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Spacetime Studios' Greg Mueller Tells All About Battle Command's New Player-Driven Economy

Posted by Jennifer Allen on August 21st, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: BEEN THERE :: Read Review »

The recent update of Battle Command! has been quite a significant one, adding a new way of working together and sharing resources through a player-driven economy. The update adds a new resource in the form of Darium, which can be used to produce specialized troops and weapons. The unique part of this is that you can only gain the resource by working together and sharing other resources with your alliance mates. It's a new twist on a familiar format and has the potential to change a lot within the F2P empire building landscape.

Because of that, we took the time to talk to Lead Producer for the game, Greg Mueller, to learn more about how such a significant inclusion came to be.

148Apps: How did you come up with the new resource sharing system? What was the thinking behind it?
Greg Mueller (GM): Players in Battle Command! are very engaged with their Alliances. We have a boosting mechanic where players can send free production boosts and building speed-ups to their Alliance mates. This is a very popular feature in our game with close to 1 million boosts sent per day. We know players enjoy interacting with their Alliances, so we designed this new system to add even more depth and interaction to the Alliance play. We also wanted to give players a way to uniquely contribute to their friends in the game so we added the three resource types that can be shared. This way you might have Diamonds and I have Amber and we both benefit by sharing those with one another.

148Apps: In what way do you expect it to change how players interact with each other and play the game?
GM: This update will definitely add even more emphasis to being in an active Alliance. Players will be sharing more, chatting more, and helping out their friends in a variety of meaningful ways. It takes the social aspect of the game beyond simply chatting or donating troops. With this new Darium resource players will also be able to build six new offensive and defensive weapons, each of which adds a new layer of strategy to the game.

148Apps: How balanced is it? Will players now be pretty much expected to be part of an alliance in order to be successful?
GM: The vast majority of our mid- to high-level players are already in Alliances, so most players won’t have to change the way they play at all to enjoy this new system. We’ve spent a lot of time play testing this both internally and in public beta to make sure we keep the game balanced for players who choose not to join an Alliance.

148Apps: How will the story-arc be affected by this new resource and gathering method?
GM: The Darium update comes with its own original story. The update introduces a new class of units and defensive structures that all look, feel, and act very unique. We had a lot of fun with the story and artwork to make these new units feel powerful and mysterious and fun to use.

Thanks to Greg for taking the time to answer our questions.

Battle Command! is out now on the App Store.

SuperVillain Studios Announces TransWorld Endless Skater - Yes, that's "TransWorld" like the Magazine

Posted by Ellis Spice on June 30th, 2014

SuperVillain Studios and TransWorld SKATEboarding recently unveiled TransWorld Endless Skater, a new edition in the Endless Skater series.

Players will be able to play as one of five professional skateboarders (Danny Way, Christian Hosoi, Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins-Pastrana, Sean Malto, or Ryan Decenzo) and compete for high scores with their friends. Along the way, they'll be able to upgrade their skills, unlock new areas and discover the signature trick for each skater as they aim to appear on the front cover of the TransWorld SKATEboarding magazine within the game.

Steve Ganem, CEO of SuperVillain Studios, had this to say:

Endless Skater brings together an amazing collaboration between game developers, professional skaters and top notch brands. We are excited to partner with TransWorld SKATEboarding to bring the skating genre to mobile fans everywhere.

No release information has been announced for TransWorld Endless Skater at this point.

Real Steel: World Robot Boxing Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Mike Deneen on October 17th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ANOTHER CYBERNETIC HIT
The movie may not have been a hit, but it did create a fantastic mobile game. Its follow up is a knockout as well.
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Link: Survival Runner The Last Driver Barrels Through To iOS Tomorrow

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on August 29th, 2012

This gritty new post-apocalyptic endless runner driver from Cristiano Bartel (Plump) and Chillingo comes out tomorrow, and it'll be free to play.

Get behind the wheel of a series of death machines ranging from gun-strapped muscle cars to zombie-shredding trucks, as you attempt to survive nuclear armageddon, alien invasion and a zombie uprising! Drive for as far as you can through the ravaged wasteland, banking coins as you tear across varied deadly environments. Upgrade your vehicles with better gear and weapons (including a prototype laser cannon) in hopes of making it another mile in your next play.

Game Insight Releases The Tribez

Posted by Kevin Stout on April 5th, 2012

Game Insight, popular publishers of games like My Country and Mystery Manor: Hidden Adventure, has just released the newest game in its lineup, The Tribez.

The Tribez is a free-to-play iPad game where players take on the role of a lost time traveler who ends up in a primitive fantasy realm full of tribes. Gameplay for The Tribez includes building stone-age villages, exploring various territories, and leading a tribe that worships the player as a godsend.

The game boasts colorful graphics and high-quality music. The Tribez includes over 27 levels to explore across three different islands, more than 100 quests for the player to complete, 50 different buildings to create, and ten different humorous characters to interact with. Players even get a pet dinosaur that fights off opponents to the tribes and entertains villages.

The Tribez is free-to-play, but sells coins and gems to use in the game through in-app purchases.

The Portable Podcast, Episode 97

Posted by Carter Dotson on August 9th, 2011

Kickin' it old-school.

On This Episode:

  • Host Carter Dotson and 148Apps' Rob LeFebvre discuss the variety of tablets out there, and whether the alternative tablets provide a superior gaming experience than the iPad. As well, they discuss the rise of free to play and freemium apps on the App Store, and how they are indicative of the rapid evolution the App Store undergoes.

  • Who We Are:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Rob LeFebvre, 148Apps

  • Music:

  • "Beatnes7 (Theme to The Portable Podcast)" by The Eternal - Download on iTunes here:

  • "Nanocarp" by The Eternal

  • How to Listen:

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  • Apps Mentioned in this Episode:

    Fashion Story Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    By Monica Stevens on July 29th, 2011
    Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: NO GEM
    Without a trust fund, this is one sad story.
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