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 thatâ€™s about it. Until now that is! An indie developer known as int13 has recently released ARDefender â€“ a full blown castle defence style title using augmented reality technology.
Prince of Persia is arguably one of the most renowned games ever. Even more importantly â€“ itâ€™s one of the more successful remakes of any franchises on the PC. And a few months ago the famous franchise started itâ€™s triumphant stroll across the iOS platform with the release of both the classic Prince of PersiaÂ® Retro and a full-featured port of the PS2 version of Prince of Persia: Warrior Within. So how do the adventures of the Prince translate to the touchscreen?
The App Store is devoid of any really notable games in the Horror genre. Only a few developers have been able to convey the atmosphere through the small screen of the iPhone and truly succeed in instilling the feeling of terror. Whatâ€™s even more interesting is the fact that all of them are indie, with such famous franchises as Resident Evil 4 or SILENT HILL The Escape (US) failing to even scare a 2 year old on the platform. The most notable ones who managed the feat are the king of our The App Storeâ€™s Best Adventure in the Action/Adventure genre Fallen EP-1 (TMA Review) and the original interactive movie Hysteria Project (TMA Review). And just recently a new entry in the genre has arrived by the curious name of The Crimsons.
Iâ€™m not a big fan of first person shooters, but I do like the occasional action game, so options like the Time Crisis series fit the bill nicely. The iDevice is the perfect portable platform for such games as well, since the touch screen does a decent job of simulating the light gun control. FPS purists will most likely cringe at this game since they donâ€™t get the control they think they need, but for people like me who need a bit more structured chaos, TIME CRISIS 2ND STRIKE works perfectly.
With so many dual-stick shooters out there itâ€™s more and more difficult for a newbie to get spotted. Some developers stake on marketing, others on features, while some simply hope for the best and send their creation off to follow fateâ€™s will. Which one is Creatures – THE FIRST BLOOD from playus soft, one of the most recent additions to the genre?
SEED 1 – RISE OF DARKNESS (TMA Review) tried to reach for the crown of the Action/RPG genre back in late 2009. Released under Chillingo, it offered several interesting features, including the ability to switch between classes at any point in the game. However it was crippled by the developerâ€™s attempt to squeeze more money out of the players using in-app purchases (IAP), offering the gamers special items that could not be acquired using other means in order to “help ease the gameplay”. In reality some of them were essential to avoid significant frustration which couldnâ€™t help but influence the ratings, which in turn led to the eventual re-release of the game as FREE and an additional release of SEED 1 Gold Edition without IAP. And now the sequel is live on the App Store, let’s see if SEED 2 manages to overcome some of its previous shortcomings.
A little over a year ago Knights Onrush (TMA Review) set the new standard for castle defense games with addictive gameplay, polished interface and superb graphics. Following up on the franchise, the developers later released A Quest Of Knights Onrush – a side-scrolling arcade title about the adventures of one of the knights in the original. And just recently, Chillingo released Knight’s Rush -Â the next chapter in the series, plunging the would-be pillaged knights through other dimensions.
Last autumn, a game so deceptively simple took the App Store by storm. Iâ€™m talking, of course, about Canabalt â€“ the one button game where you control a guy fleeing for his life across the tops of buildings in the midst of an alien attack. One year and big publisher later, enter Mirrorâ€™s Edge, a title that takes the same basic concept to a whole new dimension. It had a long and winding road to the iPhone, debuting as one of the first major iPad games nearly 6 months ago.
Back in my childhood, when all I had to entertain myself were toys and boatloads of imagination I used to love drawing up armies of creatures and playing out full-scale castle defence battles. Matchsticks would become arrows and marbles â€“ cannon balls. With this awesome firepower I would defend my castle from the onslaught of aliens, ghosts, robots and demons. Apparently I wasnâ€™t the only one stuck gifted with the glorious imagination. Introducing – Cannon Defence…
If you like beat-’em-ups (and I know you do), you might be just the person we’re looking for. Spidy, at it again against asthmatics baddies, will be slinging to an iDevice near you in the very near future. Be prepared for the combos, subtitles, and mad violence that only the webber Spiderman can deliver. Below are some screenies and above,Â Gameloft’s latest trailer. Take your pick.
Piccies and more from Gameloft after the gap: