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Robert Corra

Contributing Writer with the 148Apps Network since November 11, 2009

The iPhone & iPad have taken interactivity to new heights. As a result, they've given us one of the most exciting gaming platforms in quite some time. There's a lot of exciting news & apps for fellow technophiles & gamers to digest, so please consider this my modest contribution. Thanks for reading!

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The Simpsons Arcade

The Simpsons Arcade

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
The Simpsons Arcade is a decent side-scrolling brawler, but it's sorely limited by having only one playable character and no multiplayer options to speak of.

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gamesalad.thumbGendai Games and Macworld 2010 have teamed-up to host a game development competition from December 21, 2009 through January 25, 2010. Anyone can enter the Macworld 2010 GameSalad Challenge, with the only stipulation being that the game must be created using GameSalad Creator for Mac. Gendai Games are the makers of the GameSalad tools, which they claim is “the world’s most advanced game development tool for non-programmers.” GameSalad.com is aimed at providing these high-level tools for the creation and distribution of games, and has various community features for user support and collaboration. Two games created using the GameSalad tools, Z is for Zombie & V is for Vortex, were recently featured by Apple in the New & Noteworthy and What We’re Playing sections of the App Store.

Macworld 2010 itself is part of the IDG World Expo family of trade shows, which includes E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo). The five day festival of all things Mac will be held from February 9 – 13 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The top 5 finalists will be featured at the event, and a winner will be announced on February 10. The official rules and prizes are as follows:

Games will be judged on overall fun, quality and creativity. The games will be available to play for free on gamesalad.com/macworld. Finalists will be announced January 29, 2010, and the Grand Prize Winner will be decided by 50% vote of the judges and 50% of the audience participation from Twitter. All Finalists will receive a Macworld 2010 Platinum Pass, a $1600 value, and have their game showcased during the awards presentation at Macworld. The Grand Prize Winner will be announced on the show floor during a live awards presentation on February 10, 2010, by judges from the Mac and gaming communities: Jason Citron, Founder and CEO of Aurora Feint, and Michael Agustin, Founder and CEO of Gendai Games. During the awards presentation, the judges will demonstrate the games and offer their insights. The Grand Prize winner will receive a Platinum Pass to Macworld 2010, a GameSalad Pro Membership and an iPod Touch – all totaling a $3800 value.

UK development studio Sauce Digital will be holding a 12 Days of Christmas Apps contest from December 26 (Boxing Day) through January 6 (Epiphany). They’ve gathered hundreds of promo codes from participating developers, and will be giving away one twelfth of the codes on every day of the event. To enter the contest, all you have to do is submit your name and email on the official site, http://www.12daysofchristmasapps.com. The website also has an area where interested developers can sign-up for taking part in the promotion.

Sauce Digital is probably known best for their game Nano Rally, and have recently released Touch Soccer 3D. Their suite of games will be offered in the competition, as well as those from a variety of developers including Hanged by Freeverse, and Harbor Master by Imangi Studios. So far 47 developers have joined the contest pool, and the total number of promo codes collected is at 365 and counting.

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House M.D. – The Game

House M.D. – The Game

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
House M.D. is an unexpected logic puzzle hybrid that is interesting at first, but quickly loses steam. A handful of images and sound clips add some window-dressing, but little else.

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Never one to be outdone by the likes of EA and other game publishers, Gameloft has announced their own holiday promotion, which starts today. For the next 7 days leading up to Christmas, Gameloft has placed 7 of their titles on sale for $0.99. Here is the complete rundown:

Brain Challenge $4.99 > $0.99
Castle of Magic $1.99 > $0.99
Castle Frenzy $1.99 > $0.99
Shrek Kart $4.99 > $0.99
Terminator Salvation $2.99 > $0.99
Real Tennis 2009 $4.99 > $0.99
Real Soccer 2010 $4.99 > $0.99

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Beat It!

Beat It!

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Old School meets New School. Sporting a wonderful pixel art style, Beat It! surpasses tired rhythm game conventions with its stylish mash-up of beat machine and puzzle game.

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Origin8, makers of the popular tower defense games Sentinel: Mars Defense and Sentinel 2: Earth Defense, are set to take the fight to space. Their third sci-fi strategy game takes place a century after the last title, and according to Origin8…

Space Station: Frontier sees the player in charge of a deep space mining operation in dangerous territory on the edge of Solar System. By constructing and powering networks of mining tools and weaponry – centred on the titular space station – players must juggle resource harvesting with the defence of their station against hordes of hostile alien ships.

