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24th March 2012

Pictionary-inspired art puzzler Charadium II free on the App Store

Still giddy from winning the Best Mobile Social Game at the International Mobile Game Awards (IMGA), the guys over at On5 have gone giveaway crazy, erasing Charadium II's standard £1.49 / $1.99 price tag, and daubing a great big "0" in its place. The Pictionary-inspired art puzzler has proved a huge success among social gamers, thanks to Facebook and Twitter integration, and asynchronous multiplayer support.

TV series tie-in The Walking Dead: The Game shuffling onto the App Store in April

The apocalypse is set to arrive on iOS devices this April in the form of Telltale's TV tie-in The Walking Dead: The Game. Though there's not a lot of information available on the five-part series at the moment, we know that you play an escaped convict named Rick Everett, that the game's narrative will run parallel to that of the comic and TV series, and that it will deal with issues surrounding family and loss. Oh, and there'll be zombies. Lots of zombies.

Enigmatic point-and-tap adventure Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP Micro on sale for 69p / 99c

In celebration of the spring equinox, Capybara reduced the price of its contemplative iPhone point-and-tap puzzler Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Micro to 69p / 99c on the App Store. A unique audio-visual experience with a clear focus on style, this simple tale of a warrior's search for a hidden power has atmosphere oozing from every pixel, and a soundtrack to die for. Well worth a look even at its standard price.

Apple sells 1 million copies of iPhoto for iOS in under 10 days

A snapshot of Thursday's sales figures has revealed that Apple has shifted a staggering 1 million copies of its photo-editing suite iPhoto in under ten days. The figure represents an astonishing success for the Cupertino-based company's picture-tweaking software. When it debuted earlier this month, we were impressed by the app's feature list, which includes everything from multi-touch editing to the ability to create interactive Photo Journals. Apparently, a million other people agreed.

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Clawing its way up from the core of the earth to the top of the iPhone Qi chart this week is match-three puzzle sequel Azkend 2 HD - The World Beneath.

In gameplay terms, you must drag your finger across similarly coloured hexagonal tiles to clear the board and progress to the next level.

In between stages, however, you are treated to a lavishly presented story, which details your mystical journey through the planet's centre and back to the cities above.

148Apps approved of the game's 60 levels, Time and Medal challenges, and Game Centre support, saying it "deserves a spot on any casual gamer's iOS device".

Meanwhile, patiently waiting its turn in 6th position is the handsome RPG adventure Chaos Rings II.

A fine example of Square Enix doing what Square Enix does best, this suitably melodramatic turn-based offering has enough nostalgic appeal to satisfy JRPG fans without alienating first-timers.

You play as Darwin, a warrior who has been selected to save the world through the morally questionable slaying of five sacrifices, one of whom is an old friend. Decisions, decisions...

Though it would be remiss of me not to mention the game's hefty £12.99 RRP, Pocket Gamer's reviewer says that, despite a few imperfections, "it more than justifies its premium price tag".

Money, money, money.

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