2013年11月14日 星期四

Top iOS & Android Game Apps by Monthly Downloads March 2013

type='html'>In this Games Index, we bring you the hottest mobile gaming properties across both the iOS App Store and Google Play in March 2013.

Top Game Apps by Monthly Downloads iOS March 2013

GameRank Change
vs Feb-2013
1Candy Crush Saga R1KingUKPuzzle, Arcade
2Real Racing 367Electronic ArtsUSARacing, Action
34 Pics 1 Word-LOTUMGermanyWord, Trivia
4Temple Run 23Imangi StudiosUSAAdventure, Action
5IcomaniaN/A*Games for FriendsGermanyPuzzle, Trivia
6Subway Surfers1KilooDenmarkAction, Arcade
7Mini Golf MatchUpN/A*ScopelyUSASports
8Angry Birds531RovioUSAAction, Arcade
9Hungry Shark
53Future Games
of London
UKArcade, Action
10Flight Unlimited
Las Vegas
1000+Flight SystemsUSARacing, Simulation

Top Game Apps by Monthly Downloads Google Play March 2013

GameRank Change
vs Feb-2013
1Temple Run 2-Imangi StudiosUSAArcade & Action
2Subway Surfers-Kiloo GamesDenmarkArcade & Action
3Candy Crush Saga5KingUKCasual
4Fruit Ninja Free1Halfbrick StudiosAustraliaArcade & Action
5Angry Birds2RovioFinlandArcade & Action
6Vector29NekkiRussiaArcade & Action
84 Pics 1 Word33LOTUMGermanyBrain & Puzzle
9Benji Bananas1000+FingersoftFinlandArcade & Action
10Hill Climb Racing1FingersoftFinlandRacing

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2013年11月13日 星期三

Today’s Apps Gone Free: ClipBook, eCurrency, Cowboy Guns And More

Today’s Apps Gone Free: ClipBook, eCurrency, Cowboy Guns And More

Today's AGF list includes a productivity app, a travel app, and an action game.

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2013年11月10日 星期日

The TouchArcade Show - 104 - Bathroom Buddies

Podcast-Illustration-0121In this week's episode of The TouchArcade Show, we make the best of an (arguably) "slow" week by discussing the issues revolving around this week's latest releases. For example, we dig into runner fatigue and Chillingo's brand image. We also talk about what kids are playing and why genres that our touch devices don't do so great tend to click with them. In addition to this, we dive into Trucker: Parking Simulator (don't laugh), Gravity Guy 2, Blitz Brigade and more.

If you'd like to give us a listen this week -- and you do want to listen because this week's opening story is, like, woah -- go ahead and click a link below. You could also subscribe to us on iTunes or Xbox Music. That's a neat way to get us, as the downloads are instant and effortless.

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Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-104.mp3, 39.6MB

Thanks for listening and we'll be with you next week, of course. Have a good weekend!


Trucker: Parking Simulator - [Free] [TA Plays]Blitz Brigade - [Free] [TA Plays]Manuganu - [$0.99]Gravity Guy 2 - [$0.99]Sonic The Hedgehog - [$2.99]


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2013年11月9日 星期六

Freebie Alert: 'Gangstar Rio: City of Saints' and 'N.O.V.A. 3' Both Free for the Weekend

Gangstar Rio: City of Saints

Gangstar Rio: City of Saints, Free - Gameloft is offering up a couple of freebies this weekend on two games which have never been free before. First up is Gangstar Rio: City of Saints [Free], their take on the whole Grand Theft Auto open-world sandbox game. We reviewed Gangstar Rio when it released back in late 2011, and despite some typical Gameloft-isms like terrible voice work and a paper thin story, we thought it offered up a fairly robust open-world crime game experience.

It's been pretty regularly updated too, adding in new content and most recently widescreen support for the iPhone 5.

N.O.V.A. 3 - Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance

N.O.V.A. 3 - Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance, Free - The second game being offered up for free is N.O.V.A. 3 [Free]. Previously, the N.O.V.A. series had been mostly a riff on the Halo games, but this most recent entry more closely resembles something like Crysis. Either way, expect lots of sci-fi first-person shooting action and impressive visuals. As with most Gameloft entries, there's a robust online multiplayer offering in N.O.V.A. 3, and as such we gave it its own review back when the game released in May of last year. We also reviewed the single-player campaign, which is pretty excellent as well.

Gameloft has been flirting more with free-to-play games as of late, but both N.O.V.A. 3 and Gangstar Rio are premium-priced games that you can snag for zero dollars right now and through this weekend. Don't miss out.

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2013年11月8日 星期五

'Go Home Dinosaurs' for iPad Review - Dino-MITE Tower Defense

571260_largerWhile tower defense is one of those genres that I can't seem to get enough of, even I have to admit that it's high-time for some innovation. Enter Go Home Dinosaurs?[$4.99 (HD)], the latest title from Fire Hose Games and a TD game that looks to carve its own niche.

While a first glance might lead one to believe its primarily for kids, beneath the playful, cartoony exterior lies a game that expertly combines tower defense with puzzle elements, making it?one of my current favorites of the genre.

