Posted by Ellis Spice on September 19th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A whole host of newness has arrived on the App Store today, courtesy of Gameloft.
Modern Combat 5: Blackout now contains Metal graphics, allowing the game to have over five times the particles on screen at any one time – thus resulting in improved heat rays, denser explosions, and richer weather effects. Asphalt 8: Airborne also contains new Metal support, with a new season devoted to Metal that allows players to take on 23 cars at the same time rather than the usual eight.
App Bundles are another new feature for iOS 8, and two Gameloft bundles are already available to purchase. Fans of the Modern Combat series can grab the Modern Combat Pack, which contains the third, fourth, and fifth installments in the series for a total of $9.99. Action fans, meanwhile, can grab the Action Pack, which contains Modern Combat 5 and Gangstar Vegas for $7.99.
Speaking of Gangstar Vegas, it has also received an update that adds a widget for the game. As a result, players are now able to see and enter events, as well as claim rewards from them, directly from their notifications screen. These events have also been boosted by the addition of a new gangs system, allowing groups to go for exclusive rewards in weekly events.
Posted by Ellis Spice on September 3rd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
An update has arrived for Gameloft‘s Dungeon Gems: adding a daily challenge mode, new quests, new heroes, and more.
The Tower of Trials will provide players with a new set of 20 waves of foes every day, with better performances resulting in more rewards. Players will also find 20 new quests to take on alongside new heroes to collect. Multiple decks, meanwhile, allow players to prepare different teams of heroes, as well as allowing them to pick the best for the situation. The new ‘Card Lock’ feature will also make sure players don’t accidentally trade or enhance Rare or Super Rare cards they’re holding onto.
Dungeon Gems is available to download for free from the App Store now.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 2nd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Gameloft has been listening to their fans’ concerns about the multiplayer mode for Modern Combat 5: Blackout, and has released a big update that enhances matchmaking as well as social functions.
Now matchmaking for squad battle will only start when there are at least 2 players available on each squad. Also, the spawning system and social media interactivity have been improved. You can now change your profile name, and can delete friends and event reward messages as well.
Check out Modern Combat 5: Blackout on the App Store for $6.99, if you haven’t already.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 28th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Asphalt 8: Airborne, the racing game by Gameloft, has had a lot more high-flying fun packed into the new update.
Now you can race around the new tracks in Dubai in one of five new cars: including the Mercedes-Benz Biome concept car, the Nissan GT-R NISMO, and more. Gameloft has also added a ninth season with 74 new events to keep you speeding along. Asphalt 8: Airborne now also has Twitch streaming for iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPad (4th generation).
You can pick up Asphalt 8: Airborne for free on the App Store.
The three new heroes are: Marithus (Fighter), Donovac (Guardian) and Skale (Support). Meanwhile the addition of the Solo League will allow players to climb up an individual leaderboard and claim the rewards that come with it.
Twitch integration will allow players to stream their battles live, with support for camera, microphone, and chat built in. Also in this update, matchmaking has also been improved, balances to characters have been made, and an option to reconnect to matches has been added.
Heroes of Order & Chaos is available on the App Store now and is free to download.
Hey there, town-builders:
Want to know what we thought about the Ice Age team’s adventures in environmental preservation? Check out our Ice Age Adventures Review!
While we may have to wait a few years before the next ‘Ice Age’ movie, Ice Age Adventures lets fans pass the time with Sid, Manny, and Diego on the go. The great thaw has caused the world to crack, leaving friends stranded and the community in disarray. Here are some tips for saving everybody and making the village as good as new. Who else is going to rescue Ray Romano?
You’ll spend most of your time exploring the different islands for treasures and members of the village.
You’ll need to clear paths to get around. As your party expands, you’ll be able to clear more obstacles. Sid cuts trees, Manny tramples rocks, and Diego fights off enemy pirates. However, this also consumes your berry reserves faster.
Clearing paths gives you tons of shells – another currency for store. Finding clams, particularly golden clams, is also a great way to gain resources.
