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When the team aren't sitting around admiring Apple's resplendent design choices or crying at their vastly overpriced contract plans, sometimes they use their shiny iDevices to actually play games. Here's what was being played this week:

Tom Orry, Editor - Cause of Death

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I read very few books, yet the mobile game I've sunk the most time into recently is easily EA's Cause of Death, an interactive detective story. The delivery isn't going to worry the best fiction writers, but the trashy style suits the dramatic story of the Maskmaker serial killer. As detectives you get to choose certain responses or actions and the story will play out differently as a result. It's incredibly cheesy, with stereotypical troubled cops, but it's free and new episodes are added weekly. Interactive books are the future of gaming. You heard it here first!

Martin Gaston, Staff Writer - Chop Chop Ninja

Chop Chop Ninja screenshot

While it's not exactly bursting with spring freshness, I got (and played) Chop Chop Ninja because it was recently given away for free. That's the kind of guy I am.

Everything's appropriately built around ticking the boxes of the iPhone demographic, so we've got cute graphics, bright aesthetics and spangly touch controls. I think any game on the iPhone that manages to do the business without featuring a virtual d-pad is inherently superior to anything that does, so Chop Chop Ninja is already better than 98% of App Store titles.

There's a bizarre enjoyment derived from seamlessly leaping up fancy dynasty-era buildings using touch controls, which is offset by those other times when you try it and it cacks up. Tapping behind enemies has your little ninja dude dispatch them, but the game's best trick is in the way it has you use a deft series of tap jumps to manoeuvre around increasingly ornate structures.

Developer Gamerizon definitely cottoned onto something with this, but they clearly know it: since their success with Ninja, they've put out Chop Chop Hockey, Chop Chop Caveman, Chop Chop Soccer, Chop Chop Tennis and Chop Chop Runner. Oh, and Quantz on the PC - which will probably come to the App Store this year as Chop Chop Quantz.

Jamin Smith, Staff Writer - Isoball

Isoball screenshot

Logic, spatial awareness and good forward thinking; these are all skills that Isoball demands in buckets to be any good at it. The idea is to arrange a series of cubes, prisms and other three-dimensional shapes so that a ball can roll safely to its destination. After planning and building your route in advance (not knowing quite whether it's going to work or not) you then hit the 'start' button to quite literally get the ball rolling. The tap-and-drag style of construction ensures you're not wasting time worrying about controls, allowing you to simply focus on getting your head around the 50-odd challenges the game has to offer. The App Store has proved on numerous occasions that the simple games are the most addictive, a fact that Isoball proves nicely.

Emily Gera, Staff Writer - Mirror's Edge

Mirror's Edge screenshot

I bought an iPod Touch a few months back and have been using it as something to put all of the dust that keeps filling my living room on. Until three weeks or four weeks ago anyway, when I was told to actually use it, and then for the first time I played Mirror's Edge. And it's actually not as baffling a concept as I original though it would be. Considering I could barely play the PC version without my computer making horrific dying noises I found it hard to imagine how the game was meant to play on someone's bloody telephone. But I take back my previous dismissal of PC-to-App games. It's not odd backwards evolution, and it doesn't horrifically dilute the original, it's properly stunning and works surprisingly well as a side-scroller. Congratulations, Mirror's Edge, on not being rubbish.

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If you still need iPhone;
iPhone iPlayed
iPhone uPlay
iPhone App Ointment
Posted 10:34 on 13 January 2011
mikejosh1978's Avatar


I-Play Hours Of Nonsense Explored
I-PHONE hows that Neon , it hits James criteria perfect lol.
I-Phone Hours Of New Experiances
Iphone-Play Hours Of New Entertainment
ect ect
Posted 10:32 on 13 January 2011
mydeaddog's Avatar


App Solutely Fabulous, iDle Hands and Look what iPaid a Little For are all brilliant. James reckons it needs to have "iPhone" in the title, but i'll see if I can't persuade everyone that it doesn't...

Posted 09:40 on 13 January 2011
GeNeCyDe1993's Avatar


Some good suggestions from PB!

Been playing some Game Dev Story, Slice it, Angry Birds seasons, Falldown, Traffic Rush, Ninjump, Spiderman, and Chess free.
Posted 18:52 on 12 January 2011
El-Dev's Avatar


Look what iPaid a little for.

Crap I know but the games are quite cheap I believe.
Posted 18:33 on 12 January 2011
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CheekyLee@ pblive

Originally Posted by pbgenius
App Happy
iOS it is
App Solutely Fabulous
Weekly App Ointment
iPhone delity
iPhone You Phone (emphasising the audience participation)
You can't iTouch This
iGo Gaming

What iPlayed This Week
What's Appening?
An iTouch of Class
iDle Hands
Posted 18:26 on 12 January 2011


App Happy
iOS it is
App Solutely Fabulous
Weekly App Ointment
iPhone delity
iPhone You Phone (emphasising the audience participation)
You can't iTouch This
iGo Gaming

(you can tell I'm bored)
Posted 14:42 on 12 January 2011
mydeaddog's Avatar


It's been brought to our attention that a different games review site already runs a feature called iPhone It In. This annoys me.

As a result, we'll probably be renaming this feature for next week's edition. At the moment, we're a bit short on ideas, so if you post suggestions in this thread, there's a definite chance we'll might use one.

At the moment, the best i've come up with is "Cop An i-Ful", which is crap.
Posted 14:25 on 12 January 2011
SexyJams's Avatar


Awesome new feature guys!
I love how you're expanding. My tip would be to explore YouTube a bit more. Getting a good channel with a lot of subscriptions could really see a lot more traffic for your site. All you'd really need to do is post your occasional video reviews and features. Indie Bin's great, get it out there!
Posted 14:19 on 12 January 2011


This week I've been playing:
NOVA 2 - Halo 2-esque FPS from Gameloft. Great game and great multiplayer

Bug Panic, Espgaluda 2 and Dodonpachi, 3 games from Cave. DodonPachi is an amazing shooter than harks back to the days of rock hard games and lots of death.

Aralon HD - a huge RPG, really amazing what they can fit in the game. Like Fallout, it's a bit buggy, but can be excused for the fact that it's so immense.

Boxing Fighter. Someone decided to rip off Street Fighter IV's style and just use boxers. It's playable, but not great.

Mad Skills MX - Great little Excitebike style game, bit like Trials HD in places too.

Lame Castle - Based on the joke in the recent US PSP adverts where they suggest a game called 'lame castle' means the iPhone is crap. Ironically, Lame Castle isn't crap, it's pretty good.

Red Gun - a fairly good wild west shooter, let down by voice acting that makes the hero sound like he's from the North of England instead.

Minotaur Rescue - Jeff Minter finally comes to the iPhone. Interesting retro game, controls not great.

Also: Black Rogue, Death Worm, Lost Mummy, Family Guy TW, Joe Cable, Tron, Trap Master, Save Toshi, hook World...

Expect reviews on for them all as soon as I find a machine that can halt time.

(and don't complain about me advertising the site, I've got an advert for VG on the site at the moment) ;)
Posted 11:54 on 12 January 2011

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Release Date: TBA
Developer: Electronic Arts
Publisher: EA Mobile
Genre: Puzzle
No. Players: One
Rating: TBC
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