Posts Tagged Game Center

5BY5 Brain Game Review

5BY5 Brain Game Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Sliding tiles mashed up with number adding and color matching - there’s a lot going on in this puzzle strategy brain game.

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Hungry Henri Review

Hungry Henri Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A creative and addictive physics puzzler where players are tasked with feeding light to a hungry basil plant that’s lost in a world of darkness.

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Super Stickman Golf 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Super Stickman Golf 2 brings new courses, new powerups, new music, and most importantly, a turn-based online multiplayer mode to make an already-great game better.

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Knightly Adventure Review

Knightly Adventure Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Knightly Adventure's individual social and action-RPG components may not be all that remarkable when apart, but put together with cloud-based saving? It's a solid package.

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Kupid Review

Kupid Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Kupid is an adorable slider shooter game that puts players’ archery skills to the test as they work toward eliminating the evil forces with the Ancient Bow of Salvation.

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Osmos initially released on the iPad back in 2010 with an iPhone version releasing later, which makes the game practically ancient by App Store standards. The game just became relevant in 2012, as an update with Game Center multiplayer has been released. The rules vary based on the 6 map types available, which are based on modes with in the singleplayer game, but the goal is generally to absorb the other player, or some central object, before they do the same. Levels are designed to be symmetrical, so no one player has an advantage over the other.

This means that games often have an interesting pacing to them: a slow build-up as players try to carefully tread on their way to becoming bigger, then when a player gets the opportune moment to strike, a rapid chase occurs. Of course, sometimes what happens is that one player gets stuck, but might still win if the other player messes up. Or a player chasing after the other might think they have a clear shot at victory by absorption, before a larger mote comes along and drains them enough, sending them careening to their doom. It’s something that makes for a surprisingly great fit with the established gameplay, while adding a whole new dimension to it. The update is live on both the iPhone and iPad versions of the game.

$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-08-05 :: Category: Games

$4.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-07-08 :: Category: Games

Left2Die Review

Left2Die Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Zombie killing is more fun with friends in Left2Die.

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My Laboratory Review

My Laboratory Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
My Laboratory is an element puzzler that puts gamers in charge of creating a brand new world.

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Grabbit Review

Grabbit Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Grabbit is a fast-paced arcade game that tests users’ reflexes.

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Overkill, Craneballs’ free target shooter, has gotten a major update bringing Game Center online head-to-head multiplayer to the proceedings. It operates in a similar fashion to Fruit Ninja’s online multiplayer. There are three sets of enemies: blue enemies that the player must shoot for points. These enemies, if not taken care of before they firing circle meter diminishes, will shoot at the player, which causes the player to lose points. The red enemies are the other player’s enemies; shooting them causes a point penalty to be assessed. The white enemies are worth a lot of points, but can be shot by either player, so getting to them before the other player is the goal. As well, there are powerups that can be shot, granting temporary upgrades or attacks to obscure the other player’s view. Lag does not appear to affect the player’s aiming, though the view of the opponent’s target may be delayed.

There are two tiers of gameplay: Novice, where everyone has the same weapon, and Elite where gun upgrades, flying bots, score bonuses, and Game Center leaderboards get involved. This mode costs 30 Overkill Medals to unlock. The free update is available now.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-03-17 :: Category: Games

Apple shocked the world today by announcing a brand-new operating system for desktop devices, less than a year after the launch of OS X Lion. Codenamed Mountain Lion, the latest update further blurs the line between home computers and tablets, bringing a host of features that make your MacBook or iMac run more like an iPad. Here’s a rundown of some of the major additions and how they work.

Messages – Built to replace the current iChat system, the Messages app seamlessly integrates with iMessage, allowing users to chat across platforms. If you’re at work but want to get a message out to a loved one’s iPhone all you have to do is pop into Messages and start typing. The service is free and supports text, photos and even high-def video sharing.

Reminders – Create and organize tasks and to-do lists on your computer, then push them out to all your devices via iCloud. Need to run a bunch of errands this weekend? Reminders has you covered.

