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The Portable Podcast, Episode 176

Posted by Carter Dotson on February 26th, 2013

Exploding whales everywhere!

On This Episode:

  • Sam Coster, voice of One Epic Knight, and his brother Seth talk about Towelfight 2: The Monocle of Destiny, and how it had its origins in a game jam title. They also go in to its weapon system, which eventually involves exploding whales. Seriously.
  • Kris Jones of Everplay Interactive talks about his studio's Retro Revival series, and why the upcoming 1001 Attempts is perfect to play in-between games of Real Racing 3 this Thursday.
  • Episode Cast:
    Host: Carter Dotson
    Guest: Sam and Seth Coster, Butterscotch Shenanigans
    Guest: Kris Jones, Everplay Interactive


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    Favorite 4: Endless Runner Games

    Posted by Jennifer Allen on September 11th, 2012

    Appropriately enough, there's a practically endless supply of Endless Runners to choose from across the App Store. Which ones are the best and most worthy of your attention, though? We took a look at our favorite 4 in recent times and explain just why they're worth diving into.

    Solipskier has been quite a hit both commercially and amongst the developer crowd. It's not strictly an Endless 'Runner', instead focusing on skiing but it is fantastic fun. Players must draw the ski slopes while picking up speed and completing some impressive jumps and tricks. It also offers some innovative and memorable music thanks to a feature that means music 'pops out' when skiing fast, adding to the sense of speed as you solely hear the sound effects rather than soundtrack for a time.

    Tiny Wings
    Yes, it's nearly as huge as Angry Birds (and continues the bird theme well) but it'd be impossible to not mention Tiny Wings when rounding up the best Endless Runners. All about flying endlessly, players control a cute bird as they bounce across many hills. One tap is all that's needed to control momentum with numerous challenges encouraging players to improve for next time. The latest update included an extra mode for even more fun. It's a wonderfully calming yet gripping experience.

    One Epic Knight
    One of the more recent entries to the genre, One Epic Knight combines dungeon crawling with endless running, pitting a knight against a never ending dungeon as he attempts to collect up all the loot, clear the evil creatures and dodge some fearsome traps. Swipe controls ensure none of this feels too complicated and it's a great change of pace for a normally predictable genre.

    Ski Safari
    Many games have included avalanche chases, Ski Safari focuses solely on this big problem with Sven the skier desperately trying to escape the cavalcade of snow while using animals to help his escape. Each animal offers a different ability to speed Sven up plus a selection of objectives add extra purpose to the game. It's adorable and addictive in equal measures.

    The Portable Podcast, Episode 152

    Posted by Carter Dotson on August 28th, 2012

    The birth of Jeffrey Trousers.

    On This Episode:

  • The origins of Mikey Shorts from BeaverTap Games are revealed, and why fans of games like Hook Champ may be cursing the name of developer Mike Meade.
  • Tiny Heroes developer Simutronics talks about their new endless runner spinoff One Epic Knight, and some of the directions that the game took are discussed.

  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson

  • Guest: Mike Meade and Michael Gaughen, BeaverTap Games

  • Guest: Nathan Lutz and Sam Coster, Simutronics

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    One Epic Knight Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    By Carter Dotson on August 23rd, 2012
    Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: EPIC? NO. GOOD? YES.
    One Epic Knight is a 3D endless runner in the Temple Run vein that brings some new elements to the table, but has one slight tweak to it that keeps it from greatness.
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