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.
Gameloft has announced some new details for the upcoming Modern Combat 5: Blackout, the latest in their long-running military FPS series. Players will begin in Venice, Italy as protagonist Phoenix, travelling around the globe to Tokyo and other locales. While few other details are known, we do have this concept art, the trailer from E3 2013, and the promise that more will be announced in the coming weeks.
Gameloft has released a new trailer for its upcoming thriller, Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is due out April 17.
The game is the sequel to Amazing Spider-Man and is the official mobile game of the Sony Pictures blockbuster of the same name. It’s based in Manhattan, and features Electro in addition to Kraven, Green Goblin, and Venom. The game’s new original story actually expands on the movie, packing in side missions with bosses.
The new update has some interesting stuff added. There is a new environment based on the movie Despicable Me 2 called the Anti-Villain League, a new-mini game, and a whole new costume to procure. There are also more challenges to with the the new local leaderboards, and a tweaked main menu.
We had a look at the game last summer and loved it. Despicable Me: Minion Rush is available for free on the App Store.
Posted by Stephen Hall on March 18th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
An upcoming update to Gameloft’s Asphalt 8: Airborne is going to be cram-packed with new content including new streaming features, six new tracks at a new location, new cars, and more.
With this update comes the announcement that Gameloft is partnering with Twitch to make Asphalt 8: Airborne the very first mobile game to feature the service’s game streaming functionality. You’ll be able to broadcast and share your in-game footage as well as your voice and image to the world via this new update. Also included is the new asian-inspired “Great Wall” location, new cars including the 2014 McLaren P1, the Ferrari Testarossa, the Dodge Challenger, the mighty 2014 Ford F-150, and to top it off, 30 new events across all 8 seasons.
Check out the video below for a look at the upcoming features, and keep your eyes on 148apps to know when the update is available.
Gameloft has announced that it will be the development studio bringing the official The Amazing Spider-Man 2 game to iOS this April when the movie is released. The game will be similar in many ways to Gameloft’s original offering, but this sequel is going to be more graphically rich and more detailed in appearance compared to its predecessor. The overall size of the game’s open world of Manhattan will be increased as well, giving you more room to sling your web and get the bad guys.
The game is a “premium title,” meaning there is almost no chance that it will be a free offering (especially considering it’s launching with a movie). But maybe that’s for the better; tons of in-app purchases to keep a game sustainable are never fun. Be on the lookout for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for iOS this April, but for now, check out the teaser trailer below.
Ah, the Great App Store Pricing Debate. For years people have been arguing over the cost of mobile games. What constitutes “too much?” Where’s the line when it comes to free-to-play monetization techniques? Should developers have deep discounts and temporary giveaways? Should consumers simply expect everything to go on sale and wait accordingly?
The recent Dungeon Keeper debacle is a good example of this. Gamers and critics alike have railed against it for using various monetization techniques and associating itself with the classic PC strategy series, and many point to it as an unpleasant indication of where the video game industry (especially mobile) is headed. It’s an issue that’s almost as complicated as the initial Freemium vs. Premium debate; so let’s take a closer look at everything and try to make sense of it all.
Posted by Rob Rich on February 20th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The seedy and entertaining world of Gangstar Vegas has just has another infusion of content. A recent update has added seven new alien invasion themed missions, 9 vehicles, 12 weapons, costumes (helloooooo denim shorts!), and jetpacks. Jetpacks!
The update is available now, and you can check out some of the new stuff in video form below. Gangstar Vegas can be found on the App Store for $2.99.
Posted by Andrew Stevens on January 29th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Order & Chaos Online has received its 18th update, adding two new dungeons: The Ruins of Vliya Temple and The Fate of Collapse. Along with the new dungeons comes a brand new story arc that will be continued throughout multiple upcoming updates as players hunt down the Archbishop of the Flame Abbey. The update also brings new items and mounts that celebrate the Chinese New year and Valentine’s Day.
Posted by Rob Rich on January 28th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
One of the App Store’s most popular dungeon crawlers is upping the ante yet again with a new update. Now Dungeon Hunter 4 players who have beaten the game can take their end-game character back to the beginning and fight their way through an even tougher Hardcore Mode (complete with its own leaderboards, naturally). For even further incentive to keep playing, the loot system for end-game players has been improved and the level cap has been pushed up from 100 to 120.
If you’ve been looking for an excuse to go back to Valenthia, or even if you haven’t made the trip yet, you can download Dungeon Hunter 4 or its update right now for free.
Posted by Rob Rich on January 28th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
People really love Minions, don’t they? Well there’s still no shortage of love to go around as Gameloft has released an update to Despicable Me: Minion Rush that manages to pay even further tribute to the little yellow bean-people.
This latest update adds an all new area to run through (Downtown), as well as a new secret area (The Bank of Evil). New minion costumes and funny little “moments” have also been added. In addition, costumes can be upgraded to earn more points, and there are a bunch of new missions to compete. It’s a good day to be a minion.
Posted by Rob Rich on January 24th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Gameloft’s World at Arms has been tweaked recently. The list of changes includes a refined Lottery with more balanced rewards and improved drop rates, a total of six new buildings, the ability for players to transfer their game save to other devices via social networks (i.e. Facebook, etc), and some UI adjustments.
And big honkin’ mechs. Can’t forget about the big honkin’ mechs. The Hyperion Robots can equip four different kinds of gear; each with a different skill. The Suppressor boosts the damage of nearby friendly units, the Warlord will add explosive damage to enemies, the Commander weakens enemies so that they take more damage when they attack your forces, and the Sweeper can unleash a broad attack to damage large groups of enemies.
You can download or update World at Arms right now for free.