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LEGO Minifigures Online now works with the LEGO Minifigures Series 12 collectible toys.

You can unlock each figure with the unique code inside each bag. The game includes tons of minifigures to play with in a variety of worlds including Dino World, Pirate World, Medieval World, and Mythology World. As you level up your minifigures you can unlock achievements and fight big boss battles.

You can check out LEGO Minifigures Online for free on the official website, and it will be coming to iOS sometime in the (hopefully near) future.

LEGO Star Wars The New Yoda Chronicles Review

LEGO Star Wars The New Yoda Chronicles Review

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It's inoffensive enough, but that's the problem for LEGO Star Wars The New Yoda Chronicles. It's actually quite a dull variety of inoffensive.

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Star Wars Scene Maker

 
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Ever since the launch of the new Star Wars trilogy back in the summer of 1999, people have been second-guessing George Lucas’ decisions as a filmmaker. With that in mind, it seems like it was only a matter of time before he threw up his arms and said, “Oh, you think you can do better?” Though that scenario may be fictionalized, the resulting application is very real: Star Wars Scene Maker. Is the application powerful enough to let fans bring balance to the Force, or will the lack of free content leave the sandbox more barren than Tatooine on a summer day? Lights. Camera. Action. It is hard to deny the allure of a big Hollywood production. In Star Wars Scene Maker, the user gets to sit in the director’s chair and design their own scene set, “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….” Everything from the camera angles and positioning to the actions being scripted and performed bends to the will of the director. Even the dialog can be spoken and inserted directly into the application. Simply put, the storytelling potential of this tool is virtually limitless. As long as you are willing to pay the price, of course. –Blake Grundman

Mecha Ace

 
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Mecha Ace is an interactive reading experience centered around the interstellar civil war between the ruthless Empire of Earth and its independent space colonies. At the beginning of the book, readers will be asked whether the gender of non-playable characters will be randomized or not. What seems like a futile question actually just serves to show the sheer scope and flexibility of Mecha Ace, as this seemingly minor adjustment can easily effect how readers will react to key relationships within the game. Readers will soon come to choose minor details such as tactical strategy and custom upgrades, all the way up to character-defining moments such as justifying murder or deciding their initial motivation for joining the fight for Earth. These and other decisions really allows for a deeper connection to the story and its characters. –Lee Hamlet

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril

 
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The LEGO series of games have had their fair share of ups and downs, providing fans with inconsistent experiences from game-to-game. While some have succeeded in recreating the success of their console brethren, others have fallen far short of this benchmark. Can the most recent Marvel themed outing brought over from the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita make the successful transition to iOS, or will our favorite heroes be left looking decidedly less super? From the moment that the game begins it’s obvious that LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is a far cry from some of the other highly-polished LEGO games on the App Store. For starters, the fixed three quarters top-down camera proves to be a sticking point that negatively affects both the presentation and controls. Core elements of the environment like ledges are very difficult to determine from the perspective that the game implements. But who doesn’t like a little unnecessary backtracking, right? –Blake Grundman

Transformers: Age of Extinction – The Official Game

 
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No matter how you feel about Michael Bay’s take on the franchise, its hard for anyone with an even remotely geeky bent to not have at least a little soft spot for the Transformers. So whenever a new Transformers-related game rolls in, there’s always that small spark of hope that it’ll turn out more like High Moon Studios’ excellent 2010 console release Transformers: War for Cybertron and less like, well, pretty much every other Transformers game in the history of ever. [Editor’s Note: Oh you did NOT just forsake Fall of Cybertron and the one for the PlayStation 2 based on Armada!] That’s not to say that I’m expecting a full console-style experience from a free-to-play iOS release, mind you. That would be a grossly unfair burden to shoulder Transformers: Age of Extinction with. I’m speaking more to just the general level of quality, fun, and fan service that one would hope for. And while I’m not saying that it totally falls short in all these categories, it doesn’t really quite reach them either. –Rob Thomas

Science Museum Splash!

