Posted by Stephen Hall on April 10th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Captain Bubblenaut from indie developer Dean Tate is a fun arcade game featuring one-finger “slide the ground” controls. The goals of the game include eliminating all “erflings” and making your father “Admiral Pop” proud. The game features 30 achievements and Game Center leaderboards, more than 4 different terrains, charming music, and more.
Recently, Captain Bubblenaut received a humble update that brings the game to the larger screen of the iPad. Luckily, for you, the game is now universal meaning you don’t have to repurchase the game to play it on iPad. The update also includes support for iOS 6 and new menu music.
You can get Captain Bubblenaut on the App Store for $1.99.
Posted by Stephen Hall on April 10th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Feed Me Oil 2 is a great puzzle game from Chillingo, publishers of other iOS favorites Cut the Rope and the Anomaly series. In the game, you have to channel oil into monsters in a wide variety of environments, using many tools and techniques to get the slippery substance where you want it to go.
The game was recently updated with an all-new chapter for you to explore. You can “collect the eggs tucked away in your favorite Feed Me Oil 2 puzzles” to unlock this chapter, according to the update notes. Chillingo has also changed all the gross oil to be “delicious molten chocolate” for a limited time.
You can grab Feed Me Oil 2 at its new, lower price of $0.99 on the App Store.
Flying Hamster brags that it has almost 2 million players worldwide, and I don’t see any reason to doubt that as the truth. After all, this game is about flying hamsters. It features 6 unique worlds, 35 different enemies, and 8 “freaky” weapons that you can find throughout each level. Additionally you can control the game in four different ways, allowing the player to use either on-screen controls or the accelerometer.
Flying Hamster and its HD version were both recently updated with support for 4-inch screens, iOS 7 game controllers, and Game Center. But the best part about the recent update is that both games are now completely free to download. Head over to the App Store and grab one (or both) of them now.
Posted by Stephen Hall on April 9th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
R.B.I. Baseball, known as the most popular Baseball game to ever be released for the Nintendo Entertainment System, has received a reboot via the modern smartphone. The original game licensed players from the MLB, and the same is true for R.B.I. Baseball 14, which features 480 of the current lineup of players. You can play the game, with visuals just slightly better than its predecessor, in a variety of modes including season, postseason, and exhibition.
The game features all 30 MLB teams, and you can play an entire 9-inning game in just 20 minutes. It also features easy-to-use “classic” controls, allowing you to control the game with what is basically just two buttons. The game is also very realistic, featuring players whose appearance and abilities are based on real stats. Finally, there is unlockable in-game content such as legacy jerseys that you can unlock by playing season mode.
You can get R.B.I. Baseball 14 on the App Store for $4.99.
In upcoming game Warhammer 40,000: Carnage from Roadhouse Interactive, you play a lone Space Marine who has to battle tons of enemies with countless weapons while traveling through the game’s dark fantasy worlds. Sound awesome? The game’s “exceptionally rich” universe immerses you in action as you build alliances with friends but also fight battles with the game’s terrifying evil creatures.
The game features over 50 levels, the ability to build countless in-game items through an intricate crafting system, the ability to upgrade your weapons, a leaderboard for competing with other players worldwide, and highly accessible controls.
You can expect Warhammer 40,000: Carnage to launch in the App Store sometime in May.
A new action game from Shortbreak Studios called Hellraid: The Escape is scheduled to be released soon, porting the upcoming sibling game for PC (simply called Hellraid) to iOS. In the game, a sorcerer has imprisoned your soul, leaving you to wonder who you are yourself, and how you could possibly rid the world of this evil. The game is a high-quality and well-developed game with great graphics, and hopes to be a fun experience as well even on top of its frightening story premise.
The game has a plethora of features, including a wide variety of challenging puzzles, the graphics quality of its PC brother, a world that’s free to explore, intuitive controls, Game Center achievements and more. Hellraid: The Escape will also support play on a TV via AirPlay or an HDMI cable. The game will have free updates released over time and will not feature any in-app purchases.
Hellraid: The Escape will be available in the App Store for iPhone and iPad on May 15 for $2.99.
