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Review: Crazy John by Trinity Games

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I know there are a lot of people that believe Trinity Games is basically in the business of making cheap knock-offs of other developers’ games.  The truth is that their games do tend to be derivative of other games on the App Store, and often aren’t nearly as good.  You can rest assured, however, that such is not the case with Crazy John, which is why I’m bothering to review it in the first place.  Some will argue that it is merely a Minigore clone, or possibly even a rip off of Age Of Zombies.  The reality is, however, that the game offers more features than the first couple of iterations of Minigore (I honestly haven’t played it lately), and I find it more enjoyable than Age Of Zombies.  If you’ve not been convinced in the past that Trinity Games could take a concept and make it their own, Crazy John might just be the product to persuade you.



All proceeds from Street Fighter IV goes to Japan Quake charities

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Message from Capcom, developer of Street Fighter IV:

"Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with people who were caught in tragic 'Tohoku Region Earthquake' in Japan. CAPCOM as a Japanese gaming company, starting from Mar. 15th through Mar. 22nd we are going to drop the price of iPhone / iPod touch 'Street Fighter IV' globally and donate all the sales to public charity.



Angry Sperms: Interesting gameplay and NOT an Angry Birds clone

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There must be an Appstore 101 rule somewhere that says: Thou shall not name your apps to resemble a highly successful app, because it will be highly suspect.  In the case of Angry Sperms, the tongue in cheek reference to Angry Birds is therefore quite unfortunate, because I actually think that the game play is rather innovative and cute, and the app quality is not bad. At $0.99 without a free lite version, most people would be hard-pressed to justify downloading this game, thinking that it would turn out to be a lemon.



Flynn Lives in TRON Legacy & beyond

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As a kid in the '80's, I grew up playing Kevin Flynn's videogames such as Space Paranoids and of course, TRON.  So naturally I believe that Flynn Lives... how could someone so brilliant just disappear?  Now there's a documentary, TRON: Legacy, that suggests he may have evolved into something different... something extraordinary.  I don't know what to make of it, but you should check it out for yourself.  If movies aren't your thing, there's an app for that.



Dawn of Play Monkey Labour Relaunch - Get it Free!

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I'm retro, so I like retro stuff...like Monkey Labour which is pretty retro. Dawn of Play is running a promotion runup to the relaunch party on Mar, 15 2011 (when you can get it free...now $1.99). You can learn more on the website here about the party, which will feature live streams, leaderboard contests, battles against the devs and more (great video here).



Review: Sky Combat by Chillingo

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I love scrolling shooters, I’ve reviewed quite a few of them over time, and I often find myself commenting on how I wish the developers would go back and play 1942 to get a basic feel for how a scrolling shooter should play out.  I’m not sure where the developers of Sky Combat got their inspiration, but they certainly hit the mark.  This game has formations, it has level design, and it’s actually challenging without succumbing to the “bullet hell” gimmick.  I’m not saying it’s perfect – not even 1942 was perfect – but this is definitely one of the best scrolling shooters I’ve played on my iPod Touch.  Take note, Capcom: this is the game First Strike should have been.



Pac-Man on Sale in the App Store!

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Pac-Man is on sale this weekend only in the Apple App Store! The Pacman iPhone app generally costs gamers $4.99, but right now it is available for $1.99. 

This is a tremendous port of the original game that will make any old school arcade game fan drool. Pac-Man is a classic that I am glad is being offered to younger generations through the iPhone. In general, I am a major fan of classic games being re-done on mobile iOS devices. They are a perfect fit because most are simple and elegent, and yet tested by countless gamers through the years, which ensures a dynamite product!



What I Played this Week - and Another World coming to iOS!!

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Technically not all are games this time (Space Storms), so sue me. I spent too much time again playing GOF 2, and Robokill, but had to check out Tiny Wings this week.



Review: Last Stand Stan by GreenBean Games

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Last Stand Stan is kind of like a mix between Missile Command and Asteroids.  Like the latter game you have a 360 degree battle, but much like the former you fight from a fixed position, which in this case is the center of the screen.  Many games that employ this format have you controlling a planet or some critter on top of a planet, but in this case you control a robot named Stan, though you are still tasked with defending a planet.  I think the game has a ton of potential, but in its current incarnation there are enough drawbacks that it hasn’t reached that potential.  What you end up with, then, is an average game that’s on its way to the top.



Editorial: Why I Jailbreak my iOS Devices

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The views expressed herein are my own, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of anyone else on the iPhone Life team. That said, I hope that readers will find this article informative and interesting, or at the very least thought-provoking.



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.