 
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Science Museum Splash! is a new interactive app for iPad and iPhone that young children will find quite engaging as they explore this water-themed activity by filling a bathtub full of water and having lots of fun dropping different items into the tub to explore whether they will float or sink. A few novelty animals are included, as well as the ability to change the color of the water and also to customize the background colors seen within this app. I appreciate this application because, universally, children really enjoy playing with water. Yet parents can sometimes do without the wet mess that comes along with this type of exploration. This app also gives children the vantage point of being able to see the toy or other object’s effect within the water – be it popping back to the surface or falling to the bottom, which children can’t visualize as well when they are in the bathtub themselves. Although this app is no substitute for playing within a water table or playing during bath time, it allows children to explore the physics of water in the comfort of their own bed or when out and about if they choose. –Amy Solomon

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Winning Kick

 
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Winning Kick feels good to play not only because it’s a bit of fun, but also because 50% of all proceeds from the game go to the Charity Ball, a organization that provides soccer balls to kids in developing countries. This is a great idea. Luckily, the game is enjoyable as well. Winning Kick is simple yet effective. It is less a soccer game and more a game of timing. The game starts with one of the players with the ball. An arrow moves quickly back and forth. The idea is to tap to pass the ball when it is aimed at another player so they receive it. In this way the ball can be worked towards the goal player by player, avoiding the keeper as well. Once a goal is scored, the ball is given to a random defender and the cycle starts again with the goal to set the highest score. –Allan Curtis

Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake

 
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Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake is a Kickstarted puzzle collaboration between SleepNinja Games and Cartoon Network The game is self-described as being like Legend of Zelda, and that specific description is apt. The 2D stylings are whimsically implemented, with cutscenes and dialog boxes used to move the gameplay along. The intro action kind of plods along, but as soon as one gets through that, the backstory catapults us into the digital quest. Our protagonist is a young boy named Niko, who, upon wanting to experience the renown glory of cake for breakfast on his birthday, finds that his cake has been stolen by the Boogin King and his cohorts in a fit of “cakelust.” Accompanied by his trusty canine companion, Niko looks to save all treats by looking to best the Boogin King. In practice, this is done by solving puzzles presented in the leveled series. It starts off simple enough to highlight the controls: tapping and dragging to guide the movement of our hero. –Tre Lawrence

Flick Soccer Brazil

 
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I blinked and I missed it. England’s run in this year’s World Cup has been close to shambolic and to be honest I missed a lot of it. Mainly because I was playing Flick Soccer Brazil. The setup’s simple. A ball, a goal and a keeper. The aim is to swipe at the football and then as the ball’s mid-flight you swipe at the screen again to apply some extra dip, lift or swerve. This sounds easy but there’s a real skill to swiping at the ball just quick enough to get enough height on the shot so it reaches the top corner. Even a fraction too much velocity to your swipe and the ball will end up in row Z. –Matt Parker

Swipe Tap Smash

 
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Swipe Tap Smash takes after the NES’ Super Smash Volleyball, which is one of those games that perhaps has been played by millions through random cartridges floating around. It was a pretty neat game, one that feels underrepresented by modern developers recreating retro games. But now, someone has, as an endless arcade game. The title perfectly describes how it is played. One of the volleyballers sets the ball, the other sets it up high for a smash, which the player then swipes toward the ball, tapping to smash it on time. Each successful ball hit to the other side is worth a point in the game’s endless mode. A trick mode is available where various criteria, including hitting the ball quickly, and knocking over both opponents with a powerful smash, can award the player more points for their individual shots. –Carter Dotson

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril Review

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril Review

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Never have super heroes felt less empowered.

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Grab Your Spandex! LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril is Here

Posted by on June 20th, 2014
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Oh no! Loki and his evil buddies are constructing a super-weapon. Who can stop them? The LEGO® Marvel™ Super Heroes! After their success with consoles and PC last year, Marvel and Lego have teamed up to bring LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril to mobile devices. Play as Spider-Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and 88 other characters. Seek out the Cosmic Bricks in the 45 missions that span the Marvel Universe.

The game has two control settings: “Console” and “Touch Screen,” which will make it easier for players to play the way they prefer. As the app requires no internet access players can feel free to play where and when they like. Just watch out when downloading the game. It takes up 2.2gb of space when downloaded with wifi.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril is available on the App Store for $4.99.

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Lots of LEGO Games are on Sale for $0.99 Right Now

Posted by on May 20th, 2014
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LEGO games are quite popular, generally quite good, and certainly here to stay. And several of them are currently on sale for $0.99 on the App Store.

