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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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From the Editor

100,000 apps

The iTunes App Store launched in July of 2008. Within a few weeks, it had over 1,000 apps, and it hit the 10,000 app mark in a couple months. Now, a little over a year later, it’s over 100,000 apps. Now our writers can use the phrase “exponential growth” without me accusing them of using hyperbole.


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TUTORIAL: Download any files from inside Safari & other tips

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In this article, I explain the recently-released "Safari Download Manager", which (particularly with the external iFiles application) adds a convenient way of adding a download manager to Safari – on jailbroken phones. I also provide a very thorough comparison to iCab Mobile and VanillaSurf, the two (highly recommended) third-party Web browsers that also have a download manager – without having to jailbreak your phone. Finally, I also explain how you can save and, later (even without direct Internet connection!) read Web pages in the latter two Web browsers. (You, unfortunately, can’t do the same in the new plug-in.)


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!



Best iPhone News and App Reviews

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Want to know what's new on the iPhone? Want to research an app? Now you can get all the news you want related to the iPhone right on your iPhone - anywhere, anytime! 

From the iPhone Life app, you can access current news related to the iPhone, read iPhone app reviews, and learn a variety of tips and tricks for making the iPhone work for you.



Pack Mall Maps for your next shopping trip!

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 Mall Maps is a definite keeper on my iPhone!

This app contains more than 1,000 malls, shopping centers and plazas in all 50 states. You can locate malls by browsing your current location (GPS) or by browsing a list of states. Alternatively, you can input the zip code of the area you are planning to visit.   

The app displays the malls in your selected location, as well as a store list and floor plan for each selected mall.

You can even get directions to the mall by selecting "Get directions," which provides directions to the mall on Google Maps. 



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!

 



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