Archive | July, 2011

Wandake Prepares for the Robot Uprising with Free Robokill

28 Jul

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Wandake announces “Robo-Readiness Week,” culminating in free copies of Robokill for a limited time.

We all know there’s no real threat of a Zombie Apocalypse, but the Robot Rebellion? Well it’s just a matter of time before the machines rise up and either enslave or kill us all. With that in mind, Wandake is proud to announce Robo-Readiness Week, our desperate attempt to give humanity a fighting chance.

Throughout the week we’ll be posting critical survival info on the Wandake blog, including a required reading list and tips on what to do when confronted by a killer robot. Also, in a last-ditch effort to prepare humanity for the coming war, we’re giving away the iPhone version of Robokill for free July 27-31. Our hope is that the game will help humans with their development of vital combat strategies along the lines of “never stop moving” and “always be on the lookout for a bigger gun.”

You can keep up with all the latest Robo-Readiness info by following Wandake on Twitter (@wandakegames) or keeping tabs on our blog. Good luck out there, and remember that today’s friendly toaster is tomorrow’s murderous robot overlord.

Download the full version of Robokill free for limited time!

About Wandake
Wandake is the game publishing division of Sourcebits, and has published some exceptional titles like Wake Up the Box, The Gun Game and Robokill on the App Store. http://www.wandake.com

About Sourcebits
Sourcebits is a global leader in mobile, tablet and web solutions. Having released blockbuster mobile applications and games that have become instant successes, in a span of five years, Sourcebits has become a coveted partner for building iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android, BlackBerry, Adobe AIR and Web solutions. With 250+ award winning designers and developers worldwide, Sourcebits operates out of offices in Atlanta and Bangalore. http://www.sourcebits.com/

Liquid Enters Mobile Gaming with Battle Realms

24 Jul

PASADENA, Calif. – July 20, 2011 – Liquid Entertainment, the studio behind Dungeons &Dragons: Dragonshard for the PC and the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes of Neverwinter for Facebook, will develop and publish mobile games starting with a collectible card game based on the studio’s beloved real-time strategy game, Battle Realms. The game will be out for iOS and Android devices in 2012.

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Battle Realms on mobile devices marks Liquid’s transition from a console/PC developer to a mobile developer and publisher, signaling a new direction for the 12-year old studio. An independent developer at heart, Liquid will use its expertise in creating new IPs with a hardcore sensibility to give mobile gamers the intense, fulfilling gameplay modern smartphones and tablets can offer.

“Maturing mobile platforms like iOS and Android allow us, for the first time, to translate the Battle Realms universe into an addictive, unforgettable card game you can enjoy anywhere, anytime,” says Ed Del Castillo, President, Liquid Entertainment. “It’s been an undying dream of mine to allow gamers to gather socially and play games together again, and the technology is finally here to make that possible.”

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In the original Battle Realms, launched exclusively on PC in 2001, four Clans (Dragon, Serpent, Wolf, Lotus) dispute a small piece of land broken off of a much larger continent. The game was a labor of love for Liquid and resulted in one of the richest worlds the company has ever built. The forward-looking design made it easy for gamers to come up with new strategies, like training Peasants to become Soldiers or actively exploiting the environment to their Clan’s advantage. The Living World feature, for example, allowed for boundless experimentation – and new tactics are being discovered to this day.

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Many of the core gameplay principles behind Battle Realms are a natural fit to the card game format, including:

Unit Alchemy

Peasants became Soldiers and Soldiers cross-trained to become different or more elite versions of themselves. The idea that some units can be upgraded to a new class is a gameplay mechanic near-and-dear to Liquid.

Living World

In the PC game, fire would grow and spread on its own — and it could only be put out by water, which could in turn be used to make rice grow faster. Boulders could be pushed downhill to smash towns harboring enemy soldiers. If players ran in the forest, birds would fly up from the trees. Wild horses roamed the land and could be captured and domesticated. The Battle Realms world was a living, breathing universe filled with believable elements — a crucial trait that will certainly make an appearance in the new game.

Battle Gear

Every unit in Battle Realms could get Battle Gear. A Peasant trained in the Archery Range would emerge an Archer, a great anti-personnel Soldier. When taken to the Fireworks Factory, the Archer would emerge a Fire Archer. Fire arrows did very little damage to enemies but great damage to enemy buildings. And so forth. Every unit in the game had combinations that would give them new roles, a perfect match for the card game format.

