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Tre Lawrence on March 13th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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Spacetime Studios has announced a new expansion – the fifth – for Arcane Legends, called “The Dragon Enclave.”
This one takes the player into Lord Rendtail’s lair. It sports new player caps, new bosses, and new pets to explore with. There is also new currency, dungeons, armor, and daily quests to keep players engaged.
Legends Producer Alex von Minden likes the continued product. “The Spacetime Development Team had a lot of fun creating the Dragon Enclave and it shows. The art, action and story come together for solid MMORPG experience, all delivered neatly to your mobile device. I’m especially proud of our final boss, the fearsome Lord Rendtail. It is a great boss fight with a unique spin that makes it unlike any other encounter we’ve done before.”
The Dragon Enclave expansion has been submitted to the App Store and should be going live very soon. In the meantime, you can download Arcane Legends for free.
Business networking has many advantages. You can use business networking to explore career opportunities and to expand new business development, as well as – among other things – form new partnerships with like-minded professionals.
Unlike a lot of other business networking apps, CityHour doesn’t encourage you to mindlessly collect emails and profiles of other professionals, who you’ll never likely meet or even ever interact with.
CityHour, you see, encourages you to meet its users face-to-face. It will even point you in the direction of like-minded professionals that share commonalities with you, based on several variables.
CityHour allows you to be incredibly efficient. You can fire up the app, find new contacts, and set a meeting time and a suitable location with just a few taps of your iPhone’s display.
According to Alex Lubinsky, CEO of TrueBear Corporation and creator of CityHour, this is ‘effective networking’. In Alex’s experience, it’s the people who are willing to spend time with you in person that are really looking to do business.
CityHour stands apart from similar apps, then. Instead of emphasizing ‘the digital relationship’, CityHour focuses on the human relationship.
Lubinsky believes that ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’ is as true a statement today as it was 25 years ago, and that more often than not, companies hire based on personal relationships and referrals.
This is what CityHour encourages.
Currently, you can register and begin using the CityHour app with your LinkedIn account. The app will then pull in your profile in order to locate contacts both in and out of your current network.
CityHour will also sync contacts from your iPhone’s address book. At the end of this month, an update to CityHour will be released that will also allow you to sign in to the app using your Facebook account.
Any meetings you make through the app and add to its integrated calendar will also be added to your iPhone’s Calendar app, so you can easily view all of your personal and business appointments in one place.
Lubinsky is incredibly proud of CityHour. More specifically, he’s incredibly proud of the app’s interface, which is intuitive and easy to use in spite of CityHour’s complexity; and the app’s overall purpose, which is to have a positive impact on the lives of those who use it.
CityHour is currently available to download on iPhone. In fact, you can head on over to the App Store right this second and grab it for free.
Lubinsky and his team at TrueBear Corporation will release a new version of the app later this summer around the same time that Apple releases its iPhone 6. This version of the app will be compatible with the Cupertino company’s new smartphone and the iPad.
Download CityHour from the App Store.
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Game creation is not easy. Edmund Koh and Personae Studios want to change that with the upcoming PICS Tower of Defense – a way for players to make their own tower defense levels, and eventually their own tower defense games, as a way to lower the barrier that comes between having an idea for a game, and actually creating it.
The app’s concept was born from his studio’s previous game MechWarrior: Tactical Command. Koh says “People were asking for more missions after we released [the game]… so we realized that with all the suggestions on what we should do, we should just open it up and let people make their own games… basically facilitate people to make games in their own genres. The intention with PICS Towers of Defense is that it would be the first in a series of game creation tools.”
The plan for PICS Towers of Defense is to start the game off with level creation only, but eventually, the idea is to let people create full-fledged games with narratives and progression that they define. However, it will be possible to customize all sorts of details, such as attack power of towers and enemies, and even whether the game will be a standard mazing game or an open-field one like Fieldrunners.
Koh says that, “With game development, essentially what you’re doing, most of the time, you’re just guessing what the audience wants… the approach that we’re taking is that we’re gonna ask people what do you want, and let them do it.”
