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Must-Have Thursday: 'Death Rally'

Thursday April 21, 2011
Death Rally

Death Rally is chaotic, explosive, and fun racing.

Previously: Must-Have Thursday: Burn The Rope

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Old-School Monday: 'Pac 'N Jump'

Monday April 11, 2011
Pac 'N Jump

Pac 'N Jump is a nice alternative to the mobile classic Doodle Jump.

Previously: Old-School Monday: 'Tapper World Tour'

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Must-Have Thursday: 'Burn the Rope'

Thursday April 7, 2011
Burn the Rope

Burn the Rope is a great puzzle game that will keep you playing for hours.

Previously: Must-Have Thursday: 'Tiny Wings'

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Old-School Monday: 'Tapper World Tour'

Monday March 28, 2011
Tapper World Tour

Tapper World Tour updates the original arcade hit while staying as simple and fun.

Previously: Old-School Monday: 'Tapcloud'

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Must-Have Thursday: 'Tiny Wings'

Thursday March 24, 2011
Tiny Wings iPhone iPod

Tiny Wings is one of the most addictive mobile games I've ever played. Buy it.

Previously: Must-Have Thursday: 'Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit'

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Old-School Monday: 'Tapcloud'

Monday March 21, 2011
Tapcloud

Tapcloud is one of those simple old-school titles that has you playing just one more game.

Previously: Old-School Monday: 'Virtua Fighter 2'.

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Street Fighter Sales Help Japan Disaster Efforts

Thursday March 17, 2011
Street Fighter IV

You know doubt have heard about the 9.0 earthquake and the resulting tsunami and nuclear power issues wrecking Japan. For the rest of the week, Capcom is donating all sales from the iPhone/iPod Street Fighter IV to disaster relief. I gave the game a great review a while back, and grabbing it is a good way to help those in need.

Read up on the Japan earthquake efforts and, if you like, check out my review of Street Fighter IV on the iPhone/iPod.

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Hands-on with Root Beer Tapper

Monday March 7, 2011
Root Beer Tapper

I had hands-on with Root Beer Tapper, the highly-anticipated reboot of the classic arcade game. Check out the exclusive pics and details on Root Beer Tapper, out later this month on the iPad and iPhone.

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Hands-on: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play PlayStation phone

Thursday March 3, 2011
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play PlayStation phone

The Game Developers Conference is like a nerdier, more intimate version of the big Electronics Entertainment Expo, and Sony Ericsson let me finally get my hands on the nearly mythological PlayStation phone!

Click here for my exclusive gameplay video of the Xperia Play PlayStation phone!

It is called the Xperia Play, and it is the first certified PlayStation phone -- which makes it sound like Sony Ericsson has more phones up its sleeve. I went over the many stats when the phone was announced last month. The important part, of course, is the games.

Getting my hands on the Xperia Play, it is less weighty than it looks. As you can see from the picture and the video, the phone has the now standard touchscreen face and a slidable controller panel below. The controller is less like a mobile and more like a PlayStation 3 joystick: A flat joypad, two touchpads like a flat thumbstick, and the four standard PlayStation action buttons. There are two shoulder triggers, too.

I spent some time with Gameloft's Asphalt 6 -- I was a big fan of the addictive arcade racer, Asphalt 5. It played well, more like an upgrade to 5 than a total revamp, but the key thing here were the controls. I used the joypad for old-school, traditional controls, a la the NES, but the cool part was using the touchpad, which gave some analog, precise movements in this fast racer. I was a regular Asphalt 5 gamer, and I felt right at home pretty quickly here despite being on the new phone.

The verdict is out on the other games, but more than 50 titles are coming out in or shortly after this month. Many are from heavy hitters including:

  • Digital Chocolate
  • EA Mobile
  • Fishlabs
  • Gamehouse
  • Gameloft
  • Glu Mobile
  • Handy Games
  • Namco Bandai Networks
  • PopCap

The Xperia Play will be available by the end of the month on Verizon. No word on pricing or an exact release date yet.

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iPad 2 Coming March 11

Wednesday March 2, 2011

The world's worst secret was announced today: the iPad 2. More importantly, it will be available in like two weeks: March 11. Crazy, right?

Here are the stats that matter to the gamers:

  • Dual-core processors, which means smoother, faster gaming
  • Gyroscope like the iPod and iPhone
  • Built-in camera on front and back
  • 33 percent thinner
  • Same 10 hour battery
  • Available in black and white

Apple head honcho Steve Jobs (who, after being sick, made a nice comeback for the announcement) didn't say much about games, but I'm positive we'll hear some scuttlebutt on the ground here at the Game Developers Conference.

More info on the iPad 2 (and pics!) will be coming soon and, for more GDC-related reporting, follow me, Classic Video Games guide D.S. Cohen and PlayStation guide Roger Altizer.

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