A few times a day you can enter the various caves on the islands. They provide everything from extremely valuable golden acorns to chances to rescue even more lost baby animals.
Rescuing a member of the herd typically involves playing a short mini-game like sledding downhill or solving a match-3 puzzle. Take them seriously though, because failure leads to a lengthy wait before the next chance to try again.
To unlock more parts of the map, you’ll occasionally have to gather items like vines and torches for friendly characters. Caves and shells are usually the best places to look. You’ll have to complete most of each island’s missions before moving onto the next one.
You can always go back to past islands to find things you may have missed or enter caves again for the chance to win more prizes.
When the game launched back in 2011 it cost $8.99 and required a subscription to play, but since then the subscription model has been killed off and now the cost to get the game at all has been removed as well.
Alongside this announcement, the game has received yet another update that adds a new PvP Battlefield with 2v2 and 4v4 capture the flag and challenge modes. PvP leagues are also new to the game, allowing players to join leagues and battle to top both their league and compete against other leagues. New events have been added as well to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the game launching: Haradon Day and the annual Magpie Festival
Order & Chaos Online is available to download now for free.
Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 31st, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A year after its initial release, Despicable Me: Minion Rush has just received a huge update.
The game has been taken in an entirely different direction than before, courtesy of The Jelly Lab. It’s added a progression system, with players having to collect fruit from various locations in order to make the tastiest jelly ever.
Besides the new missions and progression system, there are new costumes to enjoy in the form of the Jelly Jar and Lucy disguises.
The update for Despicable Me: Minion Rush is out now and the game is free to download from the App Store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on July 22nd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Ninja Up by Gameloft has bounced its way into the App Store.
Players control a little ninja with amazing ninja jumping skills, and to help the ninja ascend to the heavens, they must draw lines for him to spring off of. He must avoid obstacles, ufo’s, and other ninja as he ascends.
Truly ambitious ninja can fling themselves all the way to the moon, so bring shame upon your friend’s ninja by jumping higher than them.
You can find Ninja Up on the App Store now, for free.
Thought evil dragons were just a myth? Well they’re back in Dungeon Gems. And even though the game will seem quite familiar to fans of Puzzles & Dragons, it still has intricacies of its own to master. So gather an elite team of elemental heroes to take down the monsters one dungeon at a time. Here’s how.
Fight Fire with Fire, or Water, or Wood…
Basic attacks are launched by matching elemental gems like a puzzle game. You don’t even need to match three, just one will suffice. However, longer combos create more powerful attacks. Some even create special gems that clear a single element from the board, including new ones that cycle in to replace the old, doling out a massive assault.
Each element has different strengths and weaknesses. Fire beats wood but is weak against water while light and dark both beat each other. Be sure to target enemies by touching them so attacks can have the most impact.
Some enemies have longer waiting periods between turns. Check the number next to them and use any extra turns you may have to deal more damage or heal yourself by linking heart gems.
Defeating enemies grants you action points. These can be used to activate special skills or link separate elements together for huge, multi-elemental attacks.
New details have been revealed about Modern Combat 5: Blackout‘s graphical prowess.
The game is set to use a feature rarely seen on mobile titles. It’s called Screen Space Ambient Occlusion (or SSAO for short) and is a rendering technique that results in more realistic shadows. What that means for us is that the game looks better and particularly impressive for an iOS title!
Check out the GIF below that highlights just what to expect.
The game is also set to include many other graphical enhancements such as:
• Eye adaptation & Bloom – exposure adjusts in a more realistic manner when moving between light and dark areas
• Soft particles – improved interactions of particles with surrounding geometry
• Underwater distort and caustics – reproduces realistic water effects
• Real-time character shadows – characters cast shadows on geometry in real time
• Heat-haze – air distortion due to muzzle heating after shooting
• Depth of Field – cinematic effect that makes the background appear out of focus so that certain characters or objects in the foreground step more into focus
Modern Combat 5: Blackout is set for release later this Summer.
Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 30th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
There’s a new and chunky update for Editor’s Choice winningDungeon Hunter 4. It brings with it a much-requested Guilds features, enabling players to band together, chat amongst their guild members, and compete for special items in guild challenges. These items are exclusive to guilds, including new weapons and armor that’s sure to be of great help.