As you can see from the trailer below, Space Station: Frontier adds some interesting wrinkles to the core defense gameplay, as there is an upgrade and management component to your expanding space station. Origin8 has stated that this is a persistent upgrade system, allowing you to level up your station with a variety of purchased tech, and then carry over your customisation across all game modes.


Space Station: Frontier was submitted for approval on December 14th, so we should be able to get our hands on it within the next couple weeks. The full list of features is as follows:

  • Construct weaponry and mining tools using an intuitive tower defense style interface.
  • Design and power vast networks of structures, then defend them against alien incursion!
  • Earn upgrades and unlocks for your space station to increase its power and abilities!
  • Enjoy the story-based campaign mode where you are humanity’s last chance for survival.
  • Play one of the freeform, endless modes and compete with other players worldwide using the online leaderboards.
  • Mission mode provides quick tactical challenges. Beat a scenario to earn achievements!
  • Full OpenFeint integration provides multiple user profiles, complete offline support, online scores and lots achievements to earn.
  • Awesome music & sound effects by Earcom!
  • Also, as we reported last week, you can experience the original, critically-acclaimed Sentinel: Mars Defense for free until Christmas…

    $0.99
    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Released: 2009-02-27 :: Category: Games

    IUGO Holding Huge Holiday Sale

    IUGO Mobile Entertainment is one of the most well-respected independent studios on the app store. They have a variety of hits going back to the original Toy Bot Dairies, and have enjoyed recent success with Implode, which was recently in the top 5 paid apps in multiple countries. The last couple of months have been a particularly busy time for IUGO, with four big releases, all of which have just been discounted. There are in fact a whopping 12 games on sale for the holidays, a vast majority of the IUGO catalog, and here is the complete list:

    A.D.D. $2.99 > $1.99
    Cliffed $1.99 > $0.99
    Freeballin’ $1.99 > $0.99
    Implode! $1.99 > $0.99
    Toy Bot Diaries $1.99 > $0.99
    Toy Bot Diaries 2 $1.99 > $0.99
    Toy Bot Diaries 3 $1.99 > $0.99
    Toy Bot Diaries Compilation $3.99 > $2.99
    Toy Bot Mini Missions $1.99 > $0.99
    Spy Bot Chronicles $3.99 > $1.99
    Star Hogs $4.99 > $2.99
    Zombie Attack! 2 $3.99 > $2.99

    Cliffed, Implode, and Zombie Attack! 2 also received free updates within the last week, which added special holiday costumes and/or levels to the games. If you’ve had your eye on any of these titles, now is definitely the time to take the plunge, as the sale ends January 2010.

    Interesting tidbit: iugo in Latin means connect. When put together with the acronym for mobile entertainment, you get ‘connect me.’ Very clever…

    According to Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, Namco Bandai it set to release a version of their classic arcade racing franchise to the iPhone. Ridge Racer: Accelerated is tentatively scheduled for a worldwide release before the end of the year.

    The Ridge Racer series has been gracing a variety of gaming platforms since 1993 with its unique, drift-heavy racing style. The iPhone version looks similar to the recent PSP editions of the game, where you race against up to 12 competitors. The controls are said to be accelerometer-based, and the screenshots show a gas pedal & brake located either both on one side, or one on each side of the screen. Both behind the car and front bumper camera options are visible as well.

    Not much else is known regarding the feature list of the game, but we should be finding out soon enough considering the tentative release date. The price of Ridge Racer: Accelerated has not been revealed at this time.

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    Origin8 has announced that their critically-acclaimed strategy game, Sentinel:Mars Defense, will be free for the next two weeks. This promotion is in anticipation of the release of Space Station: Frontier, the next game from the guys responsible for the Sentinel series, which is currently being beta-tested.

    Sentinel:Mars Defense was originally released in February 2009, and was very highly recommended by Bonnie, who called it “easily one of the best tower defense games in the App Store.” The game has since spawned a sequel, Sentinel 2: Earth Defense, which was equally well received. If you’ve missed out the original, make sure you grab the game while it is free. Let this whet your appetite:

    It’s war. Earth’s first off-world colony is fighting for survival against a savage alien onslaught. Mars is under siege and thousands of lives are on the line. Humanity’s only hope is you, the commander of the dropship Sentinel. Welcome to the future of Tower Defense.

