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Rayman 2: The Great Escape now in App Store!

For those of us with fond memories of the Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn comes Rayman 2. Yes, one of our favorite Mario 64 clones has made it to the iPhone [$6.99 - iTunes link].

Rayman has to escape the evil clutches of pirates that have taken over your world. Rayman plays in a 3D environment running, jumping and shooting energy to take down foes and restore peace to the world.

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ngmoco's We Rule for iPhone hits Canadian App Store

Once again, a new ngmoco's game has hit the Canadian App Store first -- this time it's kingdom-builder We Rule [Free with in-app purchases - iTunes link]. Hey, there's no Hulu or Google Voice in Canada, so fair's fair!

Like all recent ngmoco games, We Rule leverages the social gaming element via their Plus+ network, and has in-app purchases for "Mojo" which basically speed up things like growing crops and building homes, so you can pay if you don't want to wait. In this case, Mojo can run from $0.99 to for 1 to $49.00 for 800. You don't have to buy it, you just have to be patient if you don't.

It seems like you do have to log in to play, however, which is handy since you can keep one game going over multiple devices (like your iPhone and iPod touch, as long as they're logged in to the same Plus+ account), but if you don't care about that and just want to launch and play on your own, it's a step you can't skip.

No doubt ngmoco is doing what they do best here, taking a popular category of game and making it their own -- and making it excellent for the iPhone OS platform. If you're a fan of these types of farming, kingdom building games, you'll likely be a big fan of We Rule.

Again, Canadian only for now, though @ngmoco is giving away codes to allow early US access on Twitter. If you download it -- or score a code -- let us know what you think!

Ton'o pictures and a video... after the break!

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Final Fantasy 1 and 2 for iPhone and iPod touch Now Available in App Store

They are finally here RPG fans, Final Fantasy [$8.99 - iTunes link] and Final Fantasy II [$8.99 - iTunes link] were released earlier today in the App Store for your iPhone or iPod touch. Each game will cost you $8.99 but that seems to be a small price to pay for such classics as these.

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Mega Man 2, Earthworm Jim, Myst, Golden Axe, Secret of Monkey Island -- TiPb's Top 5 Retro Games!

Today’s TiPb Top 5 will be directed towards our iPhone and iPod touch wielding readers who love their classic, retro games. Just like our other TiPb’s top 5 must-have posts, all of these applications are available in the App Store. For the full run down, follow us after the break!

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Brothers in Arms 2: Global Front now in App Store!

Brothers in Arms 2: Global Front has is now available in the App store [$7.99 - iTunes link]. This is the sequel to 2008's Brothers in Arms: Hour of Heroes, one of the first 3D shooters on the iPhone. The above screen shot was taken in-game and it looks amazing. There is a smooth framerate and uses Gameloft's successful control schemes for FPSs. This is a big improvement over the first game in the series and has been well worth the wait. Some highlights include:

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TiPb Apps #2.1 -- Farm Frenzy 2 for iPhone (Macworld 2010)

Live from Macworld 2010, Leanna and Rene of TiPb talk to Hilary Wall and Maren Faulkender of Appency about Farm Frenzy 2 [$2.99 - iTunes link] for the iPhone, and the future of games on the iPad.

Watch along after the break!

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Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies: Verrückt

Activision's first person shooter hit, Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies is taking advantage of in-app purchasing with a new map - Verrückt (Zombie Asylum).

This new map will run you an additional $4.99, added to the app's original price of $9.99. (Full disclosure: Activation was nice enough cover the cost for TiPb's test-drive of both the app and the new map). Price aside, it does not disappoint. Zombie Verrückt has been brought over pretty much exactly from console versions, electric barriers and all.

Also worth mentioning are the slew of impovements the recent free 1.2.0 update to the game brought to the table.

  • Verrückt Map Now Available; Support for In-App Purchases of downloadable maps
  • 9 New Weapons including FG-42, Gewehr-43, PPsh-41, M1 Garand, and the Springfield
  • 13 New Achievements for Nacht der Untoten and 10 New Achievements for the new Verrückt map
  • Overall game engine optimizations for a smoother, richer gameplay experience
  • Leaderboard Enhancements to track Highest Wave Reached, Points Scored, Kills, and Headshots
  • Control Tweaks to Touch Screen & Dual Stick configurations with Options to adjust controls based on user preferences
  • Tutorial adjustments to allow for experimentation of control schemes before game start
  • Multiplayer Point Display to track your comrades’ in-game progression
  • Improved Network Reliability
  • More connection types will be able to support online multiplayer; UPnP support to address players with Wi-Fi routers that block players’ ability to connect to MP
  • Support for French localized text

This game is one heck of an experience for you to check out on your iPhone or iPod touch. If you find yourself still on the fence we highly recomend that you at least try the lite version for free. [iTunes Link] Sure you only get to play a few rounds but everything else is there including multiplayer.

We're also curious to know what you think about the price point. Is $9.99 for the full version plus an additional $4.99 for a single new map still cheap compared to console games, or does it deter you at all? Are you willing to pay a premium for premium games? Let us know in the comments, and we'

A few screenshots after the break!

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Quick App: Plants vs. Zombies for iPhone and iPod touch

The popular PopCap Mac tower defense title, Plants vs. Zombies, [iTunes Link - $2.99] has finally arrived on the iPhone and iPod touch!

The premise is simple, defend your home from invading zombies with an arsenal of 49 zombie destroying plants. The plants (a.k.a. weapons) available to you include peashooters, wall-nuts, cherry bombs and more to dismember the 26 different types of zombies. Along with all of this zombie action you get five game modes:

  • Adventure: 50 levels — Play through day, night and fog, in a swimming pool and on the rooftop.
  • Mini-Games
  • Puzzle
  • Survival
  • Stress Free Zen Garden

Plants vs. Zombies is a highly addictive must buy for any tower defense fans. Buy it now!

Video after the break!

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iPhone Apps and Games for Kids

From learning ABCs to counting 123s, going back in time to looking to the stars, the iTunes App Store has something for pretty much everyone. Here's a sampling of great iPhone and iPod touch apps and games for kids.

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Capcom Announces Street Fighter IV for iPhone!

Capcom has just announced Street Fighter IV for iPhone, and it should be coming to the iPhone this March! IGN has the details:

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