Based in the Witcher universe, CD PROJEKT RED‘s The Witcher Battle Arena is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA). In an effort to keep things fair and balanced, the developer has said that the game will have no pay to win elements.
Benjamin Lee, Producer for Mobile Games, CD PROJEKT RED sounds very excited about the project: “We are extremely passionate about games, whether they be for PC, console or mobile devices. The Witcher Battle Arena is our take on the MOBA genre and we are really excited at the prospect of sharing it with the gaming community! We highly value fans of The Witcher, and their opinions have always been paramount in helping us develop a great gaming experience–The Witcher Battle Arena is no exception!”
The Witcher Battle Arena is pretty exciting news for fans of the series, but if you have never played a Witcher game, this app still looks like it will be a quality MOBA. Check out the new trailer below.
Posted by Ellis Spice on August 22nd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A ‘Frozen’ takeover event has arrived for Disney’s Club Penguin - the first event to arrive for the mobile version of the social network for kids.
Players will start the party off by discovering all of Elsa’s magic snowflakes hidden around the island. Once that has been done, members will earn the ability to transfer into Olaf or Marshmallow and freeze objects. All the while an Ice Palace will be constructed, and once complete players will be able to visit and hear a special version of “Let It Go.” Alongside all of this, members will also be able to dress their character in Olaf, Sven, Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff-themed outfits.
Club Penguin is available to download from the App Store now for free. The ‘Frozen’ event ends on September 3rd.
Diamond Digger Saga, by King Digital Entertainment, promises to be another addictive, adorable game in the “Saga” line.
Players will get to control Diggy, a cute little guy with a glowing deedlybop on his head. Diggy mines the lands of Diamond Dale, Turquoise Meringue, and others in search of hidden treasures with help from his friends Moustache Pistache, Orange Owl, Jolly Joyphant, and Jiggly Jiraffe. Players will need to match gems and clear paths to advance through the game.
“Having already launched Diamond Digger Saga on Facebook, we’re so excited to be bringing this charming, yet challenging digger adventure to mobile devices,” says Tommy Palm, Games Guru at King, “We think players will love all aspects of this game, from the fun gameplay modes to the delightful characters, to the bright and colorful graphics. We can’t wait for fans of our games to start their mobile digging!”
Diamond Digger Saga will be available soon for free download on the App Store.
The recent update of Battle Command! has been quite a significant one, adding a new way of working together and sharing resources through a player-driven economy. The update adds a new resource in the form of Darium, which can be used to produce specialized troops and weapons. The unique part of this is that you can only gain the resource by working together and sharing other resources with your alliance mates. It’s a new twist on a familiar format and has the potential to change a lot within the F2P empire building landscape.
Because of that, we took the time to talk to Lead Producer for the game, Greg Mueller, to learn more about how such a significant inclusion came to be.
148Apps: How did you come up with the new resource sharing system? What was the thinking behind it? Greg Mueller (GM): Players in Battle Command! are very engaged with their Alliances. We have a boosting mechanic where players can send free production boosts and building speed-ups to their Alliance mates. This is a very popular feature in our game with close to 1 million boosts sent per day. We know players enjoy interacting with their Alliances, so we designed this new system to add even more depth and interaction to the Alliance play. We also wanted to give players a way to uniquely contribute to their friends in the game so we added the three resource types that can be shared. This way you might have Diamonds and I have Amber and we both benefit by sharing those with one another.
148Apps: In what way do you expect it to change how players interact with each other and play the game? GM: This update will definitely add even more emphasis to being in an active Alliance. Players will be sharing more, chatting more, and helping out their friends in a variety of meaningful ways. It takes the social aspect of the game beyond simply chatting or donating troops. With this new Darium resource players will also be able to build six new offensive and defensive weapons, each of which adds a new layer of strategy to the game.
148Apps: How balanced is it? Will players now be pretty much expected to be part of an alliance in order to be successful? GM: The vast majority of our mid- to high-level players are already in Alliances, so most players won’t have to change the way they play at all to enjoy this new system. We’ve spent a lot of time play testing this both internally and in public beta to make sure we keep the game balanced for players who choose not to join an Alliance.
