Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 3rd, 2015 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
EA is taking SimCity BuildIt to Japan in this latest update, Tokyo Town. The game will now allow you to unlock the international airport, which allows you to ship cargo and earn Tokyo Town items, like a Lucky Cat. You can also build the Himeji Castle landmark, post-modern skyscrapers, and Japanese style residential zones. There is a new Mailbox to receive rewards, gifts, and game update news. Lastly, your city’s sky will be filled with blimps and hot air balloons.
There is a lot of Japanesey goodness coming to SimCity BuildIt, so download it today for free on the App Store.
F84 Games has announced that it is working with legendary comic creator Stan Lee and POW! Entertainment to produce Stan Lee’s Hero Command. The game will be a action adventure of heroic proportions. The game stars Stan Lee, himself, as he recruits and controls a team of super heroes including Captain Steamhammer, a Russian strongman with a steam-powered suit and Seer, a kid genius and powerful psychic. He will send them on missions every day to fight evil and save the world.
Stan Lee’s Hero Command will be available as a free to play download from March 19th 2015.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 2nd, 2015 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Setlyst was designed for musicians by a musician, T Gregory Knox. The app keeps track of all of your band’s songs to make it easy to arrange a set list for your gig. You can share your list with the rest of the band easily or post it on Facebook and Twitter. The app also allows you to set the screen up so that you can view the list full screen in case you want to read it on stage.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 26th, 2015 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
BuzzFeed, the masters of hilarious lists, have created their second app: Cute or Not. The app lets you upload photos of your pets and vote for your favorites from thousands of photos. You can swipe right or left to view all the most adorable pets on the internet, and with the power of the mighty voting finger you can decide their fate. Will they become a highly voted, viral sensation or a long forgotten cuddle bug of the past. You decide.
You can also share your favorites with friends and family with the social functions and earn badges to proudly display.
Download Cute or Not for free on the app store and let squeak (or bark, or hiss, etc) the pets of war!
Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 26th, 2015 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Cars: Fast as Lightning, by Gameloft, is speeding to a new venue: Russia. You’ll get to meet the newest member of Cars – Pyotr Racinov, the Russian Racer – in this new frosty update. The game will be getting new racer customers, new Russian themed decorations, and the new ICE track. And of course there will be plenty to do, including the Moscow ICE events.
You can download Cars: Fast as Lightning for free to join in the wintry fun.
Spacetime Studios has announced their newest game: Call of Champions – a real-time competitive MOBA that you play in short 5 minute bursts. The game lets you play in 3v3 matches and gives you power-ups, a bunch of abilities for each character, and a five minute max time limit. You’ll get to choose from over twenty different Champions, each with their own special abilities, and join up with your friends to form teams and climb the leader boards.
“While the concept of the mobile MOBA is not new, we feel there’s significant room to improve
the competitive experience, catering to the short sessions in which gamers use their mobile
devices,” said Gary Gattis, CEO, Spacetime Studios. “We’ve distilled the MOBA to its core
components by removing things like item shops, minions, and jungles while adding power-ups, a
five-minute clock, and a full suite of crazy abilities at your fingertips. Add on deep social layers
like friends, teams, and broadcast/spectator modes, and there is nothing like it on mobile.”
You can check out the roster and vote for your favorites by signing up at www.CallofChampions.com. Call of Champions will be available later this year as a free download.
DeNA and Marvel Entertainment have just released a trailer for the, Marvel Mighty Heroes. The brawler will pit super heroes against super villains from the Marvel universe – including classic characters such as Iron Man, Groot, Captain America, Star-Lord, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Spider-Man. You’ll get to develop your own team of super stars and even play against your friends in multiplayer.
“Building off of the success of Marvel War of Heroes, our first Marvel-licensed title, Marvel Mighty Heroes, is a fast and tactical battle game that will combine evolving Marvel stories with enthralling co-op and competitive multiplayer gameplay,” said Barry Dorf, Vice President of Partnerships and Alliances at DeNA. “Marvel fans and gamers alike will have the chance to create the ultimate team of Super Heroes and Super Villains to take on waves of enemies from the Marvel Universe.”
You can pre-register for the game on the Marvel Mighty Heroes site, and you’ll get to vote for Hulk or Rocket to be a a free special hero at launch for a limited time.
Marvel Mighty Heroes will be free to download on the App Store soon.
As mentioned earlier this week, free-to-play turn-based MOBA Aerena: Clash of Champions has a new premium priced version called Aerena – Masters Edition. This new edition eschews its former F2P model in favor of asking players to pay upfront for an experience that’s ad-free and eliminates the grind. Since I reviewed Aerena when it first came out and noted the game’s somewhat slow progression, I decided to take a look at Masters Edition to see how well it delivers on its promises.
As it turns out, I found myself able to purchase unlocks including new units, ships, and shells all within playing a couple matches, which is a big difference from Clash of Champions. It seems as though Masters Edition is more generous with its in-game currency in general, making progression feel a lot smoother. In doing so, playing it felt more like a game about crafting a loadout that fits a particular playstyle rather than a game about slapping together whatever units and items are the most affordable.
It is worth noting that with this re-release players can still opt to play Aerena in its free-to-play form, and both versions of the game allow players to play against one another. Also worth noting is the fact that the free-to-play version offers time-limited trials of new units, whereas the paid version does not. This isn’t really a big deal though, since it is easy enough to unlock units in Masters Edition anyway.
Overall, those that were frustrated by the progression mechanics of Aerena: Clash of Champions in its original form should be pleased with the changes that Aerena – Masters Edition has made. That being said, anyone that wasn’t initially compelled by it won’t be won over by this new version.
A series of updates have arrived for Rovio games over the past few days, honoring the Chinese New Year.
Angry Birds Epic and Rovio Stars title Jolly Jam have events paying homage to the Year of the Goat, while Angry Birds Go! and Angry Birds Stella are following the goat theme by adding in a new kart and a new set of levels in the Island Map, respectively. Plunder Pirates is avoiding the goat theme but instead honors the celebrations by decorating the island and adding in a new character, Ching Shih.
All of the previously mentioned games are available to download from the App Store now, for free.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 20th, 2015 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Calcbot, by Tapbots, is an easy to use calculator and unit converter. Recently, Tapbots updated the app and is now offering it for free.
The Calcbot 2 update includes style themes to customize your calculator, as well as a new favorites system, the ability to sync your history tape and constants across iOS devices, and an in-app purchase that lets you convert with over 500 units across 22 categories. The app has also been upgraded to work with iOS 8 to make for a smoother experience.
There are a bunch more additions (haha calculator jokes), so check out the newly free Calcbot on the App Store.
I am eager to let readers know about Oceanhouse Media’s annual app sale in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday from Wednesday, February 25 through Monday, March 9. During this time, five of their best-selling Seuss stories will be on sale for $0.99 each, and there will be discounts for other classic Dr. Seuss titles as […]