Straandlooper announces a gruesome slate of quirky new titles

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As I was whiling away time on the beach on an unexpected vacation/team-building/business trip last week, a surprise piece of news dropped into the Mail app on my brand spanking new iPad 3. Straandlooper, the developers behind the hilarious and witty old-school adventure HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1 (TMA Review) / Ep2 / Ep3, are hard at work on all new projects after the success of the trilogy (If you’ll recall, Badge of Carnage caused so much buzz in the adventure gaming scene that Telltale teamed up with Straandlooper to bring Hector to multiple platforms). Yes, projects as in plural – in fact, all 3 of them! For all you fans of the developer, check out the official details after the gap.

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Beyerdynamic T50p Manufaktur hitting the IFA; sporting sexy new leather

Beyerdynamic have been kicking out new products at what amounts to breakneck speed. Their new flagship 32Ω ultraportable headphone, T50p, was released last year has quickly developed a strong following among music lovers. At the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) Berlin, from September 2-7 of this year, Beyer will unveil the T50p Manufaktur, a customisable version of the T50p featuring hot colours and new materials. Their studio and professional line have offered Manufaktur options for years. (I’ve owned two Manufaktur DT880 headphones in my tenure as a music lover can say that without a doubt, Manufaktur is the way to go if you’ve got the wonga.)

No one has done this before; the T50p Manufaktur will be the first truly customisable headphone for portable music lovers. Now, I’m not holding my breath that Beyer will allow customers to choose Ω options, especially as the T50p is specifically targeted at portable music lovers who need sensitivity and isolation to hear the great Tesla acoustics.

Update: The standard T50p starts has an MSRP of 349$ US. The T50p Manufaktur will start at 420$ US.

Pics and press release after the gap:

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Who Ate All The Flies? Arachnadoodle – preying soon at the App Store

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It’s pretty crazy how many games are stringing up for a holiday season which promises to be quite a sticky web of delight. Connect2Media (C2M) who have dazzled TMA with games like Go Go Rescue Squad are brewing another something something for eager shoppers, and if it ends up to be anything like its predecessors, C2M may just have a hit handy. Look for it soon now.

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Arachnadoodle

Press goodies and screenshots after the gap.

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Chronicles of Inotia: A Wanderer of Luone meandering to the App Store

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Chronicles of Inotia was a great game at its debut and remains a benchmark among anime RPGs for the iDevice. This Christmas, its sequel, A Wanderer of Luone, will open with a number of competitive key features including: 5 classes, party system, look system, and semi-networking.

Screenshots and more details after the gap. Look for our review of the A Wanderer of Luone after release and till then, keep up to date on App Store RPGs:

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Rally Master Pro debut – time to get muddy

Race fans, Fishlabs’ Rally Master Pro 3D has just been released! If you like punk rock, mud, head banging, and racing, this may just be your title. It features a large selection of tracks with varied terrain, weather, and damage modelling. In case you have forgotten, Fishlabs are the innovative minds behind Galaxy on Fire.

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Rally Master Pro 3D (US)

For more info and screenies, follow the gap.

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Triazzle Holiday edition coming soon – let it snow

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Triazzle dazzled TMA back in July, and is preparing to again, but this time just for the holidays. Developer Dreamship will release, “Triazzle Holiday” on 1 November for a limited-time sale. This version will burst with the trim from the winter holidays. And in keeping with the sprit, it will remain 99 cents and should be “an irresistible stocking stuffer”. Not sure how to pack the game without an iDevice though … oh I get it – yeah, that is a nice gift!

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Secrets of Mysterious Island – unravelling soon on an iDevice near you

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Jules Verne’s Return to Mysterious Island is one of the most compelling adventure game ports that I have experienced, and at its great price of 2.99$, is certainly one of the best values at the App Store. But, the news only gets better; Chillingo will be releasing its sequel, Secret of Mysterious Island, in just a few weeks to eager fans of Mina, Secret Island’s sultry atmosphere, and gorgeous graphics.

Stay tuned: this space reserved for download link and our review! Follow the gap for the press release and videos.

Update: Secrets of the Mysterious Island is now available at the App Store!

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Jules Verne?s Secrets Of The Mysterious Island

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Earthworm Jim out and inching its way to App Store Stardom

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Earthworm Jim, for those dying to relive their 16-year old days — or more likely in the case of a majority of iPhone gamers, for those who want to sniff out the platformers their parents played — is out and causing a stir among former Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, ABC, and U2 fans who, while proclaiming nearly unilateral praise for the app, divulge too much personal information. Gameloft’s labours have beefed up the heroic platformer, allowing the discount-greedy iPhone generation to enjoy the game that refocused the platform genre on gameplay and antics. General fanfare is positive with the current 1.0 build gobbling up a disproportionate number of enthused 5 star one-liner reviews at the App Store. My current favourite among them is this: “Brings me back to 1994 before all my dreams were crushed by the real world. Graphics are pimp.”

If that doesn’t scream BUY ME!, I don’t know what will.

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Earthworm Jim

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Com2uS Aiming for October with Sniper VS Sniper

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Korean gaming house, Com2uS are within striking distance of an October release of their shooter title, Sniper VS Sniper (SVS). While not as indelibly political as Spy VS Spy, the new shooter’s violence should satisfy trigger-happy fans and offer a few great twists to the genre. SVS promises plenty of action, but more than that, a melange of game play which spans the gamut of genres from shooter to MMO. One of Sniper VS Sniper’s most anticipated features is online play where players will take sides in alliance-style play. The game has been released, grab it below and feel free to read our review of Sniper Vs Sniper.

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Sniper Vs Sniper: Online

For the record, this is the same Com2uS who supplied have provided App Store hits with addicting the following addicting titles: Baseball Slugger and Trapped: Undead Infection. More pics and video below:

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Dark Nebula – Get ready for a bouncy new chapter in gaming

Dark Nebula, the brainchild of Battlefield 2: Modern Combat designer, Anders Hejdenberg, is a an episodic action game which is set to bounce into the App Store in late September. Its core gameplay is accelerometer-based, utilising tilt controls in order to evade a variety of objects. The trailer (mind the gap) illustrates excellent gameplay which will be hallmark in this title as is illustrated by Anders’ intent to “come up with a new game concept with a control mechanic that feels great on the device”.

Dark Nebula will be priced at 99 cents per each of its hour-long episodes.

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