148Apps: How will the story-arc be affected by this new resource and gathering method? GM: The Darium update comes with its own original story. The update introduces a new class of units and defensive structures that all look, feel, and act very unique. We had a lot of fun with the story and artwork to make these new units feel powerful and mysterious and fun to use.
Thanks to Greg for taking the time to answer our questions.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 21st, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Glow Nurture is a pregnancy tracking app that keeps your unique pregnancy in mind. The app uses data you provide such as due date, your exercise levels, and symptoms to tailor alerts and insights about your pregnancy. The app also works with Jawbone and MyFitnessPal to make managing your food and activities easier. The app was also recently featured on The Today Show.
Glow Nurture has a lot of different functions: Daily tasks and updates, fetal development images, a countdown to your delivery, photo sharing, Checklists for your hospital bag and baby registry, an appointment calendar, and more. It seeks to take the worry out of your pregnancy and let you take control.
You can download Glow Nurture for free on the App Store.
King’s Empire developer Tap4Fun has a whole catalogue of games under its belt, including a space-based role-playing title called Galaxy Legend.
Set in the 2841, Galaxy Legend follows humanity as it begins to expand to the furthest stars in the universe.
You’re the commander of a galactic outpost vying for power, and your aim is to repel the advances of space pirates, aliens, and opposing outposts as you attempt to survive in a dangerous galaxy.
Galaxy Legend is a strategic RPG, then. There are both single-player and multiplayer dimensions onboard, and plenty of units and tactics that you can use to customize your fleet before you deploy them into battle.
You can customise your fleet to suit your play style even further with numerous upgrades and abilities that you earn as you progress.
Galaxy Legend was featured globally on Google Play shortly after its release back in November 2013, and it will be featured again on Google Play sometime before the end of August.
Tap4Fun’s title is also one of the most popular RPG and galactic battle games on Android, as well as one of the top grossing RPG in Russia, and one of the top three grossing RPGs in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Canada, and the UK.
Furthermore, Galaxy Legend is one of the top ten grossing RPGs in India, Australia, and the United States.
You can grab Galaxy Legend from the App Store [download] and Google Play [download] right now for free.
This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.
At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, fans got the chance to meet and mingle with several of the artists behind Magic Pixel Games and Namco Bandai’s upcoming card battler, Outcast Odyssey. Considering many of these artists have worked on comics in the past it seemed appropriate, and it was also the first time they got to meet each other. We spoke with two of the artists, Warren Louw and Chuck Pires, about their careers, their work on the game, and how posting your drawings on the internet can lead to bigger and better things.
148Apps: How did you begin your careers as artists? Warren Louw: I’m pretty much just a blend between East and West. My style is a combination of Western comic artists like J. Scott Campbell, Michael Turner, and Adam Hughes crossed with some of the artists from the Far East like Tetsuya Nomura’s work on Final Fantasy VII and VIII. and Takuji Kawano who did the art for Soulcalibur. In South Africa, I got to the point where I started developing a style that was being recognized globally. Eventually I was being contacted by the bigger companies out there and started getting my work published. Things just grew and grew from there.
Chuck Pires: Around 14 or 15 I got started mostly doing comic colors. There was a studio called Hi-Fi design that did work for Marvel at the time. They were looking for comic colorists to put some stuff online and at the time all I wanted in the world was to be published so I responded. It was all just separation work, basic colors and layout, anybody could do it. But for a 15 or 16-year-old kid it was my dream come true. That got me more interested in digital art. Continue reading Outcast Odyssey – An Interview with the Artists Behind Namco Bandai’s Upcoming Card Battler »
Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 21st, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
QONQR is a Geolocation MMO where players join one of two forces (the Legion or the Swarm) in a fight for control of the world. They’ll create bases that are assigned to a zone within their city, and then must launch drones to destroy enemy bases and ultimately capture them.
In the latest version 1.11.1, QONOR now has more profile screen updates and offers 2 new screens: the Tactical screen for zone data and the Atlantis Screen for info on the battle foe Atlantis. The developers have also fixed a bunch of bugs to make for a smoother experience.
