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Friday News Wrap-Up 20 April 2012

News By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 5 months ago
Friday News Wrap-Up 20 April 2012

Right now I'm existing in a state that's roughly equivalent to being a small child awaiting Christmas day - my weekend is all planned and I'm off to nerd it up and chat with personal heroes such Richard Horvitz and Will Wheaton. But before I head off we have the small matter of this week's Wrap-Up.So lets get crackin' on the Friday News Wrap-Up for the 20th of April, 2012. The Bluecoats - North & South - May 10thNostalgia can be almost criminal in its ability to gloss over the past and make you believe you loved something despite its flaws, but one thing is for sure, North & South was a game that got me hooked on strategy titles. Aside from the occasional battle and side-s…


Sega Bring Their Acclaimed RTS Franchise Total War To the iPhone

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 5 months ago
Sega Bring Their Acclaimed RTS Franchise Total War To the iPhone

Sega's acclaimed real-time strategy franchise Total War has finally marched its way onto iPhone, with Total War Battles: Shogun allowing you to sample the series's trademark historical warfare for an outlay of $6.99. Built specifically for the iPhone, Total War Battles: Shogun offers accessible, short-form conflicts that don't skimp on strategic depth. The battles may be short, mind, but the war is long - Total War Battles: Shogun's campaign lasts over ten hours. Naturally, the entire Total War interface has been redesigned for touchscreens, which means that managing your armies should be a cinch. But, none of us will know for certain, of course, until our definitive AppSpy review is fil…


Paper Monsters Is Free For A Limited Time

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 5 months ago
Paper Monsters Is Free For A Limited Time

Charming 2.5D platformer Paper Monsters is currently available free of charge from the App Store for the first time since its January release. Mixing 2D side-scrolling and 3D environments allows the developers of Paper Monsters to play with perspective across the game's 16 expansive levels, which see you warping between the background and foreground in search of collectible goodies. As you guide your cardboard character through the four distinct game worlds, you'll explore the oceans, take to the skies, battle gigantic bosses, and probably unlock a couple of Game Center achievements along the way, too. We enjoyed Paper Monsters's quirky aesthetic and cheerful atmosphere, awarding it a sol…


Ace Driving Sim Real Racing 2 Enjoys One-Day Price Cut

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 5 months ago
Ace Driving Sim Real Racing 2 Enjoys One-Day Price Cut

Firemint's superb driving sim Real Racing 2 is available at less than half price today, reduced to $1.99 from its usual price of $4.99. Boasting a collection of real-world vehicles, multiple game modes, and outstanding graphical fidelity, Real Racing 2 is the comprehensive racing package for iPhone gamers. And, most importantly, its tilt and touch controls are precise and highly customisable - a real blessing when you head online to compete against 15 human opponents. If our gushing tone hasn't tipped you off already, you'll be pleased to hear that Real Racing 2 scored a big ol' 5/5 in our AppSpy review. What's more: it also earned itself a spot on our top 10 games of 2010 chart. Bravo.…


Mass Effect Infiltrator Receives Mass-ive Update

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 5 months ago
Mass Effect Infiltrator Receives Mass-ive Update

Mass Effect Infiltrator on iPhone has just received a substantial update, which adds a bonus mission and a host of tweaks to the tie-in sci-fi blaster. In Infiltrator's campaign mode, you play as a veteran agent of Cerberus - a shadowy humanity-first organisation which has been trafficking aliens for medical experimentation. In the newly added bonus mission, you take control of one of these captured aliens, and you're naturally pretty keen to escape the facility's medical bay before your body is 'donated' for scientific research. Thankfully, shooting your way out should be a little easier than before, for the new update delivers improved aiming and the option to disable the game's divisiv…


Friday News Wrap-Up 13 April 2012

News By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 5 months ago
Friday News Wrap-Up 13 April 2012

Another week, another Wrap-Up... except for that last Friday. I was too busy gorging myself on pre-Easter candy and slipping in to a sugar-coma; I assure you, the headache I received was more than enough punishment for not having something prepared. However, lets cut to the chase.This is the Friday News Wrap-Up for the 13th of April, 2012. Spellsword - Glorious arena platformingWhile Muffin Knight may have beaten Super Crate Box to the punch on the iOS platform (and subsequently forged its own path), the base concept of arena-based platform combat is a simple, but addictive one. I'm glad to see more developers trying their hand at this burgeoning genre. Spellsword by Everplay is l…


Infinity Blade II Price Cut For Limited Time Only

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 5 months ago
Infinity Blade II Price Cut For Limited Time Only

Chair's swipe-to-slice blockbuster Infinity Blade II is currently available at the knockdown price of $4.99 (it usually retails for $6.99). Building on the superb foundation laid by Infinity Blade, this sequel boasts an additional three combat styles, a massively expanded world, and a global network of slashers with whom you can team up to defeat titanic enemies. And while Infinity Blade's innovative combat system remains intact in this sequel, it's been refined and tweaked to near perfection. The character levelling and customisation has also been lovingly buffed to a high sheen, and now offers significantly more depth than its predecessor. If you remain unconvinced by that feature list…


Max Payne Hits the App Store At Midnight Tonight

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 5 months ago
Max Payne Hits the App Store At Midnight Tonight

