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Freebie Alert: 'Flying Hamster' and 'SunFlowers' Both Updated for Widescreen and Currently Free

I'm a big, big fan of shoot 'em ups, and one of my favorites is Game Atelier's Flying Hamster [Free / Free (HD)]. It's a good shooter in its own right, with tight controls, tons of enemies, cool power-ups and epic boss fights, but what really puts it over the top for me is its sheer absurdity. Seriously, chickens laying explosive golden eggs, cats getting wasted off of "root beer" and vomiting, and cows shooting milk at you from their udders like a mini-gun are the norm, and that's just in the first level...

Joe Dever's Lone Wolf Episode 1 [Free] is now free to celebrate the second episode’s release as an in-app purchase. This sort of price drop isn't uncommon in the Appstore as The Walking Dead [Free] also went free when more episodes came out in order to offer a taste of the full adventure. ..

'CLARC' Review - How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb

Truly, block puzzles are one of the unsung staples of gaming's history. They're an essential part of many great games across a variety of genres, a figurative Kit-Kat break between fighting Ganon's minions or dealing with a sarcastic rampant AI. Even though we cherish them as a tasty spice on some of the biggest games around, games built solely around block puzzles have had to settle for being niche products since almost the beginning of the hobby itself. A lot of that, I think, comes down to their repetitive nature. Once you've nailed down a few key strategies, even large puzzles become a sequence of rote actions. That's fine for something you're going to pick up and play here and there for a few minutes, but it's not well-suited to a big adventure. CLARC [Free / $1.99] is, at its heart, not much more than a block puzzle game. If you absolutely hate doing that type of puzzle, you're probably not going to be convinced otherwise here...

'Perils of Man: Chapter 1' for iPad Review - A Gripping Mystery On A Journey Through Time

LucasArts may be no more, but it may fill you with excitement to hear that Swiss indie game studio IF Games’ new iOS adventure Perils of Man: Chapter 1 [Free] has an astonishing lineup of industry veterans including the involvement of ex-LucasArts Designer Bill Tiller and 1954: Alcatraz developer Gene Mocsy. ..

Glitch Games have been working hard these past few months. Not only did they release the unconventional but fun Ferris Mueller’s Day Off but they’ve been working hard on their most recent release Cabin Escape: Alice’s Story [Free], a short iOS adventure game that stands as a prequel to the fantastic Forever Lost series. To tide fans over between the second and third episode for fans eagerly awaiting its impending release, this albeit brief but fantastic entry in the Forever Lost series is a glorious “bite-sized” offering, packed full of exciting puzzles each designed to challenge and stimulate the mind...

'Smash Hit' Review - Madness with Marbles

Some people can't get enough of endless runners. The concept of chasing a carrot on a stick and collecting tons of miniature carrots along the way has its own allure, but there's no denying that the same concept is often used over and over to the point of boredom. Smash Hit [Free] turns the runner concept on its head with a first-person perspective, beautiful graphics centered around objects made of glass, and a completely fair free-to-play system that actually works. You could say it's a... smash hit...

Sliding in under the radar of this week's new releases is Shattered Planet [Free] from Execution Labs and Kitfox Games. It's a strategy RPG set in a sci-fi world, and it's peppered with roguelike elements. Your job is to explore randomly generated planets collecting items and gathering information on the various inhabitants. It's set up like a dungeon crawler in that you'll explore one area, find the teleporter, then get zapped into the next, "deeper" area. You'll gain better rewards the deeper you go. There's also a slight element of permadeath, in that each time you die you'll lose all your items gained during a run and get sent back to the world hub, ready to start over from the beginning. However, there are permanent attribute upgrades you can earn that will slowly build up your overall character level...

'Cardinal Quest 2' Review - Come On, Rogue!

It may have a name that calls to mind bright red birds or baseball, but Cardinal Quest [$3.99] is a pretty cool roguelike. Originally released on PC and later ported to iOS in 2012, it basically boils the genre concept down and streamlines it as much as possible. Interestingly, the way the developer went about simplifying it didn't so much remove depth as take the direct responsibility for handling it out of the player's hands. It proved to be a great fit for mobile platforms, and has a good following of fans, including me. Unfortunately for me, when I finally made the jump to newer hardware than my creaky old iPhone 4, I was a bit heartbroken to find that Cardinal Quest didn't work very well anymore thanks to the new dimensions of the screen. I was left waiting for the announced sequel, and after a fairly lengthy soft launch period, Cardinal Quest 2 [Free] is finally here...

