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Game Centered: Special Holiday Edition, Exciting New Games and Awesome Updates.

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Game Centered features roundups and in-depth reviews of the best in iOS games and related gaming news. This week, in advance of Apple’s annual iTunes Connect closing dates (12/21-12/27) we've been treated to a whole slew of top-of-the-line new games and big updates that slipped into the App Store just in time for Christmas! We've got a lot of exciting gaming news to cover, so let's dive right in. And don't forget, the App Store allows us to gift apps and any of the following games would make excellent holiday presents.



This Escher-inspired iPad Game is a 'Beautiful Impossibility'

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Described as an interactive M.C. Escher artwork, Monument Valley may change the way you play puzzle games. It's currently being developed by London-based design studio ustwo, specifically for iPad.

The ustwo team established the game as a "surreal exploration through fantastical architecture and impossible geometry." Designer Ken Wong adds: "Monument Valley is a beautiful, exploratory experience, somewhere between exploring a toy shop and reading The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe."



The Lawless available now for iOS & Android

The Lawless available now for iOS & Android

UK-based gaming company The Innocent Devils is pleased to announce the launch of their new game “The Lawless” which is available on iOS, Android and a free demo version is available on PC at http://www.thelawlessonline.com .
 
The first person perspective game is set in the dark and violent world of the Old West and features a dramatic storyline, 3D graphics and touch screen friendly game play.

 
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What I Played This Week: Angry Birds Go and Quantic Pinball!

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There's a buzz over Angry Birds Go (free), and 'freemium" titles in general to discuss in this edition of WIPTW. I was not aware that computer bits were being subjected to such draconian work conditions on our devices that they needed to rest; but Angry Birds Go introduces the "energy" concept to the Rovio game chest: a union break for overworked player characters, I suppose. Otherwise, ABG has plenty of good graphics, and is mostly goofy and fun like a cart race should be. Also played this week is the jam-packed action pinball slam of the season called Quantic Pinball ($2.99). If you like pinball, you will gorge yourself on this version.



Razfox Games Debuts Aio Goes Home for iOS

Razfox Games Debuts Aio Goes Home for iOS

Press Release
For Immediate Release

Help Aio the Dragon Return to His Family in "Aio Goes Home" for iOS

Razfox Games has announced the iOS release of Aio Goes Home, a free puzzle-adventure game where players help Aio the dragon reunite with his family. After being kidnapped by the evil Monster King, a young Aio hatches and strives to escape from a life of captivity.

Aio may look like an innocent baby dragon, but he turns himself into a figurative wrecking ball and blasts through more than 150 levels across five unique worlds. Along the way, Aio collects stars and runes to become more powerful and battle through obstacles as he searches for magic portals to guide his way home.


Penguin Blitz - Defeat hordes of greedy penguins using ice cream

Penguin Blitz - Defeat hordes of greedy penguins using ice cream

Penguin Blitz offers the truly unique opportunity to defeat greedy hordes of penguins by catapulting ice cream at them. From behind your fortress walls you and your small band of polar bears must act quickly to use the correct catapult to defeat the closest penguin. Easy to get into, the first levels function as quick tutorials, and are instantly fun. As you gain more and more badges by splatting troops of penguins, they begin to employ more and more devious tactics and disguises which add a whole new dimension to the game. By the end levels you will be tapping the screen like a dog trying to rid itself of a particularly persistent itch!


Algotech Apps - Pick One free game for Android phones and tablets, iPhone and iPad

Algotech Apps - Pick One free game for Android phones and tablets, iPhone and iPad

Algotech Apps presents new free game Pick One for Android and iOS! You can test your skills for hours and hours in this addictive and dynamic game! Make sure to always choose the right answer in this multiple difficulty levels game and prove to the world that you are NUMBER 1! Keep playing and you will encounter many surprises during the game! This game is suitable for all ages and genders, but it’s mainly designed for persons older than 14 years, because to get a great score you will need to stay concentrated, focused and quick ☺


Cognition Episode 1: More Than The Eye Can See

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Cognition Episode 1 ($3.99)

3.5 out of 5 stars

Back when graphics were first starting to take shape for computer games, Sierra set the standard for adventures with titles like King’s Quest and Leisure Suit Larry. The fact that you could actually see your character follow your commands along with the immense amount of dialog made the experience feel as much like an interactive movie as anything. Phoenix Online Studios clearly understands what it takes to make this style of game, and as much as I loved the old Sierra games, I’d say the Cognition series kicks things up a notch or two. More realistic characters, adult subject matter (in a mature way, not like Leisure Suit Larry), and a focus on exploration and discovery (instead of finding an obscure key in a tree to unlock some mystic chest) give Cognition Episode 1 more of a Law & Order bent than anything. It’s just too bad this intriguing story telling couldn’t have come with a better interface wrapped around it.



Top 3 App Deals of the Week

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As new iOS apps flood the App Store every day — recently topping 1,000,000 — we know it’s tough to tell which ones are worth their salt. But thanks to our Weekly Scoop, you can have the best for free! Here you’ll find a weekly roundup of the coolest apps free or at a discount for a limited-time only. Each week features the best and brightest from websites like Free App ReportAppsGoneFree, appsfire, and more.

Hurry! Get 'em while they’re hot!



European Selected Projects Awards 2013 Nominee "Astro Lords: Oort Cloud" MMO Goes to Kickstarter

Aratog LLC, the developer of the beta of Astro Lords: Oort Cloud MMO launches crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to speed up the release. The beta of the game has already been nominated for Selected Projects Award among 184 games by developers from all over the world.

Astro Lords : Oort Cloud is a cross-platform massive multiplayer online 3D space strategy. The game takes place in the Oort Cloud - a huge formation of scattered asteroids lying beyond the borders of the Solar System. Each player begins the game as an Astro Lord controlling a single asteroid stronghold. As the game progresses, more asteroids can be seized through battles with other players.


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