Fun and profit is also available through the Wheel of Fate, allowing players to win new rings that will give them new and useful bonuses throughout the game.
Dungeon Hunter 4 is out now and available free from the App Store.
Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 26th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Impressively titled, Captain America: The Winter Soldier – The Official Game, is currently on sale and will cost you a grand total of absolutely nothing.
We weren’t entirely impressed by it upon first release in April, mostly because it’s a little repetitive. Having said that, for free, what have you got to lose? If you’re like me and a sucker for blockbuster movie tie-ins, you’ll probably find something to enjoy here.
We’re not entirely sure why it’s on sale or for how long, so grab it quickly while you’re thinking about it!
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – The Official Game is available from the App Store now.
Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 19th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
There’s a shiny new update for Editor’s Choice winningAsphalt 8: Airborne. It adds a host of new cars, new car packs, and sees the removal of rental fees for events. Time-Limited Events can now be enjoyed using an energy-based system centered around the use of in-game Fuel.
The new cars included are:
Chrysler ME 412
Ford 2006 GT
Hennessey Venom GT
Mercedes Benz CLK GTR AMG
Mercedes SLS AMG
2015 Ford Mustang
So, there’s something for everyone’s tastes!
Asphalt 8: Airbone is available now from the App Store and is a free download.
Gameloft has been busy (isn’t Gameloft always busy, though?) lately. Several upcoming titles were on display at the popular iOS developer’s booth last week, including the Totally 80s endless racer Asphalt Overdrive (a spin-off of the popular racing series), “web-runner” Spider-Man Unlimited, and puzzle RPG Dungeon Gems. Not a bad spread, really.
Dungeon Gems is all about building up a formidable fighting force, then clearing colored gems to activate their abilities and clear out dungeons full of enemies. Characters can be collected and upgraded, and tend to conform to one of five different elements (fire, earth, water, light, and dark).
What’s interesting about Dungeon Gems, aside from the fact that it looks pretty darn impressive when compared to similar titles on iOS, is that you don’t actually have to match gems to fight enemies. Simply tapping on a single gem will trigger an attack, and you may connect multiple colors in one go – so long as you have enough Action Points (special points that refill as you defeat enemies) available.
Dungeon Gems will be available on the App Store later this month.
Ol’ web-head is also going to be putting in an appearance once Spider-Man Unlimited is released.
This self-proclaimed “web-runner” pits Spidey against The Sinister Six. Actually, it pits dozens of Spidey’s against dozens of villains from a bunch of different dimensions. Each of the 20+ Spider-Men will sport their own look and slightly different stats/abilities, and can be collected and fused CCG-style.
Spider-Man Unlimited isn’t due out until later this summer, but it’s definitely looking pretty good. And the supply of characters from alternate universes means we can expect lots of other characters to eventually pop-up.
Finally, there’s Asphalt Overdrive: a sort of spin-off of the Asphalt series that in no way is an official sequel so put down those torches and pitchforks!
Asphalt Overdrive is a lane-based endless racer that tasks you with going as far and as fast as you can while trying to outrun the police and avoid crashing into anything heavier than your own (licensed) car. It’s also super-80s, with lots of neon and bright colors, eerily familiar vehicles (Kit?), and a distinct Outrun sort of feel.
Asphalt Overdrive will be releasing later this summer.
Love endless runners and spandex-wearing superheroes? Then it’s time to get excited about Gameloft’s announcement that they will be developing Spider-Man Unlimited for smartphones and tablets.
Spidey fans will have the opportunity to collect a multitude of different spider-men: including Iron Spider-Man, Spider-Man Noir, and Ben Reilly Spider-Man as they fight classic villains like the Green Goblin, Vulture, and Electro.
Spider-Man Unlimited is scheduled to release for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in early September.
Gameloft has just released a new (and final) teaser trailer for Modern Combat 5: Blackout, made special for next week’s E3. It’s not big on exposition but it looks pretty and involves a whole lot of shooting and being shot at. Check it out below, then agonize over having to wait for its release!
