Archive | September, 2009

I-play Launches Hip Hop All Star for iPhone™ and iPod® Touch Featuring New Exclusive Tracks From Every Generation of Hip Hop

30 Sep

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Multiplayer DJ Battles, Breakthrough Real-Time Scratching Technology and an Integrated Facebook Connect Feature Usher In I-play’s First Micro-transaction Enabled Music Game, Now Available in the Apple® App Store

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NEW YORK & LONDON—September 29th, 2009—I-play, Oberon Media’s publishing division and the world’s leading multi-platform casual games publisher, today launched Hip Hop All Star for iPhone™ and iPod® touch.  Featuring an original playlist with some of the biggest names in hip hop including Busta Rhymes and Kid Cudi, Hip Hop All Star introduces an all-new way for fans and hip hop enthusiasts to experience their favorite tracks.  Turning the iPhone into virtual turntables, players use the touch screen to scratch and spin their way to DJ stardom.  Hip Hop All Star brings the swagger back to music games with a playlist starring hip hop chart-toppers alongside old-school hip hop classics, some of them exclusive to the game.

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Hip Hop All Star puts players behind the wheels of steel and on center stage as they rock the crowds in five different party locations—starting at a house party and spinning their way to a fan-packed arena. When the crowds crave more, players can turn their show into a showdown with WiFi and BlueTooth DJ battle modes.  Aspiring DJs go head-to-head to earn power-ups, show off scratch tricks and unlock in-game accessories.  When a winner emerges, players can earn DJ bragging rights by posting top scores and trash talk directly to Facebook with the integrated Facebook Connect feature.

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Hip Hop All Star is I-play’s first micro-transaction enabled music game.  Players will be able to make in-game purchases on their favorite Hip Hop All Star songs through a direct link to the iTunes® Store.   In addition, once the 10 included songs have been mastered on the turntables, players can keep the party going by purchasing the Hip Hop All Star Track Pack that includes two additional songs for $0.99.  The music never has to stop, as I-play will keep the needle on the record with the release of additional Track Packs.

“If you are a hip hop music fan, this game is for you,” said Don Ryan, chief operating officer of Oberon Media.  “As the first and only all hip hop DJ game, we wanted to make sure players are continuously engaged with the music and that the game was true to real DJing techniques and principles. The micro-transactions keep the game fresh by offering players an entirely new experience with each purchase.

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The Hip Hop All Star set list features tracks from Busta Rhymes, DJ Green Lantern, Slim Thug, Unk, Mya and Ray J, with exclusive music from Kid Cudi, DJ KO, Greg Nice, DJ Jason Nevins, Scarchild, Eddie Jaymez, and DJ Serafin.  Kool G Rap, one of the most influential and skilled MCs of all time, joins them with an exclusive track. 

“It’s mind blowing to see how hip hop has evolved from the beginning,” said Kool G Rap.  “When I began in this business, I never could have imagined turntables like this.  But it goes to show that great minds will continue to revolutionize hip hop and the DJ experience—that’s why hip hop will be around forever.”

Hip Hop All Star is now available through select mobile carriers, and in the Apple® App Store for a special, two-week price of $2.99 / £1.79.

Become a fan of Hip Hop All Star on Facebook.

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About I-play

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I-play, the publishing division of Oberon Media, Inc., is the world’s leading multi-platform casual games publisher. With powerful franchises and massive distribution across the three most popular entertainment screens — online, mobile, and interactive television — I-play content reaches global consumers, and delivers fun, entertaining, accessible content to casual gamers of all ages. I-play’s PC publishing division, formerly Oberon Games, is based in Seattle and created the hit Dream Day Series, as well as the first casual games for bestselling author James Patterson and legendary mystery author Agatha Christie, including the Causal Connect 2008 Game of the Year, Agatha Christie: Death on the Nile. I-play’s mobile division has delivered some of the biggest selling franchises in the mobile space, including the world’s #1 best-selling racing franchise, The Fast and the Furious, based on the blockbuster movies. I-play’s interactive television group, formerly PixelPlay, creates and distributes games featuring top brands including Centipede™. Missile Command®, Asteroids™, Monopoly®, Scrabble®, Boggle®, and Yahtzee™. I-play is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Seattle, San Mateo, London, and Dunfermline, Scotland.

