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There’s a huge market for word games on iOS. My family is addicted to Letterpress, and my mother is having a not-so-secret-anymore affair with Words With Friends (sorry Mom!). That being said, despite its excellence, Letterpress and I aren’t exactly mutually exclusive, and if I see another hot word game app whilst I’m goofing around in a coffee shop, I might give her a shot.

And I can’t lie to you guys: Upwords has caught my eye. I’m a big Scrabble fan (disclaimer: I’ve never played the traditional Upwords game). I love the board game but have yet to play a Scrabble-like word game on iOS that I think works well. After all, the trappings of Scrabble are the trappings of a board game and I see no reason a digital display should be bound by the same rules. But I loved the twist Upwords brings to the classic game of stackable letters.

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Did you ever play the original Scribblenauts game for the DS? If so, you’ll love this. If you didn’t, you’ll like it even better.

Scribblenauts: Remix is a game that allows you to conjure any object in order to complete an equally imaginative set of objectives present across a large array of well-designed levels. It operates on the premise that the sky is the limit when it comes to how you want to complete a level. Read on to see if the iOS version retains the magic found in the DS versions.
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Freemium games are very popular in the App Store at present, allowing people to experience a major title without necessarily making a purchase. One such title to came to my attention is Wonder Zoo — an app that draws you in with its well-designed graphics and intriguing storyline.

In Wonder Zoo, a poacher has snuck into the reserve and stolen all of the animals. Whilst making his escape, his vehicle broke down and the animals have fled into the wilderness and are unable to be found. Now the Ranger needs your help in bringing them back home where they belong. Are you up for the challenge? Let’s find out!

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It’s great to find innovative games for the iPad, but I also love to find games that put a new spin on some of my old favorites. The App Store has been kind to board games, but if you’re a devotee of niche tabletop games — games that are less popular than a With Friends app — you’re out of luck.

That’s why I was so happy to see my favorite Spaghetti Western card game in the App Store. Bang! HD preserves all the fun of being in an Old West shootout — don’t tell me it wasn’t fun to have pulmonary tuberculosis and cholera at the same time — but now I’ve got it on my iPad. But can a card game against a computer live up to the fun of playing Bang! with my friends? (more…)

If there was one game I never understood growing up, it was the 2D overhead Zelda games on the original NES and SNES. I never thought they were bad, but they weren’t for me. As much as I liked the idea of attacking bizarre creatures with a sword, I preferred the side-scrolling world of Mario to Zelda any day of the week.

That’s why I was thrilled to discover Swordigo. Swordigo is a universal iOS game that is basically a combination of the RPG world of Zelda and the side-scrolling world of Mario. You’ll jump, run and attack your way through multiple worlds of side-scrolling, shore-wielding action. And I think it’s a blast.

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I’ve been solving hidden object puzzles since I was maybe two. They’re old news. There are a lot of games in the App Store trying to reinvent the wheel on this one, turning them into adventure games or tying them to trivia, but at the end of the day I’m still finding a lasso at the base of the Eiffel Tower. That’s played out.

What’s not played out is cool graffiti monsters and robots bouncing through the air to peppy, electronic pop music. The creatures in Hidden Doodles are surprising, set in intricately drawn environments, and everything’s just a bit brighter than real life. We’re going to see if the gameplay can match all the rad art in Hidden Doodles.

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Achoo! Looks like someone’s coming down with a serious case of the swine flu. Well, at least a case of allergies. The rest of your community may stay away from you, but little do they know that you’re the one who will save them from the wrath of monsters that are out to get them.

While the plot line of Gesundheit! HD is somewhat disgusting, the game has received tons of praise. But what is so telling about a game where an allergy-ridden pig is the protagonist?  Find out what makes Gesundheit! HD award-winning after the break.

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Jurassic Park is a pretty iconic book and movie franchise as well as a box office success. The story goes that a billionaire creates the story’s namesake, a theme park full of dinosaurs, from DNA extracted from a fossilised insect found in prehistoric amber.

Jurassic Park Builder brings that storyline into the modern day as a game that allows players to build their own theme park, turning extracted DNA into eggs, nurturing them to life and making sure to preserve their continuing life to offer a constant attraction to visitors. Think Zoo Tycoon with a prehistoric feel.

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Designing a successful adventure puzzler must be akin to perfecting an art form. If the game’s too difficult, then it becomes frustrating and the player immediately sets it aside. If the game’s too easy then the player whizzes through it and never gives it another thought. So, how do developers get it just right?

I’m not sure what magic formula the team at Colibri Games is using, but they are blazing a trail for others to follow. The Tiny Bang Story HD is a perfectly challenging adventure game featuring beautiful hand-drawn illustrations, five different chapters, dozens of mini brain teasers and an immersive storyline about a Tiny Planet that fell apart after being hit by a meteor. As you solve each puzzle, you’ll help rebuild the planet. Just remember: it won’t be easy.

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I am ashamed to admit that I have never actually played SimCity before, despite being a longtime fan of The Sims franchise. Luckily, I had a chance to rectify this when the App Store reduced the price of SimCity Deluxe for iPad to a mere 99 cents last week, prompting a speedy download.

Originally released in 1989 for the Commodore 64, the aim of SimCity is to build and maintain a thriving city come whatever thrown your way. Have you got what it takes to be the next Mayor? Let’s find out!

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