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Review: Underground from Chillingo

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Here we are again. It’s time for me to review another scrolling shooter, this time Underground from Chillingo. I really should just come up with a standard header for scrolling shooter reviews, which I think would go something like this: “I love scrolling shooters. I don’t care if they are horizontal or vertical, or maybe even a mix of the two views. All that matters is that the visuals look pretty good, the sound doesn’t make my ears bleed, and the action is fast and furious. Not R-Type level of insanity, mind you, but I don’t want it to be a walk in the park either. Oh, and for good measure the developers should throw in some nifty power-ups. Give me these things, and I’ll be a happy man.” Well, I’m happy to say that for the most part Underground delivers, and it manages to provide a solid, old style shooter that’s lots of fun.



Interview With AddictingGames Part 2 (Including World Wars review)

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It's time for part two of my interview with Kate Connally, Vice President of AddictingGames.  This time we chat about things like the development team that's porting the games to the iPhone and what challenges they might run into.  I also find out their stance on developing original content and iPhone only sequels to Flash originals.  Plus, I conclude this week's segment with a look at another one of AddictingGames' iPhone launch titles: World Wars.  Without further ado, here's the interview...


Review: Graviton from Chillingo

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 There’s something to be said for those games where you basically fly through tunnels trying not to hit the walls. That something is for the most part that if you’ve played one, you’ve played them all. Then along comes Graviton to take that theory, shatter it to pieces, and leave it floating in a huge pool of lava. From the fact that you have an object besides your ship to protect to the realization that every level is filled to the brim with delicately timed situations and intricate puzzles, you’ll soon understand that Graviton is not your mother’s iCopter clone. Not only am I thankful for that, but I’m grateful that the developers have taken such a base concept and made such an incredible game out of it.



At last: C64 emulation is possible on the iPhone – and, what is more, without jailbreaking!

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Other mobile platforms have long been having decent Commodore 64 (C64) emulators. It’s probably Windows Mobile that is best equipped with these: on that platform, there are several C64 emulators, Pocket Commodore 64 3.0 being without doubt the best, offering even wireless multiplayer (!). It’s so good I’ve shelled out some $30 for it – without any hesitation.



Interview With AddictingGames Part 1 (including iPark It! review)

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This is the first part of a 3 part interview with Kate Connally, Vice President of AddictingGames.  Each part of this interview will be followed by a mini-review of one of AddicitingGames' first three iPhone games.  For part one the mini-review will be about iPark It!



How well do you listen?

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Do you have a good ear for music? Do you enjoy playing Simple Simon or other memory games?

ListenListen is Simple Simon without the visuals – it depends totally on your ear. Tap the icon and listen to the sound. Then, match the sound to the icon with an identical sound within the allotted time frame. As you match the sounds, the icon dims. It’s really fun!

The game includes five sound choices: Cartoon sounds, musical instruments (drums really), piano notes (my favorite), horn notes, and bass notes.



Review: Cylinder - A Nice Spin On Match 3 Games

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Do you love match 3 games?  Are you tired of the same old flat interface and bored with the worn mechanic of swaping two items to make a match?  Cylinder is the game for you, then.  It takes the concept of match 3 games to the third dimension and makes it as addictive as Bejeweled - the game that really started the genre - was.  This is one match 3 game you really should take for a spin.



Reign of Swords Episode II multiplayer & other tips posted

If you don’t actively follow the later changes to the articles I create (if you are interested in a specific game genre or a given utility type – instant messengers, Web browsers, multimedia streaming apps etc. –, you should as I’m continuously posting updates and news items on the latest releases), you may miss my newest article on Reign of Swords Episode II. You’ll find it at the end (in the “(UPDATE 08/23 12:14 CET)” section) of the multiplayer gaming bible at http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/87/iphoneipod-touch-multiplayer-gaming-bible.

You’ll find it VERY useful as



Online Deathmatch 3rd Person Shooter iMech released + video


Please see the just-added “UPDATE (08/22 19:52 CET)” section (at the bottom; use Ctrl-F to quickly find it if you want) in my iPhone/iPod Touch Multiplayer Gaming Bible at http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/87/iphoneipod-touch-multiplayer-gaming-bible .  

Also note that, lately, I’ve added several other updates to the same roundup before this one.



Turbo Subs Winners!

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 Essentially everyone who has so far commented is a winner in the Turbo Subs giveaway, and in fact I have an extra code, so if you still want a chance to win, I will extend it for 24 hours for the final code (simply comment on this post). The current winners (see below) can claim their codes by following the instructions after the break.

Winners:

tomhollet

yukonxidel

cogdrummer



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