It's a four for four special this week in Kotaku's gaming apps round-up, as in we didn't have an app of the day on July 4, so you get four. Hooray independence!

Not that independence figured much into this week's app. Kicking off Tuesday with Tiny Tower pretty much killed the will I had to play anything else. I deleted my the game from my iPhone yesterday, only to discover today that there's a backup of my tower saved on some remote server somewhere, just waiting for my will to collapse. Damn you, Tiny Tower.


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Kiss Your Life Goodbye With Tiny Tower

On the one hand, Tiny Tower is like so many countless iPhone games before it. Lure you in with a free game, then charge you real money as you tap, tap tap away at a menial and pointless task. On the other hand, Tiny Tower is freaking amazing. More »

Tiny Ships, Tiny Aliens, Tiny Galaga 30th Collection

It's been nearly 30 years since Galaga stormed onto the arcade scene, delivering to fans of fixed shooters an arguably better version of Galaxian. More »

Spirit for iPhone & Android Looks Like Geometry Wars, But Plays More Peacefully

Marco Mazzoli's Spirit, a frenetic arcade style app for the iPhone, iPad and Android platforms, may remind you visually of the addictive 2D shooter Geometry Wars at first glance, thanks to its neon fireworks and simple graphics. More »

From Wii Beginnings Comes an Outstanding iPhone Real-Time Strategy Game

Originally intended to be released as a flash game, Ronimo Games' 2D side scrolling joint Swords & Soldiers wound up hitting Nintendo's WiiWare service in 2009 as what many consider one of the best real-time strategy console games of all time. Now its Chinese, Viking, and Aztec warriors invade the iPhone and iPad, and they've never been more powerful. More »