Posted by Andrew Stevens on October 15th, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Domo Jump is ready for Halloween as it’s received a special Halloween add-on [Editor's Note: We've just learned that the Halloween content update has been pushed back until 10/22]. Players can now jump their way through a spooky level filled with jack-o-lanterns, scarecrows, and more! Users are also able to dress Domo up for Halloween by using a bat, ghost, Frankenstein, mummy, or Dracula costume. Jump to it, folks!
Konami has announced that it’s bringing Star Wars: Force Collection, a new card battling game with over 230 characters and vehicles from Star Wars Episodes I-VI, to iOS.
Players will complete quests, fight battles, and collect powerful cards and upgrades as they progress through the galaxy. Also, players actions will determine if they fight for good and join the light side, or use their powers for evil and fall to the dark side.
Star Wars: Force Collection is set to arrive on September 4th. What side will you join?
“Stating the obvious, Star Wars is an enormously successful franchise, and we saw great potential in the story to delight fans around the world with a deep game experience on mobile devices,” said Tomoyuki Tsuboi, President of Konami Digital Entertainment, in a press release.
Posted by Rob Rich on July 30th, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Domo, the adorable and terrifying brownie monster from Japan is back in Domo Jump!
Bounce Domo through several levels, including Crystal Cavern and Deep Space! Tilt Domo around obstacles, and into power-ups and gems! Dress Domo in an assortment of costumes to give him special powers and magnify his inherent cuteness! Drop Domo into a pachinko-style mini game just because!
Domo’s new vertical adventures are available for free on the App Store right now.
Ever wanted to run your own baseball team? Well, the time is nigh, with the recent release of MLB Live Challenge, an interesting mix of fantasy sports and team management sim using real results from Major League Baseball.
Build your own baseball team in MLB Live Challenge, the game that keeps you directly connected to Major League Baseball! Collect Player Tickets featuring real-life pros from all 30 Major League teams and compete using real-world MLB results, updated every day! Do you have what it takes to create the ultimate roster?
Konami has announced a new free-to-play social baseball game with cross connections between Facebook and iOS. MLB Live Challenge lets you build a lineup of current Major League Baseball players and operates based on real baseball statistics. The better your players do in real life, the better they’ll perform in the app. MLB Live Challenge combines 3D animations, daily MLB statistics, and chance mechanics while going head-to-head against other teams.
Posted by Rob LeFebvre on January 25th, 2013 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Originally published by Konami, Gesundheit! is now available for free from its original developer, Revolutionary Concepts. If you missed it the first time around, this might be the time to grab it in case it goes away again. It’s available in an iPhone version, with support for iPhone 5 and Retina display, as well as an iPad HD version. Both free!
He’s back! The multi-award winning ‘little Pig that could’ returns to iOS and is FREE for the first (and probably last) time ever! Apples “App of The Week” with no coins to buy or annoying adverts just a one-time chance for everyone to grab one of the highest rated adventure puzzle games of all time!
Featured Best of 2011 by Apple and loved by reviewers and gamers the world over, Gesundheit! combines extraordinary hand-drawn visuals and animation with an infectious gameplay to create a vibrant and colorful world where cute characters face off against wacky monsters, pigs will fly, and snot happens!?
As a gamer of 20 odd years, it excites me to see the release of a reimagining of a timeless classic. That’s one of the reasons why my iPhone houses Arkanoid and Space Invaders: Infinity Gene – some titles just don’t get old.
While Frogger is quite a classic, it has aged just a bit in recent years. So the prospect of it being revitalised is very cool indeed, which is fortunate as this is exactly what’s happened with Frogger Decades.
Graphics and animations have been brought up to date in time for Frogger‘s 30th birthday and there’s even a hint of a storyline. Frogger comes back home to find a map to his birthday party pinned on his front door, and thus starts a wild and wacky adventure to make it to the party on time. Five different environments are available with the memorable frog having to jump, hop, swing and dodge his way around obstacles.
It’s the same classic gameplay that made players fall in love with Frogger the first time, just spruced up with a modern paintbrush to enthral once more.
Frogger Decades is out now priced at $1.99. Oh and it’s an universal app which will keep iPhone and iPad owners happy!
Konami’s dabbled in the App Store before, with made-for-iPhone releases from well-known franchises such as Dance Dance Revolution S and Metal Gear Solid Touch. Now they’ve announced another major game, this time from another fabled franchise…the Castlevania series.
