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Bizarre Creations: iOS Developers Risen From The Flames

Posted by Jennifer Allen on October 18th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

In January 2011, British games developer Bizarre Creations was closed by Activision. Looking through the games that Bizarre were responsible for, it's no surprise that many fans were hugely disappointed to see its closure. Racing titles such as the Project Gotham Racing series were seen by many as the pinnacle of racing games, with similar successes coming from the retro shooter Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved and the cartoony Fur Fighters. Unfortunately, despite the release of arcade racer Blur and James Bond 007: Blood Stone in 2010, it wasn't enough and Bizarre Creations was dissolved.

What happened next, though? And why am I talking about console games on 148Apps? Because a number of new gaming studios rose from Bizarre's flames, many of them iOS focused. Recently, I got the chance to see how things are progressing for a few of them.

One of the first to reach the iOS market was Grubby Hands, a one-man studio founded by company director Dr Danny Pearce, the firm released their first title, David Haye's Knockout in June 2011, immediately topping the charts. A new release emerged in December 2011 with Boy Loves Girl, which garnered similar success. How has Danny found going it alone, however, and why did he consider setting up his own firm?

"At the time that Grubby Hands was founded in 2011, the AAA console market was a volatile place...After Bizarre Creations closed, I was cautious about joining somewhere that may suffer the same unfortunate fate," Danny explained to us. Much of the temptation also came from the "exciting new market" of the App Store. "Apple had created a suite of cool gadgets over the past few years, and I was itching to start making games for them. Now seemed the perfect time to launch a studio with a new mobile focus."

Going it alone proved quite beneficial for Danny. He could finally "get [his] hands dirty with design, art, code, sound and music" rather than be forced to specialize. A "fast development cycle" also appealed, although "strict budget" constraints proved tough.

Tiny Invaders Gains Update And Free Version

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 26th, 2012

Hogrocket, developers of the very enjoyable Tiny Invaders, has some exciting news about the eventful puzzle game.

Those who have already discovered the joys to be had with spreading germs around the human body will be delighted to discover a selection of new levels in the latest update of Tiny Invaders.

Hogrocket are being a little secretive as to what the levels fully entail, and who can blame them. One thing that can be revealed however is that the final level in the pack, Tiny Teleportz, is a winning entry from a Level Design competition that was held at the Gamecity Festival in the UK last October.

For those who haven't played Tiny Invaders before (and why not?), there's a new and free version of the game to try out. Tiny Invaders Free/Lite comes with 15 levels to try so that players can see for themselves just what is so addictive about the concept.

Both the update and the free version are available now.

FrEEday Vol 61

Posted by Chris Nitz on October 7th, 2011

My Country: Build Your Dream City:
Players that grow bored with old-school city building games that lack any sort of real action may finally have something worth playing. While building a marvelous city, players face the standard chores like developing transportation systems, constructing powerful industries, and controlling energy usage. The game is not limited to simple building chores, as there are hundreds of tasks to take on that will benefit the growth of the city. Who knows, maybe Godzilla will come and visit and boost that tourism rating.

Lost Monkey:
It always sucks when teleporters go on the fritz and blast monkeys across time and space to some tropical island. Will anyone help this lost monkey get home by leveling up through fast-paced mini-games? Players willing to aid in this task are with gold to spend on toys, new games and decorations to help spruce up that new island home. Come for the mini-games but stay for the cute story and entertaining gameplay.

How good are those stacking skills, because they are about to be put to the test. This game contains 60 challenging levels that will have players tilting, swiping, and shaking a floating platform to balance blocks as they fall onto the playing field. The game will take players across three gorgeous worlds while trying to pile a variety of blocks of all shapes and sizes onto the platform. Who will rule the top of the leader board?

Crystal Soul:
This game blends an unique puzzle mechanic with deep strategy game play and sprinkles it with a bit of role-playing elements. Players will need to choose one of three classes, each with their own unique skills, to take on a variety of quests. It will become imperative to fully know the character and their abilities as the strategy aspect will put that knowledge to the test, especially with limited energy and skill usage. With two modes of play, this game is sure to keep players occupied for several lunch break sessions.

Tiny Invaders:
While the world has had to fight off countless alien invasions, this game brings a new spin for the invader. Space germs are here and they want to rule over this world. But instead of taking on the role of the defender, players will be playing as the alien microbes. It is up to the player to control these invaders as the move from host to host, enslaving the minds of millions. This action-puzzle game spans 60 levels, each with a unique challenge and plenty of bodily defense systems to hide from. It is only a matter of time before the planet bows down to their alien overlords.

Top 3 App Deals for 10-6-11

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on October 6th, 2011

Another day, another top three apps that are a heck of a deal. Feel free to peruse the Latest iPhone and iPad App Price Drops page, but if that's just way too much work, here's what we have for you today:

Anomaly Warzone Earth HD - Was $3.99, Now $1.99
"Anomaly: Warzone Earth HD is a tower offense game, putting players in control of invading forces that must survive the defenses the enemy has laid out."

Tiny Invaders - Was $1.99, Now FREE
"Tapping into the typical feel of single screen puzzle games, Tiny Invaders is all about saving the world. Players must direct germs around human veins in order to collect up glowing orbs in order to progress to the next level."

SKTCH - Was $1.99, Now FREE
"SKTCH is a generative drawing application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Instead of adopting traditional "brush" based drawing, SKTCH is about presets, created by a number of digital artists around the globe."

Tiny Invaders Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on September 6th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GERMINATING
A fine début effort that's so close to being fantastic.
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