By Cody Lee on Mar 12, 2014
Marvel and Gameloft have announced this week that they are teaming up to bring The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to smartphones and tablets this spring as the official game for the film of the same name. Both are slated to land in mid-April.
For those that didn’t play the original Amazing Spider-Man, it was actually quite successful—it has a rating of 4.5 stars on the App Store. And version 2 appears to offer similar gameplay with better controls and graphics. Here’s the trailer… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 11, 2014
Today’s a good day to be a Mac gamer. First, Blizzard unleashed Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, its free-to-play fast-paced strategy card game set in the Warcraft universe, and now this. Avid gamers will be quick to point out that PC users have been privileged to enjoy Star Trek Online since its release back in 2010.
Unfortunately, as developers Cryptic and Perfect World originally failed to introduce the Mac edition alongside the PC version, it’s taken them three long years to produce the Mac edition of Star Trek Online, with a little help from conversion specialists TransGaming and its Cider technology.
Now available on a free-to-play basis, Star Trek Online is a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game set in the 25th century, in the original Star Trek universe.
It’s awesome that all of the familiar themes, sides, races, locations and vessels are in there, including the embattled Federation, the mighty Klingon Empire, the Romulan Empire, the Dominion – even the Borg Collective is included.
Who’s ready to explore strange new worlds and seek out new life and new civilizations in a vast, expanding universe? Good, I’ve included more tidbits after the break so read on… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 11, 2014
Following a brief public beta period, the acclaimed games maker Blizzard Entertainment (a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard) on Tuesday released its Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft on the Mac (Windows, too).
Now available on a free-to-play basis from Blizzard’s website, Hearthstone is a strategy card game set in the Warcraft universe which pits you against your Battle.net friends and aims to “evoke the spirit of a friendly match played beside a crackling tavern fire”.
Each player starts with a deck of thirty Magic-style cards, with additional cards becoming available once you win battles or buy new cards through the in-app purchasing mechanism (that’s why they call it a free-to-play game).
There are hundreds of unique cards to choose from. Each player’s card deck focuses on a hero representing one of nine Warcraft classes – customized with a set of minions, spells and weapons – and features iconic characters like Jaina Proudmoore, Gul’dan, Uther the Lightbringer and Thall… Read More
By Cody Lee on Mar 11, 2014
It would appear that the Flappy Bird saga is still far from over. The game’s creator Dong Nguyen, who pulled the title from iOS and Android at the height of its popularity, says that he is considering returning the game to app stores.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Nguyen talks about a wide range of things, including why he pulled Flappy Bird in the first place, and how it has affected his life. He also says that he has been contemplating bringing the game back… Read More
By Lory Gil on Mar 11, 2014
In the 1980s, handheld electronic games were all the rage. They ranged from clamshell style devices that were later used for Nintendo’s DS, to mini games that you could play on a watch. They featured an LCD screen with pre-set custom designs and a visual output similar to digital watch displays.
Snip & Chu harkens back to the old days with an iPad version of the handheld electronic games that we envied as kids and hoped to see in our Christmas stocking every year… Read More
By Cody Lee on Mar 11, 2014
It hasn’t even been a month yet since Rovio unveiled its new game ‘Angry Birds Stella,’ and the studio has already begun to tease a new title for its hit franchise. A 30-second clip showing a bird wearing a suit of armor popped up on Rovio’s YouTube channel over the weekend.
The trailer instructs users to prepare for the most ‘epic soft launch ever,’ suggesting that the new game will be launching in the near future. It also tells us that the game will be arriving in Australia and Canada first, with other countries to follow shortly after. View the clip below… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 10, 2014
Halfbrick Studios may not be as prolific as big name studios when it comes to churning out new iPhone and iPad games on a monthly, sometimes even weekly basis, but their addictive games had me burn lots of midnight oil.
Today, the creator of Jetpack Joyride and Fruit Ninja has announced its latest puzzle game, Bears vs. Art. Soft-launched in Australia in Canada (global launch is due “soon”), Bears vs. Art involves Rory the bear and some stuck-up art connoisseurs.
