Posted by Ellis Spice on July 23rd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Zing Games, developers of the multi-million downloaded Mr. Runner series on iOS, have today announced Mole Smash Saga, a line-drawing puzzle game. In the game you run Old McDonald’s farm, which has been infested with annoying moles. In order to save the farm, players will need to grab a hammer and smash them away. The game features six different modes, with the smashing of moles done by connecting lines over them.
Mole Smash Saga is available now and is free to download.
Posted by Ellis Spice on July 22nd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It is now Summer, what a wonderful time, so I bring you news, that will mostly rhyme.
Oceanhouse Media want kids to read, whilst home this season, so thus there’s a sale, if you needed a reason. Over twenty apps, now cheaper to get, most down a dollar, others further yet. They’re about science concepts, aimed at ages five to eight, featuring the Cat in the Hat, which is pretty great. They’ll teach your kids, whilst they rhyme, which is pretty impressive, doing both at the same time.
The list of apps can be found below, just in case you wanted to know:
Scottish developers Outplay Entertainment has announced Alien Creeps TD, a story-based tower defense game set to release on iOS soon. The game will feature a variety of aliens to battle against and terrains to battle in, with players taking control of 50 different towers and three heroes as they attempt to defend humanity from the alien menace.
Outplay President Richard Hare had this to say on the announcement of the game:
We are exceptionally thrilled to be able to announce Alien Creeps TD. This tower defense game is packed with action and will keep gamers coming back for more, and with its crisp 3D graphics and quality gameplay, we’re honored to have our name behind it.
Alien Creeps TD is set to release onto iOS devices sometime soon.
Posted by Ellis Spice on July 21st, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The World Cup has finished, and it’s not long until the European football season starts once again. In the meantime we have the minor chaos that is the summer transfer window, with players from around the world moving from one team to another.
In order to help football fans follow transfers easier, Swedish developers Football Addicts have updated their football tracking app Forza Football, adding the ability to track rumored and confirmed player transfers. Users can now set it so they receive transfer updates for their favorite club via push notifications, giving them details on the player, their current club, the club they are or may be moving to and the price, as well as the source if it’s a rumor and the type of transfer if it’s confirmed.
Forza Football is available on the App Store now and is free to download.
Chillingo and Finnish developers Nitro Games have today announced Gang of Pirates, a pirate-heavy strategy game. Players will be tasked with building up their own private pirate island into a fortress and rounding up and commanding a crew of scoundrels and scallywags. Players can then control their crew and take on others from around the world in 3D battles for fame and, more importantly as a pirate, fortune. Alongside these battles against other fellow players, the game will also feature a mission-based single-player campaign.
Gang of Pirates will be available later this year and will require a ‘stable’ Internet connection in order to play online, although offline gamers can enjoy the single-player campaign to their heart’s content.
Posted by Ellis Spice on July 15th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Alongside the announcement of a PC and Mac version of Out There, Mi-Clos Studio has today announced that their space adventure gameis to receive a huge free update on iOS, evolving the game into Out There: Omega Edition.
This update will add more than 50 interactive stories to the game alongside new aliens, space-ships and a new ending. The game will also get a new graphical engine, adding ‘uncharted’ planets and environments to the game. The soundtrack from Siddhartha Barnhoorn >will also be bolstered with additional pieces of music.
Out There is available now for $3.99 on the App Store, with no date confirmed for the release of the ‘Omega Edition’ update.
Posted by Ellis Spice on July 11th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Bicolor, the minimalistic two color puzzle game from 1Button which we gave four stars back in May, has received sixty new hand-crafted levels in its latest update, bringing the level total in the game up to 240.
Bicolor is available on the App Store now for $0.99.
Posted by Ellis Spice on July 10th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Sonic Jump Fever, SEGA’s competitive high-score follow-up to their vertical platformer Sonic Jump, is now available on the App Store. To celebrate this a launch a new trailer has been unveiled, showing off the kind of combo jumping Sonic and his pals can pull off in-game now.
You can grab Sonic Jump Fever off the App Store for free.