Apparently the love for BBQ is so great it extends across time periods and species. As such, Dinosaurs puts you in command of an army of gophers that must guard their delectable BBQ pit against an onslaught of hungry dinosaurs.

When it comes to basic tower defense gameplay, Go Home Dinosaurs plays similar to many other titles. Dinosaurs run down a pre-set path towards the BBQ pit with two pieces of dynamite acting as last-second defenses against impending BBQ devouring. Meanwhile, players place a variety of gopher-manned weapons around the path in an attempt to drive the dinos towards extinction. A coin system rounds out the gameplay, allowing players to earn currency in-game (no IAPs) and purchase supplemental towers with limited, but powerful effects.


Where Go Home Dinosaurs differs from other TD games is in actual tower placement and in the ability to directly control a movable attacking gopher.

While tower placement is important in each level of Dinosaurs, players will spend the majority of their time using their gopher to collect coconuts (which act as the currency needed to place towers) and place them in a good position to attack the oncoming dinos. The gopher isn't a slouch in terms of damage dealing either, meaning players will need to balance collecting coconuts with keeping him constantly attacking.

It's a fun twist to the gameplay that adds some continual, fast-paced action to an otherwise passive genre.

mzl.dbawcbzbTaking a page from classic puzzlers like Tetris, tower placement is the other aspect that Go Home Dinosaurs mixes up. Each tower has a specific "shape" that takes up a certain amount of spaces in a certain formation on the gridded play field.

Players quickly learn that towers can't be placed indiscriminately without forethought. In addition, the level design will naturally prevent certain towers from being effective, forcing players to develop a well-rounded approach to using all the towers. This actually brings some challenge to later levels, a concept that I welcome whole heartedly in TD.

In this regard, Go Home Dinosaurs almost becomes a TD/puzzle hybrid. Considering players can only bring a certain number of towers into a level, part of the challenge becomes figuring out which towers to bring and in which formations to place them.

There's also the fact that your gopher also has to be part of the equation. Do you place your towers at the entrance and risk blocking any effective spots for your gopher to attack from? Or, do you focus on saving up coconuts for powerful towers while using your gopher as the primary damage dealer until you can get them set up?

These are just a couple of many questions and scenarios that will pop up, and showcase some of the depth that Dinosaurs offers beyond standard tower defense titles.

There are a few annoyances with Go Home Dinosaurs, mainly its iPad-only status, some minor control issues when placing towers (i.e. tap and dragging a specific tower will occasionally select another tower in my inventory), and slow-down on non-iPad 4 hardware. However, these are relatively minor in comparison to the many positives the game offers.

In the end, Go Home Dinosaurs is a well-executed tower defense title with enough additions to the genre to make it worth checking out. Suffice to say, I hope other developers take note when trying to differentiate and improve upon tower defense.

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2013年11月6日 星期三

TA Plays: 'Trucker: Parking Simulator' - Parking Like A Boss

470040_largerWe know what you're thinking, but give Trucker: Parking Simulator [Free] a chance. Parking a massive truck with a stupid big trailer can be as rewarding as landing a video game airplane. It takes a lot of skill, a lot of understanding of how physics, momentum, and trajectory play into the perfect parking job. It's kinda surprising (and awesome), as Eli and I discovered today.

This sim's a particularly hard sale because the titling is so awful, so we decided to do a little video of the game in action to show it off. In the below, Eli and I power through several levels, carefully avoiding all road cones and parking like pros. Give it a look and, hey, maybe get as hooked on this thing as we are at the moment:

You can grab this right now, by the way, and you should if you need another simulator in your life. Here's a Steam link to Eurotruck Simulator 2 for PC, as well, since we talked about it so much.

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2013年11月5日 星期二

'Frozen Synapse' Review - A Brilliant Tactics Game Comes to the iPad

991828_largerFew recent tactical strategy games have received such a large amount of attention as Frozen Synapse [$6.99 (HD)]. It has been praised for both its art style and excellent strategy gameplay. Starting on PC and Mac it has now found its way to iOS. While initially overwhelming with a busy interface and lengthy tutorial, Frozen Synapse is able to find a totally appropriate home on iOS.

In Frozen Synapse you take on the role of a tactician. Your task is direct a team of soldiers second by second. They can be ordered to move behind cover, fire a weapon, and many other options. Once all players have decided on the directions for their teams, the actions are carried out simultaneously. It calls to mind the X-wing Miniatures game as your success is based upon the ability to read the other player. Will they take cover or launch an offensive? In some modes of the game you are also locked into seeing only those enemies in your line of sight, which can be challenging. Beware, your sci-fi soldiers are very fragile and a single misstep can mean instant death. Matches usually last only a few rounds as players bluff and bait each other.


There are a myriad of ways to enjoy this title whether alone or with others. There is a fully functional AI in the game which can allow for quick matches. This little buddy is no pushover; you will die often. It is no wonder the developers recommend this mode as the best teacher after finishing the tutorial. The game also features an excellent campaign mode with a story spanning several levels. These range from straightforward skirmishes to ?more complex missions of capture or defense. It is the gameplay that stands out, but the story certainly has its strong points.

