cropped-smallerheaderTouchfight Games is an exciting new indie studio that was co-formed between game journalist and author Nathan Meunier, artist Leonard Kenyon, and programmer Jon Kenyon. Their debut game Go To Bed will be released this fall, and with all the excitement we wanted to get to know Touchfight Games a little better. Nathan, Leonard, and Jon were kind enough to speak to us about their work.

Left to right: Leonard Kenyon, Jon Kenyon, Nathan Meunier

Left to right: Leonard Kenyon, Jon Kenyon, Nathan Meunier


148Apps: What inspired you decide to go from writing about games to creating games?
Nathan: I’ve always been a huge fan of indie games in particular. Covering indies was one of my passions early-on in my career, and it’s been a beat that I’ve really enjoyed focusing on throughout the past 8-9 years I’ve spent writing in the games industry. There’s something about the fierce DIY spirit and inherent creativity in independent games made by small studios that’s always resonated with me.

Prior to kicking off a journalism career over a decade ago, I actually dabbled with creating small games using a much earlier version of Game Maker. Back then, the indie scene as we know it today didn’t exist. It was a different world, and I wasn’t equipped to do much of anything with the rough game ideas I was putting together. Given that journalism was my chosen career path, I got a gig working at a newspaper and eventually transitioned into covering the games industry full-time as a freelancer.

It’s been a great run in the games press, and I don’t plan to give up freelancing altogether, but shifting gears to explore developing games has given me an a much-needed creative boost that’s rekindled my passion for games. Also, I live out in the middle of nowhere and am used to working alone, so having an opportunity to collaborate on projects with two other local kindred spirits and my co-conspirators, Jon Kenyon and Leonard Kenyon, has been a blast, too. It’s something that was missing from my freelance routine.

Continue reading Go to Bed – An Interview With Touchfight Co-founders on Their Nightmarish “Bedroom Defense” Game »

Tom Hanks’ Hanx Writer has Taken the App Store by Storm

Posted by on August 19th, 2014
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

Tom Hanks, the critically acclaimed actor, in partnership with Hitcents, has released his first app: Hanx Writer.

Hanx Writer is a document creator that simulates the feel of a typewriter. Like a real typewriter it makes all the fun clicking sounds of keys hitting paper, but it also offers you the convenience of being able to email, print, or share your documents. The app has 3 different models available. The basic one is free, and if you want more variety the other models are only $2.99 to unlock. 

Try out Hanx Writer today for free on the App Store.

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source: The Guardian

It Came from Canada: Galaxy Dash

With its use of well-established tropes like endless flying and sci-fi space shooting, the upcoming Galaxy Dash: Race to the Outer Run most likely won’t confound expectations. However, with its robust amount of opportunities for fun player interactions it might just exceed them. We check out this new great space coaster in the latest edition of It Came From Canada!

Galaxy Dash has the typical infinite runner set-up: players control a ship and try to fly out as far as possible, hopping between the three lanes to avoid enemies and obstacles. But from that familiar framework, the game then introduces a lot of interesting small details that add up to something greater. For starters, players can shoot lasers to bring down bogeys or bust open gem-filled asteroids. However, the weapons need recharging so players must plan their shots carefully. Part of that includes paying attention to the snaking nature of the lanes. Shots always go out straight, but players themselves will be at the whim of their looping path. The way larger deadly asteroids casually intersect also adds to the cool feeling of naturalism.

galaxy dash 1galaxy dash 2But players’ options aren’t limited to pure offense. In between rounds, they can upgrade various aspects of their ship or purchase new models. One upgrade path lets players increase the speed of their shield, which charges throughout each run and can soak up a single hit. Or players can choose to upgrade their cargo. Each run is littered with crates – some lying out in the open and others attached to special enemies. Depending on their capacity, players can pick up these boxes and earn extra points by carrying them to the checkpoint outpost separating each section. Finally, players can recruit allies who leave special power-ups for them to find, like deadly double lasers. Tying Galaxy Dash‘s surprising amount of gameplay choices together is the clean, colorful art style. What looks to be cel-shading gives beautiful depth to images that could’ve seemed flat otherwise.

galaxy dash 3galaxy dash 4Again, Galaxy Dash won’t feel like some radically innovative experience once it fully launches – it does things players have seen before. However, it’s hard not to appreciate how well and how intelligently it executes those familiar ideas.

