I’ve spent over a week with this bloody game which pits you, a pencilled-in and and cut-out hero, against wave after wave of similar, but ferocious aliens. Inkvaders is Chillingo progeny, so expect nearly every iPhone fanatic to know of this game by week’s end. Me? I’ll do my best to concentrate your thoughts on its App Store Debut.
Race fans, you have another dimension to explore if you want speed: The Future. Actually, I am not quite sure that the Future qualifies as a new dimension, but Assyria Game Studio‘s new title certainly qualifies as an interesting take on future racers. In the tradition of F-Zero, it is sci-fi esque, fast, and streamlined; but it also follows the 3D style of more modern racers like any of the myriad Star Wars Pod Racer clones. As in all racers, your basic mission is to beat each level with the best time and best placement: two details which require some leg-work. Strap in folksies, we is goin’ for a ride.
Oniric Games, a seasoned and leading game developer based out of Argentina has given TouchMyApps some exclusive screenshots and gameplay footage for their upcoming iDevice game, Silent Swords. Touted as the first stealth action game designed exclusively for the iPhone/iPod Touch, Oniric’s first foray into the App Store features some stylishly designed visuals and unique gameplay elements.
Silent Swords is a stealth action game inspired by the genre’s classics that takes full advantage the iPhone’s unique control features. Your mission is to help the Little Black Ninja break out of the top secret military base that holds him prisoner. To do that you’ll have to be sneaky, hide in the shadows and take your enemies by surprise. They’ll never know you were there.
From what we’ve been told, you control the ninja by tapping on the left and right virtual buttons – the faster you tap, the faster move. You’ll also have to time your moves accurately if you want to sneak around unnoticed. Jumping, as can be seen from the video, is done by shaking your iDevice. And of course, what good is a ninja if he (or she) can’t throw shurikens and dice up their foes. All this is done via swipes on the screen with your finger. To sneak around, avoid the lights to blend in with the shadows and use your environment wisely as camouflage.
Oniric Games has told us that Silent Swords is essentially complete and will likely go live at the App Store in a few weeks time. More details and screenies, including a very cool contest where players can enter to design their very own Silent Swords levels after the jump!
I have admitted it before and I’ll admit it again: my gaming skills are far from admirable. Add that to inept puzzle-solving abilities, and I am a sad and frustrated lump of a gamer who can barely stretch his digital legs. Fortunately, I thrive on frustration and Connect2Media‘s Timeloop has plenty of it. It is a fun game which places you in the role of Nik, the robotic janitor of a mad-scientist who has just invented the time-machine. As they must, things go astray whilst Nik is cleaning. The result? The professor is trapped and Nik is left with the duty of freeing his boss and recapturing a litter of runaway kittens before time runs out.
Well, I personally cannot get enough of racing games. Assyria Game Studio‘s first foray into App Store gaming is Future Racer, a game which I dropped in order to write this bit. Part F-Zero, part Star Wars Pod racing, it is a fast and furious hover racing simulation with a graphics engine which pushes the iDevice. The best part though, is that Assyria Game Studio didn’t skimp on music. Techno, trippy, and well-matched to the game’s speed, there may be no need for iTunes playback at all!
Yeah, I bet you do! Like gambling that is. Well, Hover Poker, a Texas Hold ‘Em game, may take the blinders from the eyes of computer-poker naysayers with features like anti-cheat, no-limit holdem, an Old-West soundtrack (yes, you read that right), and auto-save. It is being developed by Jormy Games and published by Clickgamer.
Chillingo, the sonorous company name that ringo’s in me earo’s like so many angels, signals another chorus – this time, to the tune of ‘The British are Coming’. The invaders came from an unlikely spot: the notebook sketches of one bored student who now has to do something to stop the creatures s/he created. Evidently, that something is to draw a hero who will fight off the baddies. Invaders is described as a ‘wacky shooter’ and from the description, it shouldn’t disappoint.
But, it might have trouble with its name. Invaders is about as common a name in gaming as Park or Kim are surnames in Korea. Darren McKie’s game, Invaders is a game where you play the invading force trying to dominate Earth from above. I rather think the two should team up.
In the wake of 1990′s The Secret of Monkey Island (TSOMI), adventure games became a dime a dozen in a market that craved another point and click quest to emulate LucasArts‘ masterpiece. The original game spawned four sequels – the most sincere proof of its market influence – and in 2009, has undergone a facelift, a re-imagining, and now, has been stuffed into the iDevice, waiting to be dug up iPhone gamers. But, fans of the genre or not, Monkey Island is a catch-all game. Funny, sarcastic and colourful, it is a riot which is sure to make become a hit with any gamer. A cursory glance at App Store reviews will prove how realistic that claim is; LucasArts’ genre-defining game is sitting at a cumulative 4,5 stars, or if you can’t suss out stars anymore, a strong Grab!
While not exactly a GTA-clone, Gangstar is similarly stationed – a violent game involving crime, money, and lots of blood. The above video is courtesy of a TouchArcade preview the iPhone ‘port’ of the game. I use quotation marks because, as you will see, this ain’t exactly 2006′s Gangstar.
Unlike its direct competitors at the App Store: Payback and Car Jack Streets, Gangstar is a fully 360 degree free-camera 3D game which makes great use of the iDevices 3D processor.
Scouring new apps is a fun pastime of mine which has grown into an hours upon hours time investment of time and energy. Japanese MotionPortrait, the company who have brought freakishly realistic picture-to animation technology to production have released a peak-a-boo version of their software to the iDevice.
I thought I was clever in creating some simple stop-animations of Playmobil hedgehogs chasing each other – looks like I was wrong.