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As the November calendar tips into the second half of the month, this past weekend found a variety of game-related news, including the iOS resurrection of a classic Amiga favorite, a first-anniversary celebration for a beloved new favorite and even the debut of a free game without in-app purchases, which is a concept we can really get behind. Read on to find out more in our weekend recap!
Commodore Amiga fans, your day has arrived! Cinemaware released the universal iOS version of the retro gaming classic Rocket Ranger over the weekend, bringing all of the "action, romance, thrills and spills of the Saturday morning serial" to your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Rocket Ranger is a full emulated version of the Amiga version, which pits a high-flying hero against Nazis, rayguns and even zombie women, set amidst the backdrop of World War II. The entire game fits into a mere 7.2MB download priced at only $1.99, and is available now for your retro gaming pleasure.
The Google Chrome Blog announced late last week that Chrome for iOS will soon be empowered with the ability to autofill web forms on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, exactly the same way desktop and Android users can right now. Best of all, Chrome for iOS will sync Autofill data from any other devices you may currently use it with. Google is also working toward a faster Autofill experience for Android users which will speed up the process of mobile checkout — a feature we'll hope to also soon see on the iOS side as well.
Paramount Citrus and PikPok have teamed up to develop Halos Fun, a new mobile game that finds three pesky raccoons stealing the halos from a graduating class of mandarin oranges. Billed as a cross between Angry Birds and Peggle, Halos Fun is kid-safe fun, and it's that rare app that's not only free, but also free of in-app purchases to potentially spoil the fun. Throughout more than 100 colorful levels, the mandarins slingshot and ping-pong their way across California's natural environments in search of their golden halos — and you can help by downloading the free game today, which is also available on Android from the Google Play store.
EverythingUSB dug up one of the coolest gadgets yet to charge up your mobile device: A miniature replica of Mjolnir, better known as the hammer of Marvel's mythical superhero Thor. The actual head of the hammer encases a fairly massive battery pack weighing 450g, equipped with both micro-USB and full-sized USB 2.0 charging ports capable of outputting 2.1A. And yes, when you swing the hammer, a built-in speaker actually mimics the sound effects heard in the latest Thor: The Dark World feature film. Available in three different battery capacities, there are really only two catches: The $125 price, and the fact that this sucker is only available in Asia, at least for now.
Regardless of whether you love it or hate it, Candy Crush Saga has become a legitimate phenomenon, with more than 150 billion individual games played to date and one of every 23 Facebook users worldwide a fan of the game. Developer King announced Friday that Candy Crush Saga is celebrating its first anniversary, and fans can join in the festivities on the game's official Facebook and Twitter accounts by using the hashtag #candycrush1year. And did you know that 78 percent of U.S. players say they enjoy switching and matching the most while watching television? Strange but true...
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