Great New App Store Collection: Pay Once & Play

Pay Once and Play

The App Store offers a wide range of featured sections and app collections to highlight some of the best and most interesting and useful apps.

One of its newer collections is Pay Once & Play – found in the Explore section this one features iPad games that do not include any In-App purchase options. Just buy the game and play it to its fullest without the need to be nickeled and dimed to get a better experience with it.

This is a great idea for an App Store collection, and one I’m sure many iPad gamers will welcome.

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Notable New iPad Apps – Ancient Battle: Hannibal

Ancient Battle Hannibal for iPad

Another great-looking strategic war game title has hit the iPad App Store this week. It’s called Ancient Battle: Hannibal, and of course it’s centered around Hannibal’s legendary battles against Rome in the Punic Wars.

The game is from Hunted Cow Studios, who have already brought a number of excellent strategic war games to the iPad, including the superb Civil War: 1863.

Here’s a slice of the App Store introduction for Ancient Battle: Hannibal:

Ancient Battle: Hannibal is the newest edition to the Ancient Battles series. Experience the magnificence of the Punic Wars, as you follow Hannibal on his crucial campaign against Rome. Based upon, and a major upgrade to, the game system developed for Ancient Battle: Rome, a game that was the No.1 strategy game on the App Store in 8 different countries. Ancient Battle: Hannibal introduces many new game features including multi-level hills to elevate your strategic opportunities when commanding vast armies.
Fight the battles of the Second Punic War between Carthage and Rome. Each campaign is themed around battles between Hannibal’s armies and their cunning opponents in the four geographical regions of Italy, Spain, Sicily and Africa. Hannibal’s inspired tactics and leadership made him one of Rome’s most dangerous enemies and possibly the greatest general of all time. Can you match his achievements on the battlefield?

One of my favorite old board games was a Punic Wars title, so I can’t wait to try out this game on the iPad.

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Coming Very Soon: The Next iPad Wargame from Shenandoah Studio

Well this looks like some great news for all of us who enjoy the heck out of iPad wargames. Desert Fox: The Battle of El Alamein is the latest iPad wargame title from the clever folks at Sheandoah Studio – makers of the excellent Battle of the Bulge and Drive on Moscow iPad strategic wargames.

Desert Fox is coming to the iPad very soon. In the meantime, take a look at the trailer above for a great look at what this title will bring.

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Red Herring: Great New iPad Word Game is Top of the Charts on Day 1

Red Herring iPad Game

A few days back I mentioned a great looking soon-to-be-released iPad game called Red Herring. It’s the latest game from the makers of the fantastic 7 Little Words game.

Well, today that great looking game hit the App Store. I just took a look at the Top Charts section and Red Herring is sitting at the Number 1 sport for free Word games. That’s great to see, and having spent 10 days and many hours with the game I can tell you it’s well-deserved success.

I’m more than a little addicted to the game already, and my 11 year old daughter is pretty much fighting me for the iPad to play it too. As of today she can get her own version – phew.

I’ll do a review soon, but in the meantime my advice is go get this game – it’s a super fun word game with logic puzzle and trivia elements thrown into the mix. Here’s an App Store link for Red Herring; it’s a free game with lots of free content and only very reasonably priced In-App purchases ($0.99 to $1.99) for additional puzzle packs and hints.

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Botanicula: New iPad Game from the Makers of Machinarium

Botanicula iPad game

Botanicula is a just-released new iPad game with one heck of a fine pedigree. It’s described as a humor-filled adventure game and is the latest game from the makers of the superb and award-winning Machinarium game.

Here’s the initial story line for Botanicula and a few of its features:

Five friends, little tree creatures, set out on a journey to save the last seed from their home tree which is infested by evil parasites.

- Relaxed game perfect for hard core gamers, their partners, families and seniors.
– More than 150 detailed locations to explore.
– Hundreds of funny animations.
– Incredible amount of hidden bonuses.
– Award winning music by Dva.

The game is already getting rave reviews and I can’t wait to try it out. Actually, I have to wait to try it out – because my daughter absolutely loved Machinarium and I think she’d never speak to me again if I tried this one out without her.

Here’s an App Store link for Botanicula; it’s priced at $6.49.

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5 Under $5 iPad Games

Hey everyone! Beth Elderkin from iPad Insight here, checking out some interesting games for this week’s “5 Under $5.” If you want to see more about Hitman Go, fellow reviewer Thomas Wong will be doing a review soon. Be on the lookout for that! **Note: In the review, I wrote the first game as “The […]

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Red Herring: Another Simple but Addictive iPad Game from the Makers of 7 Little Words

Red Herring is a soon-to-be-released new iPad game from the makers of the excellent 7 Little Words game. Here is the developers’ short introduction to the game: Red Herring – containing word game, logic puzzle and trivia challenge elements – is about organizing words into categories while keeping an eye out for sneaky “red herring” words that are only […]

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Notable New iPad Apps: iOOTP Baseball 2014

iOOTP Baseball 2014 is the latest, greatest version of the excellent baseball management game for the iPad and iOS. It hit the App Store yesterday and it’s got quite a nice set of new features for this year’s edition, including: • Real Opening Day 2014 rosters. Every player on every major league team is available, […]

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