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App Review - Bricks Buster

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Bricks Buster is a fun and challenging brick-breaking game for the iPhone. The game offers a nice variation of levels -- 20 in total so far-- with various challenges to overcome. There are even power-ups for you to grab during levels. For instance one power-up may add additional balls to your arsenal and this will eliminate bricks faster.

The bricks come in blue or red and I haven't notice a difference in the color variations. The goal of each level is to clear the walls of all bricks by shooting balls at them. If the ball escapes the paddle you are controlling, then you lose a life.



Review: Kona's Crate by indiePub

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When UPS just won’t do, apparently the way to deliver packages is via a platform with little jet engines in it.  Silly premise aside, Kona’s Crate is an interesting physics game that takes the lunar lander concept to the extreme.  The game has 60 levels and the three star, two tier scoring system is sure to keep most patient folks busy for a while, but the control scheme is somewhat frustrating and the time to beat for three stars often feels a bit outlandish.  While at first I found myself willing to try and fight for that third star or a “no bump” run, it eventually got to the point where I just wanted to finish a level and move on to the next.



Review: Cryptic Keep by 3D Methods

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In my humble opinion the term “adventure game” has become too broad these days.  I see some sites even try to classify an FPS as an adventure game.  To me it is games like the King’s Quest series from Sierra or Zork from Infocom that defines the adventure game genre.  Games that require you to really explore your surroundings, solve many puzzles, and quite often interact with dozens of non-player characters in more than just a “pardon me while I shoot you” capacity.  Cryptic Keep certainly strives for the feel of the classics, though the distinct lack of NPCs and very little story save snippets at the beginning and the end make it feel more like Myst than a true adventure game.  Still, I appreciate that developers are trying to reinvigorate the genre, and it was fun while it lasted.



Review: Ionocraft Racing by Pan Vision AB

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Apparently there will be pod style racing some day, because that seems to be what so many futuristic racers depict the vehicles being like.  I kind of get that feeling from Ionocraft Racing as well, but that’s okay because I like the whole “hovering craft” type of thing.  The game also has a pretty nifty customization system.  Unfortunately, the lack of any game modes beyond career / quick race and the absence of drivers other than yourself kind of dampen the festivities a bit.  Thankfully there is some decent track design to help pick it back up, and in the end you come out with a solid single player affair.



App Review - The Great Contest

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Everybody likes prizes, and everybody likes games, so wouldn't it be great to combine the two together in a fun sweepstakes app? This app does exactly that. The Great Contest is a subscription-based contest app that allows you to play fun games and be entered into drawings for real prizes. And these aren't just some lame "break-the-first-time-you-use-them" trinkets. This is a Great Contest, so why not have great prizes, such as Xbox Kinects, vacations, or even cold hard cash!



Top Ten Favorite iPhone Games

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Top Ten Game Apps for the Iphone 4

 

Angry Birds- I have included the free version of angry bird because I think it is one of the best games played on the iPhone. It's a very addictive game so I would recommend  giving it a try on the iPhone. You will enjoy not only the free version but I think you will want to purchase the paid version as well.

 



What I played this week - Final Antivirus and Bathtime Boogie reviews!

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I like goofy games (I guess because I'm pretty goofy), but games that are interesting, weird or eye-catching, without being overly fancy are often my favs. I know what a highly-skilled team of programmers can do, and am often blown away by the high-end games. I am more impressed when a single programmer or small team create a catchy game. I would say both Bathtime Boogie and Final Antivirus fall in this category.



App Review - Infinity Control for iPhone

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Here is a quick glance on Infinity Control, a very interesting albeit repetitive line-drawing game. The game is set in space and has you controlling ship movements as you maneuver these space vessels around obstacles and space waste. You must guide them to landing spots on larger ships and keep them away from crashing to get higher scores.

The game also has different-colored ships – red and blue from what I’ve seen so far – and they must be guided to their own respective landing pods on their color’s mother ships. There are satellites that orbit around in space and you must guide the ships around them in order to avoid crashes. Asteroids also exist and you will be line-drawing the movement of ships around them as well.



Review: Chop Chop Slicer by Gamerizon

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The ever expanding Chop Chop universe has provided a wide assortment of entertainment, from the “infinite running” game to a platformer with physics puzzles, and even a few sports games in between.  The latest entry has decided to take on the likes of Fruit Ninja and Food Processing, and in a world that made sense this could easily topple some thrones.  I don’t know if that will happen, but if you have any passion towards games that throw countless items at you for you to slice into pieces, you really owe it to yourself to get Chop Chop Slicer.  You won’t be disappointed.



Review: Mooniz by Mooniz Interactive Ltd.

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As certain genres of game continue to get overly bloated in the App Store, the first question on my mind is always “what sets this game apart?”  In the case of Mooniz, I’m not sure how to answer that question.  The game is fun and is certainly a solid entry in the ever growing category of matching games, but it doesn’t really do anything that I haven’t seen before.  I’m also a bit concerned about the difficulty level given that this is supposed to be a casual game.  Still, the bouncy music and colorful mooniz that make up the world of Mooniz somewhat make up for the brutal nature of the game play.



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.