At the moment the titles affected by this seemingly random price drop are LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, LEGO Batman: DC Superheroes, and LEGO The Lord of the Rings. So if you’re in the mood for some wizard schooling, villain chasing, or cursed ring destroying you’re in luck!

You can nab each of the four games mentioned right now for $0.99 apiece.

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Funcom’s upcoming Lego Minifigures Online that we told you about at the beginning of this month was demoed extensively at GDC 2014, focusing in particular on the previously yet-to-be-seen Pirate World.

The game is going to feature a large number of playable characters, this time being the standard Lego Minifigures rather than the licensed famous characters seen is many of Lego’s other games. The ability to unlock different characters and use them to play through the countless adventure maps and battle bosses is definitely the main allure to this game; each character has its own set of special abilities for you to play with.

The game is planned to be available as a public beta sometime this summer and is going to see a release this “fall.” As for pricing, Lego Minifigures Online is going to be free-to-play, but there will almost certainly be in-app purchases to more quickly unlock those bags of characters. While you wait, be sure to check out the previously-unreleased screenshots of the game’s Pirate World below.

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Funcom has recently announced LEGO Minifigures Online: an online (naturally) adventure featuring the quite popular LEGO collectibles.

LEGO Minifigures Online looks to be a combination of the LEGO adventure-style games you’re no doubt already familiar with, along with the ability to collect and even improve a bunch of different characters. Finding stars earns you more bags, more bags means more figures, and more figures means more abilities. Plus it seems like a pretty solid reason to keep playing.

You’ll be able to get your hands on LEGO Minifigures Online later this summer. Although if you’re going to be in San Francisco on Tuesday, March 18 – Thursday, March 20 (i.e. during GDC), you can also try to swing by The Westin San Francisco Hotel for a live demo, or possibly some hands-on time.

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Warner Bros. Releases MMO Game LEGO Legends of CHIMA Online

Posted by on March 3rd, 2014
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Warner Bros has just released LEGO Legends of CHIMA Online, which, as the name hints at, is an online multiplayer adventure with solo play options.

The game is based on the LEGO CHIMA universe, where animals take on human characteristics and the eight animal tribes fight to control CHI. Folks familiar with the toys and/or cartoon will find many familiar elements. It allows the player to select from one of four tribes, and to customize a warrior to battle the other four tribes; it also allows one to create weapons and outposts, and to perform trades and alliances with other online players. There is also the ability to pick up a paused or interrupted game from other online portals.

LEGO Legends of CHIMA Online is available for free on the App Store.

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Threes

 
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Threes, from Puzzlejuice creator Asher Vollmer and Greg Wohlwend, artist of Ridiculous Fishing and Hundreds, is the first great mobile game of 2014. The goal of Threes is to match together tiles on a four-by-four board by sliding them around. 1 and 2 tiles can be matched together to make 3 tiles, a pair of 3 tiles can be matched together to make 6s, 6s make 12s, 12s make 24s, and so on. Each tile starting with the 3s has a point value that is three times as much as the previous tile, so the game rewards making larger numbers. –Carter Dotson

Toast Time

 
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In Toast Time, players are in control of TERRY (Toast-Ejecting Recoil and Reload sYstem): an English toaster with an arsenal of bread-built projectiles. And, if they choose, a monocle and dapper hat. The bad guys are alien-like blobs determined to steal time by descending on TERRY’s clock in droves. Players tap where they want to shoot, and the bread bullets start flying. An added little twist has TERRY caroming off the ground and bouncing around the screen with each shot. Timing the shots with TERRY’s maneuvers can be the key to passing a level. Especially on levels like “Rabid Fan Base” or “Fannying Around.” Just saying. –Stacy Barnes

LEGO Star Wars: Microfighters

 
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Presumably aimed at the younger market, LEGO Star Wars: Microfighters initially seems quite fun. It’s a shoot-em-up set across 18 different stages, each taken from important battles within Star Wars history, and looks like it would be ideal for twitchy gamers. Turning repetitive all too soon though, and proving really quite dull, it’s not so great after all. Immediately easy to learn, LEGO Star Wars: Microfighters lends itself well to touch screen play. With the player in control of the direction of the aircraft and its weaponry, with it propelling forward automatically, it’s a one or two-finger kind of game. Holding one finger to the screen not only aids in moving the ship around but also in firing at the enemies. Hold two fingers down and a special attack is unleashed, wiping out a large number of them at once. –Jennifer Allen