At this point, everyone is more than familiar with Gameloft‘s extremely successful Modern Combat series of first person shooters. That’s why it’s huge news to hear that the next installment will be renewing the focus on multiplayer.
According to a battle-hardened birdie that just whispered in our ear, the core four multiplayer modes of Capture The Flag, VIP, Free for All, and Team Battle will all be returning. Each mode will allow for up to twelve players on a map at any given time. Along with the use of leaderboards and special in-game events, there will be a new persistent squad system in place. These glorified “clans” will allow players to group up with friends to share in the Team Battle action. There will even be squad chat functionality baked in on day one.
And to whet your whistle that much more, here are a couple of screenshots of what can be expected when the Modern Combat 5 launches, later this summer.
Asphalt 8 is having a 40% off sale on all its U.S. cars in Class D and Class A, along with three special cup races: the Captain’s Cup (win an in-game 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8), the General’s Cup (win 1 million credits), and the Memorial Day Cup (win the car and up to 1 million credits). World at Arms, meanwhile, is offering the chance to win several different holiday-themed items (Lexington Minuteman, Paul Revere Statue, Washington Monument) during Operation Memorial Day. Finally, Despicable Me: Minion Rush‘s Memorial Day event gives players the chance to win a special Fireman costume.
All of these events are live now, and are only available for the next three days. Better act fast!
Posted by Carter Dotson on May 23rd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Gameloft’s Order and Chaos Online, the MMORPG currently entering its fourth year of service, is available for free through June 2. This is only the second time that the game has gone free, though it does have in-app purchases for various forms of currency.
Gameloft has announced further details for Modern Combat 5: Blackout, the latest installment in the popular first-person shooter series.
Like previous games in the franchise, the game will feature both a singleplayer and a multiplayer mode. In a first for the series however, progression in both modes will have an impact on each other. Experience points gained will carry over to both modes, unifying progression through the game. Every mission or multiplayer match played will also increase your weapon score, ultimately ending up in the mastery of individual weapons. Better weapons will also unlock as you play and will be available to use in both modes.
Both modes will feature four different solider classes. These classes each have unique augments that can be unlocked using Skill Points earned whenever you level-up. Each class is defined by what weapons they can equip, which can be seen in this short breakdown of each class:
Assault – Aggressive fighter that is effective at medium range combat. Equips assault rifles and pistols.
Heavy – Resilience is the main advantage of this class. Equips shotguns and RPGs and feels comfortable in close to medium combat.
Recon – Focuses on fast action and exposing enemies. Equips SMGs and pistols. Efficient in close range combat.
Sniper – Obviously, focuses on sharpshooting with a stealth approach. Equips sniper rifles and pistols. Efficient in long distance combat.
Details on Modern Combat 5: Blackout are scarce, but we’ll be sure to share more when we receive them.
Posted by Ellis Spice on May 9th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A new update has arrived for Gameloft’s endless runner movie tie-in, Despicable Me: Minion Rush. Alongside the usual bug fixes and optimizations, this update also adds Super Silly Fun Land: a new environment inspired by the first film in the series. This area also contains a new secret roller-coaster area and a new villain to defeat – the Villaintriloquist.
Alongside this new environment, Astronaut and Tourist Minion costumes have been added to the game, as has an ‘Evil Minion’ power-up that allows you to become an invincible, fast-running minion for a few seconds.
Despicable Me: Minion Rush is available for free on the App Store now.
Posted by Rob Rich on May 1st, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Gameloft’s Modern Combat series is one of the biggest names in first-person shooters on the App Store. And with a fifth game on the way (seriously, five games already!) it’s really no surprise. What is a little bit of a surprise is that the developer has just dropped the price of Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour.
All this rootin’ tootin’ shootin’ would normally set you back a few bucks, but for the time being you can grab it for a mere $0.99. The way I hear it, the mutiplayer alone is worth more than that. So if you haven’t bought Gameloft’s most recent military shooter, there’s no time like the present.