About Oberon Media

Oberon Media, the world’s leading multi-platform casual games company, is the first company to deliver global, integrated casual games solutions across three platforms-online, mobile and interactive television and at retail. Oberon game solutions have been adopted by the world’s leading digital and media companies, such as Microsoft, Verizon, Yahoo!, Electronic Arts, MySpace, Orange France and NHN. The Game Center combines casual game content, merchandising and features to fulfill our partners’ specific needs. Oberon Media’s game publishing division, I-play, works with the industry’s best and award-winning game developers to produce the top-selling casual games, which are played across online, mobile, console and iTV platforms in more than a dozen languages. Founded in 2003, Oberon Media is headquartered in New York with offices in North America, Europe and Asia, and is backed by Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Oak Investment Partners.

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9000 BC – A Tribal Game Review

30 Sep

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There are a few similar Tribal games on the iTunes AppStore like Rockifone’s A Tribe War and CDE’s Ancient Tribe. Each of this tribal games has a different game play to it. To decide which game best suits you, you have to check out each game’s game play.

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For 9000 BC, the game controls is very creative. Initially, I am taught that I need to feed myself with fishes from the sea to gain energy to fight against the enemies. After that, I need to throw spears against the other tribal enemies to kill them by tapping on the boy and dragging the spear towards them to kill them. Birds from the sky will fly down and attack me. I need to drag the birds off with my finger to kill them. Different enemies call for different finger gestures.

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The tutorials are fun to go through for this game. However, if different types of enemies attack together, you got to think which finger gestures are required to dispel them away. This usually calls for quick thinking and a calm cool head. 

The most crucial part of this game is to monitor when your hunger bar goes to very low. This is because when it goes very low, your character will be a sitting duck to the enemies’ attacks and you can see your health bar getting low after that. To feed your character, you need to drag a fish from the waters when they jump out from the seas.

As for the game’s graphics, you can say they are pretty amateur, simple like your kid’s drawings. The fun factor lies in the animated graphics and the sounds they produce when they gets hit by your game character.

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After each level you complete, there is a statistics screen which you can see how well you fare in your previous levels. The game lets you receive Godly powers and the ability to control Mother Nature. For example, the fire demons will attack you and you need to use water from the seas to destroy it. You can even summon a Volcano Eruption to destroy the Tree monsters.

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      You can also use your enemies as fuel for Godly weapons and powers. You can drag dead enemies to hit the other enemies. This game has a similar feel to pocket gods. If you like this genre of games, then check it out on iTunes.

Graphics: 4.8 /5
Sound/Music: 4.8 /5
Fun: 4.8 /5
Addictiveness: 4.8 /5
Value for money: 5 /5
Overall: 4.8 /5

Check out 9000 BC for $0.99 on iTunes.

FDG releases Mahjong Touch with 3 past episodes on the iTunes App Store!

30 Sep

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FDG popular Mr. Mahjong mobile game series finally made its way onto the App Store.

Enjoy over 100 different layouts in a sublimely relaxed atmosphere bathed in a beautiful soundscape. The tiles have been meticulously designed to guarantee maximum visibility of all the tiles at all times.

In addition, the game is played against a variety of stunning backdrops to make the experience even more exotic and intriguing.

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Mr. Mahjong touch will provide hours of fun, extra features to unlock, over 100 additional optional layouts and a unique multi-function menu makes the game totally user-friendly. You can also display the game in portrait or landscape format which will automatically adjust to your requirements. Don’t miss out on this masterpiece, and buy it now at the budget price!

Now iPhone and iPod touch owners are able to enjoy the latest part (#4) in the series with a fantastic value:

Touch controls and high-definition tile sets make Mr. Mahjong Touch the best version yet by far! On top of that, we added all 3 previously released mobile episodes to the game at just $4.99.

