NVIDIA has posted another Project Shield teaser, this time showing off the controls of the clamshell playing Real Boxing — an unreleased title for the Tegra platform.
Real Boxing looks like a smash hit in the making. A full career mode, mini-games to build your character, and action inside the ring filled with blood are the keys to a great boxing game, and Real Boxing has all this and more. Since it' designed for the Tegra 4, you'll have extra texture packs, better physics, more polygons, and everything else that comes along with NVIDIA sponsored games. I'm a sucker for boxing titles, and I cant wait for this one.
Having a built-in controller for games like Real Boxing should really take things to the next level of fun. Android, and quite a few games support external controllers, but I've found this can often be a bit janky and require a lot of setup to get things working. Having the controller as part of the device, and titles made especially for use with it, should allow us to throw all the left hooks and upper cuts we can handle.
There's a video after the break, be sure to have a look — especially if you're a fan of boxing games like I am.
The fine folks at Warballoon have released a hefty 13-minute gameplay sample of their upcoming spaceship simulation game, Star Command. The video shows off nostalgic 16-bit-style graphics and broad, compelling mechanics, all set to the hilarious commentary of some of the dev team members.
Throughout Star Command, you hire new crew members with varying skills in science, engineering, and combat. Over time, you put them on missions to improve their skills and unlock new perks, as well as upgrade the ship's various rooms. Completing missions requires some light role-playing through various dialog options, tactical combat when your ship gets boarded, and finely-honed reflex-driven mini-games for ship-to-ship combat. I missed these guys showing off gameplay at PAX East last year and I've been kicking myself ever since.
A lot of my friends have been playing FTL lately, but Star Command looks so good that I've been holding off just in case I get burned out on the space sim thing. Star Command will be available on Android, iOS, Mac, and PC, though there aren't any details on price or release date. Considering how polished everything is looking, I would be surprised if it didn't land before the holidays. As for price? Well, this might be one of those "shut up and take my money" situations.
Hit up Star Command's home page for more screenshots and info.
SEGA today announced that it has unleashed the long-awaited iOS version of classic Dreamcast game, Crazy Taxi, to the App Store. The game was originally released for the Dreamcast back in 1999, and was also recently released in an HD version for the consoles. Gameplay sees you taking on the role of a taxi driver in a busy city, taking customers where they want to go. Along the way, you can earn extra cash by executing crazy techniques and stunts. It?s all about getting the highest fare that you can and getting to your destination as quickly as possible. This new version of the game has been remastered specifically for iOS, and includes both Arcade and Original mode, as well as 16 mini games, and the full Dreamcast soundtrack. The universal app also has the standard Game Center leaderboard and Achievement support.
Click here to download for $4.99: Crazy Taxi for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store
The Tiny Bang Story has been out for PC for a while now, but just got released to the Google Play store a few weeks ago. It’s a great port with a beautiful hand-drawn art style, and Android certainly needs as many of these games as possible. Made by Herocraft, makers of Farm Frenzy and a Top Developer, The Tiny Bang Story is a brain-teasing puzzler and hidden object game. It has all the necessary features like puzzle pieces and mini-games with a very soothing soundtrack and a beautifully drawn world.
In a semi-steampunk world, an asteroid strike has demolished the landscape into puzzle pieces, and it’s your duty to put it all back together. You’ll have to complete five levels with multiple scenes to find all the puzzle pieces and put the world back together. There’s no textual help and very little story beyond what’s in the description of the game so it’s up to you to figure it all out. There are a few places where you may get stumped for a while, but The Tiny Bang Story does a good job of not ever leaving you too stranded.
The gameplay for The Tiny Bang Story is a fairly simple point-and-click adventure. Even the mini-games won’t test your dexterity or speed that much so you can relax and enjoy the game at your leisure. For this reason, The Tiny Bang Story is great for the mobile platform. You can pick it up, find a few puzzles pieces, figure out a brain-teaser, then put it down for a while without losing any progress or having to finish the level. As you begin the game, you’ll come across puzzle pieces scattered throughout the level. Some are easy to spot while others are blended into the background. There are about 25 puzzle pieces in each level, 125 in total, and you have to fit these together at the end of each level to put the world of The Tiny Bang Story back together. The mini-games themselves are really just to help you find all the puzzle pieces.
