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Friday News Wrap-Up 16 March 2012

News By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 4 months ago
Friday News Wrap-Up 16 March 2012

After my marathon of playing the latest Chaos Rings game, I'm almost completely exhausted, but don't worry 'cause I still have you covered for this week's Wrap-Up. I don't want to ruin any surprises, but if you're waiting for the Game of the Week, I think you can hazard a guess right now and save some time!For those sticking around, this is the Friday News Wrap-Up for the 16th of March, 2012. Ravensword 2 - Lookin' shmexy!The Game Developer's Conference recently rolled by and that gave Crescent Moon Games a chance to show off their sequel to their popular RPG title, Ravensword. As you can see the detail being put in to the presentation is fantastic and certainly a step up from the…


League of Evil 1 & 2 Reduced To 99c For A Limited Time

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 4 months ago
League of Evil 1 & 2 Reduced To 99c For A Limited Time

Both League of Evil and its recently released sequel have had their prices slashed. Both games are currently available from the App Store for a mere 99c each. In this pair of 2D platformers, you seek out evil scientists around the world, and give them a good punch in the chops.   Lauded for their art styles - League of Evil is rendered in a lovely pixel-art style, while League of Evil 2 boasts a hand-drawn aesthetic - and their pixel-perfect controls, these are iPhone games for real gamers, and you'll need some serious platforming skills to see them through to the end. We gave League of Evil a perfect 5/5 in our review, and awarded League of Evil 2 an impressive 4/5 last month. The…


Online Pictionary App Charadium Goes Free This Weekend

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 4 months ago
Online Pictionary App Charadium Goes Free This Weekend

Award-winning multiplayer Pictionary app Charadium will be available from the App Store for free this weekend. It's usually priced at $1.99. Making it a freebie is developer On5's way of celebrating the game's recent victory at the International Mobile Gaming Awards, where Charadium walked away with the prize for Best Mobile Social Game. Charadium tasks players with drawing a given word. Other players then have to make guesses based on your cack-handed scrawls. It's great fun whether you're playing online or trying a turn-based game with friends and family - which is probably why it got that abovementioned award. Keep an eye on the App Store this weekend for the chance to pick up Charadi…


Free Mass Effect 3 Companion App Out Now For iPhone

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 4 months ago
Free Mass Effect 3 Companion App Out Now For iPhone

Last week saw the release of Mass Effect 3 - the cataclysmic concluding chapter of BioWare's sci-fi trilogy. If you're looking for a little boost to your Galactic Readiness rating, or just can't get enough of the Mass Effect universe, then the Mass Effect 3 Datapad is the app for you. It's available now on the App Store, and it won't cost you a penny. This companion application gives you access to the Mass Effect codex database, so you can review information from all three games in the trilogy. News bulletins from the Alliance News Network are another source of in-app info on the progress of the galactic war effort. You'll also receive updates and in-app messages from Mass Effect 3 char…


Eerie Adventure Dark Meadow Going Free On iPhone Later This Week

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 4 months ago
Eerie Adventure Dark Meadow Going Free On iPhone Later This Week

Spooky adventure game Dark Meadow will become a free app later this week. The game currently costs $5.99. This dark fairy tale from Phosphor Games Studios has you exploring an abandoned hospital, unsure of how you got there and unable to leave. To make matters worse, the facility's decrepit halls are stalked by terrifying monsters - the minions of a beautiful witch, apparently. Your one ally - a strange old man - says that your only way out is to kill the witch. But, can he be trusted? We loved Dark Meadow's creepy atmosphere and high production values, which keep you playing even when the monster-fighting starts to get dull. It's a slightly flawed gem, then, to which we awarded 4/5 in o…


Musical Shooter Beat Hazard Ultra Currently Free On the App Store

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 4 months ago
Musical Shooter Beat Hazard Ultra Currently Free On the App Store

Musical twin-stick shooter Beat Hazard Ultra is currently available to download for free from the App Store. This pyrotechnic shooter is driven by your own music library, and allows you to blast bad guys to the beat of your favourite MP3s. The frantic high score arcade gameplay comes straight from the PC version of Beat Hazard, but the game has found a natural home on music-filled iPhones since its App Store debut last month. We were wowed by Beat Hazard Ultra's aural and visual spectacle - so much so that we awarded the game a 5/5 in our review. Shooter fans and music lovers alike will want to grab Beat Hazard Ultra at this low, low, low, low, low price point while they can, for this is…


Friday News Wrap-Up 9 March 2012

News By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 4 months ago
Friday News Wrap-Up 9 March 2012

It seems like only four days ago I was covering the news of the week in the iOS world - ahhh how time flys! Silliness aside, this does spread things a little thin and in place of any missing news I've extended our mini-review this week a little bit to compensate - it's not much, but definitely deserving of the attention.This is the Friday News Wrap-Up for the 9th of March, 2012. Crytek Going MobileDeveloper Crytek has long been rumored to be bringing a version of their high-tech 3D CryEngine to the mobile platform, but they've been more tight-lipped about their intentions on bringing something playable to the table... that is until now. Unveiled at GDC, the developer is bringing o…


Action RPG Kids vs Goblins Will Hit the App Store At Midnight Tonight

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 4 months ago
Action RPG Kids vs Goblins Will Hit the App Store At Midnight Tonight

