For those who missed out on the tweets, I was on a personal holiday last week. To cover the time lost I had to queue up content, but the unfortunate side-effect of this is a huge pile of emails, upcoming releases and reviews to barrel my way through now I'm back in the office. I can't say I'm super disappointed though as this week was a real joy, but we'll get to that soon.
For now lets touch base with the news for our Friday Wrap-Up for the 3rd of February, 2012.
Team Meat + iOS == ???
You may need to throw this one on to the rumor pile, but in a recent interview with IndieGames.com, Super Meat Boy creators Team Meat mentioned that 'the next game will probably be iPhone. Probably.' This is a HUGE jump from previous rants where the words 'hate', 'platform' and 'store' were involved, so for now lets just wait and see what Team Meat has in store.
Dodonpachi Blissful Death Coming Soon
Next off the block for fanatical SHMUP developer CAVE is a port of their fourth title in the Dodonpachi series otherwise known as 'Blissful Death' for its iOS release. Sadly, much like the previous release there doesn't seem to be any iPhone specific mode, which is a shame as often justifies the serious hardware requirements (in the case of this title, 4th gen and above are a requirement).
Epic Quest Table For Zen Pinball
As premier pinball based releases for the iOS go, Zen Pinball definitely peaks at the top of the pile. So it's no surprise to see Zen Studios pushing things even further with their upcoming table 'Epic Quest' which is set to combine RPG elements with pinball gameplay. Pocketgamer UK has confirmed from the developer that if this table proves successful, the formula will definitely be explored for the future.
The Other Brothers
While information about this upcoming title is sparse, The Other Brothers is looking absolutely gorgeous, which is no surprise considering the talents behind the project. The three man team has labeled the game as a 'family fun adventure of running, jumping, collecting, racing against the clock' all with a twist. Check out their blog to keep up to date.
Running Fred Launching 5th Feb (Sunday)
We've previously covered Dedalord's release of Falling Fred, an ambitious, yet simple title that incorporated neat online features to help share the experience with friends. It seems the developer has been hard at work and are pushing their franchise even further with a 'running' title that looks set to push the boundaries with its excitingly varied challenges. Keep an eye out for our review of this action-packed title early next week.
Ragdoll Blaster 3 Launching 9th Feb (Thursday)
Lastly it should come as no surprise to those who have followed Backflip Studios, but the developer has returned to their origins, albeit with a Little Big Planet-like twist. Players will get to manipulate a whole host of new ragdolls, each with their own unique properties that interact with the levels in completely new ways. Long story short: if it's half as clever as the originals, this is definitely one to watch out for.
Game of the Week: Reckless Racing 2 (Pixelbite Polarbit) $4.99
I must admit that I was torn when it came to choosing between games of the week, which is perhaps a great thing for a gamer as it means there's a lot of great titles to enjoy. While I would have loved to have given it to GHOST TRICK: Phantom Detective, it would have been a cop-out as it has already had a release on the Nintendo DS. Instead this week's big thumbs up goes to Reckless Racing 2 - a seriously slick top-down racer that pushes the boundaries of what has come before by finely tuning everything from the physics to the difficulty of the game. Well worth grabbing for fans of arcade racing titles in general.
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Dodonpachi Blissful Death Trailer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2nnVU0HUwo
Epic Quest Table Preview - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwoYxbxhSYI
The Other Brothers Blog - http://www.theotherbrothersgame.com/
Running Fred Trailer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0U-MWfviKY
Running Fred Site - http://www.runningfred.com
Ragdoll Blaster 3 Trailer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBWcOUBpa_8
Reckless Racing 2 Review - http://www.appspy.com/reckless-racing-2-review