F84 Games has announced that it is working with legendary comic creator Stan Lee and POW! Entertainment to produce Stan Lee’s Hero Command. The game will be a action adventure of heroic proportions. The game stars Stan Lee, himself, as he recruits and controls a team of super heroes including Captain Steamhammer, a Russian strongman with a steam-powered suit and Seer, a kid genius and powerful psychic. He will send them on missions every day to fight evil and save the world.
Stan Lee’s Hero Command will be available as a free to play download from March 19th 2015.
Kiloo has released a teaser trailer for their upcoming game, Stormblades. The game is a slashing beat em' up where you become a tribal warrior going through his rite of passage. You'll be exploring ancient ruins and discovering lost relics as you bring your sword to bear against an onslaught of enemies.
Stormblades is still in the beta-testing phase, but they expect a late March release. And if the trailer isn't enough for you, AppSpy has also posted a hands-on video for your enjoyment.
Become the warrior cursed by an evil dragon in this action adventure game and fight against the forces of chaos and evil. You can even join together with your friends to explore dungeons or defeat other players in live 3 v 3 combat and raid the World Boss in parties of up to 6. Darkness Reborn has a ton of items and achievements to collect as well.
You can download Darkness Reborn for free on the App Store.
Gameloft has released the Descending Depths Update for Dungeon Hunter 4. Now you can explore the 3 new legendary new dungeons Howling Canyon, The Dig Site, and the Chapel of Whispers. Along the way, battle new bosses such as the evil Crow and the brutal Bone Golem, find new armor, and take on the new event, Burdens.
Find your way to the Dig Site via the treacherous Howling Canyon. Try to cross the abandoned bridge while being assaulted by multitudes of monsters. At the Dig Site itself, excavators have uncovered crystals that raise the dead! You must battle your way through the Chapel of Whispers to stop them before it is too late.
You can download Dungeon Hunter 4 for free on the App Store.
Mark of the Dragon, by GAMEVIL, puts you in the saddle of your very own army of dragons. Build your kingdom as you organize your army and eventually lead the charge against your enemies lands. You can control your troops or go first-person as you storm the castle on the back of your dragon.
Mark of the Dragon has over 130 dragons with different characteristics and players can level-up their favorites with specific classes. Mix and match in breeding to create the very best dragons to ride to battle.
Mark of the Dragon will be available worldwide on the App Store this November.
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.
Backflip Studios, makers of DragonVale, Paper Toss, and NinJump, are introducing their newest game, Epic Island. Players form a team of five heroes to fight the forces of the evil sorcerer, Cedric Sparklehands, for control of the island.
Each of the heroes will have unique combat and magical skills and can be equipped with weapons and armor that you forge and upgrade to your heart's content. They can even adopt pets as companions for the perilous journey ahead.
Players will also be able to go head-to-head to see who the best hero really is when they challenge their friends and other players from around the world in the Battle Arena.
You can check out Epic Island for free on the App Store on September 25.
One of the consistently most positive things about the rise of the App Store is the ability for one-person developers to get somewhere and release their own titles, under their own steam and hard work. Sacrifices might need to be made but it's encouraging to see so many creative spirits work so hard at achieving their dreams.
One such person is John Stricker, developer of Captain Casual, a title that he's declared to be an 'epic science fiction action adventure comedy'. Its Kickstarter campaign has just launched so we had a word with John about how the project came to be.
Captain Casual's developer, John Stricker.
148apps: How did the idea for Captain Casual come about? John Stricker (JS): I was doing some pretty intensive work as a software consultant, and at the end of the day it would be difficult to take my mind off of the projects I was working on and get some sleep. I found that imagining stories helped me relax as I was trying to sleep. Maybe this was part of me trying to take my own mind off work, but I liked to create characters that were very relaxed, take-it-easy kinds of people and then imagine them being put into situations where they had to play the role of a hero. Captain Casual started with the idea of putting a laid-back person into the role of a starship captain, so instead of someone like Patrick Stewart playing the role of the captain it was someone more like Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski.
148apps: Why the name Captain Casual? JS: Because it's awesome! I mean, why has no one created a game character named this yet? It's also fun to take the word "Casual" and use it for a character name in a mobile game since in the gaming community there's a stereotype of mobile games being too "casual" for "serious" gamers.
148apps: Have any other games or other forms of media influence your idea? JS: A lot of the backstory for Captain Casual takes cues from Iain M. Bank's fantastic Culture novels, and the comic tone of the game can't help but be influenced by Douglas Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books (which I have read countless times). In terms of gaming influences, Bioware's RPGs (e.g. the Baldur's Gate Series, Knights of the Old Republic) have probably influenced me more than any other games. They do such a great job of storytelling, dialog, and gameplay, and while Captain Casual isn't an RPG, I hope to convey something of the same sense of being part of an epic adventure while playing the game. And, of course, Star Trek in all its incarnations is a big influence.
148apps: How big a game will Captain Casual be? JS: It's going to be bigger than The Beatles! We're talking blockbuster, here. You're probably looking for more of an answer about the game's length though. In terms of game length, Captain Casual is designed to be a relatively short game, with a full playthrough lasting a couple of hours. The main reason for this is that the story in the game unfolds more like a movie where there is a minimum of repetitive action. Every mission is going to have the player doing something that they haven't done before. To add challenge and extend the life of the game, there will also be a hardcore mode where if a player fails a level they have to start the game from the beginning.
148apps: Are there any plans for in-app purchases or will Captain Casual be a one-off payment kind of game? JS: There are no plans for in-app purchases as I feel that would ruin the tone of the game. Its hard to keep a sense of atmosphere and engagement when you're also periodically asking the player for more money. Also, I don't want the game to be a different experience for different players depending upon how much money they put into the game.
148apps: How hard has it been to juggle your work life and this project? JS: Since April of this year I've been working full time on Captain Casual. I am fortunate enough to have a time-limited period (my wife and I have agreed on a one-year limit) to do this, but this is why I really need the extra support from Kickstarter as I have no income at this point. I've taken my hobby and made it my work, so in some ways now I feel like I'm working all of the time. Still, it feels great to be able to put so much effort into something I love. Hopefully the Kickstarter will go well and I'll be able to continue working on Captain Casual full time!
Captain Casual'sKickstarter has just under a month to go, with John asking for a fairly low $5,000 to complete the game. With only a $5 pledge needed in order to have some input in terms of what ship models and color schemes to use, as well as a free copy of the game upon release, that's a pretty tempting offer if you ask me. Higher pledges offer more benefits, too, with t-shirts, beta invites, and even custom digital images up for grabs.
The campaign is live now, so do consider contributing. We'll be sure to keep an eye on Captain Casual's progress.