The brain teasers are an amalgamation of flipping pictures, matching numbers, and turning maps to allow you to open chests or hidden rooms. This doesn’t stray from the norm, but some puzzles will stretch your mind muscles and leave you confused longer than you should be. Even the devilish Venn Diagram puzzles only have so many options; you just have to keep turning until it falls into place. You can also get hints by swatting the bugs on the screen, but I found that takes almost as much time as scouring the screen. The artwork and soundtrack are worth the price of admission alone. While you’re stuck trying to solve the map puzzle, enjoy the serenity of the sounds pestering you with their simplicity.
The only drawback I had for the game was the installation process. It took a few tries and crashed often at the beginning before the game finally took off. I noticed a few of the same remarks in the Play store reviews. After you buy the game, you’ll have to install about 100mb of data which doesn’t finish properly sometimes so you’ll have to start over. Even though the game took me about 4.5 hours, I felt it could have had another planet that you needed to puzzle together. The atmosphere and graphics lend themselves well to extra levels, and I would love to see Herocraft expand this world.
The Tiny Bang Story is a must-play if you’re at all interested in casual or puzzle games. There’s nothing devious about the mind games, but Herocraft has put a great atmosphere, game, soundtrack, and world together which makes The Tiny Bang Story one of the tops in the Puzzle class. You can get the game in the Play store for $2.99.
Beeline Interactive Inc., announced today that its freemium game, Snoopy?s Street Fair has achieved the milestone of more than five million unique downloads on iOS. In the game, players get to build, decorate and manage a street fair complete with all their favourite Peanuts characters including Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Sally, Linus, Lucy, Woodstock, and many more.
As well as the core game, players will also get to play mini-games, use PEANUTS photo filters, e-cards and classic comic strips.
And in order to celebrate the good news with the fans and players, Beeline is running in-game promotions within both the world and Japanese versions of the game. Starting from today, Friday, July 27, the worldwide version of Snoopy?s Street Fair will feature a free special gift every day for the next five days, and the Japanese version will host special sales for a month.
Click here to download the free game: App Store – Snoopy
Beeline Interactive announced today that its new DreamWorks Animation game, Shrek?s Fairytale Kingdom, has arrived in the App Store for iOS. The game sees the player experience the fairy-tale world of everyone?s favourite ogre by undertaking epic quests and building four unique settings from the first film, including Shrek?s Swamp, Duloc, Dragon?s Keep and the Windmill Field. Players progress in the game by building, decorating and customizing the four domains with characters, buildings and items plucked right from the films. In order to get their hands on the resources they need to build and decorate their homes though, players will have to undertake quests with Shrek, Donkey, Fiona, Dragon and Lord Farquaad. Players will have the option to enlist friends for in-game bonuses, as well as play a host of mini-games themed around events in the movie, including fighting knights and practicing ogre hygiene. I love the look of this game!
Click here to download the free game: Shrek’s Fairytale Kingdom for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad on the iTunes App Store
The Naked Gun films are still to this day some of the funniest you?ll ever see, and DNA Interactive?s The Naked Gun: I.C.U.P game does a fine job of replicating the schoolboy humour, so great to see that it?s currently on special offer for just $0.99, instead of the usual $4.99, for the next five days only until Monday, June 18. As befits the s******-worthy tone of all things Naked Gun, the promotion is called ?Get NAKED for Under a Buck?, and offers gamers the chance to experience Episode 1- ?A Date with Destiny,? which is the first of several planned Naked Gun episodes.
