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iOS

Clockwork Racers – multiscreen Micro Machines action

Clockwork Racers – multiscreen Micro Machines action
Oh man, I've been meaning to write about Clockwork racers ever since I saw it at the ExPlay Conference in Bath. It's a really beautiful top-down racer, in the style of Codemasters classic Micro Machines - except you're driving teeny-weeny clockwork robots rather than teeny weeny toy cars.

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Tentacles: Gaaaah. But also: Mmmmmm!

Tentacles: Gaaaah. But also: Mmmmmm!
Have we talked about Tentacles yet? I hope not, because I'm about to talk about Tentacles, and I'd hate to be even more boring than usual.

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How indie devs should talk to the press – by the press!

How indie devs should talk to the press – by the press!

Last week I did a talk at the Launch Conference in Birmingham about how developers should deal with the gaming press. As part of my 'preparations' I asked a bunch of my peers what they thought. Here's what they told me...

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Wall Street Titan: Robot Death from Above

Wall Street Titan: Robot Death from Above
Wall Street Titan is a game that takes revenge on the greedy capitalist pigs who destroyed the global economy by doing their sums wrong and something to do with sub-prime mortages.

(Ask Donlan – he explained it all to me once.)

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Groove Coaster Zero – trance action on iOS

Groove Coaster Zero - trance action on iOS
The original Groove Coaster is one of Hookshot Inc.'s Must Play titles for iOS, a simple but expressive music game in which you tap your finger in time with the soundtrack and on-screen indicators.

We take a look at the new free-to-play sequel.

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On He-Man and staring into the void

On He-Man and staring into the void
Mobile gaming is an odd place sometimes. Games that would be considered banal on any other platform, or mediocre at best, get passable write-ups because there's content, it runs okay and people overlook the fact that controlling it often feels like there's an open pritt-stick strapped to your every finger.

There's progression, the game is ridiculously cheap and it fills the void we laughably call our lives - so where's your problems Mister Moaner?

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Letterpress – it’s not a productivity app

Letterpress - it's not a productivity app
Morning! I haven't been posting much lately. Partly, that's because I've been buying a house. Mostly, though, it's because I played the word BOWSPRIT on Letterpress a few weeks back, and I've been giving myself a short holiday as a reward.

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Alt-Minds is… something… erm… don’t say transmedia!

Alt-Minds is... something... erm... don't say transmedia!
I'm not sure I can tell you what Alt-Minds is, but I can tell you it looks like something that might happen in the future somehow.

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Wave Trip – the Bad Hotel guys are back

Wave Trip – the Bad Hotel guys are back

The musical makers of our favourite audio-obsessed tower defence game are back with another super stylish sound toy, this time in the form of a daring adventure with a level editor!

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Angry Birds: Star Wars – Hooray! Not rubbish!

Angry Birds: Star Wars – Hooray! Not rubbish!
There was (long ago, far away etc) a time when Star Wars games were a bastion of quality. Even the crap ones like Rebel Assault.

Angry Birds: Star Wars is a throwback to that halcyon era. It’s seemingly constructed by someone locked in a time capsule that predates The Phantom Menace and, reader, I love it.

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The week’s picks: Hungry Giraffe and Verticus’ fallen hero

The week’s picks: Hungry Giraffe and Verticus’ fallen hero
Hello, brave occupiers of Hookshot Heights. I’m just chiming in to flag up two iOS releases that might tweak your interests this week.

I’m sure you’ll be too busy bathing in the goopy red glow of Call of Duty headshots to notice – but what about that galling minute between bouts of Team Deathmatch? Or when you’re performing your ablutions?

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The Hookshot bundle watch

The Hookshot bundle watch
Another selection of indie bundle deals and news stories from around the bundling world. This week: Sportsfriends, Harvest and Humble Bundle Android!

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