Construction Simulator 2 reaches its first birthday: astragon tells us how it’s marking the occasion
Construction Simulator 2 debuted iOS and Android devices exactly one year ago, and publisher Astragon is marking the game’s first anniversary with a range of time-limited discounts.
It’s been a successful debut for the civil engineering sim, which shot to the top of the App Store chart in 25 countries upon release in March last year, and made the top 10 in no fewer than 66 territories.
The game gives players the chance to head up their own construction business and take to the wheel of more than 40 officially-licensed vehicles. If you dig that sort of thing and want to try it out, Construction Simulator 2 will be available at the discounted price of €0.99 (89p) between March 23 and April 2 on the App Store and in the time period between March 23 and March 30 on Google Play. Players who use the free Lite edition can upgrade to the full version for the same price during the anniversary period.
Moreover, Astragon is offering time-limited discounts on various entries in the series, including Construction Simulator 2014 for mobile devices and the earlier instalments on PC and Mac, along with their DLC packs, while the festivities are in full swing.
If anniversary discounts aren’t enough for you, we caught up with the folks at astragon to discuss Construction Simulator 2’s first-year success, how they went about building the sequel and how its new features have been received.
When you set out to make a sequel to the 2014 mobile instalment, what steps did you take to ensure the new game would be even better than its predecessor?
On the technical side, we took the time to switch to a modular based development to be able to expand Construction Simulator 2 by continuously adding new vehicles, missions and features during its lifetime. Next to this, we made sure to make use of numerous new mobile capabilities in regards to UI and performance resources to increase the performance of the game in different levels like visual quality, physics, etc. These technical steps made it possible to create an even bigger and more detailed game world and to get closer to the gaming experience of the successful PC predecessor by to adding new features like road construction, the ability to build skyscrapers, and even more gameplay features and goals. This also enabled us to create a living town and to make the whole gaming experience more realistic in general.
This week's list of games on sale for the iPhone and iPad isn't too bad really. There's some gems on here, as well as some games that have had their prices cut low enough that you can look past the rough edges and questionable decisions.
As ever I've stuck download and review links where applicable. And if you think we've missed anything out, whack your own suggestions in the comments at the bottom of the article. After all, sharing is caring. Until next week!
It's not a huge surprise that there's not a massive influx of new, must-buy games on the App Store this week. After all, GDC is happening, so everyone's busy at parties and networking and dying from a sinister form of jetlag.
That said, there are at least two games on this list that are well worth your time. And a couple more that could prove distracting enough to stick around on your homescreen for a good long while. As usual there are download links below, and if you think we've missed anything, let us know in the comments section.
Shadowgun Legends is the latest game in the Shadowgun series, and it's taking the franchise in some interesting new directions. Which is good news. The even better news is that it's coming out tomorrow, so if you didn't make it into the beta you don't have long to wait to get your hands on it.
So we thought we'd give you a quick primer on what to expect when you step into Legends for the first time. Hence this rather excellent piece of content. If you've got your own ideas to share, feel free to chuck them in the comments at the bottom of the article.
Hi there, and welcome to our ever-increasing list of the very best games for iPhone. We're going to be updating this regularly with new content, so make sure you check back often, because you're not going to want to miss out on even one of the games we're including here. Trust me, they're that good.
You can click the links below to download the games from the App Store, and find out more about them. And if you've got some games you think should be included, feel free to chuck them into the comments section. Hopefully we can get a good bit of debate going!
The history of the battle royale genre isn't a long one. While the nascent parts of the experience have existed ever since players first started killing one another online, it's really only in the past six years that the genre has coalesced into something specific, with distinct parts that define whether a game does or doesn't fit into the specific pigeonhole.
Fortnite and PUBG might be the names connected to the massive online shooters now, but it wasn't always that way. In fact, the genre started out thanks to a number of strange confluences in the pop-culture zeitgeist. And the coming together of those ideas wasn't the preserve of companies and focus groups - a good deal of the battle royale genre stems from its players. It's those ideas, and those players, we need to trace to understand the behemoth that's barreling through the App Store at the moment.
Oh hi nice reader, and thanks for popping in to check out our weekly round-up of all the stuff that you might have missed across the Steel Media network. Yeah, that's right, it's a big ol' network. Obviously 148Apps is the best, but there are some other awesome sites involved too.
