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Well, well, well. Apparently EA Games doesn’t want to put some of their top-selling titles like Tetris, Sims 3, and Scrabble on sale, because they’ve changed the terms of the 25 Days ‘Til Xmas Sale. Instead of offering a new game for sale each day, ten games will be on sale for the remainder of the holiday season. These are mostly ones that we’ve seen before. Here’s the full list, with brief descriptions:

Spore Origins
Spore Origins is based around the first stage of the Spore PC game, in which you play a tiny creature (your “Spore”) and must swim around the “primordial ooze,” avoiding larger creatures while devouring smaller ones. As you eat, you’ll eventually evolve, adding parts and customizing your creature. On sale for $0.99.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2008-09-05 :: Category: Games

Snood
Snood is an age-old game that everyone should recognize. While it’s a classic, we unfortunately found this to be a “baffling, inexplicable, and aggravating” port. Besides, there are plenty of bubble-popping clones to choose from if you really, really need this kind of game. If you’re a diehard fan, though, this is probably the time to get it. On sale for $0.99.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-08-17 :: Category: Games

Auditorium
I’ve repeatedly praised Auditorium for its uniqueness and polish. You manipulate a stream of light to create music using “controls,” which alter gravity, directional flow, speed, and more. Auditorium is both soothing and challenging, and a worthy addition to any library. On sale for $0.99.
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Sudoku
EA Games’ incarnation of Sudoku oozes polish. Sure, there are free versions out there, but if you’re looking for a well-done paid app with a sleek oriental theme, look no farther. Speed demons might be annoyed by EA’s signature insistence on animating things, but there’s no denying that it look pretty. On sale for $0.99.
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Connect 4
The iPhone version of Connect 4 doesn’t add anything particularly exciting to the age-old game, though it’s certainly a decent port. The graphics are good and there a few bells and whistles to spice things up, such as a myriad of multiplayer options (local only, though, via Pass ‘n’ Play, WiFi, or Bluetooth). If you’re dying to get it, now’s the time; otherwise, there are more engaging concepts out there than this one. On sale for $0.99.
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Anytime Pool
It’s pool. With multiplayer. To be precise, Facebook multiplayer, which means that finding an opponent shouldn’t be too difficult. We haven’t reviewed this one, but it looks promising enough that, coupled with the new price, fans of pool games should definitely take a look. On sale for $0.99.
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Zombies & Me
In this little game, you’re in charge of protecting Granny from the hordes of zombies outside her house. To do so, you must run around in circles, attempting to lure the zombies into designated “blast zones.” It’s simple, but the graphics are solid and it should be worth a chuckle or two. On sale for $0.99.
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Jewel Quest Mysteries
This cheesily-themed game is combo of the match-3 and hidden-item genres. It’s managed a rather incredible feat, however, maintaining a 5-star App Store rating. While I doubt you’ll find much innovation here, it looks like it maintains the addictive qualities so important to its genre along with enough polish to make it a contender. On sale for $1.99.
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Mystery Mania
Mystery Mania is a collection of small puzzles with limited challenges and low replay value, but, heck, it’s a quarter of the price it was when we reviewed it. If you’re looking for some light mental exercises wrapped up in a Halloween theme, at least give Mystery Mania’s light version a spin. On sale for $0.99.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-10-09 :: Category: Games

Command & Conquer Red Alert
Command & Conquer is a pricey RTS based on the popular franchise, but at least the price has been slashed! We gave it a solid four stars even at its former $10 price point, but if you were on the fence before, there’s no excuse to skip this one now. On sale for $4.99.
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And…that’s the end of EA’s list. Good lord, that should keep everyone occupied for a while…though I am disappointed that blockbusters like the Sims 3 won’t be on sale.

Cheese Collect
Let’s return to normalcy, shall we? Here’s the Appvent Calender’s offering for today:

The cat is trying to attack you again! In this fun puzzle game, you are a mouse who tries to steal cheese without setting off the traps set by the cat. However, everytime you move, the cat would move the cheese away from you, unless there’s no space for it.

I haven’t tried Cheese Collect for myself, though the App Store reviews have been overwhelmingly negative. Oh, well…at least it’s free, right?
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That concludes our Daily Double for today!

Today is a great day for freebies! Not only is the Appvent Calender featuring Blimp, a great steampunk-themed flying “platformer,” but we also have a bonus treat. Elf Command, a simple holiday game, has just been released and is also free. EA, on the other hand, has Mystery Mania discounted to $0.99, but I’d pause before jumping for that one.

blimpLet’s start with Blimp. Like I said, it’s got a steampunk theme, and as such you play the captain “Zed Pelin,” who has his very own airship (er, blimp). The production values are top notch; eye candy and awesome music are both amply present. You have three main tasks: transport passengers, collect war supplies, and bomb enemies including tanks and other blimps. The gameplay is relatively simple but looks rather fun, and you can’t beat Blimp for polish. Make sure you grab this one before the day’s end, because it’s an absolute steal.

$1.99
Released: 2009-06-09 :: Category: Games

Now for EA’s Mystery Mania sale. The good news? The game’s only $0.99, and it’s packed with plenty of puzzles. The bad news? It’s not quite up to par with EA’s other releases. This “spooky” puzzle adventure was dubbed “slow” when we reviewed it in October:

The complete game consists of 27 spooky rooms full of “crazy conundrums, perilous traps, and intriguing secrets”. I can appreciate what they have tried to do here with the puzzles and solving the mystery, but it just was far too lackluster for me. All the puzzles seem to be at level 1, and when you progress from room to room, they don’t seem to get any harder. Most are so obvious and easily solved that you can, at times, feel like you are just going through the motions.

Still, that’s not to say that Mystery Mania isn’t worth looking at; $0.99 is a lot better than $3.99, and fans of lighter, simpler puzzles might find themselves happy.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-10-09 :: Category: Games

We’ll wrap up today with a bonus freebie: Elf Command, a new game from Retro Dreamer, makers of Sneezies and Eyegore’s Eye Blast. It’s simple, but both addicting and difficult as the game moves on. The screen is split into two halves; each half has a conveyor belt, a robot, and two shipping stations. Pictures flash on the shipping stations’ screens, and you have to direct the robots to snatch the right toys from the conveyor belt. For a free holiday game, it’s surprisingly fun. Definitely check this one out if you need another little time-waster.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2009-12-04 :: Category: Games

Mystery Mania

Mystery Mania

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Mystery Mania won't satisfy anyone who is a regular player of video game puzzles, but if you're new to them or just want some light entertainment, then this might be an app for you. Provided you don't mind the $3.99 price tag.

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