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I play a lot of iOS games. I mean … A LOT of iOS games. And one of my favorite things to see in iOS game development is the difference between great games being ported to iOS (which usually make use of on-screen virtual controls) and great games made specifically for iOS, which typically use multi-touch controls that couldn’t easily be replicated on a desktop computer.

Games from the latter category are often the most impressive, demonstrating the potential of a seemingly simple interface. And every once in a while, I’ll come across a game that will actually keep me from getting any work done. These are the games, despite the frustration of falling behind in my work, that I really love coming across. And Battleheart is one of these games.

Battleheart is a real-time, RPG-style, party-based battle game from Mika Mobile, developers of Zombieville USA, and OMG Pirates! Unlike their first two games (which utilize onscreen virtual controls), Battleheart uses a set of completely intuitive controls that are often as simple as drawing a line between characters. So what’s kept me playing all this time? Find out after the break.

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It’s been a pretty rough couple of days for Barry Steakfries. Sales are down across the board and he’s not in a very good mood. As he wanders aimlessly towards another potential rejection, he notices that this next house isn’t like all the others on the block. No, these people seem to be testing out some kind of jetpack, and it looks really cool. So cool in fact that Barry decides he wants to take it. So he does.

And that’s where Jetpack Joyride begins, in all its unabashed glory. There’s no complex plot to be had or hidden messages of political corruption, it’s all about flying on a jetpack. Oh, and did we mention that the jetpack is actually a machine gun? Let’s work out the details after the break.
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It’s a game many have looked forward to, and if it’s one you haven’t heard up, be prepared to hear a lot more about it. Secret of Chateau de Moreau is a point and click (well, touch and tap) adventure with a murder mystery backstory. It’s been praised for its 100+ puzzles, intricate artwork and dynamic outcomes. The game boasts dozens of alternate endings, each set into motion by the individual choices of the player as he or she races to uncover the secrets of the chateau.

Of course, there’s more to the story. Just click on to find out.
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Gameloft’s BackStab is hailed as a leap forward in 3D graphics and free-roaming adventure for the iOS platform. The graphics are stunning — from the movement, to the action and the cut scenes. The island, which contains many exotic environments, will impress you and demand your utmost attention. It will be hard to find a competitor for such a solid game.

Of course, there’s more to the story. Just click on to find out.

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As a huge games enthusiast, I’ve written about games that are fun for idling away a few spare moments, games that instill a feeling of great accomplishment when completed and games that take a bit of strategy to figure out. Of course, in that time, I have also played games that are clunky and difficult to the point of being unfun. Since I have no intention of wasting anyone’s time, I rarely tell anyone about these games. It is only on the sparsest of occasions that I come across a game that is so mind-blowingly hard, yet incredibly fun, as the one I bring to you today.

I began playing Super Stickman Golf back in May at the recommendation of a friend, and I haven’t yet made much of a dent in the set of courses available to play. Learning the game is simple, and you may feel good about your performance after your first few rounds. But don’t let that fool you: in order to enjoy this game, you must be prepared to be incessantly abused by failure. Have I scared you away yet? No? Then hit that jump to find out more.

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Ever since the iPhone — and more specifically the App Store — was released, gamers around the globe have been praying for a way to be able to play World of Warcraft on their iPhones or iPod Touches. The trouble with that idea is that WoW is a PC game, so it makes use of pretty much every button on the keyboard, a two or more button mouse and generally isn’t played on a three-and-a-half inch display. Imagine trying to raid, chat and do whatever else WoW players do on something that easily fits in your pocket.

So, Gameloft came up with the next best thing. It isn’t actually WoW, but it is a native, full 3-D, MMOPRG experience on iOS, that clearly and obviously takes almost every aspect of its style from Blizzard’s immensely and almost dangerously addictive PC title. And you know what? They did a really good job. It’s called Order & Chaos, and let’s get into it after the jump.

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The App Store is full of games trying to capitalize on a current trend, so when I first heard about Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty for the iPhone, I was a bit skeptical. Most companies have a hard enough time getting a movie adaptation to work as a console game. Is it possible they could make magic for the iPhone?

To find out, I decided to play the game and give it a fair shake. Was it worth it? Let’s find out together after the jump.

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It’s not often that you find a challenging match-three puzzle game for the iPhone. There have been some very unique puzzle series in previous apps, however, Legacy: Mystery Mansion kicks up the strategy to a whole new level.

The purpose here is to match up similar glyphs and drop antique fragments below the game board, which ties into elements to a plot line that you discover as you move throughout the mansion. The game is not only addictive, but just a great way to kill some time and boasts some very convoluted challenges. Let’s take a closer look after the jump.

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From the Classroom to the Backyard, the Bedroom and beyond (coming soon), you must plot, scheme, build and solve your way through puzzles involving balloons, slingshots, paper airplanes, skateboards and remote-controlled trucks. How do you do it? Casey’s Contraptions.

This app rocks! The puzzles are increasingly more challenging (the first levels give you a nice, quick introduction to the key concepts of gameplay), and the themed experience feels finely perfected down to the last note of the jazzy theme song. My favorite part? Read on and I’ll tell you all about it.

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Some people (apparently a great majority) get some wild enjoyment out of firing furious fowls into rudely constructed structures that protect a pile of prig-looking pigs. It’s not just iOS devices, but Android, Palm and other charts are topped with the best-selling physics-based destruction game “Angry Birds”. But we already knew that, so I’m always interested in seeing which new app will surface to the number 2 spot on the mobile gaming charts; and I’ve found a winner: “Tiny Wings”.

Tiny Wings features a bird with a problem: his wings aren’t big enough to fly. Your mission is simple, keep your bird in motion with high-and-long glides over the colorful hills of rolling digital islands. Start slow, sliding down a grassy slope, then let gravity and aerodynamic velocity take it from there.

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