Mediocre, makers of Smash Hit, have released a teaser video of their newest project: a currently unnamed title that promises to be a strategic driving game.
Mediocre says it is set to release in spring 2015. Aside from the driving seen in the trailer there’s not much else to go on at the moment, but supposedly “you are your own worst enemy.” So that should be interesting. The video certainly makes it look pretty, though.
Terra Battle, by Mistwalker Corporation, has surpassed 1.5 million downloads worldwide. To celebrate, they’ve announced that Yoshitaka Amano (Final Fantasy) is designing some new characters for the game. They’re also adding a new scenario from Yasumi Matsuno (Final Fantasy XII and Vagrant Story), and a Terra Battle figure.
As if that wasn’t cool enough, they’re also adding a co-op mode. You’ll be able to team up with friends to complete stages, story mode dungeons, and co-op specific dungeons. When you clear a co-op dungeons you’ll also have a chance to get a summons, which let you summon monsters to help you fight. There will also be some new characters from Terra Battle illustrator Kimihiko Fujisaka.
You can download your own copy of Terra Battle for free on the App Store. The co-op update will be available sometime in the future. Hopefully soon-ish.
With the NHL All-Star Game finishing up this weekend, Rovio has added two week-long hockey-themed tournaments to Angry Birds Friends. What makes these tournaments unique from the norm, however, is that they also feature a new playable character. The NHL HockeyBird – a white bird sporting a cap and hockey stick.
Angry Birds Friends is available to slap-shot onto your iOS device now and is free to download.
Easy single-tap gameplay for short bursts or long sessions of stellar extermination! Play for a few seconds on the toilet, or play for hours on the couch!
Awesome power-ups that make your quest for universal destruction all the more satisfying!
Original dialog between each level!
72 levels set across three different parsecs!
Rad space-related terminology like “parsecs”!
Destructamundo is slated to arrive on the App Store on January 28, and will cost $1.99.
Ahead of the release of ZeptoLab’s King of Thieves, we were able to ask ZeptoLab’s co-founder, Semyon Voinov, a few questions about the inspiration behind the game and what that means for the Cut the Rope franchise.
148Apps: What was the inspiration behind combining so many familiar genres into one package? Semyon Voinov (SV): The initial idea was brought up by one of our team members. We created a quick prototype, and suddenly many people around the office were eagerly competing with each other, building their defenses and breaking into the opponent’s dungeons. There was plenty of laughter and cursing in the process – and we immediately realized that the game had the most important component for success: it drives emotion!
You can find plenty of games in the App Store with the strategic “attack and defend” gameplay (including the famous Clash of Clans), but our game is vastly different because of the arcade skills-based experience at its core. It’s something we haven’t seen in any other games and while building King of Thieves, we discovered why: it’s a very challenging type of game to build. It took two years of time, dedication, and extensive testing to create a balanced and highly enjoyable game. Continue reading King of Thieves – An Interview With ZeptoLab’s Co-Founder Semyon Voinov »
Posted by Tre Lawrence on January 23rd, 2015 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Disney Interactive has launched their latest app, Disney Inquizitive, which provides fans with a centralized destination to take Disney quizzes.
The app features categories such as Fantasy & Villains, House of Mouse, Action & Adventure, Style, Love & Friendship, and Throwback. More than 60 quizzes are already live, including:
Who is Your Lion King Spirit Animal?
Which Disney Princess Should Be Your BFF?
Which Golden Girl Are You?
Who Should Be You Star Wars Sidekick?
Which Pretty Little Liar is Your Style Twin?
Which Disneyland Ride Are You?
Disney Inquizitive is available for free on the App Store now.
Marking quite a departure from ZeptoLab’s past successes, namely the Cut The Rope series, King of Thieves is shaping up to be quite promising. Due for release in February, we were lucky enough to have some time with a preview build to see exactly what it’s all about.
