iOS 6.0 and 6.1 Untethered Jailbreak (evasi0n) is here

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The wait for an untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 5 and iPad mini is finally over. Team evad3rs has moments ago released the evasi0n jailbreak, which isn’t only untethered (meaning you can reboot without having to “tether” to a computer), but is compatible with all iDevices running iOS 6.0 through 6.1. iPhone 5 users can now get back to using awesome Cydia apps like SBSettings, Zephyr and Springtomizer 2, just several of the non-Apple sanctioned apps that seriously enhances the whole iOS experience. To get started, check out the evasi0n FAQ page for step-by-step instructions on how to install this Jailbreak. But before you continue – and assuming you want to run iOS 6.1 while Jailbroken – it is recommended that you update your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad via iTunes, rather than directly from your device –> settings (aka OTA).

FAA’s Free App of the Day: Ticket to Ride Pocket

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

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This digital iPhone adaptation of the best-selling Ticket to Ride board game (now free for a limited time) features four different game modes: Solo, Pass-and-Play, Local, and Multi. That last one allows you to dip in and out of multiple asynchronous matches against opponents from around the world.

For those of you who’re unfamiliar with Alan R. Moon’s classic board game, you have to build profitable rail networks across Europe and North America before your opponents do the same. A brief walkthrough of how the popular board game’s played after the break.

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10 New App Store Games To Watch [Janurary 21 - 27]

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If you know who you’re going to call, raise your hand.  That’s right, the Ghostbusters are back for their third adventure on iOS devices, and this time around the story actually unfolds based off of events from the first film in the franchise.  The plus side is that the game has a lot of potential, but on the other hand it could turn into a grinding IAP fest.  Speaking of grinding fests, if you’re a Diablo fan Dungeon Lore could be of interest to you.  This quest based crawler offers class-less leveling, plenty to do and elementals to fight at your side.  The real question is how turn based combat will affect the flow of the game.  If you want a game you know will always be full of energy, check out Cracking Sands from Polarbit.  This title is their attempt at a Mario Kart style game, and from everything I’ve seen so far it might just make iOS gamers go “Mario who?”

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Jelly Duel in Review – Match 3 Against The World

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Lately I’ve been more focused on RPG hybrids when it comes to my match 3 experiences (like Dungeon Story), but I’m all for a good old fashioned pure match 3 romp, given the right game.  Sadly, those options don’t come along much any more.  Now we have Jelly Duel, however, and my faith in the genre is slowly returning.  Unfortunately, this game will only do you some good if you have WiFi or data connectivity since it is an online offering.  Still, as much as I don’t like “connected” gaming, I’m seeing a lot of potential in Jelly Duel. Continue reading…

Block Blasters in Review – This Is Why You Shouldn’t Play With Bombs

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I love physics puzzle game, but there is certainly more than a fair share to choose from.  Still, if one seems to offer something new or do something proven really well I’m more than happy to give it a shot.  In the case of Block Blasters you get to use various forms of explosives to shuffle the board around, so who wouldn’t want to give that a go?  Unfortunately, while the game is conceptually intriguing, in practice it’s more burdensome than anything else.  Imprecise controls, frustrating puzzles and annoying sound effects highlight what should have been a fun little puzzle game.

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10 New App Store Games To Watch [January 14 - 20]

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Well we’re finally starting to get some winter where I live, and in what can only be described as a coincidence the App Store is starting to feel a bit like Christmas again (the before part, not the few days when it’s closed).  Foursaken Media has released a new game called Heroes and Castles that sounds like a real time castle defense game where you also get to directly control one of the forces that protect your castle.  You can even join a friend to double the havoc you’ll cause.  If you’d prefer something a little more lighthearted you might consider taking Momonga Pinball Adventures for a spin.  This combination action game and pinball simulation has cute characters, cool 3D graphics and actually makes the concept of handheld pinball interesting… at least to me.  And of course the die hard Temple Run fans can breathe deeply now, as the long awaited sequel to this classic is finally out. Temple Run 2 is bigger, flashier, and just as addictive as the original.

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Reservations for upcoming Mailbox app now open to iOS users

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Mailbox, the soon to be released Gmail client for iOS that’s unlike any other on the App Store, can now be reserved through the company’s website. If you’re not familiar with Mailbox, it’s a highly unique email app that’s designed to help you reach the ever elusive goal of “Inbox Zero”. Using intuitive swipes, you can easily archive or trash your messages, and even snooze emails for reading at a later time (choose between preset categories or pick your own date/time). Snoozed messages will then archived and removed from view, and eventually return to your inbox automatically, thus allowing you to concentrate on what’s important.

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FAA’s Free App of the Day: King Oddball

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

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King Oddball (TMA Review), brought to you by 10tons, is a rather strange yet addictive physics puzzler. In it, you take on the role of a miffed king and attempt to flatten targets with huge boulders that you launch with your tongue.

Your aim, then, is to crush as many targets as you possibly can with each and every boulder that you let loose in order to wipe out the human civilisation. You do this across 120 levels, which are packed with collapsing structures and plenty of opportunities to unlock Game Center-powered achievements. King Oddball is now free (was $2.99) and is a universal app for the iPhone and iPad.

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Dungelot in Review – Rogue-like At Its Best

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Back in the day, by which I mean a time I barely remember and which many of you probably weren’t born yet for, there existed a game called Rogue that quite possibly started one of the first trends of copycats, known as rouge-likes.  The games were simple in some ways such as consisting of only ASCII graphics, but complex in others like having a myriad of commands to remember and randomly generated dungeons that were revealed as you moved through them.  While I actually enjoyed several games of this type, I’m happy to see that modern variants such as Dungelot have revamped graphics and streamlined control schemes.  Unfortunately one challenging feature still remains in many modern rogue-likes: death is death.

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The Mac Freebie Bundle – 8 Mac apps for Free (value of $117)

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We’ve covered a number of Mac Bundles in the past, and this is first time I can recall that it’s being given away absolutely for free. Held over at Stacksocial, there are 8 Mac apps found in the bundle and they include Ondesoft Screen Capture ($30), ClipBuddy ($30, a great tool that saves all the clips you make) and Image Smith ($16). The only thing that’s required is for you to have a free Stacksocial account, and then Like/Share it either via Facebook or Twitter. The total value of the Mac Freebie Bundle is $117, and there should be at the very least an app or two that you’ll find useful.

The giveaway ends in 14 days, on Jan 30th. A break down of all apps included after the gap.

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