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For game maker Aspyr, Mac App Store presents unique challenges

When Steve Jobs introduced the Mac App Store in 2011, he said that Apple wasn't trying to compete with other app download services. While that may be true — Apple doesn't enforce any sort of exclusivity requirement — the Mac App Store has evolved to present some unique challenges to app publishers. Case in point: Long time Mac publisher Aspyr, which plans to mix things up a bit in 2014.

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Boom Beach: Top 10 tips and tricks to defeating the Blackguards without spending tons of real cash!

In Boom Beach you're tasked with fighting off the Blackguards who keep attacking local islanders. In order to do so you'll need to build up a might defense before traveling off to neighboring islands and helping the locals reclaim what is rightfully theirs. With resources scarce and troops at a minimum, you'll need to spend your in-game coins and diamonds wisely. Making good decisions early on will set up for victory or defeat early on in the game. That's where iMore comes in! Here are some tips and tricks to keep you on track while playing Boom Beach...

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Fund This: Spaceteam Admiral's Club for sweet new iOS games

More often than not, crowdfunding campaigns act more or less as a preorder system, despite Kickstarter’s insistence that it’s not a store. Today’s campaign from the Canadian game developer of Spaceteam, Henry Smith, flies in the face of that trend. His Kickstarter campaign is simply to keep him in the business of innovative, interesting games that might not necessarily have the mass appeal necessary to be a commercial success, but pushes new creative boundaries.

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QuizUp puts your geography skills to the test with Google Maps 'Earth from Above’ topic

So let's say you love geography, and you also love trivia. Well Google has just made your day by introducing Google Maps-powered "Earth From Above" challenge category to the game QuizUp. The topic is pretty self-explanatory — each round is a satellite image of some place on earth, and you'll be given options to choose from of where you think the location is.

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Play with the legend himself in Pele: King of Football

Hey futbol fans! A free-to-play game featuring the legendary Pele just landed. You can control him through a lengthy career mode which takes you from humble beginnings to worldwide championships. The core gameplay is simply goal-kicking, using intuitive gesture controls similar to Flick Soccer, but over time you can unlock a bunch of items to customize your player. Every 20 minutes there’s an online leaderboard competition to win stuff. The real kicker here is that you can win real world items from playing, including jerseys, signed balls, or even a trip to Brazil.

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Brain-bending game Monument Valley launches today for iOS

We got our hands on a great little game called Monument Valley at GDC which puts players dab smack in the middle of an Escher maze. The game’s now live, ready for players to work their way through a series of ten impossible buildings. The puzzles involve guiding a girl from one end of a structure to another, and to do so, you need to change the building and adjust the path of other surreal denizens.

Though the game apparently isn’t terribly long, it does look absolutely fantastic. The devs told me their goal was to make every screen good enough to print and frame, and after putting some time into this title, you’ll have a hard time disagreeing.

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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft for iPad review

Blizzard’s first mobile game, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, soft-launched in Canada, Australia and New Zealand last night, after a full year of lead-up. This is a free-to-play live multiplayer card game based on the popular franchise. Even throughout the PC and Mac release, the graphics, animation, and interface all made it clear that this was a game built with mobile in mind. Hearthstone is already one of the most played games on Twitch, which should be an indication of how popular it will be on mobile.

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Blizzard's Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft now available for iPad in Australia, New Zealand and Canada

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Blizzard Entertainment's new fast-past, fun and frenetic card game for iPad, is now available for download from the App Store — if you're in Australia, New Zealand, or Canada, that is.

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Celebrate PB and J Day with Polar Bowler on iOS

In early 2013, WildTangent Studios released its first mobile game: Polar Bowler 1st Frame. A lighthearted bowling simulation, it starred a polar bear named “PB” and his penguin sidekick “J.”

That brings us to today: National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. In celebration of this tasty holiday, WildTangent has just launched the full sequel to 1st Frame, simply titled Polar Bowler. The new game features a vastly expanded array of fantasy-themed arctic bowling courses and special inner tubes for PB to wear as he crashes through pins. It sure beats strapping on rental shoes in a bowling alley!

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Godzilla rampaging its way onto iOS in upcoming matching game

At GDC 2014, we got some time with an upcoming Godzilla game that's launching in time for the impending movie. Godzilla Smash 3 is an interesting mix of casual match-3 mechanics and beautifully-rendered 3D graphics.

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