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10th September 2011

New section in excellent brain-training game The Moron Test on iPhone

DistinctDev is hoping to drive sales of its brain game compilation The Moron Test through one orthodox means and one, well, less so. Firstly, the number of sections in The Moron Test has been increased to five, with the beach-themed Skip Day joining the ranks of Late Registration and Winter Break. Secondly, DistinctDev has decided to manufacture a turtle plush toy based on one of the game’s lead characters.

iPhone space shooter Wave - Against every Beat! is OpenFeint’s Free Game of the Day

Colorbox's well-received Wave - Against every BEAT! can now be downloaded from Apple's App Store without spending a penny as part of OpenFeint's Free Game of the Day promotion. The psychedelic bullet-hell shooter features the unique ability to craft levels and enemies using the game's range of in-built techno tunes and those from your iPhone's library of music. OpenFeint is fully supported for both leaderboards and achievements.

Channel 4 goes portable with 4oD Catch Up app for iPhone

UK TV broadcaster Channel 4 has finally made its 4oD Catch Up app compatible with iPhone, meaning you can watch 8 Out of 10 Cats and The Inbetweeners on your smartphone. This free app features content from Channel 4, E4, and More4, with episodes available to watch for up to 30 days after their original transmission. You can browse for your favourite programmes on both 3G and wi-fi networks, but video content can only be played over the latter.

Location-based iPhone app Loopt finally crosses the Atlantic

We heartily recommend UK explorers download the free social networking app Loopt, which has crossed the Atlantic three years after debuting in the US Store. Loopt functions in a similar way to Foursquare and Facebook Places, allowing you to notify friends of your location, to share pictures, and to see where your buddies are hanging out. With Loopt installed, you’ll never miss a nearby promotion, either, since the app will alert you with a ding whenever you pass a live Groupon deal.

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Accelerating at a rate of knots up the UK Store’s paid-apps chart AND the Qi rankings comes DrawRace 2, a hugely anticipated line-drawing sequel published by Chillingo and developed by the original’s pit crew RedLynx.

In almost every conceivable way, the maker has upped the ante in this follow-up to the ingeniously devised DrawRace: the top-down visuals have been tuned up and polished, an online Friend Challenge mode has been introduced, and a new Turbo Button has enhanced the strategic element.

The velocity with which you draw your finger over the iPhone’s touchscreen determines the speed of your motor on the track, so tracing out a path through tight corners and twisty chicanes becomes an exercise in restraint.

Without question, DrawRace 2 is the natural heir to Flight Control’s iOS line-drawing crown, a view echoed by TouchGen’s lead driver: “With a hefty career mode, Crystal and Game Center integration, local multiplayer that is at the top of its class, online World League to climb and excellent visuals, it is hands down the best game out there.”

With the New Orlean Saints and the Green Bay Packers kicking off the 2011 edition of the NFL regular season on September 8th, American-football fever is well and truly in the air.

Hence, NaturalMotion has just launched the latest in its series of gloriously visceral gridiron games, NFL Rivals, which follows in the decorated cleats steps of Backbreaker Football and Backbreaker 2: Vengeance.

Run the officially licensed pigskin gauntlet all the way to the end zone, spinning, juking, trucking, and sprinting past waves of oncoming linebackers en route to another touchdown and the inevitable OTT celebration routine.

Jaw-dropping animations captured by the publisher’s in-house motion picture tech and a unique levelling-up system provided a compelling case for a trio of iPhone reviewers, including Gamezebo:

“In addition to adhering to the (NFL) schedule, everything you do in the game will earn your team ‘NFL points’. These get added to an overall pool that everyone playing NFL Rivals contributes to, so you can see which team has the most active/accomplished iOS gamers for fans.”

Let's just hope there's no labour dispute this year, huh.

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