Fishlabs has dropped the price of the HD and SD version of their gorgeous space shooter, Galaxy on Fire 2, to the low low price of $0.99. If you haven't picked this game up, yet, now is a fantastic opportunity to do so. Galaxy on Fire 2 HD works on iPhone 5, iPod touch 5G, iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and the new iPad, while those with older iOS devices can play Galaxy on Fire 2 SD with ease. It's the same game, just a smaller file size footprint. The sale lasts through November 4, 2012.
The developer is also having a contest to win in-game credits: simply comment on their blog post to win the following credit packs:
It isn't much of a surprise to see that Galaxy on Fire 2, one of the App Store's most notable space adventures, is going to be getting a second in-game add-on pack. Let's face it, the game is excellent and the added content from Valkyrie was more than welcome. FishLabs deciding to follow it up with a second batch of new things was only natural. Thus we have (or will have, really) Supernova.
Supernova is set to pick up right after the events of Valkyrie. Keith is taking it easy at the Deep Science space station, but it's not long before another galactic peril makes itself known. The entire Mido sector suddenly finds itself threatened with annihilation as a supernova "of unknown origin" appears. Keith being Keith, he decides to get involved. The entire adventure is said to last "at least twice as long" as the previous add-on, with promises of 10 hours of gameplay, new mission types, more ships and more story.
Dates and pricing aren't available at the moment, but it's probably safe to assume it'll cost about as much as Valkyrie ($4.99) and will be out sometime in the second quarter of this year. Be sure to keep a look out for release blurbs.
As a remake of the original version, Galaxy on Fire 2: HD offers a high definition experience made especially for the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2. With beautiful graphics and unique gameplay, this is a great title that offers hours of good 'ol fashioned spac
With the iPhone 4S having recently been released, and sporting a spiffy new A5 chip, Fishlabs has seen fit to take advantage of the new hardware. Galaxy on Fire 2 HD, a universal app for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2, features graphics updated to run on the A5 devices. All the models and textures have been remade for maximum visual fidelity that Fishlabs claims is "console-quality" with new backgrounds, enhanced effects, and other magic used to make the game look as good as it possibly can for the latest and greatest in iOS technology.
Far from just being updated in the graphics department, the game now supports OpenFeint and iCloud for cloud-based saving; the latter can even be used to synchronize progress with the previous iOS release along with the Mac version. CEO of Fishlabs Entertainment, Michael Schaede, says that "this is a truly revolutionary concept, because the gamers of the post-PC era want to be able to play their favourite games anywhere and anytime." As well, the cloud-based synchronization will work with the upcoming Valkyrie HD add-on set to release in the first quarter of 2012.
Rather popular snowboarding game, Snowboard Hero, has had its first update and it's a bit of a big one.
The main new additions come in the form of two new characters, Monica and Kurt, as well as two new tracks in the form of Death Ridge and Ice God's realm. There's also the inclusion of 24 extra events and 12 new achievements to boot too!
Smaller bonuses come in the form of new and unique 'Uberboards' for each character which sets all stats such as speed, agility, boost and jump to the maximum number. Players can also purchase more credits via an in-app purchase so as to buy new equipment and more tricks within the item shop.
It's a pretty impressive first update for a game that was already respectable enough to gain 3.5 stars from us when Phillip reviewed it in April.
The update is available now for all existing owners, otherwise Snowboard Hero is priced at $4.99.
Galaxy on Fire 2 fans: the moment you've been waiting for is here. Fishlabs has released the anticipated update for Galaxy on Fire 2, titled Valkyrie, on the iTunes App Store.
The content updated adds a brand new storyline to the game, picking up right where the original game left off. What's more, the update brings improved warships with smarter and more powerful weaponry. Examples of new weapons include guided missiles and automatic turrets that fire upon enemies on their own. The update also adds a variety of new equipment, such as emergency shields, time delays, enemy signatures and repair robots.
The expansion also adds a black market trading system where you can acquire illicit goods, such as weapons and equipment. In Valkyrie, you can also buy your own space station, where you can dock your ships, and stow any valuable goods you like.
Much of the content in Valkyrie exists because players asked for it.
"We've received an incredible amount of praise and constructive criticism from players all over the world,' says Michael Schade, CEO of Fishlabs Entertainment. "The Vossk warrior tribe is particularly popular, and fans will be pleased to learn that there are now more of their ships to fly. But we're also particularly proud of the design of the new Deep Science ships that, together with the new solar systems and unique graphical special effects, give the game a whole new look. Meeting the frequent request of our long-time fans, we've even re-released three classic spaceships from the first game as a free extra."
Currently, Galaxy on Fire 2 is one of the highest rated games on the App Store, with an average rating of 4.8 stars.
The update is now available on the iTunes App Store. You can download the update for $4.99.
German developer Fishlabs are no rookies to the world of portable game development. Founded way back in 2004, the team has developed for a number of mobile platforms with the iPhone being their most recent target. Back in October of last year, they released their original sci-fi shooter, Galaxy on Fire, to middling reviews from 148Apps.com.
With such mediocre review scores it would hard to justify a sequel, but that doesn’t seem to be discouraging them one bit. Yesterday they let news slip that not only was Galaxy on Fire 2 on the way, but it would be playable in a beta form at GamesCon next week in Cologne Germany. The game was also christened with an official-ish release window of sometime in October.
Developers over at FISHLABS announced today that Rally Master Pro, the $2.99 iPhone racing game, will be coming to the iPad by the "end of September" with a price tag not yet known.
"The Rally Master Pro graphics have been elevated to the iPad level and offer unparalleled racing pleasure" writes FISHLABS. "The sophisticated driving physics, which individually calculates each wheel according to the weather and the corresponding driving characteristics, along with the customisable controls, creates the perfect illusion of a real hard-core rally."
The application will feature 27 rally courses, a co-pilot offering directions (we'd take them), interactive replays and a 3D damage model that "provides information about the condition of the car at any time." Rally times can be uploaded and compared to with friends and players from around the world.
There'll also be an arcade gameplay mode if you're in the mood for some quick racing, with a ghost function allowing you to see your fastest lap as you race. The game won't be universal, but iPad only, making use of the generous A4 processor that has now found its way into the iPhone 4.
All in all, FISHLABS have generated more than 24 million downloads from all their games for the iPhone. Here's hoping the iPad editions will be just as good.
iShoot developer reveals screenshots of second game
Ethan Nicholas, the developer of the Worms-like game iShoot, was one of the early App Store success stories. After making reportedly over $800,000 in five months, Nicholas quit his day job to devote himself full-time to developing games. Nicholas will hope to avoid becoming a one-hit-wonder with his follow-up game. Recently, he tweeted pictures of the upcoming game, and though no other information is known, it appears to be a free-roaming hunting game. Good luck Ethan!
My newest addiction Every once and a while, a simple game in the vein of Doodle Jump will grab me and inexplicably become a new addiction. Right now, that game is Canabalt. Canabalt is a super stylish game in which to escape from aliens, your hero runs along rooftops. All you control, with simple taps, is when your character jumps. Though it lacks online leaderboards, there is twitter bragging and it's definitely got that "just one more try" appeal. There's also a free online flash version.
Wii award winner "Groovin' Blocks" arrives in the App Store On the heals of the announcement that the fantastic Wii-ware game World of Goo was coming to the iPhone, Groovin' Block, a Wii port, snuck onto the App Store. Groovin' Blocks is a match 3 Tetris variant with a twist - blocks dropped in beat with the music rack up a multiplier and sometimes unleash powerups. While Gamespot loved the Wii version, the iPhone iteration seems mediocre so far. In any case, you can judge for yourself with a free lite version.
This week's upcoming app that looks freakin' sweet:
Rally Master Pro is one of the best-known and most impressive mobile games of all time, and now it's being adapted for the iPhone by Fishlabs. Expect Rally Master Pro sometime in November. Until then, enjoy the official trailer:
This week's sign of the apocalypse:
Tony Romo successfully completed an entire NFL game without a single turnover. This is UNHEARD of.
App of the Week
Earthworm Jim Earthworm Jim is a classic game that most have heard of, with great action-platforming gameplay and humor in spades. Gameloft has lovingly adapted it to the iPhone with superb graphics remastering. While the controls aren't great, Gameloft did the best they could, and the controls aren't a deal breaker. Grooooovy!
Galaxy On Fire is a perfectly playable game, but suffers from general blandness. Everything in the game, except the good commerce system, seems like it had been done before, making this game unfortunately seem like a trip into extreme mediocrity.