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Main Game Features:
– Based on the popular Mr. Mahjong series
– 4 different tile sets, 100 layouts
– 100+ optional add-on layouts via In-App purchase
– Play in landscape or portrait mode
– Score extra points with combos and fever-mode
– Trophy system
– Free zoomable game play area
– Undo, shuffle, hint, highlight and joker features

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Grab your copy now on iTunes for $4.99!!

About FDG Entertainment:

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FDG Entertainment is a leading developer and publisher of highly creative download games for major platforms including the iPhone and casual game consoles. The company has been founded back in 2001 and is located in Munich, Germany. FDG Entertainment produced more than 40 critically acclaimed blockbuster games. The most recent success is Parachute Panic for the iPhone, having reached more than 1 million downloads

Cosmobomber with hot preview video

29 Sep

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Cosmobomber is explosive space arcade, exclusively for iphone.
You are a fighter flying your spaceship through dangerous asteroid fields.
All you need is to crash-and-burn them on your way through!
Powerful guns on board, no “out of ammo” bummers or any brain-cracking tasks.

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Earn in-game money, set up modifications and get medals on your way through the Universe! So let’s go!

As the commander of your space ship flying through dangerous galaxies, you need to shoot off incoming meteoroids to protect your ship!

Game Features:
– 5 unique Universe, each with their own guns , asteroids and fighting style
– 15 different arenas,
– 8 gun modifiers available in the shop : Shield, Fire accelerator,
Regenerator and Cooler (each in two different power version)
– Online High Scores
– 9 medals for honor and fire style
– Beautiful graphics
– Addictive game play, with very attractive music
TIPS:
1) To Cool Down Your gun just SHAKE your iPhone!
2) Buy and use different Modifications for greater efficiency!

Check out Cosmobombers on iTunes for $0.99 for limited time only!

Bastion Promo Codes Contest

29 Sep

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I have got seven promo codes for this game.

All you have to do is to read the review and spot what features of the game can be further improved. You can also add in what you will like the developer to add for future updates of the game. Your entry will qualify you for a chance to win one promo code of this game to play with your friends.

As usual, only the best entries win! Before you participate in the contest, please read the rules and regulations that you can’t trade the promo code away. The contest is for people who really wants to play the game and my site does not welcome promo code traders.

Horror Racing Game Review – another gem from Chillingo

29 Sep

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As usual, Chillingo has published a few good games recently. Horror Racing game is one game you will not want to miss if you are a vivid fan of racing cars. The game lets you experience what life is like racing behind a farmyard. You can choose which car you want to race with. Each of the cars have their respective owners. These characters do look weird from the start. Do note that you can only choose the car model in the Championship or Skirmish game modes. If you choose Quick Race, you cannot choose the car you want. Quick Race game mode is usually for those who like to have a quick go at this game.

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In Horror Racing, you get to shoot your competitors and make them explode right in front of you while you race towards the finishing line. There are three fire buttons in the game which you can use. You do not need to worry about losing your life each time. The main focus of this game is to complete the race! Each time when your car explodes, you will be miraculously resurrected at the same spot you died.

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At each of the turning points of the road, there are power-ups to be collected each time. The power-ups once collected will appear again for the next player who pass the same spot again.

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The game controls are very simple to use. This racing game removes the brake and accelerate buttons to remove the complications of the controls. The gamer only needs to steer the wheel with the green arrow pointing to the direction he wants to navigate. Besides having the normal power-ups, the gamer can collect certain elemental weapons like shooting flames out of your car and collecting dark energy to trigger a lightning bolt attack on your enemies.

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The racing track also have some traps to look out for. There are mines placed at certain positions of the track. Do look out for them or you will damage your car in no time! When driving along the track, you have to be careful of the fence. Some parts of the fence can tangle with your car and prevent your car from moving forward. I feel the fences gives the game a realistic riding experience as part of the obstacles on the track. There are ramps along the track which helps to lift your car in the mid air. You can use this feature in the game to gain a winning edge over the other opponents.

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In this game, you earn points at the end of the race depending on the place you earned during the race. For the Skirmish game mode, you can notice your progress in the game does not earn you points or money to upgrade your car. This is because the Championship game mode focuses more on the prestigious title of who is the first while the Skirmish game mode is only focusing on the battles which occurred during the race.