Notification Center – Another iOS concept ported over to the Mac, Notification Center groups all your alerts in one place to easily view and/or dismiss at your convenience. No more alerts popping up all over the screen, now things are contained to one place off to the side, minimizing interruption.

Game Center – You know it, you love it, it’s here. Any questions?

For those who can’t get enough, Apple has also released the following video showcasing all the cool new features present in OS X Mountain Lion:

While no price has yet been announced Apple expects to launch Mountain Lion this summer. Furthermore, developers can sign up for access right now and begin tinkering with this new, iOS inspired operating system. Apple has long been the company most devoted to making the desktop and mobile experience as analogous as possible, and things seem to be going to a whole new level with Mountain Lion. In the immortal words of Philip J. Fry, “Shut up and take my money!”

My Pet Zombie

My Pet Zombie

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Just found the perfect pet: doesn't make a mess, is funny, cute, playing with it is slightly addicting, and it never dies. Ever.

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Piggy Bounce Review

Piggy Bounce Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A delightful romp through the sky, this little piggy ascends through cheerful graphics, sound and gameplay.

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Waterslide 2 Review

Waterslide 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Have some slick summer fun will while watersliding in urban landscapes, picking up pearls and avoiding obstacles.

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Hospital Havoc 2 Review

Hospital Havoc 2 Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Fast-paced, quirky, whacked out and fun; control freaks and chaos lovers alike will find something to love in this role playing trip to the ER.

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ZombieSmash is getting its second major content expansion this Thursday. Multiplayer is coming to this zombie-flinging castle defense game, and we have early hands-on impressions of the game’s new update.

The multiplayer mode, played online through Game Center, pits two players on their own house defense points, trying to keep their house from being overrun. The two players don’t interact directly with each other, but both players will have to fight the same waves of zombies on their own screens. Powerups come up that allow players to send a large zombie that must be killed by special weapons directly to their opponent. Thus, the strategy becomes in using the special items (which aren’t necessarily the same for each player) carefully, so if any big zombies show up, they can be taken out. However, the regular zombies get stronger as the game goes on, so the longer a game goes, the more likely it will be that regular zombies will be the loser’s downfall, not necessarily the big zombies. The game randomly selects maps from both the original house and Camp Nowhere scenario released earlier this year, as well as having levels where the zombies all come from one side, as well as the notorious two-sided zombie assault levels.

The multiplayer is played via Game Center matchmaking, and doesn’t appear to suffer from any undue lag or other issues, so the play experience is smooth. Note that games can only be played between identical versions of the game, so the iPad version can’t play someone on the iPhone version of the game. This is a combination of both Game Center restrictions and because the mechanics of the two versions of the game are different to accommodate the differing screen sizes. The game supports optional voice chat between players; a headset is recommended if not required. The update will be available this Thursday, and will be free for both iPhone/iPod touch and iPad versions of the game.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-03-17 :: Category: Games

$3.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-12-16 :: Category: Games

OSM Match is a free to play target shooting game for iOS devices with gyroscopes. In the game’s single player mode, the player must try to take down as many discs being shot out without letting three discs go undestroyed. The game uses gyroscopic controls for aiming, so standing up and moving around with the iPhone/iPod touch is the best way to play the game. The player gets silver coins for succeeding, which can be spent on additional ammo and weapon upgrades. The game supports online multiplayer for up to four players (two players over 3G), and players can use special abilities to make it more difficult for opponents to hit the targets. Gold coins can be earned or purchased to help buy these abilities as well as items that can assist the player on their way to victory. The game includes several modes in multiplayer, all of which can be unlocked in the game’s single player mode via an in-app purchase. OSM Match is available as a free download from the App Store.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-07-29 :: Category: Games

Street Fighter IV Volt Review

Street Fighter IV Volt Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Street Fighter IV Volt is a new version of Capcom's latest entry in the legendary Street Fighter IV franchise, featuring 3 new characters and online play.

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Let’s Jump Review

Let’s Jump Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Let's Jump is an endless ascension platformer with both single and multiplayer modes.

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The Portable Podcast, Episode 89

Round and round and round and roundtable!