Focused on multiplayer, King of Thieves is best described as part tower defense, part platformer. Your mission is to break into dungeons and steal the opposition’s treasure chest. This requires a certain amount of finesse when it comes to your platforming skills. Controls are fairly simple here, with a series of taps and double-taps being pivotal. You automatically run, with a change of direction only possible when you bounce away from a wall. At first it seems a little awkward, but it turns out to be reasonably effective.
As you’d expect, levels steadily get trickier the further you progress, with up to three stars for the taking depending on how well you perform. There’s a PvP side to things too, with you able to tackle other players’ dungeons as well as needing to protect your own. The latter is where things turn more tower defense-like, with it being possible to place turrets and spikes around your dungeon in order to ward off attack. To save your creation, you have to be able to complete it twice to prove it’s possible. Something that may end up testing your own skills as well as other players’ abilities.
So far, King of Thieves is shaping up to be an interesting mixture of puzzle style elements and platforming that’s sure to test your reflexes. My only concern is whether or not it will be able to keep everyone hooked for an extended period of time. There’s the race to be top of the leaderboard and to have the most intricate dungeon, but it’s hard to say just yet whether or not that will keep people hooked for a long time to come.
We’ll be able to see how things unfold once the game goes live worldwide. For now, it’s certainly an interesting combination of genres.
King of Thieves is set for release in February. Of course, we’ll let you know when.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 23rd, 2015 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Have you missed the strategic battles of DeNA’s dark RPG Blood Brothers? Fret no longer as you make your triumphant return to the world of Arnashia in Blood Brothers 2.
The game is set one century after the events in the original, and once again the world is threatened – and once again you must build an army to save it. You’ll be able to train your soldiers, customize their gear, and learn new skills as you proceed through the campaigns or fight against your friends in PvP.
You can download Blood Brothers 2 for free on the App Store now. If you download the game during its launch week, you will also receive a unique in-game character and other special rewards.
The hidden object game sets players in a supernatural adventure in the 1960s as Agent Alice. She will have to visit exotic locations and discover hidden clues in order to thwart Oberon’s plans for our world. The game will be released in episodes, with free weekly content after launch.
Keep an eye out for Agent Alice when it launches on February 26.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 23rd, 2015 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Pedius is a an app that aids the deaf and hard of hearing in having real-time conversations with friends and family using their iPhone.
The app uses voice recognition software to translate spoken words to text. The user can either type or speak to start a conversation, and the recipient will get a transcript of the conversation to reply to. Pedius makes it easy to have conversations with anyone.
You can download Pedius for free on the App Store.
Posted by Ellis Spice on January 23rd, 2015 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Warner Bros and TT Games have announced the launch of The LEGO Movie Video Game on iOS. Starring LEGO every-man Emmet on an epic quest after being mistakenly identified as the key to saving the world, The LEGO Movie Video Game features over 90 characters from the film to play as, including Batman, Superman, and Gandalf, as well as 45 levels to build and smash your way through. This mobile version also includes controller support and two touch screen control schemes to choose from: ‘Classic’ and ‘Touch Screen’.
The LEGO Movie Video Game is available to download from the App Store now for 499 Gold studs $4.99.
Right Pedal Studios has released a huge update for Tail Drift, changing the 360 degree flying racer to a free-to-play model.
The update also includes support for 12 languages including French, German, Japanese, and more as well as a new UI. Now the game will have fewer pop-up dialogs, and it will be easier to see upgrades available to add to your plane. Right Pedal has also balanced out some of the harder races and straitened out the paths to make it more fun to play.
You can check out the newly “freed” Tail Drift on the App Store now.
Sam Barlow, writer and designer of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, has released a teaser trailer for his new independent game, Her Story. The game uses live action footage to tell a tale of mystery surrounding the disappearance of a woman’s husband in 1994. Players will have access to archived video footage from a police database that shows interviews with the woman. As she tells her tale you will be tasked with researching her story using the database.
