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Namco Holds Thanksgiving Sale

Namco, the developers and publishers of games such as Pac-Man and Galaga, have put on sale some of their most popular games for Thanksgiving.  The sale prices range anywhere from $0.99 to $2.99, and I’ve bolded the games that I personally recommend above the others (please note I haven’t played all of the games mentioned, so there may be some hidden gems that I just haven’t tried out yet).

The sale starts today and will end on November 28th 11:59 PM PST, so be sure to pick them up anything you’re interested in before time runs out.

Wooords Review: Words With Friends, You Have been Dethroned

Word games on the App Store are far and plenty, with most of them much too generic to really make a splash.

Games such as Words With Friends, though, has largely been successful due to its social appeal, along with boasting of a “Scrabble for everyone” type of motto.

I’ve played a fair share of word games throughout the App Store, and quite honestly, the only game that I loved and still love is Words With Friends.  The others don’t have much of a lasting appeal, and many get old without achievements, stats, or brain-crunching gameplay.

Enter Wooords, a new word game that uses the idea of alphabet fridge magnets to create a game.  It’s not unique or original by any means, but the three gameplay modes and tons of achievements allow for quite a thrill ride.  One of the game modes — Challenge — also allows you to try and beat other people’s scores with a certain set of letters, going as long as you want to try and achieve the highest score.

While I would like to see some better word recognition and for it to work out some achievement bugs, Wooords is undoubtedly the cream of the crop of word games.

Likes

Artwork: The artwork looks very similar to No Monkeys’s Alphabetic, which was released a long, long time ago.  I love the art style, though, and it definitely brings back memories of those fridge magnets.

Content/Replay Value: There are around 30 different puzzles in the classic mode, all of which would take at least 5 hours to complete.  On top of that, the two additional gameplay modes add a ton of replay value to the game as a whole.  Add in a slew of GameCenter achievements, and you’re set to play this game for a good 8-10 hours total, depending on how much you really like the game.  For me personally, this is the only game I’ve been playing aside from the occasional Deadlock Online.

The “it” factor: In great games, there’s always that something I like to call the “it” factor; something that makes you come back to the game, but you can’t really describe it in words.  Wooords has that, and it keeps me coming back for more and more and more.  I don’t know why, other than the fact that it’s just plain fun.  You can sit there for a few hours at a time, or a few minutes while waiting at the doctor’s office.  It’s accessible, enjoyable, and best of all, it makes you think.  I love games like this, and Wooords executes almost everything to perfection.

Dislikes

Word recognition: The game does have some trouble recognizing words at times, and I have to move the letters back and forth for it to finally explode in stars and give me some points.  It’s not a huge deal and not a deal-breaker by any means, but it is noticeable.

I love Wooords.  This is a great game that everyone should play, and there’s really no reason for you not to.  Every once in a while a great game is released, and Wooords is just that diamond in the rough.  Do yourself a favor and pick it up: it’s universal, addictive, and exercises your brain.  What more could you ask for?

Wooords was developed by Stray Robot Games, and I played through version 1.1.1 on my iPhone 4 and iPad 2.  The price is $0.99.

‘Cut the Rope’ Receiving Yet Another Update, Plush Toys Coming Soon as Well

Cut the Rope, the very successful iPhone puzzler published by Chillingo, will be receiving a new 1.4 update in the coming months, which includes 25 new levels, a new character, and all-new gameplay mechanics that challenge the players to bounce the sweets into Om Nom’s mouth.

Along with that, the new update promises the introduction of the Star Key, which allows you to unlock future level boxes.  There are also hidden drawings within each box, and once found, you can post them on Facebook; the update also includes the ability to choose what type of candy you want to play with — donuts, cupcakes, and hard candy.

In other news, Chillingo and Zepto Labs have announced the upcoming arrival of Cut the Rope plush toys for all those Cut the Rope fans out there.  These will be arriving sometime in September through online gift and specialty stores.

If you haven’t picked up Cut the Rope yet, be sure to check out our thorough review of the game.  It is available now for $0.99 on the iPhone and $1.99 on iPad.

Scribble Show Review: Interesting Concept Wasted by Lack of Content

The iPhone’s touchscreen is so unique in that it’s capable of doing so many things, especially when it comes to games.

And Phenom Studio’s Scribble Show aims to do just that by creating quite a unique experience on the iPhone, albeit nothing new in terms of the whole drawing concept.

In the one game mode that’s involved, you have to draw the falling shapes as fast as possible and not let them hit the ground.  There are many power ups including Blow Up, Freeze, and Slow Down, along with some others that will aid in helping you get to the highest level possible.

Of course, more and more drawings and more and more complex drawings appear as the levels go on, and once enough of the drawings have fallen, it’s game over.  The game is equipped with GameCenter leaderboards, and the gameplay itself is a lot of fun.  But it could have been so much more; for now, it’s something that’s intriguing but may not be enough to keep one busy for long.

Likes

Drawing: The drawing recognition in this game is pretty accurate, and it allows you to draw complex figures with ease.  It allows enough margin for error for you to not become too frustrated with the game, and the developers definitely got the most important piece of the game right.

Balance: The balance of the game is good enough so that you learn through the first few levels of the game, then start to use those talents and ultimately fight for the highest score.  The game balance isn’t perfect by any means, but it should allow first-time players to ease into the gameplay without feeling too pressured in the beginning.

Dislikes

Only one game mode: The fact that the game only carries one game mode seriously limits the game’s replay value, as you can only play one game mode of this sort for so long.

GameCenter achievements: The decision to add GameCenter leaderboards but not achievements is always mind-boggling to me; take a few minutes, create some achievements, and voila: your app is that much more tempting to buy.  Put the work in, add some achievements, and everyone will be happy.

Scribble Show is extremely limited in terms of replay value and gameplay, but the interesting drawing concept of the game is enough for me to not totally write this off as horrible.  It has a lot of potential, and I’ve had a lot of fun with the given mode.  It just needs a little bit more to compete with the likes of Rovio Mobile’s Angry Birds, or even smaller game studios such as Andreas Illiger’s Tiny Wings.

Scribble Show was developed by Phenom Studios, and I played through version 1.1 on my iPhone 4.  The price is $0.99.

Halfbot’s ‘The Blocks Cometh’ Receives Huge Update, Robots and Humans Rejoice

The Blocks Cometh, a classic Flash game made iOS game, has received a significant update, one that should bring smiles to all who have been playing around with this game.

Added in this new update are as follows:

  • Landscape mode: play the game in landscape
  • Arcade and Casual modes: These two modes introduce a life system that helps extend Gameplay and bring a new dimension to the game. Casual mode offers players a less aggressive experience, while the hardcore fans will get challenged to new heights in Arcade mode.
  • 4 new characters to unlock
  • Now with more than 30 achievements
  • In-app purchases — Gamebot mode: Play The Blocks Cometh like it’s 1989! This mode offers players a complete throw back to the old school handheld consoles. Complete with all new retro art, soundtrack and the custom Gamebot skin.
  • Unlock all characters (in-app purchase)
  • Bug fixes and optimizations

The update should be live on the App Store now; if not, abusing that refresh button shouldn’t hurt.

And if you just happened to miss The Blocks Cometh, be sure to check out our review of the game.  It’s currently available for $0.99.