Who Wore it Best? takes a break from all the bloodshed to check out two decidedly tranquil and nature-loving puzzles games: Phantom Flower and And Then it Rained.

Game Insight has released the official X-Mercs: Invasion website. The site will be releasing information about the upcoming game as it becomes available, and gives you a chance to learn about the storyline, units, and tactics.

A well informed Merc will have a leg up on the competition. X-Mercs: Invasion will be a turn-based strategy game that puts you at the head of your own military corporation fighting an invading alien force – much like XCOM.

X-Mercs: Invasion will be available for iPad and iPhone devices later this year.

Pocket Gamer has released an interview with British industry veteran and 22Cans founder Peter Molyneux, asking him about Godus, the reception it has gotten, its ‘free to play’ model, and what’s happened to Curiosity winner Bryan Henderson.

Within the interview, when asked about the negative reaction to the game within the comments of the Kickstarter, Mr. Molyneux said, “People will not pay for games on mobile,” and later on also states that releasing a paid app would only get a tenth of the consumers and would be “like releasing a YouTube video that you have to pay for.”

godusThe role of Bryan Henderson, the game’s ‘God of Gods,’ is also discussed, stating that he’ll be the tie-breaker for votes on “commandments” – an example of which is if women within the game should stay at home and look after the family. As previously mentioned, Bryan will also get a share of the profits of the game whilst he acts as God of Gods, and other players will be able to overthrow him and become the new God of Gods.

Godus is available on the App Store now. The full interview, which also features news on a new addition to the PC version, the difference between the free-to-play models of Godus and the new Dungeon Keeper and why he has called the game “invest-to-play” in the past, can be found here.

via: Our Review source: Pocket Gamer

Tiny Rebel Games Reveals The Hunt for Greayhound One Expansion for Doctor Who: Legacy

Posted by on August 18th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The Doctor is returning for season 8 this weekend, and Tiny Rebel Games has announced that their game, Doctor Who: Legacy, will be receiving a major update. Version 2.3 brings together different incarnations of The Doctor together to fight the insidious Master. Each week the game will receive new content that includes new enemies, allies, costumes, and set backgrounds. Fans will be excited to see the inclusion of some favorites such as the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison), Rose Tyler, and the Whomobile.

Lee Cummings, Creative Director at Tiny Rebel Games said, “When we launched Doctor Who: Legacy back in November, we couldn’t have imagined the amazingly engaged and supportive fan community that it would inspire”

Twitch will be holding a special livestream on Sunday August 24 at 12pm where viewers will receive a new costume for Jenny. You can watch it here: http://www.twitch.tv/theadiposetv.

You can download Doctor Who: Legacy for free on the App Store.

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It Came From Canada: Scrap Force

When the evil alien invaders inevitably come, it’s pretty much guaranteed that only the pure innocent hearts of children can save us – or at least children as well-armed as the cast of “Attack the Block.” So we might as well start preparing now with Scrap Force, an upcoming turn-based strategy game where children use alien power to protect the planet with homemade weaponry. We find out just how much kids rule in this latest edition of It Came From Canada!

