Kingdom Rush: Origins is a prequel to the popular Kingdom Rush by Ironhide Game Studio. The game adds new towers, heroes, levels, and enemies to the world, as well as over 70 unique achievements and three difficulty modes.
You get to control one of nine unique heroes including Prince Denas the Knight, Arivan the Battlemage, or the wizard Vez’nan before he decided to join the forces of evil. The game pits you against the Dark Elf Army, which has over 30 new enemy types including gnoll, baldersnatch, evil spider, and dark elf warrior. You’ll be able to defend against them with the eight new towers that are available.
The is a ton of new stuff to try out, so download Kingdom Rush: Origins for the iPhone for $2.99 and for the iPad HD for $4.99 from the App Store today.
Start your engines:
Would you like to know what we thought of all this drifting and rough racing? Check out our Reckless Racing 3 review!
Reckless Racing 3 is down and dirty racing that prides itself on crazy drifts, breakneck straights, and fantastic in-game physics. Here are few tips to help you to take those corners like a pro.
Start Your Engines
Use the straight sections to steal a glance at the mini map towards the top of the screen and check for any fast-approaching sharp turns.
It’s only on those severe turns that braking becomes necessary. Usually releasing the acceleration while turning into the bend, then hitting the gas and turning out of it will suffice. When using the default button layout, tapping to turn out of a drift is a much better technique than holding down on the directional arrow, ensuring maximum control rather than veering into another drift accidentally. Just be aware that terrain can sometimes dictate otherwise.
While the green guideline might be a great tool for rough navigation, deviating slightly wide and then taking corners as close as possible without crashing is a surefire way to overtake and undercut other racers.
The reset button isn’t as damning as you’d think. In fact, in any situation that requires a reversal maneuver the reset button is actually preferential as it only incurs a minimal time penalty, can serve as an obstruction to opponents, and sometimes players won’t even lose their position.
Larger, heavier vehicles can use their weight to their advantage by smashing other cars off-course. This is best achieved by hitting the back of an opponent’s car during a turn, forcing them into a tailspin. Be sure to judge how this will effect the speed and trajectory of your own car, though.
In the settings menu, turn on the Chase Camera to have a clearer view of the road ahead, putting you behind your racer rather than at a fixed bird’s eye view. While this new angle may bring on a bit of motion sickness for the weak-stomached (if you had a problem with iOS’ home screen animations then you might want to play Zen Garden instead) it grants a better perspective for upcoming turns. For Gymkhana Mode however, the sheer amount of donuts and spins makes the Chase Camera a dizzying nightmare, so it’s better to have it saved for Races and Drift events.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 17th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
GoodReader, by Good.iWare Ltd., is one of the top document management apps out there. In its latest update, Text-to-speech for PDF and TXT files has been added.
When you’re viewing a document you can use the “Speak” command and the app will read specifically selected portions of text or the whole document. You can control the language, speed, and use the controls to pause, resume, skip, and rewind. GoodReader also now supports Dropbox’s business accounts, has had a few bugs fixed, and expanded the versatility of bookmarks.
You can download GoodReader for $4.99 on the App Store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 7th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Knights of Pen & Paper, by Paradox North, has gotten a Halloween-themed update called Haunted Fall. While the holiday has already passed, the update includes plenty to keep you happy.
You’ll have access to a new Witch class, enemies, locations, and quests. The Witch joins your team as a healer and hexer, weakening your foes just when you need it. You’ll be able to explore the Corn Field Maze and the Abandoned Dwarven Mall.
Pick up Knights of Pen & Paper with its Haunted Fall update for $4.99 on the App Store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 6th, 2014 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Pixelmator for iPad is a layer-based image editor that lets you create, edit, and enhance your images and allows you to work between your Mac or Adobe Photoshop and iPad without any hassle.
Recently, the Pixelmator team released an update that adds the repair tool, updated the brush previews and brush parameters, and improved localizations. The new repair tool lets you quickly remove anything from an image.
You can download the improved Pixelmator for $4.99 on the App Store.
Wizards of the Coast has announced that this November they’ll be releasing Garruk’s Revenge, a brand new expansion for Magic 2015 – Duels of the Planeswalkers. The expansion will add four new campaign levels and a Garruk Wildspeaker deck from the Alara block.
Crushing your foes will earn you more cards from the Alara series, and in exciting news all of the original Magic 2015 campaign cards (as well as Hunt Bigger Game and the Expansion cards) will be earnable through gameplay. Also, if you’ve already played the heck out of the game and unlocked the previous five chapters (Innistrad, Theros, Ravnica, Zendikar, and Shandalar), you’ll be able to win Battle Boosters in multiplayer matches.
