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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.)



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:



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.


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!



Review: Above And Below by Pastel Games

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It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned it (at least since the last time I reviewed a scrolling shooter), but I love scrolling shooters.  They don’t even necessarily have to be very original, though it certainly doesn’t hurt.  They just have to look good, sound good, and have solid play mechanics.  Oh yeah, they have to be fun as well.  I’d even be able to overlook the audio and visuals to an extent if the game played well.  Fortunately, Above And Below plays pretty well indeed.  It also looks sharp and sounds good.  Unfortunately the controls need a bit of work.  Surprisingly, I’m okay with that.



Extreme Sheepdog Trials — a game you can control by whistling

If you've never seen extreme sheepherding, you've got to watch this 3-minute. I just couldn't believe it when I first saw it.



QRANK — free daily trivia quiz

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if you enjoy trivia games, you might like QRANK, a free daily trivia quiz. Plus, it has a social component such that you can compete with your friends or try to get a high score on the leaderboards in various regions. Each day there are 20 new questions taken from current events.



American McGee’s Crooked House

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 The truth is, I am not much of a puzzle gamer, as it were. I prefer more action-oriented titles, but the review of the occasional puzzle game never hurt anyone (see my review of SPB Quads here). My problems with puzzlers are not typically the fault of the game, but the fact I’m not smart enough to figure out the puzzles. I had no such problems with Crooked House.



Review: Radio Flare Redux by Chillingo

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When I played the original Radio Flare, I guess I didn’t “get it”, because while the game was okay I wasn’t overly impressed with it.  Now we have Radio Flare Redux, and while I’m still not sure I “get it”, I think this is a marked improvement over the first game, and I really like this version.  It still has moments where it can get as hectic as a traditional shooter, but by its very nature it’s a much more relaxing type of game.  The visuals are odd, the music is good, and the overall feeling of the game is not quite like anything you’ve played before (unless, of course, you’ve played Radio Flare).  It’s definitely an experience for those who feel they’ve played it all when it comes to vertical shooters.



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