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1-bit NinjaRemember when we had that grand argument about 2D vs. 3D? Me neither, but 1-bit Ninja decided to solve the issue by being both two dimensional and three dimensional at the same time! This retro-looking platform game plays out on a flat plane and allows you to run to the right, collect bits (coins), potions and the like, all while avoiding enemies and hunting for secrets. To find said secrets, you'll need to use 1-bit Ninja's secret trick: perspective changing! Simply drag the top of the screen to tilt the game world to the side, taking a 3D look at your surroundings. Often, you'll find passageways you couldn't have seen before in this view, making frequent "stop and look" sessions a must!

Bumpy RoadThe creator of Kosmo Spin has released another cute, simple game you'll want to get your iPhone-owning paws on. While the happy little vroom car putters along above, your job is to use your finger to bulge the landscape, knocking the car up or simply nudging it closer to the items you want to collect. The physics are spot-on accurate and allow you to affect the vehicle's speed, direction, and make it jump almost anywhere you want. Several tracks are available with varying difficulty, making it the perfect physics game for just about any casual gamer looking for a cute slice of entertainment bliss!

DirtHey there, little skeleton kitty. Whacha up to? Not sure? Bit of amnesia or something? Well, I'm sure if you use that pickaxe to dig around a bit, you'll uncover some clues. Pick up those gems and see if they spark your memory. If you need to dig in a different direction or otherwise move around, rotate the iPhone to change gravity. Keep grabbing gems and you'll discover some neat things! Also, your world is procedurally-generated, which is neat if you want to play again after your first time through. Good luck, kitty!

DragonSlasherA stylized 2D action adventure game that feels like Another World with swords, evil enemies, traps, and loads of upgrades. Travel through town and dungeon as you search for treasures in a series of increasingly-difficult stages. Loot everything you can, kill the enemies you encounter, and return to town to buy upgrades, purchase new magic spells, and much, much more. DragonSlasher is one part action, one part role playing game, but all parts intense.

EDGE ExtendedHow could anyone possibly say no to more EDGE? Just released as a PC/Mac download, EDGE has been the favorite action/puzzle child of the mobile market for several years now. EDGE Extended introduces a new 3D physics engine, improved visuals, and almost as many levels as the original game, making it a healthy addition to the already stellar experience.

Groove CoasterAn utterly phenomenal rhythm/music game from Taito that strongly mirrors the style and structure of Space Invaders: Infinity Gene. All you have to do is tap the screen each time your craft comes across one of the little spots. Your tapping goes in time with the music, and soon you'll have to tap, beat, flick, hold and more, all while you take a fantastically sci-fi-infused journey through 3D vector space. The visuals and music make this game an enormously attractive package, but throw in unlockable bonuses and you've got a seriously addictive game on your hands.

HalcyonFrom stylistic designer Zach Gage, creator of Unify and Bit Pilot, comes another artistic sort of game, this time for iPad owners only! Halcyon is best described as a puzzle game with musical elements fused with a time-managing drawing game like Flight Control. Your goal is to connect currents to bring like-patterned pieces together. Direct them to the correct areas and they fly together, disappearing from the screen. Depending on which mode you choose, you can expect a blissful or a taxing experience. Either way, it's awesome, and there's something oddly trancelike about directing triangles against a background of soothing sounds and music...

Hard LinesAttention everyone who loves the classic arcade game Snake: Hard Lines is Snake times one billion! Guide Lionel, the glowing yellow line, through several game types as he undertakes epic tasks such as killing all of the other lines, collecting glowing light things, and just generally not crashing into anything. It's classic Snake mixed with the lightcycle game from Tron with a whole lot of style and twists and turns, and you'll have a hard time putting it down.

Infinity Blade 2Infinity Blade 2 is the reason your iOS device exists (other than all of that non-gaming stuff, of course). It's the deep, compelling, great-looking release that melds the casual and the mainstream gaming ideals together. It seamlessly incorporates a strong fantasy story with role playing elements, upgrades, exploration, and even a hint of hidden objects along with fast-reflexes action that will make you sit up straight to play.

Open Sea!Aah, the salt of the sea. Deadly waves threatening to drown passersby. Armed frigates firing on civilians. Mummies scuttling across the sandy beaches, infecting helpless folks with their embalmed charm. It's just an ordinary day for the citizens in Open Sea!, a satisfying and great-looking mobile arcade game by The Pixelizers. To get everyone to safety, you're going to need a little bit of luck and a whole lot of lightning bolts.

Perfect CellFrom mobigame, creators of Edge, comes a sci-fi game of a much different nature. You play as a life form found in an asteroid that evolves at an abnormally fast rate. Before the scientists realize what's happening, the tiny Cell Zero breaks out and goes exploring on its own, killing scientists and having its way with the undersea lab as it tries to escape. Float around by touching the screen, and dash by swiping to take out glass walls or attack a human. Things get really interesting (and gory) later in the game, and the environments look gorgeous on the small screen!

Pulse: Volume OneReady for a rhythm game that will make you feel like a musical mastermind while potentially sending your synapses into a frenzy? Pulse: Volume One has that power, and this iPad-exclusive from Cipher Prime, creator of Fractal and Auditorium, has both the visual package and musical variety to lull you into a brilliant trance of dot tapping and circle watching.

Shantae: Risky's RevengeShantae: Risky's Revenge is the sort of game retro-minded players will immediately snatch up. Modern players may look at it and think "another platform game?", but as soon as any human being plays it, it's easy tell that Shantae is anything but ordinary. Risky's Revenge is an action/platform game that's smartly focused on exploration in the style of a good old-fashioned metroidvania. It's a labor of love that's funny, challenging, creative, and absolutely gorgeous down to the last pretty pixel!

Zombieville USA 2The original Zombieville USA was one of the first big action hits on the iTunes App Store. Now, over two years later, this sidescrolling shooting/brawling game is back, and it does everything right! Control a lightly-armed character as you walk through the streets fighting zombies who are astonishingly resistant to bullets. Break out the melee weapon when all else fails, and keep an eye open for cash and items, as you'll need them to stay alive in this extra-challenging game. More zombies, more weapons, more characters, more stuff to collect, and more bits of scenery to search for precious ammo. It's a great game that works well on the mobile device!

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