Freeballin’ in Review – Take it Easy

Remember when pinball arcades were king? You’d go to the local arcade and the moment you stepped inside you were transported to another world. Nothing before you but rows and rows of long shafted gaming nirvanas being pushed, pulled, and thrust into by young adolescent teens, all the while calling to you with the afterglow of their lights and the sweet purring sound of balls bouncing of flippers going for the score.

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DS Effects releases 51-in-1 App!

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Just last month, we saw 5 quality devs team up to bring us 5 Games in 1, where well received games like Up There and Sneezies were bundled up for a fantastic price. Well not to be outdone, DS Effects has released their own bundle, in the form of ‘All 51 Games‘ (how creative!).

CRAZY SALE! GET IT FOR ONLY $0.99.

Incredible collection of 51 games!!!
1 download, 1 icon…51 games!

For those not familiar, DS Effects has quickly become the Uew Boll of iPhone gaming. A quick browse at the App Store and you’ll find that the majority of their games have garnered an average of 1-2 stars in customer ratings. Granted, reviews at the App Store should be taken with a grain of salt…still, you really have to wonder with all that negative feedback.

So if you have a extra buck to spare, 51 games does sound like a pretty good deal, especially if you value quantity over quality. To think of it, even if only 10 of these games are somewhat enjoyable, a measley dollar won’t burn a hole in your wallet. [All 51 Games, $0.99]

Smack Me in Review – Simon Says Grab Me

smackme_pic1When asked to do a review of Smack Me, based on the apps name my initial thought was, “I hope this isn’t one of those apps where some ladies breasts are wobbling around the screen!” Jumped into the App Store and was surprised to find the app icon had a picture of an 80’s style robot (okay fine, I was somewhat disappointed there wasn’t any wobbling involved). After booting up the app and giving it a go, boy, was I surprised! What I discovered filled me with nostalgia and put a very happy grin on my face.

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10 Balls 7 Cups in Review – That’s a Lot of… Cups…

10balls7cups1Hailing from New Jersey, I have fond memories of going down the shore, stopping by the shops on the boardwalk, and playing all those lovely games. One of my favorite was actually skee ball. So it was much to my surprise when I first laid eyes on 10 Balls 7 Cups, and much more to my surprise when I discovered just how good of a game it was.

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GI Joyride in Review- World War 2 Meets Dukes of Hazard

gijoyride1When I think of WW2 games, I think of the usual shoot-em-ups that are constantly getting released for platforms. Whether it be for the Xbox 360, PS3, or Wii, the idea just seems overplayed to me at this point. But, GI Joyride (developed by Trapdoor) takes a completely different approach to war-style games by putting you in charge of an APC (Armored Personal Carrier) to thrash through enemy territory.

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5 Developers = 1 amazing price

5fingersbundle1What do you get when 5 well received independent developers get together and play a round or two of texas holdem’ poker? A bundled 5-in-1 game of course!

All five of us are independent developers. Together, we have created a first for the iPhone. Nobody has released a games bundle before, but we’re not just filling a gap. We put five of the most popular iPhone games of all time together, and dropped the price to levels that we can not repeat. This bundle is a bargain. It might be our mistake. Don’t let it be yours.

According to the 5fingersbundle website, the Five Fingers Game Bundle is only available at the the App Store for a limited time. This first of its kind collaboration is between Majic Jungle Software – Chopper, Warhorse Games – Blackbeard’s Assault, Antair Corporation – Sneezies, IMS – BurnBall, and Veiled Games – Up There.  This 5-in-1 combo can be had for only $4.99, which is a great deal considering if purchased separately, it would set you back $10.95. Aside from the price factor, the games are pretty good to boot, making this an even sweeter deal. If you’ve yet to try these popular games out, now would be the perfect time to grab it in one neat package. [5 Fingers Games Bundle, $4.99] Check out the video VeiledGames have put up after the break.

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Steel and Rocketfuel: ExZeus in Review

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HyperDevbox Japan smash through the boundaries of many gamer’s wildest dreams with ExZeus. Not only do they bring to the iDevice giant robots and big guns, but ExZeus, a coinop arcade game now fits into the greasy pockets of iPhone and iPod Touch gamers everywhere.

Hyperdevbox sport an impressive catalogue of games for PS2, Wii and xBox 360 as well as with the debut of ExZeus, an upcoming ports section for handheld gaming machines. ExZeus is a great achievement as a first handheld port and I hope will is indicative of the quality of games that are in the production queue. Though excellent, ExZeus is hampered not by its  content but by hardware limitations in the iDevice.

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