TouchMyApps » Highborn http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:51:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.4 Highborn Chapter 2 now available as IAP http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/01/18/highborn-chapter-2-now-available-as-iap/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/01/18/highborn-chapter-2-now-available-as-iap/#comments Tue, 18 Jan 2011 17:32:24 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=46669 Highborn (TMA Review), one of my personal favorite Turn Based Strategy games on the iPhone, has just been updated with Chapter 2 as an in-app purchase ($0.99 for iPhone, $1.99 for iPad version). This eagerly anticipated follow up will bring forth 8 new missions, new enemies and allies and various new structures. Aside from the … Read more]]>

Highborn (TMA Review), one of my personal favorite Turn Based Strategy games on the iPhone, has just been updated with Chapter 2 as an in-app purchase ($0.99 for iPhone, $1.99 for iPad version). This eagerly anticipated follow up will bring forth 8 new missions, new enemies and allies and various new structures. Aside from the IAP, the update also includes multiple new features for the game in general:

  • Improved 3D unit artwork and models;
  • Units now display their attack range during movement;
  • Monoliths now display which spell they control and a cool-down timer;
  • End-of-mission statistic screen with information on turns taken, enemies killed, number of structures captured and lost, and more;
  • SHAKE TO UNDO! This highly requested feature has been added to the single-player campaign, allowing players to undo their entire previous turn.

For those of you who enjoyed the game earlier on, the 2nd chapter should be an easy buy at only a buck. Otherwise you can always pick up Highborn on the iPhone (chapter 1) for $0.99, or download the free lite version to see if it’s your cup of tea. Videos and more info after the gap.

Highborn Jet Set Games, Highborn (TMA Review), 69.1 MB – $0.99
Highborn HD Jet Set Games, Highborn HD, 85.4 MB – $2.99


App Description

HIGHBORN CHAPTER 2 IS NOW AVAILABLE! We’ve doubled the gameplay with more missions, new features and plenty of off-the-wall stories and dialogue!

Highborn for the iPhone and iPod Touch is a casual, turn-based strategy game, perfect for gaming on the go, or for anyone looking for an intelligent, tactical experience without the frenetic play of a traditional real-time strategy game.

Highborn features two types of strategy games in one. Move your army around an overhead map to capture points of interest and receive spells and combat support; then dive into 3D combat to deploy those advantages against an unsuspecting enemy!

All the fun and fighting is set against an irreverent take on the classic good-versus-evil tale. Eight wacky heroes banter about, trading dialogue full of miscommunications and outrageous assumptions.

A LIGHT TOUCH – Enjoy a satisfying strategy experience, no matter if you spend minutes or hours with the game.

TIME FOR A NEW STRATEGY – A unique blend of strategic movement and 3D combat that caters to a variety of gameplay styles and offers immense replayability.

MUTLIPLAY AT YOUR PACE – Think, then act in round-based play via OpenFeint’s 30-million-person community. Have multiple games going at once, and trash-talk your opponents in player-to-player chat.

MANY STYLES OF PLAY – Unlock hero characters for access to different abilities and play styles, along with different strategies to use against your opponents.

ACHIEVE GREATNESS – More than 20 single-player and multiplayer gameplay achievements to unlock, including judicious use of turns, using your monks as bait, and making it through an entire mission without capturing any support structures.

MORE CHALLENGES IN CHAPTER TWO – Double the gameplay with an in-app purchase of Chapter 2 that adds eight new missions, new enemies and allies, and multiple new structures, like factories and teleporters.

Highborn is developed by a team of industry veterans, many of who created the original Command & Conquer products, including Rade Stojsavljevic, Joseph B. Hewitt, IV, and Westwood Studios Co-Founder, Brett W. Sperry.

Get the latest updates at Facebook.com/JetSetGames, Twitter.com/JetSetGames, and YouTube.com/JetSetGames.

For turn-based Highborn madness on your iPad, check out http://itunes.com/app/HighbornHD.

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Friday Freebie Roundup – 1112 Episode 01, Highborn and Zombie Shock http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/07/30/friday-freebie-roundup-1112-episode-01-highborn-and-zombie-shock/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/07/30/friday-freebie-roundup-1112-episode-01-highborn-and-zombie-shock/#comments Fri, 30 Jul 2010 12:12:09 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=36792 Just in time for the next round of iPhone 4 launches worldwide, a bunch of excellent games have just been set free for 24 hours. And when I say excellent, I MEAN excellent! Are you still reading the intro and not the full story? Then shame on you! To give you a snippet of what’s … Read more]]>

Just in time for the next round of iPhone 4 launches worldwide, a bunch of excellent games have just been set free for 24 hours. And when I say excellent, I MEAN excellent! Are you still reading the intro and not the full story? Then shame on you! To give you a snippet of what’s in store after the gap – an excellent adventure 1112 episode 01, a superb turn-based strategy and a fun and addictive side-scroller.

1112 episode 01

To start things of we have the first adventure game, originally developed for the iDevice – 1112 episode 01. If you fancy a good adventure this is definitely one you should try out, especially since the developers are working on a complete redesign of the interface to be released in the next couple of months as a free upgrade to make it even better. And don’t forget, the sequel is already available for both iPhone (1112 episode 02TMA Review) and iPad (1112 episode 02 HD)!

