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Review: The Forgotten Part 2 - Block Knights

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There have been countless variations on the Tetris theme over the years, and quite a few have made their way to the App Store, but Block Knights is one of the most original. Unlike the original, it uses all four sides of the screen as the playing field, and does so in an effective manner. (I don’t have to twirl my device around and get all caught up in the headphone cords.)



Free Audi app available!

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Gotta love free, eh? The A1 Beat Driver game is actually fairly well done. Similar to IMP (reviewed here), you navigate around a track, avoiding hazards and picking up markers.  The music includes fresh tracks from the likes of the Rakes, and Torpedo. The graphics are well executed, and the overall quality is what you would expect of an Audi product. You can grab it here in iTunes, or read on for more press release...

 



Review: The Forgotten Part 1 - Skysmash 1918

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As a reviewer, a beta tester, and an addicted gamer, I install a lot of apps on my iPod touch. I keep the ones I love and delete the ones I don’t, but there’s a third category of games. These are the ones that I play briefly, like, but then forget about when other priorities demand my attention. These are all good games that deserve more attention than I’ve given them. I’d like to take this opportunity to do a more thorough review of five of my favorites.  Having said that, some of the reviews might seem a bit short.  This was originally intended to be a single article in an issue of iPhone Life Magazine, but due to scheduling circumstances it had to be cut.  They've given me permission to print the article on my blog instead, and I wanted to keep the actual reviews intact from the article (obviously this first paragraph has been changed!)



Help your kids learn their spelling words as they "Walk the Plank"

I love Hangman, especially on my iPad that I can take anywhere. If I have a few minutes to wait, I pull it out and play a round.
 
Custom Hangman is a bit different than some of the others I have found in that you can add your own custom word lists. You can play them yourself and share them with friends. You could even help your kids learn their spelling words by using this app!
 

Included in the app, are twenty word lists and game categories, including SAT words, which are the ones I especially enjoy. The app works with iPhone and iPod Touch. Check out the video below:



KidKeys - Special Keyboard for Kids

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KidKeys - a colorful keyboard for kids. Makes it easy for kids to write notes, e-mails, or play games using KidKeys and the iPad to connect with your computer. Works on a Mac or PC. 



Panda Hero - A Positive Solution for Our Environment

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I like positive solutions, and Barefoot Explorers has created a fun and entertaining game that provides a positive solution for our environment. For every Panda Hero game that is sold, they plant three live trees through a partnership with Trees for the Future
 
Your job in Panda Hero is to tilt, roll, swerve and jump through mazes, forests, rice fields and more in order to rescue the Panda that have been trapped by poachers. After rescuing the Pandas, you can feed, dress and play with them.


The Lorax - Entertainment or Propaganda? You decide.

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The Lorax contains adorable Dr. Seuss graphics and fun sound effects; however, in my mind, its purpose appears to be more propaganda than entertainment. The message: Big Business will destroy our land and kill our creatures unless you do something about it.



Never too old to learn

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Since getting my iPad I've been wanting to find out what my parents think about the device, so this past weekend I headed down to the coast with my son and iPad to relax and visit with my parents, and find out if they would like to try using an iPad.



Just Jigaw - No More Missing Pieces!

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Puzzles are great fun. Now I can put a puzzle together anytime and in anyplace. I don’t have to worry about lost pieces or even having my cats jump on it and mess up my hard work!



25 things you can control remotely with your iPhone

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One of the most surprising things about the iPhone is all the incredible variety of things it's being used for. And one of those things is as a remote control. A very helpful article/slide how on Business Insider, entitled "25 Things You Can Remote Control With Your iPhone," gives you a good picture of the possibilities, from controlling your DVR to the Boxee media center software. Pictured is the ProRemote ($99) software that lets you control pro audio editing software.



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