Frozen Synapse really shines when playing with others. The online play features a separate login and a full blown PC-esque lobby. There are always plenty of people online and games can be completed live or in an asynchronous fashion. You can play with friends, complete strangers, or participate in tournaments. It really is a full fledged online system, the likes of which is rarely seen on iOS. This version also features Hotseat mode which is great for mobile as you can pass the iPad around a room and play with your friends in one location. If you find online play too insular or intimidating, this is an excellent way to play with friends on your terms.

This game comes packed with many hours of content- The campaign will take you some time to complete and then there are untold hours of play both online and off. There are dozens of maps, different unit types, several game modes, and on and on. I was impressed by the amount of things to do. Frozen Synapse is an exercise in complex simplicity. On the service the controls are simple taps and turns, but to really succeed it will require practice. This process can be terribly rewarding, and even games you struggle in will end quickly.


It is this hidden complexity that provides some challenges for this app. The number of choices available to you at any moment make the interface large and somewhat confusing. To really succeed at the game you will have to learn all of these options and know when best to ask them. For a new player they can look downright baffling and it would be great to see a more interactive tutorial that guides a player through step by step. This UI difficulty is paired with the games overall menu system which has a decidedly PC feeling. There are cases of strange pop-up issues and overlays that seem traditional reserved to the wild world of PC gaming. While the gameplay fits perfectly on iOS, the surrounding menus seem to miss the boat.

Frozen Synapse succeeds at bringing a beloved PC game to iOS. It is fiercely faithful in bringing the whole experience to mobile which has its own pros (tons of content, great online experience) and cons (archaic menu system, hard to manage UI). This is a great strategy title which is enjoyable on many levels. There is complexity there if you want it or you can stay on the surface and have a great tactical experience.

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2013年11月4日 星期一

Subway Surfers 地鐵跑酷 [Top Monthly Downloads March 2013]

type='html'>Subway Surfers Presented by Kiloo Games and Sybo Games. DASH as fast as you can! DODGE the oncoming trains! Help Jake, Tricky & Fresh escape from the grumpy Inspector and his Pitbull dog.Grind trains with your cool crew!

Colorful and vivid HD graphics! Hoverboard Surfing! Paint powered jetpack! Lightning fast swipe

acrobatics! Challenge and help your friends! Join the App Stores most daring chase! Subway Surfers

 An Universal App with HD optimized graphics for retina resolution.
★ Grind trains with your cool crew!
 ★ Colorful and vivid HD graphics!
 ★ Hoverboard Surfing!
 ★ Paint powered jetpack!
 ★ Lightning fast swipe acrobatics! 
★ Challenge and help your friends!
- 與冷靜穩健的隊友一起打造火車!
- 裝飾火車並繪製生動有趣的高清圖像!
- 懸浮滑板衝浪!
- 裝飾已啟動的 jetpack!
- 閃電般快速猛擊特技!
- 挑戰並幫助您的隊友!

 Join the most daring chase!
加入 App Stores 最具膽識的追逐遊戲!

 - 如安裝失敗,請玩家卸載已安裝的《地鐵跑酷》後再次嘗試安裝;

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2013年11月2日 星期六

Today’s Best Apps: TempoRun And Audiophile

Today’s Best Apps: TempoRun And Audiophile

Discover the most useful and entertaining iOS apps from the last 24 hours.

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2013年11月1日 星期五

パズル&ドラゴンズ Puzzle & Dragons 龍族拼圖 [Top Monthly Downloads March 2013]

Puzzle & Dragons(???&?????,簡稱「????」,中文譯名為《智龍迷城》或《火龍之怒》或《龍族拼圖》)是GungHo Online Entertainment開發的智能手機遊戲。這是一個非常具有創意的新類型遊戲,使用消除遊戲的形式進行戰鬥的RPG養成遊戲。


An extremely popular and super addictive freemium game with over nine million downloads in Japan and ranked as one of the top grossing iOS apps, Puzzle & Dragons combines the key elements of a puzzle game, a dungeon crawling RPG and a monster collecting adventure!

Players will command a team of monsters as they explore countless dungeons, collect treasure and battle a

variety of powerful foes along the way. Slide colorful orbs across the screen until 3 or more are adjacent to attack foes. Strategize team building and make full use of the opponents’ elemental weaknesses to deal massive amounts of damage. If players manage to survive through the epic boss fights, the spoils of victory await!

With more than 600 monsters to collect, players can build the perfect team to conquer any dungeon. Swap ID codes with friends and recruit each other’s monsters by taking advantage of the “helper” team member slot. Players can also use the friend search feature to seek out more powerful allies.


It is a large adventure at a puzzle!

This game is a game which ventures by the power of a puzzle together with a monster.
I will venture the dungeon in the world and will find out a legendary dragon!

* A cardinal rule is an easy puzzle!
About the drops of the same color, it is a puzzle game arranged and erased three at length or width.
I will move drops well, will erase at the time of said, and will aim at a invigorating combo!

