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.
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.
A new game based on the hit action-adventure TV series MacGyver is in the works at Fairplay Media, and it’s supposedly going to take many characteristics from the well-known secret agent. Fairplay Media has been in talks with the show’s creator, Lee Zlotoff, and announced today that they’ve finally come up with a plan to bring the famed character to the mobile games space.
Not much information has been released about the game yet, but the company has posted some related artwork and says the game will simply be called “MacGyver.” Also, proceeds from the game’s art will be going to the MacGyver Foundation, according to Fairplay’s blog post. The game is due to be officially announced with more details in the coming weeks.
Posted by Stephen Hall on March 28th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Createrria, the app on the App Store known for its ability to quickly and easily help you create your own games, has received a massive update with a ton of new items, themes, and mechanics that make your game-making experience just that much better.
The update features a new graphics theme called Eclipse, a new gameplay mechanic for those who can’t get enough of the “flappy”-style games, new items, new backgrounds, new “avatar and profile décor,” major performance improvements for older devices, and a variety of bug fixes to top it off. Check out the basics of the update in the teaser trailer below, and head over to the App Store to grab the latest version of Createrria.
Many games have been receiving “daily challenge” modes lately, and Joe Danger Infinity just couldn’t help but join the party. The game is similar to the many motocross sidescrollers we’ve seen on the App Store for years, but takes the concept to completely new heights. In the game’s first major update, version 1.1, players can participate in daily challenges to earn big coin prizes.
Building off a game mode added to Joe Danger Touch, the levels in the new update are very challenging with traps and obstacles that the player must avoid, and challenge the player with multiple routes to choose from. To get the best score, you’ll need to land some awesome tricks on top of simply making it through these awesome new levels.
You can get Joe Danger Infinity on the App Store for $0.99.
Posted by Stephen Hall on March 27th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
D&D Lords of Waterdeep, which got a relatively favorable review here at 148Apps, is a Dungeons and Dragons-themed turn-based strategy board game that can be played against AI or human players alike in a wide variety of exciting game modes. In a recent update, the game received an expansion entitled “Undermountain,” which brings even more features and gameplay mechanics to what is already a great D&D-style game.
In the update, you’ll find “new lord cards, intrigue cards, quests, an expanded map, and new buildings,” according to the app’s description on the App Store. Also included in this version 1.10 update is the ability for human multi-player games to be played with 6 people (topping the previous maximum of 5).
You can get D&D Lords of Waterdeep on the App Store for $4.99.
Posted by Stephen Hall on March 25th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A new update has been released for the acclaimed Duet Game on the App Store, featuring an exciting new “Daily Challenges” game mode. The new feature brings a 3-wave challenge every single day for players to complete, giving them the opportunity to compete with others through Game Center leaderboards as their challenge winning streak is tracked. The challenges vary in difficulty throughout the week: Mondays and Thursdays are easy, Tuesdays and Fridays are intermediate, and Wednesdays and Saturdays are hard. The Sunday challenges are the hardest and have been labeled as “impossible,” but it’s up to you to determine whether or not that’s actually true.
The update also features new achievements, the ability to invert the control scheme, and various stability and bug fixes. You can get Duet Game on the App Store for $1.99.
The 10th anniversary International Mobile Gaming Awards have come to a close, and after 2 months of voting between 14 judges from Japan, Australia, Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the US, the results are in. Dozens of games were nominated, and many of them you will likely recognize, but only a select few could actually win this fantastic recognition. You can find the final results, which were announced in San Francisco at the 10th IMGA ceremony on March 20, below.
Best Serious Game: Artisitco: The Game for Art Lovers by Play Art Labs, Ltd. Israel Excellence in Art Design: Year Walk by Simogo, Sweden Excellence in Sound Design: Papa Sangre II by Somethin’Else, published by Playground Publishing, The Netherlands Best Technical Achievement: Clumsy Ninja by Natural Motion, United Kingdom Best Shared Experience: Heads Up by Warner Bros., United States Excellence in Storytelling: République by Camouflaj, United States Best Quikplay: Colossatron – Massive World Threat by Halfbrick Studios, Australia Best Upcoming Game: Framed by Loveshack Entertainment, Australia. Excellence in Innovation: Blek by Kunabi Brother, Austria Excellence in Gameplay: rymdkapsel by Grapefrukt Games, Sweden People’s Choice: Tiny Thief by 5 Ants Spain, published by Rovio, Finland Jury’s Honorable Mention: Luxuria Superbia by Tale of Tales, Belgium Grand Prix: Badland by Frogmind, Finland
Card Hunter, which is a well-known and well-liked collectible card game playable in-browser, will be making its way to the iPad later this year according to the game’s producer Joe McDonagh. The game primarily features the standard deck-building and tactical maneuvering of many digital card games, but throws in a game board and a delightful aesthetic to make it an awesome tabletop game.
McDonagh and his team from Blue Manchu Games – the developers of the flash version – will be working with newly founded indie studio Dropforge Games, which is stationed in Seattle. Pocket Tactics got in touch with McDonagh regarding when we should expect to see the port of Card Hunter come to life. “We’re not announcing a release date yet but this is not a an epic development project,” he said.
