Looks like Temple Run 2 has just been updated for Easter, which means you can expect lots of brightly-colored eggs in your future.
No really, there are special Easter artifacts in the game now that turn gems into eggs, as well as some goofy bunny-themed gear to purchase for your characters. But it’s not all about eggs and chocolate – the new update also adds a prize wheel that will pop-up whenever you use a Save Me, and you can now earn a free Save Me by watching a video at the end of your run. Also there was mention about iCloud support.
You can grab the updated version of Temple Run 2 off the App Store right now for free.
Godfire: Rise of Prometheus is one gorgeous-looking action/adventure game that’s just about ready to storm the App Store.
You’ll be guiding Prometheus through seven different acts and three possible difficulties, hacking up bad guys the whole way. He’ll also be collecting lots of gear, which is all upgradable and usually includes some sort of special ability such as causing poison damage. It’s not exactly a new idea, but I did think it as pretty cool how the armor sets will actually start to look different as you upgrade them.
I’m also curious to see how players take to the leaderboards. Normally I’m not much of a high score buff, but the leaderboards for Godfire are actually split across all versions of the game. So it’ll be interesting to see how the competition pans out – and will no doubt spark more physical vs. virtual control debates. To which I say “Bring it on!”
Godfire: Rise of Prometheus should be releasing on the App Store in the second Quarter of this year, and it’ll be a premium title.
Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 15th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Twine, the “first Intellectual Flirting and Dating App” has received an update. The new build is specially optimized for iOS7, refreshes the UI with a brand new design, chat improvements, and bug improvements.
Twine is a social interaction app that looks to encourage safe dating by allowing users to remain anonymous until they choose to reveal themselves.
Gameloft has released a new trailer for its upcoming thriller, Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is due out April 17.
The game is the sequel to Amazing Spider-Man and is the official mobile game of the Sony Pictures blockbuster of the same name. It’s based in Manhattan, and features Electro in addition to Kraven, Green Goblin, and Venom. The game’s new original story actually expands on the movie, packing in side missions with bosses.
Do you have a ghost problem? Are the spooks making it difficult to sleep at night? Sounds like you should call Cecil Sparks, “Agent for the Dead” and hero of Rocket 5 Studios’ upcoming The Phantom P.I. Mission Apparition.
The Phantom P.I. involves a somewhat jumpy goofball of a protagonist sporting one humdinger of a mustache, as well as tracking down ghosts, but that’s pretty much where the similarities I just know some of you are trying to draw end. Navigation is more akin to point-and-click, as are the puzzles you’re going to have to solve in order to reach and capture each levels’ ghosts. Once you manage to find the little booers you’ll have to tap and hold the screen to grab them, then drag them over a number of gems and back to Cecil before they escape.
The emphasis here seems to be on exploring each of the levels and solving puzzles, while watching Cecil jump and shadows along the way of course. It’s a focus I can definitely get behind, and I’m excited to see how it all comes together once the game releases.
Keep an eye out for The Phantom P.I. Mission Apparition when it comes to the App Store later this Spring.
Oh Finn, when will you learn not to punch random things? Probably never, which is why Adventure Time Presents: Time Tangle is happening.
Time Tangle puts Finn in the awkward position of having to fix time after unwittingly screwing everything up by punching something he shouldn’t have. So he sets out to repair time by punching more stuff. I suppose a hero’s work is never done.
The game plays similarly to other third-person runners, however levels aren’t endless. Rather, they have specific goals such as carrying familiar characters around or chasing down banana guards as they carry off Lumpy Space Princess (as seen in the video below). You’ll be able to control Finn by tilting the screen to move side-to-side, tapping the left side to jump, and tapping the right side to punch. Or you could use the touch control options if you’d prefer to avoid tilting. Either way, it looks (and plays) quite well.
Adventure Time Presents: Time Tangle will be coming to the App Store “soon” as a premium release.
PikPok is doing it up, and is doing it up in a dual-pronged way with major updates for two of its popular games.
First up is PikPok’s comic-inspired soccer sim Flick Kick Football Legend. It gets the Infinity Cup, social leaderboards, a practice mode, Player Training, refined UI, a new story and cutscenes, and more.
Also getting some update love is the movie and Netflix series tie-in Turbo FAST. Right in time for the second season of the Netflix exclusive, the game is getting both the movie and series, as well as a new track.
We had an opportunity to check out Flick Kick Football Legends last year. Both apps are free (with optional in app purchases) on the App Store.
Particle Mace is an odd game, but one that I found to be right up my alley. It’s basically a top-down shooter, not unlike Asteroids in many ways, but you don’t get to shoot. Instead, you drag a mass of particles behind your ship that can be flung towards floating debris and enemies. It’s like the universe’s most deadly tetherball. There are also several ships to choose from, each with their own particulars. The “Psychic” ship is probably the most fidgety as its particles swarm around it rather than cluster in an easy-to-aim group.
