Posts Tagged physics

Particle Mace is an odd game, but one that I found to be right up my alley. It’s basically a top-down shooter, not unlike Asteroids in many ways, but you don’t get to shoot. Instead, you drag a mass of particles behind your ship that can be flung towards floating debris and enemies. It’s like the universe’s most deadly tetherball. There are also several ships to choose from, each with their own particulars. The “Psychic” ship is probably the most fidgety as its particles swarm around it rather than cluster in an easy-to-aim group.

From what I’ve played the physics feel great, and the virtual stick feels even better. You can probably hear a little bit about the virtual stick in the video but seriously, it’s fantastic. It honestly felt more accurate and responsive than the physical controllers that were being used to demo the PC build. Regardless, this is one to watch out for.

Particle Mace isn’t available on the App Store just yet, unfortunately, but it should be popping-up as a premium release within the next few months.

Captain Bubblenaut Hits the Big Screen in a New Update

Posted by on April 10th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Captain Bubblenaut from indie developer Dean Tate is a fun arcade game featuring one-finger “slide the ground” controls. The goals of the game include eliminating all “erflings” and making your father “Admiral Pop” proud. The game features 30 achievements and Game Center leaderboards, more than 4 different terrains, charming music, and more.

Recently, Captain Bubblenaut received a humble update that brings the game to the larger screen of the iPad. Luckily, for you, the game is now universal meaning you don’t have to repurchase the game to play it on iPad. The update also includes support for iOS 6 and new menu music.

You can get Captain Bubblenaut on the App Store for $1.99.

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Feed Me Oil 2 Gets New Levels and a Price Drop in its Recent Update

Posted by on April 10th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Feed Me Oil 2 is a great puzzle game from Chillingo, publishers of other iOS favorites Cut the Rope and the Anomaly series. In the game, you have to channel oil into monsters in a wide variety of environments, using many tools and techniques to get the slippery substance where you want it to go.

The game was recently updated with an all-new chapter for you to explore. You can “collect the eggs tucked away in your favorite Feed Me Oil 2 puzzles” to unlock this chapter, according to the update notes. Chillingo has also changed all the gross oil to be “delicious molten chocolate” for a limited time.

You can grab Feed Me Oil 2 at its new, lower price of $0.99 on the App Store.

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via: Our Review

It is a beautiful thing when bite-sized games from the console space transition to iOS successfully. A perfect example of this phenomena at work was Hello Games’ fantastic reinvention of the Joe Danger series last year. Now it seems that Zen Studios wants to get in on the action, as they’ve put the finishing touches on a port of their console and PC tower-defense/action hybrid title, Castlestorm. They were kind enough to give us an early look at the game, and much to my shock I learned that not only is it great fun, but it may actually prove to be better than its console predecessor.

IMG_0365Everything you loved about the original game is back again, and this time it’s being aided by an extremely intuitive touch interface. The previously arduous process of twiddling control sticks to try and line up a headshot is a nightmare that can be left in the past. Launching projectiles are now as simple as tapping on the screen where the shot should land. But sometimes a catapult just isn’t enough to fend off the enemy’s attacks on the castle. In these cases, you have the option of spawning defensive ground troops or jumping into the fray yourself in the form of super-powered hero characters. These death-dealing beasts specialize in hand-to-hand combat, with a side of magical abilities mixed in for good measure. Anyone who is familiar with the control scheme of a traditional 2D brawler will feel right at home showing these “Knights of the Square Table” the error of their ways.

Though some may sink hours into the actual combat component of Castlestorm, others may find it just as enjoyable to custom design their own fortress. The easy to grasp quasi-drafting tool makes tweaking and tinkering with the perfect blueprint just as fulfilling as topping the adversary on the field of battle.

IMG_0364While the previously released Castlestorm console outing clocked in at a reasonable $9.99 purchase price, the iOS iteration implements an entirely free-to-play monetization structure. Both coins and crystals can be purchased using real cash, earned through normal gameplay or awarded for logging in to play on a consistent basis. Coins are used to level-up the abilities and stats of either the hero characters or each type of projectile in your quiver. Crystals are used to unlock more substantial elements, such as entire campaigns.

What I’ve played was a very solid sneak peak of things to come. Hopefully the final product lives up to the promise of this preview. Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for our full review.

Gon Review

Gon Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Gon is a personable action/physics game that tests the limits of players' reflexes.

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Shapist Review

Shapist Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Shapist is a sliding block puzzle packed with physics that requires a little experimentation and a whole lot of patience.