Keep your eye out; we’ll let you know when Card Hunter makes it to iPad.
Football Seasons, a game that would likely be called “Soccer Seasons” if it were made on the east side of the Atlantic, is a fun card game that makes you the manager of a football club. An update to the game, numbered version 2.3, was released recently featuring a new solo campaign with over 100 different seasons to play.
Also included in this update is the addition of new, stronger artificial intelligence that will challenge you more during some parts of the game, a new in-game “top solo” leaderboard for determining the best coaches, as well as new credit rewards.
While Football Seasons is completely free on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, it does feature a plethora of different in-app purchases to make your experience just that much more fun.
RollerCoaster Tycoon, a game that has long captured the hearts of game players everywhere, is coming to the App Store for the first time via a new game called RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile. In the game, you’ll be able to construct and destruct plenty of roller coasters, customize your theme park to your liking, and share your amazing creations with friends.
One of the app’s most exciting new features is the addition of Facebook and Game Center support, which will allow players to invite friends to visit their parks “and exchange roller coaster blueprints.” Additionally, players can go to the RollerCoaster Tycoon website and register to receive news about the game as well as a free in-game gift. Be sure to check out the game’s official announcement trailer below.
RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile is being published by Atari and developed by start up game studio On5, and is set to release on the App Store in “early spring” for the price of $2.99.
Simple games with an addicting mechanic are all the rage lately (I’m looking at you, Flappy Bird), and a new game by the name of Jump! Chump! hopes to join the ranks among those games that really strike a chord with iOS users. Hilariously, Jump! Chump!‘s list of features – according to its App Store page – are simply listed as Jumping, Chumping, and Online leaderboards. It sounds like a simple game, that’s for sure.
But alas, the game is being met with great reviews. Essentially, you’re given two characters – one for the top half of the screen and one for the bottom half (named “Jump” and “Chump,” respectively). Enemies comes at you quickly from both directions and it’s your job to jump and chump your way to a high score, avoiding death as long as possible.
Interested? You can grab “Jump! Chump!” on the App Store for free.
Posted by Stephen Hall on March 17th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Well-known drive-and-slaugher Zombie game Gunner Z, which has been getting progressively better since its initial release, has received a huge update that brings its version number to 1.50. The update features upwards of 30 new missions in the “City Outskirts” area, 28 new monsters to take out, and many other exciting new features.
On top of the new missions and monsters, version 1.50 of Gunner Z comes with a new VR1 Bandit truck, 2 new weapons, 2 new P.E.T.S. models, as well as new achievements, leaderboards, and challenges. To top off this expansive update you’ll be getting the usual “bug fixes and improvements,” too.
You can grab Gunner Z on the App Store for free. Although keep in mind that this is one of those games with a plethora of in-app purchases to choose from.
Crytek’s making a big push on mobile, and with the help of DeNA, they’re releasing The Collectables later this year. One of the producers of the game is joining us on Twitch to chat about it as we play — feel free to join the Twitch chat to ask questions and find out all about this upcoming game. The stream goes live at about 4:15 PM EDT (3:15 PM CDT, 1:15 PM PDT, 8:15 PM GMT), click here to watch on Twitch with chat, or watch embedded live below. We’ll have an archive of the broadcast after the show.
Posted by Stephen Hall on March 14th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Co-Designed by ex-LucasArts designer Bill Tiller, Perils of Man is a new, modern, point-and-click adventure game from Swiss indie studio IF Games – and it’s available today.
In Perils of Man: Chapter 1, you play the character of young Ana Eberling, a teenager who has uncovered “a lost technology with the potential to eliminate the uncertainties of life.” And that’s where the adventure part of this adventure game comes in. She finds herself facing a variety of predicaments “both dangerous and bizarre.”
The game features a steampunk aesthetic, beautiful 3D animation, and challenging puzzles – but that’s not all it has to offer. It also features over 20 unique characters, clever dialogue, and an original score written by Paul Shapera.
You can find Perils of Man: Chapter 1 (only for the iPad), on the App Store for free.
There is no shortage of space shooters on the App Store, but it’s not every day that N-Fusion, developer of the acclaimed Deus Ex: The Fall, announces a new game. Space Noir tells the story of a private soldier in the “Intergalactic Protection Consortium” named Hal Markham, and throws the player through an adventure involving his bounty hunter missions, “deadly femme fatales,” and the defense of his home space station.
There’s no word yet on pricing for the game, but the developer has come out on Facebook to say that there will not be any clumsy in-app purchases. “There won’t be any clumsy or brash IAP in the game,” they said, “If you want to buy skins etc you can but the game is ‘complete’ – no time or resource gates for example.”
Keep an eye out for Space Noir for iPad, coming this Summer on the App Store.
Posted by Stephen Hall on March 12th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Real Racing 3, known as that racing game from EA with breathtaking graphics, has received an update featuring a massive number of new car customization features. After you’ve used these new features to tweak your ride’s height, its rims, and you’ve given your car one of a multitude of new vinyls, the update also lets you share your creation with friends using a new “Photo Mode” – allowing you to stop the action mid-race and capture a beautiful shot of your car.
