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10 iOS games that are 10 times better with an MFi controller

Did you invest in a new MFi game controller only to find that just a fraction of the games on the App Store support it? Or maybe you have a Logitech PowerShell, SteelSeries Stratus, or MOGA Ace Power on your wish list, but just don't know if the gaming payoff is worth it. Worry not, there are...

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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft arrives on iPad with zero compromises

When new games make the trip from PC to mobile it's usually a dumbed-down affair, but Blizzard's fantastic Warcraft-inspired collectable card game is anything but dumb in its iPad debut. In short, it's just as addictive, gorgeous, and slick as the version we played many months ago on Mac. You...

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Power Grounds is punishing and playful

I love mobile games that present a streamlined way to play while not sacrificing the difficulty or nature of the experience. Power Grounds is a role-playing game that you can control with a single finger, with a roguelike one-death difficulty curve that makes it both punishing and charming at the...

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How to turn your iPhone or iPad into a retro game console without jailbreaking

The iPhone and iPad are already super-capable gaming devices, with thousands of quality titles spanning all genres and tastes, but sometimes it's nice to take a trip back to yesteryear... and sometimes you want to see those games on the big, beautiful HDTV screen in your living room. Here's how to...

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The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 3, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the player at the top of...

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Monument Valley is proof that games can be art

If you have a dog in the never-ending "Are games art?" debate, you know that there are good arguments to be made on both sides. I firmly believe that games can be art, and to anyone who disagrees, I would eagerly point you in the direction of Monument Valley, a new puzzler from developer...

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Popular pin-toppler game Polar Bowler lands on iOS

Polar Bowler first debuted as a Windows PC game ten years ago and became a long-standing hit for WIldTangent and its casual game network. After bringing the popular Polar Bear and his new sidekick J to iOS last year in the 1st Frame game, the company is back with a new PB & J title that...

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I can't tell you why Sometimes You Die is so great

"Unique" is an overused word these days, and every game on the App Store wants you to believe it's like nothing you've ever played before, no matter how similar it is to every other app out there. Sometimes You Die doesn't really have to worry about that though, because its entire premise is based...

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Star Wars: Assault Team puts Star Wars: Force Collection to shame

I love Star Wars and I love collectable card games, so it should say quite a bit that I couldn't review Star Wars: Force Collection because the bare-bones production values turned me off that much. As a collectable card game, it's apparently not bad, but it's just so unacceptably ugly that it...

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Crazy Taxi is fast, fun and, for a limited time, free

Crazy Taxi is one of those games that almost every gamer has taken for a spin at one point in their lives, be it on the Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, or even the arcade original. The game sped onto iOS in 2012 and although I've always been meaning to give it a joy ride, I just never got around to it....

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Defend yourself in the wild skies of Luftrausers

You're a fighter pilot with a plane that can be customized to fire devastating lasers, equip heavy armor, and spin elegantly in all directions. Oh, and it can repair itself while in mid-flight and survive a dive straight into the ocean, too. Your life is constantly in danger as rival pilots,...

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Dear App Store game developers, knock it off with the useless push notifications

Out of all the gaming device in my house -- and there are dozens -- my iPhone and iPad are the most frequently played simply because they are the easiest to pick up for a few minutes at a time. I -- and I imagine many of you as well -- play games on mobile devices when I'm bored or simply have a...

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Surgeon Simulator retains its grotesque hilarity in iPad debut

Surgeon Simulator was one of my favorite PC games of 2013 thanks in large part to its ridiculous premise and intentionally horrible control scheme. The game just debuted on iPad, throwing out the overly complex keyboard commands for overly complex touch controls, and amazingly the formula still...

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Star Trek Online finally enters the Mac universe

It's been roughly four years since Star Trek Online began exploring the universe in search of new worlds and strange life forms, and it looks like the MMORPG finally stumbled upon the Windows-less Apple galaxy. Publisher Perfect World has at long last launched the game for the Mac-owning...

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Fulfill your destructive desires with Smash Hit

If there's one thing human beings love more than constructing something beautiful, it's seeing things utterly destroyed. Smash Hit taps into that primal urge in a glorious way by not only allowing you to cause dazzling destruction, but requiring it. Smash Hit is played from a first-person...

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