Scrap Force consists of a lengthy series of turn-based battles between plucky neighborhood kids and evil alien Obliteroids. Each match is one-on-one with two teams of six facing each other using three lanes that are two-units long. Players don’t create units, but rather draw from a shuffled group of heroes to place on the battlefield. At the start of each round, players and enemies are given an increasing amount of power shards. With more shards, stronger heroes can be summoned, so the match escalates no matter what.

scrap force 3The hero variety is really what gives Scrap Force its depth. Every new warrior has his or her own quirks to learn. Some can attack as soon as they are placed. Others steal power shards with each hit. Some kids can move in more directions while others just have more sheer strength. There are tons of strategies and counter-strategies to form using these unique abilities in concert. Skillfully balance these fighters to defeat alien foes and topple their base. Using items like bowling balls and hot dog dynamite helps, too. And with its simple 3D playground characters and environments, the whole thing has a neat Backyards Sports vibe. Except it’s galactic warfare instead of football.

scrap force 4In between rounds, players can summon new heroes and upgrade old ones with the scrap they’ve collected. Downtime isn’t optional either, since the game’s freemium timers keep players from just blasting through the campaign. That means players will be spending a lot of time with these child soldiers. But given what we’ve played so far, that might not be such a bad thing.

So be on the lookout for Scrap Force once it fully launches soon.

Break Out Your Moustache Wax. Hipster CEO is Now Free

Posted by on August 18th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★☆ :: BUSINESS BUILDING :: Read Review »

In anticipation for the sequel that’s coming out soon, Getchoo Creations has made their Business game, Hipster CEO, free.

Hipster CEO lets players create their own start-up with a variety of tech products to develop. Manage your employees with sweet job perks, launch marketing campaigns to drive sales, and try to keep your investors happy. The upcoming Hipster CEO Online will be integrating a massive multiplayer online experience where you can compete with your friends for staff, office space, and media attention.

You can check out Hipster CEO now for free on the App Store while you wait for Hipster CEO Online to be released.

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via: Our review

9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek is On Sale For Only $0.99 This Week

Posted by on August 18th, 2014
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Our Rating: ★★★½☆ :: COMFORTABLY ENTERTAINING :: Read Review »

G5 Games is having a big sale on 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek. The hidden-object game is only $0.99 from August 18 to the 24. Play as a paranormal investigator searching for your friend Helen Hunter, who was last seen in the coastal town of Serpent Creek. The game features 53 creepy locations, 13 puzzles and mini-games, and 19 achievements to unlock.

With the sale only around for a week, now is a great time to pick up 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek on the App Store.

via: Our review

So, it’s finally happened. A Pokémon game is actually going to hit the App Store later this year. Who’d have thought it?

Pokémon Trading Card Game Online is that game, and thanks to the photo snapping skills of Josh Wittenkeller on Twitter there’s a sneak peek at what it looks like. The photo was taken at the Pokémon World Championship, which took place last weekend in Washington D.C, with the iPad game being shown to some attendees there.

Nintendo has said for a long time now that they have no intention of releasing any games on the App Store but it looks like that’s set to change soon. A spokesperson for The Pokémon Company told VentureBeat’s GamesBeat that a game is set for release later this year.

We’ll be sure to let you know more as and when we get it.

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via: Image via Josh Wittenkeller source: GamesBeat

Angels in the SkyLate last month, developer AimToG released a stunning Unreal Engine 4-powered strategic shooter called Angels In The Sky.

Angels In The Sky features a sci-fi movie scenario style. According to its developer, Angels In The Sky performs perfectly on devices equipped with Apple’s A7 processor, but it’ll perform best on the yet to be released iPhone 6, which it can run on.

ais-iphone-5Your aim in Angels In The Sky, then, is to assume the role of a fighter pilot and take out waves and waves of airborne alien opponents (all of which possess blistering speed and powerful weapons) using your own futuristic artillery.

Your aircraft can be equipped with up to two devastating weapons at any one time. There are multiple weapons available to you, including the Primary L, a weapon that can destroy and repel ships that are rushing you; and the Prime R, a powerful weapon that can cause great damage at range.

Yes, your weapons can be upgraded as you progress through the game.

ais-iphone-3Support for Apple’s iPad was added to Angels In The Sky in version 1.01, which was released recently. Developer AimToG is already developing new weapons, maps, NPCs, and rewards for a future update.

In celebration of this update (and the release of the game in China and Japan), Angels In The Sky is currently available to download for the discounted price of £1.99 / $2.99 [buy].

