A flurry of updates – We Rule, Space Miner: Space Ore Bust and Warpgate

Several high profile titles have just seen an update on this fine April day. First and foremost – the ngmoco freemium Farmville-style sim game – We Rule has finally been updated with loads of long awaited interface and performance tweaks, as well as a the placeholder for new buildings. I have checked it out and the game has become much more user-friendly as well as a bit quicker on the uptake on the iPhone 3G. Get it now!

We Rule ngmoco, Inc., We Rule – Free

Second – the absolutely wonderful and horribly addicting Space Miner: Space Ore Bust (TMA Review) has just received a massive graphics update for the 3GS and iPod Touch 3G, a whole new license level with a bunch of new equipment, new alien tech and even a new UltracORE mode difficulty (beat the game with only ONE life). In the original review, I gave it a firm Kiss; now with the additional content and improved visuals for the latest iDevices, Space Miner gets even better and is totally worth the $4.99.

Space Miner: Space Ore Bust Venan Entertainment, Inc., Space Miner: Space Ore Bust – $4.99

And finally the amazing open-world space exploration/trading/action/tactics that hit the AppStore after more than a year in development – Warpgate – has already received an update. Miscellaneous bugs are fixed and Freeverse have added the much requested interactivity to space combat with tilt controls for movement and final-resort diversion of weapons power to shields. I am going to review it later today, but even without the update it is one of the best games I ever played on the iPhone and the improved combat system just patched the only real cons I was going to note in the review. Go get it – you won’t regret it! Or wait for my review :)

Warpgate Freeverse, Inc., Warpgate – $4.99

You can find the official list of improvements after the gap.

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Star Defense in Review – TD Given the Super Mario Galaxy Treatment

If there’s one genre of games that has gone through a gamut of change, it’s Tower Defense. Much like the variety of Super Mario Brothers games, there has been a gradual shift from 2D to 3D gameplay. Not content with just 3D graphics and gameplay, the most recent change in the Super Mario Brothers world has been the ability to fully explore a multitude of small planets in an amazing 3D experience. Star Defense represents this next stage in the evolution of TD games…one that breathes new life into a tried and true formula.

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Star Defense – Tower Defence’s True 3rd Dimension

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As has been mentioned before, Tower Defence is a crowded genre at the App Store – very crowded – and full of great games. When ngmoco announced Star Defense, a true-3D TD game to hit App Store shelves around June, an almost audible groan could be heard from many gaming fans who have tasted the best already and are wanting something different for dessert. Well, Star Defense is not just another TD, it is another TD that has enough new gameplay to warrant a new genre.

Ngmoco, Star Defense, 5.99$, 60.8MB
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Rolando goes ‘Lite’, Free!

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ngmoco, the fine folks behind Rolando, has released a lite version of the beautifully designed and well executed game. Rolando was one of the first games to hit the iPhone/iPod Touch that I truly considered a defining game for the platform. Its long been one of my favorite titles at the App Store and one that cements the iPhone/Touch as a serious contender as a mobile gaming device. Rolando Lite will take you through the tutorial levels of the first world Honeycup Meadows and give you a taste of how the game is played. If you haven’t tried Rolando ($5.99) just yet, grab the lite version here and see what all the fuss is about.

Topple in Review – A Stacking Game with Style

Ngmoco, the company of Dr. Awesome and Rolando fame has just recently made one of their older titles free: Topple. This deceptively simple game has you stacking blocks in order to reach a given vertical goal. However the game’s difficulty ramps up in the form of more unusual shapes to stack that break the conventional variations of a square block and a more distorted foundation in which to start placing pieces upon. The resultant product is a highly addictive game which uses its whimsical charms to lure you in and its surprisingly deep gameplay to keep you coming back for more.
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ngmoco’s Rolando has Arrived – Quick Impressions

Christmas has arrived early for iPhone gamers. Two of the most talked about and eagerly awaited games for the iPhone are now both available. Yesterday, it was SimCity that made the rounds. Today, we have Rolando hitting the App Store and not a moment too soon. Having spent sometime testing it out, I can say that it is indeed a wonderfully executed title. It has responsive and easy to use controls, well designed levels that offer plenty of engaging obstacles, eye candy visuals, a catchy sound track and did I mention fun? Yes, very fun! You will begin to realize the creativity and high level of production that went into Roland even after just several minutes into the game. The early App Store reviews have been very positive and Rolando certainly deserves no less.

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Dropship in Review – The Best Arcade Game on the iPhone?

ngmoco:) has quickly become a developer many are keeping a close eye on for the iPhone. While they may not have released a bundle of games thus far, the ones that ngmoco have are both fun and unique in their own way (Topple, Dr. Awesome). With the recent release of Dropship, ngmoco has outdone themselves this time and quite possibly have put together the ultimate Arcade game that is as addictive as it is impressive.

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New Appstore Releases – Dropship and Dizzy Bee 2

ngmoco’s other highly anticipated title Dropship (the other being Rolando) is now finally out for the iPhone. Fans of action packed arcade games will definitely love this title. I can already say that its become one of my favorite games from the App Store after just an hour of play. The controls are fabulous and flying your Dropship is highly addictive and fun. Update: A full review of Dropship can be found here

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Dr Awesome, Microsurgeon MD in Review – Play Doctor with your iPhone

With their highly anticipated release of Rolando just around the corner, ngmoco has given iPhone gamers another quality title in Dr. Awesome, Microsurgeon MD. Making use of the accelerometer, gamers are finally able to play Doctor on the iPhone. Starring as Dr. Awesome, your job is to save patients from a deadly outbreak by isolating and trapping an assortment of nasty viruses found within tissue cells.

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