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The Portable Podcast, Episode 145

Posted by Carter Dotson on July 10th, 2012

We're in your base, wrecking up the place.

On This Episode:

  • Carter chats about the cleverness and useful tactics of Outwitters with co-host Brett Nolan.
  • Dan Kraus of React Entertainment discusses Chillingo's The Act, going into why there's a lot more going on behind the scenes of the game technically than may be immediately apparent.

  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Co-Host: Brett Nolan, AppAddict.net
  • Guest: Dan Kraus, React Entertainment

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    Independence Day Sale From Chillingo

    Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 3rd, 2012

    Hurrah, it's Independence Day on Wednesday which means many of you can celebrate becoming independent from people like, well, me. So what better way of celebrating than with some fun games at a discounted price, courtesy of Chillingo.

    Two great games will be reduced to a mere $0.99 for their Universal builds: The Act and Air Mail.

    The Act is one of my favorites of recent times and worthy of our Editor's Choice award. It'll be particularly loved by those with a penchant for silent comedy and interactive storytelling. Telling the tale of a good natured window cleaner, who's desperate to woo the woman of his dreams, it's a light hearted and beautifully animated game.

    Air Mail is similarly great, also garnering an Editor's Choice award from us in May. Players enjoy taking the role of a fearless letter carrying pilot as they duck and dive around the skies, all in order to deliver the mail on time. Carter observed that it "has the feel of a Nintendo 64 or Dreamcast classic" which sounds pretty awesome to me.

    Both games are on sale for a limited time, priced at $0.99 each. Have a great July 4th!

    The Act Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    By Jennifer Allen on June 21st, 2012
    Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CHARMING
    A delightful interactive story of a hapless window cleaner and the love of his life.
    Read The Full Review »

    The Portable Podcast, Episode 128

    Posted by Carter Dotson on March 13th, 2012

    Back back from Cali Cali..

    On This Episode:
    Host Carter Dotson traverses all over GDC, from the show floor to press events and even the parties, to get quick interviews with developers' newest games and upcoming technologies.

    Interviews, in Chronological Order:

  • Kunal Patel, Phyken Media: Wizard Ops
  • Tomas Vetrovsky, LunarG: SeeMeGaming
  • Tyler Munden, N-Fusion Games: Air Mail
  • Jimmiek Rankin, Mega World Studios: Omegatech
  • Chris Murphy, Pub Games: Primal Carnage Mobile
  • Mike Meade, BeaverTap Games: Mikey Shorts
  • Jeremy Gross, EA Mobile: Flight Control Rocket
  • Daniel Jacobs, Spaceport: MiniQuest
  • Paul Farley, Tag Games: Funpark Friends
  • Daniel Kraus, React Entertainment: The Act

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  • "Nanocarp" by The Eternal

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  • GDC 2012: EA and Chillingo Show Off Their Upcoming Games

    Posted by Carter Dotson on March 13th, 2012

    EA Mobile and subsidiary publisher Chillingo were on hand at GDC to demo some of their upcoming mobile titles, including the sequel to one of the biggest iOS franchises, and a couple of interesting new independent titles.

    EA Mobile showed off Flight Control Rocket, Firemint's next entry in their popular path management series. The core gameplay is the same as the original Flight Control: draw lines from ships to their landing points. However, the game now takes place in space (and it boasts a 70's-esque sci-fi theme to go along with it), and new elements like snake ships that are connected, ships that split in two, and ships that drop drones as they fly by. The game also has bots that can be leveled up, and used as game modifiers, to enable bonuses or to make the game slightly easier. The game is planned for iPhone and iPad, and will be available later this month.

    Chillingo and React Entertainment showed off The Act, which is inspired by games like Dragon's Lair where the graphics are all hand-drawn animation. The game has its origins in an arcade game that was canceled in 2007 that was recently revived for the iPhone. Unlike Dragon's Lair, where the player had little control over what the protagonist did, in this one, players can swipe left to right in varying degrees to control what they do. For example, in the demo's opening sequence, the player must try to woo a lovely woman, the object of the protagonist's affection, at a Casablanca-esque club in a dream sequence. The player must swipe left and right to control the intensity of his actions, from pretending to ignore her, to eventually dancing for her, but not going too far as to jump on her, or to perform the always-classy pelvic thrust.

    Next, there was another Chillingo-published title, Air Mail. This game has players flying around beautiful fantasy worlds, performing missions in their biplane. There is no direct combat, no guns being fired, as missions involving dropping off packages, putting out fires with a water bucket that must be refilled, and similar missions of that ilk. As well, there are high score modes that involve limited-time and endless missions, and a free exploration mode with secrets to discover. This game was developed in Unity, and there are plans to bring it to non-iOS platforms as well.