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5th March 2011

Match-three gem Linkoidz shot down to 59p

Match-three puzzler Linkoidz shot onto the App Store in the run-up to Halloween, and for no other reason than it’s feeling generous of spirit at the moment, Linkoidz’s publisher has dropped the price of its cerebral gem. 30 levels - separated into 12 tutorial stages and 18 high-speed missions - await match-three gunners brave enough to face the colourful onslaught, while Game Center integration and push notification call outs extend the experience.


Facelift and refinements for Evernote on iPhone

The makers of note-taking service Evernote have redesigned the interface, promising faster access, easier note creation, and a better browsing experience. In addition to a reconfigured home screen with the ultra-efficient snippet view, Evernote now supports audio recordings and the attachment of multiple images to one note. A dedicated Search panel stores previous online goose chases, while geo-location info can be obtained by clicking on the compass icon.


MLB.com At Bat 11 gears up for action on iPhone

Bang on cue, the official MLB companion app for 2011 has pitched up on Apple’s well manicured diamond, delivering live streaming video of all the Spring Training clashes complete with statistical overlays and controls to pause or rewind the action. Fans of America’s pastime can also take advantage of a new tailoring option in MLB.com At Bat 11, which allows them to designate a favourite club on the home screen.


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Burning up the Qi games chart to secure the highly desirable #1 seat is Hot Springs Story, the second iPhone release from publisher Kairosoft following its quirky management sim Game Dev Story.

Four sizzling critiques for the hot springs inn build ‘em up equates to a blistering launch weekend, one certain to impress the VIP patrons of your traditional Japanese establishment.

Starting out with nothing - well, okay, a plot of land and a reception desk - you must create and manage the most hospitable, attractive, and lucrative spa this side of Tokyo in the hope of gaining valuable column inches in the national press.

And whilst only lanterns, azaleas, and rooms can be initially called upon to achieve this goal, Slide to Play observes that “as you progress through the game, investment opportunities and special clients will show up and bring along new services...It’s quite rewarding to build up your spa to a massive complex and watch as customers wander around it.”

More than two decades after making its Atari debut, Speedball 2 Evolution has blasted up the iOS tunnel, injuring a number of opponents on its route to Qi eminence.

Tower Studio’s vision of a violent cyberpunk sport borrows liberally from handball, rollerball, and ice hockey, rewarding as it does a hard hitting approach and a shoot-on-sight policy.

Speedball 2 Evolution’s own reward for the well executed gameplay, intense competition, and responsive virtual controls is a place among the pantheon of Qi greats, though try telling that to your broken in half striker.

There’s no time for dilly dallying on this court, says TouchGen, especially when local pride’s at stake: “Playing a friend in Speedball 2 has always been a highlight both due to the simple to get into game play and the fact that smashing players is an integral part of the game.”

Bit like rugby then.

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