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News Wrap-Up | 2nd August 2013

By James Gilmour, on August 2, 2013
Last modified 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Kingdom Rush: Frontiers expanded its horizons on iOS this week, following the arrival of the Rising Tides update. Download it, and you'll get access to three new beach-based levels, plus a handful of new enemy types, including the scaley Greenfin Manhunters. To help you tackle these saltwater scourges, you can now call upon two new heroes: a great big crab / turtle thing called Karkinos, and a shape-shifting, Last Airbender-looking monk by the name of Kutsao. You'll also want to keep your eye out for the Leviathan. Those tentacles mean business. You have been warned.

It's no secret that we loved slick, smooth platforming of Mikey Shorts. Because of this, we've had our eye on the hookshot-happy sequel Mikey Hooks since the first trailer appeared. Thankfully, the wait is nearly over. Developer BeaverTap Games has just announced that we'll be able to download Mikey Hooks from next Thursday, August 8th. There are six new environments to swing through, and a vault's worth of gold coins to collect. Provided they've nailed the newly introduced hook-and-swing mechanic, this one could be a real winner. We'll let you know how it turns out next week.

Here's something really exciting. Simogo, the team behind the award-winning Beat Sneak Bandit and the deliciously creepy puzzler Year Walk has just given us the first glimpse of its latest project. It's called DEVICE 6, and we're delighted to say it looks just as barmy as the rest of Simogo's games. From what we understand, DEVICE 6 is a text adventure thriller, one which creator Simon Flesser claims will with the conventions of games and literature. Influences include Agatha Christie and the David Cronenburg film Scanners. So we guess you can look forward to watching an elderly detective's head explode. I know we are.

And finally, after a lengthy soft launch and a lot of impressive rhetoric, free-to-play FPS blaster The Drowning has arrived on the App Store. The game attracted attention during its development because of its supposedly revolutionary control system, which aims to solve the problems surrounding the often used floating joystick setup. Movement and shooting can both be handled with one hand: you tap on finger to move, and tap two fingers to aim and fire. We've played a little, and our review will be surfacing shortly, but we're not ready to viva la revolution quite yet. If you want to take a look for yourself, it's free to download right now.


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Chesco 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Finally! I miss the monthly appwrap-ups! :)

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Djrella659 8 months, 3 weeks ago

The Drowning was okay, but it didn't revolutionize anything. If nothing else, the controls were really quirky. Often times I found myself moving when I wanted to shoot (I guess my second finger wasn't recognized), and I was constantly dying from enemies somehow spawning behind my back, even when I was in a "corner".

I didn't like it too much. For me, I'd give it a 3 out of 5, solely for artistic work and the story, for what it is anyway.