One of the features for creation that they’re working on is to be able to modify levels that other players have created. Koh puts it like this: “If I gave you a clean sheet of paper and asked you to design a car, the chances are, very few people are able to do it. Whereas, if I ask you, what’s wrong with your car and what would you want to change on it, I’m sure you can come up with a lot of things.” So, powered by this philosophy, Personae is aiming to make attributable changes to levels, and to help make creation easier for people.
The way that PICS Towers of Defense intends on making money right now is through theme packs for levels and towers: the game is expected to be a free download, but additional theme packs will be available as in-app purchases, and there is talk of crossovers with other games to get theme packs into this creation tool. Koh says, “We want this to be more of a community-driven platform where people could write in suggestions on what kind of theme packs that they would want to see, and we’ll try to create it for them.”
The plan is for the game to release at some point in the second quarter of 2014, though the initial release will not be the be-all end-all of the game, with more features down the road. And perhaps if the game does well, then more genres could be added to the PICS brand. But for now, Koh and Personae have their hands full with this ambitious app, which in its current state definitely delivers on its promise. But making it widespread and accessible will be the key to the game’s success.
Tre Lawrence on March 13th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
FISHLABS has just updated Galaxy on Fire – Alliance with some new content, called “Different Worlds.”
The update includes visual and play enhancements/improvements. According the the release information from FISHLABS, “the complete overhaul of the 3D models of all structures in the game, for example, adds more details on the one hand while simultaneously boosting the in-game performance on the other. And the manual server selection, which had been high on the community’s wish list for months, not only enables the players to choose the servers they want to play on manually, but also to operate differing accounts on different servers on the same device. The restructured tutorial, in turn, helps newbie players to familiarize themselves with the complex gaming mechanics of Galaxy on Fire™ – Alliances more quickly and internalize the basic moves and maneuvers more efficiently.”
The new updates adds in some fresh concepts such as heat map and limited time special deals and events feature.
Galaxy on Fire – Allinaces is available for free on the App Store.
Tre Lawrence on March 13th, 2014
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Our Rating: :: DICEY :: Read Review »
Quarriors! is adding in a new expansion pack called “Quarmageddon” to the game, and to mark the release of this expansion the app is going free for a limited time. The expansion pack costs $1.99, so this means the game and new expansion are available for a total of $1.99 for a short while.
Quarrors! is the mobile version of the board-based dice-building game of the same name. It is a faithful rendition, as our review late last year noted.
The game is available on the App Sore; it returns to regular price ($3.99) next week on March 20.
Today on Twitch, we’re doing two game streams, one in the US afternoon and one at night though we’ll have archived video of all the streams afterward. Here’s the details on the what and when of both:
First Strike: This IMGA-nominated game about nuclear war from Blindflug Studios packs an interesting message, and I’ll be talking about the aims of the game with the team. Feel free to join and ask questions when the stream goes live at 5:15 PM EDT (4:15 PM CDT, 2:15 PM PDT, 9:15 PM GMT)
Wayward Souls: Rocketcat Games joins us again to show off some of the later parts of their upcoming free-to-play action-RPG based off of Mage Gauntlet. The last stream had some juicy details about the details of the game and what the next iteration could be, so join up and possibly hear more juicy info and see more of the game!
This stream goes live at 11:15 PM EDT (10:15 PM CDT, 8:15 PM PDT), though if that’s too late, we’ll of course have the archive. Watch the previous stream to see some of the earlier parts of the game.
Rob Rich on March 12th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Our Rating: :: GREAT TRANSITION :: Read Review »
Do you enjoy playing stressful “steady hand” games like Jenga but hate all the setup and cleanup involved? Well this is your lucky day. Or maybe week. NaturalMotion’s Jenga and Jenga HD are currently on sale for absolutely free.
We thought it was a pretty cool digital adaptation of the physical game. Our own Blake Grundman praised it, saying, “Going against the notion that it was impossible, NaturalMotion games has accomplished the feat of shrinking Jenga to fit into your pocket.”
You can download Jenga off of the App Store in its many forms right now for free.
Posted by Stephen Hall on March 12th, 2014