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Hero Academy for iPhone: The Asynchronous Multiplayer Battle Chess You've Been Waiting For

Asynchronous gaming is a clunky phrase to roll around the tongue, but the time-shifting technique is perfect for the hectic social calendar of the modern player. Hero Academy is a great example; a turn-based tactical battle game where you make your moves and forget about them for a while until the other player responds. It's like playing chess by post, but snail mail is replaced with the magical ether of the electronic interwebs.

Dahon vs. Tern: Folding Bikes and Family Feuds [UPDATED]

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With their continued prevalence on the streets, folding bikes have grown from being a wobbly novelty to a serious option for the daily commute. Early February sees the UK launch of a new brand in the crowded market, Tern, available exclusively from Evans Cycles. The company has had a bit of a bumpy ride, however, blighted by a bitter spat – both legal and familial – with the market-leader in folders, Dahon.

Time Ducks for iPhone and iPad: Why Did the Chicken (and the Tiger, and the Baboon) Cross the Road?

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By any definition of the word, Time Ducks is an ugly-looking game. The stick pixel style, the horrible clash of colours, the jagged movement. If it were possible to play it with a bag over the touchscreen, it'd be a small mercy. Nevertheless, it's a clever puzzle game where you use time-shift techniques to escort animals through traffic. Frogger meets Braid, anyone?

Crazy Hedgy for iPhone and iPad: A Hedgehog that Runs and Jumps, and Has a Mean Left Hook

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Games company Sega will take one look at Crazy Hedgy and probably have cause for concern. Not because the title character is a hedgehog – aside from species, he bears no resemblance to Sonic the Hedgehog. But because the core concept of tilt and roll appears to have been lifted verbatim from another of their major franchises, Super Monkey Ball. Is replacing monkeys with hedgehogs enough to keep the lawyers at bay?

Netflix is Here, But Does the UK Really Need Another Television On-Demand Service?

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With a wee bit of fanfare and a few murmurings of excitement, Netflix has finally arrived in the UK and Ireland. But it is really that big of a deal? It's not as if we don't have a veritable avalanche of television on-demand services already dribbling out of our ears. Between iPlayer, LOVEFiLM, 4OD, ITV Player, Virgin Media, iTunes, YouTube and Sky, we've got all the bases covered thank you very much. Or do we?

Super Crate Box for iPhone and iPad: Fight Endless Hordes by Collecting Weapon Crates

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SCB is an infuriatingly addictive game built around two core tenets. Firstly, it makes absolutely no concessions to the delicate sensibilities of modern gaming. One life, no continues, rack up as many points as you can. Secondly, it celebrates the glorious 8-bit era with chunky pixels, bright colours, and a phat chiptune soundtrack. Needless to say, we lost the better part of the weekend playing this sucker.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Shows What Happens When Gadgets Go Spectacularly Wrong

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Warning, HERE BE SPOILERS. If you haven't had the chance to see the new Mission: Impossible film yet, best look away now. For the rest of you – pretty decent popcorn entertainment, don't you think? The thing that tickled us most was a running joke about the hi-tech gadgets and gizmos used by Ethan Hunt and his team of superspies. They had an alarming tendency to go on the fritz, leaving our heroes scrambling from one cliffhanging situation to the next.