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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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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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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10 New App Store Games To Watch [January 7 - 13]

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It seems that we’re still easing into the new year as far as iOS gaming is concerned, but like last week I managed to dig up some titles that sounded interesting and several that I played that turned out to be quite fun.  A couple of ex-Rovio staff has started to do their own thing with their premiere title Noble Nutlings.  It’s a physics time trial game with a customizable cart and squirrels, so what are you waiting for?  If you need an action / RPG fix Gamevil has treated us to another installment in the popular and long running Zenonia saga, Zenonia 5.  It seems that they keep upping the ante with each new tale in the franchise, and I don’t think long time fans or newcomers will be disappointed.  If you prefer a simpler dungeon crawling affair you might want to give Dungelot a try.  It’s easy to get into, tough to put down and has a nice coat of slick graphics to seal the deal.

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iOS Deals of the Day – Documents, JAZZ: Trump’s journey and Super Dragon now Free

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Documents for the iPad (formerly ReaddleDocs) has been updated to 4.0 with a new interface and improved performance — is now Free

Looking for the latest app sales and deals for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad? Here’s our roundup today for the most recent freebies and price drops that are worth checking out. As always, they’re only good for a very limited time.

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FAA’s Free App of the Day – Car Jack Streets

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

Car Jack Streets is a Grand Theft Auto-esque action title in which you take on the role of Randal Meyers, who’s a down on his luck gambler that owes big bucks to the Italian mob.

Your aim, then, is to pull off legal and illegal jobs around a crime-ravaged city to pay off your debt and ensure that you don’t wake up next to a horse’s head. Car Jack Streets features tons of cars, helicopters, and other vehicles, and a varied arsenal of powerful weaponry. If you’re a fan of GTA type games, be sure to grab this one while it’s still free.

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Pudding Monsters HD in Review – No Bill Cosby But Still Fun

Cut The Rope was one of the first games to be billed as an “Angry Birds killer”, and while I don’t believe it quite made it to that status, there’s no denying the game’s impact on the mobile puzzle game genre.  The developers are back with an entirely different concept in Pudding Monsters, but the important thing is that the game is just as entertaining as Cut The Rope.  Gamers looking for a challenge might be a bit disappointed, as the current level sets are a bit on the easy side overall, but those looking for a cute casual gaming experience are sure to love the whole package. Continue reading…

Get your free copy of Fairway Solitaire (full version) for the iPhone

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Big Fish Games is now giving away free copies of their smash hit Fairway Solitaire, a mighty addictive variation of solitaire with a golf theme. This solitaire game with a humorous twist has the player attempting to clear all the cards in a hole (over 350 to play through) with “golf clubs” and playing cards in their own deck. The only way to capture a card is to use one from the deck that is either one number higher or lower than that on the playing field. The real fun lies in trying to string together a series of card runs, which in turn will unlock golf bucks (in-game currency) and other achievements.

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