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My wife and I were walking through the mall the other day, when we came across a Disney store. As we were pushing our three-month-old daughter through the crowded shop she said to me, “It’s sad that our kids won’t have the same relationship with Mickey Mouse that we did. He’s just a mascot now; hardly much more than a character on a letterhead.”

So where has he been? Turns out that Disney feels that the character still has some kick left in him, and it shows in their latest game, Where’s My Mickey? Although it’s a Mickey-fied take on another game (a Disney one, granted), it provides a good amount of fun for a reasonable price. Are you down to see what the mouse has in store for us? Then head on in. (more…)

I’ve often joked with my buddies about the social etiquette required when using a men’s room. You have lines of urinals, but you don’t want to stand right next to someone else if you can avoid it for multiple reasons. Then there’s the stalls, which is a whole other ball of wax and requires certain other considerations. Long story short, there’s a lot going on when a guy has to relieve himself, and it can be quite humorous.

Which is why when I discovered Men’s Room Mayhem, I knew I had to buy it. Would this game be able to provide the male bathroom experience as I know it, or would it just go down the drain? Let’s find out. (more…)

Side scrollers are a dime a dozen these days on iOS, so it takes a really polished — but extremely inventive — game to stand out. That’s no short order. But this genre has been done so well so many times — Rayman: Jungle Run comes to mind — that it’s hard to meet that goal.

That’s why I’m more than a little excited about the latest offering from Frogmind: Badland is sophisticated and artistic with a level of polish that most games would only dream of, but also simple and easy to pick up. It’s gorgeous, but understated. Read on to find out what makes this game so great. (more…)

There are a few games that I am embarrassingly addicted to. The Simpsons: Tapped Out comes to mind, a game that I’ve whiled away many an hour playing (and passed on to my friends, too). Tetris was another that killed the battery life on my Game Boy back in the day. Today, the battery killer is a new game, called Dots.

What makes Dots better than my other addictions? Well, there’s a list, so let me just break it down after the jump.


Every week, Marius Masalar gives us a rundown of the best new games of the week with iPhone Game Friday, and every week I read through the post, think about what a great job he’s done and go to the App Store to make a purchase. He’s good at his job.

It happened again a few weeks ago when he brought up Mittens, a game by Disney not based on any previous character or property. It’s about a cat, a girl cat, diamonds — there’s a lot going on here, but at the end of the day, it’s a puzzler. Is it fun? Well Marius said it was “addictive and wonderful,” so is he right or does he need to start looking for a new job? Let’s find out. (more…)

Flow Free is a puzzle game that involves connecting colored dots on a grid. The concept is as simple as can be, and yet as the levels progress, this becomes more of a challenge than you might think.

If you like puzzles that require some meditation and strategy, and if you’re the kind of player who just has to dominate a level — not matter how many times you have to replay it — before moving on to the next, then Flow Free is right up your alley. Click “more” to take a look. (more…)

I have mixed feelings about most games that I play on my iPhone. Sure, they’re fun, particularly for quick spells here and there, but put me in front of something that takes more time and I just lose interest.

But then there are games that go above and beyond the normal. They’re easy to pick up and play, yet addictive enough to lose yourself in for hours. They’re puzzlers, yet there’s something still beneath the surface. That, in essence, is Hundreds. (more…)

It’s hard to say exactly what it is about Pudding Monsters that makes it so addictive and so easy on the eyes, since it scores high marks all around. You could chalk it up to slick 3-D graphics, the cute characters, the smooth animation, the pleasantly quirky sound effects, and of course, the simple-yet-not-so-simple puzzles.

But really it’s the balance of all of the above that makes the game such a winner. Like my favorite Pixar films that I can watch over and over, Pudding Monsters is a game that makes me smile every time I play. (more…)

Long a favorite on Facebook, Candy Crush Saga has made the jump to iOS. With awesome pieces of candy instead of stupid old jewels, Candy Crush Saga follows the same gameplay as Bejeweled: switch two candies to make a three-in-a-row match. Create special matches and you’ll get power boosts. Clear enough candy in time, and you win the round. But does it take more than sweet, sweet candy to make a game really stand out? Not in my experience, but let’s find out. (more…)

Words with Friends’ popularity peak seems like it was a millennium ago. But one thing was proven when it was at the top: gamers — both casual and habitual — love word games. They also love another time-tested favorite that features falling pieces and goes by the name of Tetris.

Combine elements of the two and it adds up to Letris & Friends, the three-in-one word game app that features competitive finds, disappearing blocks and snaking searches that you can engage in with your buddies.

Aiming to be the last word on letter-focused puzzle apps, find out what fun awaits you within Letris & Friends after the break. (more…)

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