“The new Battle Realms is the first in a full slate of products based on this very deep, engaging IP,” says Holly Newman, CEO, Liquid. “Starting with mobile is the best way to re-introduce the Battle Realms universe to a whole new generation of gamers.”

The game will be launched for both iOS and Android devices in 2012 and will be a collectible card game set in the Battle Realms universe (see concept art).

Most hardcore gamers know Liquid from Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard and Rise of the Argonauts for the PC. The studio also worked on several licensed properties.

 

Links to the Game:

Twitter: @eddelcastillo

Twitter:@GoLiquid

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Liquid-Entertainment/186850428747

Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes of Neverwinter: http://www.facebook.com/HeroesOfNeverwinter

 

About Liquid Entertainment

Founded 12 years ago, Liquid Entertainment has dedicated itself to creating original IP and crafting unique experiences through video games. Our projects live in all gaming environments – PC, consoles, web, social and mobile.

Liquid is behind several PC and console classics including Rise of the Argonauts, the original Battle Realms, Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard, and a host of new mobile and social games including the recently announced Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes of Neverwinter for Facebook.

Liquid and the Liquid logo are trademarks of Liquid Entertainment, Inc. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Doodle Farm – A new game for the iPhone from the creators of Doodle God and Doodle Devil

24 Jul

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The JoyBits company is happy to release their new game, Doodle Farm. It has reached Top 100 paid apps on the US App Store in the day of release. Their previous hits, Doodle God and Doodle Devil, turned out to be great successes and the games were ported to many popular platforms, totalling 40 million gameplays. A total of 4.5 million people played both the commercial and free versions of the games on iOS alone. The games stayed in the Top 25 in both the Board and Puzzle sections in the App Store for a whole year and, of course, they never received lower than 5-star ratings from the devoted gamers.

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Finally, the long-awaited new game from the creators of Doodle God and Doodle Devil is available for your iPhone! It is called Doodle Farm and it is not a sequel to previous games, but a new game that takes this genre to a completely new level. The new features of this game will allow you to easily progress through the dynamic gameplay because you can now make use of the enhanced tips system. You can use the alphabet to quickly select the elements (or rather, animals, in this case) and enjoy the many new features the game has to offer (it even has educational features!).

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The gameplay of Doodle Farm introduces cute animals that you can then use to breed and create new animals on your farm. Players will have great fun matching various types of animals to get the most unexpected results. What do you get if you crossbreed a cat and a dog in the game? Find out! And after you do, the game gives you the chance to learn more by tapping the Wikipedia button and reading about your farm’s newest animal. What do bears eat? Can kiwis fly? Where exactly do penguins live? You will easily find the answers to all these questions, and more, as you mix and match creatures to build the entire animal kingdom, starting with just four creatures.

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How can you learn interesting information about the animals that live on our planet? By playing Doodle Farm! You are sure to have fun, whether you’re a student who wants to know more or even an inquisitive adult with a couple of extra minutes to spare.

And this is not the last you’ll hear from JoyBits; they will continue to improve the game and provide players with updates as they did for Doodle God and Doodle Devil. They are also going to release the HD version of Doodle God for the iPad this fall, so be on the lookout.

Pricing and Availability

The game is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad and is available on the App Store for $0.99.

Company

JoyBits Ltd. is the pioneer in game development for the Russian J2ME market. Founded in 2002, Saint-Petersburg, the company has released over 40 mobile apps, including first Russian branded games (FC Zenit, DIXIS, Snowy, Air Strike), award-winning Silent Storm Mobile (Nival Int), Disciples Mobile and genre setter Doodle God™. Since 2007, JoyBits Casual has been creating top game brands such as Cassandra’s Journey: The Legacy of Nostradamus, Cassandra’s Journey: The Fifth Sun, Bigfoot: Chasing Shadows etc. In 2010, JoyBits Social is working on several titles to release.

Links

App Store Link – http://avaloid.com/doodle-farm/iphone/appstore

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Game page – http://avaloid.com/doodle-farm/iphone

Wesley Snipes’ Julius Styles: The International launches on iOS August 11th

24 Jul

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Lapland Studios Announces Release Date for Wesley Snipes’ iOS Action-Adventure Game, Julius Styles: The International

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ARCTIC CIRCLE, FINLANDJuly 21, 2011 – Lapland Studios, in association with Elstree Studio Productions, Red 27 Films and Maandi Media Holdings, announced today that the upcoming Wesley Snipes game, Julius Styles: The International will be available for iPhone and iPad this August 11 in the App Store.