From what I’ve played the physics feel great, and the virtual stick feels even better. You can probably hear a little bit about the virtual stick in the video but seriously, it’s fantastic. It honestly felt more accurate and responsive than the physical controllers that were being used to demo the PC build. Regardless, this is one to watch out for.
Particle Mace isn’t available on the App Store just yet, unfortunately, but it should be popping-up as a premium release within the next few months.
We kick the Twitch channel back up again with a word game showdown in Team Chaos’ new title, Cross Wars. Trent Polack of Team Chaos will come on to try and match wordy wits with me, Carter Dotson – and you can join up to chat about the game in our Twitch chat. The show goes live at about 4:15 PM EDT (3:15 PM CDT, 1:15 PM PDT, 9:15 PM BST). Click here to watch and chat on our Twitch page, or watch the embedded stream below. As well, highlights will be available after the show airs.
Update: The show has ended. Catch the recorded version below!
One of the bigger surprises for me coming out of PAX East this year was definitely A Druid’s Duel. It looks like a fairly simple and cartoony strategy game, and it is, but it can also be incredibly complex and fun.
The basic idea is that players are fighting over territory. Every time one of their druids moves over a tile they lay claim to it, and it generates Mana on their next turn. Mana is required to summon more druids and to use druid special abilities, so it’s kind of important. Each druid can move and/or attack each turn, as well as use their abilities if there’s enough Mana to go around, and that’s pretty much it. However, it’s the interplay of all these elements – and the constant push and pull between players – that makes it so much more complex. It’s kind of like Chess, if all the pieces could transform into animals and cast magic spells.
A Druid’s Duel should be hitting the App Store this summer.
Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 14th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Expedia just updated its iPhone/iPod Touch app to add a digital hub called the Media Lounge.
The Media Lounge presents users hand-picked content meant to make travel easier and more enjoyable. It allows them to download premium content every month via iTunes – stuff like travel guides, wi-fi finders, and more. The first Media Lounge offering is Over, a photo-editing app (regularly $1.99) that enables travelers to personalize photos by adding text and artwork.
All this is in addition to the saving, booking, and itinerary tools already present in the app (which, outside the update, are also available to iPad users).
The Expedia app is available for free on the App Store.
Tiger Style has really upped the ante for the sequel. The game’s visuals look great, there’s an all new house to explore (complete with a new backstory to uncover), more types of bugs are around to make totally clearing each environment even more of a challenge, and you can even admire your bug collection between levels.
However I think the most interesting change has to be the weather and time of day tracking. Rite of the Shrouded Moon can actually retrieve local time and weather conditions as you play – so when you start up a game on a bright and sunny day the environments will reflect the same, and if it’s a rainy evening things will be darker and wetter. That in itself is all well and good, but weather conditions actually affect what you’ll be able to reach in some areas.
Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon will be creeping onto the App Store this spring as a premium release.
This week I was able to get a look at Travian Games’ Epic Arena, and it looks pretty cool. It’s an asynchronous hex-based tactical arena combat game with multiple factions to control and several arenas to fight in. There are also some new gameplay modes that are being added to the current Facebook version, which include a faster Blitz mode (each player has only 60 seconds to decide what to do on their turn, and there are ELO rankings) and solo Challenges (players are given a predetermined scenario and must figure out how to complete it), that will also be available once it releases on iOS.
The core mechanics involve using five actions per turn to make the most of the units you have available while attempting to either decimate the opposition or destroy their artifacts. Different factions (and their units) play differently, of course, and it’s also possible to use special one-off Power Cards that can do all sorts of different things – and come in different rarities.
Epic Arena should be releasing in the US in about a month or so as a freemium title, and will support cross-platform play.
DeNA and Crytek, the collaborative team behind tactical third-person action game The Collectables, has gotten into the spirit of the season by revealing it ongoing “Easter Egg Mayhem” in-game event that is scheduled to run till 15:00 CEST on April 22.
The event allows players to collect Easter-themed reward cards by accumulating Easter eggs. According to the official announcement, by completing the extremely challenging reward stages players can earn bronze, silver, and Epic reward cards that are not available in the regular campaign.
Crytek Budapest Studio Manager Kristoffer Waardahl mentions the humorous undertones. “The Collectables had an amazing launch and we’re just getting started. Crytek and DeNA are dedicated to delivering great content and the Easter Egg Mayhem event is a prime example of this,” he says. “Easter Egg Mayhem puts a spotlight on the fantastic sense of humor in The Collectables and we hope our fans have as much fun playing through the event as we did making it.”
The Collectables is available for free on the App Store.
Ancient War and Caveman Wars go head-to-head in this episode of Who Wore it Best? – the video series comparing similar iOS games from 148Apps writer Jordan Minor. Open the door, get on the floor, everybody do the dinosaur.