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Ozobot Is the Future of Smart Toys

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At the last CES, iPhone Life awarded Best of Show to Ozobot, an emerging technology toy and educational robot system that had great promise. Ozobots ($49.99) are now shipping and we've had a chance to play (and learn) with them over an extended time. Ozobot is a programmable tiny cute robot that resembles the top half of everyone's favorite droid, R2D2. The domed robots can be customized with different color tops so kids can play with several at a time and still tell them apart. The robots get their programming not from a keyboard but via an optical sensor on their bottoms. The Ozobots "read" colors and commands that tell it to go straight, turn one way or the other, or reverse, etc. Kids can "program" the robots by literally drawing with markers on a page of paper. It's a fun way to program without ever touching a keyboard!



Holiday Gaming is Here, as Christmas Cookieland Hits The App Store

Holiday Gaming is Here, as Christmas Cookieland Hits The App Store

App developer, Rory Buckley today announced the worldwide release of Christmas Cookieland in the iOS App Store. Christmas Cookieland is a fun holiday themed matching puzzle game. With Christmas almost here, Christmas Cookieland boasts many festive features that aim to give the user a fun & addictive holiday gaming experience.

This brand new launch presents an exciting and addictive gaming experience where you will experience fun challenges & encounter some delicious Christmas cookies. As you progress past each level, the next level will be unlocked for you on the Cookieland map. Overview of the games features:


MOBA Madness: The Top 3 Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas for iOS

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I have seen the future of online mobile gaming, and it is MOBA. Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas is a term familiar to any core, hardcore, or professional gamer. If it's not already a common term in your vocabulary, popular iOS MOBA titles like Fates Forever (free), Vainglory (free), and Heroes of Order and Chaos (free) plan to change that, as they help usher in the new renaissance of mobile gaming.

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Trap The Doge: How a Meme Becomes an Enjoyable Game

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How do you take a popular internet meme and extend its life that much more? The answer lies in a new game called Trap The Doge (free)



Ball Run - an exciting, challenging platform/arcade game!

Ball Run - an exciting, challenging platform/arcade game!

Ball Run is a fun, addicting platform-arcade game that will have you playing for hours!

Each level is compact yet challenging and some will certainly boggle your brain! Battle your way through over 50 levels, avoiding spikes, bombs, lasers and many more obstacles to reach the star and claim ultimate bragging rights between your friends!

This app was made by 18 year old developer Scott Phillips from Hampshire, United Kingdom.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/ball-run/id941920559?mt=8


Sugarmons - Advanced Character Customization Puzzle Game for iOS

Name of App: Sugarmons
Name of Developer: Kristina Seong
Business Name: Honey Code Games
Target Platform: iOS 6+
Release Date: November 19 2014
Price: Free with IAP
Video Trailer: http://youtu.be/_sFdbKi-yNM
Link to iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sugarmons/id910716433?ls=1&mt=8
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SugarmonsGame
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Sugarmons
WordPress: www.honeycodegames.com
Contact: Info@HoneyCodeGames.com

DESCRIPTION
Hungry sugar monsters have invaded Sugarland and are devouring all the delicious and colorful sweets laying on its path! Queen Creampuff needs your monster-popping skills to clean up this mess before it’s too late!


Kong Escape

Kong Escape

A game like none other where the character Kong tries to escape from his captors and is being hunted down. The player must strategize how to swing in order to dodge the incoming blades.

The player may attach to planes, eagles and choppers in order to aid or hinder his success in escaping. The jump button will also help swing higher but can only be used once per rope attached.

Players will compete in the Game Centre leader board

How far can Kong Escape?

More cities, ropes and characters available in the Pro version

ITunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kong-escape-lite/id923757048?ls=1&mt=8


Best Gin Rummy Card Game for iOS - iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Best Gin Rummy Card Game for iOS - iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Mountain View, California - Kuralsoft has announced the Best Gin Rummy 3.1 for iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod touch). Best Gin Rummy is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Best Gin Rummy is based on a popular two-payer card game, adapted into the touch-screen era through aesthetic game layouts, animations, graphics and sound effects. The opponent player is crafted using sophisticated Artificial Intelligence (AI); simply, it plays like a human!

The objective of this game to score 100 points before your opponent does. The basic strategy is to improve one's hand by forming melds and eliminating deadwood.


There's No Such Thing As a Free App in the App Store Anymore

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What a difference a word makes. The European Union objected to Apple's use of the word "Free" for apps that have In-App Purchases and ordered them to change it. Yesterday, they did. But Apple changed the "Free" button to "Get" for all no charge apps, even those that don't have In-App Purchases. I would have preferred that they left such apps as "Free," but at least they have text, in gray, below apps that say "In-App Purchases" if applicable. The headlines still read "Top Free Apps" so they haven't eliminated the word free entirely. The change in verbiage may not do much to stop users from downloading such apps, and eventually making purchases. After all, the top grossing apps tend to be "Freemium" apps with In-App Purchases.



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