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Barnes & Noble gives free Wi-Fi for the iPhone/iPod Touch!

Posted by Appgamr on July 29, 2009

Free Wi-Fi at Barnes & Noble Stores!

Free Wi-Fi!

Free Wi-Fi for my iPod Touch!  More reason to go to Barnes & Noble.  Download the Barnes & Noble iPhone/iPod Touch App to take advantage.  You should still be able to get the free Starbucks coffee at B&N just for downloading.

Borders, please even the playing field with free Wi-Fi for my iPod Touch.  Thanks.

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Free Coffee with Free iPhone App! Limited Time.

Posted by Appgamr on July 24, 2009

Free Coffee with Free iPhone App!

Free Coffee with Free iPhone App!

What’s better than a free iPhone/iPod Touch app?  Free Tall Coffee at Barnes & Noble, when you download the B&N book store iPhone/iPod Touch app.

B&N is not trying to compete with Kindle iPhone/iPod app.  Instead the B&N app is more a pocket bookstore giving you regularly updated “what’s hot” book lists for online purchasing.

It would be better if it were an e-Reader on the iPhone/iPod Touch.  But free coffee while browsing books is a great deal.

Limited time offer.  Hurry now to iTunes and search for “Barnes & Noble.”

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Review: Grey’s Anatomy the Video Game (Wii, PC, DS), Ubisoft

Posted by Appgamr on July 13, 2009

Seattle Grace's finest listening to the Chief.

Seattle Grace's finest listening to the Chief.

Grey’s Anatomy the Video Game is a dream come true for anyone who has uttered the words “McDreamy” and “McSteamy.”  Re-live the first four seasons of Grey’s Anatomy as one of the Seattle Grace surgeon interns, counseling love-lorn Meredith, ogling Sloane and dissing Calli for shacking up with George.

Available on the Wii, PC, and Nintendo DS.

Give us your thoughts on this video game based on the popular TV show by clicking on the red LEAVE A COMMENT link below.

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Review: Hero of Sparta (Free, $0.99), Gameloft, iPhone

Posted by Appgamr on June 30, 2009

Hero of Sparta is an action game for everyone.

Hero of Sparta is an action game for everyone.

++  Loved the movie 300?

Always wondered why some guys sit in their basements and play action-adventures days on end?

For every gal and guy who wanted to relate to brethren who play WoW or pretend to be Greek warriors, Hero of Sparta on the iPhone is the best and easiest way to get started.

I didn’t expect to fall in love with the idea of being a third person Spartan warrior slashing opposing fighters and monsters with a long sword.  The graphics, storytelling, and action are surprisingly high quality for a free or near free game.  Honestly, when folks talk about the iPhone/iPod Touch as the “console in your pocket,” they should use Hero of Sparta as an example.

I have a theory: core games and monster fighting games haven’t caught on with casual gamers, who have had bad experiences trying to set up convoluted PC games or console games.

Casual gamers including myself can’t remember the keyboard strokes, find the challenges too difficult, the joystick controls not intuitive, to have fun with most core games.  Core games’ demanding learning curve turns off busy guys and gals, the casual gamers, who are larger in numbers.  Action-adventure games would have bigger, more diverse audiences if they offer simpler formats without losing drama and fun.

Anyway, I love Hero of Sparta for making it easy and gore-free for me to slash at monsters and advance to the next level.  In 5 minutes, I was able to land on a beach, kill attacking soldiers, use a super-power to defeat two monsters, all in a very nice, forward-moving action story set in ancient Greece.  From Gameloft, a game brand on the iPhone that means high quality to me.  Two thumbs up.

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Review: Flight Control ($0.99), Firemint, iPhone

Posted by Appgamr on June 30, 2009

Have a frosty sundae for landing 52 airplanes today.

Have a frosty sundae for landing 52 airplanes today.

Want to know the best $0.99 you can spend on an iPhone Game?  It’s Flight Control by Firemint, a smart but elegant game that allows you to be a flight controller or traffic cop for airplanes, helicopters, and seaplanes.  Current version offers three airfields, nine aircraft types, regular map, beach resort and military air carrier maps for air traffic direction.  High score boards, peering (i.e., sharing a plane with friends while touching iPhones together), in-game location (i.e., tells you where you are on the map) are part of its features.

Anyone who watches the History Channel, adores Google Maps, or have been infatuated with the skies and air travel, will love this game.  Beautiful graphics, good music, considerate human design make this easy and smart at the same time.

Firemint set the world on fire with this awesome game, a contender for the best iPhone game ever, due to its clever use of iPhone features and engaging, good-looking, “one more game” design.  Look for Firemint’s next game, Real Racing.

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Opinion: Myst ($5.99): The Granddaddy …

Posted by Appgamr on June 17, 2009

Myst mist.

Myst mist.

Opinion: Myst ($5.99): The Granddaddy of the immersive fantasy world and first-person video game story telling, Myst has been ported in near entirety to the iPhone. Myst fans and app store games fans cannot not download Myst and have it in the app store games collection. It is a well-loved, well-executed classic. And it is on the App Store now.

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