TouchMyApps » Ubisoft 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 Silent Hunter Mobile in Review – Dive, dive, dive! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/05/12/silent-hunter-mobile-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/05/12/silent-hunter-mobile-in-review/#comments Wed, 12 May 2010 16:28:52 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=32833 One of the more romantic professions in the navy, or at least what seems to be from the outside, is serving on a submarine. The thrill of sneaking up on enemy boats undetected and sending them to feed the fishes is second to none. And this was even more so in the time of WWII … Read more]]>

One of the more romantic professions in the navy, or at least what seems to be from the outside, is serving on a submarine. The thrill of sneaking up on enemy boats undetected and sending them to feed the fishes is second to none. And this was even more so in the time of WWII since the sonar technology was far from perfect and a single U-boat could literally sink whole fleets. Thanks to Silent Hunter Mobile, you can find out how it would be to control one yourself right from the comfort of your iPhone.

Silent Hunter Mobile is an original submarine action/simulation game set in WWII. You’re put in command of a German U-boat and charged with the task of undermining Allied operations. The story of the epic struggle is told throughout the campaign via beautifully and stylishly animated cutscenes and though we already know how it panned out, it still grips you like a bear-trap.

Silent Hunter Mobile is split into 2 game modes – one strategic and one tactical. In the strategic mode, you’re presented with a map of the Western Europe and Great Britain with friendly and enemy cities spread all over. You control the submarine and can engage enemy patrols, complete missions or pop into a friendly port for some upgrades and repairs. Once you engage the enemy you’re immediately taken to third-person view of the submarine. Wave after wave you have to eliminate all resistance, with an occasional protection or capture sub-mission thrown in for good measure.

One of the best features in Silent Hunter Mobile is the amount and variety of control you have in combat. First of all, you can control not only the direction and speed of the submarine, but the depth as well. At periscope depth, the torpedo weapons become available and you can switch to the relevant view to fire at the enemy. There is no magic auto-aiming and the torpedoes travel in straight lines, so you’ll have to make a careful estimation of both your and your target’s speeds and direction to make a hit. And mind, the torpedoes are limited! If you’re up against some major baddies (i.e. Battleships) you can switch to the 3D tactical map where you can use the ultra-powerful controllable supertorpedo to sink those suckers.

On the surface you have other ways to kill the buggers. One is the long-range deck-gun. And while you’re wide open for enemy fire the deck-gun has unlimited ammo that can very useful in a pinch. And finally there is the Flak gun – the only way to counter enemy fighters and bombers, that can make quick work of your submarine if left unchecked. And, of course, you gain experience for all of the enemies to eliminate which can later be spent on upgrading your trusty sub.

The graphics in Silent Hunter Mobile are quite impressive – along with rather high-quality models the game features different times-of-day with the sunset ones simply awe-inspiring. With all of this goodness it’s quite remarkable the game works flawlessly on the 3G iPhone. The interface is another hallmark of the genre. The control scheme features a mix of accelerometer-based and on-screen controls, which works great together. Mostly you control the horizontal direction by tilting the iPhone (except the flak gun which is completely ruled by the virtual joystick) and the other functions using the touchscreen. And despite my lack of affection for the tilt controls I have to admit they work excellently here.

Silent Hunter Mobile is a unique iDevice submarine combat simulation, that delivers on all promises and more. The varied gameplay coupled with a great storyline, gorgeous graphics and intuitive interface make this a title you won’t regret spending your money on. And at a measely $1.99 introductory price I recommend everyone interested in stepping in the shoes of a WWII U-boat captain grab it while it’s hot cheap!

With this I declare Silent Hunter Mobile officially touched!