“The concept for Julius Styles: The International is an amalgamation of the ‘international spy, security specialist characters’ I’ve played in a couple of films,” said Wesley Snipes. “Except unlike previous characters I’ve played, who often have military special ops, spy backgrounds, I needed a twist for him. Thus, Julius Styles was born.”

 

Julius Styles: The International is a thrilling, action packed game that takes players deep into the treacherous world of economic espionage. Working for the Assembly, an elite circle of businessmen bent on channeling global funds into their pockets, players control Julius Styles, voiced by Wesley Snipes himself. Julius is a ‘Facilitator’, an economic hitman – an expert in persuasion, blackmail, and assassination. Combining a rapid-fire mind, unorthodox methods, and cutting-edge computer skills, he infiltrates governments, businesses, and other shadowy organizations to help them —or rather encourage them — to make the right decisions.

“What we have here is an incredible opportunity to take an international celebrity, whose film career is categorized by non-stop thrill rides, and turn it into an unbelievable iOS title,” said Ilkka Immonen, CEO of Lapland Studios. “Working with Wesley Snipes is an amazing experience for all of us here. We are huge fans of his movies and lending us his talents for the game makes for an unbelievably exciting time at Lapland.”

Presented in an isometric 3D style Julius Styles: The International is a one-of-a kind adventure in which Julius gathers information, collects and combines items to create weapons and tools, and solves intricate puzzles. Players use any means necessary to successfully complete the operation. The deeper he gets, the more things go wrong; mistakes, accidents, miscalculations. Julius can’t shake the feeling that somebody is trying to stop him — permanently. The question is, who? And how far will Julius go to stop them?
The first episode of Julius Styles: The International will be available in the App Store for iPhone and iPad on August 11, 2011. For more information, please visit www.laplandstudio.com.

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CHILLINGO Launches Four New Titles Jet Set Go, Dream Track Nation, One Man Army and Monster Mayhem™

24 Jul

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Chillingo is delighted to announce the launch of four new titles on the App Store. Jet Set Go, from the team that helped create Sally’s Spa, is a stand-out time management game. Dream Track Nation is a front-flipping, gap-jumping, gravity-defying arcade racer. One Man Army is a tower defense-shooter hybrid set in the future where radioactive mutants threaten human existence. The hit castle defender, Monster Mayhemis now reborn as a Free to Play game. More information on these titles can be found below.

Jet Set Go

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Upgrade your facilities and keep your customers happy on the move! Time management games come and go, but this one is here for a staycation.
Developer: Ph03nix New Media
Price: £1.99 (Launch Sale of 69p)
App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jet-set-go/id448866268?mt=8
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Dream Track Nation

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Collect stars, use power-ups and jump huge gaps in this unique take on arcade racing. Use the incredible inbuilt track editor to create any track you desire, and then race it against your friends online! Dream Track Nation allows you to pair up with anyone in the world and see who’s got what it takes to bring home the gold!
Developer: PowPowGames
Price: 69p
AppStore: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dream-track-nation/id410013652?mt=8
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One Man Army

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The Earth is a desolate place, and the few remaining safe human settlements are under threat from a mutant invasion. You stand alone against the onslaught; fight back against them using a variety of weapons, as well as strategic defense placement in this action packed mix of shooter and tower defense gameplay!
Developer: Tickled Pink Games
Price: 69p
AppStore: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/one-man-army/id442925280?mt=8
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Monster Mayhem™ {New! Free To Play version}

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This fan-favorite castle defense game has been re-launched as one of Chillingo’s first free-to-play titles! Download this FREE game today and squash the monsters attempting to escape from the Mystery Graveyard. As the gatekeeper, use weapons and power-ups to keep the crazy monsters contained as they clamber to get out. Special upgrades can be purchased to help players level up and defeat the monster horde.
Developer: Taplay
Price: Free To Play with In-App Purchases
AppStore: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/monster-mayhem/id438953793?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D2
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About Chillingo
Chillingo is a subsidiary of Electronic Arts and publishes innovative games and software for various platforms. Other hit iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad™ titles include Cut the Rope™, Angry Birds™, Feed Me Oil, Helsing’s Fire, Predators™, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs™, Minigore, iDracula, and Modern Conflict. For more information about Chillingo please visithttp://www.chillingo.com

About Ph03nix New Media
Ph03nix New Media develops games and apps for social, mobile and online spaces. Our roots are in the casual gaming sector – this team has created several #1 and #2 hits across multiple platforms (PC, Mac, iOS).

