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The Blocks Cometh Is Now Universal With New Characters and iCade Support

Posted by Carter Dotson on August 2nd, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FRUSTRATION COMETH :: Read Review »

Halfbot's The Blocks Cometh has been given one big final update making it universal, adding iCade support, and 5 new characters from all across the world of iOS gaming.

Yes, iPad support has finally come to this game. The game also supports the Retina Display, so while there may not be added definition to those pixels, they will look crisp without the scaling interpolation that iOS usually adds to non-Retina games. The iCade support even makes the game feel exactly like the old-school arcade game it was destined to be. Don't worry, iCade Mobile users, as there's support for that too.

Velocispider's eponymous araknasaur is a playable character, climbing blocks with the ability to shoot ones directly above it, though blocks to the side can't be shot! 1-bit Ninja's ninja makes an appearance, though it can thankfully move both left and right. Even the editors of Touch Arcade make appearances in the game, because when the sky is falling, there's no one you want on your side more than a bunch of app bloggers!

Duckers Review

By Carter Dotson on May 31st, 2012
Retro Dreamer's newest game, Duckers, challenges players to dive and dig through the ground for treasure, avoiding various hazards.
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The Portable Podcast, Episode 119

Posted by Carter Dotson on January 10th, 2012

Crates, boxes, and velocispiders, oh my!

On This Episode:

  • Carter discusses the recent release of Super Crate Box with the game's developers, Vlambeer.
  • Carter and Gavin Bowman discuss the release of DoubleTake on Android, along with the recent new iCade peripheral announcements.

  • Who We Are:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guests: Rami Ismail & Jan Willem Nijman, Vlambeer
  • Guest: Gavin Bowman, Retro Dreamer

  • Music:

  • "Beatnes7 (Theme to The Portable Podcast)" by The Eternal - Download on iTunes here:


  • "Nanocarp" by The Eternal

  • How to Listen:

  • Click Here to Subscribe in iTunes:
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  • Listen Here: [powerpress]
  • Apps Mentioned on This Episode:



    The Portable Podcast, Episode 118

    Posted by Carter Dotson on January 3rd, 2012

    You're the best around! No one's ever gonna keep you down!

    On This Episode:

  • Carter and an esteemed panel of regular Portable Podcast guests share their opinions on the best games of 2011, their most underappreciated game, and their favorite pre-2011 game that they're still playing.

  • Who We Are:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Brett Nolan, AppAddict.net
  • Guest: Colin Walsh, Celsius Game Studios
  • Guest: Blake Grundman, 148Apps & Games Are Evil

  • Music:

  • "Beatnes7 (Theme to The Portable Podcast)" by The Eternal - Download on iTunes here:


  • "Nanocarp" by The Eternal

  • How to Listen:

  • Click Here to Subscribe in iTunes:
  • Click Here to Subscribe via RSS.
  • Listen Here: [powerpress]
  • Apps Mentioned on This Episode:






















    The Portable Podcast, Episode 89

    Posted by Carter Dotson on June 14th, 2011

    Round and round and round and roundtable!

    On This Episode:

  • Carter and several iOS developers get together to discuss iOS5 and what the new features mean for the future of development on iOS.

  • Who We Are:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Colin Walsh, Celsius Game Studios
  • Guest: Gavin Bowman, Retro Dreamer
  • Guest: Peter Babiy, Strapped to a Meteor Studios
  • Contact The Show: Email | Twitter

    Music:

  • "Beatnes7 (Theme to The Portable Podcast)" by The Eternal - Download on iTunes here:


  • "Nanocarp" by The Eternal

  • How to Listen:

  • Click Here to Subscribe in iTunes:
  • Click Here to Subscribe via RSS.

  • Listen on WRGT Radio every Friday at 4pm Central
  • Listen Here: [powerpress]
  • Apps Mentioned in this Episode:



    Velocispider Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    By Carter Dotson on June 1st, 2011
    Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DELICIOUS
    Velocispider, the newest game from Retro Dreamer, is a Space Invaders-esque shmup featuring a half-velociraptor, half-spider.
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    The Portable Podcast, Episode 87

    Posted by Carter Dotson on May 31st, 2011

    Cornering the market on animal hybrids with head-mounted lasers!

    On This Episode:

  • Carter speaks to Retro Dreamer's Gavin Bowman about his studio's new title Velocispider. They discuss how it came about as part of an effort to make a game in a short amount of time, and how it hopes to invigorate their work on future projects. As well, they discuss the state of universal apps on the App Store, especially iPad/HD versions becoming universal versions for all devices.
  • Carter speaks to Kyu Lee of GAMEVIL about Air Penguin's success and the future of the game, including coming to Android. As well, they discuss the Android gaming market and how GAMEVIL fits into it, and the often lengthy and involved process of localizing games for the US.

  • Who We Are:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Gavin Bowman, Retro Dreamer
  • Guest: Kyu Lee, GAMEVIL
  • Contact The Show: Email | Twitter

    Music:

  • "Beatnes7 (Theme to The Portable Podcast)" by The Eternal - Download on iTunes here:


  • "Nanocarp" by The Eternal

  • How to Listen:

  • Click Here to Subscribe in iTunes:
  • Click Here to Subscribe via RSS.

  • Listen on WRGT Radio every Friday at 4pm Central
  • Listen Here: [powerpress]
  • Apps Mentioned in this Episode: