed in the App Store? This article takes a look at some of the most addictive and graphically appealing games currently available for the iPad.


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Best Games Ever

Best App Ever Awards: Winners in the GAMES categories

Earlier this year, we announced The Best App Ever Award winners at the 2010 Macworld Expo in San Francisco. These awards honor the best iPhone apps and are chosen by the people that actually use the applications—users like you and me. This year we saw over 300,000 votes cast in 56 categories, a huge success. These awards are a great way for users to show their appreciation to the developers of these great apps.


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Carcassonne App - Simply the Best Board Game App

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In the year 2000, German board-game enthusiast Klaus-Jurgen Wrede unleashed his own creation, Carcassonne, upon the world. Not long after, the game became a world-wide phenomenon, winning several awards and generating much praise from critics. The year is now 2010, and a version of Carcassonne has been developed for the iPhone and iPod Touch (with an iPad version forthcoming).



Quick Look: FlairHockey for iPad

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I have always been an avid fan of air hockey.  Every time I play, it takes me back to a family vacation we took when I was a child. A group of us staying in the same hotel organized a tournament on the game room's air hockey table.  It turned into one of those winners stays on type games...and I never left.  



iGameDock: The Game that Keeps Giving!

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The games on the App store are becoming like sand grains on the beach. There are just so many of them, that it's easy to miss good ones. There are games within games--not just a single game, but multiple games under a single app, and what's more, the games change to new ones with updates! Dreamsky has developed such an app called iGameDock. I love getting 3 games for the price of one, even if 2 of the games are kind of okay, and one of them is cool.



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