blacksmith games has recently sent us word of their very first iDevice title, an upcoming platformer called Plushed. Set in a fairytale world where a little girl is queen, you must take control of her royal plushies, travese through ‘haunted meadows and creepy castles’ and ultimately defeat the evil voodoo mouse and his gang of wacky minions. While we’ve seen this kind of story play out a million times before (save the princess, restore order to the kingdom), blacksmith games attempts to set themselves apart with some unique gameplay and a very likeable, not to mention reluctant hero in the bunny rabbit.
Back in April, Chillingo Director Chris Bayett had sent TouchMyApps some exclusive screenshots of Vampire Origins, a game shrouded in secrecy and mystery. Tight lipped about the whole affair, all Chris revealed at the time was that the game is ‘an advanced “point-and-click” adventure’. True to his word, Vampire Origins is indeed looking sweet and a breath of fresh air in the point-and-click world. Developed by Ice-Hill, this vampire slayer features some stunning visual effects along with an ‘immersive cutting-edge adventure mixed with fast-paced, intense fighting action.’ We’re told that the game is expected to be released in a few weeks time. This is definitely one we’ll be keeping a close eye on. In the meantime, feast your eyes on more screenies after the jump.
TouchMyApps has just received some brand new screenshots and gameplay footage from Chillingo, who will be publishing the Fight Night inspired boxing title Touch KO. Developed by two talented brothers Adam and Matt Mechtley of 6ixsetstudios, Touch KO is shaping up rather beautifully and looking poised to deliver the knockout punch when it arrives at the App Store shortly. Utilizing the popular Unity game engine, the Mechtley duo have created a visually stunning iDevice game that quite easily stands toe-to-toe with titles from the PSP and PS2 platform. Touch KO has also been designed from the ground up, where players will make use of the unique multi-touch and accelerometer features of the iPhone/iPod to control fully customizable virtual fighters. If this boxer plays nearly as well as it looks, Chillingo will have another winner on their hands. Be sure to check out more screenies after the break.
It’s no secret that the iPhone 3G S has more zip and zoom compared to the 3G, but the million dollar question is HOW much faster is it? AnandTech has done their homework and pit both iPhones against the Palm Pre and Android G1 in a web page rendering test, with the 3G S coming out on top in all but 3 of the site loads. Equipped with the more powerful and efficient ARM Cortex A8 processor running at 600MHz (as opposed to 412MHz), the 3G S performed 122% faster than the 3G and 21% speedier the Palm Pre. On a site like Facbook, the 3G S smoked its competition by fully loading the page in 13.5s, whereas the 3G needed a painfully slow 31.7s and the Palm Pre 19.6s (all WiFi).
Aside from the render tests, AnandTech also found that application launch times on the 3G S improved quite a bit, ranging from an improvement of 14% while launching the web browser to 72% for the native dialer app. By the looks of it, the 3G S will have no troubles going head to head against some of the best smartphones on the market. Will the speed factor alone though be enough for you to justify a hardware upgrade? Take a look at rest of the comparative results after the jump.
Yesterday, we posted about the soon-to-be released Reign of Swords: Episode II, a solid multiplayer TBS (turn based strategy). Well, there’s another sequel about to hit the App Store and it’s none other than Sentinel 2: Earth Defense. The first Sentinel (Mars Defense) successfully blended the TD genre with a Sci-Fi theme and was considered by some as one of the top Tower Defenses on the iDevice. With a new location and a host of new features and gameplay elements, Sentinel 2 looks poised to take the series to new heights.
It’s war, and this time it’s too close to home. The Martian mission may be over, but the aliens haven’t finished playing space invaders yet. Extraterrestrial eyes have turned to a new target: they want Earth, and you’re the one that has to say ‘no’. Welcome to the future of Tower Defense.
We have more screenshots and a great video of Earth Defense in action after the jump. If you remotely enjoyed the first Sentinel, you are definitely going to want to check out the gameplay vid in action. The game looks downright sweet and all the new features should make it a hit once again come launch day.
