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Happy Happy Donuts is a New Match-3 From the Makers of Geometry Wars 3

Posted by Rob Rich on June 23rd, 2015

Okay, so Happy Happy Donuts might just be the most delicious-looking match-3 game I've seen in quite some time. And it's from Lucid Games, who were behind Geometry Wars 3. Weird, right?

Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery: Episode 2 Review

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By Jennifer Allen on August 7th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SHORT LIVED FUN
The next installment in the series, Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery: Episode 2 is fun but it's all too short, and ends before you get a chance to sink your teeth into it.
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Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery Episode 2 Announced By Lucid Games

Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 17th, 2014
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Last week, Lucid Games announced that episode 2 of charming puzzle adventure game, Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery, is set for release this July. While scant details have yet to be revealed about the latest installment, a teaser trailer has been released.

For those who have yet to try out the delightful adventure game, Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery: Prologue is now available for free, allowing players the opportunity to experience the complete first day of Jacob Jones's stay at Camp Eagle Feather.

Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery: Prologue is available now on the App Store for free. We'll let you know when Episode 2 is released.

Taking A Few Laps With Lucid's Peter O'Brien To Discuss 2K Drive

Posted by Andrew Stevens on September 6th, 2013
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2K Drive made its appearance on the App Store yesterday at the price of $6.99. I'm always excited when a new racing game releases, especially when it's from a company that was founded by people who worked on titles like Project Gotham Racing and Blur. So, being excited about 2K Drive and having some hands-on experience from my time at PAX, I had some questions for the guys at Lucid Games.

I would like to thank Lucid’s Peter O’Brien for taking the time to answer my questions. Alright, lets get into the good stuff!

148Apps: Why did you decide to make 2K Drive? What was the “driving” point?
Peter O'Brien (PO): A lot of the devs at Lucid either love driving games and/or cars in one way or another. Some restore them, some race RC’s, others collect coffee table books. But in essence, we love the culture of cars and wanted to bring that to a wider audience by expanding the experiences in an authentic driving game.

148Apps: There must be a lot of love for cars and racing in general within your company. 2K Drive features real-life news from racing websites, which includes videos and photo galleries. What made you decide to add this feature?
PO: Yes, there is. Some of that love came out of making driving games for years; others can spot the make and year of a car from a shut line or an engine blip. We wanted to bring the news to a wider audience, a new generation, but we also believed it would expand the idea of the app as being more than a game, giving people a reason to stay in it or come back to.

148Apps: How much studying did you do on other mobile racers during the creation of 2K Drive? There are a lot of favorites out there, including arcade racing games and “real racing” games.
PO: We never stop studying the competition, and I trust they do the same. But more importantly, we knew what we wanted to do very early on and we believed in the experience we could create. The most exciting thing for us, however, is that all of this is first generation tech. Others are on their third/fourth and we don’t see ourselves playing too much of a catch-up.

148Apps: How well do you think 2K Drive will compete against other racers and why?
PO: We hope it will do well because it offers a different package than its competition, and the handling is authentic. It’s something we think competitors have been scared of doing because of the device, but we just saw as a challenge. Our content is diverse, whether players are off-roading, track racing, stunt driving, or drag racing – no one offers what we do in one package.

148Apps: As I mentioned, 2K Drive features the live news feed along with a number of modes and options for customization. These are important things to have, yes, but it all comes down to the gameplay. What will players like most about racing in 2K Drive?
PO: The handling model is so deep that players can spend a lot of time experiencing those features with all of our cars and tracks. We’ve made sure to include what we call ‘burst’ modes, like Car Football or Car Bowling, Hot-laps, race & drifting challenges, a stream of unlocks, and solid customization options for the car and driver.

We also built in a unique multiplayer feature called RaceFace (TM). This allows players skin a photo of their own face onto that of the drivers, so that when they are competing against rivals in the seamless multiplayer system, they will be able to see real friends and players behind the wheel of the cars. It’s like your racing “selfie.”

148Apps: What do you feel will keep players coming back to 2K Drive? What’s going to be the obsession?
PO: That’s for the players to decide, but the depth of the handling and wide scope of driving experiences, mixed with the rival system and our daily challenges, offer some compelling reasons to build a 2K Drive habit!

148Apps: 2K Drive features more than 100 events, 25 tracks, and 25 cars for players to experience at launch. I’m curious though, how many cars do you have in your version of the game? Give me a hint about future updates!
PO: Ha, that would be telling. We have a few things coming very soon and are looking forward to seeing the feedback so we can refine the experience and deal with any problems. So please, do tell us what you do or don’t like in the game!

