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I’ve been looking forward to this game from Illusion Labs since it was announced a few weeks ago. Now that I’ve had a chance to play through a couple dozen levels, I’d describe it as a Portal-inspired, yet has a very different game play style, puzzle game with robots.
Carter is working on a full review for you and it will be up in the morning.
Touchgrind, a skateboarding (or “fingerboarding”) game that beautifully demonstrated the power of multitouch, debuted in the early days of the App Store. At the time (all the way back in 2008!) we called it a “great game with a finger controlled board and fantastic and innovative physics and control.” Since Touchgrind, Illusion Labs hasn’t released too many titles, but they’ve all been of extraordinarily high quality; Touchgrind, Labyrinth 2, and Sway all won “Editor’s Choice” designations from us. So, then, it’s with great excitement that we view a new trailer from Illusion Labs. It looks like Touchgrind is finally getting a sequel!
The trailer doesn’t contain too much information, but it’s tantalizing nonetheless. The sequel will be called Touchgrind BMX, and instead of a miniature skateboard, players will control BMX bikes, though of course the focus will still be on performing finger-twisting tricks. Touchgrind BMX is scheduled to hit later this spring.
From the video, we can see that the game retains the gorgeous graphics that have become Illusion Labs’ signature. Additionally, players will have separate control of the front and back of the bike at the very least—unsurprising, considering that Touchgrind BMX is being billed as “the world’s first true multitouch BMX game.” The video shows off a number of tricks, with the promise of being able to post replay videos to YouTube for your friends to gush over. We can also see a variety of bikes and locales. As the description boasts, “Your skill and imagination are the only limits to unlock bikes and locations all over the world.”
I think “teaser” is definitely the appropriate title for this trailer. Still, it’s got us pumped. Touchgrind was hugely fun thanks to its fantastic controls and physics, and Touchgrind BMX looks like it’ll expand upon those strengths. “Spring” is just about here, so we should be able to see how well Touchgrind BMX carries on its predecessor’s legacy soon enough!
It’s Friday! Hurray! Of course, for me it’s summer vacation and Fridays aren’t quite as exciting. But, we’ve still got our traditional sampling of delightful new releases from the past week, so that’s something. Big names like ngmoco and Illusion Labs make an appearance this week, as well as a few more mainstream companies like ESPN. Enjoy!
Godfinger from ngmoco allows you to build up a little world of cartoony followers and exert your godly powers on them. In Godfinger, you can be a kind, caring deity—performing Wonders and helping your civilization prosper—or a wicked demagogue, leaving a path of destruction in your wake. You can control sun, rain, lightning, floods, and fire. As you play Godfinger, your actions shape the terrain and your populace’s opinion. It’s almost ngmoco’s answer to Pocket God. Go on, give it a try and test out your godly abilities…Godfinger, like many of ngmoco’s newer games, is free.
Released: 2010-06-17 :: Category: Games :: Action
Geometry Wars: Touch
Geometry Wars was already a classic Xbox game, but it made its iPad debut back in March. Now, it’s a universal app, meaning that iPhone and iPod owners can get in on the action! Geometry Wars is a simplistic arcade shooter with basic, geometric graphics and a strong retro theme. It also was one of the first major games to make good use of the dual-stick shooter system that’s so popular on the App Store today. The iPhone/iPad version also includes a brand-new mode, Titan, in which you gradually break giant foes apart into swarms of smaller pieces.
Released: 2010-04-01 :: Category: Games
In honor of the World Cup, ESPN has a released a pinball app with some football-themed tables (ahem, soccer for us Americans). There’s also a Basketball table. The new pinball app is full of flashy graphics and boasts pass-and-play multiplayer, global and local leaderboards, and voice-overs from ESPN Sports Center host Jay Harris. It’s a marriage of a TV network, sports, and pinball…if that sounds a little strange, well, it is, but the game looks like some solid pinball fun nevertheless.
Released: 2010-06-14 :: Category: Sports
Onion News Network
Where would we be without the Onion? In case you haven’t heard of this magnificent publication, the Onion is a completely satirical news network with both an online and a print publication. (Yes, that’s right: you can get a real Onion newspaper.) Their stories are funny, witty, snide, and clever; you’d be crazy not to enjoy browsing them. The Onion’s new app gives you mobile access to the entire Onion archives, including both textual stories and videos. There’s not much more to say: it’s a typical newspaper app. The only difference is that the Onion is anything but a serious, esteemed publication. It’s here to make you grin, and, perhaps, think.
Released: 2010-06-11 :: Category: News
Illusion Labs has long expressed an interest in touchscreen gaming on larger screens (think back to their tabletop demo of Touchgrind) and now they’ve released an impressive iPad-only title: Foosbal HD. Foosball HD takes full advantage of the iPad’s large screen, transforming it into a top-down view of a foosball table designed perfectly for “local multiplayer”: both you and your friend just play foosball! You can also play against the computer, of course, but multiplayer is the real draw. Foosball seems like a natural fit for the iPad, and it’s great to see Illusion Labs putting the iPad to good use. Sorry, iPhone users; this one isn’t for us.
Illusion Labs today sent out word about their upcoming release Sway. They game looks like it continues the innovative games and control schemes that Illusion Labs is known for. They have previously released Labyrinth (iTunes link), the ball rolling game recreation of the classic wood puzzle where you roll the ball to the goal, and winner of the 2008 Best App Ever Awards category Best Casual Game. They also released Touch Grind (iTunes Link), the winner of the Most Innovative Game for it’s fantastic control scheme where your fingers control a skateboard rolling in a skate park.
Sway is described by Illusion Labs as:
Introducing Sway – The nice and friendly, but clumsy, wizard has accidentally blown up their home planet. All your friends survived the big badaboom due to their soft interior and fuzzy exterior but are scattered all over the galaxy. Now they are on a mission to find each other again!
Swing and sway through beautiful worlds in bouncy physics simulation using finger gestures to control their little grabby hands. It takes a bit of practice to get used to the controls but once you get the hang of it, you never wanna stop swaying.
Meet Lizzie, The Friendly Ninja, Benny the Bear, Recyclable Man and all your other friends in a swinging and swaying adventure like nothing you have seen before! Sway will be available on the App Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch before you can say smorgasboard!
Take a look at the video below — looks like an interesting game. We’ll get you more info as soon as we can get our hands on this game.
Illusion Labs have released the second trailer for their upcoming game Touch Grind. The skateboard game where you control the board with your fingers on the multitouch display is scheduled to be released at the end of November. The game looks really promising. As a fan of the Tony Hawk games and EA’s Skate, I’m really looking forward to it.
Illusion Labs today announced the immediate availability of a web based level editor for the amazingly successful Labyrinth game. Labyrinth is the accelerometer based game that has been downloaded over 3.5 million times. The level editor which is available today requires version 1.4 of Labyrinth which has recently been released in the App Store.
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