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Gaming and major sale news (11/27/2009) - UPDATED!

1. I’ve added a video of Line Racer by inXile Entertainment, a line racer game, which received Wi-Fi / BT local multiplayer support some days ago. TouchArcade discussion HERE; I especially recommend THIS mini-review .

2. As far as multiplayer game sales are concerned, Warfare Incorporated (the excellent RTS) is at a $1 sale – go get it!



App Store adds list of top-grossing apps — these are the best

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Apple has recently added a new listing in the App Store called Top Grossing apps. It appears in the right margin under the listings of Paid Apps and Free Apps. Simply put, the top grossing apps are the ones that are making the most money — an indication of how much they're valued. If somebody's willing to plunk down $9.99 for Call of Duty, the current top-grossing app, it must be pretty good. If you look at the ratings for the top apps in this category, they're typically very high.



Gaming and major sale news (11/25/2009)

1. Gameloft, in addition to Blades of Fury, has made some other multiplayer-enabled games $1 for the holiday season; all of them well worth this price:

Real Tennis 2009 (iTunes link)
Shrek Kart (iTunes link)

Note that there are some other single player titles too; please see THIS for more info. The following single-player titles are on sale:


Castle of Magic ($1.99 -> 99¢)
Terminator Salvation ($4.99 -> 99¢)


Major price drop for the holiday season: Blades of Fury for $1 only!

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One of the best Street Fighter clones is Blades of Fury (iTunes link) - no wonder I've featured it in my recently-published "Everything you’ll ever need to know about multiplayer games" (and also the paper version of it, which, hopefully, gets published in the newsstand version of iPhone Life). Now, it’s offered for $1 only during the Thanksgiving season. For this price, it’s a steal!

 



Everything you’ll ever need to know about multiplayer games

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NOTE: Please see Chapter 6, Updates to this article, for more info on how this guide is updated. Current version / last updated: 11/22/2009.


Review: Ground Effect by Glenn Corpes

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Ground Effect is a vicious dichotomy of everything that should be right about racing games and everything that is wrong about them. It boasts some of the best track design I’ve seen in a mobile racing game to date, yet this same track design makes the races aggravating and seemingly impossible to win at times. The game encourages you to think outside the box and then punishes you for doing so. Luckily the game gorgeous to look at, has a cool soundtrack, and despite its frustrations can be quite fun to play. If you understood all that you probably don’t need the remainder of this review, but for the rest of us…



Review: Tumble Jumble by Clickgamer

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Tetris proved to be quite an addictive game and was clearly well loved, as evidenced by the myriad of clones that followed over the years. I will unashamedly admit that I too was a junkie, but the one thing that Tetris lacked was a real purpose. Of course nowadays the developer would probably just throw in a bunch of achievements and “voila”, you have a purpose. That doesn’t really count. Thankfully, Tumble Jumble has come along to remedy the situation. It’s clear that the developers hold some respect for Tetris in their hearts, but they also seem to realize that such a game can be made with a purpose. And a couple of amusing characters, to boot!



Review: Ancient Vampire by Monzini

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Let’s face it, who doesn’t want to pretend to be a vampire these days? Kids have always dressed up as the blood sucking creatures, but now movies like Blade, Underworld and Twilight make it seem cool to be one of the undead. Besides, you’d save a lot of money on shades and suntan lotion. Ancient Vampire gives you the chance to play one of the ancient fang-bearers, albeit a self made one. Unfortunately what could be an entertaining game is marred with some technical issues that make it downright deadly to play at times.



Review: Horror Racing by Chillingo

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I’ve been looking for a racer that I could enjoy for quite some time, but I’m not really into the more realistic fare like Real Racing. That’s why I was excited when I first heard about Horror Racing. Now that I’ve had a chance to spend some time with the game, I’d like to plagiarize the immortal words of James Cromwell and say “that’ll do, Chillingo, that’ll do”.



Win a Real GTI by playing Real Racing!

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 This is SO FRIGGIN AWESOME, I wanna cry!! You can check out my review of Firemint's Real Racing here, but the new free Real Racing GTI lite version has been downloaded over 2 million times! Volkswagon released the 2010 GTI, also sponsoring the App store release of the lite version of the game, and they are giving away a real GTI to 5 more lucky winners! Read on for the full details of the contest...

 



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