* The battle with a monster!
If drops are erased, the monster of an ally will attack an enemy!
Before being damaged by an enemy, I will defeat targeting a large damage in a combo!

* I will construct a team by the got monster!
A new monster will be born if the egg gathered in the dungeon is brought home!
I will make only your original team combining a favorite monster!
Gatsha can also get a monster in addition to a dungeon!

* It is Play together with a friend.
A monster can be rented by the friends which became acquainted within the game!
It is still more pleasant if it ventures together with a friend's monster!

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2013年10月30日 星期三

Newest 'True Skate' Update Greatly Improves Skating in Transitions, Includes Other Tweaks and Fixes

105915_largerMy official most-played-iPhone-game True Skate [$1.99] just received a minor, though significant update. Backing up, True Skate is Jet Car Stunts [$1.99 / Free] developer True Axis' attempt to create a skateboarding simulation built for the touchscreen, and they absolutely nailed it. We loved the game in our review from back in October, and since that time True Skate game has been updated frequently with new features and customization options, and even a huge new skatepark to play around in.

More parks are planned for later this year, but today's True Skate update includes two enhancements that actually change the fundamentals in the game. One is the ability to tilt a gyroscope-equipped device prior to doing an ollie, which will then shift which way your ollie ends up in the air depending on which direction you tilt. It's a small change, but it helps a lot when trying to line up your board to hit a rail or ledge for a grind or slide trick.

The second and more significant change in this update relates to skating transition, a spot that True Skate has had difficulty getting right in the past. Previously, when skating transitions you'd have to stick to the larger stuff that had actual vertical surface in order to keep your board in the air and land back down in the transition. Otherwise you'd just launch yourself out of the bowl or quarter pipe and it acted more like a jump ramp.

With the updated version, you can actually flick your device towards you right before doing a trick in transition and it will ensure you stay hovered in the air above that transition, so you can land right back down in it. This totally improves skating transition in True Skate, and I have to say it feels awesome to bust a big trick in a bowl and be able to land back down and keep going. I'm not typically a huge fan of having to flick or move my device in any way, but here it feels completely natural and works incredibly well. Hats off to True Axis for finding an elegant solution to this tricky problem.

As I mentioned, True Axis has more goodies planned for True Skate in the future, but for right now they're going hard and heavy on Jet Car Stunts 2 and as much as I love True Skate I have to say I'm more than happy for them to devote the time to that much-anticipated sequel. However, I'm also quite pleased they were able to push out this latest update and how just a couple of minor tweaks have really improved the overall experience. It's also worth mentioning that this update improves performance on older devices, and you can now slow down by touching the ground with your finger if you feel like you're going too fast at any time.

If you're into skating or skating games and have yet to check out True Skate then you should get on that, and join in on the discussion in our forums too.

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2013年10月28日 星期一

TA Plays: 'Slender Rising' - A Scary First-Person Slender Game

640421_largerEarlier this afternoon, Jared and I turned off our lights and tried to enjoy a round or six of Slender Rising [$2.99 / Free]. It's a first-person horror game that plays pretty similarly to Epic Citadel [Free] -- except for the part where some tall, faceless dude appears to attack you. Presented across several spooky environments, Slender Rising tasks users with finding notes left by ... someone and avoiding the Slenderman in the process.

It's hard to tell who owns this property or, really, who even had the idea to do a game like this first, so we don't comment much on that in the video. What is kinda clear is that this is the Slender game fans have really responded to, and for good reason: it's not a bad video game.

Slender Rising has seen a lot of updates since its initial debut, so hey, maybe now's the time to check it out again if you weren't so happy with the initial launch. If you're already happy with and at an MLG-level with Rising, have fun laughing at two idiots trying to play.


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2013年10月27日 星期日

Plasma Pig Is Lost In Space And Needs Your Help Getting Home

Plasma Pig Is Lost In Space And Needs Your Help Getting Home

Help a purple pig get back to Earth in this physics-based puzzle game.

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2013年10月26日 星期六

First Trailer for Ron Gilbert's Match-3 RPG 'Scurvy Scallywags' Released

AppIconBack in March, renowned game designer Ron Gilbert left Double Fine Productions in order to branch out and do his own thing. Following that, Gilbert revealed that he was working on a new iPhone game called Scurvy Scallywags in The Voyage to Discover the Ultimate Sea Shanty. Seriously, that's the name. It almost seemed like a joke at the time, but Scurvy Scallywags was actually a real thing – a match-3 style game with RPG trappings.

Looking to differentiate itself from the glut of matching games on the App Store, Scurvy Scallywags uses an interesting mechanic where after a match is made the game board collapses in the direction of the match to fill in gaps, rather than just dropping all the blocks downwards like most matching games. Seems like a small change but a potentially significant one, and you can tell that Scurvy Scallywags has a ton of personality in its first official trailer.

