When it comes to the App Store, most apps don’t die. They simply fade away. Such was the case with Jet Car Stunts. Originally released in 2009, this turbo-fueled stunt racer was a hit, with innovative social gaming features such as ghost challenges and replays that stand up to this day. But when the iPad came out, the world despaired, as the game wasn’t updated, and the iPhone version’s tilt controls just were not meant for the large tablet device. Jet Car Stunts seemed doomed to fade away into the history of the App Store.
Until now. True Axis has revived Jet Car Stunts with an update that finally optimizes the game for the iPad. Turbo boost through the air on that tablet! Both the full and Lite versions have been updated to be universal. The game also now runs in 60fps on the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and iPad 3 with anti-aliasing to make things look better than ever. It’s still compatible with original-generation devices as well! Jet Car Stunts lives once more!
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The Jet Car Stunts level library is about to get a bit of a boost once the new DLC level pack is approved by Apple. Added to the game are 26 platforming levels, all available through in-app purchase for $1.99. Also available by DLC, but for free this time, are the levels from the lite version of the game, just to add some extra goodies.
The app is also getting an update that will optimize it for iOS4. It'll get the customary retina display upgrade as well as full screen anti-aliasing on the 3G and 3GS. Don't worry if you didn't upgrade though, the game will fully support OS 3.x.
Check out the video below of some of the new DLC levels if you want to know what you are getting yourself into... they look insane.
This weekend, in a protest against supposedly 3400 emails complaining about the $2.99 price of their app Alchemize, Schiau Studios raised the price to $39.99 for the weekend. Yes, it's a hilarious protest against whiners who complain about spending a few bucks, but Schiau is not entirely in the right. Alchemize was originally priced at $9.99 and then quickly lowered until it was only $.99 for a short time. I can't blame people for waiting for another sale. If Schiau truly wanted to protest App Store pricing, they would have come up with a fair price, stuck to it, and never changed it amid protests. By acknowledging the whiners, Schiau has granted them some legitimacy.
Sometimes it's good to take a look at our beloved App Store's rival, the PSP Mini store. The store has launched and two of its biggest name games have already made an appearance on the iPhone (and for cheaper): Hero of Sparta and Fieldrunners. In addition, Chillingo and Mountain Sheep's Minigore is on the way. What do all of these games have in common? In my estimation, they're three of the most overrated games on the App Store. Hero of Sparta had good visuals for its time, but the dull one-button hack and slash affair has so many pre-rendered cinematic animations it's like watching a movie. Fieldrunners has a great art style and was admittedly one of the first open-path TD's on the App Store, but there's only a few enemy types and tower types, and it lacks the depth of the genre luminaries such as Sentinel 2 and Defender Chronicles. Minigore has nice aesthetics as well, but it's an average two-stick survival shooter with little depth, easily outclassed by games such as Alive 4 Ever. Sony, wake me up when you manage to get some good games.
Nimblebit's Freebie Friday
This Friday, Nimblebit lowered all their apps to free in celebration of their newly launched site App Classics! Even if you missed the deal, the apps are still worth buying; Nimblebit is the best in the business at creating fun, short, and addictive games such as Scoops and Textropolis. This move was interesting from a marketing standpoint, and certainly created buzz. In fact, Ian Marsh reported via Twitter that Saturday's sales were double normal and more than made up for Friday's losses.
This week's upcoming app that looks frickin' awesome!
This is the inaugural issue of this feature where I'll be showing off some upcoming games that look awesome (though I've been doing it unofficially for quite some time). This week, we have Jet Car Stunts, an awesome-looking racing game in the vein of Track Mania. The game is due to be submitted within the next week. Enjoy!
This week's sign of the apocalypse
A few weeks ago, Chris used this space to talk about how happy he was that Glu's awful Family Guy cash-in was doing poorly in the App Store. Well, times have changed, and apparently Stewie is enough to make a poor game reach #9 on Top Grossing Apps.
App of the Week
Soosiz is without question the best platformer yet on the App Store. The game uses gravity-centered gameplay, like that of Gomi, but much more fast-paced, to turn a good platform adventure into something extraordinary. The level design is excellent, and the difficulty curve is just right. Controls are great as well. There's only a left arrow, a right arrow, and a jump button, but they are all perfectly responsive and work brilliantly in unison, making you almost forget you're playing on a touch screen.. The graphics are cartoony and playful, and the only big flaw of the game is the sometimes overly-childish music. Other than that though, Soosiz is a magnificent achievement is App Store platforming, and it's one of the most fun games I've played in a while, coming highly recommended.