Remedy Entertainment's third-person shooter Max Payne is out now on the New Zealand App Store, and will be slow mo diving its way into other territories at midnight tonight. Launched in 2001 to critical acclaim, the console version of Max Payne cast you as an undercover cop with a silly name and a murdered family. And when Max's best friend and DEA colleague is killed, things go from bad to worse. Payne is the prime suspect for his friend's murder and his mob cover is blown, leaving Max to fight a war on two fronts. Fortunately for us, that war is jolly good fun. Max Payne on iPhone has you spraying slow motion bullets at all manner of nasty men, while Max's moody internal monologue prop…


EA's Easter iPhone Sale Kicks Off Today

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 5 months ago
EA's Easter iPhone Sale Kicks Off Today

You can't spell Easter (or four-day weekend, or over-eating) without EA, and the publishing megacorp is celebrating this holiday season in its time-honoured tradition - by discounting loads of games. Among the spring bargains to be had is the recent Mass Effect tie-in, Infiltrator, to which we awarded a solid 4/5 in our review. It's seen its price cut from $6.99 to $4.99. Not bad for a game that's only a month old. There are some AppSpy favourites on offer, too, in EA's sale: Dead Space, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, and Real Racing 2 are all tempting propositions given they carry our 5/5 seal of approval. These offers are only valid over the Easter weekend, so why not make time between s…


Saturday Morning RPG Brings '80s Nostalgia To the App Store

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 5 months ago
Saturday Morning RPG Brings '80s Nostalgia To the App Store

Saturday Morning RPG, a role-playing game inspired by '80s children's cartoons, has launched in New Zealand, meaning it should hit local App Stores at midnight tonight. The game casts you as Marty Hall, an Everyday Joe who finds himself with magical powers. Unfortunately, before Marty has a chance to exploit his powers for wealth and influence - and let's face it, we all would - he attracts the attention of dastardly villain Commander Hood. It's up to you, then, to control Marty in a series of role-playing episodes that see him battling evil and overdosing on '80s nostalgia. And rocking out the occasional keytar solo. Saturday Morning RPG should be available to download from your local…


Penny Arcade Adventures To Continue On iPhone

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 5 months ago
Penny Arcade Adventures To Continue On iPhone

Indie developers Zeboyd Games are hard at work on a new Penny Arcade game - the sequel to Hothead's 2008 title Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness Episode 2. And Joystiq reports that it's coming to the iPhone - a first for the series. Based on the popular Penny Arcade gaming webcomic, Penny Arcade's On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 (or PA3, for short) follows the adventures of Gabe and Tycho in a steampunk world full of sinister mystery and Lovecraftian monsters. And mimes. Best known for their irreverent RPG Cthulhu Saves the World, Zeboyd Games sound like the perfect studio to take on development duties, then. Set for release sometime in 2012, PA3…


Infinity Blade's Price Slashed To 99c For A Limited Time

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 5 months ago
Infinity Blade's Price Slashed To 99c For A Limited Time

Chair's iPhone epic Infinity Blade is currently available for just 99c, down from its usual price of $5.99. Released back in 2010, Infinity Blade wowed players and critics alike with its unprecedented (for the platform) graphical quality. In essence, it showed the world just how powerful Apple's dinky little superphone was under the hood. Oh, and the game's pretty fun to play, too. As you explore the God King's labyrinthine castle, you'll encounter twisted monsters and hulking sentries at every turn. Using innovative swipe-to-slice controls, you must defeat these beasts in single combat, using your sword, shield, and powerful magicks. Its controls are perfect, its graphics are exception…


Far Cry and Crysis Dev Release App Store Debut Game Fibble

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 5 months ago
Far Cry and Crysis Dev Release App Store Debut Game Fibble

Crytek, the developers behind blockbuster games such as Crysis and Far Cry, have released their first game for the iPhone. It's called Fibble, and it has you flicking and rolling your tubby alien protagonist around a host of levels. Although there's considerably less alien genocide here than you'd find in traditional Crytek fare, this cutesy physics-puzzler is an intriguing proposition. After his tiny spaceship crash lands in a family home, Fibble finds himself alone. To return home safely, he'll need to reassemble his crew - and that means exploring this strange new environment. Fortunately, Fibble's crew is a skilled bunch. And once found, they'll be able to help you navigate this alie…


Friday News Wrap-Up 30 March 2012

News By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 5 months ago
Friday News Wrap-Up 30 March 2012

This week started out like any other - Monday I was full of energy, Tuesday I suffered from a bout of being unable to get out of first gear and well... the rest of the week is an honest blur of work, mixed with the occasional break to play League of Legends (...yes, I'm addicted). To cap things off, the news this week is well... exciting is the only way to describe it, so lets jump right in.This is the Friday News Wrap-Up for the 30th of March, 2011. Bug Princess 2 - CAVE just got seriousIt seems we can't go a month without saying something about the Japanese bullet-hell specialist CAVE, but considering how iOS devices have become almost the defacto home of insane shooters, it's h…


Blueprint 3D Goes Free For A Limited Time

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 5 months ago
Blueprint 3D Goes Free For A Limited Time

For the very first time since its release last November, Abstract puzzler Blueprint 3D is available as an App Store freebie. FDG's game presents you with a scrambled 3D blueprint which can be spun along its axes. Your challenge is simply to manipulate the image until its fractured lines come together to form a cohesive whole. It's not as simple as just pawing at your touchscreen in the hope of a lucky guess, though, and if you're playing in pursuit of those precious three-star ratings, you'll have to be fast and accurate to succeed. We adored Blueprint 3D's quickfire puzzling, and we made our feelings known in front of friends and family in the form of a glowing 5/5 AppSpy review. There'…