Update: Our review of Reign of Swords II is now live. Read it here
Like the RTS category for the iDevice, quality TBSes (Turn Based Strategies) are few and far between, with the two most recent and noteworthy being Uniwar and the highly anticipated Mecho Wars. Not to be left in the dust, Punch Entertainment is releasing EPISODE II of Reign of Swords (RoS), one of the very first true TBSes to hit the App Store back in Sept of ’08. TMA’s Young reviewed the first RoS and found it to be enjoyable with deep gameplay elements, giving it our ‘Grab It’ rating. Fans of the original will be happy to know that Episode II features a completely new turn-based multiplayer system, new maps and units, vast improvements and a new look-and-feel. If all is in order, this sequel will build on what is already a very solid TBS and draw new players in the the world of Reign of Swords.
Wait, there’s more! To celebrate the release of Ep. II, the devs have dropped the price of the first RoS to only $0.99 (down from $4.99). This is a great deal if you’re new to the series or looking for a deep and engaging multiplayer strategy game. Be sure to check out more details on Episode II along with screenies after the jump.
Reign of Swords, Punch Entertainment, $0.99, 5.1MB
So you’re getting antsy waiting for the new iPhone 3G S to arrive. You can’t wait for the beefed up processor, the extra application memory, better battery life and a 3 megapixel camera. But ultimately, does the next gen iPhone live up to expectations? Thanks to Macworld’s 3G S review roundup, you can easily find out what some of the lucky few (aka ‘experts’) think of the incoming Jesus Phone. While most of the reviews are generally positive, Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg and Wired’s Steven Levy do take the time to point out that because of the free feature-laden 3.0 software upgrade (copy and paste, MMS, tethering, spotlight search and more) , many current 3G users could very well do without the 3G S, or at least wait until they are eligible for the hardware upgrade without having to pay a premium.
Are YOU ready for the 3G S? Is the faster processor and improved battery life enough for you to make the jump? Take a gander at some of the excerpts and links to the reviews after the break.
So you think you’re smarter than a fifth grader puzzle genius? Then its time to prove it and give yourself the chance to win $500 cash, courtesy of Roamular, the fine folks behind Ro. If you’ll recall from our review of the game, we found Ro to be one of the more unique puzzlers at the App Store and one that will be sure to give your brain a workout.
The objective of the contest is simple really (though successfully completing it maybe a different story). You must solve the Expert 1 level in 30 moves or less and be able to prove it via a Youtube or Vimeo video. The player with the fewest number of moves will take home the $500 prize (not a bad paycheck for just showing off your puzzle-solvin’ skills eh?) The contest closes on June 30th, so there’s still plenty of time to master the game if you have yet to get your ‘Ro’ on. All the juicy contest details can be found after the break and good luck to all!
Just this past weekend, we saw PopCap Games’ mighty popular Peggle go on sale (3 days) from $4.99 to only $0.99. Already one of better selling games at the App Store, Peggle promptly jumped to the Top Ten and currently sits at the #2 spot. Now, Gameloft’s Let’s Golf looks to follow suit with a sale from $4.99, to the sweet price point of a ‘dollah’. Coincidentally, EA’s Tiger Woods PGA TOUR also sees a slight drop ($9.99 -> $6.99). TouchMyApps reviewed both these golf titles and found them to be quite excellent, with each offering endearing qualities of their own. Needless to say, if you’ve been holding out for Let’s Golf or are simply looking for (another) great deal, I suggest you buy this game now. For only a buck, you won’t be sorry you did.
I’ve dug up a few other worthwhile price drops for you, so be sure to have a look at the full post!
Yesterday, I discussed the reason that the 3GS must have the SGX version of Imagination’s PowerVR graphics rather than recycling the MBX chipset of the current iDevice. Today, I came across an interesting but small read from Engadget which outlines reasons that we may see an even more segmented App Store.