Posted by Ellis Spice on July 10th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The fifth episode of Telltale Game‘s The Wolf Among Us, ‘Cry Wolf’, is now available to purchase and play. This episode wraps up this season of the storyline set in the same universe as the ‘Fables’ series of comic books.
The Wolf Among Us is available to download for $4.99, which gives access to the first episode. Further episodes, including ‘Cry Wolf’, are available as In-App Purchases for $4.99 each. Alternatively, a multipack of episodes 2-5 is available for $14.99.
Danish developers Bedtime Digital Games have announced that their surreal 3D puzzle game Back to Bed will arrive on iOS this August.
A Kickstarter success and multiple award winner back when it was a student project, the game is influenced by Salvador Dali, M.C. Escher, and David Lynch. It stars a man named Bob, who suffers from narcolepsy that gives him hallucinations and excessive daytime sleepiness and causing him to take surprise naps in dangerous places. You play as Bob’s subconscious protector, moving him around and manipulating illusion-filled levels to journey him back under his duvet, avoiding living man-holes, steep falls, and alarm clocks along the way.
Back to Bed will rub the sleep from its eyes and arrive on the App Store sometime this August.
Posted by Ellis Spice on July 8th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
After just under six months since the launch of the game, Bandai Namco has announced that Tales of Phantasia is going to be pulled from the App Store and made “unusable” in the near future. The statement given on the App Store page for the game is as follows:
We regret to inform you that we will cease distribution of this app on 08/28/2014 (Thursday). On this date, the app and all associated services will become unusable. This includes In-App Purchase items already purchased and save data. Furthermore, sale of In-App Purchase items will conclude on 07/29/2014 (Tuesday). We apologize sincerely to all of our customers for this inconvenience, and hope you continue to enjoy our products and services in the future.
For the time being, Tales of Phantasia is available now and is free to download. Past August 28, the game will become unplayable, which is certainly something to keep in mind if you intend on buying any in-app purchases before they’re removed on July 29th.
French developers Galta Apps has announced that their MMO Minesweeper game, A Few Billion Square Tiles, is set to arrive on the App Store worldwide this week. The game takes place on an infinite game board, with the aim being to discover yellow tiles and build an empire of blue. Players can also compete in hourly global leaderboard battles, use power-ups to aid their tile discovery, and combine their empires together with other players to form bigger empires.
A Few Billion Square Tiles is available for free in Europe and Canada now, with the game set to explode onto the App Store worldwide on July 10. You can also see a map of the game world here.
Cyanide Studio and Focus Home Interactive have today announced that their video game adoption of Blood Bowl is set to arrive on the iPad this July. The football-based board-game set in Games Workshop’s Warhammer world lets players form teams of Humans, Orcs, Dwarfs, Skaven, Wood Elves or Chaos and battle out on the field.
The iPad version of the game will feature a single-player Campaign mode that’ll allow players to develop their team and gain players as they progress towards conquering the Blood Bowl. For those who want to face off against other players, the game will also feature Hotseat local multiplayer and an online multiplayer mode with a massive permanent league, where players can create and develop their own teams.
Blood Bowl is set to arrive for iPad sometime in early July.
In what could be a landmark ruling, the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) in the UK has ruled that an email ad for Dungeon Keeper, which stated that the game was free, was misleading to consumers.
The ad read as such:
GET DUNGEON KEEPER ON MOBILE FOR FREE! … DIG. DEVISE. DOMINATE. Build the most badass dungeon ever! Raise an army of diabolical minions and lay twisted traps to destroy any opponents foolish enough to set foot in your lair. MASTER THE HAND OF EVIL Cast powerful spells, pillage and plunder other players’ dungeons, and slap your imps around to make them work harder. A world of wicked fun is right at your fingertips. What are you waiting for, Keeper? Get it for FREE!
The ad also featured a footnote stating “WIRELESS FEES MAY APPLY” and showed a well-developed dungeon. The complainant challenged that the ad was misleading as it omitted significant information.