The Castlevania games are typically platformers whose plots revolve around Dracula and the vampire-slaying Belmont family. The game announced for the iPhone, however, takes a slightly different turn. Titled Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night, the upcoming game will be a puzzle-RPG in which you play Alucard, Dracula’s son. You’ll also be able to play as (or against!) characters from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. The screenshots make the game look somewhat similar to Puzzle Quest. So far we can tell that you’ll have weapons and armor to equip and spells to cast. As for the battles themselves, they look like a hybrid of Bejeweled-style match-3 and falling-blocks (aka Tetris).
While this puzzle game looks like more of a spin-off than a regular series game, we’re certainly intrigued. Release date and pricing info are still uncertain, but Konami rarely announces a game long before its actual release. Castlevania fans, stay vigilant—once Encore of the Night hits the App Store we’ll be working on a review!
In what is seemingly a periodic function, the app store community has been in an uproar over the pricing of a game. What was the sin? Pricing a game over the sacred $9.99 mark? Nope, it was the debut of the addictive but simple flash game Canabalt (free demo here) at a whopping $2.99. The game itself, from its great pixel artwork to the catchy in-game music to the simple but “one more time” gameplay, is actually fantastic, only lacking a global leaderboard. Well, apparently there’s some unwritten rule that if a game has a free flash counterpart, it can be priced no higher than $.99. Luckily, the average Joe App Store user was able to withdraw enough from their savings account to shell out the $2.99, as it’s ranked #78 amongst all paid games. Bargain bin App Store pricing is great for the consumer, but it sure does create some spoiled brats. Hey haters, you know what you can do if you don’t like the pricing? NOT BUY IT! But don’t go around calling for Semi Secret Software’s head.
App Store Starts to See Yearly Updates
We’re beginning to see 2010 installments of emerging App Store sports franchises, including Real Soccer 2010, Baseball Superstars 2010, and the upcoming X2 Football 2010. Not only does each of these titles bring notable improvements over the previous installment, but they are also another sign of the iPhone as a true gaming platform. Developers are clearly planning long term and are investing in the iPhone for their latest and greatest games. This trend will reach explosive new heights if EA Mobile joins in by releasing yearly updates to their sports games along with their console counterparts.
Mini Squadron Looks Insanely Fun!
This video of the upcoming “Mini Squadron” put it on my “can’t miss” list:
The game looks to have a nice amount of content with 50 unlockable planes and Wifi multiplayer, great graphics, and awesomely frantic gameplay. Look for this one near Halloween.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about a competition for the best App Store Kart racer between Konami’s Krazy Kart Racing and Gameloft’s yet to be released Shrek Kart. Well now, a completely unexpected racer has entered the fray, Cocoto Kart Online. Cocoto is made by Eurocenter, the makers of such online luminaries as Dinosmash, Ace Tennis Online, and Bomber Online. Cocoto contains a generous single player mode and of course, fully functional online play over Wifi or 3G. Oh, and Cocoto has one thing neither of its competitor’s can beat: at $.99 price tag. We’ll try to review this one soon but until then here’s a video of Battle Mode:
Note: the game can also be played with accelerometer controls.
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-10-02 :: Category: Games
This Week’s Sign of the Apocalypse
Kyle Orton is now officially a better QB than Tony Romo. That is all. (Truth. -Ed.)
Games of the Week
Robocalypse – Mobile Mayhem
The App Store has seen a few, largely unsuccessful attempts at bringing an RTS to the App Store. Now, it finally has one worth playing, Robocalypse. Not only does Robocalyspe deliver solid RTS gameplay (though it is slightly simplified) but also a large dose of humor, nice graphics, a 17 mission long campaign mode, and online multiplayer. It’s tough to beat getting a full DS game for only $2.99.
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-09-18 :: Category: Games
FIFA 10 by EA SPORTS
It is with some reservations and trepidation that I name FIFA as an app of the week, but I do it because of one thing: gameplay, which makes it tentatively the best soccer (football) game on the App Store. Despite a very frustrating glitch that mixes up all your positions in manager mode and roster management menus that occasionally border on unnavigable, FIFA’s controls are pretty good – they just take some time to get used to. In addition, EA packed a massive amount of content, including a multitude of fully-licensed teams and several game modes. In addition, FIFA comes through when it comes to gameplay. Unlike X2 Football and Real Soccer, FIFA is realistic. The gameplay is very smooth with a fine attention to realistic detail. No 15-0 blowouts here; goals are hard to come by, and 1-0 results are common, making goals extremely rewarding. The game never feels “cheap,” and you only have yourself to blame for your losses. I reserve the right to change my mind on FIFA’s place in the soccer game pecking order until X2 2010 comes out, but as of now, it sits at the top.
