FAA’s Free App of the Day: Letters from Nowhere (Full)

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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G5′s Letters from Nowhere is a hidden object game in which you explore more than 48 puzzle-filled locations in search of your husband. He’s only gone and mysteriously disappeared, you see.

Throughout your search, you’ll have to seek out over 1,000 unique items and complete 11 mini-games. Dig Achievements? You’ll be pleased to read that Letters from Nowhere features Game Center support, then. Both the iPhone and iPad versions were previously $4.99, so if you’re a fan of the genre, be sure to grab them while they’re still free.

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Triad Audio L3 Headphone Amplifier in Review

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Triad Audio’s L3 is one of the biggest battery-powered carry-around headphone amps that TMA has gone over. The other, MST’s FiQuest, is a champion of customisation and performance. While not nearly as customisable as the FiQuest, the L3 commutes from HiFi component to road warrior with less hassle. It is also one of the handsomest large amps this audio fool has seen.

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10 New App Store Games To Watch [January 28 - February 3]

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Chillingo’s Pixel People

It’s that time again.  Actually, 2013 is going to be a big year for Tin Man Games, and they’re kicking it off with the release of Fighting Fantasy: House Of Hell, the next in their line of Fighting Fantasy adventures.  This one takes place in a creepy mansion and in addition to all the bells and whistles you’ve come to expect adds the element of fear to keep you on your toes (literally, it’s a new skill that gets tracked).  Racing fans that like something besides the traditional Daytona type fare should check out Table Top Racing.  This over the top racer actually takes the micro machines approach to the genre with 8 tracks, 10 different cars to unlock and upgrade and several multi-player options.  If you’re looking for some lite strategy Monsterra could be just the game for you.  The rules are simple, individual games go quite quickly and you can either play against the computer or another player depending on your preferences.

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Skype for iPad updated with several new features, 30% off Skype gift cards

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Skype for iPad has been updated to version 4.5 and with it, comes several new additions:

  • The app automatically reconnects a dropped call when wifi or 3/4G network reception is poor
  • Add money to your Skype account from within the app to call mobile/landlines worldwide or send SMS (currently only available in US, UK, France, Sweden and Estonia)
  • Swipe from left of the screen to open a new sidebar of your recent conversations

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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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