On This Episode:

  • Carter and several iOS developers get together to discuss iOS5 and what the new features mean for the future of development on iOS.
  • Who We Are:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Colin Walsh, Celsius Game Studios
  • Guest: Gavin Bowman, Retro Dreamer
  • Guest: Peter Babiy, Strapped to a Meteor Studios
  • Contact The Show: Email | Twitter

    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:

    $0.99
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2010-12-14 :: Category: Games

    $2.99
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2011-06-01 :: Category: Games

    $3.99
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2008-08-21 :: Category: News

    With our heads in the clouds…

    On This Episode:

  • Carter and guest co-host Brett Nolan discuss Apple’s WWDC conference, particularly the iOS 5 and iCloud announcements. They discuss how the features connect in particular to games, especially game progress and cloud-based saving possibilities in iOS 5 with iCloud.
  • Who We Are:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Brett Nolan, AppAddict.net
  • Contact The Show: Email | Twitter

    Music:

  • “Beatnes7 (Theme to The Portable Podcast)” by The Eternal – Download on iTunes here:
  • “Nanocarp” by The Eternal
  • How to Listen:

  • Click Here to Subscribe in iTunes:
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  • Listen on WRGT Radio every Friday at 4pm Central
  • Listen Here:
  • Today is a day of major updates and new releases. Three of the major updates deal with multiplayer functionality and features. Need for Speed Hot Pursuit updated yesterday with its Autolog feature. According to the Need for Speed blog,

    Through Autolog, you’ll be able to track your career progress, Personal Best times and how they compare against your friends, check out all your captured game photos, brag about your latest accomplishments, and jump directly into challenges recommended by Autolog’s comparison engine based on your friends’ gameplay.

    $4.99
    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Released: 2010-11-16 :: Category: Games

    Popular board game ported to iOS, Carcassonne, updated to allow online multiplayer through Game Center. Carcassonne also added more achievements, a score sharing option, and made overall improvements to the app itself.
    $9.99
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2010-06-03 :: Category: Games

    The update I’m the most excited about is the massive Infinity Blade update. The Chair Entertainment Group has added the “Arena” to Infinity Blade, allowing multiplayer challenges with friends through Game Center. In addition, the game now has a survival mode, new items, and new achievements.
    $5.99
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2010-12-09 :: Category: Games

    If these major updates aren’t enough to overwhelm those serious gamers out there, a slew of interesting games have been released.

    Square Enix and Chaos Ring fans will jump for joy because a new Chaos Rings game has been released today, Chaos Rings Omega. The new game uses new characters and a new storyline that is said to span 10,000 years!

    $11.99
    iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
    Released: 2011-05-19 :: Category: Games

    Casey’s Contrapations involve creating Rube Goldberg-ish machines so that Casey can get his toys back. Friends can share the puzzle solutions with each other over Game Center and can even create their own contraptions for their friends to solve! It’s also an Editor’s Choice recipient on 148Apps!
    $2.99
    iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
    Released: 2011-05-19 :: Category: Games

    Bumpy Road is an interesting game where the player guides a moving car by modifying its surrounding environment (like the ground). The game looks great for kids but I’ll probably be caught playing it shortly!
    $2.99
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2011-05-19 :: Category: Games

    TNA Wrestling iMPACT is a professional wrestling game, obviously. It includes wrestlers such as Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair, has a wrestler creation mode, career mode, and multiplayer through Game Center.
    $2.99
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2011-05-19 :: Category: Games

    iQuarterback 2 is a target practice game football game. The player controls are quarterback trying to hit various moving targets in different environments (apparently some as weird as an air hockey table). Game Center provides high scores and achievements.
    FREE!
    iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
    Released: 2011-05-19 :: Category: Games

    Candy Train is an old PopCap game finally ported to iOS. The player controls a train while attempting to fix hilarious messed up tracks to reach pieces of candy. While it looks like another great for kids, this seems like a fast-paced game and fun for adults as well.
    FREE!
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2011-05-19 :: Category: Games

    Orions 2: The Deckmasters is a sequel to original fantasy card game Orions: Legend of wizards. The new game includes more cards and characters and seems to have a ton of visually stimulating animations for attacks.
    $2.99
    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Released: 2011-05-19 :: Category: Games

    And finally, Storm in a Teacup is a puzzle platformer where the character flies across various levels in a magical teacup. Despite the ridiculous premise and name, it looks like a cute and well-made game.
    $0.99
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2011-05-19 :: Category: Games

    So pick a new game, update the older ones, and have great time playing with friends online today!

