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28th January 2012

Telltale Games slashes the prices on its iPhone point-and-click adventure puzzlers

Telltale Games has cut prices across two of its acclaimed iPhone puzzling franchises: Puzzle Agent and Hector. Both entries in the Puzzle Agent series are available for the bargain price of 69p / 99c, and both were well received critically. Select games in Telltale’s Hector series are also discounted. While you’ll still have to pony up full price for the first instalment, the universally acclaimed second and third episodes are available for just 69p / 99c each.

Remedy's acclaimed racer Death Rally is free for a day on iPhone

Death Rally, the explosive combat racer from Remedy Entertainment, is currently available to download for free from the App Store. This spruced-up remake of Remedy’s maiden PC game hit the App Store early last year, earning some glowing reviews and a spot on our list of the Top 5 iPhone kart racing games. Promising ten hours of high-adrenaline racing and a multiplayer mode to get your teeth stuck into, Death Rally is a generous package.

IMDb for iPhone updated with Metacritic scores and sharing features

The IMDb Movies & TV application for iPhone has been updated with loads of new features, the most prominent of which is built-in Metacritic scores. This means that when you're browsing a film’s IMDb entry on the move, you’ll be able to check its Metascore at a glance. Sharing features have also been integrated into the app, so you can simply tap on a piece of trivia, a quote, or goof for the option to share it by email, SMS, Twitter, or Facebook.

Apple posts all-time record quarterly revenue and earnings

Apple has released its first quarter FY12 financial figures, for the three months ending December 31st, 2011. The Cupertino-based company posted an all-time record quarterly revenue of $46.33 billion and net quarterly profit of $13.06 billion. During the financial results conference call, Apple revealed sales of 37.04 million iPhones and 15.43 million iPads this quarter.

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If you go down to the App Store today, you're in for a big surprise, for sitting comfortably in the #1 spot is the un-bear-ably addictive item-matching puzzler Triple Town.

While there have been many variations on the match-three genre down the years, Triple Town's deceptively simple town-building façade disguises one of the best implementations of the formula on iPhone.

You have to cultivate your town from grass and bushes to houses and mansions by aligning three of the same element together to make another, more valuable element.

Occasionally, however, bears will wander into town and start interfering with your architectural efforts. Having to manage the encroaching critters whilst keeping one eye on your structures is the unique dynamic that's keeping iPhone gamers glued to their touchscreens.

148Apps's reviewer believes Spry Fox's Triple Town is already the game to beat in 2012, calling it "The most addictive portable game I've played so far this year."

If your tastes are more Metal Slug than wooden hut, why not try Star Marine: Infinite Ammo, an arcade-flavoured 2D side-scroller which is bringing up the rear at #10.

One look at this trailer and you'll know where you stand. Guns, robots, alien, lasers - all your favourite sci-fi ingredients are accounted for in this explosive homage to beloved shooters like Contra and Rapid Reload.

As you would expect, there are some oversized bosses to beat down, a varied selection of weapons to help you get your slaughter on, and even a jetpack to get to those hard-to-reach baddies.

Slide to Play offers its blessing in no uncertain terms, stating: "Star Marine: Infinite Ammo is a killer game, with tons of content, terrific level designs, epic boss battles, and loads of reasons to keep coming back."

Consider me convinced.

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