Review: Word Ace by Self Aware Games Review Score: 5 / 5

 A few weeks ago we published an interview with Self Aware Games, the publishers of Word Ace. After spending many hours with the game, I am now happy to review this unique, and clever title.

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   Word Ace is a hybrid title. The game plays like Texas Hold Em’ poker, but instead of the standard playing cards you are used to, you have letter cards. Each letter card has one letter and a point value similar to scrabble tiles. Instead of playing for the best standard poker hand, you play the word with the highest possible point value.

  Instead of playing against boring and predictable AI, in Word Ace you can play online against friends. If  you don’t have any friends handy when you have the urge for a hand you can easily be matched up against other online opponents. The online play is seamless and makes each hand of Word Ace extremely unpredictable and entertaining. Word Ace is a multi-platform title, as online play includes both Palm Pre and iPhone users. The developer also revealed in our recent interview that multi-platform play will also include a facebook version in the near future, giving you even more ways to play the game with your friends.

   The entire user interface has a very high level of polish showing that a great deal of thought and care went into the development of this title. Your online profile for example, includes three seperate avatars. One avatar is your standard, one reflects a sad complexion, another a happy one. You can set these avatars using any picture on your iPhone or you can take the pictures for each reaction with your camera on the fly. As you are playing you can change your avatar with a quick swipe on the screen and your avatars reaction is immediately seen by the other players on your table. The feature ended up being alot of fun and brings extra personality to each player when playing online.

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  Instead of releasing the standard lite and full version for thier title Self Aware Games released Word Ace and Word Ace Pro. Word Ace is a fully featured game, and provides you with 1,000 chips per day for free which is plenty to keep you playing for many hours on the low stakes tables. If you want to really start throwing your weight around, and you want to purchase extra chips to play at high stakes tables, you will want to buy Word Ace Pro. Pro includes a hefty bag of chips to get you started, and enables in app purchases so that you can buy additional chips to play at the high stakes tables. The developers have made it clear that you can enjoy this premium quality game for free, and if you really enjoy the game you can upgrade.

 Word Ace is a great game that can easily eat away hours of your free time if you’re not careful. The unique hybrid brings out the best in both  Texas Hold Em’ poker and word games and is just plain fun. The best part is, you don’t have to take my word for it, just go download Word Ace and decide for yourself.

 Word Ace gets 5 poker chips/ out of 5

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Published in: on September 21, 2009 at 6:14 am  Comments (3)  
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Review: Run! from Arthur Ham Score 5/5

 

   – Review by Robert N. Mullen

There are certainly more than a few reaction games available on the iTunes store. Run! is another reaction game, but don’t let this keep you from taking a look. During my time with the game I quickly became hooked, and found more substance than I would typically expect from a game in this genre.

  The controls of Run are simple, but work very well. Simply swipe up to jump, swipe down to slide. You can also tap on certain obstacles such as brick walls and boulders to shoot and destroy them. Tap the sole action button in the game to pull off a running punch, or in the air for a flying kick. The controls really make this game. The controls are exremely well adapted to the device, and feel very natural. I found sliding under a barricade, or fly kicking a zombie to be quite intuitive and very enjoyable.

  You will find a variety of obstacles as you run including metal barricades, the aformentioned brick walls and boulders, sharks, walrus, zombies, springboards and more. As you progress forward, new obstacles are added into the mix as you level up.

  The music in the game is fun and fitting. I also noticed there are some really nice subtle touches such as a scenery change in the background changing from day to dusk, to night after each retry.

  As with any truly great iPhone game, you will find global online leaderboards, and achievements, adding replayability to an already addicting title. Another fun feature is a page with additionaly tracked stats such as your average score, total score, and a “death by” chart that shows you just how many times you have been killed by some of the games main obstacles and enemies.

  The developer has already posted some details for the next update that include an additional gameplay mode, new achievements, and, best of all, new obstacles.

  Overall, Run! is tons of fun, and quite addicting. I can enthusiastically recommend this game as the next must-have addition to your iPhone gaming collection.

 I give this game 5 drop kicked sharks/ our of 5

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Krazy Kart Racers on sale for $2.99. Down from $7.99


Konami’s Krazy Kart Racers is on sale for $2.99, down from $7.99. Online multiplayer is included in this polished kart racer. Fans of Mario Kart should check this out.

