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Grinchmas!

Happy Birthday to youse, Dr. Seuss!

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In honor of the March 2nd birthday of Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel), all Dr. Seuss iPhone apps will be reduced to 99 cents for that one day only.

The promotion coincides with the National Education Association's Read Across America day, which was timed to fall on the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

Dr. Seuss created some of the most popular and best-loved children's books of all time. The Grinchmas! app has been reviewed by iPhone Life bloggers, but parents might want to grab the Cat in the Hat iPhone app.

If you've sat next to your child, turning the pages of any of these charming books, you can probably imagine sharing the hilarious rhymes and outrageous characters on your iPhone or iPod Touch. And maybe, eventually, that larger screen device?

"Keep your eyes out for more of Dr. Seuss's beloved, classic children's stories, games and activities for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad soon," said Michel Kripalani, President of Oceanhouse Media.

In addition to apps based on the books, Ocean House Media is also reducing the price of the Dr. Seuss camera apps. The Cat in the Hat edition (AKA: CatCam) is an app that lets you merge photos taken with the iPhone 3G or 3Gs into Dr. Seuss cards. You can edit the size and placement of the photo, add frames and so on. Then when you're happy with the results, email your creation to friends and family.

So, celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss, send a Dr. Seuss photo-card or yourself, a friend ... or maybe of your cat!



Review Update: Grinchmas! by Oceanhouse Media

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Unless I make some sort of glaring error or omission, I don't make it a policy not to go back and update a review I've written.  However, if something in a game changes to warrant a note or quick revisit, I'm more than happy to do that.  Such is the case with Grinchmas! from Ocean Mediahouse.  You can read the original review here.  I'm still a bit disappointed that they haven't bolstered the less than wacky atmosphere, but there are a couple of game play changes worthy of noting. The first is that there are actually two modes now: Classic and Challenge.  Classic is the original game, which now even has easy, medium and hard modes.  Challenge mode is the bright spot of this update, however.  In the Mean Grinch scenario there are 20 challenges and in Merry Grinch mode there are 17.  A challenge might be basic like "quiet 3 near noisy houses" in Mean scenario or "deliver 3 presents" in Merry mode.  As you get further down the list, however, things get more difficult.  In Mean mode you might have something like "quiet 7 houses for 4 minutes and 30 seconds", and in Merry mode you get such things as "deliver a red, green and blue present in 10 seconds without missing".  Each challenge has 3 difficulty levels as well.



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