A-Go-Go Square in Review – Go-Go or No-Go?

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Let me begin by saying I love Qix style games.  I remember playing them in arcades… Yes, I know it’s hard to believe but us “elderly” folks actually used to go to arcades to socialize and play games, rather than in our basements talking through headphones with our friends who are in a different household, or over 2 iphones via wifi.  But this isn’t a history lesson.  It’s simply to point out that I hold a special place in my heart for these type of games.  Perhaps unfortunately and/or unfairly, I also come in with certain expectations.

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MeterRead Promo Code Giveaway! (Closed)

meterread_promo1TouchMyApps is giving away 10 copies of MeterRead (Go Green!), a rare App Store offering that helps you track energy usage and one that has the potential to help you save your hard earned money  (not to mention helping the environment as well by being more energy conscious).

Studies show that motivated people who monitor their energy use generally save around 10-20% on their electric bill. This could add up to hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year and by saving energy you will be doing your part to keep this planet healthy and green.

To win one of 10 copies, simply leave a comment and give us one or more ways on how you can save energy and be a little more ‘green’. Winners will be selected randomly and the contest will close Jan 31, 2009 @ 6pm EST. Be sure to check out Shigzeo’s article on MeterRead as well as our interview with the father and son dev team.

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iPhone/iPod Touch Firmware 2.2.1 point release

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Is it the release we are all hoping for or not?  Browser geeks are looking for Safari tweaks and upgrades and mail buffs are looking for many fixes including mail and pictures compatibility.  Hopefully those issues have been resolved as Apple have mentioned in the update log:

This update contains bug fixes and improvements, including the following:
– Improved general stability of Safari
– Fixed issue where some images saved from Mail do not display correctly in the Camera Roll

Products compatible with this software update:
– iPhone
– iPhone 3G

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JetSet – A Game for Airports?

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Have you seen the Tom Hanks movie, Terminal?  Did you like his cooked accent?  How bout the terrible politics between his home country and homeland security USA that kept him locked up?  How about the slomance? Terminal – liked, loved or hated – is actually moot to this review; JetSet:  A game for Airports, is nothing at all like the movie.  And your role in the game?  Nothing Hollywood, just a security guard in inspections.

International flyers, JetSet has the answers to the questions that plague your about airports, security and fashion.  Forget what you think you know.  Why?  JetSet will teach you all you need to know.

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Payback release imminent

Update:  Our review is now up! Read it here

Payback, a Grand Theft Auto inspired game, was perhaps one of the first highly anticipated titles to be released for the iPhone/iPod in 2009. Due to the discovery of a major bug in the game on launch date (Jan 15th) though, Apex Designs had to pull it from the App Store to iron out the kinks. Well Apex has let TouchMyApps know that Payback will be indeed be out later tonight at the US App Store. We’ve already got our copy in hand and are working hard to bring you a review ASAP. So stay tuned and be sure to check back for this seriously huge and sweeeeet game. When I say huge, I mean 200mb+ of awesomeness.
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Upcoming App – Just Fillin’

justfillin4playtoniq, the folks behind the well received “Aqua” Sports series (Aqua Hoops /Aqua Punt), has dropped by TouchMyApps to let us know about their brand new game Just Fillin’. Set to be released tomorrow (Jan 28th), Just Fillin’ takes gameplay elements of the classic Qix and adds its own unique twist. Having spent time testing out the game, I must say it got me hooked with its simple but addictive gameplay.

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Downhill Bowling in Review – Mario-Kart meets Bowling

downhillbowling1Being from New Jersey, there’s something about bowling that stirs the soul. The sights, the smells, the horrifically colored shoes… they all appeal to he suburban part of my heart. The App Store has given us a few good games that seek to emulate this experience. They seek to translate the feel of the ‘lanes’ to a mobile experience. Downhill Bowling, though, strives for something far grander.

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A Look at i Sniper – Bang! You’re Dead.

isniper1Personally, I haven’t come across that many sniper games for the iPhone. The one or two that I have were underwhelming to say the least. That’s why when I first saw i Sniper, I had fairly high expectations after seeing some rather nice looking screen shots of the game. Developed by MASQ Interactive, i Sniper will take you through 6 missions around the world, with features like ‘concentration’ to steady your shot and tilt controls to aim through your scope.

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Blue Defense! Promo code Giveaway! (Closed)

gameblue-defensespermTouchMyApps is giving away 3 promo codes for Blue Defense!, the prequel to the new hit game Blue Attack!. If you haven’t had a chance to try out this great shooter, well here’s your chance. To win a copy of Blue Defense!, submit a comment and give us your best caption for the screen shot above. Feel free to be creative :)Winners will be selected randomly and the contest will close Jan 28, 2009 @ 12pm EST.

Be sure to check out Shigzeo’s great review on Blue Defense! right here.

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Blue Attack! in Review – Neon Colored Wonderful

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There is a word I rarely use when reviewing a game: exceptional. Yet, Blue Attack! rightly deserves this description. John Kooistra has managed to create a game that reaches a level of polish, gameplay, and affordability that sets it apart from most others in the SHMUP (Shoot ’em up) genre and within the landfill that is the App Store. This is one game that definitely rises above the rest.

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