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In both the Championship and Skirmish game modes, there are stages waiting to be unlocked when you do especially well in the previous levels. In the Skirmish game mode, you can vary the number of laps to race in the game and alter the difficulty level.

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What is a racing game without upgrades of the vehicle, you might ask? This game does offer you various upgrades for your car’s engine, weapons or armor. The upgrades are there to make sure you are fast enough to outwit your opponents or use devastating weapons to attack them. If you focus on defense, then you should upgrade your vehicle armor to see if your car can withstand their mighty attacks at the next round of the game.

When you order the upgrades, you will see brown markers changing to yellow. This usually means you have chosen some upgrades but have not confirmed your selection yet. To buy selected upgrades, tap the Confirm button. All yellow markers will turn into green which represent a successful purchase.

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Overall, I feel this game is value for money. At $2.99 for three game modes, it is definitely a steal for such a price. The $2.99 price is already 25% off the usual price. For future upgrades of the game, I will prefer Bluetooth or Wi-Fi gaming so that I can play with my friends in this game. Multi-player game play is definitely a good to have feature when you are racing in such awesome cool vehicles.

Graphics: 4.8 /5
Sound/Music: 4.8 /5
Fun: 4.8 /5
Addictiveness: 4.8 /5
Value for money: 5 /5
Overall: 4.8 /5

Check out Horror Racing on iTunes for $2.99!

Bastion Game Review

29 Sep

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For those who like tower defense games, Chad Town has given us a game that is different from the rest. It is a mixture of strategy, action and puzzle elements in the game. There are 3 game save slots for you to save your progress.

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Why I say this game has strategy elements in it? This is because you have to place the towers in a strategic place so that enemy ships cannot hit your towers so easily with their cannon balls. The normal action elements applies in this game as you can choose the location to fire your cannon ball from your defense towers at the ships. While you shoot the cannon balls, sounds of the fire and miss hits of the cannon balls are clearly heard in the game play itself.

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The most intriguing part of this game is that you have to connect the roads from the towers to the armories so that they have a flag on the top of the tower and they have a constant supply of firepower from the armories. You can only build roads and buildings in the green parts of the map. If your object turns red, it means you cannot build it there.

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The placing of the road uses some of Tetris’s logic. You can adjust the shape of your road parts like in the Tetris game. However, there is a time limit where you can adjust the road blocks carefully. You need precision and careful adjustments to do it well. For starters, I find it easier for me to place the towers close to the armory so that the distance for me to construct the roads is shorter. There are two buttons – the reverse button to rotate your road block and the plant object button which is shown as the downwards button situated on the bottom right of the screen.

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In the game, you can also upgrade your units and buy new weapons. Weapons like Cannonball, Powder Keg Mine, Fireball and Bomb Shell are available for purchase in the game.

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You will earn gold in the game by destroying the enemy ships. You can notice from the screen shot below that there are a few characteristics for the different warships.

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This game does have a time limit as to how long you can attack the ships around your towers on the seas. You can play the game in Survival or Conquer game modes. The basic game rules applies for both game modes. You have to position the red cross hair at the enemy targets and press the bottom right button to shoot. The enemies are moving at fast pace. You have to aim your shot and take down the enemy as fast as you can.

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Overall, I feel the scrolling of the red cross hair is slow because the enemy units are always moving. You need to move it carefully and position it to shoot. You need to use two fingers – one for scrolling the cross hair and the other finger to press the shoot button. When I doing the shooting, I will usually get multiple shots at one time so that I can ensure I got my target in no time.

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Luckily, there are some automatic fire from my tower units or I will be dead in no time. There is a tutorial to follow for new players in the game. This game has 10 Campaign stages so for a price of $0.99, I will think it is worth buying. Great game overall but need some improvements for the scrolling portion of the cross hair.

Graphics: 4.7 /5
Sound/Music: 4.6 /5
Fun: 4.7 /5
Addictiveness: 4.7 /5
Value for money: 5 /5
Overall: 4.7 /5

Check out Bastion on iTunes for $0.99!