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Awakening: Kingdoms (iPhone App Store)

Queen Sophia’s away on another quest. As steward, it’s your job to bring Skyward Kingdom back to its former glory.

Okay, I wasn’t going to touch this game because I try to avoid free-to-play whenever possible. If Monika Guballa from Boomzap (the company that made the Awakening games) hadn’t emailed me personally, I would’ve never even played it. Like I said, instead of taking the role of Queen Sophia, you take the role of the steward. You meet characters from previous Awakening games and help them accomplish their goals.

The game play is a mixture of hidden object and building sim. You gather materials by participating in various hidden object scenes. You use the items to construct buildings throughout the land. During the game, characters will give you quests and it’s your job to complete them. You can also send messages to your friends and play mini-games in various buildings.

This game is beautiful and addictive. I give it 7 out of 10; it renewed my interest in the Awakening series.

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood (iPhone App Store)

You’re just working a boring job as a sales clerk when Kim Kardashian shops at your store. At first, you thought it was just something you could brag about to all your friends until she offers you a modeling job. Can you keep up with the hassles of celebrity life?

That’s right; I downloaded a celebrity fashion game on my iPhone. As someone who fantasizes about celebrity life, I couldn’t resist. The game’s simplistic in its nature. You take job offers where you can get them and try to become the number one A-list celebrity. You can also go on dates and check your Twitter feed. Changing your outfit every now and then will also get you even more fans. After a while, you eventually get to number one and there’s no reason to play it anymore. I think they should add an update to where, if you don’t do anything for a while, you’re in danger of losing the number one spot. It would be motivation to keep playing.

This game is simplistic yet addictive. I give it 3 out of 10; nothing more than an escapist fantasy.

Tamagotchi Angel L.I.F.E. (iPhone App Store)

Following the 3 millionth download of the Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. app, Bandai Co., Ltd. and Sync Beatz Entertainment present the upcoming Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. Angel app, an updated recreation of the original Tamagotchi Angel digital handheld game. </p> <p>

Tamagotchi’s back and this time it’s an angel. Maybe you’ll raise this Tamagotchi to perfection. Maybe you’ll be the death of it.

That’s right; the iPhone released another version of the Tamagotchi. Just like the original, you feed it, play with it, clean its poop and turn off the light when it sleeps. Only differences are that you can feed it candy to increase its angel powers and, if you catch it praying, ring the bell to add to its deed meter. Unfortunately, the iPhone won’t alert you when that happens, so you might never catch your Tamagotchi praying.

This is the same concept as the original Tamagotchi. I give it 6 out of 10; like the original, you grow to care for this guy.

Tamagotchi L.I.F.E. (iPhone App Store)


The beloved digital pet from the 90s is back and it’s on your phone. Take care of the little alien and make sure to keep it alive.

Even if you didn’t have a tamagotchi in the 90s, you probably had an equivalent. When I was a kid, I had two giga pets, a cat and a T-Rex. They never lived very long because I had to go to school and I couldn’t take the toys with me. There’s really not much of a plot to these things except an alien came to earth and you have to raise it. However, I will say one thing. While Tamagotchi’s popularity skyrocketed in Japan, it fell out of favor in the U.S. I don’t know if they brought these things to the iPhone to bring back its popularity or to give nostalgic adults like me a taste of their childhood.

The game play is the same as it was on the toy. You press the correct button to meet your Tamagotchi’s needs. If you don’t tend to the creature, it will die. You can pick which Tamagotchi you want between Generation 1 and Generation 2. As you play, you can unlock various wallpaper and shell designs. You also have two choices to play the app. You can play it as an actual app, by pressing the correct icon, or, if you’re feeling really nostalgic, play it in shell mode. In other words, tap the left button until you get to the icon you want and tap the confirm button to select it.

This game is not deep yet addictive. I give it 6 out of 10; you get attached to the Tamagotchi after a while.

Pong (iPhone App Store)

The very first video game ever created has found its way on your iPhone.  Bounce a ball around with paddles in this 2d tennis court.

I got this game because I saw a few screenshots of it on That 70s Show and wanted to see if it’s any fun.  Despite the simple concept, I’d have to say that it is.  Sometimes it’s nice to play a game where you can turn your brain off.  My only problem is that you can’t make the paddles smaller if you’re way too good at the game.

This game is simplistic and addictive.  I give it 7 out of 10; the perfect game to play when you’re drinking.

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