Get Lost In Space With Starry Night!

Get Lost In Space With Starry Night!

Despite sounding like it could be a Van Gogh-themed painting app (or indeed a Don McLean-themed musical app) and featuring a concept that wouldn’t be out of place in the final chapters of Revelations, Starry Night! is, fortunately or unfortunately, none of those things. It is, in fact, a minigame which relies on an addictive little hook to keep players engaged. We won’t pretend like we haven’t seen these sort of games before; there are…

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7 Most Addictive Games On iOS In 2015

7 Most Addictive Games On iOS In 2015

It may come as a shock to you that we are almost halfway through 2015. In fact, we are so far through it that it’s apparently appropriate to begin compiling best of 2015 lists. You’re reading one now. Scary, yes? Don’t think about. Instead, think about the wealth of addictive, endlessly entertaining iOS apps readily available at your literal fingertips. It’s 2015, and we’ve got the lot. Puzzlers, Action-Adventurers, RPGs, Classic board games – whatever…

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Is Bitcoin The Future Of iPhone Gambling?

Is Bitcoin The Future Of iPhone Gambling?

There’s a lot of things that the internet has improved; communication being the big one, enabling us to connect instantaneously with folks around us. But there are other areas too, niche areas (no, not those kinds of niche areas) for which the net has provided a better, faster system. One of those is gambling. Even before the dawn of the virtual age, gambling was big business; it ranks as one of the oldest and longest…

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SelfieAlbum: I Just Don’t Know What To Do With My Selfie

SelfieAlbum: I Just Don’t Know What To Do With My Selfie

Here’s a fun fact. The selfie stick, that shining beacon of modern life in the second decade of the twenty-first century, was actually already invented in 1995. By the Japanese (also known as ‘God’s Gift To The Universe’). It was unearthed recently in a book detailing a list of useless Japanese inventions. Granted, it was for use with the digital cameras of the time, featuring (I assume) a little trigger on the handle, and there…

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iSpark: Far More Traditional Than Your Traditional Social Network

iSpark: Far More Traditional Than Your Traditional Social Network

Anyone else notice Facebook’s gone down the pan recently? I don’t think it’s just me; a lot of my friends have jumped ship, and more still seem to not bother with it at all these days. It’s just a deluge of tenuously-linked advertisements, clickbait and shared articles. No one seems to write statuses anymore; they either just share or self-promote. I’m more than guilty of the latter, but even having said that, I deleted the…

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EZ PZ RPG: Adventure Calls, Even When The Phone’s Off The Hook

EZ PZ RPG: Adventure Calls, Even When The Phone’s Off The Hook

Whatever the dream ends up being, surely a component of it is to make money while you sleep. What better way to work than that? In fact, it would be great to do a lot of things while you sleep; learn a language, hone your mind, etc. We spend how ever many minutes of our lives sleeping, you think by now we might’ve learned to do something productive with that time. While it may not…

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Screenshot++: Recapture A Captured Moment

Screenshot++: Recapture A Captured Moment

Spring is (pretty much) upon us and, as the saying has it, it’s a perfect time for a little clearing out. Of course, a ‘Spring Clean’ constitutes an entire, top-to-bottom clear out and shine up, and what better place to start than with your iPhone photo library. But the mind baulks. What horrors lurk in those seldom-trodden vaults? Glimpses of parties in their death throes, shards of awkward, formal gatherings and splinters of testing times…

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Mage Fight: Welcome To Wizard City

Mage Fight: Welcome To Wizard City

Have you ever heard of Tetris Syndrome? This term was coined in 1994 and describes the effect that occurs when people spend so much time and attention to an activity that it begins to pattern their thoughts and dreams. It’s christened after the hit addictive puzzler Tetris; people who play the game for prolonged periods may find themselves thinking about how certain shapes in the real world can fit together, like cars, trees or pedestrians,…

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Full Tilt Addictiveness With Dot Worlds

Full Tilt Addictiveness With Dot Worlds

What had you achieved by the time you were 11-years-old? For me, the year was 1999; I’d managed to kiss a girl behind the bike sheds, get into a decent secondary school, and maybe design a character or two for a comic book epic I had planned. I also had completed Zelda: Ocarina of Time without the aid of the internet, which is no mean feat I assure you, but sadly outside the scope of…

