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TAITO Winter iPhone Sale

Posted by Chris Hall on December 21st, 2010

When I think of TAITO, I still think of playing Sky Shark on my old PC running DOS in the mid 80's. It's pretty amazing that the company that guided my airplane obsession as a youth is now pumping out great iPhone games in the 21st century. Ok, enough of my childhood memories, on to the game sale!


SPACE INVADERS INFINITY GENE was on many app of the year shortlists last year, and is still a mainstay on my iPhone a year and a half later. Its insane mix of old school Space Invaders and new aged freneticism will make you think you are on the iOS equivalent of an Easy Rider drug sequence (and I think that is a good thing).

This winter sale is the first time that TAITO has dropped the price of SPACE INVADERS INFINITY GENE in the App Store. It's only going to be discounted for the first 100,000 downloads though, so be sure to pick up your cheap copy before the sale runs out.

Mikado Defenders - Now $0.99

Mikado Defenders is also on sale for the first time ever, and it is now a whopping 80% off. It's definitely not for everyone, but fans of tower/castle defense games that want a brutal challenge will get a good deal of enjoyment out of Mikado Defenders.

Bust-A-Move (Puzzle Bobble) - Now $2.99

Since the original arcade release of Bust-A-Move in 1994 (don't litter or do drugs!), millions of people have grown fond of the bubble popping puzzle game. It's one of those nostalgic puzzle games that is a requirement on a new system, and now it's on sale. If you like Bust-A-Move but have been holding out for a cheaper price, now is the time to snag it.

Cooking Mama - Now $3.99

Like SPACE INVADERS, Cooking Mama is only on sale for the first 50,000 apps that are downloaded, so don't wait and end up as customer #50,001.

Enjoy the sale, and happy holidays!

Mikado Defenders Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Chris Hall on May 25th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DIFFICULT
Mikado Defenders is a solid, yet infinitely challenging tower defense. If you have a ton of patience, or are a glutton for punishment, this one's for you.
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Friday Five: April 23rd, 2010

Posted by Bonnie Eisenman on April 23rd, 2010

It's Friday, and that means that it's time for another Friday Five: five interesting apps released in the past week. Enjoy!

Mikado Defenders
Mikado Defenders is a tower defense game, but with a feudal-era Japan theme. Mystical guardian spirits come to your aid, demons attack, samurai commanders can be recruited, and of course you can improve upon your castle. The traditional-style artwork provides a gorgeous backdrop. You can deploy samurai foot soldiers, archers, and other units. The result is an epic war between demons and Japanese warriors...a neat change from typical tower defense.

Slingshot Safari
Slingshot Safari is a cartoon-style game that tests your slingshot style against lions, tigers, cheetahs, and more. Animals react differently to your shots, but none of them will be too pleased when you try to shoot them—and you're far from immortal! The graphics are funny, you can unlock eight levels, Plus+ is included, and the menagerie of ten different animals should keep your slingshot skills sharp.

How to Cook Everything
This extremely useful new app is essentially an iPhone-optimized cookbook based on the real-life one from Mark Bittman. Of course, there are many perks to having a cookbook on your iPhone or iPad instead of a physical book, especially when said book normally weighs in at 1,000 pages. In addition to the 2,000 recipes and 400 illustrations, you get full search capabilities, built-in timers, and shopping lists...all in the palm of your hand, and for only $1.99. The interface is easy to use, and the sheer wealth of information is staggering. No wonder it's become a bestseller.

Field Agent
Like making money? Of course you do. Field Agent is a new app that aims to help you do just that. It lists simple, easy-to-do jobs—going to Wal-Mart and taking a picture of a product, filling out a survey, visiting a website—and then pays you for them. It's not just pennies, either; all jobs pay at least $3, and some can dish out as much as $12. Money is transferred to you via PayPal. Who knew that your iPhone could do anything but suck your wallet dry? The only downside right now is the lack of jobs, but the app is free to use, so you might as well check what's nearby!

Fruit Ninja
Fruit Ninja is the epitome of simple, easy-to-play, and addictive. Fruit is tossed onto the screen and you have to slice it before it falls back down. The graphics are bright, the touch controls are simple, and a few neat extras like dangerous bombs and Plus+ integration are included. The premise is certainly unusual, and intentionally silly. Looks like ninjas can make a mean fruit salad.