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Space Age review: Pixel-perfect nostalgia

The games that shape you in your childhood tend to linger in your memory long after you finish playing them. I can't open an exploratory game like Gone Home or The Room without thinking of my first stumblings into Myst years before, insisting my dad not leave the room because I was too scared to go alone and too excited to not have someone to talk to.

Playing Space Age stirs a very different set of memories — ones founded in explorative delight, or frenetic frustration from just missing the final piece in a boss fight for the fifth time. They trust the player and tease them, compelling them forward with a great narrative all the while confounding them with dastardly puzzles and note-perfect timing.

It's been a long time since I played a game and failed a mission with a smile on my face and a goofy "aw, rats, I almost had it!" exclamation, but Space Age brings all that out and more.

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Top iPhone, iPad, and Mac deals for November 14

We've gathered together some great discounts on iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps, accessories, and devices for you today.

We'll keep showing sales that are ongoing after double-checking that they're still active and the price is the same, as well as updating the list with anything new that we find. Of course, if you spot any great deals, don't be shy - drop a tip in the comments!

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Kate Upton tries to make us play Game of War: Fire Age in new live action TV ad

Game of War: Fire Age is one of the most popular free-to-play fantasy RPGs for the iPhone and iPad, but apparently its publisher Machine Zone thinks it needs Kate Upton to generate some more attention for the game. Yes, you read that right; supermodel Upton, best known for her Sports Illustrated magazine covers, is the star of a new live action TV ad campaign for Game of War: Fire Age.

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Telltale's Tales From The Borderlands gets its first trailer, game coming in late 2014

Telltale Games has posted the first gameplay trailer from Tales From The Borderlands, their upcoming five party episodic series that's based on Gearbox's first person shooter-RPG series. The first episode is due out before the end of 2014 for the iPhone, iPad and Mac, among other platforms.

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Top iPhone, iPad, and Mac deals for November 13

We've gathered together some great discounts on iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps, accessories, and devices for you today.

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Call of Duty: Heroes is a new 3D strategy game spin-off for the iPhone and iPad

Activision has a new game in its Call of Duty franchise, but this one has been made specifically for mobile devices. It's call Call of Duty: Heroes and its a modern day 3D strategy war game that is making its debut today for the iPhone and iPad.

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Space Age: A Cosmic Adventure brings the retro point-and-click experience to the iPhone

Space Age: A Cosmic Adventure has just landed on the App Store and is readily available for both the iPhone and iPad. The title takes players on a retro-futuristic adventure on a seemingly uninhabited planet, Kepler-16. If you're seeking drama, humor and some nostalgia from old classics on the PC then look no further as this experience has all that and more.

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XCOM: Enemy Within for iOS brings more aliens than you can shake a plasma cannon at

The sequel to classic strategy game XCOM: Enemy Unknown is now available in the App Store. XCOM: Enemy Within features the same excellent turn-based gameplay and long-term squad progression, and lathers on new story, more aliens to blow up, more tech to research, and the ability to upgrade your troops with cybernetics and gene mods.

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Review: Monument Valley's Forgotten Shores expansion is a triumph

When it comes to gaming, in-app purchases are a tricky thing. Some games use Apple's mechanism to wrest more cash out of you to complete levels faster; others enrich the game experience with new costumes and player characters; others still use the in-app purchase to build off the original game.

It's that last option that has come to Monument Valley, ustwo's brilliantly-constructed architectural puzzler. The Escher-homaging app first appeared on the iOS App Store in April, winning a number of awards shortly thereafter — including Apple's own prestigious Design Award at the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference.

Monument Valley was one of my own favorite iOS games to play back in April, and I've been eagerly awaiting its expansion ever since I heard rumors of its existence a few months back. Was it worth the wait and the $2 purchase? Oh, architectural gods, yes.

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Top iPhone, iPad, and Mac deals for November 12

We've gathered together some great discounts on iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps, accessories, and devices for you today.

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