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City Story Review

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Social Networking is playing a major role in on-line gaming. Games that lack some kind of on-line tourney, championship, or leaderboard features with which you can post up and play with your Twitter or Facebook friends, are starting to seem old-fashioned. Another wrinkle is added with games that also use on-line currency to play. Currency that you buy with real money to help you advance. City Story is a sim/time management game that cheerfully introduces you and friends to the art and skill of town building...



News Tidbits

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Lot's of app and product news this week, so how bout a leetle round-up... A United Airlines game that can earn you prizes and upgrades in the real world: New Grand Theft Auto released; a credit card swiper attachment; fabulous SOTI remote apps finally adding iPhone support, and a mail editor that supports full HTML markup.



Review: Gravity Runner by We Are Colin

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The promo email I received for this game touted that Gravity Runner was “Canabalt with Gravity Manipulation”.  In all honesty, I think that description does a disservice to the game.  The reality is that if this is to be considered just a “running game” like Canabalt, it’s one of the most complex running games I’ve played.  In some respects it feels more like it wants to be a platform game, but if that’s the case it’s a little bit on the lite end of things.  Whatever the case it’s an interesting, challenging and almost always fun game that will certainly give you a run for your money (see what I did there?)



Review of Math Tables Karaoke

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Math Tables Karaoke needs work, but it could be a great app with a little tweaking.



Slayer Pinball Rocks HD Review

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Pinball wizards who are fans of Pinball HD for the iPad will be happy to learn that the same developer has created a pinball table for Sony Music themed with the heavy metal rock band Slayer.

Fans of Slayer's music will no doubt find the pinball interpretation of their music and visual style worth investigating, but for those of us who are not Slayer fans yet still looking for a pinball fix beyond Pinball HD will be satisfied with this game.



No, Human Game Review

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With over 250,000 titles currently available in the Apple App's Store, it can be a challenge finding the diamonds among the cruft.  And since the games category bulks the majority of App Store products, this search can be especially daunting.  However, once in a while a game title captures just the right amount of immediate gratification and strategic finesse that gives it an enduring, addictive quality.  Does No, Human have this necessary spark?  Read on time find out.



Review: Bermuda Triangle Saving The Coral by Bulkypix

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It’s that time once again where I take a look at yet another match 3 game to recently enter the App Store market.  This time around we have Bermuda Triangle: Save The Coral, released by Bulkypix and developed by Northpole Studio.  Once you get past the whole PSA about the destruction of coral you’ll find that there’s a decent little match 3 game to be played here.  While probably not the strongest candidate on the App Store, it far outweighs the myriad of poor Bejeweled clones and decent but lacking non-Bejeweled matching games.  Let’s find out what it takes to save the coral.



Review: Vertex by Calculator Games

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To its credit, I will say that I don’t think I’ve ever played anything like Vertex on my iPhone before.  Conceptually it’s actually a sound game.  Unfortunately, I really don’t find it all that interesting.  Additionally, the time allotments are crazy and there’s no timer-less mode with any incentive to play it.  I think with some embellishments on the different game play modes there could be something here, but right now it feels more like a highly polished late stage alpha game than a truly marketable product.



Shining Force Another SEGA Blast from the Past!

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I never really got into the whole D&D thing, being too cool for that level of geek immersion (ahem, I might've been a ranger character of moderate EXPs once), but RPGs (role playing game) on computers are old as, well, I am. I have played some of the originals, believe me. The early games were mostly stupid by today's standards, but we loved them anyway. My friend's Dad had an old machine , on which we would play a text-only RPG game for hours (imagine that). The computer spit out a description of the scenery and game action at each move, while we would map out the mazes and dungeons on paper. Pretty arcane, but still loads of fun.



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.