The concept combines elements of speed and action to create “a totally new experience” in which our hero must sabotage supposed works of art in more than a hundred galleries. Finally a game that expresses bears’ natural animosity toward art! I’ve included more tidbits and a trailer right below the fold… Read More
By Cody Lee on Mar 8, 2014
Good news gamers, IGN has named Ubisoft’s ‘Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame’ its Free Game of the Month. This is one of the first times that the game, which normally retails for $2.99, has ever been made available at no cost.
For those unfamiliar with the title, Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame originally landed in the App Store in 2013. It’s the follow up to Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia Classic remake with new controls, a new combat system and more… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 7, 2014
Publisher Square Enix is holding a surprise sale of some of its most popular iPhone and iPad titles in the App Store. Starting today and valid until next Monday, January 10, Deus Ex: The Fall, Tomb Raider I, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light HD are available for just 99 cents each, in celebration of World Book Day.
Deus Ex normally sells for seven bucks, Tomb Raider I is a $2.99 value and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light versions for the iPhone and iPad are respectively $2.99 and $5.99 so you’re looking at the combined saving of sixteen bucks if you download all four titles right now.
For reference, you can’t buy a decent book these days for less than five bucks. Fret not, dear sirs, your download links follow right below… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 7, 2014
Mac games developer Aspyr released Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) for iPad last May and today the app has received its second major update while slashing the retail price in half. Previously costing ten bucks a pop, the game is now available 50 percent off celebrating this update, or just $4.99 a pop in the App Store. The price drop is valid for a limited time only so bargain hunters should grab the game now before the price goes back up.
As for the new features, the freshly updated versions has an improved support for iOS 7 ‘Made for iPhone’ controllers, such as Steel’s Series Stratus, Moga’s Ace Power Controller and Logitech’s PowerShell. Both extended and standard controllers are fully supported. There are also new languages in this KOTOR update as well as iCloud saves for keeping your progress synchronized across all devices… Read More
By Lory Gil on Mar 6, 2014
Do you remember the early 1990s television show “Quantum Leap” starring future Star Trek captain Scott Bakula? In it, the show’s protagonist, Dr. Sam Beckett, is lost in time and must solve people’s problems (“put right what once went wrong”) in order to leap into a new era, trying to make it back to his own time.
The Way Home takes the theme from Quantum Leap and turns it into a fun arcade game. Live as Einstein, a fighter pilot, even a pregnant teen to find your way back home… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 5, 2014
Once flying high on its $1.8 billion valuation, OnLive eventually crashed and burned, having sold out to Lauder Partners in 2012 for just $4.8 million – despite the true value of its patents estimated at the time in the range of hundreds of millions of dollars. For those unfamiliar with OnLive, it’s a cloud-based service that streams games over the Internet.
Launched in 2009, it offloads code execution from a local device onto the OnLive cloud, where powerful computers render action based on your input, encode individual frames into a video stream which then gets delivered back to a thin client running on your end.
By virtue of the Internet itself, this allows for more or less smooth gameplay. As games actually run on servers, you don’t need to own a ninja PC or install anything – the service automatically applies game patches, add-ons and updates, with the company upgrading its cloud when games push the performance envelope. As a result, you can play latest cutting-edge games on some rather pedestrian hardware.
On the downside, players complained about video artifacts and a slight but noticeable delay, dependent on a number of factors like your geographical location, server load, your Internet connection speed and so forth. After hiring former IGN boss Mark Jung as executive chairman, OnLive has now unveiled a new subscription-based game service, dubbed CloudLift… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 4, 2014
It’s hard to believe it’s been a year already since Electronic Arts released its free-to-play Real Racing 3 in the App Store. On the downside, a year is a long time in mobile so aside from avid fans, many casual gamers may have by now stopped enjoying this otherwise excellent racer.