Orderly

 
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Looking simple yet offering all the features that one could need, Orderly is a very handy To-Do list app. It fits into the stylings of iOS 7, retaining a clean interface throughout. Even better, it should help organize one’s life a little easier. The app starts out offering a fairly extensive tutorial. At first it might seem a little intimidating, which is fairly far from the truth. Orderly is intuitive enough; with regular iOS users sure to be able to understand what goes where. Using a choice of buttons or gestures, it’s simple to set up a variety of different reminders and notes. Rather than restricting users to one line of content, it’s possible to create lists within lists, proving particularly handy for a combination of similarly themed tasks. –Jennifer Allen

Marvel Run Jump Smash!

 
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As a huge fan of superhero games and the world of Marvel, I jumped at the chance to try out Marvel Run Jump Smash!. Disappointment came all too quickly. It’s an Endless Runner in the vein of Jetpack Joyride and one that doesn’t really give players a sense of progression by any means. Players are initially given the choice of controlling either Nick Fury or Maria Hill, with more characters available to play as things tick along within the game. Captain America, Black Widow, Iron Man, and The Hulk are there for the grabbing, assuming one catches their shield shaped icon to switch out to them. –Jennifer Allen

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Arcade Ball

 
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Arcade Ball takes the humble game of Skee Ball to the digital age. Arcade Ball is a pretty standard game of Skee Ball. Players bowl balls down a lane aiming at targets with different point values. Landing the ball in a cup awards that amount of points and the more points that are scored the more tickets are earned after the game. These tickets can be exchanged for prizes. Tokens can also be earned that power a few special moves like bowling three balls at once. –Allan Curtis

Circle Stop

 
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It’s pretty difficult to come up with a game concept simpler than Circle Stop. There is a dot, “rolling” around in a circle in the middle of the screen. Other small dots of various colors are spawned on this circle, and the player needs to touch the screen just when the main dot’s trajectory overlaps with other dots, to get some points. Then the colored dots are removed, and the others are spawned, while the “player” dot keeps rolling and rolling, until the player three mistakes, tapping while the dot is not over anything. Then the game ends and the player gets a score and there’s nothing else. –Tony Kuzmin

Grandpa and the Zombies

 
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Zombies mess with everybody. Why not the elderly? In Grandpa and the Zombies, we get to see what happens when a cranky, indefatigable wheelchair-bound gentleman named Willy decides not to be pushed around – or consumed – by the actively undead. Thankfully, the developer dispenses with convoluted backstory in setting up this saga. Via cutscenes, we get the most basic of zombie apocalypse stories: gramps wakes up in the hospital, with no memory but a sturdy cast. With zombies closing in, he commandeers a wheelchair and rolls rapidly to safety. –Tre Lawrence

And finally, this week Pocket Gamer looked into dodgy Dungeon Keeper ratings, found 11 games better than Flappy Bird (it wasn’t hard), reviewed Threes and Final Fantasy VI, picked the best iOS and Android games of January, and told EA to keep its greasy mitts off Theme Hospital. All that, and loads more, here.

LEGO Star Wars: Microfighters Review

LEGO Star Wars: Microfighters Review

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It's a nice idea, but LEGO Star Wars: Microfighters turns too repetitive too quickly.

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Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga Review

Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga Review

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Can Free-to-Play work well for episodic gaming? Let's just say that this is a perfect example of episodic done VERY right.

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LEGO Lord of the Rings Review

LEGO Lord of the Rings Review

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Go on a light-hearted version of the quest to throw the One Ring into the fires of Mount Doom.

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Anyone interested in a LEGO-filled journey to Mount Doom? Apparently the One Ring will be making its way to iOS before the end of the year. This means, yet again, players must fight their way through hordes of bad guys while resisting the temptation of the precious. LEGO Lord of the Rings also features 90 characters for players to unlock and follow in this great journey that will soon be available on iOS. Thanks for the information, Touch Arcade’s Mom!

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LEGO MINDSTORMS Fix the Factory Review

LEGO MINDSTORMS Fix the Factory Review

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LEGO MINDSTORMS Fix the Factory is a great-looking "program the robot" puzzle game, but it's missing a few of the basics.