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Published in: on September 18, 2009 at 10:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Duke Nukem 3D on sale for only $0.99


Duke Nukem 3D is on sale for only $0.99 this weekend AND got updated controls.
For those of us who fondly remember playing this classic FPS this is definetly worth a buy. For you youngins’ not familiar this still could be worth a look.

 

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Published in: on September 18, 2009 at 10:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Win a copy of Run! in our Weekend Giveaway!

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 UPDATE: Congratulations to RelentlessRolento for his winning entry in the Run! giveaway contest! Here is his entry:

“Urinating Koalas…

Why? The reason for this is that the computer you use to look at this is hooked up to your home which is located on the ground which is where the soil is which is where trees grow which is where koalas live which is where they urinate.

Thus my reason being that I’m tired of using items in my home effected by koala urine >_<

They need to die for that alone. “

Run! by Arthur Ham Apps is a reaction game that involves punching zombies, and walruses,  jump kicking sharks, and ducking under buzz saws. We have an interview with the developer of this addicting game coming up soon, and so we are holding a contest this weekend to win a free copy of the game!

  To enter leave a comment on this post and tell us what kind of animal you think deserves a nice karate punch or flying kick! The best comment will win a free copy of Run! for thier iPhone! We will email the download code to you. Click here to leave a comment and enter!

 You may also enter via Twitter. Just follow @thecurrentgamer and send a message @thecurrentgamer saying what animal should get a punch or flying kick next! (we vote for the bear)

The contest winner will be chosen this Monday, September 21

Please make sure to leave your email address so that we can send you the download code. Good Luck!

Published in: on September 18, 2009 at 8:26 pm  Comments (14)  
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The weekend starts now for iPhone gamers with a ton a great new releases

 Apple’s approval team must have been very busy last might as there are quite a few great new games available today. Here are a few notable titles worth checking out:

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Hybrid: Eternal Whisper from Gamevil Inc. A high energy action title with RPG elements – $5.99

 

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  Super Shock Football from Chillingo. A very unique football game based on a remnent of the past – $1.99

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 Robocalypse from Mobile Mayhem. An RTS brought over from the DS with online multiplayer – $4.99

 

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 Unify from Zach Gage. A stylized block drop puzzler. – $0.99

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 iBlast Moki from Godzilab. I very neat physics puzzler with a level editor for sharing your own levels online – $1.99

 

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Published in: on September 18, 2009 at 4:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Gamevil’s new release Hybrid: Eternal Whisper is out now!

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Fans of the popular iPhone RPG Zenonia will be happy find find Hybrid is now available on the app store. Hybrid is quite a bit different then Zenonia, but is still a title for the more hardcore gamer. The gameplay is more similar to Ninja Gaiden or Devil May Cry then Zelda.

   We are preparing a review for Hybrid now, and will have it up for you as soon as possible. The game has a TON of content so it is taking some time to get through before we can staart writing up the final review. One interesting little tidbit I’ll share is that this time Gamevil has implemented online leaderboards for thier game.  Hybrid is available for $5.99 

Published in: on September 18, 2009 at 2:02 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Monkey Island 50% off till the 21st. Only $3.99!


Lucas Arts classic was spruced up with new art and voice overs. The game was a great buy at $8 and is a steal at $3.99.

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Published in: on September 17, 2009 at 10:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Dungeon Hunter by Gameloft Available now

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  Dungeon Hunter, Gameloft’s version of Diablo is available on the iPhone today for $6.99. Here is a trailer recently released for the game:

 Fans of Diablo and action RPG’s should should check this title out.

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Published in: on September 17, 2009 at 5:12 pm  Leave a Comment  
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I Dig It Sequel coming this Holiday Season!

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   The fine people at Touch Arcade ran into InMotion Software at GDC Austin and got some great information on InMotions next game: I Dig It Expeditions. Here is a link to thier full article with details on the sequel: http://tinyurl.com/diggins

 It looks like the sequel, due out this holiday saeson will feature multiple levels in various exotic locations around the world. With a recent update, I Dig It now features 2 different locdations, but it appears the sequel will have quite a bit more content. There also appear to be new power-ups in the works as well. Personally, I’m most interested in all those new diggins they must be adding….mmmmm diggins…..

 What? Oh sorry I got distracted…. Anyways check out the full article on Touch Arcade at the link above for more details. Hopefully we can get some additional details from InMotion for you soon!

Published in: on September 17, 2009 at 4:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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