TouchMyApps » fieldrunners 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 Apple Announces iOS 4.2 to be Available Today [Update: 4.2 Now Live] http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/22/apple-announces-ios-4-2-to-be-available-today/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/22/apple-announces-ios-4-2-to-be-available-today/#comments Mon, 22 Nov 2010 16:00:08 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=43387 After the much publicized delay of the anticipated arrival of the new OS, Apple has announced that iOS 4.2 will (finally) be made available for all today. Apple® today announced that iOS 4.2, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, is available today for download for iPad™, iPhone® and iPod touch®. iOS … Read more]]>

After the much publicized delay of the anticipated arrival of the new OS, Apple has announced that iOS 4.2 will (finally) be made available for all today.

Apple® today announced that iOS 4.2, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, is available today for download for iPad™, iPhone® and iPod touch®. iOS 4.2 brings over 100 new features from iOS 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 to iPad including Multitasking, Folders, Unified Inbox, Game Center, AirPlay® and AirPrint.

“iOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Once again, the iPad with iOS 4.2 will define the target that other tablets will aspire to, but very few, if any, will ever be able to hit.”

Despite the announcement, iOS 4.2 isn’t currently available for the masses. In all likelihood, the update should come through at 10AM PST. For all you iPad users, get ready for multitasking and folders support! Check out the full Press Release after the gap.

Update: iOS 4.2.1 is now a available. Direct download links below.

Direct Link (iOS 4.2.1):

Press Release

CUPERTINO, California—November 22, 2010—Apple® today announced that iOS 4.2, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, is available today for download for iPad™, iPhone® and iPod touch®. iOS 4.2 brings over 100 new features from iOS 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 to iPad including Multitasking, Folders, Unified Inbox, Game Center, AirPlay® and AirPrint.

“iOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Once again, the iPad with iOS 4.2 will define the target that other tablets will aspire to, but very few, if any, will ever be able to hit.”

iPad users can now run their favorite apps and switch between them instantly, while preserving iPad’s legendary battery life. Users can organize their apps with drag-and-drop simplicity using Folders, and Mail now features a Unified Inbox, fast inbox switching and a threaded message view.

Game Center allows iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users to challenge and play friends or be matched automatically with new opponents, showcase their scores and achievements, and discover new games their friends are playing.

AirPlay is a new feature for streaming music, video and photos wirelessly from iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to Apple TV®, transforming Apple TV into a great accessory for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. iOS users also will be able to use AirPort Express® and AirPlay to stream wirelessly to any stereo or powered speakers, or directly to AirPlay-enabled speakers coming to market in the months ahead.

AirPrint is a next-generation Wi-Fi print architecture that dramatically simplifies printing by completely eliminating printer drivers. A selection of AirPrint enabled printers including the HP Photosmart, HP LaserJet Pro and HP Officejet will be the first to support printing direct from iOS devices. iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users can simply tap to print their documents or photos wirelessly to any printer that supports AirPrint.

The Find My iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) feature is now free to use without a MobileMe℠ subscription and helps you locate your missing device.* The Find My iPhone app is a free download on the App Store℠ and lets users easily locate a missing device on a map and have it display a message or play a sound. Users can even remotely lock or wipe data from a lost device to protect privacy.

Other new features that iOS 4.2 brings to the iPad include: the ability to rent TV episodes directly to iPad using the iTunes® App with a 30 day viewing window and a 48 hour session window once playback is started; the ability to easily find and highlight specific words and phrases on web pages in Safari®; enhanced enterprise support so businesses can take advantage of stronger security features, new device management capabilities and improved enterprise integration; industry-leading accessibility enhancements; and support for 25 additional languages, including Korean, Portuguese and Traditional Chinese.

The revolutionary iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. You can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, using the innovative Multi-Touch™ user interface. iPad weighs just 1.5 pounds, making it easy to carry and use anywhere.

Today, customers have downloaded more than seven billion apps from the groundbreaking App Store and more than 300,000 apps are available to consumers in 90 countries, with more than 40,000 native iPad apps. Over 125 million iOS users around the world can choose from an incredible range of apps in 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel.

Availability
The iOS 4.2 update is available today to download to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch by syncing the device with iTunes 10.1. iOS 4.2 is compatible with iPad, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, second and third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB) and new iPod touch. Some features may not be available on all products. For example, Multitasking requires iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB) or later.

*The free Find My iPhone feature is available for iPhone 4, iPad or new iPod touch (4th generation).

