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Price: Free    Score: 7/10    By Shaun CampbellTopple

Topple is a popular game from developer Ngmoco. To celebrate the release of Rolando, Ngmoco has dropped the 0.99c price-tag and is offering Topple for free. Drawing a lot of inspiration from Tetris, Topple is a made-for-iPhone game that is instantly familiar but at the same time refreshingly new.

The aim of the game is to stack and balance Tetris-style blocks as high as you can before the timer runs out. With each passing level, the minimum height requirement for your tower-of-blocks increases. You can try your luck and stack haphazardly for quick height, but watch out – if your tower becomes too unstable it will fall over!

You can drag and rotate the richly colored blocks, using multi-touch to pick the perfect orientation for stacking. But these aren’t any old Tetris blocks – Topple features expressive little pieces with animated faces that smile and frown in response to your actions.

Topple skillfully integrates both touch and accelerometer controls into the gameplay. The higher your tower gets, the more it wobbles and sways – tilt the iPhone to straighten your tower and stop it from collapsing. With 9 levels of gameplay and a lot of replayability, Topple has a lot to offer.

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Touch Hockey: FS5 Free

Written iPhone Game App Review

Touch Hockey is the kind of simple, pick-up-and-play game that’s perfect for the iPhone.

There are several different air hockey games on the App Store, but not many are free. Touch Hockey has most of the features of the others, but won’t cost you a penny. It’s ad-supported but the ads only appear after 5 minutes of play. Developed by FlipSide5, Touch Hockey does a great job of emulating the classic table game.

The iPhone touch controls are used to full effect in Touch Hockey. You move your paddle around by touching & holding your finger on the screen, and flick your finger to strike the puck. One gripe here though – you can’t lift your finger off the screen or your paddle disappears, and trying to move your finger quickly while its pressed down against the screen can be difficult.

Touch Hockey features include:

  • 4 game length settings (4, 7, 9 & 11 points)
  • 3 goal size settings
  • WiFi local-network multiplayer
  • Topping support (trap puck under paddle)
  • Realistic graphics and sounds
  • Instant replay (annoying but can be turned off)

My advice is that if you like air hockey at all, then give Touch Hockey a try.

Note: You must be connected to the internet (to download in-game ads) the first time you play.


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Checkers Free

Written iPhone Game App Review

Checkers Free has just been released to the App Store by Optime Software and brings the classic board game to your iPhone or iPod Touch.

With 1-player and 2-player gameplay, solid graphics and a host of features, Checkers Free is a pretty decent package considering the pricetag of $0.

Just don’t expect to win. The computer opponent is something of a checkers savant, and I found it akin to playing against Rain Man. You can adjust the difficulty level, so I did, but still lost.

The great thing about checkers however, is that everyone knows how to play. Two-Player mode in Checkers Free is a redeeming addition and lets you and a buddy battle it out on the same screen.

I’d give it 3.5 stars but the inclusion of “unobtrusive” banner advertising loses Checkers Free some points.


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It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time!

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What time is it??

That’s right. It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time!

The internet phenomenon that is the dancing banana is now available on your iPhone thanks to Chris Borrello from Keyvisuals.

For those not in the know, the Dancing Banana was (and still is) a popular emoticon used on forums and such. Some smart chap had the vision to combine the dancing banana and the song “peanut butter jelly time” by DJ Chipman of the Buckwheat Boyz in a flash animation. After heavy circulation online in the early 2000’s, an internet legend was born.

The It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time! app features the classic pixelated banana dancing back and forth to the original song.

Useless, yet awesome at the same time.


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Whoopee Cushion

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It was only a matter of time I guess. A Whoopee Cushion app for iPhone is (finally) here courtesy of Richard Grunewald.

A helluva lot less conspicuous than a big red balloon, Whoopee Cushion is perfect for those moments when boredom and silence painfully combine. By my count there are about 6 different bodily sounds to keep you amused.

Yes it’s totally pointless. Yes, it will get old quickly. But goddamn if it isn’t funny before that happens.


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Written iPhone Game App Review

Price: Free    Score: 8/10   By Shaun CampbellJingleJumble

An iPhone Christmas App? You bet. ‘Tis the season to be merry after all.

Developed by LaunchKidz, JingleJumble is this year’s ideal way to distract the younglings at your Christmas family gathering. With simple gameplay and charming illustrations by children’s artist Mike Boldt – it’s guaranteed to get you a few minutes of peace and quiet. But then again, there are inevitable difficulties in entrusting your iPhone to a 7 year old.

JingleJumble is a yuletide take on the classic mix-and-match game everyone grows up playing. You use the swipe of your finger to spin through a number of legs, bodies and faces to create some popular Christmas characters. Yes it’s simple, but it’s pulled off beautifully.

JingleJumble is free to download on the app store, but I dare say it would almost be worth paying for.


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