Other new features in this version 2.1.0 update include new cars – Aston Martin’s DB9, Vanquish and V12 Vantage S – to add to your Real Racing experience, support for your favorite MFi iOS 7 controller, “Gold Achievements,” and a “New All Star Vendetta Series.”
You can get Real Racing 3 – and all the beautiful car tweaking features available in this update – on the App Store for free.
Posted by Stephen Hall on March 12th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The Sandbox, a game for iOS that is – appropriately – a sandbox, has just received even more sandbox-y goodness. The version 1.800 update, titled “The Sninobi Adventure,” features 17 Japanese-themed levels as part of the new Shinobi Adventure Campaign. Within these new levels, you’ll encounter many obstacles including lava pits, challenging puzzles, and hordes of Imps.
But along with any “The Sandbox” adventure mode update also comes many new elements for you to play with – and to help you on your oriental adventure. These include a new Sun Stone that can be used to create a movement detection laser, smoke bombs, and even bamboo bushes.
The new trailer is available below, and you can grab the new update for The Sandbox right now.
In partnership with Kongregate, Emerald City Games has released its exciting new strategy-based tactical RPG entitled Lionheart Tactics. The game takes you into turn-based battle, putting you in command of over 15 different classes, and requires you to use your wits to “take advantage of the terrain and your enemy’s weaknesses.”
The game allows you to train up to 30 of your own heroes, slowly but surely upgrading their equipment and trainable skills. Emerald City Games boasts that Lionheart Tactics is not just an action packed battle game, but includes a “rich, and sometimes witty” story as well. The game features beautiful 3D graphics, but if you want a better idea of what Lionheart Tactics is you should probably just watch the trailer below; you’ll see why Kongregate partnered with Emerald City to make this game happen.
You can grab Lionheart Tactics for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch today on the App Store for free, and be on the lookout for out official review.
Posted by Stephen Hall on March 6th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Not to be confused with Autumn Dynasty Warlords, a new game from GAMEVIL that goes by the name of Dynasty Warlord is now available on the App Store.
Dynasty Warlord is a social network RPG; it’s the second installment in the “Warlord Series” and succeeds its predecessor, Monster Warlord. The game includes both co-op and PvP modes, allowing you to complete quests and battle rival warlords with other players across the globe. Players are furthermore able to join “massive guilds” to obtain in-game perks, and work their way up the game’s real-time ranks for special bonuses and prizes.
GAMEVIL recently launched Dynasty Warlord on the App Store, and you can grab it today for free.
Posted by Stephen Hall on March 6th, 2014 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Disney Interactive’s Disney Infinity: Toy Box has received an update with a ton of new features, including many that were previously exclusive to the game’s full console version. In version 1.4, players will now be able to add toys to their Toy Boxes without being required to tether to the full-fledged version of the game. Additionally, the update adds “waves one and two hexagonal power discs,” more pre-made Adventures, all of the game’s Mastery Tutorials, and more features previously exclusive to the Disney Infinity console and PC game.
Additionally, the app now features a rewards program; log-in and play Disney Infinity on iPad, Windows Tablet, and PC at least 4 times within the week to earn a variety of new pre-made Adventures and additional toys. Finally, the update boasts the addition of a plethora of new in-app purchases including the “Ultimate Toy Box Experience,” character bundles, and power disc bundles as well.
You can get Disney Infinity: Toy Box on the App Store for free.
Posted by Stephen Hall on March 5th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer, which actually received the honor of being a 148apps Editor’s Choice game, was recently updated to include a new “Promo Pack;” a purchasable upgrade that packs a variety of new cards. Instead of charging you outright for the game, the developers behind Ascension have decided on a free-to-play model, including a variety of packs and features within in the game that are only obtainable as in-app purchases.
Today’s update to Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer brings Promo Pack 4, which is said to be a “a digital exclusive ready to challenge how you play Ascension!” The update packs “3 new Heroes, 1 new Construct, and 1 new Monster,” according to the game’s version 1.6.0 update notes. This pack is the fourth Promo Pack to be released, but actually one of 7 sets of additional features which are purchasable in-game.
You can get Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer on the App Store for free.
Tabasco Interactive, the independent studio behind upcoming space action game Star Horizon, has yet to release a game at all if its website is to be believed. But this new dashingly beautiful 3D space shooter that they’re about to throw at us looks to be a very promising first entry into the App Store.
In a similar visual style to EVE Online (and notably without the ridiculous massively multiplayer online aspect), Star Horizon tries to set itself apart with beautiful graphics, “dynamic and intuitive handling” of your spaceship, and the ability to “write your own galactic story” among many other features. The game is on-rails, an aspect that apparently was decided on to make the game “more about pure action and not flying around trying to catch the target,” according to a post made by the developers on TouchArcade.
Expect the game to be released on March 20th with a price tag of $3.99; Tabasco says the app will be free of in-app purchases.