Garruk’s Revenge for Magic 2015 will be available for $4.99 on the App Store in early November.
It’s finally happened. Today, Republique has passed the halfway point. Episode 3: Ones & Zeroes is now available.
This latest (and longest) episode has Hope attempting to bring down her captors by exposing the truth, with a little help from the local newspaper’s editor-in-chief. The propagandized government (if you could call it that) controlled newspaper. Seems like a bit of a conundrum.
You can get your hands on Republique for $4.99, and you can download the latest episode for $2.99. You could also spend $11.99 for the season pass for episodes 3-5 if you already have episode 2, or $14.99 for the whole season pass (episodes 2-5).
Posted by Rob Rich on October 13th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
As Pocket Gamer has pointed out, Electronic Super Joy: Groove City has quietly made its way to iOS. It’s also been pointed out that the crazy dace-happy adventure comes with its own Steam key.
Now I’m all for funky music-centric games, but the inclusion of a Steam key is particularly fascinating and exciting. With more and more games becoming available on both mobile and PC, it makes all kinds of sense to do something like this. More so than to do it the other way around, actually, thanks to Apple’s limit on the number of promotional codes a developer can generate.
I’m thinking (and hoping) that it’s something we’ll be seeing more of in the future, but what do you think? Is this a one-off fluke or could this be a sign of what’s to come for cross-platform games? Could there be a chance we’ll see PSN and Xbox Live codes as pack-ins with mobile games in the future?
You can grab Electronic Super Joy: Groove City off the App Store now for $4.99.
The long-awaited second episode of The Silent Age, by House on Fire, is finally on its way. Fans will be stoked to hear that the final chapter of Joe’s story will be released on October 16.
Episode two will have over 60 new locations and several new characters to meet, as well as some nice improvements. House on Fire has added a new dynamic animation system while also upgrading the dialog, shadow, lighting, water, and reflection systems.
“We were overwhelmed by the massive response we received after launching The Silent Age Episode One, and we felt we had to rise to the challenge and create an even better Episode Two,” said Uni Dahl, CEO of House on Fire. “These last few months we’ve spent an enormous amount of time fine-tuning the experience in every detail, and we hope we can live up to what fans have come to expect from the game.”
The Silent Age Episode Two will be available October 16 for $4.99 on the App Store.
Rocket Rainbow and Team17 Digital have announced that their ‘ewe-nique’ puzzle game, Hay Ewe, will be making its way onto iOS later this week. Featured within the ranks of Rocket Rainbow are a number of ex-PopCap staff who worked on Bejeweled, Plants vs. Zombies, and Peggle.
Centering on the adventures of natural-born leader Matilda the Sheep, who has the task of rounding up mischievous lambs, players will find sixty levels to play, leaderboards to compete on, and an in-game level editor that will allow them to create and share their own levels.
Hay Ewewool will make its way onto the App Store this week for $4.99.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 30th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Android users will no longer have all the pyramid building fun to themselves, as Kairosoft has finally gotten around to releasing The Pyraplex on iOS.
In the tradition of their other popular games, The Pyraplex allows players to organize workers, build wonders, and foster trade between peoples. You will need workers to quarry stone and sell crafts at your bazaar in order to gain the resources necessary to build a monument to capture the admiration of the Pyramid Association.
Check out The Pyraplex on the App Store for $4.99.
Just in time for Halloween, on October 16 Avenged Sevenfold will be launching their gothic action adventure, Hail To The King: Deathbat.
Players take on the role of Deathbat as they fight their way through the depths of the underworld and collect swords and powers to destroy the hellish servitors of Dark Andronikos and reclaim their kingdom.
You can check out a preview of the game’s soundtrack, which features music by Avenged Sevenfold, on Sound Cloud.
Hail to the King: Deathbat hits the App Store October 16 for $4.99.
Posted by Ellis Spice on September 8th, 2014 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Following on from the addition of a sandbox mode, SomaSim has announced that its iPad-only Gold Rush-era city management game 1849will receive an expansion entitled “Nevada Silver” later this month.
The expansion takes place on the other side of the mountains ten years after the Gold Rush, where silver has been discovered in Comstock Lake. The original gameplay will be built upon, with technological advances like trains and steam-powered mills adding new challenges to trade and mining operations, with players taking on six complex scenarios set in Northern Nevada towns.
1849 is available to purchase now for iPad for $4.99, whilst the “Nevada Silver” expansion will be an In-App Purchase and will cost $1.99 when it releases.