Hot Hands is Ellen’s fun, voice-activated quiz app

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Just like on TV, only with less people watching!
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Ellen DeGeneres is in the illustrious company of Kim Kardashian as one of a small number of celebrities-turned-“developers” who have successfully launched their own apps.

Having previously launched the smash hit Heads Up!, Ellen’s now back with a new iOS game based on a segment from her TV show. Called Hot Hands, it’s a game which flashes up images of celebrities, and then asks players to say their name as quickly as possible.

And thanks to some nifty voice recognition tech, it actually looks pretty good fun!

Cuzzle is an isometric puzzle game that gets your gray cells going

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Keep your mind active this weekend!
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There are plenty of gorgeous puzzle games available on iOS, but GalacticThumb’s new entry Cuzzle is well worth adding to your collection.

It’s an isometric puzzler game, heavily inspired by Sokoban, the 1981 transport puzzle game in which the player has to push crates around a warehouse to get them into different locations. However, onto this formula GalacticThumb has added collapsing floors, switches, and some beautifully minimalist graphics.

Check out the trailer below.

Ms. Pac-Man invades Google Maps for April Fools’

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Get your PacMan fix in Google Maps.
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There’s just one day left in March which means a cornucopia of horrible tech “pranks” are about to be unleashed on the internet. Google is getting its gags out early and this year, the company’s April Fools’ Day prank is actually a lot of fun.

Google Maps added a new feature for users this morning on both iOS, Android and the web that allows users to turn city streets into a giant game of Ms. Pac-Man.

Death Road to Canada, and other awesome apps of the week

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'Appy weekend everyone!
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It’s morphin’ time on iOS with Power Rangers: Legacy Wars

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Go go App Store downloads!
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I’ll admit it: I was a massive Power Rangers nerd back in the day, which is why I’m tentatively excited to see the new blockbuster reboot, and very happy to see a new game in the franchise arrive on iOS.

Called Power Rangers: Legacy Wars, it’s a real-time mobile fighting game, which should please fans of the series by incorporating a wide range of locations and characters not just from the new movie, but the years of TV shows as well.

Check out the trailer below.

Super Mario Run gets new playable characters, more free stages

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Nintendo's hit game just got a big update.
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Haven’t played Super Mario Run since the first few weeks after its release? Nintendo is hoping to lure you back, as well as recruiting fresh players, with the 2.0 upgrade of its endless runner game.

The update beings new playable characters, new courses in Toad Rally, new buildings, greater ease of play, and assorted other changes and improvements.

Fight zombies en route to the Great White North in Death Road to Canada

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The walking dead, eh!
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Ever wished for a retro-styled zombie survival game built around a road trip in the Great White North? If so, you’ll almost certainly be excited to hear that the excellent Death Road to Canada has just landed on iOS. If you haven’t had such an oddly-specific dream, you’ll want to download this game anyway. Trust us, this is great stuff!

Check out the trailer below.

App Store finally gives indie games the spotlight they deserve

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What developers really think of the Mac App Store.
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Developers lose interest in iMessage apps

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iMessage got some huge upgrades in iOS 10.
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