Global Thermonuclear War and the Single Man: It's the Week in Gaming Apps

Heeding Luke Plunkett's warning from Monday, I'm going to talk about The Act, Centipede Origins, and WarGames: WOPR, purposefully avoiding any mention in this week's roundup of the insanely addictive Pocket Planes.

Oops.

I'm considering instituting a moratorium on writing about games from Tiny Tower developer NimbleBit until they stop creating games that sap the will to do anything else but play; games that are always on your mind, nagging your subconscious until you pick up your iPad and load more fake people into fake planes.

Dammit, now I've got to go check.

Oh, before I go I just thought I'd mention that I'm getting a Tegra 3 tablet next week, and plan on dedicating my attentions to Android games for the foreseeable future, so there's that.

Back to planes.

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