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Bloons 2

In this week’s edition: Bloons 2 ($0.99 Universal) is the latest in a series of highly addictive games by Digital Goldfish featuring a dart-throwing monkey with a thing about popping balloons. Read more »

Mini Motor Racing

Mini Motor Racing and Mini Motor Racing HD are excellent top-down racing games from The Binary Mill. A good racing game requires three main features to come together: vehicle control, a variety of challenging courses and a heart-thumping soundtrack. Plus, it offers great multiplayer gameplay. Read more »

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Tank Riders

Tank Riders is a good cross between a maze, puzzle and third-person shooter game. Thanks to well-thought-out maps, Polarbit has done an amazing job at keeping the gameplay interesting enough in single-player mode, while also making multiplayer competitive and fun. Read more »

Run Roo Run

Run Roo Run is a simple to learn, yet hard to master side-scrolling game that rewards accuracy. If you were a gamer that toiled over Mario to get the timing of jumping from pipe to pipe just right, then this is the game for you. Read more »

Waiting for WWDC to Begin

CES and Macworld are hogging the event spotlight right now, but what about events for developers? Last year’s WWDC sold out quick, and this year’s probably will too, so you may want to plan on alternate conference and training opportunities in 2012. Here’s a list. Read more »

Trenches II

Trenches II is the latest in a lineup of World War I-themed games from Thunder Game Works. Falling somewhere between Plants vs. Zombies and Flight Control, Trenches II offers slightly more advanced, compelling gameplay, so much so that it approaches the realm of real-time strategy gaming. Read more »

Super Stickman Golf

Super Stickman Golf is a sports game that plays more like a platformer. Scoring is the same as in golf, but each golf course is designed more like a level from a Mario game than something you’d see on the PGA tour. Read more »

100 Rogues

100 Rogues is a role-playing game that challenges the bond between a player and their character, which is normally a valued relationship in RPGs. How does it do that? By killing your chosen character, over and over, again and again. Read more »

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Stay Alive

Some games just have a knack for getting your heart racing. Fast-paced, simple action games where success is measured by hand-eye coordination are a perfect example. That’s certainly an apt description of Stay Alive, a universal game available now for iPhone and iPad. Read more »

Introduce Siri to Your Family

You know about Siri on your iPhone 4S, but does Siri know you? In order to take full advantage of all that Apple’s personal digital assistant has to offer, you first must properly introduce yourself. Here are a few tips about how to do exactly that. Read more »

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Throwing paper into trash cans is always fun, but doing it virtually on your iPad or iPhone in a whimsical, visually pleasing environment where you can’t get caught by the boss and don’t need a steady supply of real paper is even better. Read more »

Storm in a Teacup 2

With Chillingo’s iOS title Storm in a Teacup, we get classic side scrolling platform mechanics, with graphics and charm that are anything but traditional. For just $1.99 on the Mac App Store, and $2.99 on both the iPhone and iPad, this game is a bargain. Read more »

Rat on a Snowboard 2

There’s no real franchise character with the kind of repeated success of something like Sonic the Hedgehog on the the iOS platform, but one contender wants to change that. Enter the adventures of Ratty, a collection of fast-paced, side-scrolling games by Donut Games. Read more »

Dark Meadow 2

One of the first computer games I ever played at home was Zork. It was a text-based game that guided the player through a narrative of obstacles and challenges. Then came PC/Mac games like Myst and more recently Silent Hill. Now, there’s Dark Meadow on iOS. Read more »

iOS Device Controls Mac Game

I’ve always been a fan of side-scrolling shoot-em-up action games. Defender is one of my all-time favorite arcade games. Now I’m playing Chopper 2, and what a difference 3D makes to this type of game, especially with the litany of display options the game provides. Read more »

Dragons Rage

For the last two weeks, the game that has captured my attention the most is Prativo Group’s Dragons Rage. For just $0.99 (iPad and iPhone), you can submerge yourself into a world where dragons are feared and fought by peasants branding pitchforks. Read more »

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When your kids quickly become addicted to a game, you know it has to be good. That’s what happened with Gears ($2.99) by Crescent Moon Games. Gears lures you in and then ramps up the challenge, but not so fast that you can’t keep up. Read more »

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Configuring your iOS device to take advantage of new iCloud services is resulting in confusion and frustration for many. At the core of this confusion is the Apple ID. Here’s a thorough explanation of your options using Apple IDs with the iTunes Store, and with iCloud. Read more »

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Sure, there are plenty of new features with iOS 5, but at what cost? Sometimes, the cost for software updates comes in the form of degraded performance of day-to-day core features that you may depend upon. Let’s see if that’s the case with iOS 5. Read more »

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Amazingly there are more things to discover with the iOS 5 than we can reasonably cover here in individual posts. The following is a list of ten such features that, while relatively small, add a lot of value and warrant a closer look. Read more »

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With each major iOS update, one of the stock apps that keeps getting better is Apple’s Safari Mobile web browser. More features and faster browsing are regular and welcome additions. With iOS 5, the latest improvements to mobile Safari are well worth mentioning. Read more »

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The iPhone is definitely a hot commodity. There is no secret that the smartphone is in no small part responsible for Apple’s growing market cap, so we have a good idea what the iPhone is worth to Cupertino, but what is your iPhone worth to you? Read more »

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I lean toward simple, puzzle-based challenges that grow in complexity with each level when it comes to iPhone gaming. Angry Birds not only fits that category; it defines it. But if you’re looking for a catapult-style game without the birds, we’ve got you covered. Read more »

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