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App Store now rejecting Flappy Bird copy-cats

Flappy Bird became number one on the App Store before the developer pulled it, but that just left a huge sucking vacuum for a ton of copy-cat apps to try and make some money in its stead. Thankfully, Apple — and apparently Google as well — is now rejecting apps with Flappy in their title.

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Farm Heroes Saga: Top 10 tips, hints, and cheats!

Farm Heroes Saga by King is a classic match-three game that tasks you with collecting the right crops and materials for your farm. Along the way you'll collect animals, hatch chickens, pick flowers, and even go head to head with Rancid the Raccoon. Whether you're new to Farm Heroes Saga or are just looking for ways to hone your game play skills, we've got the tips and tricks you need to get further, faster!

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Get the original Dungeon Keeper for free, no strings attached, but hurry!

You may have heard about the controversy surrounding EA's new free to play mobile game Dungeon Keeper — critics don't like the game's heavy-handed reliance on pay-to-play. There's more to it than that, however — it's a beloved classic strategy game from another era of PC gaming. GOG.com is celebrating its legacy this weekend by giving Dungeon Keeper away. It runs on both Macs and Windows computers.

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Valentine's Games for iOS, for him and her

Love is in the air, and the luckiest among us will celebrate Valentine’s Day with someone special. And if you’re eating somewhere nice for the holiday, you’re probably going to spend more than a few minutes waiting to be seated. Why not pass the time with Valentine-themed content in your favorite mobile game? We’ve got nine festive games for him and her that you won’t want to put down when it’s time to order.

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Agent 47 targets mobile platforms with Hitman GO

Square Enix has announced Hitman GO, a mobile game based on their popular Hitman series. Developed by Square Enix Montréal, Hitman GO is a turned-based strategy game in which you navigate on a grid, trying to avoid enemies as you make your way to your targets.

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Threes!: Nine tips, hints and cheats to match more numbers and score more points!

We couldn’t quite come up with thirty-three tips for the wonderful iOS puzzle game, Threes!, and just three seemed like too few, so let’s go with nine tips (3 x 3). For those unfamiliar, Threes! is a thoughtful and lighthearted game without ads or in-app purchases. By sliding a board of numbered cards in four directions, players aim to get adjacent and identically-numbered cards to stack on top of one another. Every turn introduces a new tile on the board, which means you’ve got to keep stacking to make room. When the board fills up, you’re given a score based on the value of the cards left, which in turn gets posted on the Game Center leaderboards.

Threes! is elegant, fun, and challenging, and you should definitely pick it up if you haven’t tried it yet.

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New Any Landing game employs in-app purchase cap

Strange Flavour's newest iOS game appears in the App Store today. Any Landing puts you in the pilot's seat of an airplane that's doomed on its approach - your goal is to keep it in the air for as long as possible before you crash land, picking up bonuses along the way. Although it employs an in-app purchase system, it's cap so you'll never spend more than $9.99 in total, no matter what.

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5 great games to help you forget Flappy Bird

Now that the absolutely insane Flappy Bird title is gone from the App Store, you may be looking for something to cleanse your gaming palate. For all of its addictiveness (which is the very reason the developer removed it), Flappy Bird presented a ton of frustration, and was ultimately pretty simplistic. So here are some games to help you get away from birds, endless runners, 8-bit graphics, and one-touch controls.

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Rescue penguins and save the day in XnO

Catapult games are a big deal on mobile – just look at Angry Birds and the many games the series has inspired as proof. The style of gameplay – aiming projectiles at something and trying to knock it over – works perfectly with touch-screen devices. You can classify these games as physics puzzlers, but they feel more action-oriented than most physics games.

At Apps World last week, I discovered a 3D catapult game from indie developer Digital Eclairs called XnO. The 3D perspective makes for a more interesting game (to me) than 2D games of this style. XnO also has an endearing set of characters and delightful, high quality art style to set it apart. It’s also one of the few participants in the Big Indie Pitch that has already made it to market, so you can download it right now.

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Social iOS game Revel wins the Big Indie Pitch

Last week’s Apps World was an event dedicated to mobile games and apps - and the craft of making them. Apps World culminated with the Big Indie Pitch, a contest in which game developers pitched their games to members of the press. I look forward to telling you all about my experience with the Pitch very soon.

In the meantime, let’s look at one of the two games that won the Big Indie Pitch. New York-based developer Odin’s Hammer bought their social interaction/photo game Revel to the show. Revel is a unique photo scavenger hunt game in which players take pictures of things in their environment and try to outdo their peers. Revel could be the next big thing in mobile games, and it’s available right now on iOS.

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