App Summary
Title: Silent Hunter Mobile Developer: Ubisoft
Reviewed Ver: 1.0.0 Min OS Req: 2.2.1
Price: $1.99 App Size: 143 MB
  • Beautiful graphics
  • Intuitive interface
  • Varied gameplay
  • Upgradable U-boat
  • Lack of multiplayer and achievements
  • No touch-only control options

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Dawn of Discovery – Harbor in Review – Sally’s harbour? http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/03/29/dawn-of-discovery-harbor-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/03/29/dawn-of-discovery-harbor-in-review/#comments Mon, 29 Mar 2010 17:23:28 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=30069 Dawn of Discovery is a relatively successful PC real-time city building title and as such the announcement that it will be coming to the iPhone a few months ago made the iPhone community hold its breath in anticipation. Dawn of Discovery – Harbor had briefly appeared on the AppStore on March 14 as yet another … Read more]]>

Dawn of Discovery is a relatively successful PC real-time city building title and as such the announcement that it will be coming to the iPhone a few months ago made the iPhone community hold its breath in anticipation. Dawn of Discovery – Harbor had briefly appeared on the AppStore on March 14 as yet another AppStore mishap, but was quickly pulled down. Nevertheless by the time you read this review the game should be available again. Was it worth the wait? Let’s find out! Feel free to discuss this review of Dawn of Discovery – Harbor in our forums.

On its way to the iPhone, Dawn of Discovery – Harbor morphed from a full blown real-time city building game to a simplistic time management game. And while I won’t debate whether this is good or bad — and leave that to the developer’s conscience — it fares surprisingly well. You are put in charge of a medieval harbour and have to make sure ships are unloaded/loaded in a timely manner, making as much profit as possible off of them.

Dawn of Discovery stays true to the very core of time-management games – you have a limited amount of docks where you can send the incoming ships to unload. As soon as they are done you have to provide them with the goods they are interested in to send them off on their merry way as soon as possible. The traders themselves come in up to 8 varieties, ranging in ship size (large ships can only be docked at large docks), patience and tip-readiness. The latter is probably one of the most important aspects of the game since trending to heavy tipsters quickly can yield high amounts of extra income.

As you progress through the game the goals become more aggressive. At the same time your harbour gets additional docks, though some are organized in such a manner that require thinking when using them, since they may block off other ones. To provide variety you will get 4 different harbours to control, each with a different set of goods, docks, layouts and trader characters. The only real downer is the fact that the harbour is automatically upgraded, which leaves an important aspect of time-management games out of the player’s hands.

Dawn of Discovery’s graphics look amazing. The ports and ships are beautifully rendered and are immediately recognizable. The music adds that extra little spice to make it a most enjoyable experience. And thankfully there are no performance issues on older iDevices. The interface shows the love and polish put into the game with all actions made easy and intuitive. You just tap-and-drag the ship icon to a free dock and tap-and-drag the goods to the ship waiting for them. Simple, easy, addictive.

Dawn of Discovery – Harbor is an excellent and beautiful time-mangement game set in a legendary Dawn of Discovery universe true to all of the canons of the genre. The only real issue – the lack of player-controlled harbour upgrades – is offset by the solid achievement system, varied traders and goods, and overall polished gameplay to make for an addictive time-waster. This is definitely the place to start for newcomers to the genre.

With this I declare Dawn of Discovery – Harbor officially touched!

App Summary
Title: Dawn of Discovery – Harbor Developer: Ubisoft
Reviewed Ver: 1.0.0 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $2.99 App Size: 46.0 MB
  • Excellent graphics and music
  • Good variety of traders and goods
  • 4 environments to conquer
  • Achievements
  • No player-controlled harbor upgrades

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Assassin’s Creed II: Multiplayer – out and free for a limited time http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/03/01/assassins-creed-ii-multiplayer-out-and-free-for-a-limited-time/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/03/01/assassins-creed-ii-multiplayer-out-and-free-for-a-limited-time/#comments Mon, 01 Mar 2010 11:56:34 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=28846 I’m going make this short and sweet to get it out as soon as possible. Assassin’s Creed II: Multiplayer is out now and FREE for only 48 hours (God knows how much time is still left). It is a MMORPG spin-off of the main series exclusively for the iPhone. Compete against up to 3 other … Read more]]>

I’m going make this short and sweet to get it out as soon as possible. Assassin’s Creed II: Multiplayer is out now and FREE for only 48 hours (God knows how much time is still left). It is a MMORPG spin-off of the main series exclusively for the iPhone. Compete against up to 3 other players in an fight to become the Master Assassin.