About PowPowGames
PowPowGames started in 2009 when Mathieu Roy, the programmer of PowPowGames developped by himself an action side scroller, Rocket Boy. Seeing a game with potential, but with “programmer art”, Maxime Dussault contacted Mathieu and introduced himself as a designer wanting to make video games. Soon after, the team started working on what we call a proper finish to Rocket Boy, Rocket Boy 2D. The game is much more than the first, introducing physics, parallax scrolling, a RPG way of evolving in the game, and much much more.

About Tickled Pink Games
Tickled Pink Games was formed in 2009 in Vancouver, BC by Valri Viala who had been creating art for the gaming industry for many years and decided it was time to venture out and start making games from scratch! Since she loved design and art she needed to team up with some big brains to power the programming side of development. She partnered with Robert Crane (Rocket Bunny Games) to create One Man Army, the first work from Tickled Pink Games. Our passion and hope is to create games that challenge and inspire the mind while leaving a pleasant aftertaste.

About Taplay
Taplay is a leading indie developer based in Hong Kong who developers apps for mobile platforms. The company’s popular titles include Virus Laboratory and hit game, Monster Mayhem.

G5 Entertainment is releasing Special Enquiry Detail game this week on 14 July 2011.

11 Jul

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Game Description:

Try your hand at investigating a crime, crack the case and catch the criminal in this perplexing hidden-object game! Detectives Turino and Lamonte have been assigned to a new investigative unit: Special Enquiry Detail.

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Their first case is the shocking death of the daughter of wealthy benefactors. Under pressure from the Captain and the Mayor to solve this scandalous case quickly, the two detectives must uncover the trail that leads to the murderer. You’ve got to help with forensics, investigate the clues and interrogate suspects to find the criminal and unveil the secrets and deceptions of those involved! Dive into Special Enquiry Detail: The Hand that Feeds and become a New York City detective pursuing justice.

Game Features

  • 12 Intriguing chapters
  • 30 Realistic locations
  • 25 Thrilling mini-games
  • Exciting storyline
  • Game Center Support
  • iPhone 4 Retina Display support
  • iOS 4+ multi-tasking support

The game will be free from App Store  on 14th July 2011 with In-App Purchase to unlock the full version at $4.99 for iPhone and iPod Touch and $6.99 for iPad. Watch out for it!!

Pangea Software App Store Anniversary Announcement

11 Jul

Austin, Texas – July 11, 2011 – Pangea Software celebrates the App Store’s third anniversary by giving everything away.
This week marks the third anniversary of Apple’s App Store, and to celebrate Pangea Software is making all of their iOS games free to anyone who wants them.  No restrictions, no limitations, no catches.

From 8am to 8pm CST on July 11th every Pangea game will be free, and after 8pm they will all go on sale for just 99 cents. The regular prices of Pangea’s iOS games are generally $3-4.  This sale includes Enigmo, Enigmo 2, Enigmo Deluxe, Billy Frontier, Bugdom 2, Cro-Mag Rally, Antimatter, Warheads, Nanosaur 2, Otto Matic, and, Quarters.  The games can all be found on the App Store at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/pangea-software-inc./id281736538

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Enigmo

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http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/enigmo/id281736535?mt=8

Enigmo Deluxe

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http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/enigmo-deluxe/id363199024?mt=8

Nanosaur 2

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Otto Matic

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Antimatter

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http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/antimatter/id298032129?mt=8

Bugdom 2

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http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bugdom-2/id291322250?mt=8

Billy Frontier

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http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/billy-frontier/id288713146?mt=8

Cro-Mag Rally

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http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cro-mag-rally/id281747159?mt=8

Pangea Software was one of the first game companies to experience great success developing iPhone apps with over $7 million in sales since 2008.

“iOS and the App Store are the most important things to come along in the video game industry in a generation,” said Brian Greenstone, President of Pangea Software, “We’ve been very fortunate to have been a part of this, so to say ‘Thank You’ to all of our awesome customers we’re hosting the biggest giveaway the App Store has ever seen.”

Pangea also notes that they are working on major updates to many of their games for iOS 5 due to be released later this fall.  No details are available yet, but the updates are said to be significant, especially regarding their two multiplayer networked games Nanosaur 2 and Cro-Mag Rally.

Additional information can be found on Pangea’s web site at www.pangeasoft.net

About Pangea Software:
Founded in 1987 by Brian Greenstone, Pangea Software, Inc. is a versatile and progressive software developer that is independently owned and operated. Based in Austin, TX, the award-winning Pangea team is focused on creating original titles for the Apple iPhone and Mac OS platforms.

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