Posted by Tre Lawrence on June 2nd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Deadman’s Cross has recently received an update that adds in some new features. These include the USS Claypool hunting ground, and 39 new Deadmen. Additionally, it has two new abilities, and usability functions have been improved.
- The USS Claypool hunting ground has been added.
- 39 new Deadmen have been added.
- 2 new abilities have been added.
- The skip feature has been added to battles that take place while on search jobs.
- Interrupted downloads now resume from the point at which they were interrupted, rather than beginning anew.
- A simple tap interface has been added for switching Deadmen in and out on the horde editing screen.
- Tapping an ability in the ability list interface now shows its details.
- An Info button has been added to the ability screen.
- The amount of EXP a Deadman will gain from feeding is now shown before the feeding is executed.
After Phil Hassey’s release of BREAKFINITY, the fast-paced endless Breakout game, he’s taking another stab at the world of free games: by releasing a free version of Dynamite Jack, his explosive 2012 action game – creatively entitled Dynamite Jack Free. While plenty of developers are starting to release free ad-supported games thanks to Flappy Bird‘s success, this is one of the bigger attempts at such a release. As such, I spoke to Phil Hassey about what he’s doing with Dynamite Jack Free.
148Apps: Many of the games that have gone with the free-with-ads route are simpler games: ones like Flappy Bird, and your own BREAKFINITY. Why take this route with a deeper game like Dynamite Jack? Was BREAKFINITY‘s performance a motivator in this regard?
Phil Hassey:Dynamite Jack came out almost two years ago, so it’s sales have run down pretty thin at this point. Since I did all the work to set up ads in BREAKFINITY it was pretty trivial to set up Dynamite Jack with the same thing.
I am really curious how well it will do. It’s definitely totally different from your typical ad supported game. I guess we’ll find out soon enough if the free crowd is ready for this kind of experience or not!
148Apps: Why did you go with the continues-as-monetization IAP system?
Phil Hassey: I’m not really an ad monetization guru or anything, since BREAKFINITY is my first ad supported game, and it’s only been out for over a month. Over the past year I had given thought to doing a F2P version of Dynamite Jack, with various ideas like “buying bombs” or whatever. However, changes like that would have seriously impacted the gameplay in ways I wasn’t too excited about.
So doing the continues is nice, because it doesn’t change the gameplay at all. If anything it makes the death experience sightly more intense because the penalty for death is greater than in the paid version of the game. I think the monetization will actually make the game have a slightly greater emphasis on stealth than the paid version.
148Apps: You have an IAP for unlimited continues for $4.99. Was there any thought given to making this a higher price than what the main game is available for?
Phil Hassey: About 6 months ago I changed the iOS price to $4.99 for the paid version. So the IAP for unlimited continues just matches that. I upped the price on Dynamite Jack because I think it’s a solid game and people definitely get their $4.99 of entertainment out of it. Some of the players who have gotten into the game have played for hundreds of hours thanks to the community maps.
148Apps: Is there a particular threshold where you see this being worth the time and effort put into it?
Phil Hassey: I really only spent a couple days putting this together, so it doesn’t need to do a whole lot to break even on my time. But really, in terms of being an experiment with how well a hard-core iOS game works in the ad supported market, the answer to the question “Will this work at all?” is going to be worth finding out.
If it’s found that you can make more heavy games and support them through ads, we might see more games going that route. Or maybe we’ll find out that this sort of game just works best as a paid-only title.
148Apps: If this is successful, do you fear that perhaps it could be part of a movement where players expect more free games, monetized primarily with ads? And if so, do you think that it is good for the App Store market?
Phil Hassey: I think anything that helps indies find new ways to support their art is great! The more avenues there are to being able to make games full-time the more chances there are that great games are going to be made. Another great thing about ad supported games is how they can reach a wider audience. People who don’t have the means to purchase paid games can play free ad supported games.
148Apps: Depending on how this does, would you ever consider releasing a future game initially with a free version like this? Perhaps even one of the Galcon games?
Phil Hassey: I’m still working on Galcon 2, which is going to be F2P. I’m still working out the details, but my experiences with BREAKFINITY and Dynamite Jack FREE are certainly giving me more insight into how to make it work out. I expect Galcon 2 will contain “earn more Galcoins by watching videos” options for those who want more in game currency but don’t have the means to pay for it.
Farmville 2: Country Escape is a big deal for many casual gamers, much like its predecessor. As we pointed out in our review, its relaxed nature when it comes to harvesting crops and simply waiting things out means it’s strangely beguiling, although patience is certainly essential. To help you along in your path towards a farming fortune, we thought we’d round up some great tips on how to do the very best you can. While they won’t make you rich overnight, they should help steer novices in the right direction.
League of War is a 3D action/strategy iOS exclusive that has players fighting to build mercenary prowess by destroying enemy bases. It also allows for players to go against friend and/or foe in real-time multiplayer battles.