Get it now and check out the details and screens after the gap later.

Assassin's Creed II:  Multiplayer Ubisoft, Assassin’s Creed II: Multiplayer – Free

**FREE** 48-HOUR LAUNCH PROMOTION!!!

REGULAR PRICE: $2.99

Welcome to Assassin’s Creed II: Multiplayer, an exclusive game for iPhone & iPod touch and the first game in the series that allows you to compete against your friends.

Features:

LIVE MULTIPLAYER ACTION Assassin’s Creed II: Multiplayer is a REAL-TIME ONLINE multiplayer game using a WI-FI connection letting you compete against up to 3 other player- controlled assassins.

KILL OR GET KILLED The ultimate goal of the game is to hunt down other players and assassinate them before they kill you.

BLEND IN THE CROWD Escape other players taking advantage of your environments & blending into the crowd of citizens.

MULTIPLE ENVIRONMENTS Play in 3 different environments from Assassin’s Creed II inspired by Italian cities from the Renaissance.

LETHAL POWER-UPS Use up to 6 different power-ups to get an edge over your opponents.

BECOME THE MASTER ASSASSIN Increase your notoriety by defeating other players, and fight your way up to the top to become the Master Assassin. The notoriety system uses a dynamic ranking system to position you on the leaderboards.

ACHIEVEMENTS Collect up to 24 achievements and post your records on Facebook.

CHALLENGE YOUR FRIENDS Manage your list of friends and send them live invitations to join your game sessions and find out who amongst you is THE best assassin.

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Assassins Creed II: Discovery in Review: Taking It to A Whole New Level of Gaming http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/02/19/assassins-creed-ii-discovery-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/02/19/assassins-creed-ii-discovery-in-review/#comments Fri, 19 Feb 2010 17:20:01 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=28469 The world of assassins is incredibly mysterious and exciting. Assassins lurk in the shadows, living in the margins of society, and they have important missions to carry out. To this day, the exploits of hired killers regardless of time and place continue to excite the popular imagination. The Assassin’s Creed series is a highly popular … Read more]]>

The world of assassins is incredibly mysterious and exciting. Assassins lurk in the shadows, living in the margins of society, and they have important missions to carry out. To this day, the exploits of hired killers regardless of time and place continue to excite the popular imagination.

The Assassin’s Creed series is a highly popular console game that allows each of us to play the exciting role of an assassin, within the safety of our handheld gaming device. In Assassin’s Creed II Discovery you follow the continuing adventures of Ezio as he strives to free his fellow assassins from the terrors of the Inquisition, which leads to an unexpected discovery of another Templar plot to sail to the New World.

To simply call this game a side scrolling stealth adventure game would be accurate, yet severely inadequate. Most side scrolling games, while relatively easy to manipulate, tend to be limited in movement and possibilities. Here Assassin’s Creed II: Discovery attempts to make something decidedly retro more useful and exciting. It takes the control scheme to a whole new level, imbuing it with a sophisticated and highly responsive set of contextual action buttons that quickly adapt to the needs of the player and the scenario at hand.

From start to finish, Assassin’s Creed II: Discovery shows off its new sophisticated trappings. The tutorial alone is impressive; trying out each of the sleek action buttons already gives one a preview of how the experience will be.

Set against a vivid and lush 3D backdrop, the game proceeds almost effortlessly. Luminous memory balls guide you on your mission, while colored arrows indicate the presence of the enemy. There are three game modes available: normal, stealth and assassination missions. The variety of missions at each level give the game coherence and a sense of purpose.

