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Icycle: On Thin Ice Review

Icycle: On Thin Ice Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Jump and float in this absurd, beautiful, but ultimately dissatisfying platformer.

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Striker Soccer 2 Review

Striker Soccer 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Striker Soccer 2 plays a reasonable if unremarkable game of soccer, but it's marred by an overzealous energy system.

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Anomaly 2 Review

Anomaly 2 Review

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Anomaly 2 is beautiful, but more of the same.

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The original Feed Me Oil was an imaginative and fun physics puzzler with some serious wackiness. No, really, it was awesome. And now the sequel is looming on the horizon.

Feed Me Oil 2-6Feed Me Oil 2 is focusing on “more of the same, only better, and more.” The visuals have been dressed-up significantly with sharper graphics, more all-around detail, and even weirder environments. You’ll be using gadgets to direct the flow of a-bubblin-crude, as expected, but now there are even more tools thrown in that can alter your strategies. The oil physics have seemingly been tweaked for the better, and water has been added (along with other environmental stuff) to further mix things up. In many ways it’s the same game as it still uses the three-star rating system that grants more stars when you use fewer items, and those stars can be traded in for level hints, but if it ain’t broke, right?

You can expect to see Feed Me Oil 2 in the App Store in the beginning of January of next year (only a couple months away, really), where you’ll be able to grab it for $0.99.

via: Our Review

Whether someone is musically inclined or not, there’s a good chance they’ve dabbled in its creation at least once in their lifetime. Of course it’s never easy to put something that sounds good together when you have zero experience, but Chillingo’s new freemium social music creation/sharing game, Zya is looking to change that. I had the pleasure of checking out a hands-off demo at EA’s recent Holiday Showcase, and I have to say I came away impressed despite my initial skepticism.

Zya Screenshot 9Zya Screenshot 11Each song you can create is made up of different parts – such as a guitar, drums, vocals, and background vocals for example. You can tweak each section to your liking by selecting various band members who each produce a unique sound, giving them different instruments which also produce unique sounds, then choosing to either use the default samples or create your own. If you decide to create your own you can tap out drum beats or even record your own vocals, then add effects until they sound just right. It’s worth noting that there are different characters for different musical genres, and it’s entirely possible (and even encouraged) to mix them all up to create some truly unique tunes. It’s all cloud-based too, so new game content such as extra songs and characters can be dropped in almost instantly.

You’ll have access to a single genre pack of your choosing (pop, rock, etc) from the start, and can purchase additional characters, instruments, microphones, and so on using points earned through creating songs and sharing your tracks with the world. It’s even possible to have Zya create and post a YouTube video of your performance. Licensed music is also available, and can be altered just as much as everything else, but require an in-app purchase to unlock. Not surprising given that it’s licensed music, really. Still, being able to remix popular songs and share them so easily is a pretty cool concept.

Zya will be out this December.

Take note, everybody: Icycle: On Thin Ice is a game to watch out for.

Icycle-On Thin Ice-3I was able to get some hands-on time with Chillingo’s new bicycling platformer recently, and wow is it gorgeous. Icycle is a story about a lonely naked man named Dennis as he pedals his bicycle through a frozen world while he searches for love. I’m totally not embellishing that. You’ll be guiding Dennis by way of fairly standard touch controls: arrow buttons to move, jump, and tap jump again to glide using an umbrella. Gathered ice cubes from each level can be used to buy new gear for Dennis – some cosmetic like new hats, others more utilitarian such as new bicycles or umbrellas – and most stages have at least one or two secrets to uncover.

What really makes Icycle one to watch, however, is the art style. The game uses a very beautiful and stylized vector look, and features some very impressive animations and designs that really stand out. I mean just look at those screens. Look at them.

Icycle: On Thin Ice should be out in December and will sell for $0.99. The initial release will feature 24 levels (each with challenges to complete and secrets to uncover), with more content planned for future updates.

Steampunk Tower Review

Steampunk Tower Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Steampunk Tower is a defense game that has interesting ideas, but severe issues in its execution.

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Mega Dead Pixel Review

Mega Dead Pixel Review

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A game that even Tom Petty could get behind. Or above.

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Hills of Glory 3D Review

Hills of Glory 3D Review

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Hills of Glory 3D is the most aggravating kind of game: one with good ideas but sloppy execution.

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Cat on a Diet Review

Cat on a Diet Review

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Help Dr. Meow find his way to all the cookies in this charming and challenging physics-based puzzler that’s purrfect for the whole family.

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Dodge This! Review

Dodge This! Review

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Fire cannonballs at increasingly large waves of enemies and watch the power-up earning coins come creeping in.

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Rooms Of Memory Review

Rooms Of Memory Review

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A freemium-focused Hidden Object game, Rooms of Memory is a little slow going but at least it's possible to keep it free.

