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Spirits for 99 cents - 2 days only sale!

Spirits for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch – Trailer from Spaces of Play on Vimeo. Like the ethereal and problem-solving, yet peaceful themes in games like Spirits (iPad version also available), so giving a shout out about their 2 day sale (7/8 April 2011)! Looking for a game that doesn't involve tearing an opponent's head off, smashing, crashing, or other destructive variations of gameplay? Spirits is the game for you...and it's on-sale this Thursday and Friday, so go grab it!! More PR info follows...



Get your puzzle fix with Puzzle Man!

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Can't vouch for how realistic this is in comparison to assembling a real puzzle, but I like the concept, and never shy from giving indie devs a bit of press. Developed by a programmer from Barcelona, Puzzle Man (now spelled correctly) varies from easy 24 piece jobs up to 300+ challenges. If you are into puzzles (which I am admittedly not), check it out for just 99 cents here in the app store...



Review: Atomic Ball by Meritum Soft

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One thing I really like about the mobile scene is that it has helped me to appreciate genres that I never really got into on the PC.  For instance, I’m pretty sure I’ve played as many FPS games on my PocketPC and iPhone as I have for as long as I’ve owned a PC (unless you count the myriad of mods I played when I was into Half-Life).  Another genre that didn’t really catch my attention until the small screen was the Arkanoid style game.  I’m not suggesting that I jump up and down with joy now every time a new one of these games is released, but I do find that when certain variations like Atomic Ball come along, they actually manage to hold my attention for a while.  Of course it doesn’t hurt that aesthetically this is one of the coolest looking Arkanoid clones on the market either.



Review: LilRacerz Pro Rally by Irix Pty Ltd.

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There have been a number of top down racers available for iOS devices since the inception of the App Store, and one that I’ve particularly enjoyed came out about a year ago.  It’s called Lil’ Racerz Pro Rally, and despite its age it has held up rather well.  It might not be as fancy as the likes of Reckless Racing, but it offers lots of tracks, 10 different cars to unlock and upgrade, and some sweet “modern retro” graphics and sound.  If you're a top down racing fan this would certainly be a fitting addition to your collection.



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.



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.