EA argued that this was not the case, as the app does not require in-app purchases (IAPs) to be bought and that gameplay without IAPs is ‘not severely limited.’ EA also provided data on ‘spenders’ and ‘non-spenders,’ which they said showed that non-spenders were well represented in players who reached the middle and end of the game, in a time not substantially slower than spenders.
EA went on to state that the “average player would expect a free-to-play title to be monetized with countdown timers and premium currency,” that they gave “balanced gameplay and provided players with a sense of progression and enabled resource management,” and that timers would be still be present in Dungeon Keeper even without any monetization.
In response to this, the ASA assessed that EA had indeed branched three rules of the Advertising Code. Within the ruling, they commented that the ad could possibly mislead players into thinking that their progression would be “unhindered by unexpected and excessively onerous delays,” and that it should “have made clear what consumers could expect from the free elements and that in-app purchases would have a significant impact on gameplay.” Finally, they stated that “the game had the potential to restrict gameplay beyond that which would be expected by consumers and the ad did not make this aspect of the role of in-app purchasing clear.”
As the ASA upheld the complaint, the ad cannot appear again in its current form. EA has also been warned by the ASA to ensure that the limitations of free gameplay and the role of IAPs are made clear in future ads.
MyScript, which deals in creating handwriting recognition technology, has announced that it intends to bring two applications to iOS 8 as alternatives to keyboard entry.
The first app will allow for real-time text input using a fingertip and stylus, with handwritten input converted into digital text in real time. Users will also be able to use gestures for editing – meaning that words and sentences can be moved, split, joined, overwritten, and erased quickly.
The second app will allow users to write characters on top of each other, which should be helpful for quickly inputting phone numbers, composing tweets, and writing text messages with fingertips.
These two applications from MyScript are set to launch alongside iOS 8 this Fall.
Posted by Ellis Spice on July 1st, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Readdle has announced that their Scanner Pro by Readdle app, which allows users to scan documents with their iOS device’s camera, has been downloaded six million times since its launch. To celebrate this milestone, the app is currently available for 50% off, making it $2.99 for the time being.
Scanner Pro by Readdle is available now as an universal app for $2.99, down from the usual price of $5.99.
Players will be able to play as one of five professional skateboarders (Danny Way, Christian Hosoi, Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins-Pastrana, Sean Malto, or Ryan Decenzo) and compete for high scores with their friends. Along the way, they’ll be able to upgrade their skills, unlock new areas and discover the signature trick for each skater as they aim to appear on the front cover of the TransWorld SKATEboarding magazine within the game.
Steve Ganem, CEO of SuperVillain Studios, had this to say:
Endless Skater brings together an amazing collaboration between game developers, professional skaters and top notch brands. We are excited to partner with TransWorld SKATEboarding to bring the skating genre to mobile fans everywhere.
No release information has been announced for TransWorld Endless Skater at this point.
Posted by Ellis Spice on June 30th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
LinkedIn has released a new app that they hope will help people to find their dream job. The LinkedIn Job Search app allows users to search for jobs based on title, location, or keywords and get notifications for jobs based on their location and previous searches, with applying for the job done via a couple of taps within the app. The app will also make recommendations based on jobs the user has previously viewed and their LinkedIn profile.
The LinkedIn Job Search app is available now for free on the App Store in the US.
SkyGoblin, the developers behind The Journey Down: Chapter One, have been hard at work on the second chapter in the point-and-click saga, taking their time to ensure that they didn’t just re-do what they did with the first game. Today, they’ve released a bunch of screenshots for The Journey Down: Chapter Two, showing off some of the environments we’ll be able to wander around in.
The 16GB model of the 5th generation of iPod Touches was always somewhat the odd one out in the line-up. Whilst its bulkier-in-memory brothers, the 32GB and 64GB models, had rear-facing cameras and multiple different colors to pick from, the 16GB only had a front-facing camera and was only available in one color.
Today that changes, as Apple has announced that the most affordable iPod Touch will now also contain a rear-facing 5 megapixel iSight camera and will be available in multiple colors: pink, yellow, blue, silver, space gray, and Product Red.