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Bombcats Special Edition Review

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Blow up cats to free other exploding cats in this colorful physics-based puzzle game from Chillingo.

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Max Steel Review

Max Steel Review

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Offering more than just regular running, Max Steel is a quite fun if demanding take on a popular cartoon series.

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Cut the Rope and Cut the Rope HD Get Significant Price Drops – To Zero

Posted by on August 29th, 2013
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A little while ago, Chillingo released this adorable little game about giving a cute little monster some candy. Cut the Rope has done pretty well for itself since then.

Well, if for some odd reason you’ve missed out on either the original or iPad-only HD version, now is the time to act! For one week only, both Cut the Rope and Cut the Rope HD are totally free. So there’s certainly no time like the present to start feeding the little critter sweets in the most complicated fashion imaginable.

source: Our Review

It was an exceptionally busy time at Gamescom last week for all involved. One such publisher was particularly busy with news and more about three major titles coming iOS’s way courtesy of Chillingo’s fair hand. We take a look at what we know about each one so far.

Bloodstroke

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OK, let’s start with a big one. John Woo, yes, the John Woo of “Hard Boiled” and “Face/Off” has delved into iOS gaming. Console gamers will have already experienced the good but not quite great grandeur of Strangehold and, well, Bloodstroke seems to be following a similar path story wise.

Players control Phalanx’s Elite private security agent Mai Lee as she shoots and slices mostly everything that gets in her way on the streets of Hong Kong and Beijing. With a particularly distinctive visual style, a series of comic book panels penned by Woo himself are set to explain all, amongst the rather blood-thirsty gameplay. Its screenshots are certainly looking quite memorable.

Bloodstroke is set for release later this year.

Find The Line

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Remarkably different to Bloodstroke, Find The Line is a much more cerebral affair. Players must arrange lines in a specific order so that they can discover hidden images throughout each stage. It’s not quite as simple as it sounds given that one will have to examine things carefully for any useful clues, but it’s almost certainly going to be very easy to come to grips with.

With neon-style graphics and a very minimalist tone, Find The Line already looks quite memorable. Much like Bloodstroke, it’s set for release later this year.

Feed Me Oil 2

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Everyone loves a good sequel, right? Good, because Feed Me Oil 2 is set to build on the success of its predecessor and provide even more entertaining physics-based puzzling.

As before, players must guide gallons of oil towards the oil-gulping monsters. New to this title, though, come underwater puzzles which promise to mix things up suitably well, plus there are new tools such as windmills and boomerangs.

Set for release this Fall, I have a sneaking suspicion that Feed Me Oil 2 will be quite the hit.

We’ll be sure to keep you up to date on each game’s progress. For now, soak up the plethora of cool screenshots below, desperate to tantalize those gaming tastebuds.

The Impossible Line Review

The Impossible Line Review

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The Impossible Line is a memory-testing puzzle game with a chalk aesthetic.

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Perfect Kick Lets You Feel The Pressure Of Being A Star Striker Who Must Successfully Convert On Penalties

Posted by on August 16th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Perfect Kick puts players on the spot as they become the star striker of a soccer team who needs to successfully score on penalties. If that sounds easy enough, then maybe this will be more challenging as players will feel the pressure of going head-to-head against opponents from around the world where they’ll have the opportunity to rise in ranks and compete in weekly leaderboards. The game even allows players to replay classic penalty shootouts from history!

Step up, folks, and take your shot!

Pixel People Update Lets Players Journey To A Friend’s Utopia

Posted by on August 14th, 2013
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Chillingo has released a pretty big update for its city building game, Pixel People. Players are now able to visit a friend’s Utopia to see what kind of things they are building in their town. There is also a new trade zone that allows players to exchange animals and Utopium.

The world is full of new ideas as well, including new jobs, buildings, achievements, and more. Heck, I didn’t even mention the updated content! Maybe pretty big wasn’t the right word to describe the update…it’s a very big update! Get to it, Mayors!

• Geneticists underestimate depth of gene pool again. 255 genes rumoured to be discoverable, possibly more.
• Architect has epiphany while staring into space, designs 15 new buildings.
• Voluntary Zoning Commission allows for construction of Terrain tiles consisting of pure water or grass.
• Mission Control mysteriously demands completion of new missions, promises great rewards.
• 29 New medals created at Police Station, to be rewarded for commendable achievements only.

via: Our Review

Abyss Attack Review

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Shoot at everything that moves in this endless auto shooter, and watch as fun is had by all.

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Enjoy a nice cup of coffee this week, along with a free code for Cyto’s Puzzle Adventure when visiting your local Starbucks coffee shop. Starbucks App Store Pick of the Week occasionally has free game offerings for some of the more well known titles, such as Angry Birds Star Wars and Where’s My Perry?, but this is the first time it has picked a newer title for its selection.

