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The 60beat GamePad Adds Support for More Games

Posted by Carter Dotson on February 9th, 2012

One of the concerns with 60beat’s GamePad has been whether the device would see enough support from developers to make it worthwhile. As promised by 60beat back when it was announced, February has rolled around and some titles are beginning to support the 60beat.

Both Alien Space and Alien Space Retro from Owens Rodriguez have been updated to support the 60beat. Given the number of dual-stick shooters on iOS and the lack of analog joysticks on the external controller frontrunner, the iCade, dual stick games could spearhead 60beat support thanks to its unique-to-this-platform functionality.

Katana Jack, a game that claims to have had its graphics hand-painted on the iPad, has also been updated with support for the 60beat. It also supports the Gametel controller, the iCade, and iControlPad, so this free app is a must-download for anyone with an external iOS game controller, if only because it supports them all.

There’s also No Gravity, a game which started life way back in the days of PSP homebrew development, before seeing legitimate releases on PSN, and now on iOS. Both the Lite and full versions of the game support the controller.

There are likely to be more titles that support the controller, and its particular advantages may prove to be a boon to developers looking to support external controls in their games. The total list of games that support the GamePad is available here.

Alien Space Prepares for Blast-Off

Posted by Bonnie Eisenman on June 21st, 2010

Space...the final frontier. It's been decades since we landed on the moon, but space travel (never mind space battle) is still a dream for the distant future; however, that doesn't keep it from persistently starring in numerous video games. It looks like Owens Rodriguez's current project will also be catapulting us into space in the coming months. His upcoming game, Alien Space, is the product of over a year and a half of dedicated work, and the included video shows it.

Alien Space is an upcoming dual-stick space shooter, featuring fifty levels, a variety of weapons, an upgradeable ship, achievements, and leaderboards. The initial gameplay video shown below shows off your highly maneuverable ship as it spins through space and blasts asteroids and enemy ships alike. The graphics in this (not-yet-finished) version of the game already look superb, and the sheer fluidity of the video has me very hopeful indeed.

A one-man developer team, Rodriguez is responsible for everything: programming, art, design, you name it. He expects to release Alien Space within the next three months. Until then, we'll keep our eyes on it...Alien Space is looking like a very good addition to the App Store's shooter library. If you want to follow Rodriguez's progress, check out Alien Space on Facebook.