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Demolition Crush Review

Demolition Crush Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Demolition Crush is a good looking (and great sounding!) take on the physics-based destruction genre.

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Albert’s Adventure: Energy Review

Albert’s Adventure: Energy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Albert's Adventure: Energy is an interesting physics-based puzzle game, though control issues keep it from true genius.

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Nova’s Dream Review

Nova’s Dream Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
One-touch gameplay means this physics based game is easy to learn but tricky to master.

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Fun combo game 3volution should be seeing a serious update on March 19. No specific details have been released yet, but according to some info from the developer the update “features many new changes that make this award winning game even more satisfying, addictive & challenging.”

In addition, we’ve been told there is another surprise: on that same day (March 19), a new app from he same developer will be released named Pixis.

3volution garnered praise when we reviewed it a while back; it is currently available on the App Store for $1.99.

via: Our Review
Smash Hit Review

Smash Hit Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Break lots of glass in this refreshing take on the classic endless-runner style game.

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Deadlings Review

Deadlings Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Negotiate various traps and spikes in order to get the zombies away from the Grim Reaper's clutches in this quite fun puzzle game.

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Principia Review

Principia Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Principia is an in-depth building/tinkering/creation game aimed directly at engineering and electronics enthusiasts.

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World of Gibbets Review

World of Gibbets Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Bright colors and clever puzzles do little to hide the pure heart of darkness in World of Gibbets.

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Bike Mayhem Mountain Racing Review

Bike Mayhem Mountain Racing Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Gnarly bike crashes are way more fun when they happen to someone else in Bike Mayhem Mountain Racing.

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Rocket ROBO Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Rocket ROBO's combination of whimsical graphics and impeccable gameplay is just stellar.

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Water Drops Review

Water Drops Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Water Drops is a game that has all of the makings of another mobile smash hit, but it's unpolished looks are holding it back.

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Animal Upon Animal Review

Animal Upon Animal Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A little awkward at times, Animal Upon Animal is still an enjoyable physics puzzler for all the family.

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Fail Hard Review

Fail Hard Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Despite the unnatural controls, Fail Hard ultimately wins with its diverse and entertaining collection of levels.

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Cut the Rope 2 Review

Cut the Rope 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It’s a little heavy-handed with some of the in-app purchase suggestions, but Cut the Rope 2 is still quite the delight.

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Boyz: Big Bang Review

Boyz: Big Bang Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A unique theme doesn't necessarily make a great game, in this physics based pinball style game of procreation.

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Blocky Roads Review

Blocky Roads Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A game that could have just been a cheap cash-in on the Minecraft-esque voxel fad instead winds up being something that stands on its own.

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Harry Likes Plums Review

Harry Likes Plums Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
A charming physics puzzler all about the love that a green blob has for plums.

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The original Feed Me Oil was an imaginative and fun physics puzzler with some serious wackiness. No, really, it was awesome. And now the sequel is looming on the horizon.

Feed Me Oil 2-6Feed Me Oil 2 is focusing on “more of the same, only better, and more.” The visuals have been dressed-up significantly with sharper graphics, more all-around detail, and even weirder environments. You’ll be using gadgets to direct the flow of a-bubblin-crude, as expected, but now there are even more tools thrown in that can alter your strategies. The oil physics have seemingly been tweaked for the better, and water has been added (along with other environmental stuff) to further mix things up. In many ways it’s the same game as it still uses the three-star rating system that grants more stars when you use fewer items, and those stars can be traded in for level hints, but if it ain’t broke, right?

You can expect to see Feed Me Oil 2 in the App Store in the beginning of January of next year (only a couple months away, really), where you’ll be able to grab it for $0.99.

via: Our Review
Rabbids Big Bang Review

Rabbids Big Bang Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Rabbids Big Bang takes its wacky charm to outer space in this physics-based game, forcing players to use a planets gravitational pull and a jetpack in order to successfully meet objectives.

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Stars Savior Review

Stars Savior Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Use gravity to guide the stars savior and save the universe in this casual arcade game.

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Gentleman…Ricochet! Review

Gentleman…Ricochet! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Line up gents (and ladies), and get ready for a game of Ricochet - the classiest game around.

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Snailboy Review

Snailboy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Noticeably attractive and quite fun despite some issues, Snailboy is an entertaining physics-based platformer.

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Cat on a Diet Review

Cat on a Diet Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Help Dr. Meow find his way to all the cookies in this charming and challenging physics-based puzzler that’s purrfect for the whole family.

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Drop That Candy Review

Drop That Candy Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Mechanically and visually sound, Drop That Candy lacks a certain something to make it truly stand out from a cluttered crowd.

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