If you needed an excuse to re-download and fire up Real Racing 3 on your device, Electronic Arts is celebrating the game’s first anniversary and has marked the occasion by issuing a fresh content update today. It contains a bunch of new goodies, including support for the physical iOS 7 controllers helping turn Real Racing 3 into a more of a console experience.
Some of the surprises include deep car customization options along with a brand new Photo mode to go with it. “After seeing everyone creating amazing screenshots with Replays, we’re excited to see what players do with Photo mode,” developer Firemonkey teased.
As a bonus, you can now drive Aston Martin sports cars and everyone gets to grab a free 1972 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7. Jump past the fold for the full reveal… Read More
By Cody Lee on Mar 4, 2014
Get excited Walking Dead fans. Telltale Games has just announced that the second episode of Walking Dead: The Game — Season 2 will be landing on iOS later this week. Titled ‘A House Divided,’ Ep2 will continue the storyline set forth in Ep 1 released back in December.
For those unfamiliar with the game, Walking Dead: The Game follows the story of Clementine, a young girl orphaned by the undead apocalypse. Left to fend for herself, she must track down other survivors, explore new locations and make gruesome decisions to stay alive… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 4, 2014
Fans of such shooters as the excellent Arc Squadron (a free download in the App Store), are going to fall in love with Star Horizon after it hits iOS later in March.
Powered by the Unity game engine (which now supports iOS 7 controllers) and created by developer Tabasco Interactive, Star Horizon shows what a long way we’ve come in terms of GPU performance on mobile devices.
Console-like graphics, stunning lighting effects, detailed 3D models of starships and fighters and just all-around fancy visuals are bound to knock your socks off. Jump past the fold for a trailer, screenshots and additional highlights… Read More
By Cody Lee on Mar 3, 2014
X-Men fans will be happy to hear that Marvel has announced that a mobile tie-in game for its upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past film is in the works. The publisher announced today that it has teamed up with studio Glitchsoft to create ‘Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past.’
In a blog post this afternoon, Glitchsoft wrote that the game will give X-Men enthusiasts the chance to engage Marvel’s 1981 landmark Days of Future Past comic book story arc in an immersive and story-driven game ‘unlike anything available on mobile.’ Read on for more details… Read More
By Lory Gil on Mar 3, 2014
Many popular atmospheric games use the black, white, and gray color scheme to give you a dreamlike visual experience. The characters might be shadowed in black, while the backdrop is detailed with interesting illustrations.
In Primal Flame, players are surrounded by the dark with only the glow of their flame to show them the way. The backdrops are detailed with interesting illustrations, but it’s the foreground you have to watch out for… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 3, 2014
Software maker Microsoft last November released its companion free SmartGlass app on the App Store, giving Xbox One owners a way to connect to their console to browse the web, navigate the dashboard control content, access achievements and more, all from their iPhone and iPad devices.
But Microsoft isn’t standing still.
According to a new report by The Verge, the Redmond giant is now looking to push the Xbox Live service cross-platform “in a big way” soon. For months now, Microsoft has been offering tools allowing third-party iOS and Android developers to integrate Xbox Live functionality into their apps and games.
But as games developers balked at Microsoft’s required certification process, the company is now looking to “win back” their support by making Xbox Live “a lot easier” to integrate into apps and games… Read More
By Lory Gil on Feb 28, 2014
The 2-D puzzle games in Enigmo have been fan favorites since Pangea Software presented them in 2003. The original title launched a sequel in 2009 that feature not just 3-D graphics, but the puzzles themselves are 3-D.
Pangea handed off the series to another game company, Team Chaos, who recently launched the third title in the series on iOS in the form of Enigmo: Explore… Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 28, 2014
Skateboarding legend and mogul Tony Hawk revealed last night that he’s working on a new skateboarding game for mobile devices. During an interview with Larry King, Mr. Hawk said that the game will have swipe-based controls and is coming this year.
Unfortunately, very few other details are known about the game—we’re not even sure if it’s going to launch under the familiar ‘Tony Hawk Pro Skater’ branding—but given Hawk’s track record, we’re excited. We have a clip of the Larry King interview below… Read More