Having been a “gamer” for over 20 years now, I’ve watched graphics and quality improve year after year. As great as it is to see how much has changed over the years, I’m still a sucker for that classic pixelated low resolution design. Recently, I was lucky enough to be given the chance to review the latest offerings from Artificial Life, Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion. A title that takes us back to the good old days of side-scrolling action games before all the CGI, 3D, L-M-N-O-P… Read on to see if 8-Bit got the job done or just came out all pixelated.
Fighting Game fans on the iDevice have undoubtedly been getting their fill (and unleashing countless fireballs) with the recently released Street Fighter IV. Not to be lost in the Capcom hype and buzz, Artifical Life’s Spartacus: Blood and Sand has just dropped in price from $4.99 to FREE. Based on the original Starz TV series of the same name (produced by Sam Raimi), the iPhone game features great visuals, solid controls and numerous gameplay modes. For those who like the genre and/or enjoy the well received TV show, this is one App Store deal that shouldn’t be missed.
iSink U, Artificial Life’s popular Battleship clone, will be set free for 2 days starting today (did you get that?) If you aren’t sure why you should download a FREE game, check out TMA’s iSink U review, grab it and have a blast (how bout that one?) Here’s another one: with prices this low, make sure to wear your life preserver! Or: I love the smell of the sea, it really sinks!
Here’s what Artificial Life have to say:
To celebrate our iPhone app download surpassing the benchmark of 8.3 million, we are holding a promotion of “Get-Paid-Game-For-Free”. Some of our top-rated, top-downloaded iPhone game titles will be offered for free for a limited time!!
The first FREE game is going to be iSink U (battleship boardgame title), which will be free during March 5-7 only. This paid game has been previously featured in “New & Noteworthy” on the App Store.
Artificial Life, Inc., iSink U – FREE from 5-7 March
For anyone not in the know, Red Bull Racing was born from the sale of the Jaguar racing team to the Red Bull Corp. Having already invested many years in “open-wheel” racing with the Sauber team and their young drivers programs, this was the chance for them to run their own show, which they have with much success. Now, developer Artificial Life have partnered with the storied brand to bring you one of the latest racing titles to hit the app store. With other successful major partnerships under their belt (e.g. PANDORUM). Read on to see if Red Bull Racing Challenge is able to take the checkered flag.
Our Forums Giveaway O’ the Day features 3 hit games from Artificial Life, a veteran in the mobile gaming who has collaborated with many big names in the sports and entertainment industries. Spartacus: Blood and Sand is based on the hit (and well received) Starz original TV series of the same name. You’ll face off with characters from the show in this 3D fighter that sports plenty of features and great visuals. Pandorum, also a tie-in with the Hollywood flick of the same name, is a solid FPS offering with a survival/horror twist. Last but not least, we have Red Bull Racing Challenge, a racer that puts you behind the wheel of the grand-prix winning RB5 and one that also features multiplayer racing via bluetooth (among many others). For your chance to win these action packed titles, all you have to do is participate in our forums. More details after the gap!
Games based on TV shows or Movies have earned quite an ill reputation on PC and consoles. A lot of cash gets put into the overall franchise marketing and the games themselves often turn out to be C class products. On the iPhone, however, quite a number of Movie and TV-show based titles have already been released and some have even received well-deserved praise. And I’m happy to report that Spartacus: Blood and Sand is one of the better ones.
I used to intensely dislike Robbie Williams for a good number of years – I honestly couldn’t understand why this ex-Take That member and quintessential bad boy had the world at his feet. I hated nearly all of his songs, avoided his videos and wondered about Gary Barlow instead. It was until I heard his fantastic cover of “My Way” many years later that I begrudgingly conceded that Robbie Williams had truly emerged from his ‘boy band’ roots and bad boy ways to become a great artist in his own right.
Asphalt 4 woke me up to iPhone gaming as it burst through mental barriers which had held me to an archaic need for buttons. Since then, racing games for the platform have evolved and consequently, my need for buttons has dissolved along with the residual need for something to mash. BMW Sauber F1 Team 2009 is barely a couple of weeks old, but already it is skid-marking the hallowed tarmac of very realistic F1 stages, proving the validity not only of realistic race simulations, but of collaborative works.
Before I get to the meat and potatoes of this game, don’t forget to check out Artificial Life’s BMW Sauber F1 Contest which goes on till 1 November. Prizes are nothing short of amazing: replica Sauber F1 steering wheel, official BMW Sauber team-signed overalls, and original BMW Sauber F1 wet/rain rim!
I am currently getting my own stuff on with the new racer, BMW F1, but it seems that Artificial Life have plans that move even faster than my 133t behind-the-wheel skillz. Their contest which starts now and goes to 1 November 2009 will have the developer parting with some good loot (pictured above).
Contest rules after the gap.
Believe it or not, the popular musician is back, and this time on the iPhone!
If you’re willing to change, Artificial Life (A.L.) and Robbie Williams might just be able to entertain you. The pair are partnering for the artists’ new album release, Reality Killed the Video Star, in a themed rally game which A.L. say, will feature “cutting edge 3D game play” and “the music and key visual themes from the record’s artwork”. In case you were born under a rock, Robbie Williams is one of the biggest pop stars in the world and has sold more records in the UK than any other musician.
You can read more about A.I. and Robbie Williams‘ upcoming title after the gap.