Monument Valley 2 is a monumental achievement [Review]

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Are you ready for a return to Monument Valley?
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When I interviewed the creators of smash hit puzzle game Monument Valley back in 2014, producer Dan Gray told me, “Already we’re having people ask us when Monument Valley 2 comes out, which is pretty crazy.”

Well, ask and ye shall receive — albeit three long years later. Arriving as a surprise release on iOS this month, Monument Valley 2 brings more of the M.C. Escher-inspired puzzle action that fans have been craving since the original game arrived in the App Store.

How does it fare? Put it this way: If you loved the original, you should fire up Apple Pay right now and set aside a few hours for more of the same.

Week’s best Apple deals: Bring game night to your iPhone

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It's time to get a Ticket to Ride on your iPhone.
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If you love hit board games like Ticket to Ride and Splendor, you’ll love this week’s roundup. You’ll find heavily discounted iOS versions of those hit games, plus hot buys on earbuds, AirPort Express and more in the best Apple deals of the week.

Transform your phone into a full-fledged game console [Week’s Newest Deals]

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Turn your iPhone into a legit gaming console, add a watchful Wi-Fi eye to your home, and lots more in this week's newest deals.
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It’s hard to believe April is already halfway over. But you’d better believe we here at the Cult of Mac Store are still gathering together the best deals on gear and gadgets.

Our newest arrivals include a watchful Wi-Fi eye for your home or office, a smartphone mount that connects straight to your car’s air vent, a supercharged alternative to Search, and a kit for upgrading any phone into a portable gaming console. Every one of these deals is priced to move!

Week’s best Apple deals: Get 4 hit iOS games for free

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Grab these free iOS games before the prices go up!
Grab these free iOS games before the prices go up!
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We’ve got a very specific focus this week: Four free iOS games you can find in the App Store. Three of them are puzzle games. And, best of all, they each cost nada. Save a few bucks and grab these deals before they go back up in price.

Stagehand flips the platform game formula on its head

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This ingenious "reverse platformer" is one heck of a game.
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To achieve maximum success, iOS game developers need an idea that’s both reassuringly familiar and strikingly new. That’s exactly what Stagehand delivers: The new platform game employs a clever twist on the popular endless-runner genre, with a sprinkle of ’90s classic Lemmings thrown in for good measure.

Stagehand is a game that looks like a side-scrolling platformer, but instead of controlling the character, you move the stage,” developer Matt Comi told Cult of Mac. “We call it a ‘reverse platformer.’ The protagonist, Frank, runs and jumps all by himself. It’s the player’s job to make sure he doesn’t run into walls.”

Flappy Bird creator drops addictive new iOS game

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Get ready for Ninja Spinki Challenges!!
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Remember Dong Nguyen, developer of wildly popular mobile game Flappy Bird, who reportedly made $50,000 per day before pulling his creation from the App Store? Well, he’s back with a brand new game called Ninja Spinki Challenges!!

While it’s unlikely to match the success of his earlier title, the new game certainly shares Flappy Bird’s frustratingly hard, simplistic and addictive DNA.