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Zenonia On Sale To Generate Buzz For Zenonia 3

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 4 months ago
Zenonia On Sale To Generate Buzz For Zenonia 3

Gamevil aren’t the first and they certainly won’t be the last developer to pull off the following cunning marketing trick on iOS: 'Generate buzz around upcoming sequel by heavily discounting prequel in run-up to launch.' It’s an oldie cross-promotional ruse, but a goodie nonetheless. So, Gamevil have decided to reduce the price of the well-received RPG Zenonia on iPhone to 59p on account of Zenonia 3 landing on 28th April. Unfortunately for fans of the role-playing series, Zenonia’s 5* successor Zenonia 2 hasn’t joined the promotion party. Back - or is it now forward? I’m so confused - to Zenonia 3: The Midgard Story... It’ll feature Retina display graphics, tons of impro…


Gamevil's Air Penguin Takes Flight On iPhone

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 4 months ago
Gamevil's Air Penguin Takes Flight On iPhone

Not only is the penguin the flightless seabird of choice up here at AppSpy Tower, but it’s also our favourite confectionery. You don’t believe me?!? Well, why ELSE would we have dedicated two – yes, two – iPhone game stories this Friday to this aquatic avian? Regardless, the second of our penguin-related posts pertains to prolific publisher Gamevil’s latest iOS release, which went on sale in the App Store a few hours ago for 99c. Air Penguin is its name and careering through the air is the game. Hazards such as thin ice and stubborn seals will, natch, block your hero’s path...a path that ultimately leads to the rescuing of your stranded family. Hopefully. Head of Gamevil USA…


Ideal Bureaucracy Created Papa Penguin In 48 Hours!

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 4 months ago
Ideal Bureaucracy Created Papa Penguin In 48 Hours!

In the last two hours, I’ve checked my email, written a weekly round-up, and scoured news outlets for updates on Lionel Messi’s wellbeing. I know, I know: some of you will probably be thinking, “wow, what a productive young man that Richard Brown truly is!” Others may not be. One such group of fellows in the latter camp is Ideal Bureaucracy, a Russian game development studio who recently concocted an iOS game from scratch in 120 minutes flat. The cute, casual arcader Papa Penguin was the fruit of their incredibly intensive labour, and after five further days of bug testing and polishing, this Antarctic-based adventure was shipped off to Apple HQ. (Check Papa Penguin out here.) Id…


Cross Fingers Slides Down To 99c

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 4 months ago
Cross Fingers Slides Down To 99c

Heck, you wait all year for one price drop announcement from Mobigame and then two arrive in a matter of days. Stealth-cum-action romp Perfect Cell received the promotional treatment last week and it’s subsequently been joined in Mobigame’s iOS bargain basement by Cross Fingers. Even more exciting than the news this polished tangram-esque puzzler is on sale at 99c is the inclusion of a stack (and we mean stack!) of new levels from its creator. Retina display support and leaderboards bolster Cross Finger’s appeal, though its combination of block shifting and gorgeous packaging was sufficient to find us enamoured from the start. If you fancy taking up the mighty 390 puzzle challenge,…


Streets of Rage 2 Muscles Onto iPhone

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 4 months ago
Streets of Rage 2 Muscles Onto iPhone

You may recall that last week Japanese video game behemoth Capcom brandished two extra cabinets in its iPhone Arcade. One of the new titles made available to Capcom Arcade punters was, of course, Final Fight. (The other was 1943.) Now, almost by coincidence, Capcom’s great rival Sega has released its own side-scrolling sensation Streets of Rage 2 onto the App Store. Well, the New Zealand App Store. The original ORIGINAL Streets of Rage was Sega’s Genesis response to the Nintendo-exclusive Final Fight, so this particular duel has bucketloads of previous. Anyhow, Streets of Rage 2 for iPhone will scrap its way into all App Store territories overnight, retailing for $2.99 and guaranteei…


Papa Sangre Creators Uncloak The Nightjar For iPhone

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 4 months ago
Papa Sangre Creators Uncloak The Nightjar For iPhone

By its own publisher’s admission, Papa Sangre is a bit - well - out there. Described in one quarter as the “video game with no video”, Somethin’ Else’s atmospheric / spooky audio experience certainly made an impression on the App Store community. Including a favourable one on AppSpy’s very own Andrew. Thanks to nifty, and no doubt incredibly complex, 3D binaural tech, you navigate around the chilling palace of the eponymous demon using only your sense of hearing...and a few swipes on the touchscreen. And continuing in that ‘enigmatic’ vein, Somethin’ Else has taken to that other great contemporary marketing channel Twitter to feed intriguing droplets of info about its u…


Super Stickman Golf Updates With Multiplayer And A Discount

News By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 4 months ago
Super Stickman Golf Updates With Multiplayer And A Discount

At this point some readers might be a bit confused as they might remember this title better under its original title of 'Super Stick Golf'. Unfortunately a rather vicious trademark claim earlier in the year resulted in many games needing to change their titles to remove the word 'Stick' with relation to sports games. So now we have 'Super Stickman Golf', but other than the title the game hasn't lost its charm at all. In fact today's update of the game has gone a long way to improve what was already an amazing Singleplayer experience by adding in a Multiplayer feature along with a few related achievements and six new courses. Players can duke it out in a 2-4 player match-up played in real-ti…


25 Extra Levels In Push Panic Revamp

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 4 months ago
25 Extra Levels In Push Panic Revamp