Gilbert is not alone on Scurvy Scallywags, either. He has partnered up with Clayton Kauzlaric, the designer of the 2003 Xbox title Voodoo Vince. Gilbert and Kauzlaric have teamed up in the past too, for the 2010 action-RPG DeathSpank and more recently for the quirky and enjoyable iPad game The Big Big Castle! [$0.99 (HD)] last July. Can a proven developer power couple like Gilbert and Kauzlaric reinvigorate a tired genre like match-3? I hope so, and I'm looking forward to finding out when Scurvy Scallywags launches sometime in the near future.

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2013年10月24日 星期四

Major 'Battle of the Bulge' Update Adds New Scenarios, Generals

833787_largerVeteran designer John Butterfield's Batle of the Bulge [$9.99 (HD)] is one of the best historical wargames we've played. Designed from the ground up for the iPad, it feels perfectly suited to that device - so much so that one of its few flaws is that it isn't quite as perfect a fit on the iPad Mini's smaller screen. With it's Avalon Hill-esque gameplay, appealing and unintrusive winter campaign styling, and inspired mix of original and sampled period music, the main thing we wanted in our review of it was more.

Shenandoah Studio delivers in a new update that includes three additional scenarios (two free, one IAP) and two new AI generals. They're so confident that the new AIs, modeled on Omar Bradley and Hasso Von Manteuffel, are going to your socks off that each one is a $1.99 IAP. I was initially skeptical of that decision, but having played against each one, I have to say that Von Manteuffel is, as advertized, a tricky bastard. He stole a draw from me in what should have been a clear win for the Allies. When I played Axis against Omar Bradley in the shortest scenario, "Race to the Meuse," I won easily, but I noticed that he'd done a good job of flanking me: if I'd been playing the full Battle of the Bulge scenario, I would have been in a lot of trouble going forward.

The scenarios are more straightforward: "Bitter End" appeals to those with no patience for victory points and conditional wins by playing out to the, ahem, bitter end of the engagement. That's a feature many players had been clamoring for. There's also added replayability with "Luck of the Draw" which deviates from history by shuffling starting unit placement and reinforcements. Both "Bitter End" and "Luck of the Draw" are free, and are more oriented to players who want some of the options commonly found in strategy videogames.

For the grognards, there's "The Endgame," featuring the siege of Bastogne, which some of you may know from Band of Brothers, and famous for Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe's laconic response to a demand that he surrender: "NUTS!" If you've ever wanted to stand with the 101st Airborne at Bastogne, or if want to see if you can break McAuliffe for his impudence, "The Endgame" will let you fulfill that fantasy for $3.99.

The pricing scheme here is clever: Shenandoah has made the content that will appease those who wanted more "bang for their buck" free, while offering more exotic goodies to the hardcore at a premium. In a move worthy of Von Manteuffel, you have to go to the "purchase" screen to get "Luck of the Draw" (for free), thus ensuring that nearly every player will see the premium IAP. The update is also well-timed, bridging the gap between the winter release of Battle of the Bulge and forthcoming El Alamein, which should be giving us a chance to wage war in the desert sometime this summer.

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2013年10月22日 星期二

Discover New Music From Your Friends And Share It With Legato

Discover New Music From Your Friends And Share It With Legato

You will always find something new to listen to with Legato.

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2013年10月20日 星期日

The Vudu Player For iOS Goes Offline, But For A Very Good Reason

The Vudu Player For iOS Goes Offline, But For A Very Good Reason

The Vudu Player for iOS device now supports video downloads for offline use.

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2013年10月18日 星期五

Today’s Best Apps: Uncool Frank, myQuests And Send

Today’s Best Apps: Uncool Frank, myQuests And Send

Discover the most useful and entertaining iOS apps from the last 24 hours.

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2013年10月17日 星期四

New Pik Pok Movie Game 'Turbo Racing League' Features a Million Dollars in Cash Prizes

752655_largerThere was a time when pretty much every movie tie-in game was just plain awful, but for some reason in the mobile gaming world there have been quite a few really good ones. Games like Temple Run Oz or Fruit Ninja Puss in Boots take an already proven formula for a game and weave the movie theme around it to make a natural fit.

One of the newest movie tie-in games released is a joint venture between PikPok and Dreamworks Studios for the upcoming movie Turbo. The movie is about a snail named Turbo who dreams of being a race car driver, and following a freak accident involving a nitrous oxide spill that gives him turbo speed he sets out to make his dream come true.

PikPok's take on the movie is called Turbo Racing League [Free], and follows Turbo's escapades on his way to becoming the fastest snail in the universe. Is that even something to be proud of? That's like being called the smartest dumb person in the world. But I digress.

Turbo Racing League itself is actually a very fun kart-style racing game. By that I mean it's very casual and arcadey, with a heavy emphasis on drifting and hitting turbo pads spread along the track. The game's 9 courses are all made out of real-life mini locations like a kitchen table or a garage, and you can trick Turbo out with spoilers for his shell that give him improved attributes.

It's all pretty standard racing game stuff, but it's very well done, like most PikPok games. What sort of blew my mind is that in conjunction with the release of Turbo Racing League, Verizon has stepped in to throw a competition called the $1,000,000 Shell Out and are giving away a million dollars in prize money. For the next 8 weeks the top 10 racers per week will each win prizes from a $500,000 pool, then all 8 of the 1st place winners will fly out to Los Angeles for the finals and a chance to win the grand prize which is the other half of the million.

