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Turn based zombie slaying, racing with big guns and location based gang wars are where it’s at this week. Tactical Soldier – Undead Uprising (TMA Review) turns zombie hunting into a thinking man’s game, which makes it different than just about any other undead simulation around. Death Rally brings the big guns back to overhead track racing, and you’ll get to go head to head with the likes of Duke Nukem (while he’s waiting Forever for his own game again). For the rebellious socialite there’s Mob Empire, a game that lets you check in to real world locations to use as your territorial bases of operation as you conquer the world.
Stealth-Action games are a relatively new genre in the gaming market. Having been originated by the legendary Thief series of games, they were only made truly popular by the Splinter Cell franchise under the umbrella of the king of modern warfare literature – Tom Clancy. And Gameloft, no stranger to bringing over highly successful game franchises from other platforms to the iDevice, has released a special version of the latest instance in the series – Splinter Cell Conviction™.
Almost a year ago, when I was just starting to write for TMA, I ran a story about a poor sod who ran into an almost $15000 data charge due to a bug in Safari that continued streaming video from Youtube even after Safari was closed. Well, this record has just been broken! After a measely 4 hour session on the internet, a user got stuck with a whopping $17500 bill!
Let me rant a bit. I’ve been using a horrible piece of software that cost me 200$ CAD. It’s called Microsoft Office 2008. Today, in the middle of a freelance job, it crashed. Badly. Three files I was using and saving religiously went back to square one. I consider it a mercy though as I was fed up with that job anyway. But Microsoft Office 2008 problems aside, I’ve come across another troubling bit. TMA have made mistakes publishing stuff before. Hell, we’re bite-sized hobbyists. Prankster site, Gawker, however, isn’t. And neither is TechCrunch.
The pair made silly assumptions – headline-making, attention-grabbing assumptions today about Apple.
There are games and then there are Games. And one certainly worth the capital “G” is, of course, Broken Sword: Director’s Cut (TMA Review)! I think there is little doubt in anyone’s mind that it is one of the best adventure games on the iDevice and holds a well deserved crown of the top 3d person adventure in our AppStore’s Best Adventure Games round-up, which incidentally was updated quite recently with several new titles being added.
Well, now you can fully enjoy this BAFTA-winning classic on the big screen of your iPad with the long awaited release of Broken Sword: Director’s Cut HD for a measely sum of $7.99. What’s more, bundled with the big-screen version in addition to the high-res graphics is an exclusive never-before released digital comic by Dave Gibbons. Get the game now or check out the press-release and more screenshots after the gap.
Revolution, Broken Sword: Director’s Cut HD – $7.99
About a year ago, the announcement of Warpgate, an open world space fighting/trading game caught my attention. Being a fan of the classic Privateer/X series, this seemed to be the answer to all of my prayers. Well, the long wait is finally over and having spent a considerable amount of time with the game, I can say – it was worth it! Feel free to discuss Warpgate in our forums.
Finally, I’ve met someone who will back up my claims that Steve Jobs is indeed planning world domination! What I’ve been saying ever since the first exploding iPhones and iPod Touches has to be true. And this time it’s not some kind of a whacky conspiracy theorist, but a full blown doctor with a Ph. D. in psychology! Check out the snippet below or read the full article, Steve Jobs’ Diabolical Plan for Global Domination over at San Francisco Chronicle.
The whole iPhone (and iPod and iPad) thing is starting to sound like a 1950′s science fiction movie. If you’ve ever watched one of these now-totally-camp movies, the story line goes like this: A mad scientist bent on world domination invents a fanciful machine that turns humans into unthinking zombies over whom he has complete control. Now let’s update that storyline. A mad scientist by the name of Steve Jobs invents a fanciful machine called the iPhone that, according to a recent Stanford University survey, turns users into “junkies” allowing him and his evil empire to take over the world (at least the media world, so far). Now do you see it?
Well then, folks, it’s updates galore! Well, not “galore” per say, but nevertheless two major titles got updated today. One is the recently released Guerrilla Bob (TMA Review – Grab It) with the most notable addition of multiple save slots and the promise that not the whole game is reset on death, rather only the stage.
The other major title is, of course, Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies (TMA Review – Kiss It) – a first-person survival shooter that came out of nowhere late fall 2009 and was highly acclaimed by the critics. Among many other improvements include a new map Verrückt (Zombie Asylum) that is now available via In-App purchasing for a hefty price of $4.99.
For the steals and deals the recent blockbuster title, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (TMA Review – Double Kiss It) and the only game to have ever got a Double-Kiss It rating from TMA has been updated with a minor improvement of random selection from the iPod playlist as well as getting a price cut to $6.99 to celebrate the Chinese New Year. If you haven’t picked up it already, now is the time to do it!
And last but not least – Broken Sword: Director’s Cut (TMA Review – Kiss It) the best adventure game on the iPhone has recently been supplemented by the Spanish version Broken Sword : La Leyenda de los Templarios – Montaje del Director in addition to going on sale in celebration of Valentine’s day. If you are a fan of adventure games – this is not to be missed.
Full update details after the gap.
OH MY GOD… I still can’t believe it’s true – one of the best adventure games of all time has finally arrived on the iPhone. And with more than 2-3 hours of added content! This is a dream come true! Revolution has done it again and now you can follow the adventures of the gorgeous Nico Collard and the witty George Stobbart with Jesus and Broken Sword: Director’s Cut!
Our original report back in December has finally been confirmed by the arrival of Broken Sword: Director’s Cut at the AppStore. Broken Sword is one of the best adventure games of all time and has been made even better with new cutscenes and an added storyline.
It was a quiet day in Paris when a clown blew up a cafe. George Stobbart is thrown in the middle of detective story revolving around the Knights Templar. Now he must enlist the help of the beautiful Nico to follow the clues of an ancient manuscript.
I will follow up with a review in a few days, but believe me, there’s no need to wait for that – go and pick it up NOW. Also be sure to check out The App Store’s Best Adventure Games.