Kenny Chiu, GREE Sr. Vice President for Social Games, is confident with regards to how much players will appreciate the game. “League of War pushes the boundaries of what players can expect from a next-gen mobile gaming experience. It offers not only an intense single-player experience, but also takes multiplayer to a new level with synchronous battles,” he says. “MunkyFun and GREE combined quick moving strategy, stunning 3D graphics and special FX to make League of War one of the best mobile game experiences out there.”
MunkyFun CEO Nick Pavis shares similar sentiments. “Our aim has always been to take mobile gaming to the next level and bring players a more intense, console-like experience for their tablet or smartphone,” he says. “With League of War, our goal was to take the player to the battlefield and create a fast-thinking strategic experience where gamers would have to think quickly and efficiently in order to beat their opponents. We brought the players a challenge – now we want to see what they do with it.”
League of War is available for free on the App Store.
Posted by Tre Lawrence on May 6th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Adobe Photoshop Express has just seen a big update that refreshes the app to take advantage of iOS 7, as well as adding in a new editing experience. Version 3.3 also allows sharing via Instagram or SMS, Pet-eye correction, auto-saving, navigational improvements, and bug fixes.
Adobe Photoshop Express is available for free (with in-app purchases) on the App Store.
What’s New in Version 3.3
• A brand new editing experience with a new look for iOS7
• Share via Instagram or SMS
• Pet-eye (a.k.a. green-eye) correction
• Save your work without saving now that the app resumes where you left off
• Navigation improvements throughout the app, including Tool Tips and updates to the Photo Picker
• Bug fixes and performance improvements.
Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 28th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tactile Entertainment has updated its endless runner skateboarding game Skyline Skaters. The update is headlined by the addition of two new characters: Kuro the Ninja and Pepe the Magnet Expert. Each has their own unique attributes, musical theme, and animations.
Also included in the update are updated pigeon models, along with two new boards and a host of bugfixes.
We had an opportunity to review the game a few weeks ago and liked it. The updated Skyline Skaters is available for free (with optional in-app purchases) on the App Store.
Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 25th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
GREE and BANDAI NAMCO Games Inc. have collaborated to release to release PAC-MAN MONSTERS for iOS isers. Based on the 80s arcade game, it incorporates the look, sound effects, and characters from the original, with RPG elements.
From the press release:
In PAC-MAN MONSTERS, players are invited to take on the role of the iconic hero PAC-MAN and set off with a band of friendly monsters on an epic adventure across Pac Land. PAC-MAN, with the help of his friends and the pellets he gobbles up around the puzzle grid, protects Pac Land and attacks the variety of monsters that are hell-bent on the destruction of Pac Land.
PAC-MAN MONSTERS is available for free on the App Store.
Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 24th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The Sandbox, the-true-to-its-name sandbox adventure, has just received a new update. The new update adds in a new Ecology Campaign with 20 new levels, and new disaster elements.
The Sandbox is available for free (with in-app purchases) on the App Store.
What’s New in Update 1.900?
+ Play the brand new Ecology Campaign
Through 20 environmental levels, you’ll have to protect our planet by solving environmental puzzle: Stop the deforestation, find ways to fight the air or water pollution and find sustainable solutions to help the world stay healthy and beautiful. The challenge is real! Have fun while making the difference !
+ Discover 13 new elements that will allow you to deal with environmental issues:
- Unleash the nature’s anger with the 3 natural catastrophe elements: Tornado, Earthquake and Tsunami. They will change the topography of your worlds and destroy everything
- The Eruption will allow you to play with liquids and create volcanoes
- Nature can be rough but mankind is always the most destructive force… The nuclear explosion element reminds this sad truth
- Introducing a new basic element that have many interactions with the existent ones: Salt! Create Sea Water that turns metal to Rust and the Salt Mud to a sterile soil…
- The Blue Whale will swim around and need to go to the surface every minutes to go breathing… If its way is blocked or its environment polluted, this fragile giant will die.
- The Oil Tanker has a hull breach and spill oil around, killing what’s alive.
- Two new trees to plant hope for a brighter future: the Cacao Tree will help the humans to have a better life and the Mangrove Tree will grow in the sweet water spreading his roots in the bottom of the ponds.
Dragons of Atlantis: Heirs of the Dragon players are getting a little help from an unexpected source this week. Wil Wheaton (a.k.a Advisor Wheaton) is taking part in a special scavenger hunt style promotion for the whole week.
According to the details on Kabam’s forum, current players just have to add “_AW” (the initials for Advisor Wheaton) at the end of their city name to enter. Merely changing your city name earns you a special “Advisor Wheaton Prize Chest” full of in-game goodies. The Advisor will be doling out clues as to the whereabouts of various artifacts via Twitter and the official Dragons of Atlantis YouTube page all week through Monday, 4/28.
You can grab Dragons of Atlantis off the App Store for free.
Version 2.0 adds in content from Season 5 of the hit TV series, as well as a new mode, a Perk system, and new characters.
The Season 5 story arc, Rise of the Master, sees the most recent incarnation of the Master, as played by John Simm, continuing his chaos and destruction. It also introduces two older incarnations of the Master from classic Doctor Who, Roger Delgado (the First Master) and the burnt Master from The Deadly Assassin.