It feels like only yesterday that we brought you the news that Supercell's Clash of Clans follow-up Boom Beach [Free] would be releasing this Thursday. Oh wait, that was yesterday. And it feels like only this morning that we included Boom Beach in our roundup of what new games are hitting the App Store later tonight. Yep, that was this morning. Anyway, in that roundup post, Eli mentioned that "since Boom Beach is soft launched, chances are it'll appear at a really weird time whenever Supercell flips the global release switch." Well, he was right, as apparently they hit the Boom Beach release switch early and the game is available right now in the App Store...

Flappy Bird haters: avert your eyes. All good? Ok. So the crazy Flappy Bird phenomenon has died down quite a bit since creator Dong Nguyen pulled the game from the App Store last month, but as we've seen with the likes of the Flappy Jam, some really awesome games have come from it. Noodlecake Games have thrown their Flap in the ring with their brand new release Flappy Golf [Free], itself a product of the Flappy Jam. It takes a similar structure and all the courses from their 2D golfing game Super Stickman Golf 2 [$0.99], but instead of aiming and determining the power of each individual shot you're simply flapping your ball along trying to get it in the cup. The goal is to get in the cup in as few flaps as possible. It's a simple idea, but it works really well and is a lot of fun...

Although many have tried, no one yet seems to have been able to reach the success of Gungho's hit, Puzzle And Dragons [Free]. One of the more successful attempts is Brave Frontier [Free], arguably the second-best Japanese RPG of the last couple years with 'brave' in the title. Like many games inspired by Puzzle And Dragons, Brave Frontier uses many of the same trappings outside of combat and replaces the puzzle mechanic with something totally different. If you're a veteran of that game, you're going to find Brave Frontier to be a cozy fit, with plenty of familiar strategies along with a bunch of new ones. If you're new to this type of game, you've got a lot of catching up to do, and you can start by reading this guide. There's quite a bit to this game, so this guide is mostly going to cover beginner tips and some general advice...

Following hot on the heels of their movie-licensed shooter Robocop [Free], Glu Games has finally taken their follow-up to Frontline Commando [Free] and Frontline Commando: D-Day [Free] out of soft launch and into wide release. Robocop itself used many of the same mechanics as the Frontline Commando games, so it's perhaps not that surprising that some of the new elements in Frontline Commando 2 [Free] echo certain parts of it. Luckily, one thing they didn't carry over, at least not completely, is the stamina meter, but even without that hanging over its head, Frontline Commando 2 is kind of a dud sequel, particularly when held against D-Day...

Crytek's latest mobile effort, The Collectables [Free] which was unveiled on the sly back at WWDC last year before being officially announced this past December, has exited its soft-launch period and is now widely available. Here's the brief trailer that was released during the announcement in December, so you can get a quick look at what The Collectables is like...

One of the cool things about indie games is that concepts that literally have no chance of getting greenlit via traditional means can still find a way to get out there. Everything from inside jokes to personal stories to insanely specific niches can all become games for the world to see and play. Shinjuku Dungeon [Free], from one-man developer Uehara Labo, is a great example of this. On the one hand, it's a very typical retro-styled adventure that has you exploring a winding labyrinth, solving a variety of puzzles, and collecting keys and items that allow you to open up new areas. On the other hand, it's a nearly perfect recreation of a real place that tens of thousands of people walk through every day. While the game itself is decent enough, it's certainly nothing special. Yet, for anyone familiar with the real place, Shinjuku Dungeon takes on a whole new meaning...

Big Blue Bubble has published a wide breadth of different kinds of mobile games to the App Store, most notably their Burn the Rope series and the wacky city-builder/musical-monster-collector My Singing Monsters. However, I don't believe they've ever covered dungeon crawler territory, but that's changed with the worldwide release of their newest game Finder's Keep [Free]. Finder's Keep was soft-launched last month, and the early impressions from our forum goers have been quite positive. ..

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