Laser Dog Games, creators of the well-loved game PUK, is at it again. This time they’re teasing the upcoming space game Alone. In Alone, you have to use game’s “ultra responsive slide controls” to navigate through caves, rocky outcrops, and falling debris while it becomes ever more claustrophobic as you play.
Alone is an endless runner, and the game’s “procedural worlds” attempt to give the player a sense of making progress through space. The difficulty of Alone rises and falls as you move from planet to planet, with a little bit of down time between each area giving you room to breathe. The game is also said to have a fantastic soundtrack.
Alone will be available on June 26 on iOS, and will be a premium game with no pesky in-app purchases.
Posted by Stephen Hall on April 4th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Hit MLB trading card game BUNT from Topps is a fun way to collect, trade, and play cards with what the company calls the “best baseball card collecting community in the world.” The game has a wide variety of features, including real-time valuation, strategic trading with real people, an authentic collecting experience, and the wide variety of player stats that come with each card.
The app was recently updated to make the experience even better for 2014. The game’s version 4.0 update comes packed with a brand new user interface, new gameplay features, a slew of new card types, and new fan metrics. Also, the update allows players to trade in higher volume; now up to up to 9 for 9 cards. You can find BUNT: The MLB Digital Baseball Trading Card Game on the App Store for free.
Posted by Stephen Hall on April 3rd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf, which we called “highly exceptional and unique” in our review, is a half-gamebook half-RPG adventure full of story and combat. Today the game has received a huge update called Forest Hunt that expands on the game’s original adventure, taking you through the “Kingdom of Sommerlund and the dreaded Darklands.”
The update features a variety of alternative paths, beautiful new 3D locations, and even packs a “magical” new mini-game. Act 2: Forest Hunt also includes many additional new features that will affect the entire game, including 3 different difficulty levels, “re-tuning and improvements” to the game’s AI, new ranged attacks, and overall improvements to the game’s gear repair mechanics.
You can get Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf on the App Store for free.
An exciting new online battle arena game called Sigils: Battle for Raios was demoed at GDC a couple of weeks ago, and is on its way to an iOS device near you. The game, which is being developed by Sproing and published by Gameforge, will be free-to-play and feature a variety of game modes including matchmaking, PvP, and PvE. Leaderboards for competing against others will also be available in-game.
So far, 20 combatants have been announced to be available for players to upgrade and level-up at the time of release, but Gameforge says that more will be made available by way of a variety of future updates. The game’s battles will be fought in a wide variety of arenas, and game play will be synced in live-time.
Sigils: Battle for Raois is optimized for iOS tablets and is slated for release sometime in 2014.
Funcom’s upcoming Lego Minifigures Online that we told you about at the beginning of this month was demoed extensively at GDC 2014, focusing in particular on the previously yet-to-be-seen Pirate World.
The game is going to feature a large number of playable characters, this time being the standard Lego Minifigures rather than the licensed famous characters seen is many of Lego’s other games. The ability to unlock different characters and use them to play through the countless adventure maps and battle bosses is definitely the main allure to this game; each character has its own set of special abilities for you to play with.
The game is planned to be available as a public beta sometime this summer and is going to see a release this “fall.” As for pricing, Lego Minifigures Online is going to be free-to-play, but there will almost certainly be in-app purchases to more quickly unlock those bags of characters. While you wait, be sure to check out the previously-unreleased screenshots of the game’s Pirate World below.
Posted by Stephen Hall on March 28th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The well-reviewed sequel to one of the most well-reviewed mobile games of all time has received a huge content update, packing 24 new levels, 8 new plants, and 10 new zombies for even more lawn-fighting fun. This update to Plants vs. Zombies 2 transports players to the “Far-Future World,” where your lawn isn’t actually a lawn; apparently grass doesn’t exist in the future. And apparently our lawn mowers will look like classic cars.
The new levels in this update are themed to look like a futuristic world, while the update’s new plants have science-fiction names (like Laser Bean, Infi-Nut, and Star-Fruit) and feature science-fiction zombie-fighting capabilities. The new zombies are equally as futuristic, and that makes them just that much more terrifying. Also included in this update is the Zen Garden from the first game, which allows you to power up your plants.
You can get Plants vs. Zombies 2 on the App Store for free.