Stories by Ian DeMartino
Solar Flux, which had already received heaps of praise from critics for its iPad version, including a recent TIGA nomination for best game design (an award eventually won by Forza Horizons) have been released in two versions on Google Play. The first, designed for the smaller screens of cell phones, is called Solar Flux Pocket and is completely free of charge. The second version, dubbed simply Solar Flux or Solar Flux HD is for tablets and as you may have guessed, includes High-Definition graphics. The HD version costs a respectable $1.99 and also includes a larger number of levels than its free pocket-sized counterpart. Solar Flux Pocket, however, is more than just a shrunken down “lite” version of the game, as its levels have been redesigned to play properly on smaller screens.
Catequesis was one of the first games we covered here at GameWoof, with our interview with the developer, Pakarico Games, running back in April. We have been waiting patiently for more information regarding the amazing looking 8-bit survival horror game ever since. Pakarico Games has finally pulled the curtain back a little further, releasing a fantastically creepy trailer on its blog on Tuesday.
The news is cause for some celebration because it means progress is happening in the development of one of the most intriguing survival horror titles to grace the indie mobile scene in quite sometime. However, the news comes with a significant downside. Catequesis, originally planned for a late 2013 release, has been delayed until 2014. Further putting a dampener on the situation is that the Android version of Catequesis has been delayed even further, likely until 2015.
No, it doesn’t have anything to do with the phenomenal west coast burger chain with a similar name, but ins and outs, was released today on Google Play by New York Indie developer aukStudios. The minimalist puzzler looks like it has a ton of free fun for Android gamers, boasting 900 levels for free, with an additional 900 available for a small fee.
The lane defense/offense tug-of-war style genre is steadily growing. I previously reviewed Bitbattle, a two player same device game available for free without any IAPs and gave it high marks but it was lacking the single player campaign (or online multiplayer) that would have made it feel like a complete game. Warmongers takes the same formula, drops the multiplayer completely and adds a more complete and full fledged single player campaign, complete with unobtrusive and unnecessary IAPs.
Spacetimes Games has released a new Multiplayer free-to-play RTS called Battle Command! on the Google Play Marketplace. Battle Command! looks to be a Castle Clash type real time strategy game that the developer promises has a “compelling single player campaign” with 25 missions to go along with its “even deeper multiplayer mode” that generally makes up the meat of these sorts of games.
Battle Command! also boasts over 20 offensive units and 10 defensive weapons, diplomacy allowing you to ally with other players, complete cross platform play between iOS and Android, and a special “War Games” mode that allows you to test our your tactics without losing any troops.
Spacetimes Games is best known for its mobile MMOs Arcade Legends, Pocket Legends and Dark Legends. However, they do have experience with these sort of games, having recently released Battle Dragons earlier this year, which received mostly favorable reviews and over 500,000 downloads on Google Play alone. It will be interesting to see how Spacetimes Games builds on their past successes and if they manage to improve on an already successful formula in an overcrowded market.
Battle Command! is available right now, for free, on the Google Play Marketplace.
Dr. Who has been around for quite sometime, in fact later this month the BBC sci-fi dramatic series will be turning 50. As any fan of the doctor surely already knows by now the BBC has a huge celebration planned for the show’s “golden” anniversary, with a special episode screening that will air across 75 different countries and in 3D at select theaters across the U.K.
The Time Lord is getting further treatment however, with a new game, announced on the @DrWhoLegacy twitter profile, for mobile devices called, you guessed it, Dr. Who: Legacy. Little is known about the game, only one screenshot has been released and the release date is the usual vague “coming soon” but the timing of the announcement has led some to believe that it will be released on the exact 50th anniversary, which is November 23rd.
Since the November 7th announcement on Twitter, @DrWhoLegacy has let slip a few additional details, including that the title will be free-to-play. Also, for those awaiting Supermassive Games’ follow ups to its PS3, PSVita and PC Dr. Who game Dr. Who: The Eternity Clock it seems they have been cancelled according to conversations Supermassive has been having with Polygon
You can expect more information about Dr. Who: Legacy as it becomes available.
Rayman Jungle Run was a huge hit, both in download numbers and with the critics. It earned high scores from virtually every gaming publication, won numerous awards and picked up countless downloads. It was inevitable that a sequel would be released someday and that day has finally come. Rayman Fiesta Run is Ubisoft’s follow up to its mega-hit.
The gameplay is largely unchanged from Jungle Run. Rayman, or one of the other unlockable characters continually runs while players command him to jump, float and punch his way through levels while collecting “lums” the game’s in-game currency that can be used to purchase new characters and one time use boosts. It’s all great fun and much more than your run-of-the-mill “runner” games, the Rayman games on mobile are more like the full fledged platforming games of its big console brethren, just on auto pilot. Timing the jumps and finding the alternate roots to get every “lum” is a challenge even for the most hardcore platforming fan, doing so however, brings about a new, even more challenging level.
One has to wonder how many teams are working under the Gameloft banner at one time. With all the movie tie-in games, the Asphalt, N.O.V.A. GT Racing and Modern Combat series constantly being worked on (plus all their other one-off games), it’s amazing that anything else gets done over there at Gameloft. But it does, and Tank Battles is yet another instance of proof positive that they continue to develop games at a breakneck pace. Gameloft announced Tank Battles‘ release on its Twitter profile today.
Eyes Wide Games, the creators of The Walking Dead Social Game: Chronicles has announced their newest game, The Incredible Corpse, now funding on Kickstarter.
A mission based game that incorporates stealth, action and timing puzzles, players will control mankind’s last hope, who is, unfortunately, already dead. Aliens have stolen all of our brains, but they didn’t count on what everyone on earth already knows is the side effect of brainless humans, Zombies! Players will control an undead hero utilizing a touch and draw control mechanic that has been designed and refined over the last six months.
Eyes Wide Games has been working on The Incredible Corpse for a while now, so the Kickstarter looks like more than just a proof of concept video normally seen on the crowd-funding site and is nearly completed. The Kickstarter exists to finish up the Android and Kindle game engines and add a few features like in-game bosses and upgradable stats.
The already finished art and animation looks really solid and the trailer gives a good view into what looks to be an intuitive control scheme. The monetization system also promises to be better than the average fare with players buying chapters of the game and then not being interrupted with IAPs during the duration of that bought section. The first chapter will be free with additional chapters running at $4.99.
The Incredible Corpse‘s Kickstarter runs until November 29th with the game likewise expected to launch at the end of this month.
You can find out more, and help fund, The Incredible Corpse by visiting its Kickstarter Page.