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Friday News Wrap-Up 13 April 2012

By Andrew Nesvadba, on April 13, 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 platforming

While 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 looking like a strong entry, with amazing visuals that show the same sort of considered design present in their work on Terra Noctis: Free Dreaming. Spellsword is scheduled for a release on the 26th of April.

Planeswalker 2013 - iPad scores a Magic the Gathering release

Other collectable card games have had their time to shine on the iOS platform, but the big boys are finally rolling in to town, with Wizards of the Coast officially announcing a release of the Duels of the Planeswalker for the iPad. There's no more info on when the 2013 iteration of the title is due to hit the App Store outside of a vague 'Summer' release period.

Ms. Splosion Man - 'splodin on iOS soon

First there was Splosion Man - it was hilarious, fun and downright clever in its puzzle-platforming gameplay. Then there was Ms. Splosion Man... and I couldn't stop laughing. It may say a lot about me, but having a valley-girl on pixie-stix type character who doesn't know when to stop made the game all the more hilarious. Soon we'll see the hyperactive explosive-woman-in-heels hitting the App Store as well and I have to say, I'm seriously excited.

Jack Lumber - This time it's personal

After a tree killed his mother, Jack Lumber made it his mission to rid the world of the evil plants. Or so the story goes. What it means for you is the ability to cut up wood at a supernatural rate, activating 'Lumber Time' to slide your finger around the screen (avoiding furry creatures in the process). Owlchemy Labs, the studio behind the title are better known for their Snuggle Truck title and it seems the lads are out to create controversy again (albeit at the expensive of trees)... did I say controversy? I meant hilarity.

Pick of the Week - Max Payne Mobile (Rockstar Games) $2.99 Univ.

It may be unfair to pick a game that has already had its time to shine, but even after 11 years, Max Payne remains as solid as ever - mixing a cleverly paced storyline with blood pumping action and a dark noir setting that has just the right mix of humor and drama. Whether you've played the game already or not, for $2.99 it's a whole lot of classic shooter fun.

That's right, this week is a short news wrap-up, but we'll have plenty more to talk about next week as well as a bunch of new titles to cover. To keep track of our news, reviews and features, hit us up on Twitter and Facebook, or subscribe to our channel here on YouTube to get everything as it goes live. Have a great weekend!

Additional Links:
Spellsword Trailer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PYvRF6VPRs
Planswalkers 2013 Announcement - http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/945
Ms Splosion Man - http://www.mssplosionman.com/
Jack Lumber Teaser - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctr4CYnuZPI
Max Payne Mobile - http://www.appspy.com/max-payne-mobile-review


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