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Review: Age of Empires 3: the Asian Dynasties for BlackBerry

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Age of Empires 3: the Asian Dynasties is a strategy game developed by Glu. Originally developed by Ensemble Studios in 1997, Age of Empires became a hit real time strategy game with several sequels across the PC, Nintendo DS, and Mobile platforms.

Though previous portable AoE titles have been converted to a turn-based format, AoE III has gone back to its roots with real time strategy control. Playing an RTS on a mobile sounds futile, but Glu has modified the controls so that it just sings on the BlackBerry. With the ability to input commands while the clock is paused, cycle to the next idle worker, and jump to points of interest, the controls are more intuitive and quick. Also, units aren’t sitting ducks when left idle, as they’ll attack any unit that comes into contact with them.
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Super KO Boxing 2 for BlackBerry in App World

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We’ve been talking about smartphones games a lot lately on BlackBerryCool and the latest Distimo report got me looking for a good game in App World. I found one of my favorite feature phone games Super KO Boxing by Glu that I didn’t realize was available for BlackBerry. This isn’t news and the game has been around for a long time, but if you’re in the mood for a solid game, I would definitely recommend it.

To get a good idea of the gameplay, check out the video Doug and I made for QB for Super KO Boxing 1.

Here is the review I wrote for QB. The game is the same on BlackBerry and while I reviewed the first version, the 2nd is a good improvement with more guys and better graphics, so you can expect a similar experience.

Super KO Boxing 2 is available in App World. It’s a little pricey at $6.99 but you’ll get some good play out of it.

Let me know if you like this game as much as me, or if you think I’m crazy.