10 New App Store Games To Watch [March 18 - 24]

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Facebook and Match 3 and Town Builders, Oh My!  I never would have expected that one of the most entertaining releases for me this week would be a port of a Facebook game, but leave it to Popcap to accomplish that feat with Solitaire Blitz.  It is one minute competitive solitaire, and it’s rather addictive as well.  Games like Triple Town and sliding puzzle games both make me go “eh”, but when you combine them in the likes of Alien Hive I sit up and go “hmm”.  This game comes from the developers of Sporos, and it’s on track to be as laid back and intriguing as that game was.  Finally, Warner Brothers brings us an iOS port of another Facebook game, this time a town builder based off of the legend that is The Wizard Of Oz.  I haven’t decided if I’m going to delve into The Wizard Of Oz Game yet, but I am impressed that they were willing to actually integrate it with the classic film, even to the point of using the various characters’ film likenesses.

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Straandlooper announces a gruesome slate of quirky new titles

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As I was whiling away time on the beach on an unexpected vacation/team-building/business trip last week, a surprise piece of news dropped into the Mail app on my brand spanking new iPad 3. Straandlooper, the developers behind the hilarious and witty old-school adventure HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1 (TMA Review) / Ep2 / Ep3, are hard at work on all new projects after the success of the trilogy (If you’ll recall, Badge of Carnage caused so much buzz in the adventure gaming scene that Telltale teamed up with Straandlooper to bring Hector to multiple platforms). Yes, projects as in plural – in fact, all 3 of them! For all you fans of the developer, check out the official details after the gap.

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Great games you can pick up now for $0.99

If you’re on the look out for some great games to add to your iPhone and/or new iPad, this $0.99 app sales roundup has a number of quality titles that deserve your hard earned dosh. Secret Exit’s critically acclaimed Zen Bound 2 Universal (TMA Review), a “meditative” puzzle game that has you wrapping rope around wooden sculptures (it’s a lot more fun than it sounds), was updated earlier today for graphical improvements on the new iPad and dropped in price to a dollar. Meanwhile, SEGA’s well received SAMURAI BLOODSHOW, a card-based strategy/defense game with unique visuals, has also dropped to $0.99 (down from $4.99).

Head on within and check out the entire roundup. Hurry though as these App Store sales are only good for a limited time.

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Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World (Full) in Review – An old style point-and-tap from the kings of Hidden Object

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As I noted pretty recently, G5 Entertainment can safely be called the reigning kings of both Hidden Object and Time Management genres. You can imagine my surprise then when shortly before Christmas, I received an invitation from them to review Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World (Full) – a traditional point-and-tap adventure that feels like it’s plucked right out from the golden age of the genre. Still expecting that something’s amiss, I dove into the game.

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10 New App Store Games To Watch [Jan. 2 - 8]

Things still haven’t quite picked up from the holiday break yet, but I did find a few games to talk about this week.  Old school RPG gamers might want to give Dungeon Of The Damned a try, a dungeon crawler that harkens back to the days of games like Dungeon Master with some adventure elements thrown in to boot.  If you’d like a simple action game you would probably enjoy Super Crate Box where your sole purpose is to dodge monsters and collect crates.  It sounds awfully basic but a lot of people are saying it’s quite addictive.  For those that wish to unleash their inner Jedi without spending lots of money on Knights Of The Old Republic online there’s Brisksaber, a cheesy looking promotional piece between a beverage company and one of the kings of filmmaking to promote the upcoming release of the 3D version of a certain galaxy spanning saga.

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XIII – Lost Identity in Review – Find yourself in hidden objects

XIII is one of the cult comic franchises originally inspired by the famous The Bourne Identity novel by Robert Ludlum. Of course, the craze of game adaptations could not leave it behind and a few years ago, an FPS based on the comic series had enjoyed reasonable success, touting cell shaded graphics as one of its main selling points. On the iOS however, this spy adventure recently materialized as a Hidden Object adventure in XIII – Lost Identity, thanks to the famous French publisher – Anuman.

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Apps Gone Free Roundup: CIA : Operation Ajax, Trenches and more

CIA: Operation Ajax, a superb interactive comic book app based on the true story of the Iranian Coup during the early 50′s (one backed by the CIA), is now free once again for a limited time. The carefully crafted Operation Ajax took several years in the making and its quality is apparent the moment you fire it on your iPad. Previously priced at $7.99, this is certainly worth checking out even if you’re not heavily into graphic novels. More freebies have been rounded up for you after the gap.

And don’t forget to check out our most recent Apps Gone Free posts. Many of those apps and games are still showing as free on the App Store.

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Apps Gone Free for Thanksgiving / Black Friday

We’ve already seen some awesome App Store sales for the US Thanksgiving holiday seaon, but there are also a number of notable games that have gone free. 1112 episode 01, one of the first episodic adventure games exclusive to the iPhone, is now a freebie. The first person adventure featuring protagonist Louis Everett gets better and better, as evidenced by our reviews of 1112 episode 2 and ep 3. Also free are the popular tower defense games from Origin 8 - Sentinel: Mars DefenseSentinel 2: Earth Defense and Space Station: Frontier, one of my favorite in the genre. The complete roundup can be found below, and don’t forget to check out other apps/games that have recently gone free.

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Avadon: The Black Fortress HD Updated – Fantasy Adventure for the iPad

Seattle, Washington – Spiderweb Software, Inc. announced today the release of a new update for Avadon: The Black Fortress HD, their Indie fantasy role-playing epic for the iPad. Avadon spent over a week as the #1 selling role-playing game, and the new version of Avadon HD is reworked to be ready for iCloud, Apple’s amazing, upcoming new backup system. Soon, your saved games will be stored online, ensuring that a lost device will never cause you to lose your progress and amazing magic items!

Avadon: The Black Fortress HD is an epic fantasy role-playing adventure in an enormous and unique setting. You can choose from four different character classes, each with dozens of unique spells and abilities. Explore cunning dungeons, hunt for hundreds of magical artifacts, and travel through an enormous world, full of secrets. Avadon features many different endings. Your choices will change the world, and there is plenty of replay value.

You are an agent of Avadon. The Black Fortress. Outside your lands, there are limitless threats. Barbarians. Fading, jealous empires. Titans and unspeakable horrors. The warriors and spies of Avadon are sent to keep them weak and divided. Your resources are unlimited, and your word is law.

But a dark time is coming. Assassins are killing Avadon’s warriors, and hidden enemies plot to unite all of your homeland’s foes. If you cannot quickly discover and destroy this conspiracy, your people face total destruction. But beware. The assassins will soon come for you…

Device Requirements:
* iPad
* Requires iOS 4.2 or later
* 106 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Avadon: The Black Fortress HD 1.0.2 is $9.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

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Spiderweb Software, Inc., an independent game company based in Seattle, WA, is fanatically dedicated to creating fun, exciting fantasy role-playing games for Windows, Macintosh, and the iPad. Past titles include the award-winning Exile, Geneforge and Avernum series. Copyright (C) 2011 Spiderweb Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Avadon: The Black Fortress HD in Review – Definitely not about King Arthur

Considering the main audience of Apple’s iOS devices, it’s no wonder there is a noticeable lack of hardcore old-school RPGs. Some of the few titles coming to mind are, of course, the now Free Undercroft (TMA Review) and the never-ending The Quest with over a dozen expansions out already. But for some reason the iPad has stayed devoid of an optimized hardcore RPG experience ever since its release in Spring 2010. Until recently that is, when Spiderweb Software finally released Avadon: The Black Fortress HD on the iPad, which was previously available only for the Mac..

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