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Letterpress Word Game review

Letterpress Word Game lets you challenge your friends or other random players to see what kinds of words you can each find in a 5x5 grid. Take turns capturing tiles and squeezing out words until there are no more moves left to make, and then find out who tallied the most points.

Pros

Nice interface: This app's appearance is clean and minimalist, with the letter grid dominating most of the screen, and two happy faces at the top identifying your score and your opponent's score. To pick a word, just tap on the letters you want to use (… Read more

Ticket to Ride review

Ticket to Ride is a brilliant adaptation of one of the bestselling board games of the last decade. Perfectly capturing the look and feel of Days of Wonders' first and most ambitious game, Ticket to Ride plays seamlessly on the iPad, whether you want to take on the computer AI, connect with players through Game Center, or challenge your friends in a pass-and-play match.

Pros

Fast and intuitive play: Whether you've played Ticket to Ride before or not, the app is very easy to pick up and learn. A tutorial mode shows you the basics, and the variable difficulty … Read more

E3 2014 recap: New PC games

Start saving your pennies and spring-training your thumbs. At this week's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), developers announced dozens of games for every platform and showed some enticing trailers to boot. Many games won't be out until fall, or even next year, but a handful come out this month, and you can sign up for some betas.

Read on to find out which games are coming to PC in 2014 and 2015. For console news, GameSpot has the release lists for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Wii U.

PC games with release dates Alien Isolation, … Read more

EA launches Player Appreciation Sale on Origin

EA is kicking off the week by offering selected titles for up to 70 percent off with its Player Appreciation Sale. As a move to woo gamers to the Origin platform, from now until June 9, shoppers can get a deep discount on their favorite games. With big-name titles such as the Mass Effect series, Dead Space, and The Sims costing well under $10, this is a great opportunity to stock up for the summer season. Browse Origin.

Don't forget that Battlefield 3 is free until tomorrow. Just add it to your library now, even if you're not … Read more

Save up to 85 percent on PC games, $30 off PS4

Heads up Downloaders, you can now get a brand new Sony PS4 for just $370 on eBay. That's $30 off the regular price. This is the lowest price we have seen and most likely won't last long.

On another note, GameStop is having its PC Download Spring Sale from May 19 -- June 2. Save up to 85 percent on hundreds of PC titles.

There are almost 400 games in GameStop's sale catalog, but here are some notable deals on editors' favorites. More info over at GameStop.

RPG

The Elder Scrolls Skyrim V -- $9.99 Mass … Read more

Microsoft offers $399 Xbox One, opens apps to all Xbox owners

Today Microsoft announced a cheaper, $399 model of its Xbox One system, which will be available June 9. The price cut comes from removing the Kinect, previously thought to be a required accessory. As to why Microsoft made this sudden change, the company said: "Since the beginning, we have focused on delivering great games and entertainment experiences for you. Your feedback matters to us and it shapes the products and services we build."

In another big policy change, all Xbox owners will get access to entertainment apps previously available only to Xbox Live Gold subscribers for a $60 … Read more

Temple Run 2 Game Guide review

In spite of its occasionally clumsy language and formatting, Temple Run 2 Game Guide proves to be useful for lovers of the second installment of the popular cross-platform, never-ending running game. This guide is especially appealing for beginners.

Pros

Useful, applicable tips: The 29-page Temple Run 2 Game Guide includes many practical tips and strategies for improving your game performance, though it does require that you apply them creatively.

Comprehensive: The guide does a good job at covering all aspects of the game, from character selection and basic game mechanics to more advanced tricks and strategies for dealing with the … Read more

Kids Math Games for Girls and Boys review

Kids Math Games for Girls and Boys scores kids on addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems solved via a colorful interface. As kids develop their skills, they can test themselves on harder levels, as well, making this a good tool for tracking progress and improving skills in math.

This isn't really a game, but the colorful nature of the interface makes it fun, and the fact that the sets of problems are timed lets users compete against themselves to get better results. Otherwise, though, the program is basically sets of 15 multiple choice questions that consist of an equation, … Read more

16-Bit Game Quiz SNES Edition review

16-Bit Game Quiz SNES Edition pits your knowledge of classic SNES games against ten levels of screenshots matching iconic games of the '90s. The app's interface and theme will remind you of an SNES game in their own right, and while the app lacks a lot of depth beyond the trivia quizzes, it will be a lot of fun for classic game lovers.

Pros

Very thematic: The app is extremely thematic, using 16-bit style art and pixel-fonts to display the quizzes and test your knowledge. The result is a lot of fun just to look at, and with so … Read more

Hangman Word Game review

Hangman Word Game is exactly what it sounds like, an Android version of the word-guessing game. It's exactly as you remember it, but you can play solo and on your device with this version.

Pros

Categories: Animals, Names, Sports, and Countries (Easy and Hard) provide the words that enable solo play.

Good graphics: Sure, it's only hangman, but the 3D gallows is nicely rendered.

Cons

Screen too narrow: Sometimes the screen edge cut off the last letter or two of long words. For example, "Kyrgyzstan" was confusing until we realized the final letter was missing.

No … Read more