The folks over at Touch Arcade are doing a terrific job of keeping up with all the good-looking games on the App Store (and even some not-so-good-looking ones) but for my money, this one falls solidly into the first category. Rock'n'Roll is an accelerometer-based puzzle/platforming game (ported from...

September 19th 2008 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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There's no question that we're fans of the arcade-style paddle controller that's available for Arkanoid DS. You had us at "Arkanoid," Taito, but to throw in the spinner, too? This must be what love feels like.For anyone interested in importing this wonderful game, though, there is one tiny caveat....

January 22nd 2008 at 9:00pm 0 Comments
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Samsung pulled out all the stops at a star-studded event last week in Hong Kong to usher in its F218 and F338 phones, spinner and slider members of the company's MusiCall series. The two models seem to be little more than localized versions of the F210 and F300 for Europe, respectively -- but if mu...

December 18th 2007 at 2:55pm 0 Comments
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Arkanoid is not especially well-suited to multiplayer. In fact, Breakout and its ilk serve as a single-player alternative to Pong: the sentient or AI antagonist is replaced by an immobile target set that requires as much precision and reflexes as the opposing paddle would (Of course, Arkanoid compli...

August 24th 2007 at 10:40am 0 Comments
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We know what you're thinking holmes: oh no they di'n't! Well, unfortunately, yes they did. Senator John Sabini is a source of the reintroduction of a bill (S.B. 1640) that would ban "spinners," with fines of $750 for the third and subsequent violations. Like a lot of other cases where the Government...

February 18th 2007 at 3:14pm 0 Comments
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It's not every day that a global release from Samsung gets as many oohs and aahs as one of their domestic pieces, but the SGH-X830 is a notable exception. The curious lil' spinner gets by with just two columns on its keypad (a rather low number, we reckon), brazenly sacrificing usability for fashio...

November 3rd 2006 at 11:46am 0 Comments
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Our theory here is that the FCC didn't actually see the X830, it just quietly slipped by. Yeah, it's that small; usability of the dual-column keypad could be an issue for some folks attracted to the handset, but for others, Samsung's submicronic spinner makes the grade on the 'wow' factor alone (pre...

August 11th 2006 at 12:26pm 0 Comments
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There are many variations of the theme, but the story typically ends the same: Korean manufacturer shows off hot phone; hot phone goes on sale in Korea; rest of the world never hears about the hot phone again. For a change of pace, we might have a happy ending this time. Remember the curious SPH-S...

June 12th 2006 at 8:33am 0 Comments
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Although not quite as stealthy as some of the other spybots that we've seen, the 6.5-ton Crusher UGCV (Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle), with its 8,000-pound payload and one-kilometer range, is certainly more versatile than your typical robosnake or Packbot. Unveiled today by the National Robotics E...

April 28th 2006 at 5:02pm 0 Comments