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FrEEday Vol 48

Posted by Chris Nitz on June 10th, 2011

Robotek HD:
Humanity has fallen and robots now rule the world. Robotek HD allows players to destroy their enemies with lasers, fry them with electricity, or just deploy an army of robots to fend off the enemy. Robot upgrades, 200 levels of sheer tactical terror, and an online hall of fame will keep robot jocks busy for some time. Sadly Neo will not come save the day with his machine fighting badassery.

PapiStep is a simple game in which players must get Mr. Papi (a little red ball) up as high as they can in the stage. Platforms move left and right, and it is up to the player to time their jumps just right to ascend into the heavens. If Mr. Papi takes a dive, the game is over. It seems so fiendishly simple!

Shape Shift:
Shape Shift is a colorful puzzle game in which gamers must swap tiles of the same shape to match colors and clear the board. Classic mode will challenge players by forcing them to clear endless stages of bombs, meanwhile zen mode offers a more relaxed setting to just chill out and solve puzzles. The game is familiar and challenging all at the same time.

Techno Kitten Adventure:
Grab some headphones and prepare to do some head banging as this game is all about the music. Players will guide a cat, imagine that, through a gorgeously colorful world in hopes to fulfill the those aspirations of being king kitty. Obstacles will hinder this great flight, but hey, the audio is sure to keep players coming back for more!

World Cup Table Tennis - The Addictive Classic Game in 3D:
Anyone who wants to be a master of the paddle, sensei of the backspin, or just enjoys a rousing game of table tennis, this is the game for you. This game provides players a bountiful amount to do, and that starts with a career mode in which players can rise from a no-name ball smacker to a world renowned superstar. Tournament mode allows gamers to fight for their favorite country in a bracket style battle, and arcade mode will put a new spin on the classic game. Unlockables round out the package, thus giving fans plenty to do over their lunch breaks. It is hard to believe this is a free game!

Backflip Announces "Summer of Free" Promotion With Four New Free Games

Posted by Carter Dotson on June 9th, 2011

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.

Backflip Studios Release New Puzzle Game: Shape Shift

Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 8th, 2011

Backflip Studios, makers of popular casual hits such as Ninjump Deluxe, Paper Toss and the Ragdoll Blaster series, anounces Shape Shift, a puzzle game that promises to be colorful and addictive.

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.