Echo Prime, the sci-fi dungeon crawler by Robot Entertainment, is on sale now for only $0.99.
The game pits players against alien creatures, space pirates, and mercenaries, and allows them to befriend the mysterious “Echoes” to gain their abilities. With over 100 pieces of gear, random campaign generation, and a variety of enemies, it’s has received a lot of great reviews.
You can try out Echo Prime for $0.99 on the app Store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 20th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
After Homer accidentally caused a meltdown that wiped out Springfield, it was up to you to rebuild it.
Now The Simpsons Tapped Out, by EA Games, asks us to prepare for battle with their new Clash of Clones update. You can raise up your army of nerds led by a barbaric Homer to raid your neighbors’ castles. Just make sure you don’t neglect your own defenses.
You can download The Simpsons Tapped Out for free on the App Store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 20th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
In an interesting move, Yakuto has updated their fun ping-pong game, Table Tennis Touch, by eliminating their previous in-app purchases. If you have already purchased an arcade key they will still work, but now all of the boosts are free. You can earn boosts in career mode, and in the quick game mode boosts are now infinite.
According to James Gratton, programmer for Yakuto, “Table Tennis Touch is a challenging game. If you can’t beat an opponent you could say you need more practice, or you could blame the game for being too difficult. But if the idiot developers allow you to buy an elixir that suddenly enables you to vanquish your foe, you cry paywall! And that’s a reasonable conclusion… This is a big, bold step for us. We really hope it’s received in the way it’s intended: to remedy our past mistake and to make Table Tennis Touch an unarguably premium product with zero paywalls, be they real or perceived.”
Table Tennis Touch now also includes 10 new achievements, improved messages and visuals, and a few bug fixes.
You can pick up Table Tennis Touch for $3.99 on the App Store.
Touchfight 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
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 »
Posted by Jessica Fisher 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.
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.
Posted by Jessica Fisher 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.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 18th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
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.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 18th, 2014 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
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.
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.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 15th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Petcube is a WiFi camera and app combo that can let you keep your pet company while you’re away. The Camera is a small cube that you place anywhere in your home that might have a good view of your pet and is still in range of your WiFi. Then, using the app, you can see what they’re up to, give them some exercise with a built-in laser pointer, and share photos and updates of your furry friend.
The camera is in preorder sales right now and will be shipping October. You can buy one for $179 – which is $20 off the retail price. The Petcube app is available today for free on the app store and, while the camera is not available as of yet, you can still use the app to post adorable pic of your pets.
Fans of the visually stunning Infinity Blade III will be interested to hear that they can now create custom 3d printed replicas of their characters. ChAIR has partnered with Sandboxr, a 3D printing development company, to make creating a customized model possible. This is offered as an in-game service, making it a very unique feature.
Donald Mustard, Co-Founder/Creative Director for ChAIR said, “The ability to take something from the virtual world, customize it, and push a button to transform it into the physical world is magic. We’re excited to introduce collectibles that allow fans to create what they decide is the ultimate expression of their character. We can’t wait to see all of their amazing Infinity Blade creations.”
According to their site customized characters start at $19.99 for a 3.5″ model to $89.99 for 5.5-6″ models. You can check out the collectibles website or download a copy of Infinity Blade III for $6.99 from the app store today to start creating.
The Darium update is coming to Battle Command, by Spacetime Studios. What was once a fun military strategy game will now evolve to include a whole new resource-sharing system, an entirely new tier of troops, new buildings, new attacks, and more.
The update brings players a new storyline as a meteor crashes all too closely to their base. Contained inside the smoldering rock is Darium: a new resource that players share across their alliance. You will be able to build new troops and tech with it, but in order to make the most of your resources you must share them with your friends. The more you share the more you will be able to build. The sharing structure brings an interesting angle to this type of social gaming that we haven’t seen the likes of before.
You can download Battle Command for free on the App Store, and keep an eye out for the Darium update.
New Resource Sharing System – Players work with allies and share resources to create a new alien material known as Darium.
New Troops – The Darium Grenadier, Darium General, and Flying Armada Airplane are a new tier of destructive force to be reckoned with.
New Buildings – The Darium Research Lab, Resource Mining Facilities, Storage Buildings, and more, let players expand their base and provides greater base layout customization.