In addition to this, all models have received a worldwide drop in their suggested price. The 16GB model now costs $199, the 32GB model $249 and the 64GB model $299. The 16GB model is available in the US through the Apple Online Store now.
Posted by Ellis Spice on June 26th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
SNK has released their ‘Fighting x Music’ game The Rhythm of Fighters onto the App Store. Featuring tracks likely familiar to fans of SNK titles, such as The King of Fighters and Fatal Fury, the game challenges players to play to the rhythm of the music and unleash moves and combos on their opponent using a one-touch control system.
The Rhythm of Fighters is available on the App Store now for $0.99, with additional packs of tracks available for $2.99.
Posted by Ellis Spice on June 26th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
An update has arrived for Plants vs Zombies 2, adding the first part of the Dark Ages campaign previously announced at E3. This latest update brings new levels into the game alongside the return of fan-favorite ‘Shroom’ plants – and a new plant, the Sun Beam. The Knight Zombie and Jester Zombie also make their début alongside Medieval Zombies and more, with these new zombies aiming for your brains as always.
Plants vs Zombies 2 is available now and is free-to-play.
Bulkypix have today announced that Starkom’s Heli Hell will arrive on the App Store this week. Set to offer a “modern take on the vertical shoot’em up genre,” the game will challenge players to take out the enemy that has holed up on the island of Vyellna, using the heavy upgradeable arsenal at their disposal.
Heli Hell will fly into the App Store on June 26 and will be free to download.
Wadjet Eye Games have announced that the Blackwell series of mystery adventure games is set to arrive on iOS soon. The series features the duo of Rosa Blackwell and her spectral sidekick Joey Mallone as they crisscross the five boroughs of New York, helping confused spirits comes to terms and move on.
The first three of the series, Blackwell 1: Legacy, Blackwell 2: Unbound and Blackwell 3: Convergence are set to arrive on iOS on July 10, with the rest of the series likely to arrive by the end of the year.
Posted by Ellis Spice on June 25th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Big Action Mega Fight! developers Double Stallion Games have announced that their previously free-to-play brawler is set to relaunch as a premium title on June 25. In this new version of the game, ads, in-app purchases, and two sets of currencies will be no more, with gameplay progression adjusted to avoid any tedium or grinding. The game will also feature the new levels, enemies, and features added since the launch of the free-to-play version.
This change is being made after players commented to the developers that the free-to-play model did not feel right. As such, the developers decided to experiment with a paid version of the game on the Amazon App Store back in March, which generated a positive reaction from players. As a result, this new premium version is now set to become available to iOS players as well.
The new version of Big Action Mega Fight! is available on the App Store for $1.99, with the price set to increase to $2.99 after a week.
Posted by Ellis Spice on June 23rd, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
A new update has arrived for Cross DJ, adding SoundCloud integration to the mixing app. This means that users can log into their SoundCloud account (even if they don’t have a Pro account) and access all of the tracks on the service, which will load just as quickly as those locally-hosted. Once the mix is completed, users can then share it via major DJ platforms, with no post-processing needed.
Posted by Ellis Spice on June 20th, 2014 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
A new update has arrived for Thomas Was Alone, bringing with it the previously PlayStation-exclusive expansion for the game, Benjamin’s Flight. This expansion takes place before the events of the main game and stars Benjamin, who goes in search of the Fountain of Wisdom, aided by his father’s jetpack. Contained within the expansion are 20 new levels, three new characters, and a story about “hope and the wild impetuosity of youth.” Oh, and jumping, of course.
Thomas Was Alone is available now for iPad and is currently on sale for $5.99 to celebrate the addition of these new levels.
Finnish developer Boomlagoon has released a teaser trailer of their forthcoming side-scrolling action platformer, Monsu. Looking like a pretty cute auto-runner, Monsu has another trick up its sleeve, courtesy of the many cards that you can collect as you play. Coming from some of the minds behind Angry Birds, there will be dozens of customizable […]