I am eager to let readers know about Oceanhouse Media’s annual app sale in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday from Wednesday, February 25 through Monday, March 9. During this time, five of their best-selling Seuss stories will be on sale for $0.99 each, and there will be discounts for other classic Dr. Seuss titles as well – including those within The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library. (more…)source: Oceanhouse Media on the App Store
Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 5th, 2015 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
MyLeisure, by TrustMe App, is like a personal assistant for your free time. You’ll get recommendations on what to watch, play and read based on your personal taste and your friends’ suggestions. The app links directly to Amazon, iTunes, YouTube and more to make it easy to find something to do. Once you log in you can use the easy swipe controls to select ‘Dig It’ or ‘Next’ on each recommended item which will update your profile and make it easier for MyLeisure to pick out awesome entertainment for you. You can also save your favorites in collections and share with friends and family.
You can download MyLeisure for free on the App Store and start relaxing.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 5th, 2015 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Future Shock Software’s iNethack, one of the original rougle-like games released in 1987, was ported to iOS in 2009 by Dirk Zimmermann. Recently the game was updated to iNethack2. The strategic dungeon crawler had previously not been updated since 2010 so it no longer functioned on iOS 8. iNethack2 now works with current devices and Future Shock has added the additional bonus of 8 new tilesets to explore, new touchscreen gesture controls, customizable keyboard shortcut controls, and hearse (bones file sharing) integration.
Old fans and new players alike can enjoy iNethack2 for free on the App Store.
Allstar Games has announced its first mobile title designed for western audiences, Allstar Heroes. The game will be a massive online battle arena (MOBA) that offers dozens of heroes for you to collect and pit against your opponents. As each hero has a different set of powers, you can create a complex strategy in choosing who goes on your team. Will you be able to save the world from the encroaching darkness? Only time will tell.
There is no official release date as of yet, but Allstar Heroes looks like it will be a blast.
11th Annual International Mobile Gaming Awards ceremony, hosted by actress Allison Haislip, gathered mobile game developers and publishers from around the world. They chose 13 winners out of the 93 nominations. British studio USTWO won the the Grand Prix for their innovative puzzler, Monument Valley. The rest of the winners were:
– Jury’s Honorable Mention: Threes by Sirvo, United States
– People’s Choice Award: Vainglory by Super Evil Megacorp, United States
– Guilty Pleasure: 2048 by Gabriele Cirulli, Italy
– Best Quickplay Game: Crossy Road by Hipster Whale, Australia
– Best Meaningful Play: Papers, Please by Lucas Pope, United Kingdom
– Excellence in Storytelling: 80 days by inkle, United Kingdom
– Best Multiplayer Game: Soccer Physics by Otto-Ville Ojala, Finland
– Excellence in Gameplay: Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft by Blizzard Entertainment, United States
– Best Technical Achievement: Vainglory by Super Evil Megacorp, United States
– Excellence in Audio, Visual, Art & Design Award: Tengami by Nyamyam, United Kingdom
– Best Upcoming Games: Prune by Joel McDonald, United States
– Excellence in Innovation: Bounden by Game Oven, Netherlands
“This year’s winning games reflect the tremendous wealth of exceptional talent at work in this $20bn mobile games industry.”says Maarten Noyons, founder of the IMGA.
I have to say that lane defense (i.e. games like Plants vs Zombies) and MOBAs (i.e. games like League of Legends) aren’t exactly a combination I’d ever pictured before. But that’s kind of what Rumble Entertainment’s Nightmare Guardians is: a lane defense MOBA.
Unlike a typical MOBA (aside from the lane defense thing), Nightmare Guardians isn’t about teams fighting other teams but rather a few players cooperating to fight off increasingly tough waves of enemies. Of course all the focus on special abilities and skills is still in there, and you can upgrade and swap out skills before each game. It’s a pretty interesting and quick co-op game, really.
Nightmare Guardians will be hitting the App Store in late summer as a free download.
Warner Bros. has some exciting games coming down the pipe!