“If you can Google, you can play Her Story. The mechanic of searching for clips in the database is so simple that anyone can pick up and play. But it’s a mechanic that quickly reveals its richness and complexity. At times it can feel like you’re engaged in a genuine dialogue with this woman and her story. It’s a unique way to interact with a narrative, a sculptural way of viewing a story — and something that can only be done interactively,” Sam Barlow said in a press release.
It’s the 10th anniversary of the modern classic teen comedy Mean Girls, and what better way to reach out to young fans of the film than on the mobile devices they are constantly staring it. After proving just how fabulous they could be with their RuPaul mobile games, So Much Drama Studios is now preparing to launch a new tower defense Mean Girls game. We spoke with Jeff Meador, head of the studio, about surviving the high school jungle on the go.
148Apps: How did the studio first get involved with making a Mean Girls game? Were there fans on staff that wanted to do it? Did it seem like a good fit for the studio after the RuPaul games? Jeff Meador (JM): We were thrilled at the opportunity to work on a Mean Girls game. Who wouldn’t be? It’s such an amazing movie. When the possibility came up, we buckled down and made sure we had a really strong concept for the game so that we could do the project.
Working on the RuPaul games definitely worked in our favor for this. We had worked with licensed content and licensed talent before, and Paramount saw how we took the spirit of that show and really made it shine in Dragopolis. They were excited to see how we could do the same for Mean Girls.
148Apps: The game celebrates the 10th anniversary of the movie. Did the studio work with anyone from the movie while making the game? JM: We worked very closely with Paramount throughout the process, and they’ve been great partners. They handled all of the communications with the talent that appears in the game.
The characters in Mean Girls are so iconic and well-loved. We wanted to make sure that when we were using them, we were staying true to their personalities. One of the hardest parts of creating the game was ensuring the dialog and scenarios were on-point. In the end, we think we’ve been able to capture the spirit of the movie in this game. It’s fun, it’s funny, and, to quote Gretchen, “so fetch!”
148Apps: Of all the genres to choose from, why did the team decide to make a tower defense game based on Mean Girls? JM: We did a lot of internal brainstorming on different ways that we could use Mean Girls in a game. The movie set us up for a great jumping off point with its final lines of dialog: “And if any freshman tried to disturb that peace… Well, let’s just say we knew how to take care of it.”
We started by looking at a lot of the different characters in the game. We knew up front that we had access to a lot of the likenesses, so we wanted to make sure that these people were front and center. We kept coming back to Janis’ map of North Shore High School and really wanted to bring all of the Cliques into play. The game that we came up with really lets us show each Clique’s personality. We brought in characters like Cady and Regina who, in our original design, gave a fairly passive bonus to the Cliques. However, in early play testing we discovered that we could really use those characters more, so now you need to move folks like Gretchen around the play field to answer questions about the movie and deliver a bonus to the Cliques. It’s a really fun layer that we’ve created on top of a more traditional game style.
148Apps: Many people probably don’t think a movie like Mean Girls and a video games go well together. Why should fans of the movie check out the game? JM: Oh my God, Karen, you can’t just ask people why they should check out the game!
But seriously, this is a game that’s made by some huge Mean Girls fans. The game has a lot of memorable lines and moments that pop up, but with an added twist. Being able to recognize things like Regina’s mom’s dog or Karen’s Halloween costume gives you a small boost in the game. We’ve spent a lot of time crafting different aspects of the game to really reflect the Mean Girls spirit.
Mean Girls: The Game will be launching soon. Thanks again to Jeff Meador for his time.
Posted by Ellis Spice on January 22nd, 2015 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Ever wanted to create your own egg-based empire or poke chickens to your hearts content? Well, the upcoming release from Chillingo and sybsoftware, Eggmaster, might be what you’ve been looking for.
Eggmaster tasks players with tapping chickens to get a steady supply of eggs, because as everyone knows eggs only arrive when chickens are prodded. Although the FDA may not approve, along the way players can improve production by feeding their brood chocolate, potions and pills, while also having to take care to protect their egg supplies from other players.
You’ll can download Eggmaster for free now, and fulfill all your chicken-tapping dreams.