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 serious
It 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 hard to begrudge another announcement. Especially when it's for Bug Princess 2 (otherwise known as Mushihime-sama Futari), a game considered insane even by those who love difficult games. Originally released in the Arcade and on the 360, players can take control of Reco or Palm, selecting from one of four difficulty settings for the three game modes on offer (Hard Maniac mode is where the real party is at). Slated for release on the 5th of April, the game will be released at a discounted $4.99 and is compatible with 3rd gen or higher iDevices.
Spy vs Spy - Classic cloak and dagger revived
The iOS platform has seen a few attempts to recapture the fun of the classic MAD Magazine inspired videogame Spy vs. Spy, but nothing can quite match the over-the-top insanity of the original black and white duo. Thankfully a remake is on the way thanks to Warner Bros. and Robots and Pencils, and is slated for a release at some point during the Summer. Vague, I know, but hopefully the teaser trailer will resurface to give out more details.
Guardian Cross - A late announcement
I'm not entirely sure how we missed this one at the end of last month, but Square Enix are bringing even more goodies to the App Store, and sooner than expected. Guardian Cross is a free-to-play card game that brings together the might of designer Hiroyuki Ito, artist Akira Oguro and composer Naoshi Mizuta to create what looks to be a very intriguing title. This news came ahead of recent teases of yet another title to be released in the summer of 2012, however Guardian Cross is slated for a nearby release this Spring.
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition - More bang for your buck
Not only is Beamdog and Overhaul Games' enhanced edition of Baldur's Gate for the iPad going to support multiplayer, it's likely to be launched at a price-point below $10. Oh I'm getting ahead of myself... yes, the classic Infinity Engine RPG is making its way to the App Store and nerds everywhere likely needed to change their pants after hearing the news. Included in the updated version is an overhaul of the original Infinity Engine, along with a new character and The Tales of the Sword expansion pack. Put a big circle around Summer if you own an iPad.
Burger Cat - Ravenous Games does puzzle / platformer
Having already secured their place as a top-notch developer of challenging platformers for the iOS platform, Ravenous Games (of League of Evil fame) are trying their hands at a 2D puzzle platformer where you'll need to help a cat get to his tasty cheeseburger. Insert your jokes here, but the developer is looking for suggestions when it comes to naming the hungry feline, so if you have something clever, hit up the link below and people may just be laughing along with your wit as they complete the game's 60 puzzling levels this April.
Nightfall - Aggressive deck builder for the iOS
Despite having only hit the market as recently as last year, Nightfall, a self-proclaimed competitive deck builder, has managed to carve out a place in the boardgaming zeitgeist thanks to its fun twist on an established genre. Instead of simply building a deck and relying on good draws to build up victory points, players will need to utilize their cards to inflict 'wound' points on their enemies, while saving cards to defend from attacks that other players can add to with a 'chain' system. Simply put, it's furious and a great blend of CCG and deck-building elements, and it's heading to the App Store 'soon'.
First Impressions: Fibble (Crytek) $1.99
It wasn't that long ago that we showed off some sweet screenshots of Crytek's first dip in to the iOS scene, but almost out of nowhere, we now have the full game in our hands. Released yesterday, Fibble is an intriguing and beautifully presented mix of skill-shots, puzzles and timing-based challenges. You play as the blobby, rubbery alien stuck on Earth, and with the help of his alien friends (and a bit of forethought on your part), you'll be able to collect stars, scraps of metal and possibly a hidden key or two to unlock new stages. The gameplay itself is horrifically addictive thanks to its easy to pick up style of gameplay that still requires some skill on behalf of the player to reach gold ratings. Later stages also allow you to choose where the alien's friends are placed, requiring some level puzzle-solving when it comes to completing the bite-sized challenges. So far it's a lot of fun and we'll have more to report on when our full review goes live next week!
Game of the Week: Swordigo (Touch Foo) $1.99 Univ.
It seems almost blasphemous to give away a Game of the Week to anything other than iOS darling Angry Birds, but Swordigo's charm is so hard to ignore. While the Zelda series may have left its attempt at platforming back in the past, Swordigo gladly picks up the pieces and runs with it. It's not the most polished in terms of presentation, but what it lacks in detailed 3D graphics it makes up for in a frantically paced game that mixes up the platforming, puzzling and combat just enough to keep you hooked to the end. If you've been after an action-adventure to hold your interest, this is the game for you.
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Spy vs. Spy NES Gameplay - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJC7DIP5JIw
Bug Princess 2 Trailer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQ4eFFqqSCo
Ravenous Games Taking Suggestions - http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=126090
Nightfall Trailer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1W8EvcnlMo
Swordigo - http://www.appspy.com/swordigo-review
Fibble - http://www.appspy.com/fibble-review