Reign of Swords: EPISODE II Submitted to App Store


Update: Our review of Reign of Swords II is now live. Read it here

Like the RTS category for the iDevice, quality TBSes (Turn Based Strategies) are few and far between, with the two most recent and noteworthy being Uniwar and the highly anticipated Mecho Wars. Not to be left in the dust, Punch Entertainment is releasing EPISODE II of Reign of Swords (RoS), one of the very first true TBSes to hit the App Store back in Sept of ’08. TMA’s Young reviewed the first RoS and found it to be enjoyable with deep gameplay elements, giving it our ‘Grab It’ rating.  Fans of the original will be happy to know that Episode II features a completely new turn-based multiplayer system, new maps and units, vast improvements and a new look-and-feel.  If all is in order, this sequel will build on what is already a very solid TBS and draw new players in the the world of Reign of Swords.

Wait, there’s more! To celebrate the release of Ep. II, the devs have dropped the price of the first RoS to only $0.99 (down from $4.99). This is a great deal if you’re new to the series or looking for a deep and engaging multiplayer strategy game. Be sure to check out more details on Episode II along with screenies after the jump.

Reign of Swords, Punch Entertainment, $0.99, 5.1MB
Reign of Swords

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iPhone 3G S Review Roundup


So you’re getting antsy waiting for the new iPhone 3G S to arrive. You can’t wait for the beefed up processor, the extra application memory, better battery life and a 3 megapixel camera. But ultimately, does the next gen iPhone live up to expectations? Thanks to Macworld’s 3G S review roundup, you can easily find out what some of the lucky few (aka ‘experts’) think of the incoming Jesus Phone. While most of the reviews are generally positive, Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg and Wired’s Steven Levy do take the time to point out that because of the free feature-laden 3.0 software upgrade (copy and paste, MMS, tethering, spotlight search and more) , many current 3G users could very well do without the 3G S, or at least wait until they are eligible for the hardware upgrade without having to pay a premium.

Are YOU ready for the 3G S? Is the faster processor and improved battery life enough for you to make the jump? Take a gander at some of the excerpts and links to the reviews after the break.

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‘Ro’ Your Way to $500 Smackaroos


So you think you’re smarter than a fifth grader puzzle genius? Then its time to prove it and give yourself the chance to win $500 cash, courtesy of Roamular, the fine folks behind Ro. If you’ll recall from our review of the game, we found Ro to be one of the more unique puzzlers at the App Store and one that will be sure to give your brain a workout.

The objective of the contest is simple really (though successfully completing it maybe a different story). You must solve the Expert 1 level in 30 moves or less and be able to prove it via a Youtube or Vimeo video. The player with the fewest number of moves will take home the $500 prize  (not a bad paycheck for just showing off your puzzle-solvin’  skills eh?) The contest closes on June 30th, so there’s still plenty of time to master the game if you have yet to get your ‘Ro’ on.  All the juicy contest details can be found after the break and good luck to all!

Roamular, Ro, $1,99, 3.8MB

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Let’s Golf On Sale + Other Notable Price Drops

letsgolf1Just this past weekend, we saw PopCap Games’ mighty popular Peggle go on sale (3 days)  from $4.99 to only $0.99. Already one of better selling games at the App Store, Peggle promptly jumped to the Top Ten and currently sits at the #2 spot. Now, Gameloft’s Let’s Golf looks to follow suit with a sale from $4.99, to the sweet price point of a ‘dollah’. Coincidentally, EA’s Tiger Woods PGA TOUR also sees a slight drop ($9.99 -> $6.99). TouchMyApps reviewed both these golf titles and found them to be quite excellent, with each offering endearing qualities of their own. Needless to say, if you’ve been holding out for Let’s Golf or are simply looking for (another) great deal, I suggest you buy this game now. For only a buck, you won’t be sorry you did.

I’ve dug up a few other worthwhile price drops for you, so be sure to have a look at the full post!

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Firemint’s Flight Control gets 1.2 Update

flightcontrol_12update5Over the past several months, there have been some great games priced at a dollar that has made its way to the Top 10 at the App Store: Doodle Jump, Pocket God and Stickwars just to name a few. Not only are they great in value, but their developers have also made every effort in updating the game to keep the content fresh and sweet. Well Firemint, the fine folks behind one of the most popular titles in Flight Control (and one that had been enjoying life atop of the App World for quite sometime) has just released a worthwhile update that includes more planes, airports and in-game scoreboards for those ultra competitive stat junkies.

If you have yet to try out Flight Control, do us a favor and buy the $0.99 game ASAP. Its fun, addictive and crazy challenging (I can’t disclose how many planes I have landed for fear of being mocked), and it sure beats being a real ATC controller. Be sure to check out J. D’s review of the game and more juicy screenshots/details can be found after the jump.

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The Best-Selling PC Franchise of All-Time comes to your iDevice this June with the Sims 3


Have you set around playing SimCity on your iDevice and said to yourself, “Building this city is fun, but I’d really like to walk the streets.” Or been selecting the color of the clothes your golfer will wear in Tiger Woods PGA Tour and said, “If only I could choose from a larger variety of clothes and hairstyles.” Well to those of you who talk to yourself while playing your games I’m here to tell you, EA has been listening and come this June they will bring to you the game that does what you’ve been asking for and more in The Sims 3.

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iLauncher – Giving you the Power to Obliterate your Enemies using your iDevice


Ever been in a situation where your mortal enemy was in the cubical next to you? The one individual who causes you to look inferior in front of your boss, because he completes his work on time while you’re desperately trying to slack off? Has the thought ever crossed your mind that if you had control of a missile launcher in the palm of your hand, you would cause his being to explode all over Suzie, that cute receptionist who refuses to date you? If you’ve answered yes to all of these questions and aren’t currently in a padded white room, iLauncher is the application for you.

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Ow My Balls! – Suffers a Crushing Blow


Not a fatal one, at least not yet, but a strong enough blow to pull it out of the game and off the App Store. Ow My Balls!, is described by its developers Jetson Creative as, “A comedy game that brings top shelf kicked-in-the-crotch humor to the iPhone and iPod Touch”. Yet there was nothing funny about the game’s release. Less than 24 hours after it’s eruption onto the service, it had to be yanked off due to a castrating crash bug hidden deep within its canals that play testers, “MariJane” and “Igor” along with others, were unable to find before its coming out party.

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iPhone OS 3.0 – Preview coming 17 March!

Thank you EngadgetThank you Engadget

Yep, Engadget spake and so it will happen. Apple will show and ‘advanced preview’ of the new 3.0 operating software, so we should probably not get our hopes up for a brand new OS by the end of March. However, those who are good at praying should join me in spiritually ushering in this new OS ahead of schedule.

Engadget will get a sneak peak at the new SDK and of the new OS. Make sure your heads are not in the mud that day as Apple Faithful the world over will have new reason to cry from both joy and disappointment.

So, what features are you hoping for in this new release?