Chillingo, the sonorous company name that ringo’s in me earo’s like so many angels, signals another chorus – this time, to the tune of ‘The British are Coming’. The invaders came from an unlikely spot: the notebook sketches of one bored student who now has to do something to stop the creatures s/he created. Evidently, that something is to draw a hero who will fight off the baddies. Invaders is described as a ‘wacky shooter’ and from the description, it shouldn’t disappoint.
But, it might have trouble with its name. Invaders is about as common a name in gaming as Park or Kim are surnames in Korea. Darren McKie’s game, Invaders is a game where you play the invading force trying to dominate Earth from above. I rather think the two should team up.
In the wake of 1990′s The Secret of Monkey Island (TSOMI), adventure games became a dime a dozen in a market that craved another point and click quest to emulate LucasArts‘ masterpiece. The original game spawned four sequels – the most sincere proof of its market influence – and in 2009, has undergone a facelift, a re-imagining, and now, has been stuffed into the iDevice, waiting to be dug up iPhone gamers. But, fans of the genre or not, Monkey Island is a catch-all game. Funny, sarcastic and colourful, it is a riot which is sure to make become a hit with any gamer. A cursory glance at App Store reviews will prove how realistic that claim is; LucasArts’ genre-defining game is sitting at a cumulative 4,5 stars, or if you can’t suss out stars anymore, a strong Grab!
LucasArts, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, 7.99$, 351 MB
While not exactly a GTA-clone, Gangstar is similarly stationed – a violent game involving crime, money, and lots of blood. The above video is courtesy of a TouchArcade preview the iPhone ‘port’ of the game. I use quotation marks because, as you will see, this ain’t exactly 2006′s Gangstar.
Scouring new apps is a fun pastime of mine which has grown into an hours upon hours time investment of time and energy. Japanese MotionPortrait, the company who have brought freakishly realistic picture-to animation technology to production have released a peak-a-boo version of their software to the iDevice.
I thought I was clever in creating some simple stop-animations of Playmobil hedgehogs chasing each other – looks like I was wrong.
MotionPortrait, Brain Controller, 2.99$, 1.8 MB
I am not familiar with Sports Illustrated, however that its progeny doesn’t allow much for real sports like football and cricket, but that doesn’t matter. What does matter is that 2009 version of the Swimsuit Calendar has debuted at the App Store and that the handful of reviews are unanimous: this is the must-have app of the summer. Why, you ask? Do I need to explain it to you?
Sports Illustrated, SI Swimsuit 2009, 2.99$, 17 MB
In a market that feeds millions of customers a twisted diet of hype and digital sustenance, vaunts 60 000+ apps, and is growing daily, developers must be increasingly creative in order to sell an app. There are apps to help you say yes; apps to help you say no; there’s even an app which will make you happy. MobileCounter fits comfortably somewhere in the middle of that group as it transforms the old hand-ticker or note paper into a newfangled iDevice app.
Günther Becker, MobileCounter, 0.99$, 0.2MB
Sonic Boom, creator of the excellent Redneck Fishin’, Kill All Bugs! and iZombie: Death March, have briefly toned down their addicting and violent games to focus on a unique twist to the puzzle genre. Perhaps, I should call it Mr. Puzzle Potato. Anyway, this new game is quite the mélange of genres that is sure to be an addictive twist for puzzle fans. Follow the jump for the press release.
Sonic Boom, Puzzlings, 2.99$, 17.1 MB
Seoul is shaping up to hit 33 degrees tomorrow and it is still June! My friends, summer is upon us all. Even Canada has hit somewhere above 3 degrees already and with one more week of the sunny summer months, is guaranteed one more day without need of parkas and toques. Someone also told me that Moscow has just had their first thaw in 10 years! Congratulations! On this special event, Connect2Media have given away a glimpse at their hot summer release agenda which, more than matching Seoul’s weather, is hot!
In the past we have been up in arms about Apple’s selective app approval process, but this time, I think Apple have made a smart fiscal move in giving the thumbs up to Hottest Girls. Allen Leung’s app appeared, rose the ladder to the #2 spot and then in a puff of spray-on body-oil, limply disappeared. Rife with downloadable content, naked women and fetish genre’s, it was is a piece of App Store history as much as iBoobs was in its short life. Whether Hottest Girls’ disappearance was as Allen says, because of server overload or because Apple pulled the plug, we likely will not know till it is back up again or, there is an update. If Apple’s doing, it was a silly mistake: Hottest Girls has real potential as a money-making apparatus.
Its hard to take the news out of our lives, but the recent Swine Flu outbreak has zapped a dose of ‘reality says’ into me. My wife and I just recently had a second wedding, which, in order for her family also to receive free a under-the-table tour, was held in Japan. Well, we arrived a few days early on a plane that should have gone to Seoul from Toronto to drop off our luggage, but because of the louts at Air Canada, was diverted to Tokyo. So, there we were with over 100KG of excess luggage including two beautiful Marinoni Fango cyclocross bikes, no where to stay and Air Canada’s mutant-attendants telling us that our next destination would not be covered. I grew 10 extra grey hairs in that near-death experience (I was about to kill someone, you see). But, this is not that story.