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Mobile Monday

JohnBWacky, serious, filled with animals, containing goat kisses, and populated by sentient glops of furry... whatever. It's not a Mobile Monday if you don't reach for the disinfectant spray!

goatup.gifGoatUp (universal) - From Llamasoft, creator of some truly delicious games, comes a strange sort of arcade game that's all about goats kissing. Sort of. Your main goat pal must hop to climb platforms higher and higher up the mountain. Kiss goats and eat grass to make kids, and pick up every item you come across (there are loads of them). Enemies, of course, make an appearance, but really it's all about kissing goats as you much on grass and hop around like a mad... goat.

spaceshooterfree.gifA Space Shooter for Free (iPhone, iPod Touch) - P. Jefferson is a little too nerdy for his own good. Tortured by bullies in school, Jefferson makes himself more manly via the art of lifting weights. Eventually, he becomes a pilot, blasting aliens and asteroids in space like nobody's business. That's where you come in! Ported from the PSP download game, A Space Shooter for Free turns your finger into the control stick of a ship, shooting everything out of the black sky that crosses your path. Missiles, shields, and other gun power-ups are at your disposal, and you'll collect currency during your travels that can be used to upgrade your ship. It's got everything you could want from a shmup, including a bad attitude and comic book-style cutscenes, and is exactly the sort of thing you should think of when you see the phrase "casual shmup". Also available on Google Play Android Games for Android phones..

riotrings.gifRiot Rings (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) - No casual gamer worth their Bejeweled gems hasn't played a marble popper puzzle game at one time or another. The genre waxes and wanes with the times, and Riot Rings looks to bring it back on the portable touch screen. The animals are trying to get out of the zoo, but unluckily for them, they've rolled themselves in to highly-matchable balls and are rolling around a track. Tap to lob animals into the chain, making matches of three or more to clear the ring before the lock and key meet. Simple, and it never tries to reinvent the genre, but it looks great and plays without a hitch, making it a sound pickup for anyone looking for some casual marble matching. Riot Rings XL is also available for iPad.

globulos.gifGlobulos Mania (universal) - An iOS translation of the online multiplayer browser game GlobZ, Globulos features almost two dozen different mini-games that center around a single competitive mechanic. Each player has a few seconds to choose a direction and velocity for each of his or her globulos critters. Your goal can vary but will usually involve something like knocking a soccer ball into the goal. Make your choices, tap on "go", and see what your opponent has done. It's a fun concept that's been proven on the web for years, only now it's in the palm of your touch-friendly hand!

NOTE: Games noted as 'universal' have been designed for iPod Touch, iPad, and iPhone devices alike. Any game not listed for iPad will work on the system, but native full screen will not be present. Games listed may not be available outside of North America. Prices are subject to change and are therefore unlisted. Please see the individual game pages for purchasing info.


I looked up the iPad version of Riot Rings on the iTunes store. There were two five-star reviews and two one-star reviews for the current version.

The two one-star reviews complained about the game crashing frequently, and recommended against buying the app until it was fixed.

Despite having had my patience quickly drained by games crashing repeatedly in the past, I decided to take the risk and purchase Riot Rings.

The one-star reviews were right. The game crashed ten times before I even got to the main menu, and I didn't bother trying an eleventh time. X_X

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Hmmm, the PSN version was A Space Shooter for $2. It's definitely worth getting for free.

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@JohnB: What system did you buy it for? From what I've heard the crashing problem is exclusive to the iPad version.

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John told me he got the iPad version. As with any mobile app, if the app crashes upon launch, try rebooting your mobile device. That often takes care of the problem.

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To be perfectly honest I don't think I've ever rebooted my iPad. How exactly do I do it?

[To do a soft reboot: Press and hold the Start and Home buttons simultaneously until the "Slide to Power Off" button appears. Slide it to power down the iPad. Then press the Start button to reboot. To do a hard reset: (warning: will reset all your folder settings and icon positions!!) Press and hold the Start and Home buttons simultaneously even after the "Slide to Power Off" button appears. Continue holding the buttons until you see the Apple logo appear indicating the reset/reboot. -Jay]

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Never mind. Looked it up online.

[Next time please post what you find instead of a simple "Nevermind" to help anyone else who might want to know without having to look it up themselves. Thanks. :) -Jay]

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Reset your iDevice if a games crashes! It will help!

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