When I first picked up Hero Defense: Kill Undead, I thought it would be the kind of game that I can play while doing other things… I was wrong. I found myself deeply engrossed in playing a few more levels (and missing quite a bit of the television shows I was “watching”). While on the surface it seems like a pick-up-and-play flash game, at it’s core Hero Defense has a lot of depth to pull you in.
In one regard, Hero Defense is a fairly typical take on the “army defense” genre. You make troops that walk forward to face the troops that the enemy sends at you. It does not mess with this tried and true formula. You control a hero and occasionally a boss monster will be mixed in with the enemy mobs. You can cast spells to either boost your troops or harm the enemy’s troops. Where Hero Defense separates itself from the pack is in the customization.
I could never stress how much I love baseball. Whenever I see another baseball game in the Play Store, I check if my anti-fungal cream is right by my side as I may want to put some on my palm just to reduce my itch to try it out. Barely works. Anyway, I’m glad to see Baseball Jam as it was developed by a familiar developer, Tio Atum, a two-man team of indie game developers from Portugal. I once reviewed one of their Android games, Madman Drop, which received 4 Woofs. My expectation has gone up, and I anticipated that this game will eat up extra innings of my time.
GameWoof talked to Sarah Northway (@sarah_northway) of Northway Games about their strategy game, Rebuild. We reviewed their Android game and gave it 4.5 out of 5 Woofs which made us want to find out more about this indie game developer. Aside from their not typical zombie game, we also discussed about their upcoming game, Incredipede.
Play Store is a home to a number of zombie games. I even reviewed a couple of Android games in this genre in Zombie Smasher and Into the Dead. Rebuild, however, is not your typical zombie shooter. It is a post-apocalyptic strategy game, developed by Sarah Northway of Northway Games, where you have to manage resources with a Sim City feel. Rebuild is originally a Flash game which was ported well to mobile.
You start your journey with the thought of being the last man – or woman – alive. Change your appearance to your liking by customizing the hair, face and accessories. Then, you select which time of the year, spring or winter, you would like to be in. It is essential as you can’t grow farm foods during the winter season. Also, choose from one of these items to carry to give you a head start: dog, wrench, cowboy hat, pistol and binoculars. I picked the gun as I thought it will come in handy in a zombie apocalypse. After three days of walking, you finally made it into a city. Just like a priest, you need to baptize the newly found city with a name. I named it after Manila, the capital of my beloved Philippines. Yes, I am feeling a little bit patriotic as we celebrate our Independence Day this week. You will also decide on the size of your city if you want it to be small, typical, big or huge. Lastly, make a choice with regards to the difficulty: pretty easy, kind of tough, challenging, seriously hard or impossible.
Probably one of my favorite new games to come out for Android recently was Quadropus Rampage. Since playing multiple builds of this game and still continuing to play it even now, I got a chance to speak with the brotherly mastermind duo behind this game. Collectively, they are known as Butterscotch Shenanigans. I sat down with these two comedic and awesome guys to chat about their new IP, Android game development and to finally solve the mystery of the Quadropus.
Gamewoof: First off, congrats on the release of Quadropus Rampage! As you can tell from my reviews, I’m absolutely in love with the title. But some may not be familiar with your studio, Butterscotch Shenanigans. Tell us some about the studio. Also, a fan wanted to inquire about your name; where did Butterscotch Shenanigans come from?
Sam: Thanks! It’s been quite the week.
E3 News focused on Mobile gaming is fairly difficult to come by. That said, there have been a few announcements worth noting. We previously brought you news that PowerA has announced two new controllers for mobile devices that charge your phone as you play. Now we bring you news from GameLoft. The premier mobile developer specializing in console-like experiences has announced four new games at E3. To the surprise of few, GameLoft has announced sequels to its Modern Combat, Asphalt and Brothers in Arms series. The Modern Combat 5 and Asphalt 8 trailers show off the progress in technology since their predecessors’ release, each of them look absolutely gorgeous. Gameloft also announced Total Conquest a new online RTS.
The Fighting Fantasy series of adventure books were revolutionary when they were first released in the early eighties. Within the covers you had all you needed for a fully interactive adventure, with multiple paths through the story, leading to several different endings – most of them gruesome. Sure you needed dice to really play them properly–something that the later Sorcery! series solved by printing different rolls on the bottom of the page–but I don’t know anyone who who did just pretend that they always rolled double sixes. Videogames at that time were still very much in their infancy and couldn’t compete with the immersive worlds created by Games Workshop founders and FF creators Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone. When the first title, Warlock of Firetop Mountain, became an instant best seller, a phenomenon was born and continued for a further 59 books. By that time, the proliferation of home consoles had rendered Fighting Fantasy obsolete and it soon became a nostalgic curiosity in the history of publishing. Now that smartphones and tablets have become the preferred way to consume literature, it was inevitable that we would see a return of the horrors, monsters, magic and traps that fueled the imaginations of countless Reebok Pump wearing 80′s kids.
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Recently, at a friend’s birthday party, my ground of compatriots turned me on to the “sport” of disc golfing. Now, I am the kind of person who has limited patience, getting easily frustrated when I’m not doing so hot at said sports. Yet, despite doing absolutely terrible at it (+22) I had a really good time. In fact, I’m even planning another disc golf excursion within the next coming week. Real life games, you know.
Naturally, I wanted to see if my new found favorite hobby also had a home on the Google Play store. After sifting through a couple of glitchy or non-functional games, I came across Around The Rock Disc Golf, made by Tribaloid, whom based on their other catalog of games, can only be a company comprised of hippies and/or stoners. Now, if you met my friends who got me into this amazing casual sport, you’d have no problem seeing the connection.
Sometimes you’re idly browsing through the app store and something catches your eye. Maybe it’s a well picked screen shot, or a catchy title or an interesting title. More often than not digging too deep in the Google Play store reveals things that should be left well alone, but once in a while you find something that surprises you. I’d never heard of Holy Archer before and decided that I wouldn’t be losing much if it turned out to be a bad game–it was free after all. How wrong was I? I lost about three hours trying to save up for a better bow to take out a particularly difficult enemy and my battery died before I could find enough treasure chests. This is the kind of game you want to stumble upon.
One of the big points in the argument in whether mobile gaming should ever be taken seriously, is that of when people demand to know how the heck tablets or phones will ever re-create the console like experience. There is a certain level of merit in that point too, as many of the major mobile games (in terms of popularity) have all been casual titles, like Angry Birds or Candy Crush Saga. None of these titles have come anywhere close to matching the experience many core gamers get on their consoles either.
The Shadowgun series, specifically Shadowgun: Deadzone, is one of those games that will satisfy that urge to have a console like experience come to life on your Android device. Made by the same company behind Dead Trigger, Shadowgun: Deadzone is a Gears of War type mutiplayer shooter. There isn’t really a story behind it, at least not one that I could tell, just pure unadulterated kill or be killed first person shooter style game. Shadowgun: Deadzone is probably the pinnacle of a mobile only multiplayer experience, spreading across Android and iOS alike.