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LEGO Batman: DC Superheroes

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The Caped Crusader is back in brick form for a new adventure, this time on iOS. As someone who’s had an on-again off-again relationship with LEGO games in the past I was curious to see how a mobile release might hold up. Turns out it holds up very well. Like, ridiculously well. In fact, LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes is hands-down the best LEGO game I’ve ever played. Yes, including ones on consoles. All the wacky villains that should be stuck in Arkham have gotten loose. Again. Now they’re terrorizing Gotham. Again. And this time Joker has managed to team up with Lex Luthor. The two are such a handful that Batman has to enlist the help of other heroes, including Wonder Woman, Cyborg, and a whole lot more. There’s a conventional virtual stick and buttons setup and a surprisingly intuitive touch interface to pick from. No matter their preference, players will be bashing everything in sight to collect studs (the world’s currency), reconfiguring piles of bricks into new contraptions, finding tons of secrets, and doing just about everything else they could expect to find in a big screen LEGO game. –Rob Rich

Robot Unicorn Attack 2

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Is it possible to make something great even better? When it comes to Robot Unicorn Attack 2, the sequel to the popular endless runner where a unicorn jumps and dashes through multi-tiered levels, collecting fairies and smashing stars, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” First off, Adult Swim Games enlisted PikPok on the title, and as a studio well-known for their fun games and high production values, it was a perfect choice. It’s immediately apparent that this game is absolutely gorgeous. The level of detail in the animated backgrounds, the galloping unicorns, and just everything is absolutely astounding. New elements like Giants that can kill the player if their solar beam attacks aren’t avoided add a splash to the familiar experience. –Carter Dotson

The Thirty-Nine Steps

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Impressively nearing its 100th anniversary, The Thirty-Nine Steps is still a tremendously gripping thriller courtesy of John Buchan. With various cinematic adaptations, it’s easily accessible, too. Now, we have this iPad adaptation, part interactive story, part simple game, to enjoy. It’s quite good too, although slow-paced and not without its problems. Following the story of Richard Hannay, a man framed for murder in 1914, it’s a great mystery full of intrigue and riddles. Readers don’t get to change the outcome or events within the book but they do get to interact with objects, start up conversations and open doors. The latter is a little gimmicky, invoking gestures to perform the required action, but the rest feels like an enhancement to getting into the story. –Jennifer Allen

GoComics

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It’s almost wrong to fault GoComics. As a free app, it does mostly anything could want from it, in terms of content. As a paid app (via an in-app purchase subscription), it eliminates one of its main irritants: the adverts. For a comic fan, it’s an ideal addition to their collection, even despite its issues. GoComics is, essentially, a portal of many of the most popular comic strips out there, as well some great up-and-coming artists. There’s plenty of space for political cartoons, too, sensibly categorized according to their political leanings. It’s immediately easy to dive straight in and find one’s favorites, with the likes of Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts and Garfield playing a prominent part in the appeal. Just tap on their name and the latest strip comes up, along with a calendar that enables users to go back to any date they so choose. It’s fast to browse and easy to lose plenty of time to. –Jennifer Allen

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Escape from Tokeru

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It will come as no surprise to readers that I am often asked to recommend apps to family and friends, especially for those in grade school, as iTunes seems filled with apps for toddlers and those in preschool, but it can be harder to find apps for older children. Parents looking for an interesting, thought-provoking app for this age set should take note of Escape From Tokeru, a puzzle game that includes an interesting back story, beautiful illustrations and moody, ambient background music. –Amy Solomon

Gappy’s First Words

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Gappy’s First Words is a new interactive universal app that re-enforces early spelling and reading comprehension from the developers at Spinlight Studio, a favorite developer of mine these apps are consistently rich with details and nuances at a level of quality making these application stands out from others. Meet Gappy, an interesting bunny-like character with large ears and big teeth, and help Gappy hop her way home, filling in the gaps of word puzzles along the way – stylized as a bridge of sorts where pieces of this crossing are missing and need to be completed with correct letter tiles. Success will earn users new details that can be added to Gappy’s house such as new windows, fence or chimney. –Amy Solomon

Cheesy Chess

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Cheesy Chess is a creative and fun mouse-themed logic game with heavy chess elements. This app reminds me a lot of the slider puzzles I had as a kid where plastic tiles will ultimately make up an image but needed to be slid within this puzzle, keeping in mind that only one piece can be moved at once. Here, imagine a mouse king who needs to progress through this slider puzzle at the top center to leave this board, but the other puzzle pieces need to be moved out of his way to do so. –Amy Solomon