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

Puzzle & Dragons Limited Time Dungeon Feature Return of Evangelion and Ragnarok Odyssey Ace

Posted by on August 18th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

GungHo has announced two previously popular collaborations will be making a return to Puzzle & DragonsRagnarok Odyssey ACE, and Neon Genesis Evangelion. Both were previously available in Spring of this year and will again return for a short time.

From August 18 until the end of the month, players can battle in an Evangelion-themed dungeon, where they can face off against mysterious Angels. A Rare Egg machine shaped like EVA-01 will also distribute popular characters from Evangelion. The Ragnarok Odyssey ACE collaboration, meanwhile, will only take place on August 19 (i.e. tomorrow) and will allow players to capture famous monsters in a themed dungeon.

Puzzle & Dragons is available on the App Store now and is free to download.

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via: Our Review

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How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you’re looking for. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the many good apps and games with something just a little bit more to offer. Take a look at what we’ve been up to this week, and find even more in our Reviews Archive.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney-Dual Destinies

 
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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies is a direct port of the latest title in the fantastically popular Ace Attorney series. For those unfamiliar with it, the these games are courtroom dramas with a twist of absurdist humor, mostly centered around Phoenix Wright and his rise to become a star defense attorney. By Dual Destinies, the seventh title in the series, Wright and his two protégés are taking on their most exciting and intense cases yet. Each lawyer has their own “special power” that gives them the edge in court and also serves to add unique gameplay mechanics. Since Dual Destinies is a port, given the difference in screen sizes, I was worried that there would be significant loss of video quality when it was scaled up to the iPad. To my surprise, all of the animation is HD. Each cutscene is like watching an anime, and in case you can’t get enough you can always replay them from the main menu. The voice acting and music is really well done and, as with the rest of the Phoenix Wright series, the localization is top-notch. –Jessica Fisher

Vinted

 
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Vinted is the app for vinted.com – a site that lets women post their old clothes for sale, trade, or giveaways and lets them get clothes from others at great, thrift store-ranged prices. I found it by accident, and now it’s turned into an incredible obsession. As someone who spends a lot of time browsing around thrift stores, Vinted is great for being able to do that even from bed. When I first signed up for my account, the service gave me a coupon for $10 toward anything I wanted (this coupon is given to all new users). This did NOT last long. I found dozens of tops, skirts, shoes, and all other things that were just perfect for me. In the time I’ve had it I’ve purchased 11 things, traded with one girl, and sold a few of my older/poorer fitting clothes. –Jade Walker

Godus

 
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I’m an old hand at the Peter Molyneux hype train. I’ve seen the stories of how if you plant a seed in the Fable games, you can return later on to see a tree in its place. I remember when Black & White came out and it was meant to be the ultimate God game. It wasn’t. I’m forgiving, though. I buy every title and appreciate that, while all the promised goods won’t be there, hopefully there’ll be enough to entice me in. Godus is probably one of the most hyped iOS releases in recent times. Does it succeed at making you feel like a God? Not really. It’s quite attractive to look at and offers some much better touch-based controls than the average city/village building game, but it’s still exactly that – a typical civilization/city building simulation. –Jennifer Allen

NPR One

 
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It’s a little too simply done, but in terms of varied radio-based content NPR One does a good job of making it easy to listen to new stories that should hopefully prove to be interesting to you. After a brief sign up process (best circumvented by connecting your Facebook details), there’s nothing particularly awkward about NPR One. You can dive straight into listening to various news clips about all sorts of subjects from politics to entertainment news, with plenty of human interest stories that teach a lot. NPR One learns as you go along in terms of what interests you via you tapping on a button to say it was your sort of thing. That makes the suggestion side of the app increasingly useful and I found it easily recommending me stories that would appeal. –Jennifer Allen

