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I had the chance today to take a quick look at three upcoming games from EA. Some of them are hotly anticipated, another we hadn’t even heard about before today.

Need for Speed: Shift

NFSS_iPhone 3This has to be one of the most anticipated games of the season. Well at least for Chris, our editor. He shut himself in a small room with nothing but red bull and Cheetoes and played Need for Speed: Undercover until his thumbs stopped working. I think he’s going to be out of touch for weeks when he get ahold of Need for Speed: Shift.

This game looks fantastic. While the original specs and screens we saw were less than inspiring. But now that the game is done and real, it’s fantastic. Especially so if you have a 3GS as it has some special graphic taking advantage of the better graphics processor on that device.

Shift has everything you expect in a Need for Speed game. There’s multiple events/tracks, multiple game methods, multiple upgradable cars, etc. The different events and cars are, of course, unlockable as you progress through the career mode.

One big feature that Shift has that the previous Need for Speed didn’t have is multiplayer. While it’s only local and 2 player with Bluetooth and 4 player with Wifi, there are 6 different game methods.

Here are a few more images to hold you over. Need for Speed: Shift will be out soon.

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Spore: Creatures

Spore Creatures Ice Redo_ iPhone 3EA announced Spore: Creatures for the iPhone a few months ago. But, they were quiet about it after that. Well, until now. While I don’t really think that Spore: Creatures is much different than Spore: Origins, it does take everything up a few notches. There’s just more of everything as this game is meant to pick up where Origins ended.

More creature customization options. Lots more. I’ve been told there are well over a billion different possibilities from the dozens of creature parts, colors, and abilities that you can add.

Included in the game itself are 4 different and distinct game play zones. Each zone has 5 different levels to travel through while evolving your little Spore.

The one thing that is really different with the game play over the previous Spore game is that ability to either fight or socialize. This can change the way the game progresses and how your creature evolves.

Here are a couple more pictures, Spore: Creatures should be out in January.

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The Simpsons Arcade

TheSimpsonsArcade_iPhone 3This one came out of left field. The Simpsons Arcade is an old school arcade fighter set in the Simpsons world of Springfield. Developed under the supervision of one of the writers and featuring the voices of all 6 Simpsons voice actors from the series, this promises to be a fun and very funny fighting game.

You control Homer in this game. There’s an on screen joystick and two buttons that let you perform different attack and defense moves.

You progress through 25 levels set in 6 different environments in Springfield. There are of course a bunch of different weapons to use that you can pick up along the way. There are 6 major bosses and 12 mini-bosses. The final boss battle is said to be epic!

As a Simpsons fan, I’m looking forward to this. I was a little worried when I first heard of this. Lets be honest, there have been some less than stellar Simpsons games over the years. But in my short time with the game I found it to be interesting, well made, and really fun. The Simpsons Arcade will be out soon.

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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.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-11-13 :: Category: Games

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.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2008-07-11 :: Category: Games

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.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-11-27 :: Category: Games

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.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-05-06 :: Category: Games

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.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-07-12 :: Category: Games

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.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-11-05 :: Category: Games

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.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-11-02 :: Category: Games

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?

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-09-17 :: Category: Games

That concludes our Daily Double for today!

Spore Origins Now Available for the iPhone

There are 2,869 apps in the US App Store. None of them have had quite the anticipation behind them as Spore Origins has. It’s available now, grab it here at the iTunes App Store. We’ll have a review and more info in a couple days.

[ App Store / Spore Origins ]

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