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Ice Rage

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Mountain Sheep’s arcade hockey game Ice Rage has finally made its way to Android thanks to Herocraft – is this game a slap shot goal or power play where the team with the advantage does not score? I’m not too well-versed in hockey. There are no power plays or penalties or icing here, as it’s all about one-on-one hockey action. It’s really more akin to air hockey instead of ‘actual’ hockey in any way. Players can check the opponent to get the puck, and when they have it, it’s possible to hold down on the one virtual button on screen to charge up and aim a shot. Matches last one just minute in most modes, so it’s perfect for fast sessions. There’s plenty of crazy action that goes on here, with arrow angles and tough shots to make. Just because it’s arcade hockey doesn’t mean that some degree of precision is unnecessary! The arcade ladder made with temporary character upgrades is a fun diversion, and the later difficulties with things like manual goalie control help out as well. There’s a crazy set of characters to play as, including Enviro-Bear. Bear is playing hockey, how can this be? –Carter Dotson

The Barman

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For the over-21 crowd there are not many things that spice up a good night with friends than sitting back and mixing up a few bar favorites. The obvious caveat is that not everyone is a trained bar tender and a poorly mixed drink can put a damper on a good night. Amazingly there are machines that will mix drinks automatically, but those have a large footprint and, besides being expensive, are cumbersome and hard to clean. Besides, what is the fun of making a good lemon drop if some machine pumps one out automatically. So, get a glass that has all those recipes on the side measured out by volume. Well, the problem here is that there can only be 6-7 mixtures tops, and there are hundreds of drink recipes in the world. Also, those do a poor job at measuring solids like sugar or salt. The answer is The Barman, an ingenious KickStarter project by John Gallagher of Sewell, New Jersey. –Joseph Bertolini

Jones On Fire

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Jones on Fire is a fun little runner that will probably have folks doing a double take due to the unique look of the playing characters. It looked very, uh, Lego-ey. And somehow, that wasn’t even the best part. Folks like me who grew up as fans of the iconic chiidren’s building blocks, or have played console games based on their form (like Stars Wars or Batman) will understand. The simplistic block figures were endearing, and I thought they blended well with the unique background. The sharp colors added to the overall experience, with walls of fire retaining a menacing look even while contrasting with localized burns on the ground. I liked the little graphical things, like the look of the game store, decked out with green text and fireman’s pole. The entire atmosphere was almost as enjoyable as the game action itself. –Tre Lawrence

LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes Review

LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes Review

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I am vengeance. I am the night. I am absolutely loving LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes!

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Lego Legend of Chima: Speedorz Review

Lego Legend of Chima: Speedorz Review

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A promising racer that needs a little more content.

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LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 Review

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 Review

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The final slice of Harry Potter life for LEGO fans.

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Augmented reality (AR) apps frequently pop-up on the App Store giving users a visual experience over our everyday reality. LEGO has recently jumped on the AR game with LEGO Lens. LEGO Lens lets users watch and interact with LEGO creations at various locations in the U.S.

The app shows LEGO creations that are close on a Google Map. Once at the location, the LEGO creations can even be captured in a picture to share with friends. A radar shows the LEGO creations when users are close.

We hopped on LEGO Lens to check out the locations of where these LEGO creations are popping up. There were none in my immediate driving distance (but a fair few in my state). Looking at the pins on the Google Map, there are quite a few places boasting The Avengers & Loki in the sky. The locations that these LEGO AR creations are popping up in include movie theaters (lots of Carmike Cinemas), malls, and stadiums. The LEGO creations are swarming in New York, LA, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and Chicago.

It’s important that parents supervise with the use of this app given the GPS capabilities and suggestions to visit the LEGO locations.

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Released: 2012-04-30 :: Category: Entertainment

Who doesn’t love LEGO®? Exactly. It’s amazing fun to play with as a child and plenty of adults have fun building creations, too. There are plenty of options when it comes to what to build from vehicles and homes to memorable Star Wars pieces such as the Death Star. One of the latest collaborations is that of LEGO® DC Universe Super Heroes and, amongst other things, the release of LEGO® Super Hero Movie Maker.

