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Strata is a colorful, relaxing puzzler with a unique personality

Strata is a puzzle game like none that I've ever played, and since I spend a good deal of my time specifically looking for unique puzzle games on the App Store, that's saying something. There are no fun little characters, no bright lights or flashy graphics; it's just colorful ribbons and some...

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The easiest way to get popular on the App Store

A good title is gold on the App Store. Along with the app's icon, the title is the first thing you notice about an app when it appears on your iPhone screen. Ever since Apple's decision to remove the "recently added" apps list, the title of a game is the single easiest way to find it in the App...

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Dumb Ways to Die is a great way to live

Dumb Ways to Die is a microgame collection that follows in the footsteps of games like those in the WarioWare franchise. The idea is that by throwing extremely simple, short games at your in quick succession, your reaction skills and patience are put to the test. I've always been surprised by how...

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Feel like a real social engineer in Hack RUN

RUN is a big, evil corporation, and they're up to no good -- or at least that's what your new "employer" has told you -- and it's up to you to dig into its digital backyard for information. And with that very basic plot, the text puzzler Hack RUN sends you into command-prompt hell in search of...

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Slayin' is a hack-and-slash trip down memory lane

Do you remember the old 8-bit hack-and-slash games? You know, the ones where your little knight or wizard was composed of a total of about a dozen pixels, and they walked in one direction and essentially demolished everything in sight? Slayin' is all of those games, condensed and crammed into a...

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You won't want to walk away from Any Landing

The saying goes: "Any landing you walk away from is a good one," and that mindset is the backbone of Any Landing, a new action game from Strange Flavour. Your only goals are to get as far as possible without crashing your plane, and when you do eventually fall out of the sky, to crash as gently as...

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Even Fall Out Boy is ripping off Flappy Bird

Once you've collaborated with everyone from Lil Wayne to Elton John where does a multiplatinum, swoopy-haired emo band like Fall Out Boy go next? The answer is apparently ripping off viral mobile hits. Today, the saddest men in rock music announced via Twitter the upcoming release of "Fall Out Bird"...

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Ironpants is the only Flappy Bird clone worth a damn, and not even a very big damn

Of all the Flappy Bird clones littering the App Store at the moment, only a fraction of those games is actually playable -- meaning that they're fully functional and can be used without glitches, slowdown or outright crashes. Of that small group, there is but one that I've found that is worth your...

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Flappy Bird updates with night level, better frame rate, and new birds. Still absolutely impossible.

UPDATE 2/9/14: True to his word Dong Nguyen took Flappy Bird off the App Store today. We hope you were able to download the game before it was taken "to a nice farm in the country side." Our condolences to anyone who was denied the infuriating joy of Flappy Bird. Flappy Bird, the most hated/beloved...

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Play to Cure: Genes in Space lets you fly spaceships and aid in cancer research at the same time

Like most people, I enjoy video games and hate cancer, but seldom does the opportunity arise to combine those two feelings. Thankfully, Play to Cure: Genes in Space has flown onto our galactic radar, bringing with it simple space combat that actually helps the cause of cancer research. Yes. You...

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Before Halo we had Marathon -- play Bungie's three Mac classics free

Mac users have always been second-string players in the world of computer gaming. For every AAA title that debuted on both Mac and Windows, a hundred games never reached for that gleaming Apple. Growing up in the '90s, I was a Windows user and never heard an end to the complaints from my Mac gamer...

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Sorcery! 2 is a fantastic adventure game for iPhone and iPad

Inkle's Sorcery! 2 for iPhone and iPad (US$4.99, universal) is a fantastic take on Steve Jackson's (not that Steve Jackson) adventure gamebook series of the same name. Despite a cumbersome, yet necessary spell-casting mechanic, Sorcery! 2 retains the fun of an old-school adventure book and feels at...

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Tomb Raider, a reboot game that also reboots Mac gaming

The iconic Lara Croft got a franchise reboot last year with the new Tomb Raider game was released for Xbox, PlayStation and PC. Now, Feral Interactive has brought Tomb Raider to the Mac and, after only a week of playing it, I'm certain it will be be the 2014 Mac Game of the Year. Here's a little...

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Kid Tripp has more charm than it has pixels

As someone who grew up in the 8-bit days, I have a weakness for retro-styled platformers regardless of the platform. So, when I saw Kid Tripp, I snapped it up without hesitation. What I found was a game that not only looks like the vintage titles of yesteryear, but it's also just as difficult as...

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App Battle: Super Mega Worm vs. Death Worm

2010 was a big year for the giant carnivorous, destructive, evil flying worm genre on the App Store, with the releases of not one, but two highly-praised titles. The games in question are Super Mega Worm and Death Worm, and they're both as absurd as their titles suggest. In one, you play the role...

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