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

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Fieldrunners 1.2 Now Available http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/02/03/fieldrunners-12-now-available/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/02/03/fieldrunners-12-now-available/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2009 13:47:41 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=4609 Even with the mega success of Fieldrunners, Subatomic Studios is hard at work making an awesome Tower Defense game even better via updates. 1.2 brings new Fieldrunners to blast, 2 new defense towers, improved lightning visuals and even a new map (among other goodies). The Flame  tower will roast a slew of Fieldrunners while the … Read more]]>

fieldrunners12_4Even with the mega success of Fieldrunners, Subatomic Studios is hard at work making an awesome Tower Defense game even better via updates. 1.2 brings new Fieldrunners to blast, 2 new defense towers, improved lightning visuals and even a new map (among other goodies). The Flame  tower will roast a slew of Fieldrunners while the Mortar tower will  obliterate entire areas of the map. Sweeet! In terms of a new locale, the Drylands map will create even more challenges as enemies now have 3 points of entry. A complete list of new features and screenshots after the jump.

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New Features:

  • Flame tower: The flame tower is capable of incinerating multiple fiedrunners in a single fiery swoop.
  • Mortar Tower: With a destructive payload and an explosive force, the mortar tower can obliterate entire areas of the field in a single devastating attack.
  • Sell without penalty: A tower that is both purchased and sold while the game is paused will not incur a score or price penalty.
  • Faster load times: The time required to start a new game or resume a previously saved game has been significantlly reduced.
  • Updated game icon: The game icon has been changed to reflect the color palette of the new map.
  • Improved lightning visuals: The lightning bolt discharged by the tesla tower now emits light and animates more realistically.
  • Drylands: With multiple paths snaking through the dried-out canyon riverbed, the Drylands map gives the fieldrunners ample opportunities to escape your grasp.
  • P-47 Thunderbolt: These blazing fast planes tear throught the sky pover the fields at an incredible speed.
  • Autosave: The autosave feature saves your progress every round to protest you against crashes or freezes.
  • Stream Indicators: When enemies begin to enter the map, the stream indicators appear on-screen to indicate the direction in which they are being spawned.
  • Environment Shadows: Environment pieces now cast shadows onto enemies and towers to better integrate them into the environment.
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The Wait is Over! Fieldrunners 1.1 is upon us http://www.touchmyapps.com/2008/11/20/the-wait-is-over-fieldrunners-11-is-upon-us/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2008/11/20/the-wait-is-over-fieldrunners-11-is-upon-us/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2008 22:50:45 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=1581 After weeks of waiting, version 1.1 of Subatomic Studios’ smash hit Fieldrunners has finally arrived at the App Store. For those who missed out on this action packed title, you can read our review here. With new features like sound fx, music and additional fieldrunners, this is most definitely a must have update. The most … Read more]]>

After weeks of waiting, version 1.1 of Subatomic Studios’ smash hit Fieldrunners has finally arrived at the App Store. For those who missed out on this action packed title, you can read our review here. With new features like sound fx, music and additional fieldrunners, this is most definitely a must have update.

The most eagerly awaited update for the iPhone and iPod Touch has hit the iTunes App Store!

In the first update for the sensational top-selling hit FIELDRUNNERS, you encounter new enemies, explore an exciting new map, and challenge your wits with the all-new Endless gameplay mode! Do you have what it takes to become the ultimate tower defense master?

Begin humming the catchy theme composed by renowned sound designer AUBREY HODGES, whose work on over 160 titles includes the DOOM franchise, Madden, and Quake!

New Features found in 1.1:

  • Sound and music is here! This update includes sound effects and a Fieldrunners theme song.
  • Added a new map that requires new strategies.
  • Added the highly requested Endless gameplay mode!
  • Introduced two new fieldrunners. Watch out, one is invulnerable to goo!
  • Added a grid to help place towers.
  • The most recently obtained high score is now highlighted.
  • Enhanced the visual quality of the title screen and the maps.
  • Improved the user interface.

NEW OPTIONS (Found in Settings on the iPhone home screen.)

  • Set defaults for player name, difficulty and gameplay mode.
  • Adjust sound and music volume.
  • Turn grid on/off.
  • Turn tutorials on/off.
  • Play your own MP3s in game by turning off sound.
New map!

New map!

