Augmented reality applications debuted almost a year ago, shortly after the iOS 3.1 update went live. Designed only for the 3GS and above, they brought the world as the futurists envisioned one step closer to reality. The apps themselves, however, still have a long way to go. We saw a few augmented reality navigation apps and several shooting range games, though that’s about it. Until now that is! An indie developer known as int13 has recently released ARDefender – a full blown castle defence style title using augmented reality technology.
Ahoy there, ye mates! The Talk like A Pirate Day is almost upon us and in the spirit of this holiday the adventures of scurvydog Guybrush Threepwood are almost given away. Can’t say what the landlubbers at Anuman, Kali and Jagex have to do with it but there ARE giving away some of their stuff as well! Secret of Monkey Island 1 & 2, Part 3 of Egypt The Prophecy and TriDefense are available for free or at least virtually so. And one of the best old-school RPGs on the iDevice Undercroft has been re-released by its new owner for FREE as well. ‘Tis a grand day indeed!
Sadly, the adventure game genre on the App Store is far from being heavily populated. In fact each and every release, be it even a sub-par one, is a welcome addition. Most of them are ports of PC titles with a few rare but superb exceptions – 1112 episode 01, 1112 episode 02 (TMA Review), 1112 episode 02 HD and Fallen EP-1 (TMA Review). And out of the blue a new underdog just popped onto the scene: HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1. In the best traditions of Sam & Max, developers Straandlooper send Detective Inspector Hector – their last and only line of defence against crime – to stop the sniper terrorizing downtown.
Somehow, I thought the “undead” craze had all but faded away. I hadn’t found a decent zombie app in what seemed like forever. Then I stumbled across the first appstore offering from Jumbo Squid Productions, a strategic defense like game titled Zogma: Tactical Zombie Survival Simulator. With a name like that, they had me curious. Read more to see if this game had me craving more brains, or less death.