A million dollar prize for a mobile movie tie-in game seems nuts to me, but here we are. You can get the full rules and all that jazz from the official $1,000,000 Shell Out website if you're interested in entering, but even if not, Turbo Racing League is a pretty neat racing game that's free to check out. People in our forums have been enjoying it as well, and as for the actual movie, that'll be opening in theaters in July.

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2013年10月16日 星期三

Amazon Says Yes To ‘Alpha House’ And ‘Betas’ But Puts A Fork In ‘Zombieland’

Amazon Says Yes To ‘Alpha House’ And ‘Betas’ But Puts A Fork In ‘Zombieland’

We'll be seeing more of the computer geeks from Amazon's half-hour comedy pilot "Betas," as it goes to series.

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2013年10月14日 星期一

We Sit Down With CCP and Learn of Mysterious Plans for a Possible 'EVE Mobile'

avatar_493876Iceland-based CCP Games is best known for EVE Online, a ruthless, Byzantine MMO set in the cold, vast reaches of a universe called New Eden, where player-led factions and alliances vie for political clout, territory, and the resources necessary to power their massive war machines.

EVE is a relatively niche MMO -- it breached 500,000 subscribers only recently, after ten years of operation -- but its players are devoted and loyal, and the game’s revenue has allowed CCP to expand consistently. They just released Dust 514, a free-to-play PlayStation 3 shooter that ties into EVE’s universe and in-game economy, and they’re working on World of Darkness, an MMO based on White Wolf’s legendary Vampire: the Masquerade pen-and-paper game.

CCP’s newest frontier, however, will be mobile development.

“We’ve been dabbling in mobile for a long time,” erstwhile EVE Online executive producer Jon Lander told me last month during CCP Fanfest 2013 in Reykjavik, Iceland. “But we’ve never really focused on it. We’ve never taken the time to put a clear strategy together about how these things fit in with our universe.”


The wheels to rectify that started turning earlier this year, when CCP quietly announced that Lander would be transitioning out of his role on EVE to “lead [the company’s] emerging mobile strategy.”

Mobile development -- or, euphemistically, “out-of-client engagement” -- was a recurring, if downplayed, theme across all of CCP’s projects at Fanfest. During her portion of the EVE Online keynote, senior producer Andie Nordgren discussed the necessity of giving players access to their accounts, even when they’re not actively logged in. Smartphone and tablet apps are one way of doing this, she explained, but plans for web- and browser-based systems are being hashed out as well.

World of Darkness senior producer Chris McDonough mentioned similar possibilities during a panel devoted to his game as well. “There will be access to in-game stuff, and all the levels of interactivity are being determined” McDonough explained to me in a follow-up interview. “When CCP is building EVE, they consider it a universe. The goal is that Dust 514 interacts with the same database that EVE exists in.”

“That interactivity allows the main database to be a platform,” he continued, ?“World of Darkness is being built in a similar way.”

Eve-2In the short term, CCP fans can look toward Dust 514: Neocom for the PlayStation Vita for a rough idea of what an iOS app might look like. Neocom, which is coming “soon,” will interact with most of Dust’s non-gameplay systems, including weapon and armor customization, starmap updates, and buying and selling consumable items. Jon Lander calls Neocom a “tracer bullet,” a lightweight project built by a small team to gauge interest in possible future companion apps.

“Ultimately, our strategy is to create bespoke experiences that are tailored to what our fans are using,” says Thor Gunnarsson, vice-president of business development at CCP. “Of course, they’re using tablets and smartphones, day-in and day-out. We want to bring another access point to them, wherever they are.”

Still, Neocom isn’t out yet and a Vita isn’t a smartphone or a tablet. “We’re not a mobile development house yet,” Lander admits. “We don’t know this stuff. But we can learn.”

Despite not having released a commercial app yet, CCP aren’t going in completely blind. Before joining CCP, Andie Nordgren spent time working on RJDJ, an audio app on iOS; Gunnarsson was at Ideaworks3D prior to shifting gears to help make a spaceship MMO.

Gunnarsson’s time at Ideaworks3D was spent developing mobile versions of big-name IPs like Final Fantasy, Metal Gear Solid, The Sims, and Tomb Raider for early mobile devices. “That was before iOS, obviously. We were actually doing our first 3D title on a Compaq iPaq in 2001,” he told me.

Eve-3“Then we did a lot of titles on the Nokia N-Gage,” he says with a laugh. “We did four of the launch titles for that. It was weird to go from the most extreme, constrained corner of the games industry, which was mobile gaming at that time, to working on EVE Online with the team here.”

During his presentation during a keynote address on the last day of Fanfest, Lander detailed a bit of CCP’s checkered history with developing EVE-related mobile apps. In 2006, a team had created a working build of EVE Mobile, but it proved difficult to run on Tranquility, the London-based, single-shard server that houses the majority of worldwide EVE Online players.