New Defenses – The Darium Laser and Pulsar add a devastating new defensive attack that will annihilate any enemy that dares challenge your defensive prowess.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 14th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Since 1996, when the first game in the series was developed using the RPG Maker, the Corpse Party series has been a cult favorite. 5pb games takes us back to where it all started: the cursed Tenjin Elementary School. When the class leader makes the mistake of invoking the “Shiawase no Sachiko-san” charm, a curse ceremony to transport people to parallel world, the characters are thrust into a world of grotesque horror. Corpse Party comes with full cast of voice actors, scenes, and over 20 hours of gameplay to keep you sleeping with a night light on for days.
You can check out Corpse Party for $21.99 on the App Store.
Madfinger Games (Dead Trigger, Shadowgun, etc) has announced their new project: MONZO, a model kit construction simulator. Users can build simple to complex models on their mobile device; the app uses one-finger control to assemble realistic 3D model that can be purchased within the application itself.
Marek Rabas, CEO of MADFINGER Games explained, “MONZO has great potential to capture the interest of mobile gaming fans from all present genres and it will also be fun for gamers of all ages as well. The construction of virtual models is very close to the experience of actual construction. The whole process takes gamers through the purchase and unpacking of kits to assembly, painting, exploring, and sharing of finished models on Facebook and other social media.”
Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 13th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
What game offers you the chance to jump into the middle of a tornado and fight sharks with nothing but a chainsaw? Sharknado: The Video Game!
The crazy SyFy movie that was transformed by Other Ocean Group into a mobile game is celebrating Shark Week by offering the app for free. Play as Finley “Fin” Shepard, a former surfing champion as he fights an onslaught of man eating sharks. The game lets players run around Manhattan in board daylight wielding a broadsword, use hammerhead sharks like trampolines, reclaim their former glory by surfing through the flooded streets, and flying around inside the tornado; all while being attacked by angry sharks.
You can get bit by Sharknado: The Video Game for free right now.
Razr has announced at GDC Europe that Tencent, a major name in the gaming industry, would be joining the Nabu development team in an effort to integrate their mobile games.
The Razr Nabu smartband combines a smart watch with a fitness band’s capabilities. Tencent is bringing Timi Run Everyday to the Nabu – a side-scrolling platformer that converts number of steps walked, calories burnt, and hours slept logged by the device into in-game rewards. Players can utilize the WeChat social communications platform to share scores and rank up against their friends on the leader-boards.
Dan Brody, Vice President Tencent Games Business said, “Timi Run Everyday and Nabu will encourage more of our fans to keep fit in their daily lives, and be rewarded for it in their favorite game. The Tencent and Razer collaboration will certainly bring more exciting experiences as we explore more interesting and meaningful methods to integrate mobile games with Nabu.”
During their launch in the last quarter of this year, fans will be able to purchase a co-branded limited edition Nabu and earn exclusive in-game rewards.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 12th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Flick Knights, by Ballpit Monster Studios, is a MOFA (Multiplayer Online flicking Arena) where players take turns flicking their team’s characters across the screen. The goal is to fling yourself across the football-like field, crashing into opponents and obstacles in order to destroy your enemies team and base.
Flick Knights includes characters like the masked wrestler shark, cyborg otter, or teenage ninja that can be equipped with weapons and costumes to further customize your team. You can even challenge your friends to battle across multiple platforms, including iPad and iPhone!
Flick knights is available for free on the App Store, so start flicking!
According to Joystiq, Armin Ibrisagic of Coffee Stain Studios has announced at GDC Europe today that they are working on bringing Goat Simulator to iOS.
The ridiculously popular game started as joke prototype, but the fan response was so great that Coffee Stain Studios felt compelled to make the wacky goat game a reality. Ibrisagic has reported that game has sold “almost 1 million” copies to date. That’s a lot of goats!
No details have been given on pricing or a release date yet, but we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 12th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
MailDeck 2.0 by Crono, Inc. is a powerful email manager that organizes your Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud, AOL, Outlook, Office 365, Microsoft Exchange, and other accounts in one easy to use app. It’s also now available for the iPhone as a universal app.
