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Ahoy, Mateys! Time for Another Game-Centered, Featuring Updates, News, and Oh Yes, Pirates!

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Happy Holidays gamers, and welcome to the latest installment of Game Centered. Game Centered features roundups and in-depth reviews of the best in iOS games and related gaming news. Among the App Store’s myriad games, it’s all too easy to overlook some of the greats. Each installment of Game Centered will take a close look at a select few worthy of special recognition. This week's installment brings news of what promises to be a new, award-winning game set within the Game of Thrones universe, as well as update news and a review of the latest Assassin's Creed iteration. And don't forget, the App Store allows you to gift apps, something to keep in mind as you read on...



New releases of solitaire apps

New releases of solitaire apps

Updates were released this week to iPad solitaire apps 'Solitaire Whizz' and 'Pyramid 13 Solitaire Free'. For solitaire fans, the Solitaire Whizz compendium includes 24 solitaire games in a single iPad app; the free Pyramid 13 app contains two variants of this simple yet fun solitaire game. The updates include Spanish translations of all in-game instructions and turn hints, along with various UI tweaks and bug fixes.

More information about both apps can be found on the App Store or on the Solitaire Whizz web site at http://www.solitairewhizz.com/


Tetris Creator Sees if Lightning Can Strike Twice with DWICE

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Just like Tetris, the iPhone and iPad took the world by storm and copycats abound. Now Alexey Pajitnov, the creator of Tetris, has released an iOS app, DWICE ($1.99), that bears some similarity to his original creation and adds a modern, space-age feel.



Rube Goldberg App Is an Elegantly Complex Invention!

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I've been a fan of Rube Goldberg's drawings of overly complicated inventions since I first saw one. Now, through the magic of the iPad and Rube Works ($2.99), you can recreate some of his inventions, using an elegant, sophisticated interface.

If you're not familiar with Rube Goldberg, you owe it to yourself to do a Google search. Basically, he takes simple tasks, like an alarm to wake you up, and combines a plethora of obscure devices and even animals to accomplish the task! Rube Goldberg machines are far more complex than they need to be, and that's the point.



What I Played this Week - Gobble Edition!

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Three cool titles helped me to overcome a triptophan and carb coma this past week. One of them was an actual zombie-style turkey shoot called Gunner Z (free with many IAPs). The second was a free tunnel race called Boost 2 ($1.99). Finally a platform defense hybrid called Forces of Nature ($0.99). All three made for a delicious gobble weekend of time killing fun!



Best Rugged Bluetooth Speakers of 2013

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These days there is a seemingly endless array of excellent quality Bluetooth speakers. However, out of the multitudes of Bluetooth speakers on the market, only a limited and select few can lay claim to being rugged and heavy duty. What follows are the cream of the crop of ultra-durable, shock-proof, and waterproof speakers. Read on to find the best rugged Bluetooth speakers for those who are adventurous or accident prone, or those who are looking for the perfect speaker for someone who can be really hard on their gear.



Biz Tycoon: iPad Biz Game Released, Control Your Destiny, Build Your Empire!

Play800, a leading mobile game developer and publisher in Asia is expanding globally with its first international release of the highly acclaimed Biz Tycoon! Now on iPad for English speaking markets, Biz Tycoon is a highly addictive, critically acclaimed business development simulation game which allows the gamer “to Conquer the Markets, Control your Destiny and Build your Empire!” Now available in the iTunes store.


Beetle Trap, a fun and amusing puzzle game

Beetle Trap, a fun and amusing puzzle game

New Albany, OH - Royal Tern Software, Inc. today is pleased to announce that Beetle Trap for iOS has become available worldwide, exclusively through the App Store in the Games Category. Beetle Trap is a free puzzle game for the iPhone, iPod and iPad for all age groups. There are 7 levels with a Challenge to be conquered in each. You need to play your moves to end with a Game Board having a particular number of Beetles as per the Challenge. Hundreds of possible move combinations make it interesting to play and win. Beetles are awarded for winning which becomes part of your collection. Once you have mastered a level, you can try the Time Challenge mode where you have to complete your moves within two minutes and reach a winning position.


Best Over-Ear Headphones of 2013

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There are a great many options when it comes to incredible over-ear headphones, and they can range in price from under $50 to well over $400, and upward. Professional musicians and audiophiles alike tend to agree that a good pair of over-ear headphones will provide you with the most accurate and authentic listening experience available.



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