And like I say, this is a weekly round-up. So it'll happen next week as well. Essentially we want to make sure that you're up to date with all the comings and goings of the world of mobile and portable gaming. Come back next week, and you'll have all the knowledge to wow your friends and shut down your foes.
It might not have been the greatest week for new releases on the App Store, but don't let that get you down, because there are some truly incredible games on sale for iPhone and iPad right now. Seriously, you could buy anything on this list and I guarantee you'll have an awesome time.
I've included download links and links to our reviews too. And if you think I've missed anything out (which to be honest, I might have), then make sure you add your own suggestions in the comments below. Oh, and sorry if buying everything bankrupts you, it's not my fault so much goodness is going cheap right now.
In just over a week, Epic Games has made a flurry of announcements. First, they revealed that Fortnite—their ultra-popular PUBG competitor—is coming to mobile. This was followed by brief sign-up period for interested beta testers before sending out their first round of invites yesterday afternoon. Fortunately, we were able to get our hands on one of these early invites, so we can clear the air on exactly what Fortnite on mobile is like.
It's not been the best week for games on the App Store. There are a few decent ones here and there, but nothing that's really going to make you throw down what you're doing and run to the nearest WiFi hotspot in order to download it. That's not to say everything is terrible, but there are plenty of just good games out this week.
Still, we've taken the time to round up the best of them. There's not quite something for everyone here, but I have a feeling that next week is going to be much better. Don't ask me how I know that, because I can't tell you. I'd definitely suggest coming back in seven days though, and saving your pennies if nothing on this list really captures your imagination.
Empires and Puzzles is a slick match-stuff RPG that mixes in a bunch of city-building aspects to keep things fresh. And it's currently the Game of the Day over on the App Store. So, if you're picking it up for the first time today, we thought it'd be a good idea to give you some hints and tips to ensure that you're getting the most out of the experience.
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Sam Barlow’s follow up to Her Story is #WarGames, an interactive video series that reimagines the 1983 film WarGames in a more present day context. It’s not exactly a game, but it’s definitely still interesting. Here are the top things you should know about it before diving in.
What is it?
#WarGames isn’t much like anything else out there. It’s like watching a TV show, but the whole thing is told through different screens, which primarily show different characters video chatting with one another. All of these screens are visible at once, but you can tap to switch between which feed you want to focus on.
While you’re watching, #WarGames keeps track of which video feeds you’ve focused on and changes your story’s arc depending on these choices. It’s not really obvious what you’re changing though. There are no moments when a character is begging for attention and you can switch to them to trigger some kind of choice. It’s a lot more subtle than that, so much so it's hard to tell that you're changing anything. That said, #WarGames definitely lets you know when things change, and even gives you an overview of the paths you took at the end of each episode.
Pixel Plex is the latest city builder that has come to the App Store, and it takes a pretty different tact than the ones that came before it. Instead of being in charge of your own city by yourself, you have to work together with other players to build your city’s greatness, one block at a time. Given this new approach to this kind of game, Pixel Plex can be pretty tough to wrap your mind around, but with these tips, you’ll be on top of things in no time.
In Pixel Plex, each player initially starts with one city block of land to work with, so you really need to make the most of it. Although there may be some variety in the things you can purchase and build on this land, none are as important as buildings that generate resources. Buildings like Lumber Mills, Concrete Factories, and Steel Mills not only produce revenue, but also the raw materials you need to do just about anything else in the game, so focus on those first, and all the other stuff later.
Before last week, if you asked me which game I prefer between Fortnite Battle Royale and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), I’d choose the latter just about 100% of the time. Now that we know that both games are primed to hit our mobile screens soon (you can even sign up for Fortnite here), I’m not so sure I’d have the same response. Between both of these games, Fortnite seems primed to be a much better mobile experience than PUBG, and here’s why:
The fantastic mobile version of 7 Wonders just got updated with an expansion that adds Leaders to the game. This new content adds a whole layer of depth to the game, but before you spend $1.99 to buy it blindly, check out this breakdown of exactly what you’ll be paying for:
What do you get?
In the 7 Wonders expansion, you get access to the content from the board game’s Leaders Expansion. What this means is you have access to a whole new type of card (i.e. Leaders), a new Wonder, and four new Guild cards to play with. In all, you get 40 new cards in the form of 36 Leaders, which can give you special bonuses in each game, Guilds that build off of the Leaders cards, and the ability to play as Rome, who’s wonder also plays into Leader mechanics. All in all, it’s a pretty hefty addition.