The adventure game introduces a fresh twist to the Paramount Studios film franchise, spoofing modern crime dramas and popular video game culture. Gameplay features mini-games, collectible objects, upgradeable environments, unlockable outfits, and surprise cameos by some of the gaming world?s most notoriously obnoxious characters. Here?s Bob LoCash, the original film series writer/producer, and writer of the game?s storyline, talking about the experience of creating the game:
"Bringing this new chapter to life with the amazing and talented crew at DNA (I was held hostage for three days with a sack over my head until I agreed to the preceding statement) was a total pleasure. This game is something special – a funny and engaging piece of entertainment that will hopefully win the hearts of Naked Gun fans, gaming fans, and comedy fans alike. If not, there’s always dinner theatre.?
The Naked Gun: I.C.U.P channels the hard-nosed yet dumb-witted character brought to life so brilliantly by Leslie Nielson in the films, as the player gets to follow Frank Drebin?s son, Frank Drebin Jr., along with his brand-new crime-fighting team, to dispense justice on evil-doers everywhere.
Click here to download the game for $0.99: App Store – The Naked Gun: I.C.U.P.
Source: DNA Interactive Limited
THQ announced today that Margaritaville Online, the immersive, freemium everyday escape inspired by the lifestyle of singer-songwriter, country music legend and author, Jimmy Buffett, is now available as a standalone iPad app. Now, even without an internet connection, players and Parrotheads alike will be able to carry on the party without having to access their Facebook account or log on. Data will be saved on the iPad, enabling players to see their accomplishments via Game Center achievements and leaderboards. In the iPad app, players can explore and adventure in the tropical 3D world, which features 175 quests and lots of activities to enjoy, including five island-themed mini-games: Pirate Shooter, Hammock Time, Steel Drum Star, Limbo and Tile Puzzle. The game features 12 playable areas on three different themed islands, with 10 caves and 10 interiors to explore, and more than 40 quest characters to interact with. Don’t forget, it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere, just ask Jimmy!
Click here to download the free app: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/margaritaville-online/id483050520?mt=8
EA Sports has delivered another mobile version of one of its popular PC and console gaming titles. The latest Android game from EA to land in Google Play is Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12. Available now for Android 2.1 and higher, the game wants golf fans, or at least simulated golf gaming fans, to hit the greens on the go.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 allows players to choose their course and golfer. The namesake of the game is obviously an option, but other playable characters include Anthony Kim, Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis, Paul Casey, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, and Camilo Villegas. There’s also the option to customize a player, so you can create yourself as an avatar.
Digital golfers can challenge their friends in one-on-one matches over WiFi or Bluetooth, as well as compete for the top spot on the leaderboard in tour mode. In tour mode, players will play real PGA courses like Pebble Beach and Doral. There’s also a Tiger Challenge set of mini-games that tests (and builds) skills. It offers a nice test of the touch-based controls for driving and putting.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 costs $4.99. The game may not work on rooted devices, so you might want to avoid downloading or keep an eagle eye on the refund window in case things don’t work out. There are also some problems with screen resolutions for certain devices.
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Pocket Gamer writes today that Plants vs Zombies has just had a major update. For iPad owners, the first, and possibly most exciting new feature is the Zen Garden, which plays like a mini spin-off to the main game, and acts as a calm, reflective sanctuary, if you will, where you can nurture the different types of plants that are found in the main game, enjoying a tranquil time away from the endless zombie shuffle-n?-slaughter fest. To help you look after your plants, you can spend the coins that you?ve earned from taking down zombies to buy gardening implements and tools from Crazy Dave?s Twiddydinkies shop. The iPad version also gets four new mini games in the update: Slot Machine Zombiquarium, Portal Combat, and Beghouled Twist, with the latter two modes being spoof, zombified versions of Portal and Bejeweled, respectively, as if you needed me to spell it out for you, which you probably didn’t!
The iPhone version of the game also gets an update as well today, including a new gaming mode, Vasebreaker (also available on the iPad version), where you get to smash vases, as you might expect from the name!
Click here to download the iPad version for $6.99: Plants vs. Zombies HD for iPad on the iTunes App Store
Click here to download the iPhone version for $2.99: App Store – Plants vs. Zombies
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