Fighting Fantasy: Blood Of The Zombies in Review – A 30th Anniversary Treat

One sign that you’re getting older is when things you remember from your childhood start having their 30th anniversaries.  Such is the case for me and the Fighting Fantasy gamebook series.  Granted I was only 10 when the first one debuted, but you get my drift.  In this year that marks the third decade of the series’ existence the man himself, Ian Livingstone, has penned a new entry called Blood of the Zombies.  Thanks to Tin Man Games we can enjoy this milestone adventure on our iOS devices, and enjoy is being quite conservative.  I’d say this is probably one of the best electronic gamebook adventures yet.

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10 New App Store Games To Watch [November 19 - 25]

Hopefully you missed me while I was gone.  There were some pretty cool games I wanted to talk about last week, but have no fear because there are plenty of good games for this week’s article as well.  To start with, Steve Wozniak has decided to lend his incredible talents to the game design world with Vengeance: Woz With A Coz.  It’s a retro platform game that he not only designed and wrote the story for, but also stars in!  If you’re a slingshot physics game-aholic but are still craving something a bit different, why not give Temple Raid a try?  Sure the mechanics are tried and true to the genre, but this multi-player affair lets you construct your own fortresses and take on folks from around the world to see who the best ammunition tosser is.  For the Fruit Ninja fan who thinks they’ve played it all, why not apply those slashing skills to some chocolaty goodness?  Yes, thanks to PikPok’s OREO: Twist, Lick, Dunk you can have your cookie and play with it too.

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FAA’s Free Daily App – GemCraft

We’re working together with the team at Free App Alliance to highlight a great free app for you to check out.

GemCraft is an interesting tower defense game that has been played online more than 90 million times.

Your aim in this addictive title is pretty much the same as it is in every other TD in the genre: build defensive obelisks and prevent waves of invading monsters from reaching your base (a mana crystal, on this occasion). In GemCraft, you do this using eight magical jewels that all have special abilities. You can combine these gems and craft new multi-coloured crystals that boast even more potent powers.

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FAA’s Free App of the Day – Burrito Bison

We’re working together with the team at Free App Alliance to highlight a great free app for you to check out.

Burrito Bison is a rather strange game.

You’re tasked with launching an extremely chiselled gentleman as far as you possibly can through colourful candy-filled environments. Your aim is to squish and squash seemingly endless waves of fruity gummy bears in order to gain enough speed to smash through doors and escape from the dreadful (but incredibly tasty) Candy Land.

Naturally, this game is chock full of power-ups that will make your mission a little easier. These include rockets, a glider, explosive chilli peppers, and one of those pogo stick things that you probably played with as a kid.

Burrito Bison Ravenous Games, Burrito Bison - Free

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Horn – Console Adventure On A Portable Screen

I first tasted of the intrigue that Phosphor Games could produce as I wandered the creepy halls of Dark Meadow.  It had its issues, but overall it was a captivating game with wild creatures and a unique control scheme.  That was, of course, until I played Infinity Blade and realized that I had suffered Déjà Vu in reverse.  Now Phosphor Games has released Horn, and while the fantasy theme is reminiscent of Infinity Blade, it actually has a lot more to it then either of the aforementioned games in terms of things to do besides combat.  At first I was a bit skeptical about it just because I was afraid it would be a clone of the Chair Entertainment Group’s franchise, but every time I load up Horn I manage to get lost in its mystery and grandeur.

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Dungeon Story in Review – Have I Heard This Tale Before?

The concept of combining the RPG with match 3 mechanics seems to be pretty popular, though few entries come close to either Puzzle Quest for a more hardcore experience or Dungeon Raid for the casual folks.  Still, many of the options at least offer a few things that make them worth giving a chace, and Dungeon Story is no exception.  While there are no quests to speak of, it’s more persistent than Dungeon Raid in that you can build up your character between plays.  It still provides a more casual experience than Puzzle Quest, however, because even if you get “stuck” in a dungeon all you have to remember between sessions is that when you come back there is another monster to fight.

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10 New App Store Games To Watch [November 5 - 11]

This was another week with a lot going on, and as happens quite frequently on the App Store there was plenty to signify a “blast from the past”.  First up was the release of Icy Tower 2, and before you say it’s “just another infinite jumper”, keep in mind that this series existed long before Doodle Jump.  It doesn’t really add anything new to the genre, but it’s free and quite entertaining.  If you prefer retro in terms of “a long time ago” there’s Angry Birds Star Wars.  Yeah, I don’t quite get the need for this combination either, but I’m sure that just like the other installments of the series it will get consumed by the masses.  If you like retro simply for the look you might check out Poltergeist: 16 bit horror.  It definitely looks like a ROM from a console machine circa the 16 bit era, but it plays just as well as any modern puzzle game.

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10 New App Store Games To Watch [October 29 - November 4]

This has definitely been an interesting week for games.  There was a lot to choose from, and I’ve tried to build a list that not only proves fun for me, but provides a nice diversity of game play for all the discerning gamers out there.  The game that really took me by surprise this week was Coin Army.  I’ve never really cared for coin pusher games – either physical or electronic – but the combination of amusing visuals, combat elements and power ups has caught my attention with this one.  The other thing of real interest to me this week was the Square Enix Latin American Game Contest 2012.  I’ve included two games from that competition, Run for Rum and Soul Savior, but there were a total of six finalists in the competition.  They’re all free, so download them all and then vote for the ones you like the best.
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Rovio releases official gameplay trailer for Angry Birds Star Wars

After posting several video teasers over the past month, Rovio has released the official gameplay trailer for Angry Birds Star Wars. In partnership with Lucasfilm, the Star Wars themed Angry Birds includes your favorite characters like Han Solo, Chewie, Luke Skywalker and more. The classic and beloved catapult gameplay is all there (even the physics from Angry Birds Space), and adding to mix are lightsabres, blasters, jedi powers and so forth. Judging from the video, fans of both Star Wars and Angry Birds should be in for a treat. The game releases for iOS and Android (as well as other platforms) on November 8th and you can check out the official tumblr page for more info.

Borderlands Legends now available for iPhone and iPad

2K Games has finally released the anticipated mobile version of the bestselling Borderlands for iOS - Borderlands Legends. Unlike its console/PC sibling, you won’t find any FPS action, but rather a top-down real time strategy of sorts.

Borderlands Legends is the latest addition to the Borderland franchise, specifically designed for mobile and tablet. Control Mordecai, Lilith, Brick and Roland and take out the oncoming waves of enemies. Collect in-game cash by destroying enemies and purchase new weapons. Earn experience and level up your characters, unlocking new skills and abilities! Each character has their own set of unique skills and abilities, use them wisely to survive!

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