The Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA) recently ran a competition in South Korea to help find some of the most intriguing upcoming titles from local developers, in order to help promote their gaming industry. Sixteen games were selected by the agency, and they will be released over the next 12 months, with titles being published by Gamevil and Com2us.
The first of these titles are Plants War, published by Gamevil, a strategy-RPG hybrid, and Cheese Please, a mousey puzzle game where players must try to eat the cheese in each maze, without dying from the many hazards present. The rest of the titles will range from arcade action titles like Dead City and KaTaNa. There’s Fruit Rush, a colorful puzzler with daily missions, and Sir Real, a 3D action RPG that will use the Unreal Engine. Even a selection of MMO titles will be involved: Astro Wars, King of Pirates, and Fantasy War, along with some social games like Golden Menu, Little Wizard, and Aqua Story. These games were all selected to show off the talent of the Korean game industry, trying to turn the country into a top worldwide content creator.
Mobile app developer GAMEVIL has released the 2012 edition of its annualized Baseball Superstars series, and this edition includes some significant updates. For one, the franchise has made a move to high-resolution graphics, taking full advantage of Retina display capabilities. For the first time, Baseball Superstars will also be a universal app, allowing players to play at full screen resolutions on their iPhone, iPod, or iPad.
Aside from its visual updates, Baseball Superstars 2012 also includes a few gameplay updates. New customization features let players design their team’s uniforms and logo just to their liking. The My Pitcher and My Batter modes have been enhanced to allow players to build their team’s stats and earn skill points. New tilt and gesture controls have been added, but the classic controls are still available. Rosters have also been updated with new Super Players and there are new missions and Game Center achievements.
Baseball Superstars 2012 is available now and free to play with additional content available via in-app purchase.
Korean mobile game publisher turned global iOS publishing dynamo Gamevil has unveiled their latest title for iOS, Arel Wars. This title has players leading units in battles against their opponents, by summoning units to defend their tower, and to capture their enemy’s tower, all on a multi-plane two-dimensional battlefield. The game boasts content in large numbers, from over 50 units to use in battle, to over 120 levels to fight in over three separate campaigns. Are 120 levels not pleasing enough? Demand far more from the game? Well, consumer, Gamevil offers asynchronous head-to-head online multiplayer against other users around the globe. Arel Wars also comes with the colorful anime-inspired art style that Gamevil is known for. Arel Wars is currently available for the iPhone and iPod touch (no iPad native support yet), and is available as a free to play title, with the ability to purchase both cash and gold through in-app purchases to go toward items, skills, and boosters.
It may not be a huge trend, but it appears that a growing number of companies are offering funds to assist developers to create and/or promote their apps in the Apple and Android markets. These companies foresee that the number of mobile phones and tablets purchased is only going to keep on rising for the foreseeable future along with the number of apps for these users. It’s a good time to get into the marketplace. Case in point: Gamevil recently announced a $10 million partnership fund for external developers who have smartphone gaming ideas.
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Carter speaks to Retro Dreamer’s Gavin Bowman about his studio’s new title Velocispider. They discuss how it came about as part of an effort to make a game in a short amount of time, and how it hopes to invigorate their work on future projects. As well, they discuss the state of universal apps on the App Store, especially iPad/HD versions becoming universal versions for all devices.
Carter speaks to Kyu Lee of GAMEVIL about Air Penguin’s success and the future of the game, including coming to Android. As well, they discuss the Android gaming market and how GAMEVIL fits into it, and the often lengthy and involved process of localizing games for the US.
GAMEVIL has announced that Kami Retro, the 8-bit inspired puzzle platformer released back in March for the iPhone and iPod touch and given a four-star rating by 148Apps has been made available in a version optimized for the iPad, with Kami Retro HD. According to the head of GAMEVIL USA, Kyu Lee, “The unique style of KAMI RETRO HD looks, sounds and plays great on the iPad. Developer Paw Print Games perfected a top-notch experience for the device and we’re thrilled that more new fans can enjoy the game in HD.”
And the iPad version of the game should promise to be more friendly to the gameplay than the smaller iPhone/iPod touch screen was. The puzzle platformer does not give players direct control over their retro-inspired men to get to the exit; instead, players must do swiping actions to control the characters’ movement and jumping. Having more room on screen to perform these swipes should theoretically lead to improved results, especially when multiple characters are on the screen at the same time. More accurate controls should hypothetically mean improved gameplay for iPad owners over the original game.
The game also comes with the updated content that the iPhone/iPod touch version has received, including the new bear, cat, bunny, and robot skins. The game comes with the same 60 levels of the original version, including the bonus levels where the player must guide just one of the retro troops through a single room, trying to collect all the items in it before time expires. Kami Retro HD, named Apple’s iPad Game of the Week on May 26th, is available now for $2.99. Sadly, the game is not a universal app like other releases are starting to do, so multiple device owners will have to choose between which version of the game they want, although the iPhone/iPod touch version is currently available for only $0.99 as well.