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Dungeon Hunter 3 for iPhone and iPad: A Change of Course into Freemium Waters

For the third instalment of their flagship action roleplaying game, Gameloft have made radical changes to the formula. And judging by the comments left by disgruntled fans on the App Store, not all of them are very popular. Whereas the first two games were traditional RPG dungeon crawlers, this new game is something much more basic; an arena brawler built around the freemium model.

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LostWinds for iPhone and iPad: We Couldn't Resist the Urge to Make Jokes About Flatulence

Honestly. With a name like that, you're just asking for trouble. Once we clapped sight of the words "Lost" and "Winds", we went scurrying to our well-thumbed copy of Roger Mellie's Profanisaurus (5th edition) to see if it did indeed have a double meaning. Alas, no dice. Instead, we'll have to take LostWinds at surface value; a charming platform adventure built around a dashedly smart concept.

Mega Man X for iPhone: The Blue Bomber Returns for this Classic SNES Adventure

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Purists might insist on calling him "Rockman", in keeping with the original Japanese name, but there's no quibbling over the sterling gameplay that's garnered Mega Man a dedicated following. Mega Man X is a benchmark in the series, the blue bomber's first outing on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System way back in 1993, and nearly two decades later it arrives on the App Store. How does it hold up?

Grand Theft Auto III: 10 Year Anniversary Edition on iOS and Android – Classic Crimewave Goes Portable

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It wasn't so long ago that GTA III was the bête noire of the games industry. Hysterical tabloid headlines accused it of encouraging everything from gang violence to sexual promiscuity. To see it available in the squeaky-clean environs of the App Store is something of a surprise (but not so much with Android Market). We're reminded of that old saying; "Money Talks, Bullshit Walks".

SpyCorp for iPhone and iPad: Espionage and Gadgets with a Cartoon Flavour

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In the popular imagination, spies and gadgets go together like strawberries and cream. The reality of spying is probably much more mundane, involving stacks of paperwork and the occasional bit of lying to a state official. But when it comes to books, films and games, we've been trained to expect state-of-the-art tech that's also wildly impractical. A Large Hadron Collider concealed in a hair-dryer, for example.

Bejeweled and Bejeweled Blitz for iPhone: PopCap's Prize Gems Are Recut and Redefined

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Ain't no doubt about it, PopCap are one of the most successful businesses on the App Store. With brilliant titles like Bejeweled, Peggle and Plants Vs Zombies to their credit, they're pretty much the market leaders in casual gaming. Therefore, when they decide to do something radical and potentially controversial with one of their key properties, you can bet that we'll be paying attention.

Chrono Trigger for iPhone: Time Travel and High Adventure with this Role Playing Classic

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There are some games which you only hear spoken about in a hushed whisper, such is the awe and respect they command. Chrono Trigger is one such game, routinely cited as one of the very best role-playing games ever made. Designed by the developer dream-team of Hironobu Sakaguchi (creator of Final Fantasy), Yuji Horii (creator of Dragon Quest) and Akira Toriyama (creator of Dragonball Z), it presented players with a radical new take on the genre, including multiple endings, character side-quests, and a unique battle system.