By 2011, CCP had designed and developed apps for Nvidia-related mobile devices, but the project stalled out after the catastrophic launch of the EVE Online: Incarna expansion in June of that year. Amid player protests and a drop in subscribers, CCP was eventually forced to lay off 20% of its staff worldwide. Mobile development was put on the backburner again.

“My remit for EVE when I was made executive producer was to get it fixed, get it strong, get it in position where we can be ambitious again,” Lander tells me over drinks at a reception after the final keynote. He’s set to transition into mobile development full time later this summer, with a string of well-received expansions under his belt. “We’ve got a really good set of people in place so that we can take this on."


In addition to company-wide stability and growth, the development and release of Dust 514 has paved CCP’s foray into mobile development. According to Gunnarsson, Dust is built on a two-way programming interface, called CREST. In layman’s terms, Dust not only reads information from the EVE server, but is able to send information back. This is what allows in-game events in Dust 514 to also take effect in EVE Online.

“You can imagine that with that platform in place, we can start to create experiences that are truly attractive, that could become new games, or different genres,” enthuses Gunnarsson. “They would have some touchpoint to the EVE universe. They could be light footprints, or they could be something very deep.”

CCP are keeping the specifics about what types of apps their designing and for which platforms close to the chest for the time being, assuming they’re far enough in development that there are any specifics -- Lander envisions small teams and quick turnaround times prototyping lots of different ideas.

Still, he seemed excited at the prospect. “We have an amazing opportunity to work with a persistent, sandbox world. Oh my God, just imagine some of the best mobile games out there ...” he tells me at the reception before trailing off.

Whatever form CCP’s mobile projects take, Lander finished his keynote presentation with a confident pronouncement: “This time next year, you will have EVE Mobile in your hand.”

All the images in this article are from the PC version of EVE Online.

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2013年10月12日 星期六

Esquire Launches A New Weekly Magazine On iPad

Esquire Launches A New Weekly Magazine On iPad

Esquire Weekly is a separate magazine now available in Apple's Newsstand.

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2013年10月11日 星期五

Out Now: 'Bombcats', 'Chasing Yello Friends', 'ERA Deluxe' 'Frozen Synapse' for iPad, 'Karateka Classic' and More

It's kind of a weird week this week, there's a lot of games coming out at least compared to previous weeks but quite a few of them aren't spinning our proverbial clocks- At least in first impressions. Regardless, we look forward to spending more time with these titles to see how many of them grow on us. Also, if you've got an iPad just stop what you're doing and scroll down to Frozen Synapse.

All Glory to the Pixel King!

iTunes Description:

Exciting news citizen! Our glorious King has passed a new law, specifically stating that 'The King's castle must at all times be at least 42% grander, cooler and shinier than those of his enemies.' The time has come for you, brave citizen, to fight for, and almost certainly die for, your King's noble dream to one day have his own private waterpark!

Build an awesome fortress, stuff it with soldiers, catapults and whatnot, and lead your army into battle against other players' castles in devious turn-based combat!

Forum Thread: All Glory to the Pixel King! - (by Steve O`Gorman) [Universal]

First Impressions: 'Bombcats' is a Physics Puzzler that Combines My Love of Cats and Explosions

In case you hadn't noticed, Chillingo had taken a short hiatus from their normal weekly release pace, but are back this week with – wait for it – a physics puzzler. It's called Bombcats and being a fan of both cats and explosions I took it for a quick spin this morning. It's cute, plays well, seemingly has loads of content, and it's also somewhat unremarkable.

Forum Thread: Bombcats - (by Chillingo Ltd) [Universal]
Can Knockdown 3

iTunes Description:

Challenge your aim, hone your precision, and push your puzzle-solving skills to the next level in this insanely addictive game. This installment takes the critically acclaimed Can Knockdown series to all new heights- the physics-based carnival gameplay you know and love- and adds unique puzzles, adrenaline-charged challenges, and even more explosive action!

Forum Thread: Can Knockdown 3 - (by Infinite Dreams Inc.) [Universal]
Cat Raid mzl.xrofjqwp.320x480-75 mzl.gbgaxnqo.320x480-75

iTunes Description:

Defend the Earth from the attack of huge cats from outer space!
Bounce the flying cats by using a trampoline.

Forum Thread: Cat Raid - (by Ho't unite)
CastleMine mzl.sssvjohq.320x480-75 mzl.dfveywaq.320x480-75

iTunes Description:

Defend your castle from the evils that lurk below in this unique strategy game! You will need to dig deep into the earth to uncover treasures and destroy the enemies threatening your castle.

Forum Thread: CastleMine - (by Stephen Yap) [Universal]
Chasing Yello Friends mzl.egfmxude.320x480-75 mzl.lmbcvadz.320x480-75

iTunes Description

Fun-filled multiplayer fish racing:

- Challenge Yello fans from all over the world!
- Race against your friends in real time!
- Endless number of random tracks!
- Avoid the obstacles and catch all the power-ups to get to the finish line first!