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Fieldrunners: one of the best tower defense games on the iphone? http://www.touchmyapps.com/2008/11/06/fieldrunners-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2008/11/06/fieldrunners-review/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2008 01:45:02 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=26 The Tower Defense genre has been picking up steam in the last several years. Desktop Tower Defense, an internet flash game released in 2007, was played almost 16 million times after only four months of release. A simple search on google will yield countless websites devoted to the genre. It was only a matter of … Read more]]>

The Tower Defense genre has been picking up steam in the last several years. Desktop Tower Defense, an internet flash game released in 2007, was played almost 16 million times after only four months of release. A simple search on google will yield countless websites devoted to the genre. It was only a matter of time before developers started pumping out such games on the iPhone.

Enter Fieldrunners, an immensely popular title from developer Subatomic Studios. Though not the first tower defense game on the iPhone (this honor belongs to Mote-M), it’s success has inspired other developers to launch their own tower game. Currently, I counted 11 such games at the App Store. This number will undoubted continue to grow in the near future.

Main Screen

Main Screen

For those who have never played this type of game before, the premise of Fieldrunners is quite simple. There are two vital points of interest on the map. The entry point and the exit point. The enemies, or Fieldrunners will attempt in waves to cross from the starting point all the way to the exit area. Your job is to stop them by building defensive structures around the map. If an enemy makes it all the way across the entire field and exits the map, you will lose a life. Twenty such successful enemy attempts and the game is over.

At your disposal, you have four main types of structures:

The Gatling Tower is the basic building block of the game. They are cheap and pack quite a punch. Their range is limited, thus good for close range action. Since they are cheap, they are most effectively used to form your own custom “maze” so enemies don’t just walk in a straight line.

The Goo Tower is an invaluable building type that can slow down fieldrunners. Especially in the later levels when the waves come in heaps, the Goo will slow down those pecky fieldrunners on motorcycles.

The Missle Tower has a long range and great for defending against air units that can fly over all your building blocks. Put a few together and a great tower to have even against land units.

The Lightning Tower is the most powerful tower in the game. It fires a bolt of lightening that can deal massive amounts of damage to most fieldrunners.

Gameplay is fantastic, and Fieldrunners excels at making use of the iPhone. You tap a Tower icon on the bottom of the screen and you drag it to where you want to place it on the map. Letting go of the tower will place it at that specify spot. While dragging it, you will see a green area around the tower. This is your towers’ range, so you must use this visual aid to your advantage. Once a tower is in place, tapping on it will allow you to sell or upgrade your tower. Each tower can be upgraded 3 times and it gets more powerful after each upgrade. The game can be paused at will, so you can take your time with such decisions. Using the iPhone finger gestures will zoom in and out of the map. This feature works beautifully and gives you greater control of the map area.

A wave of angry bouncers coming through

The graphics in Fieldrunners can simply described as amazing for an iphone game. The animations as well as the art work are top notch. This is one instance where the graphics make the game that much more enjoyable. Watching the various fieldrunners trying to cross the screen is a blast. You will see little guys with overly large helmets, the same little guys on a bike or in a jeep, burly bloaks who look like villains straight out of a Disney feature, robots, helicopters….all in all, a great selection of creations from Subamotic Studios.

It may take new players a few tries before learning the best placements for each tower to be most effective. Like all tower defense games, tower placements is critical. Don’t build your towers in a straight line, since this will give the enemies the quickest route. Instead, build a maze like defense structure so fieldrunners have to zig and zag their way along.

Constructing the Great Wall

Constructing the Great Wall

Ziggity Zag

Ziggity Zag

The game does have some set backs in its current release. The biggest being sound and levels. Simply put, there is no sound in the game! To be fair though, I don’t think I have played a game without any sound at all and STILL enjoyed it as much I have with Fieldrunners. I think this alone is testament to how enjoyable and addictive the game can be. The other set back is level selection. Currently, there is only one map that is playable. This may turn off some people, but Subatomic Studios is planning on releasing version 1.1 very soon. Future upates promises sound, more towers, fieldrunners and other surprises.

If you enjoy strategy and defense games, Fieldrunners is a must have. Even if you have never played a Tower Defense game before, this title will bring you up to speed in no time. Spending $4.99 on a game that plays as well as it looks is money well spent. Due to the lack of sound and levels at this time, Fieldrunners receives our Grab this App rating, just barely missing the top prize.

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App Summary
Title: Fieldrunners (v1.0) Developer: Subatomic Studios
Price: $4.99 App Size: 9.2 mb
  • Splendid graphics
  • Finger gestures for zooming and map movement works very well
  • Addictive gameplay
  • Resume feature allows for short sittings at a time
  • No sound
  • Only 1 map level
  • Could use more types of towers
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