The app lets kids (and adults) create their own LEGO stop motion movies. The entire user interface is aimed at kids so it’s easy to use with simple tools and guides teaching users how to shoot and edit. A series of title cards featuring characters such as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman add to the experience. Finishing touches such as a choice of pre-recorded soundtracks go one further, as well as color filters.

It all makes for a fun and free way of creating stop motion videos that, of course, will be made all the better with the addition of LEGO® DC Universe Super Heroes toys.

LEGO® Super Hero Movie Maker is out now.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-04-18 :: Category: Entertainment

LEGO Hero Factory

LEGO Hero Factory

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Control a Lego Hero in a quest to free the factory from enemy control in this game featuring the Lego Hero Factory toys.

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Oh Lego, is there anything that you cannot do?  Whether you are a child making fantastical contraptions that have no basis in reality, or a grown man completing your own scale model of Star War’s Death Star, these amazing little plastic bricks have been amusing masses for decades.  Thanks to the success of brands like Lego Star Wars or Lego Harry Potter, they are suddenly now a force to be reckoned with in the gaming space as well.

After choosing to forgo the licensed game route this time around, Lego recently debuted their newest game as a universal binary in the App Store: LEGO Ninjago Spinjitzu Scavenger Hunt.  Based around their new Cartoon Network series and top battling game (yes, that’s right I said TOP BATTLING), players are pitted against eachother in a digital arena where they look to spin the competition into oblivion.  Here is a breakdown of the game’s features:

  • Follow Sensei and his ninjas in training (Kai, Cole, Zane and Jay) as they fight to protect the land of Ninjago from Garmadon and his evil skeleton army.
  • Win coins and unlock new gear for your ninja by going on a scavenger hunt to local toy stores to scan real-life Ninjago boxes for weapons, equipment and other ninja essentials.
  • Master spinjitzu on your Apple device — tap your ninja to get him spinning super fast, then tilt your device to send him crashing into your enemies!
  • Fight your enemies in hand-to-hand spinjitzu combat!
  • Build your own unique ninja and take him into battle against Garmadon and his henchmen.

Probably the neatest idea at use in this game is the ability to simply scan the boxes of the Ninjango brand toys, so that you can unlock exclusive content in the game itself.  I am also going to go out on a limb and guess that this is where the “Scavenger Hunt” in the title comes from.  Either way, the app is free and there is no necessity to actually purchase the toys to receive unlocks, so this is certainly going on the top of my “must download” list.

Take it out for a test “spin” and let us know what you think.

$1.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2011-03-31 :: Category: Lifestyle

Hogwarts Lands on iOS

Unless you have been living in a bunker for the last decade, it would be impossible to not know of a rapscallion of a wizard by the name of Harry Potter.  After first launching an invasion via the printed work, J.K. Rowling’s creation has managed to find its way to both the silver-screen and the small screen via a successful series of films and video games, respectively.  But that wasn’t enough for the citizens of Hogwarts, as the brains over at Traveler’s Tales decided to give the brand one more successful reboot, taking the route of the other successful Lego branded games such as the popular LucasArts Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises.

The game landed on consoles at the end of June, but what does this have to do with iOS, you say?  Today, a little birdy over at Warner Bros. let slip of an upcoming port of the game to all current iOS based devices.  This lines up perfectly with next week’s launch of the first part of the “Deathly Hallows” conclusion to the Harry Potter story.  Here is what you can look forward to in the iOS iterations:

“LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 will bring the world of LEGO Harry Potter to life on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, giving gamers the power to play with LEGO characters and models in a brand new way.  Based on the first four Harry Potter books and movies, LEGO Harry Potter builds on the foundations of previous LEGO videogames by offering a mix of fun, accessible gameplay and light-hearted humour – which appeals to all ages. Players will explore and feel as though they are ‘at Hogwarts’”

We could not be more thrilled at this news.  Seeing as how the game clocks in at a thirty dollar or more pricetag on consoles and PSP/Nintendo DS, this could very well be the last nail in the proverbial coffin of the aforementioned versions.  So pull up a broom, because you are going to be in for one heck of a ride! According to our source, the price is still yet to be decided, and the release date is “soon.”

Lego Batman: Gotham City Games

Lego Batman: Gotham City Games

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Lego Batman is a classic example of a big company quickly packaging a recognized brand into a lousy product. This game lacks any semblance of depth, replay value, and good old fashioned fun.

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