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SocialPoint: You Can Definitely Trust This Middleman

SocialPoint: You Can Definitely Trust This Middleman

Say you’ve just received a bit of good news, perhaps related to your career. For argument’s sake, let’s say you’ve just been cast in the upcoming season of ‘True Detective’. It’s a small role, sure; you’re not stepping into Matthew or Woody’s shoes anytime soon, but hey, it’s a big deal, you want people to know about, and you want them to know about it now. You’re looking at quite a bit of effort in…

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Oozzat!?: 8 Out Of 10 Secret Agents Agree

Oozzat!?: 8 Out Of 10 Secret Agents Agree

I’ve just finished reading a book called ‘I Am Pilgrim’, which tells the story of a covert agent sent to Turkey in a last ditch attempt to stop a catastrophic terrorist attack on the US. Because it’s a spy thriller, there’s constant talk of the ‘secret world’, about how every phone conversation everywhere is monitored by a classified system called ‘Echelon’ and how everyone’s past lives and histories are there for the taking by hackers,…

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AUTOsist: Baby, You Can Buy My Car

AUTOsist: Baby, You Can Buy My Car

In my hometown, a backwater affair in rural Ireland, asking for the paper trail of a vehicle you intend to buy would most likely get you laughed out of the room. However, in the real world, this kind of stuff is taken very seriously. As it should be. If you were audited and asked for documents detailing your tax misadventures, you’d no doubt want a clean and concise record on hand fairly lively. Which gives…

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Tap Heroes: Tap ‘Em Dead In Serious RPG Style

Tap Heroes: Tap ‘Em Dead In Serious RPG Style

RPGs have long since been my favourite type of game. Ever since the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, graced my childhood back in 1998, I’ve been hooked. The masterful Majora’s Mask followed in 2001 to majora-pproval, then the seminal, yet under-appreciated Tales of Symphonia, co-operative RPGing at its absolute finest, materialised for the GameCube in 2003. Final Fantasy has been a major component of my life for longer than a lot of other major…

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Why Don’t You All Just BoxOff?

Why Don’t You All Just BoxOff?

What is the nature of addiction? The Oxford dictionary defines it as ‘the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming‘. Is it safe to assume that addiction is subjective, that it effects everyone differently? There’s certainly such a thing as an addictive personality, which can have a bearing on the severity of the case. I wouldn’t have previously described myself as fitting that particular…

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Noodles Now: The Fastest Food Around

Noodles Now: The Fastest Food Around

As Blade Runner ably demonstrated to us back in 1982, the future shall be dominated by the Chinese. This was due to Los Angeles having such a large immigrant Chinese population at the time of pre-production. Following the demographic trend, by 2019 the filmmakers guessed, the population would be significant enough to dominate most of the city. Or maybe Ridley just though big neon kanji signs were cool. Either way, in that dystopian future, noodles…

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Matchmaking Wines With The Glorious Grapeful

Matchmaking Wines With The Glorious Grapeful

Picture this. You’re sat in a smart restaurant, possibly on a first date, or, to raise the stakes a little, the first date with your partner’s parents in tow. You’re already a little on edge; anxiety’s got you swallowing too much. Now here comes the waiter, clasping a wine list. Oh God, wine? He hands it to you, the nearest person to him, your hand extending automatically to receive it. All heads turn. They wait,…

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FLIP Sports: The Ultimate Fantasy (Football) Thriller

FLIP Sports: The Ultimate Fantasy (Football) Thriller

There’s such a thing as a perfect game of football. Apparently, a perfect game consists of the same elements as a perfect drama. Contrary to what you might think, to have your team completely trounce the opposition isn’t the most satisfying experience. Instead, it is a victory clawed from the jaws of defeat. A game of twists and turns, where your team manages to scrape a win from an almost equally strong enemy. A match-long see-saw…

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Warship Solitaire: A Cool Cruise In Nostalgia

Warship Solitaire: A Cool Cruise In Nostalgia

Remember Battleship? The cool blue plastic game set with the red and white pins? Most often played with a sibling or similar age relative, I have yet to encounter a game capable of producing similar instances of rage. The look of glee in the eyes of your enemy as they realise they’ve found your five piece vessel and destruction of your most valuable weapon in your armada is imminent is not something you forget in…

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