Friday News Wrap-Up 31 May 2013
It's Friday once again, which means it's time to take a look back at this week's top stories in the world of iOS gaming.
Stars Wars: Knights of the Old Republic out on iPad
Like a lightsaber flaring to life the darkness, classic BioWare RPG Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic appeared on the App Store yesterday. Oddly, there was surprisingly little fanfare for the iOS port of this beloved title, which originally came to consoles an PC back in 2003.
Set 4,000 years prior to the movies, the game focuses on the decidedly nasty Sith Lord Darth Malak. It's up to you to stop this sinister Sith git from destroying the Republic, and wiping out the Jedi.
Its decade-old visuals may look a touch dated to younger eyes, but the game's dialogue-driven narrative; fusion of real-time combat with turn-based principles; and expansive sci-fi universe was essentially BioWare's jumping off point for the Mass Effect trilogy.
There's a full review to come, but early impression are pretty promising. If you can't wait for the review, you can grab it now for $6.99.
Ace Attorney HD Trilogy now available on iPhone and iPad
It turns out Star Wars wasn't the only established franchise to make a strong showing on iOS this week. After what seems like an eternity of waiting, the folks behind the Ace Attorney HD Trilogy have finally solved the case of the Missing English Language Translation.
Now, us Westerners can enjoy the acclaimed legal adventures of upstart lawyer Phoenix Wright, as he attempts to solve a series of murders, and get his clients off scott free.
This remastered iOS collection features the first three games in the highly regarded judicial series (Phoenix Wright, Justice for All, and Trials and Tribulations), all of which initially appeared on Nintendo DS.
The games play out like interactive novels. They include vibrant characters, some top tier writing, and some truly confounding mysteries. Fans cans look forward to some new game modes, and the obligatory HD graphical overhaul.
You can grab all three titles in the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy HD collection for $16.99, or buy them individually for around six bucks. The first couple of cases are free to try, however, so take a look if you're on the fence.
Real Racing 3 'Dubai Update' hits the App Store
If you're still playing Firemonkey's Real Racing 3, then you probably noticed the hefty new update that screeched onto the App Store a couple of days ago. Entitle the 'Dubai Update', this free download bolts some shiny new feature onto the existing campaign.
For starters, you can now test your motor racing mettle by burning around the Dubai Autodrome. You'll also gain access to some new vehicles, including a Lexus LFA, and a Dodge Charger SRT8.
Plus, you can now race at twilight. Which is cool. If you're a vampire.
Badland gets Day II update
Speaking of updates, gorgeously creepy auto-flier Badland also got a content injection this week. If you've completed the game's campaign of twisted, contraption-packed levels, then prepare to fly facefirst into developer Frogmind's biggest update yet.
The Day II level pack picks up where the first game (which covered Day I) left off. It contains 10 new levels, 30 new missions, and 5 extra achievements to unlock. Best of all, it costs you absolutely nothing, meaning there's no reason for Badland fans not grab this update immediately. Get to it.
Kingdom Rush: Frontiers storming onto the App Store on June 6th
Finally, we're delighted to report that the sequel to tower defence titan Kingdom Rush is set to charge onto the App Store next Thursday June 6th. It's called Kingdom Rush: Frontiers, and looks like everything a sequel should be.
We've caught glimpses of new maps (including tropical and desert environments), and some hefty new artillery. The first Kingdom Rush was a stone cold classic, and we cannot wait to get to grips with its successor. Stay tuned for the upcoming AppSpy review.