Reflections On A Year’s Worth Of App Watching – 2010 Edition

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As the year draws to a close I’ve started thinking about my time writing the weekly “10 Games To Watch” article, and I soon realized that I’ve been doing this since May of 2010.  As such I thought I’d take a few moments to reflect back on my first year’s worth of articles and point out some of my biggest hits (and worst misses).  That way, if you’re in need of a few extras games because of some new iTunes gift card burning a hole in your account, you’ll have some idea of the ones you missed that are worth checking into again – or avoiding, as the case may be. Continue reading…

20 iPhone and iPad Games to play this Halloween

For the past few months I’ve been bringing you a list each week of what I feel are some of the most promising games to keep an eye on in the App Store (assuming you don’t already have them).  This special edition of “10 To Watch” is a list of games that you should be playing over the upcoming Halloween weekend.  Of course, there are enough games on the list that you should probably start playing them now.  The big difference between the normal “10 To Watch” lists and this one is that here I’ve played a good portion of the titles in this roundup.  Without further ado, here are my selections for Halloween iPhone / iPod Touch games…

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10 New App Store Games To Watch [Aug 16 - 22]

Two important theatrical phenomenons received iPhone games this week.  Top Gun 2 lets you continue the adventures of the fighter pilots made popular by the hit 80s film.  In Jaws, on the other hand, it’s up to you to save the naive and innocent swimmers from the deadly grip of the great white shark.  For the pocket strategist there’s Nobunaga’s Ambition, the first iDevice version of a series that began in 1988.  For the person who needs to keep a to-do list but finds the effort boring there’s Epic Win, the “game” that lets you earn experience and upgrade a character just for doing your chores.  And, if you’re a zombie slayer in hiding you get two cool looking offerings this week in the form of Zombie Escape and Zombie Flick.

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Monster Dash By Halfbrick Close On the Heels of their iPhone Hit Fruit Ninja

Following the phenomenal success of Fruit Ninja, Halfbrick Studios will soon be rolling out a promising new iPhone game – Monster Dash.

Monster Dash is an action game that follows the adventures of Barry Steakfries as he runs and shoots monsters with nothing to lose! Steakfries travels through portals to visit exotic world locations, battling demons, mummies, vampires and more!

This platformer makes use of two buttons only – jump and shoot. This is a marked change from the free-for-all swipe controls previously found on Fruit Ninja. However, if you’re concerned about ramping up the difficulty, the action speeds up and changes gears with each new location, with weapon and health pickups along the way. There are a variety of hilarious weapons such as the one shot Pacifier, Mr. Zappy, and the ultimate Machine Gun Jetpack!

The game is all about running as far as possible while shooting monsters along the way. Compete on the Openfeint leaderboards for top score and to collect awards. Expect a lot of pizzazz and a quirky new hero in Halfbrick’s upcoming release. Are you ready to do the Monster Dash? Video trailer after the gap!

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