Ethan Nicholas and his game, iShoot, represent the dreams and ambitions of the thousands of independent developers that flock towards the AppStore. He went from obscurity, which lasted for months, to recognition and renown for both his business acumen and for the quality of iShoot. He did so well that at the current time of writing, iShoot has been on the top 100 paid apps list for over a month.
Already with two smaller apps under their belt (Fortune Egg and BPop), developer IndieAn has gone all out this time round with the release of Heavy Mach, a surprisingly fun and engaging side scrolling tank game. According to the app description:
“Tank action game with full of reality, HEAVY MACH.!” Let’s enjoy a realistic tank shooting game with its easy control specialized to the iPhone device”.
While I wouldn’t exactly consider Heavy Mach to be a realistic tank shooting game (when was the last time you saw a real tank do double jumps?), I do love the sweet graphics , great controls and the ability to level up your tank in three different categories. Let’s have a closer look at some of the games features.
GameResort, creators of the unique bowling title Downhill Bowling (a game we enjoyed immensely and gave a “Grab It” rating) has dropped by TouchMyApps to let us know about an upcoming and yet to be titled game that indeed looks very promising. The game will be launched with 2 game modes:
Arcade: Defend the island against waves of enemies, shoot down as many as you can to collect the maximum amount of points. Enemy ships spawn crates when shot down. You can pick up the crates and drop them on a specific target for additional points.
Race: There are 9 different track configurations around the island. You have to fly through a series of hoops in sequence and complete 3 laps as fast as possible. The same mechanics as in arcade mode apply (shooting down targets, pickup/drop crates) but they give you a time bonus instead of points.
I have also been told that the controls will be ‘casual’: accelerometer to steer, a button to fire, a button to drop the crates (when available). The game should making its way into the App Store sometime this month and we’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for this sweet looking arcade shooter.
30 January, 2009, a beautiful shooter popped onto the App Store. ExZeus is developed by HyperDevBox and reminiscent of the days of Galaga or Space Harrier, but gloriously rendered and spectrally highlighted in 3D. If you like Japanese robots in particular and shooting things as a hobby, get excited because no one does robots better than the Japanese and no one shoots better than a robot. ExZeus is as per the App Description, a port of the famous arcade hit that has more recently made waves in in the Nintendo Wii and Playstation 2 crowd.
Gameplay video after the jump.
Sometimes well executed simplicity is all it takes to make a great game. Up there is an amazing example of this concept. It has a singular objective, simple yet well done graphics, and one song. Yet, it captures that “it” quality that all developers are seeking in their games.
Pavel Kozarek of CrowdCafe has dropped by TMA to let us know that BubbleHead has landed at the App Store today. This stylishly designed game has elements of Tiltafun and racing wrapped up in one neat package. Players will navigate through 5 unique worlds all with its own theme (Computer, Medical, Forrest, Sports and Fast Food Worlds), tilting and racing Bubblehead through hand drawn obstacles. The controls actually work like a charm, as you dodge left/right by tilting the device and tapping the screen will put the brakes on the green and blue fella (there’s a feeling of gravity at work here as BubbleHead will ‘drop’ once you hit the screen). This is a game worth checking out, with great visuals and even a random mode where you compete for high score with players from around the world. More screenshots and a video after the break.
Ian Marsh’s Scoops has been around the App Store for quite some time now and yet it remains one of the more popular and well liked titles for the iPhone/iPod Touch. This shouldn’t come as a surprise really considering how easy it is to appreciate a game like Scoops and the amount of fun that can be had from such a simple concept.
Let me begin by saying I love Qix style games. I remember playing them in arcades… Yes, I know it’s hard to believe but us “elderly” folks actually used to go to arcades to socialize and play games, rather than in our basements talking through headphones with our friends who are in a different household, or over 2 iphones via wifi. But this isn’t a history lesson. It’s simply to point out that I hold a special place in my heart for these type of games. Perhaps unfortunately and/or unfairly, I also come in with certain expectations.
playtoniq, the folks behind the well received “Aqua” Sports series (Aqua Hoops /Aqua Punt), has dropped by TouchMyApps to let us know about their brand new game Just Fillin’. Set to be released tomorrow (Jan 28th), Just Fillin’ takes gameplay elements of the classic Qix and adds its own unique twist. Having spent time testing out the game, I must say it got me hooked with its simple but addictive gameplay.
Being from New Jersey, there’s something about bowling that stirs the soul. The sights, the smells, the horrifically colored shoes… they all appeal to he suburban part of my heart. The App Store has given us a few good games that seek to emulate this experience. They seek to translate the feel of the ‘lanes’ to a mobile experience. Downhill Bowling, though, strives for something far grander.