The contextual action buttons allow you to jump in and out of a hiding place, spring off to jump from one wall to another building, turn stealth mode on and off, attack with your sword, roll to get out of tight spots and dodge attacks. My personal favorite is the weapon block button which, when used, often results in a beautiful death blow to the enemy in all its cut scene glory. These contextual buttons are smooth and almost flawless, one can use them at will, almost instinctively depending on each scenario – if used well, one can make critical, split second decisions without compromise.

Despite the interesting use of context-based action buttons, the use of a horizontal slider for some free running and jumping – seem to be an unusual decision on the part of the developers. For the most part, I have little problems or qualms about using them, but they tend to slow me down and work rather inefficiently with the contextual buttons. After finding it cumbersome to navigate using my left hand while anticipating the dangers ahead with my right, I experimented using the lefty mode coming out with a slight advantage over the default righty option. At the end of the day, however, side-scrolling navigation and movement are not that smooth and precise. Alternative control schemes could be explored, perhaps including a mini-map or zoom function, or further optimization efforts be undertaken to make the movements more precise.

Assassin’s Creed II: Discovery comes with some neat extras: you can upload your photo and see your customized wanted posters all over the city and you will also find a treasure trove of statistics and achievements to be unlocked. There are secret challenge levels to be unlocked as well. Digging through the options menu, you can choose from a number of languages for the in-game text, adjust volume controls for the music, voice and sound effects and customize the controls for your particular preference.

The game offers great entertainment and replay value thanks to its gorgeous visuals, sound effects and solid, engaging gameplay. The controls aren’t perfect yet, but I admire the effort of Ubisoft to enhance the gaming experience by experimenting with multi-touch in a different way. Despite its limitations, the polish and verve of Assassin’s Creed II: Discovery raises the bar for other game developers to follow.

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App Summary
Title: Assassin’s Creed II Discovery Developer: Ubisoft
Reviewed Ver: 1.0.1 Min OS Req: 2.2.1
Price: $6.99 App Size: 147 MB
  • Gorgeous visuals
  • Contextual action buttons
  • Satisfying cut scenes of great fights
  • Missions, mayhem and more
  • Awkward horizontal side-scroller
  • Lack of a mini-map or zoom in function

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Assassin’s Creed II Discovery- Ezio Strikes again! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/02/01/assassins-creed-ii-discovery-ezio-strikes-again/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/02/01/assassins-creed-ii-discovery-ezio-strikes-again/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2010 17:51:03 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=27153 Rejoice Assassin fans, Ezio has now entered the App Store once again. Assassin’s Creed II Discovery has finally re-appeared on the App Store after an unexpectedly release several weeks back, only to be pulled shortly without warning. However, this time, it appears that Ezio is here to stay. Ubisoft, Assassin’s Creed II Discovery – $9.99 … Read more]]>

Rejoice Assassin fans, Ezio has now entered the App Store once again. Assassin’s Creed II Discovery has finally re-appeared on the App Store after an unexpectedly release several weeks back, only to be pulled shortly without warning. However, this time, it appears that Ezio is here to stay.

Assassin's Creed II Discovery Ubisoft, Assassin’s Creed II Discovery – $9.99

I, for one, am a fan of the series, so much that I made sure to complete every single achievement in both Assassin’s Creed games on the Xbox 360. Nerds aside, the series has one of the best storylines of any games I have ever played.

Assassin’s Creed II starts off right where the first one ended, but features a different character than the original. Coming from a multicultural team with different faiths, the game presents an intriguing twist on religion and the origin of man. Although the new release of Assassin’s Creed II Discovery on the iDevice features the same character as the console version, Ezio, it appears to have an entirely different storyline.

Discover an untold chapter from the Assassin’s Creed II storyline. Follow Ezio as he travels to Spain to rescue fellow assassins being held under the guise of the Inquisition, only to uncover a Templar plot to sail west and discover the New World.

Originally being released with a $11.99 pricetag, the actual price has been adjusted to $9.99.

And being a side-scroller with elements similar to that of the soon-to-be-released Mirror’s Edge, Assassin’s Creed II Discovery will feel and play differently than its “more” (although, not entirely) open-world predecessors.

Happy Hunting and Arrivederci!

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