Posted by Blake Grundman on July 7th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Everyone’s favorite pizza peddling rodent has managed to sneak out of the midway and invade an iOS device near you. In Chuck E. Cheese’s Skate Universe, the mousy mascot takes a Temple Run-esque skateboard ride while dodging, jumping, and ollie-ing his way to safety.
This free title not only acts as an advertisement for the popular food chain, but also allows players to rack up as many as 1,000 tickets in-game that can be redeemed toward actual midway prizes! Cue children pleading their parents to make a pizza run in 3… 2… 1…
Chuck E. Cheese’s Skate Universe is available for free as a universal app right now.
Posted by Blake Grundman on July 7th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Years after the Advanced War series successfully melded the world of heavy artillery combat with mobile gaming, DeNA is taking their own whack at the turn-based strategy genre. In their newly debuted game, Super Battle Tactics, players get to build up an impressive armory of tanks and then face off against the competition.
This free-to-play experience revolves around upgrading and purchasing new vehicles, while also performing well strategically in the arena of combat. Successful performances help to attract sponsors, which in-turn brings in the revenue necessary to build out an amazing arsenal. Mix in some social networking features just for good measure, and this may be a recipe for mayhem inducing success.
Super Battle Tactics is now available for free in the iOS App Store as a universal app.
Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 3rd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
There’s a new update afoot for the TV-focused social networking app, Beamly TV.
Alongside being able to follow your favorite shows and stars, you can now enjoy a personalized guide to plan your week’s viewing and ensure you don’t miss a thing. As well as that, you can now post to other Beamly TV users’ walls, and take and share animated selfies of your reaction to the latest shows.
The update is available now from the App Store, and Beamly TV is a free download.
In what could be a landmark ruling, the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) in the UK has ruled that an email ad for Dungeon Keeper, which stated that the game was free, was misleading to consumers.
The ad read as such:
GET DUNGEON KEEPER ON MOBILE FOR FREE! … DIG. DEVISE. DOMINATE. Build the most badass dungeon ever! Raise an army of diabolical minions and lay twisted traps to destroy any opponents foolish enough to set foot in your lair. MASTER THE HAND OF EVIL Cast powerful spells, pillage and plunder other players’ dungeons, and slap your imps around to make them work harder. A world of wicked fun is right at your fingertips. What are you waiting for, Keeper? Get it for FREE!
The ad also featured a footnote stating “WIRELESS FEES MAY APPLY” and showed a well-developed dungeon. The complainant challenged that the ad was misleading as it omitted significant information.
EA argued that this was not the case, as the app does not require in-app purchases (IAPs) to be bought and that gameplay without IAPs is ‘not severely limited.’ EA also provided data on ‘spenders’ and ‘non-spenders,’ which they said showed that non-spenders were well represented in players who reached the middle and end of the game, in a time not substantially slower than spenders.
EA went on to state that the “average player would expect a free-to-play title to be monetized with countdown timers and premium currency,” that they gave “balanced gameplay and provided players with a sense of progression and enabled resource management,” and that timers would be still be present in Dungeon Keeper even without any monetization.
In response to this, the ASA assessed that EA had indeed branched three rules of the Advertising Code. Within the ruling, they commented that the ad could possibly mislead players into thinking that their progression would be “unhindered by unexpected and excessively onerous delays,” and that it should “have made clear what consumers could expect from the free elements and that in-app purchases would have a significant impact on gameplay.” Finally, they stated that “the game had the potential to restrict gameplay beyond that which would be expected by consumers and the ad did not make this aspect of the role of in-app purchasing clear.”
As the ASA upheld the complaint, the ad cannot appear again in its current form. EA has also been warned by the ASA to ensure that the limitations of free gameplay and the role of IAPs are made clear in future ads.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on July 2nd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Since it was released in June, Summoners War: Sky Arena, has become one of the top 10 grossing games in the App Store and Google Play in 17 countries. Com2uS Corp. has just released the July Update, which features Guilds, a new Monster Review System, and 5 New Monsters: Pixie, Mystic Witch, Bounty Hunter, Phantom Thief, and Occult.
The new monster review system allows players to rate monsters and share with other players the positives and negatives of each. Once players hit level 10 they will be able to form guilds of up to 30 and be able to chat privately with their guild-mates. For the holiday weekend Summoners War: Sky Arena will have some special events:
Mystical Scroll (7/4): Players who log in will receive a free mystical scroll to summon a 3-5 star monster.
Event Dungeon (7/4-7/6): By simply participating in this limited time dungeon, players can collect pieces to summon a guaranteed 4 star monster.
Extra Energy (7/4-7/6): Players will receive 20 extra Energy each day they log in.
Double Experience (7/7): Players will receive 2x experience for their monsters.
Now is a great time to check out Summoners War: Sky Arena, which is available for free on the App Store.
Platige Image and Vivid Games are looking forward to bringing players future updates, interesting new content, and challenges for Godfire: Rise of Prometheus. In anticipation of those goals, they have released an official art book with 100 pages packed full of gorgeous illustrations and designs for the game from the early concepts to its current form.