    Deploy sophisticated turret technology across the Martian landscape to halt the alien advance. Protect walls and barriers that block the enemy’s path to your base. Upgrade your weaponry, or release robotic drones to repair buildings and harvest resources. Watch the battle for the planet unfold in beautifully rendered, atmospheric graphics.

    $0.99
    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Released: 2009-02-27 :: Category: Games

    IntroPicture1Blacksmith Games have been mentioned alot recently in the news because of the Appvent Calendar promotion they organized, where developers have been offering a free game a day until Christmas. In the meantime, Blacksmith have been preparing their much-anticipated, first iphone game “Plushed” for release, and have just announced that it has been officially submitted to Apple. The final trailer was released in conjunction, and can be seen here:

    A few months back, Blacksmith Games held a contest where the public would decide the price of Plushed based on the number of new Twitter followers the company could obtain. Besides helping to spread the word about the atttractive game, this promotion ultimately drove the price down to $1.99 from a max of $6.99. Here’s what you can expect according to Blacksmith:

    What happens when the fairytale world of a cute little girl turns into a cursed kingdom where she is queen? Her favorite plushie sets out to save her, of course. Guiding her loyal plush through several haunted meadows and creepy castles, you must use your wits to bring down the Evil voodoo mouse and his army of wacky minions! It’ simple; get to the castle, save the princess. You’ve seen it before, but not like this. PLUSHED! The adventures of the reluctant bunny knight…

    - more than 20 unique and funny characters: Every character has different qualities, which will amaze you. You’ll encounter Bunny Knight, Pizzaeater, Batcow, Kubicorn, Lil Red, Schizo Spider, Milk Gunner Fairy and many more
    - unique gameplay: Control different items with your finger or by shaking your iPhone to attract enemies, defeat level bosses, to solve tasks and to do many other exciting things
    - marvelous story: a typical fairytale? Not in this game
    - hand-drawn backgrounds and game assets:The game’s design has a distinct visual style that merges the happy world of childhood fairytales with a somewhat macabre twist and dark humor.
    - 3 world bosses that have to be defeated
    - 9 extensive and unique levels: Explore the fabulous and adventurous world in PLUSHED!
    - 4 minigames for even more fun
    - 2 control options
    - fancy soundtrack
    - This game is designed specifically for the iPhone

    Stair DismountSecret Exit recently lowered the price of both Zen Bound and Stair Dismount to celebrate being featured by Apple. Zen Bound has been in the app store since February, and is widely considered a showpiece app on the iPhone. It received our highest recommendation upon release, and is currently $1.99.

    Stair Dismount was released in late November, and our only criticisms of the game were the lack of global leaderboards, the amount of levels, and no retention of created faces. An update was announced along with a $0.99 sale, and it looks to address all of these issues and more. Version 1.2.0 has already been submitted, and here is the official list of features:

  • Three new levels (with more crunch!)
  • Online leaderboards (OpenFeint)
  • In-game help
  • Many more Facebook taglines
  • iPod music library can now be accessed from the game
  • Minor control tweaks (better pinch)
  • Panoramic camera that shows off the levels in their full majesty! (main menu and level start)
  • Previously selected face is automatically in use every time the application is started
  • Quick Start button in the main menu, jumps straight to the previously selected level with the selected face
  • Visual polish all around
  • FREE!
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2009-02-24 :: Category: Games :: Puzzle

    FREE!
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2009-11-25 :: Category: Games

    Mirror’s Edge Trailer

    We recently reported that EA Mobile will be bringing Mirror’s Edge to the iPhone in January 2010. The console version of Mirror’s Edge was a pretty ground-breaking title, but wasn’t a huge hit commercially, so it’s nice to see that EA has not abandoned the promising franchise. A trailer has been released to go along with the first batch of action shots, and it looks every bit as thrilling.


    Mirror’s Edge has already been successfully re-imagined as a 2D Flash game, which can be played at http://mirrorsedge2d.com. It’ll be very interesting to see how the iphone version, as a 3D side-scroller, will fit between the two. Here’s the official feature list released by EA:

    EXPERIENCE THE WORLD OF MIRROR’S EDGE
    A place where information is heavily monitored and law is brutally enforced in an effort to create the ‘perfect’ society.

