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The 12 Reviews Of Christmas: Grinchmas by Oceanhouse Media (Day 3)

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Dr. Seuss created a wide variety of bizarre and interesting creatures before he passed away.  Even if you’re not overly familiar with his works, however, chances are you’ve heard of these two: The Cat In The Hat and the Grinch.  Well, the name of the game is Grinchmas, so if you haven’t already you can probably rule out the star as being the Cat.  Grinchmas is one of three Grinch themed licensed products from Oceanhouse Media, and the only one that’s a game.  As such, I almost would have expected something a bit more than an object throwing game.  At least the voices are cool…



SPB Wallet on sale for 10 days!

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 "December 1st, 2009 - SPB Software announces a special holiday present for all connoisseurs of Apple products. For the 10 days, from December 1st till December 10th we are giving a significant discount for our SPB Wallet application created to safely store and manage such sensitive information as passport and account numbers, access and PIN codes, logins and passwords. Mac, iPhone and Windows versions will be available for as low as $4.95 each."



Oceanhouse Releases Grinch Kids App!

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 Gotta love Dr. Suess! Oceanhouse Media has released a snowball throwing app with a decidedly Grinchy theme. Apparently Grinchmas has jumped to the #1 spot in kids games this month, and #12 in the family game category. Looks pretty fun, so go check it out at their site (video available). I'm trying to fanagle a leetle giveaway for our readers of course, and will keep you posted. In the mean time, go grab it for a $1.99. Don't be a grinch now, it's the holiday season after all!



Great Windows Mobile Apps Now on the iPhone

Top apps orinigally developed for Windows Mobile find a new home on the iPhone

The release of the iPhone OS 2.0 and the success of the App Store have encouraged aspiring developers to create a wide variety of apps to expand the capabilities of the iPhone and iPod touch. They have also encouraged developers of successful programs for other platforms to bring their apps over to Apple’s mobile platform—particularly apps written for Windows Mobile smartphones and PDAs.


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Pack the Disney App for Christmas Fun at Walt Disney World

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 Christmas is a wonderful time to visit Walt Disney World, but don’t leave home without downloading the Walt Disney World iPhone or iPod app.

In fact, before you leave, you’ll want to use it to plan your vacation and to make reservations.

The app provides photos and information on 118 attractions, including all four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.

Learn what’s new since the last time you visited. Find out what events are happening when so you can plan to be there at the right time.



Create and Share Your art and Photos

These apps let you enhance photos and post them online

Apple computers have long been associated with high quality digital imaging. The iPhone, since its emergence into the world just two and half years ago, has been following in the footsteps of its much larger desktop and laptop brethren. But just how far can one go with digital imaging and an iPhone?


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The 12 Reviews Of Christmas: Alien Strike by RedCrystal Studios (Day 2)

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I have nothing against simple games.  I don’t even necessarily care if the look or sound the best (as long as they look and sound better than something I could do).  However, when a game doesn’t play well all the rest sort of really doesn’t matter much.  Unfortunately, that seems to be the case with Alien Strike.  What could have been an all right Defender clone has such a wonky control scheme that it’s almost not playable unless you set it to indestructible mode, at which point it’s no longer any fun anyway.



Review: Secrets Of The Mysterious Island by Chillingo

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My first experience with Mina’s adventures, which are loosely based on the stories of Jules Verne, was with Return To Mysterious Island on a Windows Mobile device. It was one of my favorite portable adventure games, and the iPhone version proved to be an even slightly better experience. Imagine my delight, then, when I found out that there was going to be a sequel on the iPhone. I couldn’t wait for this game to come out, and now that I have it I’m not quite as excited. It’s nice to be back in Mina and Jep’s life again, but I’m not finding this adventure quite as engaging as the first time around. I also still don’t see some much needed tweaks to the game engine from the first time around. Still, Secrets Of Mysterious Island should provide some thoughtful game time for true adventure gamers. As a bit of advance warning, there might be a spoiler or two in this review, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.



Complete tutorial with video: extend the functionality of your iPhone Web browser!

I’ve elaborated on the highly useful scriptlets in several of my articles. These are special bookmarks invoked when you want to do some specific action on a Web page already loaded; for example, scrolling to the bottom or finding a specific word. They vastly enhance the functionality of all scriptlet-capable Web browsers; as of the time of writing, any Safari version, iCab Mobile 2.0, Journey Web Browser 1.3, iNetDual 1.2.0, Perfect Browser 2.7 and Full Screen Web Browser 1.1.1 – and all this without (!) jailbreaking your phone.

The dedicated articles I’ve written so far are as follows. You may want to take a look at them so that you know what this is all about.



Adventure Games

The past is now present—and the future looks even brighter!

For several years now, the PC gaming world has been lamenting the death of the adventure game. The funny thing is that the genre is alive and well; it just doesn’t thrive as much in the commercial world. However, it appears that developers are interested in reversing that trend and, in part, are using the iPhone platform to do it. Over the last several months, quite a few adventure games have been ported to the iPhone, ranging from the first adventure game ever made, to one of the most beloved. I’d like to share my thoughts on some of these translations, and where I hope this trend is heading. This is my look at the state of the adventure game on the iPhone.


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