The Perk system unleashes an innovative system for customization, strategy and depth – players will unlock abilities as they collect and level up their collection of allies and as they progress through the game.
Four more incarnations of the Doctor join the game: the First Doctor (William Hartnell), the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton), the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and the War Doctor (John Hurt), bringing us to a total of ten Doctors now available for free in the game with more on the way.
Doctor Who: Legacy is available for free on the App Store.
Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 21st, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Createrria, the interesting app maker within an app from Incuvo, has just received a big update. The update adds leaderboards, parental controls, seasonal content, and more. From the developer’s website:
Most important new features and changes are:
- Holiday content: Icon, splash, new avatar and new profile decorations
- New physics-based game mechanics: Pogo Bubble
- Possibility to easy showcase creations to other players
- High score leaderboards
- Parental Controls for online features and in-app purchases
- Many speed and stability improvements for older devices
Createrria, as noted, allows players to use the tools it provides to create and share platform games. We reviewed the game late last year; it is available for free on the App Store.
The current app maintains most of the elements that make the game so popular: the ability to craft and manage output. Facebook is not required, and the game is careful to allow players to consume the game in time chunks that work for them. It also has a new social control mode, which allows users to play anonymously or connect on social networks, enjoy connected rewards, and even play in offline mode.
“FarmVille pioneered social gaming on the web, and with FarmVille 2: Country Escape we’ve reimagined the franchise as a mobile experience to match how players want to connect with their farm and with their friends,” says Jonathan Knight, vice president of games at Zynga. “The foundation of the mobile game was built on listening to player feedback, so we’ve added features such as giving players the choice to play with friends or on their own, connectivity between the mobile game and FarmVille 2 on Facebook and the ability to play offline. We’ve created an experience where all FarmVille fans will feel right at home. As we focus on growing and sustaining this beloved franchise, we’re proud for FarmVille 2: Country Escape to usher in a new chapter of FarmVille on the go.”
Farmville 2: Country Escape is available for free on the App Store.
Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 17th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Ultra-popular racing game Real Racing 3 (from mobile stalwart Electronic Arts) has just received a pretty hefty update that adds in a whole new experience.
Now the game has open wheel vehicles in its arsenal – cars such as the Caterham Seven 620R, KTM X-Bow R, Ariel Atom 3.5, and Ariel Atom V8. Additionally, the roster has expanded, adding in the Hyundai Veloster Turbo and Porsche 911 RSR. Drivers are invited to get ready for the renown endurance race with The Road to Le Mans live event.
The update also expands the customization and photo mode, and opens up the option of visiting the collections of others.
Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 14th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
DeNA and Crytek, the collaborative team behind tactical third-person action game The Collectables, has gotten into the spirit of the season by revealing it ongoing “Easter Egg Mayhem” in-game event that is scheduled to run till 15:00 CEST on April 22.
The event allows players to collect Easter-themed reward cards by accumulating Easter eggs. According to the official announcement, by completing the extremely challenging reward stages players can earn bronze, silver, and Epic reward cards that are not available in the regular campaign.
Crytek Budapest Studio Manager Kristoffer Waardahl mentions the humorous undertones. “The Collectables had an amazing launch and we’re just getting started. Crytek and DeNA are dedicated to delivering great content and the Easter Egg Mayhem event is a prime example of this,” he says. “Easter Egg Mayhem puts a spotlight on the fantastic sense of humor in The Collectables and we hope our fans have as much fun playing through the event as we did making it.”
The Collectables is available for free on the App Store.
IceFlame LTD, the development house behind soccer and car racing mashup Soccer Rally, has just announced the publish date for Soccer Rally 2.
Like the original this new iteration is likened to polo, with players using souped-up vehicles to advance the game ball. The game sports both single player and multiplayer modes, with multiplayer games allowing for different sports balls to be used. Cars can be customized, and thee is plenty of in-app content to be purchased.
Soccer Rally 2 is due out, for free, on the App Store on April 24.
Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 4th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Apple smart device users that have a hankering for The New York Times curated news content have a new app to satisfy their needs: NYTNow. The app features the biggest news stories of the day, as summarized by a team of New York Times editors.
NYTNow features hand-selected top stories from The New York Times, selected stories from other sources, a morning briefing, and article summaries. Regular use includes access to 10 articles per month, but subscribers get unrestricted access to everything the app offers (as well as access to NYTNow on the web).
Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 4th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Spaceteam has just received an update that changes the upgrade pricing; folks who had previously bought stuff now have everything unlocked.
Additionally, the game can now be played in French, German, Italian, and Spanish (with more languages coming soon). Specific anomalies are now part of the regular game, and there is a new segment called the Admiral’s Club.
We had an opportunity to review Spaceteam early last year and liked it a lot; it is available for free (with optional in-app purchasing) on the App Store.
Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 3rd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
2K, along with Cat Daddy Games has released a new update for Sensei Wars. This update brings a bunch of new and interesting features, including a new “Dynasty” mode, custom equipment, upgrades, Global chat, and more.
Sensei Wars is available on the App Store for free.