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.
I’ve watched my wife play time management games for years now. I have to be honest that I’ve never really understood the attraction to the genre. Well, it was time to find out what these types of games are all about, and I now have a new found appreciation for the genre.
What I first found interesting in this game was the strategy element. I mistakenly thought that this was a game that you just tap aimlessly as quickly as possible to get everything done with in the time limit. Maybe I’ve played too many shoot ’em ups…
Chillingo has dropped by TouchMyApps to give us the scoop on their soon to be released iDracula, an action packed title that transports you into a Van Helsing like world. While not a whole lot is known about the game at this time, we’ve been able uncover some details regarding weapons, gameplay and controls that should wet your appetite. More info and screenshots after the break.
With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, MacCosmos has teamed up with TouchMyApps to offer our readers the largest app giveaway to date. If you’re not familiar with hi-Card, its a great and extremely easy to use ecard application for your iPhone and iPod Touch. All cards are handcrafted and users will have many popular categories to choose from. hi-Card was even chosen as one of the top Social Networking apps at the App Store for 2008. Since TouchMyApps has so many codes to hand out this time round, they will be given away on a first come first served basis. Complete details after the jump!
Ketara Software has recently released SpaceX as a free download (for a limited time) at the App Store. The space shooter does have fairly good graphics and even features a fully customizable ship, where you can purchase both weapon and armor upgrades. Overall I found it to be a pretty decent shooter that kept me busy with all those darn upgrades. Those picky with controls will be glad to know that tilt and touch controls are interchangeable without the need of changing any settings. Simply tap the screen to active the touch controls and let go to to start the accelerometer (very intuitive). If you like blowing things up in space, better grab yourself a copy while its still free. Few more screenshots and video after the break.
I find that I’m using my iTouch less as a music player and more as an extremely portable computer. I spend more time surfing the web, using apps, and playing games than I do just sitting there listening to music. This is a testimony to the versatility and functionality that Apps, such as gFlash Pro, bring to this wonderful platform.
There’s nothing quite like coming to a new world or city, to find out it hasn’t been developed yet. Welcome to Westward pardner! You are among the first settlers in the West!! While this may be a port of a PC game from a few years back, it’s still a whole lot of fun! Most importantly, it really is implemented very well on the iDevice thanks to its touch screen. But we’ll get to that in a bit…
Great Apps’ iSteam has already gained a cult-like following since it debuted at the App Store a little over a month ago and has seen over a million downloads. If you’re unfamiliar with this neat app, here’s what the app description has to say:
Your phone can now do so much more… Welcome the first “steamy” photo editor for the iPhone / iPod touch. We are proud to deliver you the unique chance to turn your device into a foggy surface just like your mirror after a hot shower or as your window on a winter day. iSteam exploits all the features of your device (accelerometer, multitouch, microphone, speakers) like never before, for an astonishingly realistic experience!
The coolest aspect of iSteam is that you can interact with the on screen moisture. As you “wipe” the fog away, your photo underneath is revealed a stroke at a time. Realistic droplets will also streak in the direction of the iPhone/Touch’s tilt. This is definitely an app worth checking now that its free (for a limited time). Click here to grab your copy of iSteam and recreate your favorite shower scenes!
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.