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10 Top Puzzle Games!

These games are rewarding, stimulation, and addictive

While action games seem to garner the lion’s share of attention from the hardcore gaming community, the App Store also provides a thoroughly entertaining and stimulating collection of puzzle games for the iPhone and iPod touch. In fact, puzzle games consistently deliver the best replay value of any genre due to the continuously changing playing fields generated by these games. This roundup features ten of my favorite puzzle games listed in the order of how much time I spend playing them (least to most). Every game on the list has high replay value, and the more time I spend with a game, the more rewarding, intellectually stimulating, and addicting I find it.


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ESPN Radio now available in the App Store!

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"ESPN today launches its newest application to the Apple iTunes App Store for ESPN Radio.


Star Walk 3.0 Now Available!

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 Star Walk 3.0 is now available in the App store, and you can learn more at the links provided (our original review). I added my own mini-review after the break, and am working on getting some codes for a giveaway, so if you don't have a copy, stay tuned. This is a highly recommended amateur astronomy app, and has recently been included in the Apple "What's Hot" list, so if you are a space geek like me, or have kids who are, you will want to check this out!



Interview With AddictingGames Part 3 (include 50 States review)

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This is the final segment of my interview with Kate Connally, Vice President of AddictingGames.  I once again want to thank Kate for the time she took out of her schedule to answer my questions, and I hope you've enjoyed reading her thoughts about AddictingGames' transition into the iPhone world.  This time around we discuss how the users will feel about transition from the web to their iPhone, as well as what plans AddictingGames has for the future of iPhone development.  This segment will conclude with a review of 50 States.  Here we go again...



OutColor out does itself!

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To hijack a bit of Elizabeth Browning’s famous poem, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height” of OutColor’s newest update!  YESSSS!  The good people at Vizros Software have done it.

You can now add your own background and use their expanded stock backgrounds as masks.

If you enjoy using your iPhone's camera and digital photography, do yourself a favor and get this app you will not be sorry.



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...


ESPN Fantasy Football launches in App Store!

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 "ESPN Mobile launched its latest application to the Apple iTunes App Store today, when it debuted ESPN Fantasy Football.  The app provides millions of ESPN Fantasy Football players full control and management of their ESPN teams and leagues, live scores and stats, personalized alerts and exclusive editorial -- all from their iPhone or iPod Touch device."

Stay totally in every game with this new app from ESPN Mobile. Only $4.99, so simply search for it in the App Store app on your iPhone or iPod touch... See a demo at the link above.

 



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.



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