Command ranks of supervillains in Batman: Arkham Underworld, by Turbine. You will be a kingpin, building your hideout, recruiting villains such as the Riddler, Harley Quinn and Killer Croc, and ruling with an iron fist over Gotham. You can test your skills against other villains, private security forces, the G.C.P.D, and perhaps even the Batman, himself, if you get big enough. You can sign up for the beta of Batman: Arkham Underworld at http://www.arkhamunderworld.com/sign-up-for-beta/.
Miss playing as Batman? How about in LEGO form? LEGO Batman: Beyond Gotham, by TT Games, has Bats joining up with other super heroes of the DC Comics universe to save the earth from Brainiac’s evil plans. The game, originally released for PC and consoles, is making its way to mobile this year.
Lastly, Mortal Kombat X, by NetherRealm Studios, promises to be a collectible card game with all the action of a classic Mortal Kombat game. It will feature cinematic gameplay, brutal fatalities, and a few all-new fighters exclusive to Mortal Kombat X. The app will also connect to the console or PC version of the game and give players the ability to unlock content cross-platform.
“In just four years, we have launched 25 games with more than 150 million installs worldwide across diverse fighting, strategy, puzzle and action adventure genres, and we will focus our business on a strong games-as-a-service model in 2015,” said Greg Ballard, Senior Vice President, Mobile, Social and Emerging Platforms, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Our line-up of strong titles will deliver deep player engagement, as well as innovation like console game connectivity with games including Mortal Kombat X and Batman: Arkham Underworld.”
Any popular fictional universe has its fair share of fan fiction – where beloved characters might behave less like they’re written and adhere more to personal head canon – and it’s the sort of thing that there’s no shortage of in Star Trek.
I’m dead serious. There are actually comic books and a novel that involve a Star Trek/X-Men crossover.
While Star Trek Timelines won’t let you revel in a brawl between Wolverine and Worf, you will be able to play around with all sorts of alternate dimension and timeline stuff. If you want Locutus of Borg tending bar at Ten Forward, you can totally do that. If you want Captain Janeway to lead Bones and Sulu into battle, that can be arranged.
Of course this means you’ll be gathering crew from all over the various Star Trek series. What’s cool is that this isn’t a typical card battler type thing like you might expect. Instead, when you take part in a mission there will be several branching paths that your team will follow depending on the outcome of each encounter or task. Characters are automatically matched to a task based on their stats and stills, and a random number roll (influenced even further by their skills) will determine the outcome. In a weird way it’s kind of like a choose-your-own-adventure but without the choosing and more seeing what the outcome is.
There are some typical choose-your-own elements to it, however. Before and/or after some missions you might have a few dialog choices to pick from, and your approach to a given situation could have an effect on your future interactions. The game is really quite story-driven, with more of an emphasis on problem solving and talking things through over full on combat – which I’m totally okay with.
What’s also pretty cool is that you’ll be able to use all sorts of different recognizable ships, each of which can give your crew different passive stat bonuses. You can also assign different crew members to different room positions, which might increase those bonuses even further.
Star Trek Timelines will be coming out later this year as a free download, and will most likely use a F2P system similar to Game of Thrones Ascent.
MAG Interactive is giving Ruzzle a great big birthday update. The app is a free to play word puzzle game that lets players challenege their friends to find as many words as possible from a set number of letters in two minutes.
The new update comes with the introduction of levels. You ‘ll be able to set new personal records and unlock features as you beat each level. The app will also allow you to customize your avatar now and use widgets that will give you additional statistics regarding a user’s playing history and personal progress.
Ruzzle 2.0 will also now hold tournaments! You’ll face off against 19 other players in a spelling championship where you can win in-game coins.
Help Ruzzle celebrate its birthday by downloading it for free on the App Store.
MADFINGER Games has announced their newest zombie shooter Unkilled is coming in June 2015! New York City is facing a plague of zombies and it is up to you to kill the unkilled. The game promises hundreds of missions, quick access to tons of weapon, and a complex storyline.
“Unkilled continues in the tradition of the best from MADFINGER Games, who has employed visual quality, entertainment and diverse gameplay to capture the imaginations of over 80 million gamers,” clarifies game design and project leader, Tomáš Štěpánek, with regard to the development of the game. “Unkilled will offer each player the possibility to experience what it is like to get caught up in the chaos arising from the outbreak of the zombie apocalypse in the stylized backdrop of New York City.”
