Carpet Flight – Magic Carpet with or without the Magic

In the golden age of 3D gaming, a lot of truly groundbreaking titles smashed into software shops to dazzle fans. One of the best back in the mid nineties and still a benchmark title is Magic Carpet by Bullfrog games. Not sure how much magic is in the MellisugaSoft’s Carpet Flight, but at least there is a glimmering bit of borrowed inspiration. Carpet Flight isn’t an action game; it plays closer to Glyder than anything and could be called relaxing.

Funny, this game popped up after a request in our forums for an iDevice Magic Carpet.

Carpet Flight MellisugaSoft, Carpet Flight – $0.99

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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars – Jacks Its Way Onto The App Store!

It’s now safe to say that Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars has made its debut on all three major portable gaming platforms: DS, PSP, and now the iDevice. Though it’s unexpected, we iDevice gamers are a happy, lucky lot. Hopefully, Rockstar won’t pull an Assassin’s Creed II: Discovery scenario and yank the game from the App Store after too few short hours.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Rockstar Games, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars – $9.99

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Sims3 World Adventure – Safari-ing its way to the iDevice

Sims3 is already a great game for the iDevice. But EA aren’t about to stop with fishing and baking. The Sims3 World Adventure will bring a host of new features to the simulation franchise including: famous destinations, loads of new goals, much more custom content, and the ability to import your favourite characters from Sims3! Look for it at the App Store … sometime. We will keep you posted.

In the meantime, read TMA’s review of Sims3 and if you haven’t already, download it!

The Sims 3 Electronic Arts, The Sims 3 – $6.99

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Emergency City in Review – A Guide to Good Governance

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A building bursts into flames. Shooting erupts in the building a block away. In another part of the city, there is a major virus outbreak. Good governance means providing timely and efficient services. In busy and crowded cities, sometimes there are several emergencies to attend to in a single day. In real life, however, action is not as efficient and quick.

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America’s Next Top Model in Review – Good Glitz

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Never thought I’d go on the record saying that I enjoy an app based on the absurd America’s Next Top Model comedy/’reality’ TV show, but I will ad I do. In fact, I enjoy it so much that of its four cycles, I have already completed 2 – not bad for someone who was considered the ugly duckling by his classmates! Well, for Sims fans, for fans of mini-games, and to a lesser extent, for fans of resource-management fans, this game rocks.

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Aera expected to land in the App Store soon

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iChromo, developers of Aera, has sent us word that their upcoming “casual 2.5D flight simulator” has been submitted to the App Store and could land as early as this week. Designed exclusively for the iPhone/iPod Touch, Aera is a unique “flight sim” that will have players flying their planes in a linear path through beautifully rendered 3D environments.

The gameplay mechanics are a mix of side-scroller and flight simulator. You play in a real 3D environment and control the throttle and pitch of your plane, plus a couple more “Special” moves. It might sound too simple, but it’s not – advanced physics simulation allow you to perform very complex tricks and movements. With practice you will be able to master more and more fun maneuvers. This will allow you to use different tactics to complete each game mission. Also, with advancing through the game you will get faster and more powerful airplanes, better weapons, and you will face more challenging AI opponents.

While there are plenty of puzzlers, tower defenses and shooters (to name just a few) dominating the App Store gaming scene, we have yet to really see an a steady diet of fun flight sim titles for the iDevice. If the gameplay trailer of Aera is of any indication though, fans of the genre should be in for quite a treat when it’s released in the coming week(s). Gameplay video and more screenies after the break!

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3D Hunting™ Alaskan Hunt in Review – Finally A Chance To Release Your Inner Hunter

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Hunting games have always been one of my top 5 genres for arcade games. When I started noticing developers were making versions of hunting games for the iDevice, I began searching title after title to find something to satisfy my inner hunter. Thanks to Hands-On Mobile (publishers of the popular shooter Prey Invasion) I finally found what I was looking for.

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Taxi Jam in Review – Think You Have What it Takes?

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In the busy streets of large cities such as New York, Paris, and Shanghai, many people rely on the transportation system to get around. When you miss that bus or subway, or if you’re just in a hurry, one of your other options is to take a taxi. Of course, on busy streets a taxi may not be the most efficient method of travel, but at least it comes to you and hopefully, you won’t have to wait too long.

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