Time to go to Starbucks! YAY!

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Iron Force Review

Iron Force Review

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It's tough to choose between enjoying Iron Force and loathing it when half of the matches feel one-sided.

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Kamikaze Pigs Review

Kamikaze Pigs Review

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Kamikaze Pigs is a game about chain reactions to destroy pigs. Sure, it sounds fun, but randomness only goes so far.

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Chillingo is likely the largest third party publisher on the App Store. With over 10 years of experience publishing mobile games and hundreds of games in the App Store, they have pretty much seen it all. Chillingo was acquired by EA in 2010 but has been pretty much left to their own since then. We take a few moments to talk with Ed Rumley, COO of Chillingo about the App Store and the past five years.

148Apps: How has the App Store changed Chillingo?

Screen Shot 2013-07-08 at 4.48.00 AMEd Rumley, COO of Chillingo: Well, when Chillingo started out we were dealing with a hugely fragmented marketplace. If people think they know fragmentation now, they should have tried publishing games back in the Java/Pocket PC days. The App Store changed everything. It created a single marketplace where it was easy to get your game to consumers. Our focus shifted to almost 100% iOS shortly after the advent of the App Store and stayed that way until pretty much a year ago.

148Apps: Chillingo has published some of the biggest games on the App Store. Huge success with games like Angry Birds and Cut the Rope. Was the massive level of success of these games a surprise to you?

Mr. Rumley: We’ve always had a pretty good eye for something special, and we work with the best indie developers in the world. Obviously you can never tell if something is going to live up to the success you want for it but I think in almost every case over the past few years, whether it was Cut the Rope, Catapult King etc we’ve been quietly confident that we were onto something.

148Apps: In the five years since launch, the App Store has gone through considerable changes. The number of users has skyrocketed along with downloads, prices for paid apps has stabilized way lower than many expected, free to play has dominated the top grossing charts. If, knowing what you know about the App Store now, you could go back and influence the path of Chillingo five years ago, what would you say?

Mr. Rumley: I think if we were told what the App Store would be like between then and now we probably wouldn’t have believed it! I’m not sure we would have changed an awful lot, to be honest. We’ve always been good at spotting the rising trends in the mobile industry and what’s on the horizon. We did that effectively with the advent of the $.99 price point and we’ve always kept a close eye on the App Store, changing our business when and where appropriate. Since then, various free to play business models have emerged and you can see we’ve been embracing that—but on our own terms. Pixel People is a great example of a freemium title that people loved to play. It has the level of quality we have a reputation for, and was praised widely for putting the fun before the business model.

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148Apps: What have you seen on the App Store, outside of apps published by Chillingo, that has surprised you most?

Mr. Rumley:I still can’t believe games like Real Racing 3 and Infinity Blade 2 are running on tablets and phones. The visuals, size and scope of games like these are console-quality, yet they all have the sort of gameplay that makes them totally unique as mobile titles. At the other end we are consistently blown away by what the indie developers is are capable of; games like Tiny Wings being made by just one person is amazing and I’ve lost a lot of time on games like Clear Vision and Stickman Base Jumper.

148Apps: Any predictions on what the App Store will be like five years from now?

Mr. Rumley:Different, that’s for certain. Judging by what has happened over the last past five years I would be mad to predict anything specific but will say that the quality of the games is only going to get better and the talent of the indie developer will never fail to surprise us!

Many thanks to Ed Rumley for his time.

Gloomy Hollow Review

Gloomy Hollow Review

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Gloomy Hollow is a neat take on dungeon crawlers, but its controls are awfully clunky.

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gloomyhollowChillingo’s Gloomy Hollow is a new adventure title that’s coming soon, featuring hundreds of quests, lots of loot, and upgradable characters. Players will shoot, smash, and slash their way through undead enemies as they quest their way through different environments, reports Pocket Gamer.

It’s also reported that there will be multiple difficulty levels, so if players want to make things challenging while retrieving stolen Soul Crystals, they can. The Soul Crystals will restore the town to its former glory, so get ready to find those crystals and save the day!

Gloomy Hollow should be live on the app store soon, but until then, enjoy this newly released trailer.

source: Pocket Gamer
Bridgy Jones Review

Bridgy Jones Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Bridgy Jones asks players to play civil engineer and train conductor at the same time in this physics-based puzzler.

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Zombie Fish Tank Review

Zombie Fish Tank Review

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This is one big (and incredibly vicious) fish in a very small pond.

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Dead Ahead Review

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Plowing through zombie hordes on a scooter is a lot more fun than it probably should be.

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Bombcats Review

Bombcats Review

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It might just be time for the birds to make way for the cats.

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