As part of this agreement Playdek is committed to maintaining the current online infrastructure (no fretting over the possible loss of multiplayer anymore, yay!), including cross-platform multiplayer functionality. But wait, isn’t Ascension currently iOS-exclusive, you say? Well our friends over at AndroidRundown have plenty to be excited about too, because shortly after the new expansion lands on the App Store, the title will be launching on both PC and Android for the first time.
For now though, you can brush up on your deck building skills by downloading Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer for free on the App Store.
Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 1st, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The World Cup is still in full swing so it’s an ideal time for soccer games to be updated, which will explain why that’s happened with Flick Kick Football Legends.
The game now offers cut scenes for the International Cup, a new skill change in the form of Stare Down, an increased stamina bottle (up to 16 slots), and the option to play the International Cup in a suitably-themed stadium. Clearer explanations for the country link skill have also been included.
Flick Kick Football Legends is free to download from the App Store, so of course that means the update is free, too!
A few weeks ago I was led into a room to see something new from Fuero Games and The Witcher developers CD Projekt. Something that involved The Witcher. I had hopes and fears much like you’d expect. Would it be a port? A spin-off? Maybe a town-building sim?
Turns out it was The Witcher Battle Arena – a free-to-play Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game set in the same universe as the popular titles from consoles and PC. It’s also looking pretty freaking great at the moment, to be honest.
The Witcher Battle Arena has been designed for mobile from the ground up. It uses a fairly straightforward control system that allows you to tap to move to a specific location, drag the camera around, or tap and hold/drag to guide your hero more directly. Tapping on an opponent will attack, and you can tap on different skill buttons to trigger them.
Most of the expected MOBA bits are present and accounted for as well. Each hero starts at level 1 and will gain experience throughout the match, skills may be upgraded with each level, money earned automatically and by fighting rival heroes can be used to purchase better and better hero-specific gear, and so on. About the only major changes to the basic formula are the lack of endlessly spawning minions on either side and smaller arenas that encourage direct player-on-player interaction. In other words everything has been streamlined so that matches are fast and brutal.
I imagine the whole “free” thing might still be making you a tad nervous but the developers are adamant that The Witcher Battle Arena will not be a pay-to-win game. There are no wait timers, no hard currencies, and absolutely everything from new characters to vanity items can be earned simply by playing.
The Witcher Battle Arena doesn’t have a set release date yet, but it will launch with a decent selection of playable characters (eight in total – Eithne of Brokilon, Ioverth, Letho of Gulet, Zoltan Chivay, Saskia of Aedrin, Philippa Eilhart, The Operator, and a Golem). And it’ll be free, of course.
Posted by Blake Grundman on July 1st, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Nowadays mobile shopping is becoming the norm. The problem is that there are too few websites that put a premium on a fantastic shopping experience on the phone. That is where the new app SnapUp comes into play.
Designed as the perfect way to quickly compile a list of products, SnapUp melds an iOS device’s screenshot functionality with a streamlined shopping interface. Users can even share and monitor products, all from the comfort of their iOS device.
Oh, and did we mention that SnapUp also has the ability to provide real-time price drop push notifications on “snapped” products? No wonder it was able to secure $600,000 in venture capital funding before the software even launched!
SnapUp is available now on the App Store for free.
Posted by Blake Grundman on July 1st, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Some of the most successful gaming properties in history were born in Japan. That is why we immediately jump and take notice when, of all people, Disney announced that they were expanding the launch of the extremely successful Japanese puzzle title Line: Disney Tsum Tsum, globally. The game quickly climbed to #1 on the Japanese puzzle charts shortly after launch, and the game’s publisher LINE, are no doubt hoping that it now does the same worldwide.
In tandem with the launch of the game, the Disney Store is pleased to announce that they are now stocking a series of plush, Tsum Tsum characters.
The adorable LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum is available now on the App Store for free.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on July 1st, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Kabam has released Wartune: Hall of Heroes, its latest MMORPG. The game was originally released in China and grew in popularity fast. Originally released as a browser-based game, this version has been optimized to work on iPhone, iPad, and iTouch.
With Wartune: Hall of Heroes, you have the option of playing alone fighting monsters and exploring dungeons or joining other players in creating guilds and knocking each other around in PvP events. Players can choose between a Knight, Archer, or Mage and further customize their characters with weapons and armor they find or craft themselves. The game is not only an action-strategy rpg, but also includes elements of city building and farming all bundled into one.
You can pick up Wartune: Hall of Heroes in the App Store now for free.
Posted by Ellis Spice on June 30th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
LinkedIn has released a new app that they hope will help people to find their dream job. The LinkedIn Job Search app allows users to search for jobs based on title, location, or keywords and get notifications for jobs based on their location and previous searches, with applying for the job done via a couple of taps within the app. The app will also make recommendations based on jobs the user has previously viewed and their LinkedIn profile.
The LinkedIn Job Search app is available now for free on the App Store in the US.