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8th October 2011

Addictive Kairosoft titles Grand Prix Story and Pocket Academy slashed in price

Developer Kairosoft has decided to slash the price of two of its most addictive iPhone games for a limited time, meaning you can feed your craving for a top management sim for just £1.49 / $1.99. Grand Prix Story sees you take the reins of an up-and-coming racing team. Pocket Academy, on the other hand, gives you the rather less glamorous task of running your own school.

Apple unveils dual-core iPhone 4S with 8-megapixel camera

After numeorus rumours and photographs, Apple has finally unveiled its new iPhone: the iPhone 4S. The smartphone, which will ship with iOS 5 preinstalled and goes on sale on October 14th, comes packing the same dual-core A5 processor found in the iPad 2, and a new and improved 8-megapixel snapper. Other notable additions include AirPlay Mirroring functionality and Siri, an impressive personal assistant that you can ask to complete tasks just by talking to your phone.

Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs dies

Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs has passed away at the age of 56 after losing a long-term battle with cancer. In a statement on Apple’s website, the company pays tribute to its iconic leader: “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor.”

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Potentially turning Disney’s long-established development and marketing model on its head is the reptilian star of the media conglomerate’s highly Qi rated iPhone physics-based puzzler Where’s My Water?

With a chorus of critics singing its praises (and impressive download numbers on the UK App Store), Where’s My Water? introduces us to the hygiene-obsessed and peculiarly adorable Swampy, whose domestic plumbing requires some urgent attention.

If Disney’s newly adopted business approach works out as the company plans, Swampy’s growing popularity on the App Store will lead to starring roles in other media realms: "Maybe five years from now, wouldn't it be great if there was a movie that started up on the App Store?" Bart Decrem, Disney Mobile GM, said.

If you’re scouting for authenticity, Sky Sports-esque production values, and the opportunity to become Sir Alex Ferguson for a season - good luck - then look no further than the latest edition of EA’s evergreen footballing franchise.

FIFA 12 on iPhone refrains from rewriting the rule book or moving the goalposts too much: instead, the dev has enhanced the pigskin experience through the inclusion of intuitive gesture-driven penalties and free-kicks, and Daily Challenges tied into its Origin social service.

FIFA 12 dribbled almost insouciantly through the heart of Qi’s midfield this week, cheered heartily on by AppGamer’s commentator: “Graphics have been given a slight overhaul too, with a much better level of detail on players and some impressively detailed stadiums with a lot of background detail…”

The most pressing question surrounding A Sharp’s pitch-perfect iPhone adaptation of its own strategy-cum-role-playing video game King of Dragon Pass is ‘what took so long?’

12 years after this epic turn-based saga - set in the fictional world of Glorantha and told through exquisite hand-drawn artwork - engrossed PC and Mac players around the world, A Sharp finally ported it to Apple’s portable platform.

And judging by the ringing endorsements from four sections of the iPhone reviewing elite, it was definitely worth the wait.

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