NinJump Rooftops, the latest title in the series, is set to hop on over to the App Store next Thursday, October 31. It offers free-to-play side-scrolling gameplay that has players skipping across rooftops in an endless run. It also comes with a match-3 enemy mechanic that rewards players when they slice up three bad guys in a row, and mighty power-ups to use while leaping across rooftops.
Get ready to scream your heart out, rooftop hoppers!
DragonVale hatches a new update during its two year anniversary, adding 38 new dragons and a new Light & Dark community event for players to participate in. This update allows players to collectively influence what type of dragons appear in the game next: light or dark.
The update is now live, so get to it!
Quick stats, for the fun of it.
DragonVale has seen 25 million download, 750+ consecutive days in the Top 50 grossing charts, 600 million dragons hatched, and 38 thousand years of collective time spent in the game. Yikes! 4.5 million monthly users currently partake in the dragon hatching fun.
New additions have been added to DragonVale, including new giant habitats that are available to raise your dragons in. The update also adds the ability to place egg pedestals in the strange tower and allows you to view cleared items that show up as decorations in the market.
Game titles nowadays are often just so ambiguous. Boss Battles from Backflip Studios doesn't muck around with any kind of ambiguity in its title. This is a shoot 'em up that is pretty much all about the boss battles. There are eight different bosses to take on, each with different attacks and weak spots. When a boss is defeated, the player nets a bounty of gems for the conquest, which can be spent on ship upgrades such as support weapons. Repeat battles get more challenging, but also more lucrative. Defeat will come to the player often, so thankfully each boss fight begins with a wave of normal enemies that are just there for collecting gems, which go toward upgrades. The game is free to play, supported by ads and in-app purchases of additional gems. This all goes without mentioning that the protagonist is a squirrel with a commanding officer who is a bear. Why? Well, why not?
Backflilp Studios have been quite prolific on iOS and Android, with a variety of both paid and free releases for both platforms. In fact, Backflip has just announced that they have reached 100 million downloads of their games across all platforms. This is helped in part by their domination of the top charts, like how they currently own 3 of the top 30 free iPad app slots, topped by Strike Knight HD currently at #1. The numbers look to only increase, as Backflip is preparing a "Summer of Free" promotion. The recently-released Strike Knight HD is part of the promotion, and three more titles will be coming out as part of it. Backflip Solitare, releasing in early July, is a take on the classic card game, featuring a focus on stylish graphical effects and the collection of in-game currency for prizes. Boss Battles, launching in August, is a top-down shooter where a bounty hunter with an upgradable ship takes on continual waves of bosses, one after another. Oh, and did I mention that the bounty hunter is a raccoon? This should promise to be a comical and irreverent experience.
However, the last piece of the "Summer of Free" promotion is the newly-released puzzle game Shape Shift. This goal of the game is to match 4 pieces of the same color together. The user can swap any two pieces around on the board; the caveat is that the pieces must be of the same shape. This is where the challenge comes in, as pieces must be recognized for their center shape as well as their color; it's a similar challenge as to the mental exercise of trying to name a color based on the actual word presented, instead of the actual color of the word. The game features no external time limit pressuring the user; the game only ends if one of the bomb pieces isn't removed before it detonates in a certain number of turns in the game's Classic Mode. The Zen Mode allows users to play endlessly, with no bombs or limits affecting play. The games are ad-supported, with the ability to pay $0.99 in the app to remove the ads. The game also comes with Game Center support for leaderboards. Shape Shift comes in both iPhone/iPod touch and iPad versions, and is available now as a free download. Check out a gallery and trailer for the game below.
This isn't the end of Backflip's release plans, as they plan to update Strike Knight with Retina Display support soon, and will release the game on Android. There are other unannounced free games in the pipeline, as well as a paid version of Ragdoll Blaster 3 coming down the pipeline.
Looking at the screenshots, Shape Shift will look very familiar to many puzzle fans, certainly bring about memories of the Bejewelled series, but no doubt Backflip Studios will use their addictive magic to ensure it's a classic. Players are set the task of swapping tiles in order to clear the board. To mix things up a bit, players have to eliminate bombs along the way and create huge chains to accrue more points.
Shape Shift might be familiar but it looks set to be addictive nonetheless. Even better, it's a free download with both iPhone and Ipad varieties available! The only price is that of ad support but players can always pay $0.99 through an in-app purchase to remove these.
Check out the gameplay video and screenshots below for more details.