148Apps: What’s your favorite dashboard item to add to your vehicles in the game?
PO: Believe it or not, the traffic lights. It’s a retro thing!

148Apps: What’s your favorite mode in the game?
PO: I’ve got two: Survivor and any racing mode. Survivor is great because you set the target, and you get in the zone when you’re racing any type of event, because, well, it’s racing!

148Apps: Do you try to race a clean race or would you rather get dirty and run an opponent off the road?
PO: Clean. But rubbing is racing too!

148Apps: Pick one thing that we didn’t discuss that you would like to share with your fans.
PO: We had a small and dedicated team who believed in the company from early on. They made sacrifices to be a part of the project and our future, and without them, there would be no 2K Drive - so thank you. Also, a big thank you to everyone who has bought the game already, the fans who are spreading the word, and the players reaching out to help improve it. We’ll see you on the road!

I would like to thank Peter O'Brien once again for taking the time to answer our questions. I wish you and your team the best of luck with 2K Drive and I look forward to seeing more from Lucid in the future! Thank you!

2K Drive Speeds Its Way Onto The App Store, Offers Multiple Race Modes at a Premium Price of $6.99

Posted by Andrew Stevens on September 5th, 2013
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It's time to stop the dreams and start the driving! 2K Drive is now available on the App Store at a premium price of $6.99. Drivers can take part in both single and multiplayer race modes and can choose from over 25 vehicles to race with in over 25 different tracks.

2K Drive was designed to offer the most comprehensive driving simulation experience in today’s mobile market,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “The game successfully combines the appeal of a premier console racing game with some of the leading automotive editorial content available on the Web, to create an all-inclusive entertainment hub for auto-enthusiasts.”

Now go put your face in the game! Literally. Or at least check out the new launch trailer!

2K Drive Gets A New Behind The Scenes Developer Diary, Takes A Closer Look At Game Modes

Posted by Andrew Stevens on August 22nd, 2013

There is a brand-new behind the scenes video for the recently announced 2K Drive. This new developer diary gives you a closer look at Lucid's latest project as they discuss more about the car culture of the app, which features a newsfeed on automotive culture.

That's not all, as the trailer below also provides more video from the game itself as the developers go into more detail about some of the modes that are featured; such as an arena-based survival mode and skill mode. If you are as anxious about this game as I am, then you should definitely check out this first developer diary for 2K Drive.

Also, I can't wait to play some car drivin' football!

2K Drive To Spin Its Wheels On iOS Devices This Fall

Posted by Andrew Stevens on August 16th, 2013

2K and Lucid Games have announced that 2K Drive will be racing onto the App Store this fall as a premium title. To add a little background, Lucid Games is a studio founded by the creators of Blur and the popular Project Gotham Racing series, so it'll be great to see what they have on track for us drivers when they bring their new racing sim to iOS.

2K Drive features iconic locations from around the world with a large number of racing modes for players to speed through. With both single and multiplayer modes, players will partake in track racing, drag racing, street racing, off-road racing, and over 20 challenging mini-games. I'm so ready for all of that!

The game also features a mode called "RaceFace" which puts the player's face behind the wheel of more than 25 cars. Ok, that's not too interesting, but players will be able to see their friends' faces when playing against them in asynchronous multiplayer mode. I can't wait to see all my friends' faces in my rear-view mirror!

Car lovers will also be happy to hear that the game features a live newsfeed on the cover page of the app which provides automotive enthusiasts with videos and photo galleries. It also lets gamers like and share the latest news from many automotive news sources, such as Car & Driver, Road & Track, AutoBlog, and many more.

I think it's easy to say that I'm beyond excited for the release of 2K Drive. Don't disappoint me!

Lucid Games' 2K Drive Races Closer To A Global Launch

Posted by Andrew Stevens on June 10th, 2013

Pocket Gamer reports that Lucid Games has just soft launched its new racing game, 2K Drive, with no indications on when it'll be available worldwide. It's currently available in the Netherlands and UAE.

Lucid Games was a studio created following the closer of Bizarre Creations, the team responsible for the Project Gotham Racing series. 2K Drive is free-to-play, featuring cars from manufacturers like Nissan, Chevrolet, Ford and SRT to use in circuit races, drag races, and head to head match-ups.

I look forward to learning more about the game and getting my own hands on the steering wheel!

Jacob Jones And The Bigfoot Mystery Review

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By Jennifer Allen on May 20th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar ::
Charming and cute, Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery also offers some fun puzzles and mysteries to solve.
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