One of the more exciting gaming developments that has come about thanks to the rise of tablets and the iPad in particular is the resurgence of the adventure game. Touchscreen gaming lends itself perfectly to this kind of experience, and various indie developers are embracing its potential.
One such development studio is that of Belfast-based Billy Goat Entertainment. The studio is currently in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign for their upcoming title, Her Majesty’s Spiffing, which is a quirky space-based adventure. While the campaign is focused on rewarding PC owning pledgers, there are plans for an iOS release. We took the time to learn more from founder, William Barr.
148Apps: How did Billy Goat Entertainment come about? And why the quirky name? William Barr (WB): The company came about out of necessity seeing as I carelessly decided to leave a job I wasn’t fond of (despite the meagre yet reliable monthly paychecks) and no one else would hire me! As for the name, I’m very much a child of the 90s, a time when every company needed to have some form of anthropomorphic cartoon animal mascot. I’m also incredibly conceited – Billy is of course a common abbreviation of William. These two factors contributed to the choice of name and the fact that we have a Cashmere Goat as our mascot! Continue reading The Challenges of Kickstarting a Project and why Her Majesty’s Spiffing should be Hilarious »
The Incidentdeveloper Big Bucket has announced that its next game, Space Age, will be releasing this week on the App Store.
Space Age is described as a ‘cosmic adventure’ set in the futuristic world of 1976. Following a band of intergalactic explorers who land on Kepler-16, a seemingly uninhabited planet, it’s soon discovered that something is very familiar and strange about this planet.
You”ll be able to welcome Space Age into your world pretty soon, with the game set to come out for iOS on November 6th.
UPDATE: Due to the review process taking longer than expected, Space Age is now set to launch on November 13th.
Posted by Ellis Spice on October 9th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Mochi Bits has released their relaxing yet challenging space-based puzzle game, ORBB. In ORBB, players are tasked with jumping from planet to planet while collecting all of the stars along the way.
While the game has been built to provide a challenge to those who want to race through, with each of the sixty levels having its own achievement for completing it within a set amount of time, players can also choose to relax and take it slow, with the game providing no risk of the player plummeting to their death.
ORBB has already gravitated towards the App Store, and is available for $2.99.
Want to know what we thought about this hectic space combat/roguelike? Check out our Space Colors review!
Space Colors is a cool shooter/roguelike from Team Chaos. You travel from planet to planet across a huge galaxy and complete a variety of missions. One day, you may pick up a benign space crate. On another day, you may be asked to get serious about roasting alien slime.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on July 30th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Kairobotica by Kairosoft, Co makers of Game Dev Story, puts players in command the Kairobot Corps: a security force tasked with keeping the galaxy safe from monsters and evil-doers. Players can go on missions, upgrade their colony, capture wild alien creatures, and gain new recruits. To unlock the many planets that are available in the game, players must complete missions to increase a planets affinity. Once they hit 100% some planets will reward players with items.
You can pick up Kairobotica for $4.99 on the App Store.
Evergreen Studios has announced that its upcoming game, Tales of Honor: The Secret Fleet, will be available for iOS devices via the App Store on April 24.
Timed to match the time period of the recently released ‘Tales of Honor: On Basilisk Station’ comics, the game follows the action of a newly minted naval academy cadet looking to save the day. For fans of David Weber’s Honor Harrington, it should be a real treat.
Evergreen senior executives Scott Kroopf and Richard Browne are eager to the game hit the App Store. “Tales of Honor: The Secret Fleet is the next phase in the expansion of the Tales of Honor story world,” says Kroopf. “Now gamers can discover the unique battle tactics and enjoy the military authenticity of the Honorverse. The game, like the recently released comic, is intended to function as a standalone experience, yet we’re designing them to be complementary. Our goal is to make it easy for fans of all types to explore the rich universe that David Weber has created.”
Tales of Honor: The Secret Fleet will be available for free. The second comic issue of Tales of Honor: On Basilisk Station will be available in comic stores and digitally on Comixology.com on April 30.
For more information, please visit www.tales-of-honor.com.
Tabasco Interactive, the independent studio behind upcoming space action game Star Horizon, has yet to release a game at all if its website is to be believed. But this new dashingly beautiful 3D space shooter that they’re about to throw at us looks to be a very promising first entry into the App Store.
In a similar visual style to EVE Online (and notably without the ridiculous massively multiplayer online aspect), Star Horizon tries to set itself apart with beautiful graphics, “dynamic and intuitive handling” of your spaceship, and the ability to “write your own galactic story” among many other features. The game is on-rails, an aspect that apparently was decided on to make the game “more about pure action and not flying around trying to catch the target,” according to a post made by the developers on TouchArcade.
Expect the game to be released on March 20th with a price tag of $3.99; Tabasco says the app will be free of in-app purchases.
Posted January 31st, 2014 by Arron Hirst Our Rating: :: MUTATIONS ABOUND
Gene's use of physical mutation to control a player's abilities is a refreshing touch, while its throw-back visual art-style will likely see the average platformer fan satisfied, but the way in which mutations are implemented might become irritating to some.
Posted December 17th, 2013 by Mike Deneen Our Rating: :: RETRO ARCADE SILLINESS
Arcade games were designed back in the day to be insanely hard in an effort to eat up quarters. While the modern arcade is more of a novelty at this point, the spirit of difficulty still remains in a title such as this.