I know, I know. Match-3 is kind of an overdone concept at this point. It’s sort of like the zombies of game design. Good thing there aren’t any… oh, wait. Seriously though, don’t let the match-3 and zombies combination fool you into a false sense of “meh” before you really take a look at Zombie Match Defense from shovelware games. It might just surprise you.
You’ll be matching three-of-a-kind brains (or more than three if you can) throughout Zombie Match Defense, this is true, but what’s interesting is that unlike a typical match-3 it’s done as a means to clear out the approaching zombie horde – not unlike a certain popular lane defense game about plants and… other stuff. As they creep in from the right you’ll need to match-up brains similar to whatever the zombies are noshing on in order to get rid of them. And each turn brings the remaining walkers one step closer to your delicious, defenseless scientists.
Well, they’re almost defenseless. Some power-ups are available that can turn the tide in a pinch. Of course there are also other zombies that will require more matches to eliminate or lock the brains their chewing on down so you can’t swap them. It’s something of a trade-off.
Zombie Match Defense still has a ways to go before it’s ready for a release. But you know, for a game based around stale puzzle mechanics and featuring even staler antagonists, it actually feels pretty fresh.
Legions of Steel, by Slitherine, promises to be a turn based strategy game based off of the Legions of Steel board game. The League of Aliens and the U.N.E. (United Nations of Earth) must work together against the evil Empire of Machines before it can destroy the universe. Your job is to guide an assault against the Empire’s production facilities and disrupt their endless supply of reinforcements. You’ll get to choose from 2 playable factions and units with their own set of weapons and abilities. Who you choose will greatly impact your strategy for each of the 15 scenarios.
“In trying to faithfully recreate the thrilling experience of the Legions of Steel board game, we wanted to draw inspiration from successful classics such as Space Hulk and Doom: The Boardgame”, said Romain Soulie, CEO of Nyx Studios. “The addition of a very engaging multiplayer system, involving head to head, multiplatform challenges and the tournament system, really makes Legions of Steel stand out on its own”.
The world of Ski Pirates is a harsh one. Full of angry whales, rival pirates, the occasional shark, and lots and lots of trees. Although the booty that’s scattered all over the place probably makes it worth braving the elements (and sharks), I suppose.
Ski Pirates is a relatively simple game of arcade-y downhill skiing. You can slide a finger to the left or right to steer, tap to jump, and basically just try your best to avoid obstacles while snagging gold. Although you can also pull of tricks like jumps, spins, and grinds.
There’s more of a focus on social elements in Ski Pirates, though. The pirates you’ll see drifting around the mountain actually represent your friends’ scores, and of course you’ll want to beat the pants off of them. You can also customize your character using the coins you earn to buy gear (or find it outright when skiing) and then show them off when your friends try to beat your high score. Which of course they won’t. Because you’re the skiingest pirate of them all.
Ski Pirates is slated for an August release, and will be available as a free download.
Garfield is taking a page from The Simpsons in Pixowl’s upcoming Garfield: Survival of the Fattest. And no, he’s not trading lasagna for donuts.
The game is actually a sort of town builder (ish) from Pixowl where you’ll be putting structures together, forcing up to twenty different characters from the comic strip to work, playing mini-games, and keeping the world’s most beloved fat cat, well, fat. The emphasis here is on the various characters – like John, Odie, the mouse, and so on – and you’ll be able to have them each perform different tasks in order to progress. You’ll also want to craft various food ingredients so that you can stuff Garfield’s face and keep him all nice and doughy, of course.
Garfield: Survival of the Fattest will be coming to iOS on March 26 as a free download.
Surprise Attack Games has announced a Cat-astrophic new physics puzzler called Fort Meow! In the game, a young girl named Nia finds her grandfather’s journal which triggers an all mighty feline attack! Why do the cats want the journal? Who knows, but you’ll have to protect it with pillow forts and over twenty items to discover. As you read the journals, you’ll discover the secret behind how the cats invaded the attic. You’ll guide Nia as she explores the manor in order to find household items to protect herself with. Each item will have its own physics and special attributes, and you’ll have to bend your brain to solve each level.