The top gaming apps out now

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Sure, summer may be a dead zone for console video games, but do not despair. There is a light that never goes out. The glistening, neon glow of the App Store is always open and ready to fill your iOS device up with gaming goodness.  Here are reviews of a few recent iGems.

‘Temple Run’

Company: Imangi Games
Cost: $1  
Grade: 5/5
Just when you thought the “endless runner” genre had ran its course, along comes “Temple Run.” This insanely addictive 3-D platformer has you running and running and running to avoid certain death from various Aztecan annoyances. There are tons of power-ups and achievements, which should keep you entertained for hours. This is twitch gaming at it’s very finest.

‘Tiny Tower’
Company: NimbleBit
Cost: Freemium
Grade:  4/5
Freemium games, which are initially free but cost money to acquire in-game stuff, are the scourge of the App Store. Most are soulless pieces of crap hellbent on manipulating your obsessive compulsive tendencies to empty your bank account. “Tiny Tower,” thankfully, is a cut above. It’s essentially the Sims set inside a bustling megatower of your creation. Giving your citizens housing, managing their jobs and building them places to eat and shop are the orders of the day. You can speed things up by spending real money, but it’s never emphasized.

‘Gesundheit!’
Company: Konami
Cost: $1  Grade: 4/5
Puzzle games are a dime a dozen on the App Store. Surprisingly, however, there aren’t too many puzzlers that revolve around boogers. Snot rockets are the name of the game here, and what a game it is. You play a pig with a cold who must cleverly place sinus discharge to save your kingdom from invading monsters. It sounds stupid but the level design here is genius.


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