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Gameloft announces surprise sale starting from Feb 24th: 30 apps for $0.99 each.

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Gameloft has just blogged about their surprise app sales (grab them while you can!) starting yesterday (Feb 24th).  Their blog post is over here.

Now, Gameloft has always produced high quality games and there’s a little rivalry going on between them and EA so this announcement is to be expected given that EA recently had a sale.

The list of Gameloft offers on sale for the iphone is pretty cool and I am sure there is something for everyone.



Review: Volcano Escape by Bravo Games

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I don’t know what it is about the whole falling down / continually climbing genre of games.  It’s no more complex than the constantly running variety, yet it can be just as addictive.  To be perfectly honest, though, when I first started playing Volcano Escape I thought it was going to be different.  I actually didn’t think I was going to get into it.  Turns out I was wrong.  The thing that actually sets Volcano Escape apart from the crowd is you’ll actually find yourself doing better if you don’t completely rush.  There’s no room to dawdle either, but a happy medium will take you a long way.  I’m not sure I’m thrilled about the controls, but given enough time I’ll get used to them.



Space Orbiter -- Physics and Fun at the same time!

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Time to give an indie programmer a bit of press. Yusuf Tor has created a fun little game called Space Orbiter, which can help you learn and observe the effects of gravity and velocity (and the spacey music loop is not bad either). Though it's not a high-end 3-D game (only 19MB in size), I think it would be mucho fun for the kiddies, and hey...it's only 99 cents! The concept is pretty simple. You position your orbiter, set a speed vector, and hope that your settings result in the longest trip round and through the planets.



Puzzle Me!!! Game Review

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As a fan of both videogames and jigsaw puzzles, I am always excited to see a puzzle game hit the App Store. The high resolution touchscreens on Apple's iOS devices naturally lend themselves toward the concept of a 'virtual jigsaw puzzle.' Here's where the game 'Puzzle Me!!!' comes in. The app is marketed to children and adults alike, and boasts 50 unique puzzles, each with four difficulty settings to conquer. That said, I must make something abundantly clear: the game is almost punishingly easy. Even on the hardest difficulty setting, a puzzle can easily be completed in just a few minutes. To make things even easier, the developers decided that if the player drags a piece even remotely close to where it belongs, it should automatically snap into place.



Review: Cardboard Castle by BulkyPix

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Puzzle games are a dime a dozen, and some genres are so oversaturated that it’s hard to imagine a developer doing any more with them.  Then a game like Cardboard Castle comes along that doesn’t really fit neatly into a category and reminds us of why we love puzzle games in the first place.  You’ll find no matching or physics related quandaries in this game.  Instead what you get is a series of rooms that contain multiple “use this object for this purpose” puzzles that while in hindsight are fairly simple, can be quite perplexing until you’ve figured them out.  Add to that the awesome cardboard graphics theme and you have one pretty snazzy puzzle game to include in your collection.



Exclusive Interview with Paul Croft of Mediatonic

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Paul Croft, the man behind the amazing game studio known as Mediatonic. The studio is responsible for many terrific games, not only on the iOS platform, but also on the PSP and PC. I've always been a fan of the studio's games - in particular, I absolutely love Must.Eat.Birds.

The full interview is presented below.

 

Dain Schroeder (iPhone Life):
Hello Paul,



Highway King Review

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I tend toward the action/shooter genre of game probably more than any other type, but once in a while it is fun to do nothing more than steer big rig trucks around the screen. Ah, the mindless, harried nature of the time killer game, be it tower defense or whatever, is not unheard of on my iPod. Highway King adds a drawing element to this kind of game, but if you can't trace out basic shapes on the screen of your iPhone or touch, you might have some frustration (like I did).



SEGA Valentine's Day Sale -- Apps for 99 cents!

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If you are looking for a great Valentine's day deal, SEGA is offering up some great titles for 99 cents (ChuChu Rocket, Super Monkey Ball 2, Phantasy Star, etc.), and the Sonic series for as low as $2.99. You can check out the full list here at their blog. You can click on the linked image on this post to go right to SEGA games in the App store (or simply do a search for SEGA in iTunes).



Review: Treasure Seekers 2 The Enchanted Canvases by G5 Entertainment

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Since I’ve started playing hidden object games I’ve noticed that they have become less about searching a room for a bunch of objects and more about being like an adventure game.  You often need to find an object to be used somewhere else, there are mini-games to be solved to unlock objects or rooms in the game, and you even have dialogs with other people in the game.  The focus tends to be around people searching for their parents, grandparents, or kids, so the original Treasure Seekers was a nice change of pace in that it revolved around a younger child trying to find her brother (and then looking for a treasure, of course).  Now the kids have grown up, but the premise hasn’t changed – sister must find brother, and together they’ll seek the Philosopher’s Stone.  Turns out it’s still as interesting this time around, and the more balanced mini-games make for an overall more pleasant experience.



iControlPad to be Released Soon, Gamers to Suddenly Have Less Free Time

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The iControlPad is an iPhone accessory of near-mythical proportions - it's been in development for nearly two years. Multiple delays have plagued the product, but at last, iOS gamers can breathe a collective sigh of relief, as the device's creator, @craigix, has announced that orders are finally going to be taken this weekend. For anyone who hasn't heard of the iControlPad, please avert your eyes to the picture attached to this article. After soaking in the beauty of what your retinas have just observed, read on.

 



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.