Apple, you might want to improve your approval process
It seems that news comes out, on a weekly basis, that demonstrates how bad Apple’s approval system is, and this week was no different, with two notable stories. First, the Google Voice app. In the FCC letters, Apple claims AT&T has nothing to do with this, but it simply reeks of their interference, though on the technical side, it was rejected because it duplicates an already existing native feature – the phone. Why then, are there so many “Text Free” apps. Apple simply has no consistency. Apple, however, revealed some interesting nuggets of information: about 8500 apps are submitted each week, Apple employs 40 full-time app reviewers, and each app is reviewed by two separate people. Some rough number crunching by Jeff, our head honcho, reveals that the average time a single person spends reviewing an app is 5.6 minutes. This is simply atrocious, and frankly explains a lot. More and more, it is showing that Apple struck gold with the App Store, but was in no way expecting it and has no idea what to do. The next news story is the saga of Spotify, an awesome internet radio app. Apple has done absolutely nothing, and the app is still in limbo after several weeks in review. Obviously, Apple believes Spotify is a great app, so great in fact, that it will hurt iTunes store music downloads. Much like in the case of A.D.D., the answer here is simply more transparency. Come on, Apple, at least let the developers know what is happening so that they might speed the process. And of course, make up your mind! Have the cajones to either approve it or reject rather than leaving it rotting in app purgatory.
Race for the best Kart Racer
Konami's Krazy Kart Racing
Gameloft's Shrek Kart
Gameloft seems to be going head to head with other developers lately, and kart racing is the latest iteration of this. Both Konami (Krazy Kart Racing) and Gameloft (Shrek Kart) have Mario Kart style racers due out soon on the App Store. Simply based on screenshots and video alone, I’d say the edge goes to Gameloft. The graphics in Shrek Kart are much nicer (Krazy Kart graphics are somewhat blocky and the karts look like they’re hovering due to the lack of a shadow), and the track design looks better for Shrek Kart. From the video, Shrek Kart looks to be a very competent Mario Kart-like game. I typically dislike the gimmicky use of movie characters and the like in games, but Shrek Kart looks like a can’t miss.
Free “Knights Onrush” promotional game
In a nice promotional move, the folks over at Moregames have released a free supplement game to their hit “Knights Onrush.” Though we thoroughly enjoyed Knights Onrush in our review, the promotional game is nothing like it. It uses the same characters, but rather than a Castle Defense game, it is a side scrolling hack-’n-slash with some nice RPG elements and best of all, a jump button. It’s a typical highscore affair, and while the game is glitchy, it is rather enjoyable. The game will likely climb the free app charts and gain some publicity for the main game, and Moregames even hints at the fact that they might give the game a premium paid version. I applaud this great marketing move, which is good for both the developer and cash-strapped iPhone gamers!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2009-07-22 :: Category: Navigation
Apps of the Week
Gangster: West Coast Hustle
Gameloft has truly achieved a milestone for the iPhone with their immensely impressive GTA-style game. This game features a fully explorable 3D sandbox world with plenty of ways to get your hands dirty. The story missions are entertaining, graphics are rich, and best of all, the controls are fantastic. If Gameloft sticks to a mantra of light on innovation, heavy on quality, while producing games like this at such a bargain price, you won’t hear any complaining from me.
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-08-20 :: Category: Games
If you’re like me, then you love showing off cool, unique things that only an iPhone can do. The latest and greatest of these apps is Sonar Ruler. The concept of Sonar Ruler is simply so cool I didn’t believe it at first: by using sonar technology, you can simply point your iPhone at a (large) object and just like that, find out how far away it is. Sounds futuristic, right? Best of all, if you use the app correctly, its measurements are actually fairly precise, within an inch usually. No, it’s not going to replace a ruler or measuring tape, but it’s pretty freaking awesome.
It was only a matter of time before we started getting some heavy hitters in the App Store. Did Konami deliver on what could have finally been the premium gaming experience we've been waiting for? Read our initial impressions and see for yourself!