geoDefense Swarm in Review – Kicking it neon style!

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One of the early hits at the App Store was geoDefense, a fixed-path TD game with Geometry Wars-like graphics style. It won many awards at the time and was highly acclaimed by leading iPhone blogs. Sad to say, I somehow missed that game. But Critical Thought Games, LLC. have given me a second chance with the second instalment in the geoDefense franchise, Swarm, an Open Field design allows the poor sods who missed the first game to still enjoy the legendary geoDefense.

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TriDefense in Review – They’re coming at you from all directions!

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Hola folks! As I wrote in a recent review of Dead Panic, the Tower Defence genre is in serious need of fresh blood, and nobody seems to know the direction to go. One of the most promising directions is “open maps” where the enemies come at you from all directions and you decide where to build your towers stop them. I think the first really good game that featured this type of game-play was the legendary Fieldrunners. Well, TriDefense follows the same general idea but features modifiable terrain and land, air and water(!) based enemies. So, let’s dissect it (I’m out for blood!) and see whether it as good as it sounds.

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Dead Panic in Review – TD is dead and panicking?

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Hola, folks! The Tower Defence genre has been a bit stale lately. Despite the constant appearance of new titles, there have not been any really fresh ideas for some time now. Or have there? Independent developer Sean Maher’s mont-old Dead Panic is a cross between the Hero and Tower defence genres that has been shouldering the burden of expectation. But is it what we’ve been waiting for?

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Defender Chronicles – In the App Store today and Out to you!

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Out officially today, Defender Chronicles promises to mess you up with cleverly furious 2D Tower Defence action. We have already done a hands-on preview and a heads-up — we just cannot get enough of the next Chillingo release! Of course, for your reading and playing pleasure, we are ‘working’ on an in-depth review.

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Artem Kotov announces the release of Defense Zone: Kepler-22b 1.1

Chelyabinsk, Russian Federation – Stunning detail of levels, in-depth gameplay, finely tuned balance of all levels and turrets. During the game you will hold your defense with your turrets against the massive hordes of enemies.

With every level you will have the use of new weapons at your command. It is up to you, commander, how to spend the resources: restore and upgrade your veteran units or to purchase some new ones. Different types of weaponry and landscape provide you with a variety of choices of defence tactics.

Choosing the right weapons and the correct placement is key to any successful defence. The weapons have different firepower, rate of fire, firing range, blast radius and price.

OpenFeint support allows posting all level results in a consolidated database. You can compare your skills with other players and show off your best score.

Experience the true Tower Defense.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later
* 161 MB

What’s New in Version 1.1
* Bug fixed: crash on iPod.
* Reducing the size of the application.

Pricing and Availability:
Defense zone 1.1 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

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Artem Kotov is an individual developer. Copyright (C) 2011 Artem Kotov. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Artem Kotov announces the release of Defense zone 1.0

Chelyabinsk, Russian Federation – Stunning detail of levels, in-depth gameplay, finely tuned balance of all levels and turrets. During the game you will hold your defense with your turrets against the massive hordes of enemies.

With every level you will have the use of new weapons at your command. It is up to you, commander, how to spend the resources: restore and upgrade your veteran units or to purchase some new ones. Different types of weaponry and landscape provide you with a variety of choices of defence tactics.

Choosing the right weapons and the correct placement is key to any successful defence. The weapons have different firepower, rate of fire, firing range, blast radius and price.

OpenFeint support allows posting all level results in a consolidated database. You can compare your skills with other players and show off your best score.

Points for a leaderboard develop from:
* Points for units
* Points for fast passage of level
* Points for passage lost-free lives

All is a sum of points which at all will differ, so it is possible to make always better the result. Experience the true Tower Defense.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later
* 273 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Defense zone 1.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

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Artem Kotov is an individual developer. Copyright (C) 2011 Artem Kotov. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Long awaited update for LandGrabbers now available on the App Store

St. Petersburg, Russia – Nevosoft, a top Russian casual game developer and distributor, announced the release of new, long-awaited update for LandGrabbers. LandGrabbers, an award-winning game, recognized as the Best Casual Game of the Year at the 2011 Russian Game Developers Conference (KRI 2011), became a bestseller on the AppStore reaching #1 on the US Top Free Chart. New update brings new great features to the beloved gameplay, that combines classic elements of strategy, simulator, and resource management.

Update brings new features that will make the process of conquering the world even more exciting. Now players will be able to upgrade their troops, improve the attacking and defence abilities of towers and buildings. In addition, this update includes the long-awaited level-pack in a new setting: the lava covered moon. And for those looking for a way an easier way to get through the game in General Mode, it will now be possible to use artifacts.

Key features:
* 9 new levels in a new stage on the lava covered moon
* New level map designs help experience new strategies
* The ability to upgrade your troops
* New possibilities when upgrading buildings and watchtowers.
* Now it’s possible to use arifacts in General Mode

LandGrabbers is currently available in English, German and Russian, with more European and Asian languages are coming soon.

Device Requirements:
* iPad
* Requires iOS 3.2 or later
* 61.4 MB

Pricing and Availability:
LandGrabbers 1.3 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

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Nevosoft is a leading casual game developer and distributor in Russia and Eastern Europe based in St. Petersburg, Russia. It delivers downloadable and online entertainment software for various platforms. Nevosoft was founded in 2002 and is internationally renowned for its best selling, award-winning games like My Kingdom for the Princess I & II, Mushroom Age, Mysteryville I & II, Christmasville, Supercow, Dreamland and about 25 more. Copyright (C) 2011 Nevosoft. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Halloween iOS Freebies and Price Drop Roundup

Halloween is upon us and there’s one thing you can count on: massive App Store freebies and price drops. We’ve rounded up all notable mentions so you don’t have to waste time digging through the pile of potentials. As usual, EA Mobile is taking part in the festivities, with essentially all their iPad games being discounted by as much as 80%. Other publishers taking part include Namco, Gameloft, Telltale and 2K Games. The compiled list of deals contains over 150 titles, most of which will last at least until midnight Oct 31st, though some may go on for several more days. So what are you waiting for? Start browsing the roundup within and take advantage of this Halloween Bonanza!

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Zen Wars in Review – Nothing Zen about these wars!

One of the more popular genres on the iDevices is Castle Defence. Available in a number of varieties, it always features a side-view of the action. But creative people are here to start traditions of their own, right? Well as least subzero.eu are. In their recent take on the genre with Zen Wars, they decided to freshen things up and offer a bird’s eye view of the events instead.

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KillingZone Defense in Review – No plants, lots of zombies, ammo required…

About a year ago, Plants vs. Zombies (TMA Review) made its way onto the App Store with much fanfare and it was highly acclaimed across the board by both critics and the general public. With its mind-boggling success, it was only a matter of time that look-alikes would popup.  If anything, I’m a bit surprised that it took as long as it did. Nevertheless, regardless of how KillingZone Defense may resemble PopCap’s famous twist on the tower defense genre at first glance, it turns out to be a rather different game altogether.

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