Push Panic is bloody brilliant. Don’t take my word for it, though: Andrew agreed wholesale when he covered it for AppSpy four months ago. The reason why it’s brilliant? Simples. Push Panic actually – cough – pushes the envelope of match-three puzzlers by forcing the player to interact with the cascading blocks much more so than normal through taps and shunts. And anyone who thought they’d cracked Appular’s colour-coded combinations had better ready their thumbs for the next wave... Push Panic’s ranks have swollen to the tune of 25 new levels, eight fresh achievements, and 17 gold rings. Ok, that last one isn’t true. In addition, Push Panic has been converted into a unive…


World of Goo For iPhone Arriving On Thursday

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 4 months ago
World of Goo For iPhone Arriving On Thursday

Well, folks, we finally have a date! Developers 2D Boy announced earlier today on their blog that World of Goo for iPhone will roll onto the App Store on Thursday. Yes, THIS Thursday. The iPad version of the construction builder’s wet dream drew plenty of critical praise when launched last December, so here’s hoping the translation to the smaller screen is a smooth one. Mark your diaries now, for, as promised, World of Goo for iPhone will drop at 99c, before being draggggged up to $2.99 24 hours after release. The Sign Painter has confirmed once and for all, too, that World of Goo is only compatible with iPhone 3GSs and iPhone 4s. Pay attention to another ‘warning’ from the gam…


Bulkypix Make MMORPG Yslandia Free To Play

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 4 months ago
Bulkypix Make MMORPG Yslandia Free To Play

With Gameloft set to enter the MMORPG space on iPhone via Order & Chaos Online pretty, pretty, pretty soon, the platform’s maiden take on the WoW phenomenon has just gone free to play. Bulkypix’s Yslandia stepped into the iOS arena last August, delivering a unique massive multiplayer experience full of the genre’s usual tropes. You know: quests, classes, weird creatures, mystery, and a growing dislocation from what’s known as THE REAL WORLD. Well, it appears that the early enthusiasm for Bulkypix’s first-of-its-kind-on-iPhone epic hasn’t been curbed in the eight months since release. More than 100,000 players from around this big wide world are now getting their Yslandia groo…


Bow Mobile Opens Up Over Double Dragon

News By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 4 months ago
Bow Mobile Opens Up Over Double Dragon

Trying to reach an International audience with your game can be hard at the best of times, but the differences between the Japanese and Western markets can sometimes be like night and day, making something as simple as marketing the game a challenge. Our friends over at AppsJP help to bridge the gap between a predominantly Western focused App Store and the Japanese gaming community and they recently managed to sit down with Bow Moblie to discuss their release of Double Dragon. A translated snippet of the interview follows, but of note is the focus that the company has on reaching that Western audience and seemingly falling short of the mark despite making changes that really add to the exp…


Gangstar: Miami Vindication Dropped To 99c

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 4 months ago
Gangstar: Miami Vindication Dropped To 99c

I’m not ashamed to admit I bop my head now and again to some slick Jay-Z rhymes, but the whole gangster-gangster posturing side of hip-hop frightens me somewhat. I suspect it has much to do with the violence, guns, and disturbingly lax morals vis-à-vis da' laydeez. Video games are ace, though, innit, for I can live out my wildest 50 Cent fantasies without fear of recrimination. Ohhhh, yeah, baby. And if YOU fancy infiltrating gangs, undertaking missions, and generally causing carnage on the mean streets of Flo Rida, Gameloft have just the iOS title for you. Gangstar: Miami Vindication is the second in the series of superlative sandbox stories (try saying that twice in a row) from the…


Cut the Rope Showcased On Giant Screens

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 4 months ago
Cut the Rope Showcased On Giant Screens

It’s Friday, so why not – ahem – cut loose and rope in some fun, eh? Eh!! When App Store devs release an update to their prized possession, many opt to tell the world about it via a press statement. Others prefer to shout from the social networking rooftops. Cut the Rope’s publishers Chillingo (in conjunction with Monster Media), however, have chosen a slightly different tack altogether to promote their recently launched Magic Box level pack. To showcase / show off their BAFTA Award-winning and AppSpy 5* physics-based puzzler, they’ve set up two humongous interactive displays in strategic locations across the US. Well, two locations, to be precise. If you’re in the vicinity…


Cave Discount Bullet Hell iOS Games

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 4 months ago
Cave Discount Bullet Hell iOS Games

In times of acute adversity, the strength of human spirit is called upon. Nowhere has that been more evident than in the recovery missions carried out on behalf of those communities decimated by recent natural disasters in New Zealand and Japan. iOS developers and publishers around the world have played their part in the relief effort, donating revenue to charities tied to the affected regions. Japanese bullet hell specialists Cave have decided to contribute in their own small measure by pledging earnings from the sale of Mushihimesama Bug Panic over nine days (starting on the 9th) to the local Red Cross. The 5* Mushihimesama Bug Panic, 5* ESPGALUDA II, and 4* Dodonpachi Resurrection hav…


Perfect Cell Gets Perfect Price Reduction

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 4 months ago
Perfect Cell Gets Perfect Price Reduction

Any game featuring the word ‘Perfect’ is under pressure from the outset, with the developer left wide open to... Hang on, we’ve been here before methinks. Anyyyyyyways, you may remember Mobigame from such controversies as the Edge incident (starring trademark troll Tim Langdell) and the gloriously filthy Truckers Delight pop promo. What you may have overlooked – oh, silly you – is the fact that the vast majority of their iOS output is of a high calibre, and Perfect Cell is no exception. Using varying degrees of stealth, survival, puzzle solving, and swipes, Perfect Cell sees your super-advanced alien life form attempt to escape a high-security submarine base…