Forum Thread: Chasing Yello Friends - (by dreamfab) [Universal]
ERA Deluxe mzl.idpwvnhv.320x480-75

iTunes Description:

ERA Deluxe is here! A beautiful Sci Fi TD game for iOS!

Forum Thread: ERA Deluxe - (by Forest Moon Games)
Fire & Forget The Final Assault

First Impressions: Upcoming Release 'Fire And Forget: The Final Assault' Isn't So Great, Interplay Apparently Still Around

Fire & Forget: The Final Assault is an arcade post-apocalyptic racing game that's set to debut tonight alongside a bunch of other new releases. You can catch a look at it below, but you should probably avoid the actual product. It's not good. The driving feels super floaty, the car-to-car combat is bland, and the production elements aren't stellar. That isn't to say there aren't some neat ideas buried in it. After all, who doesn't like the idea of driving around a laser-equipped car that can spontaneously morph into a fighter plane? But, the execution isn't great, making it a pretty forgettable game as a whole.

Forum Thread: Fire & Forget The Final Assault - (by Microids) [Universal]
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First Impressions: 'Frozen Synapse' Hitting Tonight On iPad

Frozen Synapse on iPad is one of the few notable "core" kinda releases this week, and it is what you think it is: a pretty straight-up port of an imaginative PC title that got a bunch of awards and praise. This version sees the addition of one-tap touch controls, as well as cross-platform play.

Forum Thread: Frozen Synapse - (by Mode 7)
Gravity Guy 2 mzl.neiteijo.320x480-75

First Impressions: 'Gravity Guy 2' is a Big Departure from the Original, but Fun in Its Own Right

The original Gravity Guy [Free / Free (HD)] popularized the whole "gravity flipping" mechanic on mobile back in 2010, but the long-awaited sequel does away with that entirely in favor of a more traditional – though still innovative – endless runner formula. Gravity Guy 2 won't have you frantically switching between running on the ground or the ceiling in order to get through its puzzle-like levels, as in the original.

Forum Thread: Gravity Guy 2 - (by Miniclip.com) [Universal]
Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery : Episode 1

(Trailer from PlayStation Vita version of the game!)

iTunes Description:

A small boy, his big new friend, and a huge problem.

Join Camp Eagle Feathers’ newest ‘Brave’, Jacob Jones, on an amazing adventure to uncover just what is going on at Camp Eagle Feather.

Forum Thread: Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery : Episode 1 - (by Lucid Games) [Universal]
Karateka Classic

First Impressions: 'Karateka Classic' Brings the 1984 Apple II Original to iOS

Last year, Jordan Mechner teamed up with Liquid Entertainment to create a modern remake of his 1984 beat 'em up classic, Karateka. The modern, 3D recreation of Karateka [$1.99] (which we reviewed in December) does an excellent job of conveying the tragic tale of the poor, imprisoned princess Mariko and the bold quest to rescue her to today's gamers using modern visuals, an original score, and unique, new fight mechanics. Another thing it does is give old school gamers a real itch to go back and play through the 8-bit original. Happily, as of tonight, that itch is easily scratched.

Forum Thread: Karateka Classic (By Kareteka LLC) [Universal]

iTunes Description:

Run, jump and slide from ropes, dodge rocks! Not enough? There is much more in Manuganu. Avoid swinging hammers and jump over moving ice blocks. Don’t get burned and jump between walls to collect coins and medallions. Break stone blocks and activate platforms before you fall into fog and much more...

Forum Thread: Manuganu - (by ALPER SARIKAYA) [Universal]
Nikko RC Racer

First Impressions: 'Nikko RC Racer' Nails the Nostalgia of RC Cars, but Feels Underwhelming as a Racing Game

...That's what caught my eye about Nikko RC Racer from Paladin Studios, who you might remember as creators of the awesome Momonga Pinball Adventures [$2.99]. This is an official Nikko-endorsed racing game featuring 10 actual RC cars from across the company's 55 year history. The download itself is free and comes with 2 cars unlocked and 1 unlocked via "Liking" a Facebook page. The other 7 cars are 99¢ each to unlock or you can unlock the whole bundle for $2.99. You can also get a promo code to unlock cars by buying an actual Nikko RC car in real life, so there's that too, I guess.

Forum Thread: Nikko RC Racer - (by Paladin Studios) [Universal]
Trucker: Parking Simulator mzl.oqjcdyog.320x480-75
First Impressions:

I actually spent a bit of time with this today, and while this game is going to be hard to write about in a "full" article, it's free, and driving around with any kind of precision in a semi truck is actually surprisingly difficult- Particularly while backing up.

Forum Thread: Trucker: Parking Simulator - Realistic 3D Monster Truck and Lorry 'Driving Test'

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2013年10月10日 星期四

AppAdvice App Of The Week For May 20, 2013

AppAdvice App Of The Week For May 20, 2013

Snap some photos and reconnect with friends and family with our top app picks of the week!

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2013年10月8日 星期二

Quirky App Of The Day: Granny’s Cats Are Not Lovable Pets

Quirky App Of The Day: Granny’s Cats Are Not Lovable Pets

Shoot the cats as they try to eat your precious goldfish.

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