    Super Stickman Golf (formerly Super Stick Golf) has gotten a major update. 6 challenging new courses have been added to the game, bringing the total up to 30. As well, you now have the ability to pay to unlock all features, if you’d rather pay than play the game to unlock them. However, these new courses and in-app purchases aren’t just it for the new content, as online multiplayer, briefly discussed when developer Noodlecake Games was on The Portable Podcast, has been added to the game.

    The multiplayer mode supports 2-4 people either locally through wifi or Bluetooth, and online with matchmaking through Game Center. The game plays a bit different here – instead of competing for the lowest score, your goal is to get your ball in the hole as quickly as possible. This changes the dynamics of the game, as you need to find the quickest path to the ball, not the one with the fewest strokes, necessarily. You get points based on your finishing position, and your goal is to have the most points at the end of the 9-hole course. Powerups are still in play – you get a total of 10 that you can use during each course, and you can use any unlocked powerups you have, instead of having to choose which ones you specifically want to use at the beginning of the course. This whole setup leads to great moments of joy when you’ll just barely manage to beat out your opponent, and those moments of agony when they do the same to you. And there’s plenty of variety, too, as all 29 courses are playable online. It is incredibly addictive, and it provides a different enough experience that even if you’ve played the game a lot already, this really starts to mix it up.

    If you haven’t played the full version, then you’ll be glad to know that there’s now a free version of the game that’s available. It comes with 3 all-new courses exclusive to this version of the game, as well as online Game Center multiplayer for those 3 courses. It’s a great way to get people into the game, and is worth downloading even for people who own the full version. Both Super Stickman Golf Free and the update for the full version, which is a free update, are available on the App Store right now as universal apps.

    $2.99
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2010-12-10 :: Category: Games

    FREE!
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2011-04-12 :: Category: Games

    TeamLava has set out on a goal – to turn every possible industry into a freemium game. From restaurants to bakeries to nightclubs to treasure hunting, almost everything is fair game for TeamLava. Next up for them is Fashion Story, another universal freemium “virtual world RPG experience” that has you in charge of your own boutique. You get to stock and sell clothing and other apparel in your own boutique, with the ability to unlock designer brands that you can sell to increase business, and the ability to customize your boutique with a variety of layouts and decorations. As well, you can customize your own avatar to make yourself look all fashionable and trendy, because if you’re going to run a fashionable and trendy boutique, you better be fashionable and trendy yourself. And of course, there’s social networking features, so you can meet other players of the game and visit their shops.

    Fashion Story may not be exactly appealing to core gamers like myself, but who knows – TeamLava is turning everything else into a story. Maybe Spy Agency Story is coming up next. I sure wouldn’t mind running one of those, especially if I could wear an eyepatch and give people awesome codenames and send them out on missions. It could happen! Until then, you’ll just have to enjoy the slightly less cutthroat world of the fashion industry. Fashion Story is coming soon to the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

    Mariachi Hero Review

    Mariachi Hero Review

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    The name and concept is cool but there needs to be more content to Mariachi Hero.

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    The Blocks Cometh Review

    The Blocks Cometh Review

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    The Blocks Cometh, an official port of the Flash game, is an ascension platform that has you trying to navigate stacks of blocks that keep falling from the sky.

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    Battleheart Review

    Battleheart Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Battleheart is a wonderfully charming RPG that could just do with a little more depth

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    Pixel Fighters Review

    Pixel Fighters Review

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Pixel Fighters offers tons of potential but it's not as compelling as it sounds. At least not yet.

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    Avenging Spirit Review

    Avenging Spirit Review

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Retro side-scrolling platforming shoot em up fun awaits.

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    Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror Review

    Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Point and click adventuring that's fantastic fun

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