Posted by Ellis Spice on August 21st, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Tempo AI updated their Tempo Smart Calendarlast month, with the integration of Waze and easier event creation among the features added. Today, the app will receive another update – this time to add in Uber support, making it the first (and currently only) calendar app with Uber integration.
Within the app, users can now see estimated Uber pick-up times and possible car types and fares, and make a request for a trip from within the app. If they make a request, the driver will already know where to pick up from and were to go, as these details are passed over from the calendar to Uber.
Tempo Smart Calendar is available to download now for free from the App Store.
Zivix has announced that their guitar-in-your-pocket, jamstik, is now available at select Apple retail stores and Apple’s Online Store.
jamstik is a portable digital instrument you can use to learn, play, and create music on the go. It serves as a MIDI-enabled controller for multiple apps like jamTutor, jamMix, and Garage Band, and jamstik uses real strings and frets to give musicians a realistic experience while playing. The controller connects to your Apple devices wirelessly, making it an ideal instrument to carry around with you.
You can buy jamstik for $299.99 on the Zivix site now.
Want to know what we thought about this hectic space combat/roguelike? Check out our Space Colors review!
Space Colors is a cool shooter/roguelike from Team Chaos. You travel from planet to planet across a huge galaxy and complete a variety of missions. One day, you may pick up a benign space crate. On another day, you may be asked to get serious about roasting alien slime.
Tap Sports Baseball is a pretty simple game to learn, but that doesn’t mean it’s an easy game to master, by any means. To start your batting career off well, we thought we’d give you the heads up on some handy tips and tricks.
Curious to see what we made of this whole “tap to bat” management sim? Check out our Tap Sports Baseball review!
Learn when to hit the ball. It’s not always every time the ball comes at you.
Sometimes you should let the ball go. Recognize what the pitcher is doing and whether that means there’s going to be a strike or ball up ahead.
Miss the curveballs till you get your timing spot on. It’s all too easy to get a foul ball early on.
Turn the sound up and listen for the sound of the ball hitting the ground to know it’s coming in low. If it is, don’t bother swinging for it.
Learn when to hit early and when to hit late. It’ll change the trajectory quite significantly. Swinging later tends to place the ball on the opposite field while swinging early focuses on power.
As in real life, right handed batters tend to do better against left handed pitchers, and the same occurs in reverse.
Statistics are Important
If your player has a low hitting or power score, and there’s a runner waiting on first, bunt to get that runner across. You’ll sacrifice one out but it’s often worth it.
Consider the speed of your runner when running for a base. 6 or higher and you’re fine, but lower than that and you should play it safe.
If your pitcher is getting tired, the game will let you know. Acknowledge those prompts, sub him in exchange for a new relief pitcher. You don’t get to control the pitcher directly so take advantage of this limited power that you’ve been given. Tired ones will just make mistakes.
Keep an eye on everyone’s stats. Hitting dictates the batter’s ability to make contact, while power tells you how far they can hit the ball. Speed is how fast they can run to base, and bunt indicates how well they’re going to bunt. Adjust your strategies accordingly.
You’re given bonus games occasionally. Use them. There’s no reason not to and they’ll often help you progress faster.
You can earn free gold by watching videos. Do this as much as possible as you probably don’t want to spend real money unless you have to.
Plenty of things can be purchased but focus on upgrading your pitching and hitting coaches, as well as the other coaches available. Buying a free agent might seem tempting but focusing on coaching means the whole team benefits rather than just an individual player.
Remember you can’t help with defense/pitching, so focus on those upgrades as that’s where it’s really going to count.
Have plenty of games going on at once. Not everyone plays very often, or sometimes at all, so it’s more fun that way to ensure there’s always something to do. More importantly, advancing to the league playoffs depends on a certain number of wins so you want to work towards those as quickly as possible.
Not Doppler has announced that Earn to Die 2, a sequel to their successful game Earn to Die, will be making its way to the App Store later this year.
This new game will feature a Story Mode five times longer than the original and ten new, completely destructible vehicles. The game is also set in a new urban environment, with levels containing multiple tiers of highway overpasses, tunnels, and zombie-filled factories.
Earn to Die 2 is set to ram onto the App Store later this year.