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Weekly Recap: Current iOS News: Just in, the Apple vs Samsung verdict! Also, the latest iPad mini rumors, gaming news and more.

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Welcome to my weekly recap here at iPhone Life. Each week I take a look back at some of the top stories in the world of iOS that made headlines.

 

• When will the new iPad mini be released? Sources suggest at least a month after the iPhone 5.  

 

• Apple vs Samsung: The jury is back, the verdict is in!  

 

• Huge, free updates: Facebook gets a major overhaul, Gameloft's update to Order and Chaos brings great new features and Angry Birds: Space adds 20 new levels!  



Review: Toybox by Barrel of Donkeys

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Match 3 games have become quite popular on the App Store, and it seems like every week several new offerings are released in the genre.  Many developers have taken to releasing mash-ups, games which take the match 3 mechanic and combine it with some other genre in hopes of creating a unique playing experience.  Toybox is one such mash-up, fusing match 3 game play with a basic scrolling shooter.  The result is entertaining, challenging and somewhat frustrating – especially when you take into account that you are in effect playing two games at the same time.  Talk about a new perspective on multi-tasking.



iRobbery iPhone app review

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Quick, easy apps to learn are right up my ally! Whether you’re waiting for a train, bus or sitting at the doctor’s office, a low-skill, quick app is the perfect way to pass the time.

Objective: Try to help Marvin (your buddy/accomplice, I assume) steal all the money before time runs out and the cops arrive. Whether Marvin is a good guy or not isn’t quite clear. But for argument’s sake, let’s pretend he’s Robin Hood and giving to the poor (or something along those lines). There are twenty levels and you much clear each one before proceeding to the next level.

(note: the instructions appear to cut off at the end of the screen. You do need to scroll, but an arrow would be helpful here).



Wannabat for iOS: 1vs1 Multiplayer Baseball at it's best

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Wannabat, a newly launched game from Vitusoft, has its bases covered.  This one-on-one 3D baseball game practically oozes personality, and it won’t take a sports buff to find themselves hooked on hitting homeruns.



Weekly Recap: Current iOS News, Rumors and Updates in Review, Including the new "iTV", a new iPad "mini", Game news and more.

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Welcome to my weekly recap here at iPhone Life. Each week I take a look back at some of the top stories in the world of iOS that made headlines.

 

*Is Apple about to announce a new device, the rumored "iTV", on September 12th?  

 

*Apple iPad "mini": Newest mockups look GREAT!  

 

*Steve Jobs’ Palo Alto house burglarized. His iPad went to a clown.  

 

*Updates: Asphalt 7 and Batman: The Dark Knight Rises both receive updates, and a phenomenal new game called Horn debuts. 



Review: Flight! by Armor Games

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It amazes me how many budding engineers there were when I was growing up.  All those skilled kids that could take a piece of paper, shape it into something resembling a plane, and actually manage to fly it!  Personally, I wasn’t one of those kids. Thanks to Armor Games, however, I can be, at least on my iPod Touch.  There have been other games like this on the App Store, but this is the first one I’ve really latched on to.  I imagine it’s some combination of the quirky story, attainable and cool upgrades and the origami swans that give you bonus multipliers.



Introducing Horn: Phosphor and Zynga team up to produce an amazing game powered by Unreal Engine.

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The latest game powered by the graphically stunning Unreal Engine just hit the App Store this week! Phosphor, producers of the best-selling and creepy-freaky Dark Meadow have joined forces with game industry giant Zynga, to produce Horn.

 

 

As you can see in the trailer below, Horn does not lack for visual impact. In fact this game seems as if it will be a guaranteed success. As you battle to free your world from the clutches of the Stone Monsters, this exciting looking, story-driven RPG zooms you into the action in a close-up, over the shoulder perspective when engaging in combat (a la Infinity Blade), and then zooms the camera angle back out, for third person adventuring and puzzle solving (a la Zelda) in its open world, rich and immersive gameplay.



Gangster Granny for iPhone and iPad

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Gangster Granny allows you to play as a somewhat strange protagonist when compared with what we are used to from gun running apps. For once we see a grandmother with very few morals as we help her bust out of prison and go on a rampage to try and rob the biggest bank in the city. With gun toting madness bringing Grand Theft Auto into mind, this is sure to be a game you will become addicted to very quickly in the near future.



Review: Draw Breaker by Elevate Entertainment

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It used to be that I’d start every review about a brick breaker style game saying something about how I don’t really like the genre but… I think I need to stop doing that now.  Either I’ve become more selective in the ones that I try or they really do keep getting better, because I’m actually finding myself enjoying the concept more each time I write a review.  This time around the subject is Draw Breaker, the latest game from Elevate Entertainment, and this game is a blast!  It’s cute, creative and different than any brick breaker I’ve played in the past.



Keri Racing: Pet Raising, Real-Time Racing and Social Gameplay all in one

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Keri Racing, a new genre-fusion SNG, aims to please just about every SNG fan out there with their mash-up of farming, tycoon-business-building, pet raising, and action racing.



Best iPhone Games | iPhone Life Magazine

When searching for the best iPhone games, you can get lost in companies propaganda.  Articles like Top Ten FavoriteiPhone Games, can help to alleviate the stress.  The following snippets from articles can help you to decide what kind of game is better suited for you.

"Stinger Games' newly launched Stinger FoosballLeague takes a game that's already a step removed from reality into a truly virtual environment - topping as one of the best iPhone games.  Foosball, of course, is the table version of football or soccer.  With Stinger Foosball League, the field that was crammed into a table in a pub is now in your iOS device.  The premise sounds okay, but the execution is way cooler than it sounds.  That's because Stinger Foosball League is actually, well, cooler than actual foosball.  First of all, the 3D graphics and game physics are right on, putting this game at the forefront of console-style graphics on iOS.  Second of all, the view when playing real life foosball is… usually not that awesome. I'm sure there are people with foosball tables that are tricked out, but for most of us, they're usually a dingy affair.  But Stinger Foosball League hasn't been sitting in your uncle's basement for the past forty years.  Kick-ass flying cameras show off how much action there really is in a game known for being low-tech. And just to make it even more trippy, the ball leaves behind a golden light tail, kind of a comet-effect."

"The Universe of SPIRIT FORCE was inspired from the Japanese Samurai-era.  Discover an epic story giving you a social experience where players fight with monsters and collect Spirit Cards in order to save the world.  It places a core emphasis on player vs. player combat.  The player begins his journey as a member of the SPIRIT FORCE.  Battle with other players or clear the mission to get great treasure and rare card. Use crafting skills with the collected treasures in order to summon new Spirits.  Players can team up with friends and cooperate each other to fight against boss, unlock new rewards and new stages.  The most immersive and massively multiplayer online card game ever!"

Both of the previous two articles are on specific games, but perhaps you want a more comprehensive look on several games... The Free iPhone Games To Kick Off Your Summer articleis what you are looking for.