Rovio Launches Amazing Alex For Android And iOS; Brings Angry Birds To Samsung Smart TVs

After the success of highly popular Angry Birds game, Finnish game maker Rovio finally launched the much awaited Amazing Alex. Back in May, Rovio acquired the popular iOS game, Casey’s Contraptions from creator Noel Llopis. The recently launched Amazing Alex is nothing but the rebranded version of the Casey’s Contraptions. The Amazing Alex is currently available only for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Rovio has also promised to launch this game for Windows Phone, Mac and PC in the coming weeks.

Petri Järvilehto, EVP of Games, Rovio, said:
“We’re so excited for our fans to meet Amazing Alex. We’ve taken out time polishing a fantastic game and believe we’re created something fun and accessible for all ages. We’ve had a lot of fun with the game, and we can’t wait to see what our fans come up with!”

Amazing Alex is a basically a physics puzzle game that stars a smiling blond boy named Alex, who creates amazing chain reactions to get the job done with the maximum amount of fun. Amazing Alex has a set of 35 interactive objects. You can set up these objects to bounce, pop, bash and crash into each other and create a Rube Goldberg device.

This game consists of 100 challenging levels across four fun-filled locations. Android users can download the free, premium and HD version for $0, $0.99 and $2.99 respectively. On the other hand, iPhone and iPad owners can download the premium version for $0.99 and $2.99 respectively. Check out the official launch trailer below.

Angry Birds for Samsung Smart TVs:

Apart from the launch of Amazing Alex, we have good news for the Angry Birds fans and Samsung Smart TV owners. Samsung recently announced that it will bring the extremely popular Angry Birds game to its line of Smart TVs. This game will take advantage of Samsung’s Smart TV SDK that supports gesture controls and voice interaction. The latest version of Angry Birds is compatible only with Samsung’s ES7000, ES8000 and ES9000 Smart TVs. The owners of these televisions can download Angry Birds from Samsung TV app store. This game is expected to launch by the end of this month.

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Marathon 1 for iPad Brings Nostalgia [Review]

Bungie, the game studio behind the Halo series, celebrates their 20th anniversary this year, and to celebrate they held “Bungie Day” on July 7th. The day held a number of events, including a chance to play Halo Reach against some of it’s Devs.

For me, the best part of Bungie day was the release of Marathon 1 for iPad. We were promised the classic shooter series on Apple’s tablet, and now the wait is over. The game is a huge throwback to my start as a gamer. While I’m not old enough to have played it when it was released, I played it as a kid with my dad. It was the DOOM of Apple computers, and it really delivered.

The port of Marathon brings all the great parts back. The game itself is still solid, and extremely fun to play. It may just be my fond memories, I really enjoy playing the game. That doesn’t mean its perfect, however.

While many people will complain that the graphics are terrible, they look as good as they did when I played it years ago. If you want upgraded graphics, you can pick them up as an in-app purchase. You can also get “Master Chief Mode,” which gives you unlimited ammo, weapons, and even life.

My issues with the port come from its controls. It uses a stationary joystick for movement, and turning control on theater side near a pair of firing buttons. My biggest problem is that I can’t hold my iPad and manage to turn, move, and shoot all at one time. That makes it difficult to be highly successful within the game.

As a recap, Marathon 1 is a good free FPS with a high level of nostalgia. You could complain about the visual quality, but you can pay for better graphics. The biggest issue is the control scheme, and they need serious help.

App: Marathon 1
Developer: Bungie
Platform: iPad
Price: Free
Score: 3/5 – Nostalgia without carefully thought out controls



iPhone Games Sale: Gameloft Drops iPhone/iPad Game Prices to 99 Cents

Every once in a while some of the big gaming studios decide to drop the prices of their games to something which is really affordable. Earlier this year EA had dropped prices of their games to $.99 and it looks like Gameloft dropped their prices to 99 cents too today in a surprise sale.

Gameloft Games

Gameloft has dropped prices of popular games like Shrek Kart, Modern Combat: Sandstorm, Asphalt 5, Let’s Golf, Prince of Persia, UNO, Assassin’s Creed and more to 99 cents flat. You will find games for the iPhone, and on sale. Some of these games are really good and well worth the 99 cents being charged. In total, Gameloft has dropped the price of over 30 games for the iPhone and iPad today.

I certainly hate these kind of sales because I end up buying at-least 10 games. Now only if I could also find the time to play them all. Interested? Check out the entire list of games whose price Gameloft has dropped at this Appshopper page.

Don’t Miss: How to find out when iPhone Apps and games price drops

Download Paid iPhone Apps, iPod Touch Apps, iPad Apps For Free

Owning an , or is incomplete without the numerous useful apps available in the Apple app store. However, not all of the apps available out there are free of cost, and you might have to shell out a decent amount of money to get your hands on some useful apps and addicting games.

Free iPhone Apps and Games

I have owned my iPod Touch for quite a lot of time now and have more than 250 apps and games installed on it, most of the apps I have installed are paid apps which I have downloaded for free, well not illegally though. So how did I do it? Well by keeping an eye on price drops and free apps available every day.

So do you want to install paid ,   and for free? Well, here are some places where you can find free paid apps.

App Shopper


App Shopper which I had written about in the past is a website which tracks price drops and new apps in the app store. This is a one stop solution for finding paid apps which go free for a short period of time.

If you visit this website daily, you will find a lot of paid apps and paid games which are free and can download it to your iTunes account. This is definitely one of the best way to download apps whose price has dropped. Visit it at

Open Feint Free Games

Open Feint Logo

Open Feint is one of the biggest game tracking and socializing platform for iPhone games. However, in addition to adding the social network twist to your games, Open Feint also offers one free game everyday through their Game Spotlight program.

You can either find new free games by visiting or downloading their Game Spotlight iPhone App from here which will allow you to track paid games which go free on your iDevice.

Free App A Day

Free App A Day or FAAD as it is called ties up with several apps and games developers to offer a free app a day, you can download the app to your iDevice and use it for free. There are lot of interesting apps and games which can be downloaded for free from this website. Visit it at

There are many more options to find paid apps which can be downloaded for free, but trust me you won’t need anything else than these three websites to fill up your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad with some cool games and apps for FREE.