1112 episode 01 Agharta Studio, 1112 episode 01, 137.65MB – Free
1112 episode 02 Agharta Studio, 1112 episode 02, 91.80MB – $4.99
1112 episode 02 HD Agharta Studio, 1112 episode 02 HD, 154.65MB – $7.99

Highborn

Next we have the excellent turn-based strategy Highborn that has been recently reviewed by your’s truly. It is one of the better strategy games on the platform and a must-have for free. Here’s a quote form the review if you’re too lazy to read the full thing:

Highborn throws in the pot excellent game design and storywriting, with detailed and lovingly drawn graphics to come out with a cooked meal worthy of the best chef in the world – a top-notch turn-based tactical strategy game. The only real issue is the poor performance on older iDevices and some minor frustrations, like no attack power indication or Facebook-only multiplayer. In all other respects this is definitely a must-have for both casual and die-hard adepts of iDevice gaming.

And if you’re a lucky owner of an iPad you can pick up the HD version for a measely three bucks, just released today.

Highborn Jet Set Games, Highborn, 66.96MB – Free
Highborn HD Jet Set Games, Highborn HD, 73.86MB – $2.99

Zombie Shock

And last, but certainly not least, we have a special treat for all those with a taste for mindless destruction – Zombie Shock (TMA Review). This is an unusual take on the side-scrolling genre, with you controlling a scientist running away from an insane asylum and have to defend yourself from the enemies catching up to you from behind. I finished my review with the following summary a few months ago:

Zombie Shock is an above average side-scroller that stands out thanks to excellent graphics, polished gameplay and original mechanics. The nicely laid-out storyline brings extra charm to the game with the last scene leaving you hungry for more. At the same time Zombie Shock could really use some interface tweaks. The current set-up constantly making me feel I ought to have an extra hand. Regardless, it is one of the better titles out there and is a definite recommendation for all the zombie-fans/haters out there.

Zombie Shock BLUE WIND, Zombie Shock, 46.50MB – Free

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Highborn in Review – The ultimate fight with an Arch-lich named Floyd http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/07/15/highborn-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/07/15/highborn-in-review/#comments Thu, 15 Jul 2010 15:27:34 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=36006 Hello there, folks! I’m finally back from my long deserved vacation in the wonderful Italian town of Rimini. I know, you missed me Anyhow, I won’t bore you with descriptions of the wonderful time I had. Instead, allow me to tell you about a game that has kept me entertained during the long flights there … Read more]]>

Hello there, folks! I’m finally back from my long deserved vacation in the wonderful Italian town of Rimini. I know, you missed me :) Anyhow, I won’t bore you with descriptions of the wonderful time I had. Instead, allow me to tell you about a game that has kept me entertained during the long flights there and back as well as in some lengthy train trips. I’m talking, of course, about a recently released TBS by the name of Highborn.

Highborn is a classic turn-based strategy, true to the heritage of Advance Wars and some recent iPhone hits like Rogue Planet (TMA Review). When Archie the Highborn finds his girlfriend missing, he has no choice but to follow the only real clue: footprints left by the perpetrators. And guess what – they led him to a ghastly plan by the Arch-Lich, Floyd. Time to do some plan ruining!

There isn’t much mission variety – you always end up in a specific building, usually at the opposite end of the map, decimating any enemy in the area. A nice touch, rarely seen in games of the genre on the iDevice is the fact there is no way to construct units, shifting the focus to tactics rather than a simple “tank rush”. You may get new units when capturing some buildings, but they are few and far between.

There are no RPG element to the game – neither the units nor the heroes have any inventory or advance in ranks. The single concession towards the dreaded three words are the spells, available from heroes and capturable monoliths on the map. They come in map and battle verities with monoliths providing only the latter and range between simple direct damage to various defense modifiers and a few special effects.

The battles fall true to the classic predecessors, though enter a few twists of their own. While no direct control is available over how they proceed, you can use one of your spells beforehand to get an extra edge. The damage is dealt sequentially with the attacking party having first strike. A bit of additional help are some of building, scattered across the map, namely – keeps, castles and wizard towers. When in range they provide additional cover fire before the hand-to-hand damage is dealt.

Despite there being two sides in Highborn – Decay and the aforementioned Highborn, quite a lot of units are shared between the two. Individual types vary in mobility, damage type, magical and physical defences and range. They also seem to vary in attack power, but as no information is provided in the unit description about it, it’s more of a gut feeling. Knowing the relative strengths and weaknesses is important and is often the key to victory. And careful use of terrain, especially the ability to hide in forests is none less important as well.

The graphics and design of Highborn are both its strength and weakness. The overall map and units are wonderfully drawn in a cartoony style and the dialogues and descriptions are simply genius. They are sure to provide you amusement and a rare case of must read. Unfortunately the performance is in no way sufficient to enjoy the game, at least on the iPhone 3G. The overall map movements are frustratingly laggy, with the battle animations even worse. At the same time it’s obvious that it’s a case of poor optimization as I’ve seen my Jesus phone handle much more complex graphics without a hiccup.

Highborn throws in the pot excellent game design and storywriting, with detailed and lovingly drawn graphics to come out with a cooked meal worthy of the best chef in the world – a top-notch turn-based tactical strategy game. The only real issue is the poor performance on older iDevices and some minor frustrations, like no attack power indication or Facebook-only multiplayer. In all other respects this is definitely a must-have for both casual and die-hard adepts of iDevice gaming.

With this I declare Highborn officially touched!

App Summary
Title: Highborn Developer: Jet Set Games, Inc.
Reviewed Ver: 1.0.2 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $2.99 App Size: 61.8 MB
  • Genuinely hilarious
  • Balanced with a deep tactical base
  • Excellently drawn map and unit graphics
  • An Arch-Lich named Floyd
  • Unjustifiably poor performance on older iDevices
  • No indication of attack power in unit description
  • No unit leveling up
  • Multiplayer only through Facebook

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