The app includes a search function with multiple filters to make finding your email easier, and allows users to search through attachments by account or file name. The conversation-like style of MailDeck lets users view links between messages based on a person, a file, a task, or message. For added security, all of the email and attachments receive 256-bit AES encryption.
“If you yearn for smarter email management and a more refined interface, definitely give MailDeck a try.” -Dave Johnson of CBS’s “MoneyWatch”.
Seriously has brought together some amazing talent for Best Fiends, part one of a series of games about the adorably fiendish creatures of Minutia as they become heroes and fight the insatiable Slugs of Mount Boom. The game will include music from composer Heitor Pereira (‘Despicable Me’ and ‘Minion Movie’), level designs by Samuli Viikinen (Max Payne and Alan Wake), and character designs by Miguel Fransisco (Angry Birds).
Petri Järvilehto, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Seriously said, “This is a game and a world that I have wanted to build for a long time, and it’s a dream to be working with the incredible talent we have at Seriously to develop Best Fiends together. We are thrilled to be revealing a first look at Best Fiends today and can’t wait to share more ahead of our worldwide release in October.”
Seriously is also launching the Best Fiendswebsite today, which will give us a peek at the game’s story, character designs, and will eventually offer animated shorts, original music, making of videos, and stickers for messenger apps in partnership Swyft Media.
Best Fiends will be available in October as a free download with in-app purchases.
Like a Fitbit for your baby, Sproutling is an app combined with a wearable band that monitors your baby’s status and helps you understand how to be a more effective parent. The app records the baby’s heartbeat, if the baby is sleeping on their back or stomach, temperature of the room, and the baby’s mood when they awaken.
Based on the collected info, Sproutling predicts when the baby will wake up and if the environment will interfere with their ability to sleep.
Sproutling’s pre-order campaign has launched with a price of $249 (vs. the retail price that is estimated at $299). The developers are looking to hit $50,000 for the first round of monitors that will ship in early 2015.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 11th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
StitMe, by Boolean Tech, is a security app that allows users to call or text others while keeping their mobile phone number private. In place of your phone number, the recipient’s caller ID will show a unique StitMe-generated number which a permanent number that the recipient can contact you with. This protects the user from unwanted return calls, sales pitches, and harassment. The app can provide an added layer of security when dealing with things from online dating to selling things on Craigslist or eBay.
Glu has announced that later this week they plan to launch Tap Sports Baseball. The game incorporates real players and baseball strategy in a turn-based, one-touch control system.
Tap Sports Baseball lets you play against your friends in multiple games on Facebook simultaneously. You can even develop your dream team with draft picks, signing free agents, and strategically upgrading your team!
Tap Sports Baseball will be coming to the App Store soon, so keep an eye out.
Fish Cook, the economic strategy game by James Ernest of Cheapass Games, is now being digitized for iOS/Android cross-platform play.
The game pits french chefs in 1909 against each other in a race to see who can become the Master Chef – of cooking fish. Players will be cooking delicious fish delights, earning money, and gaining prestige, but they must be careful how they spend their assets. Fish Cook will support the Cat Duo Jovios Controller to allow people to play the game with their friends using everyone’s iPhones, along with an iPad as a stand in board (of sorts).
Fish Cook is on Kickstarter at the moment, and the estimated completion will be early next year.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 8th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
MediaFire, the “Native” IOS storage app, has received an update that makes storing your media a lot easier. Some of the new features include automatic camera roll backup, a built-in music player, and the ability to upload multiple photos and videos at once. MediaFire also allows users to stream music in the background now. The app received a new design to make it run faster and look cleaner. To celebrate the update, MediaFire has permanently reduced their pricing plans. Regular accounts get 50 gigs of cloud storage for free, and premium accounts will receive one terabyte of storage for pricing starting at $2.50 per month or $24.99 per year. You can download MediaFire from the App Store for free.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 7th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Evolution: Battle for Utopia by My.Com has received big update titled “The Black Legion.”
The Black Legion update brings players six more regions to explore, 10 new types of weapons, and three new types of defense to help them battle the army of General Kurbatov. It also raises the level cap to 58!
Player’s defensive capabilities are also getting an overhaul: now you can fortify your base with turrets and allies. Lastly, if you feel like a challenge, you can try out Black Legion’s two new mini-games.
Evolution: Battle for Utopia is available for free on the App Store.