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.
Posted by Andrew Stevens on January 9th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Asphalt 8: Airborne gets a sporty new look in its latest update with the addition of the LaFerrari, 2014 Pagani Huayra, and Lykan HyperSport. Daily Bonuses and Multiplayer Win Streaks also provide a bigger payout as the more you play and win, the bigger the bonuses and rewards you’ll receive.
Posted by Andrew Stevens on December 11th, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Gameloft has released updates for all three of its Order & Chaos titles. This includes Order & Chaos Online, which adds a new dungeon for players over level 70 and more gem slots on weapons for upgrading.
Heroes of Order & Chaos celebrates its first year anniversary by adding two new heroes (Evistix, the Bone Stalker, and Nuutt, the Child of the Forest), while Order & Chaos Duels adds new cards based on Elementals and Chinese Mythology.
Posted by Andrew Stevens on December 6th, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Blitz Brigade – Online multiplayer shooting action! gets a blitzin’ new update for the Holiday season. No, it doesn’t include the actual reindeer Blitzen but an update that consists of two new skill sets per class. It also includes new sci-fi style weapons to fire at your enemies and new contracts that reward players upon completion.
Asphalt 8: Airborne is most certainly one of the more enjoyable racing titles we’ve seen this year and is personally one of my favorite games of 2013. I’ve spent many hours racing, jumping, and knocking out opponents. However, I never played long enough to unlock two of the game’s best and most expensive cars, which players either need to invest an insane amount of time in to unlock or put down close to 100 dollars to unlock with credit.
So, what does purchasing those two vehicles do to the game experience and is the increased speed worth the payout for those who decide to purchase instead of play? I collected some credits and purchased the Mercedes-Benz Silver Lightning (325,000 credits) and the Koenigsegg Agera R (375,000 credits). My first reaction was “holy shazbot, Batman! It’s fast!” – getting an increase of close to 100 mph is certainly felt.
Koenigsegg Agera R
All of a sudden the tracks become much smaller and shorter. It’s not just about faster vehicles, because each course is now a new challenge to master as the increased speeds can get players from one section to the next in a much quicker fashion. Also, with the increased speed each turn on every course becomes more challenging, requiring better reaction time as players need to make sure to hit it perfectly or they’ll crash. These faster vehicles certainly enhance the experience and make for a far more intense time than with slower cars. Every turn needs to be hit with near perfection, and it’s possible to keep the boost going for quite some time on certain courses that have the items lined up correctly for that.
The increased speed is great as it’s exciting to hit those jumps to spin longer and jump higher and further. It’s great taking them online too, though I didn’t have enough credit left over to fully upgrade them after spending the 700,000. That set me back a bit against some of the competition who clearly poured time or money into the game.
Mercedes-Benz Silver Lightning
Overall, fans who wish to invest their time or money will be met with increased excitement when running with the Mercedes and Koenigsegg cars. Things move much quicker and it requires expert knowledge of the tracks and the game’s controls to ideally navigate the courses to perfection. I had a good time running with these vehicles and think others will greatly enjoy them as well. Remember, speed doesn’t just enhance the vehicles but also the course, making it a new experience to race through.
GT Racing 2 is another game I decided to take a drive with using its top vehicle. The Bugatti Veyron costs 5772 credits, which costs around $40 just by itself. Users can spend $50 to get 7500 credits or $100 to get 16000 credits. So basically, $100 would buy 3 of the 7 elite vehicles.
I played the beginning of the campaign with the first available vehicle, though never got to far beyond that. So going from what’s pretty much the slowest car in the game to the absolute fastest is something that should be noted.
At first, I absolutely hated using the Bugatti to race around with as I was expecting the fastest and most expensive car in the game to be fun to use. Each race I would end up all over the road, hitting the left side of the wall and then the right side as the car has some serious sensitivity issues and lacks solid control. The poor controls had such a negative impact on me at first, but I ended up sticking with it and changed the control sensitivity in the options to 0. This ended up helping a lot more with the control of the vehicle, even though it was still very jolty experience.
I also thought the game might be a bit broken at those high speeds, because it wasn’t just me that was all over the road at times. I’ve seen the computer go running straight into the wall without turning, which makes me wonder if it’s the speed or something else entirely. Some races just felt off, between the competition and the handling of the vehicle. After a while of racing with the Bugatti I was able to get a better grasp of its handling, which led to a more enjoyable race even though I still find the wall on several occasions. It’s certainly a difficult beast to handle.
It’s just not the easiest experience out there. Depending on the track, the high speeds require a lot more use of the brake. Of course, having brake assistance is a big help at these high speeds but without it the brakes become an even more important factor on courses that have continuous tight turns. That was another new challenge that came about: trying to quickly turn left while braking and then quickly turn right and tap brake with the other thumb.
I feel the handling of the Bugatti is difficult, but also think the high speeds are tough on some of these tracks. So, instead of purchasing another one of the high end cars with close to the same speed I decided to slow it down a bit and chose a lower tier vehicle. I went with the Citroen Survolt, a car that’s still plenty fast but not too over the top. The few races I participated in with that vehicle were far more interesting and felt better and more natural. Of course the car handles a lot differently anyway, but the slower speed makes turning and sensitivity less of an issue. Basically, what I’ve learned from this experience is that players are in for a challenging time when racing with high speed vehicles.
GT Racing 2 feels a bit demanding with how easy it is to go through a ton of credit. Spending cash might be worth it on the lower tier vehicles for those who enjoy the game, but I would question putting cash towards the high end vehicles. Especially if players want to keep it at a more casual and enjoyable experience. The high speeds are really challenging and can be very frustrating at times – and not in a good way.
I do look forward to trying it out once again with a gamepad instead of touchscreen. I think it might have a better effect on the controls. We’ll have to wait and see about that one.
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