    YOUR MISSION
    Take control of Faith Connors, a member of an underground messenger group known as Runners, as she races to stop a deadly threat that has grown from within their own ranks.

    SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST AND FASTEST
    Use Faith’s incredible acrobatic moves to outmaneuver the enemy–run on walls, slide down precarious ramps, ride ziplines, and leap between rooftops. Leave the enemy in your dust.

    EDGE-OF-YOUR-SEAT EXCITEMENT
    Burn through 14 levels of the fastest, most fluid action imaginable. Dynamic camera angles capture the intense action of this unique game.

    HEIGHTEN YOUR SENSES
    Immerse yourself in a stylish, graphically rich 3D environment flooded with realistic sound effects and phenomenal music.

    bitFlip

    bitFlip

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Although essentially a match-three variant, bitFlip brings a bunch of style and some welcome innovation to the mix.

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    Connect 4

    Connect 4

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Any way you slice it, it's still Connect 4. A handful of bells and whistles does little to add some excitement to the old board game.

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    Hippo High Dive

    Hippo High Dive

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Not since the movie Fantasia have hippos in pink sportswear made such an impact! Hippo High Dive takes a simple concept to new heights with some TLC.

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    Com2uS is set to release a sequel to its popular title Chronicles of Inotia: Legend of Feanor. The initial Chronicles of Inotia game arrived in late 2008, and was dubbed by Com2Us as “the first touch action RPG” available on the app store. Although reviews varied, Legend of Feanor enjoyed success for being one of the first in its genre to grace the iPhone.

    Chronicles of Inotia: A Wanderer of Luone looks to up the ante in many regards, and to address the perceived rough spots from the first game. The following trailer was unveiled, which highlights much of the new gameplay:


    Chronicles of Inotia: A Wanderer of Luone is being described as “a heroic journey through a land of magic, companionship, and a never ending battle against evil.” It shouldn’t be long before we can see for ourselves just how magical things get, as the sequel is currently being reviewed by Apple and is on schedule for a December release.

    Guess the News

    Guess the News

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Finger Arts delivers a clever mix of the latest news feeds with word jumbling action to create a title that is unique and topical.

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    ea_saleThere’s been much mention of Blacksmith Games’ Appvent Calendar program, which offers a free app a day from December 1st to the 24th. EA Mobile has now followed suit, and although they won’t be offering any freebies of their own, they will be putting a game on sale every day until Christmas. According to their site, the sale prices will reach up to 80% off, and most games will be available for 99 cents.

    The first title out of the gate for the 25 Games Til Xmas promotion is Trivial Pursuit. Normally available for $4.99, Trivial Pursuit’s sale price is $1.99. Chris reviewed it back in May, and gave it a very respectable 4 1/2 stars, calling it a faithful adaptation of the board game.

    EA Mobile will be announcing each day’s discounted app on their Twitter and Facebook pages. Will any of the other big publishers follow suit? If Black Friday was any indication, then there’s bound to be a considerable amount of sales throughout the holidays, and we’ll be covering them all as they hit.

    $0.99
    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Released: 2009-04-23 :: Category: Games

    Finger Physics

    Finger Physics

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Fans of physics puzzlers will definitely want to feast on this smorgasbord of balancing, stacking, and toppling goodness.

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    Stair Dismount

    Stair Dismount

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    The latest title from Secret Exit confirms that one of life's simple pleasures is pushing a virtual dummy down a flight of stairs and letting the ragdoll physics fly.

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    C64

    C64

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    C64 offers a trip down memory lane, but it's a bumpy ride. The initial list of games, along with some spotty controls, are a serious nostalgia killer.

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    Star Wars: Trench Run

    Star Wars: Trench Run

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    This one's over faster than Han can shoot Greedo. Star Wars: Trench Run has a pretty exciting concept, but not much payoff.

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    Harbor Havoc 3D

    Harbor Havoc 3D

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Backflip Studios looks to continue its roll with Harbor Havoc 3D. Line-drawing has been taken to the next dimension, and the results are deviously good.

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    Asphalt 5

    Asphalt 5

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Asphalt 5 does not presume to be anything else than what it is. It is an arcade racer to the core, and an undeniably fun one at that.

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    Gravity Sling

    Gravity Sling

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    The first title from Game Jam hits the app store and makes a good first impression. Simple and Pretty, somewhat shallow and buggy right now, but definitely compelling.

    Read The Full Review »
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