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Terra Battle Celebrates a Major Milestone with a Co-op Mode and New Characters Designed by Famed Artist Yoshitaka Amano

Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 26th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: TERRA-IFFIC :: Read Review »

Terra Battle, by Mistwalker Corporation, has surpassed 1.5 million downloads worldwide. To celebrate, they've announced that Yoshitaka Amano (Final Fantasy) is designing some new characters for the game. They're also adding a new scenario from Yasumi Matsuno (Final Fantasy XII and Vagrant Story), and a Terra Battle figure.

As if that wasn't cool enough, they're also adding a co-op mode. You'll be able to team up with friends to complete stages, story mode dungeons, and co-op specific dungeons. When you clear a co-op dungeons you'll also have a chance to get a summons, which let you summon monsters to help you fight. There will also be some new characters from Terra Battle illustrator Kimihiko Fujisaka.

You can download your own copy of Terra Battle for free on the App Store. The co-op update will be available sometime in the future. Hopefully soon-ish.

Badland's Latest Update Adds New Missions and a Co-Op Mode

Posted by Ellis Spice on May 14th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GLORIOUSLY SIMPLE :: Read Review »

Update #15 has arrived for Badland, bringing with it a new co-operative mode and new missions.

The co-operative mode allows up to four players on the same device, either with touches or controllers, to play through 40 levels from the Day 1 campaign modified for co-op play. Alongside this, the game now contains 120 new missions, 7 new achievements, the ability to randomly select levels in multiplayer mode, and minor fixes for the "ACCELERATOR" and "CLONETRON" levels.

Badland is available now for $3.99.

Terraria Gets Four Player Co-op and Player vs Player Duels in Latest Update

Posted by Andrew Stevens on November 7th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DIGGING FOR MORE :: Read Review »

Pocket Gamer reports that 505 Games has updated Terraria by adding multiplayer co-op gameplay. Now up to four players can adventure together in co-op, or fight against one another in player-vs-player duels that include one vs one and team battles. Players can also drag items and easily drop them into the open world. Now grab a few buds and begin adventuring together!

Travel the Winding Roads of Britannia Once More in Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar

Posted by Rob Rich on February 19th, 2013

I’ve only ever positively associated two franchises with the word “Avatar.” The first is the fantastic animated series on Nickelodean (watch it if you haven’t yet, seriously), and the second is Ultima. It was never quite as huge an RPG franchise as Final Fantasy, but it’s got more than enough die-hard fans to justify an iOS rekindling. Hence the upcoming Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar.

For those unfamiliar with the series it’s essentially a fantasy action RPG set in the same world (Britannia) but with ever changing threats. Each game also stars a legendary hero known as The Avatar. Hence the title. Ultima Foraver is set over twenty years after the events of Ultima IV with Lord British stepping down from the throne and his progeny, Lady British, taking over. The land is once again in peril and once again in need of The Avatar. A horrible disease referred to as “the Black Weep” is slowly consuming the land; turning people into monsters, ugly-ing up the countryside, and generally being a nuisance. Players must combat the Weep while also conditioning their character to become the next Avatar if Britannia is to have any hope of survival (Spoiler Alert: the series has currently already crossed into double-digits).

Ultima Forever is going to be an online RPG, but without all the rampant ganking found in Ultima Online (thank goodness). The focus this time is on co-op, with up to four players able to team up to take on an assortment of the game’s dungeons. Dungeons that scale in difficulty, depending on the number of participants of course. The number of players can also have an effect on what areas can be accessed as certain locks and other puzzles require a specific number of people present to interact with them. Combat itself is also a bit more involved with position playing a key role. Attacking from the sides and especially the back will typically do more damage, and many enemies incorporate attacks with specific hit zones that can be avoided with enough practice. And as one would expect there’s going to be loot aplenty. But this is looking to be more than a mere dungeon crawler, however.

As I’ve mentioned, there’s an emphasis on turning each player’s character into The Avatar, and to do that they need to master the Eight Virtues. Each Virtue has its own meter that fills up based on the dialog choices a player makes as well as some of the quests they complete. Once they’ve mastered all eight (no easy task as it requires building up a good reputation in all of Britannia’s many towns, among other things) they can throw their own little Avatar parade.

Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar is still a few months away with a predicted Spring release, but it’s already looking pretty sharp. And it’s going to be free-to-play, so I expect to see a lot of would-be Avatars running around Britannia when I load it up.

Gunslugs Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on January 21st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: NOT SLUGGISH
Gunslugs is a run 'n gun game from Orangepixel that makes the necessary tweaks to actually be fun on mobile.
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Tiny Fireman: Offering Collaborative Gameplay For Parents And Children

Posted by Jennifer Allen on April 24th, 2012

Tiny Firemen is an adorable game that encourages kids to collaborate with their parents, thus encouraging sociable behavior.

This wouldn't be much fun if it were implemented in an obvious and unexciting way. Fortunately, Tiny Firemen makes teamwork great fun. Players take the role of a fireman team of Cat & Dog with one player controlling the firetruck while the other sprays the water, making for an enjoyable collaborative effort.

12 different animals require saving in Can Town but Tiny Firemen promises to be a frustration-free experience keeping young children happy throughout. As the screenshots show, it's a cute game to look at, reminiscent of kids' picture books, and there's a great classical piano based musical score.

Tiny Firemen is out now priced at $2.99 for an Universal build. There's also a free version for trying the game out with the option to unlock the full game via an in-app purchase.

Star Warfare:Alien Invasion Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on January 31st, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SUIT-UP
Star Warfare:Alien Invasion's slightly chibi characters and colorful graphics belie a truly impressive action game.
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Galactic Alliance Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Brad Hilderbrand on December 15th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: INTERSTELLAR WAR
Galactic Alliance is a fairly standard tower defense game, but one with a clever and rewarding multiplayer component.
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New Doctor Who Game Announced

Posted by Brad Hilderbrand on December 3rd, 2010

A certain British time-traveling hero is about to get a brand new iOS game, as Tag Games and the BBC have announced a brand-new Doctor Who game. Doctor Who: The Mazes of Time will be available on all iOS devices later this month, just in time for the holidays. Then again, given the good doctor's propensity for jumping around through time the game may be out already and we don't even know it. Quick! Look behind you!

Mazes of Time will feature the Doctor and faithful companion Amy Pond working together to "defeat infamous enemies, solve devious puzzles, and restore peace." The announcement trailer shows the two characters working independently yet in concert to solve puzzles and navigate through enemy-infested terrain. It's unclear how combat will work in the game, as all we've seen so far is the Doctor and Amy running away from baddies, not standing up and fighting them. One bit does show the Doctor luring a robot onto an electrified floor, so it seems the combat may well be environmental and trap-based. Sorry, I guess you won't be disassembling any mechanical baddies with a sonic screwdriver.

The game is scheduled to land before Christmas so we should be seeing sometime within the next few weeks. While we're excited to try out a new Doctor Who game we're going to go with cautious optimism as recent digital editions of the franchise on other mediums haven't been all that well-regarded. Still, a co-op puzzle solving game is an interesting genre to tackle and one which we're not quite burnt out on yet. Thank heavens it's not yet another physics-based puzzle game, we've all had enough of those to last us several lifetimes.

We'll keep you posted on new info about the game as its release date nears, for now go get caught up on the latest season so you'll be ready for the game.

[via BBC America]

Eliminate: Co-op Released - Frag with Friends!

Posted by Bonnie Eisenman on March 15th, 2010
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

ngmoco's new games have all been based off of the freemium play model. Whatever your opinions of freemium in other games, there's denying that for Eliminate, it's been a huge success; the online FPS has legions of dedicated fans. If you've tired of it in recent weeks, however, this might bring you back into the fold: ngmoco has released a new Eliminate app that adds a new and much-asked-for mode to the game. Cooperative play is here!

In the new co-op mode, two players team up to fight off the attacking bots. It includes a bunch of new loot to collect, so you can earn credits to upgrade your player's armor and weaponry. It's a lot of fun so far, and as a free update it's even better. Eliminate fans, go grab the new app!

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