Dragon Quest IV Chapters of the Chosen

 
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Dragon Quest IV Chapters of the Chosen is a highly revered entry in the classic Dragon Quest series. Originally released in 1990 on the Nintendo Entertainment System (and then subsequently remade for the Playstation and Nintendo DS), this update for iOS features great localization, much of the previous remakes’ bonus content, and a control scheme that is well-suited to the platform. All of these features help make Dragon Quest IV still look and play great, even for being a 24 year old game. For those that are unfamiliar, Dragon Quest is one of the most popular RPG franchises in Japan. It is developed by Square Enix, who is also responsible for the Final Fantasy series, though there are quite a few differences between the two. The most distinct difference between them is that Dragon Quest tends to be more iterative on a single, specific vision from a dedicated team of designers whereas Final Fantasy is generally a completely new game and vision centering around a few loose concepts and systems. –Campbell Bird

Rules!

 
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Combining the need for speed with accuracy and good memory skills comes Rules!, a simple puzzle game that’s sure to test your intellectual abilities. Think Simon Says and you’re on the right track. Each level of Rules! requires you to follow a rule. Each rule is simple enough, such as tap on all the green tiles or select all of the animals. The tricky part comes in how these rules pile up. Each level adds a new rule, and you have to remember the earlier ones – up to 10 in all before the game resets. –Jennifer Allen

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The Room

 
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Mobile gamers rarely get to experience truly innovating games. Most of the high-quality titles are simply good at copying others. The Room is an incredible exception to that fact, as it’s the most fun and unusual quest I’ve played in several years. The subject of The Room is a series of intricate and impossibly complex locked cabinets, containing clues about a mysterious discovery the player character needs to uncover. The game quite literally revolves around these lockers. The player needs to move the camera around the locker and try to unlock all of its locks, clasps and seals by a series of actions that might just make a person go crazy. The player needs to find keys, pick combinations, scout the locker for clues – and I’m not being sarcastic when I say that it’s damn easy to get lost around the cabinet. Screenshots don’t do justice to the crazy amount of elements each locker contains, and although there are hints, I got mildly frustrated several times, trying to solve the puzzles, or trying to find what the hell I was supposed to do next. It’s not that frustrating to complete, but it’s quite a challenge. –Tony Kuzmin

Bug Heroes 2

 
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Bug Heroes 2 is a cool mix of tactical base building tactical shooter and cockroaches. What could go wrong? Bug Heroes 2 is about bugs at war. Every slug and ant must do their part. The player moves their two bug team around in real time using an invisible virtual stick and attacking is handled automatically. Depending on which bug is picked the player might blast away at distance or close in for some melee action. During combat grunt bugs like ants with rifles and siege engine grubs are constantly produced on both sides and go about attacking enemies automatically so the battlefield is always full of some matter of six legged carnage or another. The auto produced bugs really give the game a great feel as there is always fighting going on and watching armies of bugs clash is great fun. –Allan Curtis

Gemhero

 
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GemHero makes a terrible first impression since it forces the player to create a “Winnerconnect” account. Facebook login is also available but forcing the player into creating an account before they even get to see the game is a bit much. Then a very silly story appears featuring a knight being turned into a duck and the king assuming that killing the warlock that did it might free him. This is where the player comes in. After this an ad dialogue appears. This is before gameplay even starts. After a short tutorial, the player is given a deck that is mostly comprised of angry sheep and sheep riders, which is kind of a letdown. –Allan Curtis

And finally, this week Pocket Gamer played a new Call of Duty, ran around as a goat in Germany, told you how to survive the horrors of the Construct Quarter in Hearthstone, and decided to buy a shiny Super Smash Bros. special edition 3DS. And it’s all right here.

Become the Ultimate Monster Master with the New Monster Legacy PvP Update.

Posted by on August 15th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Outplay Entertainment is updating their smash-hit Monster Legacy. Now players can enjoy pitting their monsters against each other with the new PVP battles.

You can play against your friends or connect with other players all over the world in turn-based championships. Win fame points and see where you stack up on the global leaderboard. The game now also includes in-app purchases so you can buy power-ups.

Monster Legacy is available for free on the App Store.



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