Posted by Tre Lawrence on March 17th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
FIFA 14 is getting into the World Cup spirit with its latest update, which adds some tweaks and other goodies.
First, the game is becoming “more international” by adding in Turkish Language support. Also, an Origin login isn’t required to create an Ultimate Team – it is possible to play such anonymously. The controls and movement mechanics have also been tweaked for smoothness.
This free-to-play soccer simulation remains popular, even months after we first reviewed it in the Fall of last year. We were impressed then, so it is safe to assume this update can only make the game better.
Posted by Tre Lawrence on March 13th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
FISHLABS has just updated Galaxy on Fire – Alliance with some new content, called “Different Worlds.”
The update includes visual and play enhancements/improvements. According the the release information from FISHLABS, “the complete overhaul of the 3D models of all structures in the game, for example, adds more details on the one hand while simultaneously boosting the in-game performance on the other. And the manual server selection, which had been high on the community’s wish list for months, not only enables the players to choose the servers they want to play on manually, but also to operate differing accounts on different servers on the same device. The restructured tutorial, in turn, helps newbie players to familiarize themselves with the complex gaming mechanics of Galaxy on Fire™ – Alliances more quickly and internalize the basic moves and maneuvers more efficiently.”
The new updates adds in some fresh concepts such as heat map and limited time special deals and events feature.
Galaxy on Fire – Allinaces is available for free on the App Store.
Ah, the Great App Store Pricing Debate. For years people have been arguing over the cost of mobile games. What constitutes “too much?” Where’s the line when it comes to free-to-play monetization techniques? Should developers have deep discounts and temporary giveaways? Should consumers simply expect everything to go on sale and wait accordingly?
The recent Dungeon Keeper debacle is a good example of this. Gamers and critics alike have railed against it for using various monetization techniques and associating itself with the classic PC strategy series, and many point to it as an unpleasant indication of where the video game industry (especially mobile) is headed. It’s an issue that’s almost as complicated as the initial Freemium vs. Premium debate; so let’s take a closer look at everything and try to make sense of it all.
Castaway Paradise was first mentioned to me as Animal Crossing but for iPhone, though I played the iPad version because I’m a rebel. And really, that just about nails it on the head – except Stolen Couch Games have done what Nintendo has yet to do, and that is make it free-to-play. Castaway Paradise is currently soft-launched in the tropical paradise of Canada, and I take it for a spin in this edition of It Came From Canada!
Players control a person who washes up on shore, and finds themselves in a land of fellow castaways who washed up on shore. However, no one really seems to be all that set on getting home – there’s an entire village that’s popped up, even with a mail delivery boat! So, the player is made to build a new life here, because who knows; maybe this is all the dream of the Wind Fish and leaving would be disastrous.
So players then just do tasks for the various residents, like building fences and harvesting crops. The early missions are structured to introduce players to the things they need to know to live their island experience and to see more of the village. Menial tasks to earn currency to buy more supplies and customizations is the name of the game here.
Players have the ability to customize the look of their dwelling and of their character, but the intro to the game provides one moment regarding this that needs to change. See, the game starts off with the player being just a walking glob of seaweed washed ashore, immediately forced to do chores by Viktoria, one of the villagers. Then, for some reason, she asks which binary gender the player is. This choice is the sole determining factor in how the player first appears: typically male or female.
This is incongruent with the customization options provided, because male characters can wear dresses and traditionally feminine hairstyles without anyone saying anything about it. The character’s gender doesn’t seem to play much of a role, so why is it the very first thing that players are asked to choose as far as customization goes? Why not instead let players determine their initial design based on how they want to look from a set of basic customizations, and make gender an entirely irrelevant factor in how the player wishes to present themselves in this world?
While the free-to-play elements perhaps take away some of the innocence of Animal Crossing, where everything must be earned, there’s also no Mr. Resetti here – so, win some lose some. Time will tell if this is successful, or if this is the Pepsi to Animal Crossing‘s Coke – or if it’s just store-brand cola.