Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars in Review – Hail to the king, baby!

There has been so much said and written about the GTA series that it basically needs no introduction. On the iPhone, the concept has been tried a number of times – from the god awful (imo) Payback and rather solid Car Jack Streets to the downright clone Gangstar. And now, finally, the king has entered the App Store.

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Heavy Mach 2 in Review – Putting the heavy in top down shooters

Heavy Mach 2 is a sequel to Heavy Mach (TMA Review) – a critically acclaimed side-scroller that went live about a year ago. Heavy Mach featured solid gameplay and an interesting interface using the accelerometer to control horizontal movement. At the same time it’s not simple matter of evolution – Heavy Mach 2 has been reworked from scratch and it would be completely fair to say that the only thing in common between it and its older sibling is its parent developer: IndieAn.

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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars – Jacks Its Way Onto The App Store!

It’s now safe to say that Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars has made its debut on all three major portable gaming platforms: DS, PSP, and now the iDevice. Though it’s unexpected, we iDevice gamers are a happy, lucky lot. Hopefully, Rockstar won’t pull an Assassin’s Creed II: Discovery scenario and yank the game from the App Store after too few short hours.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Rockstar Games, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars – $9.99

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2360: Battle for Cydonia – finger fire coming soon!

Get ready for finger fire in Brisk Mobile’s new game: 2360: Battle for Cydonia. Yep, the badboys who brought us Fluffy Farm and Medieval are preparing to lower the temperature of iPhone gaming to cold steel. Battle for Cydonia is a touch-based shooter with a mix of tap-and-drag and line drawing control elements for frantic fire fighting. There will also be loads of missions and customisations/upgrades for the heavy mecha at players’ disposal. While our spies can reveal little else, we do know that it should hit App Store shelves later this month or early next. Oh yes, and that it looks hella’ fun.

Till then, enjoy the video and do as I do: salivate.

Ragdoll Legends in Review – Mister Miyagi didn’t see this one coming!

The ragdoll physics craze started back in 2005 when Mark Healey released his indie game – Rag Doll Kung Fu. The distinguishing feature of such games is that you control one or more hot-points on the character and the rest of it follows using common physics. There have been several games on the iPhone using the same basic idea, but none have yet been able to rival the success of the grand-daddy that started them all. And just recently Chillingo released Ragdoll Legends – the would-be contender to the throne.

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James Cameron’s Avatar in Review – Yes, it really is THAT good

I feel like I’ve been saying this a lot lately, but I didn’t know what to expect with James Cameron’s Avatar. I’m always nervous when it comes to movie related tie-ins as it is, but Avatar is probably going to be the biggest movie of the decade, regardless of whether it’s a phenomenal success or a cosmic flop. So what does that mean for the game? Well, for starters, I’m not sure anyone told these guys there was a movie related to this material. I don’t know what the movie is like, but after playing this game I actually want to go see the it. Normally, that’s not the case if I play the movie based game first.

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The Simpsons Arcade in Review: Homer – Is there anything he can’t do?

“Mmmmm… Frosted pink donut and the Simpsons iPhone game …”

That was my own Homer moment when I first found out that the much anticipated Simpsons iPhone game wa soon to be released. And when it was finally out, I realized I was out of credits and immediately tweeted “I WANT!!!” to the rest of the world. Desperate for a sign from heaven, I was eventually blessed with a complimentary code which allowed me to download one of the games I have been waiting for since the iPod Touch came out.

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BloodyXMas in Review – It’s all for the kiddies!

Christmas is almost upon us and one can’t help but think what Santa’s up to. We imagine the North Pole, hundreds of little elves scrambling to make toys for the little kiddies and the Jollymeister himself watching over them. Well Mad Finger Games have lived up to their name and provided us with their own original take on what happens if the ‘naughty’ (aka minions) try to ransack the presents in Santa’s lil’ workshop.

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Project Phoenix in Review – 21st century Jackal

I suppose I am showing my age by titling this review after what I consider to be one of the best team-games of all time: Jackal for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The controls are different, and as of yet, there is no multiplayer. But the frantic, frenetic action is the same. And if you like to blow up baddies, I there aren’t many better ways to spend a few minutes, or 2$.

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Unreal fans, grab your iPhones: iDevice does Unreal 3

I cut my 3D FPS teeth on Unreal Tournament ten years ago thanks to the help of a 3DFX Voodoo 2 and a pretty good gaming mouse. Now a new generation of gamers will face bleeding gums thanks to the Voodoo 2′s former rival, PowerVR, which packs an SGX engine inside the iDevice. Epic let Anandtech’s Anand play around in the sleek, plastic-wrapped world of Unreal Tournament 3 for the iDevice. If Unreal doesn’t mean anything to you, think Gears of War 2 – that bit of badass gaming runs on the same technology. Of course, Epic have scaled things back to allow the iDevice some breathing room for gaming. And, somehow, I cannot imagine physics processing going very far even with the iPhone 3GS, but I’ve been wrong before. Evidently, another yet-unnamed portable will get the BFG treatment in a demo at next month’s CES.

Video and more screenies after the gap:

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