Games

Square Enix releases Chaos Rings for iPhone and iPad touch

Today the App Store was introduced to the latest RPG from Square Enix, Chaos Rings. [iTunes Link - $12.99] If you appreciate RPG titles with RTS turn-based battles than Chaos Rings could be for you -- if you can get over the hefty admission fee.

  • Amazingly smooth 3D graphics
  • Gorgeous sound that takes full advantage of the iPhone and iPod touch’s powerful hardware
  • A deep story with unique twists for every pair and multiple endings
  • Traditional game and battle systems polished to perfection
  • Hours upon hours of gameplay, complete with hidden bosses, secret weapons, and more

Are you going to give it a try? What do you think of a $12.99 price-point for an iPhone game? If you decide to give this a try let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Quick Review: UNO HD for iPad

UNO HD for iPad [$4.99 - iTunes link] by Gameloft brings the classic card game to bigger, bolder life on that 9.7" screen. At first blush, UNO more so than something like NOVA feels like it could have been a universal binary, sparing existing owners of the iPhone version from having to buy it twice. However, Gameloft wisely upped the anti based on the iPad's-size, offering a 4 player option that makes it eminently more suitable as a true board-game replacement -- you can realistically sit 2 or 4 people around an iPad and start up the multiplayer version of the game, share the screen, and get your UNO on.

You can of course also use single-player mode, or multiplayer between devices either locally or online. The graphics look prerequisite-ly great on the iPad, though we did find the controls a tad challenging (choosing and playing cards weren't quite as buttery smooth as we'd like).

A side effect of the game being run on an iPad instead of with real cards is that it's almost impossible to make mistakes or (gasp) cheat. The game only allows you to play cards you're allowed to play, when you're allowed to play them. Whether that's a good or bad thing we'll leave up to you and your consciences to sort out.

If you like UNO and you want to bring a little bit of real world social interaction back to your family and friends, grab an iPad, fire it up, pass it around, and let us know what you think.

Video of me taking on a challenger, after the break!

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Highly addictive iPhone and iPod touch games

If you're suffering from over-productivity lately, the iTunes App Store has your highly addictive, time killing cure -- just load a few games onto your iPhone or iPod touch and call in late in the morning! (If you can call in at all!) Below are some examples, but we want to know -- what are your most highly addictive games?

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Quick review: Flight Control HD for iPad

Firemint's Flight Control HD for iPad [$4.99 - iTunes Link] let's you try your luck at setting the flight path of dozens of aircraft and getting them to their designated landing areas. Seems simple but as the number and variety of airplanes and helicopters increase so does the difficulty -- and the fun.

They say air traffic control is one of the most stressful jobs in the world, and as we found out in our interview with Firemint at GDC, that's exactly where the idea for the game came from.

On the iPad, just like the iPhone, you use your finger to trace the path of the plane to its landing strip and ensure that it does not crash. You have 8 single player maps, 10 aircrafts and the choice of single play or multiplayer. Want to play a friend on the same iPad? You can choose between co-op or vs. modes. Have two iPads? Play over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. The game also offers fast forward for those impatient types (me!) and even a 3D map (bring your own glasses!).

Flight Control for the iPad is the perfect game when you need a bit of distractions from life's stresses... by taking on the stress of air traffic.

Check out the video after the break and tell me if I should have made another career choice...

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Quick Review: NOVA HD for iPad

Here we have NOVA HD [$9.99 - iTunes Link] for iPad, an action-packed first-person shooter (FPS) that should make any Halo fan feel right at home.

For video of me playing (kinda funny), pictures, and more -- stay with us after the break!

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Ngmoco announces GodFinger, We Rule, Charadium, Flick Fishing, NBA Hotshots, Warpgate, and CastleCraft for iPad

Ngmoco has redefined the relationship between iPhone/iPod touch developer and customer with their "freemium" model where the apps are free but you can pay in-app to get more, faster, and now they're bringing that same model to the iPad. Check out GodFinger, We Rule, Charadium, Flick Fishing, NBA Hotshots, Warpgate, and CastleCraft after the break!

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Tapulous brings Tap Tap Radiation to iPad

Tapulous and their Tap Tap Revenge franchise for iPhone and iPod touch need no introduction... so allow us to introduce their new big brother, Tap Tap Radiation for iPad! [Free - iTunes link]

Screen shots and video after the break!

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Spring Namco sale on select iPhone and iPod touch titles - 40% off

Spring is the time for sales and just like EA Mobile, Namco is holding a sale on select titles through April 5th. You can take advantage of picking up the following 20 games with a discount of up to 40%!

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EA Mobile offers up sweet deals - up to 80% off iPhone and iPad touch games

While catching up on my morning Tweets I noticed EA Mobile is offering up some great deals with up to 80% off on most of their iPhone and iPod touch game catalog. The games included are as follows:

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iPhone Apps: New Games and Notable Updates

While everyone in the US waits for the iPad Wi-Fi to ship this Saturday and bring iPad apps along with it, let's not forget the iPhone and its App Store already 170,000 strong. Here are some new games and notable updates to keep us all busy while we wait!

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