Action-RPG Kids vs Goblins has landed on the New Zealand App Store, meaning it should appear on UK and US App Stores at around midnight this evening. In this title from Stolen Couch Games, you play as three siblings (at the same time) whose little brother is kidnapped by wily goblins. Naturally, they're all rather keen to get him back. Oh, and in a handy twist of fate, all three of them suddenly gain magical powers to help them do just that. You'll be battling your way through six exotics environments in this brawler-inspired RPG, whacking goblins and casting spells as you seek out the Goblin King and your lost baby brother. It looks like good-natured fantasy fun, and it's brought to yo…


Major Jetpack Joyride Update Flying Onto the App Store In April

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 4 months ago
Major Jetpack Joyride Update Flying Onto the App Store In April

Australian developers Halfbrick have announced that version 1.3 of Jetpack Joyride will arrive next month, bringing equipable gadgets to the free-to-play title. Speaking to Eurogamer, Halfbrick's CMO Phil Larsen explained that the gadget system gives players the ability to change up how they play. People play for a few reasons - collecting coins, completing missions and getting high scores. For coins, we've got gadgets for that, like the coin magnet. For completing missions, we've got stuff like the Nerd Repellent that gets rid of scientists. And for scores, we've got the Instaball and the Freeze-o-Matic that turns you to ice and lets you slide further when you die. All of these thing sta…


Post-Friday News Wrap-Up 2 March 2012

News By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 4 months ago
Post-Friday News Wrap-Up 2 March 2012

A wild Post-Friday News Wrap-Up appears... whether or not it's effective probably depends on your type. Why a Monday news piece? Well I had the (mis)fortune of turning 30 this weekend and things kind of got out of hand a little earlier than expected. Needless to say this shouldn't be something that affects our viewers, so here I am with the Post-Friday News Wrap-Up for the 2nd of March, 2012. Miku Flick... Otaku's Rejoice!So if you happen to have missed out on the Vocaloid phenomena, don't feel too weirded out as it's not likely to have traveled most nerdy circles unless you have a local weeaboo or similar otaku friend to explain the majesty that is a synthesized pop-star. SEGA ha…


Battlefield 3: Aftershock Won't Return To the App Store

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 5 months ago
Battlefield 3: Aftershock Won't Return To the App Store

Battlefield 3: Aftershock, EA's free-to-play multiplayer iOS game based on the popular FPS franchise, was pulled from the App Store on 22nd February after dozens of user reviews criticised the game's controls and online performance. EA Mobile released a statement at the time, saying it planned to re-evaluate Aftershock in response to user feedback. Now, The Verge reports that Battlefield 3: Aftershock will not return to the App Store. An EA representative revealed the reasons for withdrawing the title from sale to Vox Gamer: In the interest of bringing consumers only the highest level of quality mobile entertainment, EA Mobile has decided to suspend development and support of Battle…


AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! (Force = Mass x Acceleration) Has Leapt Onto the App Store

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 5 months ago
AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! (Force = Mass x Acceleration) Has Leapt Onto the App Store

Dejobaan Games's arcade base jumping game AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! (Force = Mass x Acceleration) has landed on the App Store - hopefully not too battered after the long fall. Based on the award-winning PC game of a similar name, F=ma (for short) asks you to throw yourself off of a variety of buildings, and use your iPhone's accelerometer to control your fall. Passing close to buildings will earn you big points, so it's all about pixel-perfect control and split-second decision making as the abstract scenery whizzes past and the ground rises up to meet you. F=ma is available to download now from the App Store, priced $2.99. Check out the video below to see the game in action.…


Waking Mars Makes First Contact With the New Zealand App store

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 5 months ago
Waking Mars Makes First Contact With the New Zealand App store

Waking Mars, the extraterrestrial botany sim from Tiger Style, has arrived on the New Zealand App Store, and will, therefore, hit App Stores elsewhere at midnight tonight. Set in 2097, the game has you exploring Mars's underground network of caves. Before you know it, though, an accident leaves you trapped. Your only hope for survival is to exploit the cave's ecosystem, bringing life to the near-barren planet by encouraging the growth of alien plants and creatures. Naturally, no one knows exactly how to encourage the growth of alien plants, so the game places a heavy emphasis on player experimentation throughout. If you think all that sounds odd, well... you're right. But, since it comes…


Dark Indie Platformer Limbo May Be Headed To the iPhone

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 5 months ago
Dark Indie Platformer Limbo May Be Headed To the iPhone

Independent developers Playdead are looking for a programmer to port their games to new platforms, prompting speculation from NowGamer that their acclaimed platformer Limbo may see an iPhone release. Limbo was originally released in 2010 on the Xbox Live Arcade platform, and has since been ported to the PlayStation 3, PC, and Mac. Playdead's job listing mentions that the studio are investigating new platforms for possible ports, including iOS. Adored by critics and players alike, Limbo has you controlling a nameless boy exploring a threatening forest. Its creepy atmosphere and stark art style ensured that Limbo stood out in a genre usually known for its primary colours and jaunty tone.…


Kairosoft's Oh! Edo Towns Available For Just 99c

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 5 months ago
Kairosoft's Oh! Edo Towns Available For Just 99c

Oh! Edo Towns, Kairosoft's city-planning game set in the Edo period of feudal Japan, is currently available at a ridiculously low price, costing 99c instead of the usual $3.99. This cutesy take on medieval Japan has you erecting houses, markets, and ornate samurai castles in a bid to become the most bustling district in the region. Should you succeed, you'll have renowned artisans and even royalty beating a path to your settlement, so you'd better make sure your facilities are fit for a king. Or a samurai. Or whatever it is. We're dead keen on Kairosoft's quirky management games here at AppSpy, and Oh! Edo Towns is no exception. We awarded it a mighty fine 4/5 in our review of it last ye…