Archive | March, 2012

Special Enquiry Detail Game Review for Kindle Fire

27 Mar

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In this game, G5 Entertainment brings you an investigative hidden objects game. To solve the mystery of death of the daughter of two philanthropists, you need to find all the hidden objects in the game. There is a hint button you can use but you need to wait for certain timings where it reloads itself to full before you can utilise it.

Inside the game, you will interact with different characters. In this way, you will not be bored just finding the clues to solving the mystery of the game. When I first start the game, I am tasked with finding a pair of tweezers to pull out the bullet from the wall. After that, I can use the tweezers to manually adjust the bullet and pull it out. The game lets you interact with objects found in the list of hidden objects to put you in the core action of the game.

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After finding the tools in the level 1, I am asked by the  forensic guy called Sheng to put all the tools in his toolbox. In some of the game chapters, the objects you need to find may span over 2 levels. For instance, I am stuck with finding a ladder to reach the book located up above in the street alley level but I borrowed a step ladder from Brody Lamonte in the Supervisor’s Place. The ladder will be stored under Inventory and you can use it in the street alley scene. Sometimes, multiple inventory items can be used to complete an action or piece of evidence.

In such scenarios, you can activate the Map function which is located on the bottom left of the game screen to switch to the other levels to find the useful hidden objects. After you completed finding the objects in a scene, it will disappear from the Map to signify that the level is completed.

The game allows you to pinch in and out to find the hidden objects. This is similar to the gameplay on an iPad. When you zoom into the different areas of the screen, you can slide your fingers left and right to move the focus left and right.

When you found each of the items in the list, it will be stroked off from the list. Hidden objects may not necessary be a physical object. It can reside inside a painting or can be part of a shadow on the wall. There are reviews on Amazon stating there is touch screen issues with the game but I tried the game without any issues. You cannot blindly tap on areas of the screen. You just need to have a keen eye to weed out the hidden objects.

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What I like about this game is that it allows me to move between different scenes to explore and find the clues. The interaction of the game characters lets the gamer go into the story of the game. But the game does not help much with finding objects which is not within the level. It lets you explore on your own where to find the missing object yourself just like a real detective story. Casual gamers may not have the patience to look elsewhere for the object such as the step ladder in the Supervisor’s Place and give up playing the game. It will be nice to have a special hint button to guide the initial game levels of this game so that the gamer can get used to the gameplay.

If you are looking for a hidden objects game with a detective story, look no further. Special Enquiry Detail may just be the game you are looking for.

Graphics: 4 /5
Sound/Music: 4.6 / 5
Fun: 4/5
Addictiveness:  4 / 5
Value for money: 5 / 5
Overall:  4.5 / 5

You can download this game for $4.99 on Amazon Marketplace.

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G5 Releases The Long-Awaited Update for Virtual City Playground Today

23 Mar

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Now, with Hills Clearance and Optimized Recalculation City Status Time, even your most ambitious dreams can be a reality!

San Francisco, California – March 22, 2012 – By popular demand, leading casual games publisher G5 Entertainment, today released a fresh update for Virtual City Playground for iPhone and iPad. The new update contains two highly sought after features: Hills Clearance and Optimized Recalculation City Status Time.

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Now the time of recalculation your city status is reduced. Update your Virtual City Playground and enjoy the game immediately, without long waiting period for city recalculation. Additionally, now you can extend your dream city even further, by building anything you wish on hills after you clear them. These new features let players expand the city and download the game faster thus making your gaming experience more pleasant.

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Developed and published by G5 Entertainment, this extremely successful city-building simulator provides exciting gaming experience and keeps millions of players engaged for hours as they bring their dream cities to virtual reality. G5 regularly updates Virtual City Playground to make this experience even more fun for players.

What’s New in Version 1.4:

  • Hills clearance
  • Optimized recalculation city status time
  • 32 additional quests

About the game:

Virtual City Playground is the free follow-up to G5 Entertainment’s smash hit, Virtual City. Virtual City Playground maintains many of the first game’s basic concepts, but adds a new style of gameplay that will be familiar to players of games like Cityville. The game has won the hearts of millions of players worldwide and has topped all major casual game charts.

In this “Sim City”-esque game, your goal is to build and grow a prosperous city of your dreams. The game is deep and enjoyable with a gameplay mechanic that is easier to understand immediately, rather than the huge complexity of of similar simulation city builders.

Unleash your inner mayor – build anything you wish and everything that makes your citizens happier: dwellings, industrial buildings, shopping malls, and places of entertainment. Make your city a better place to live by recycling garbage, adding hospitals and fire stations, planting trees, and upgrading buildings to make them more eco-friendly. In Virtual City Playground even your most ambitious dreams can be a reality!

Note: Regular FREE updates to the game, so download and stay tuned!

Key Features:

  • Play sandbox mode for FREE! No predefined missions
  • Over 155 new optional quests
  • Over 100 new buildings, landmarks, and decorations, including Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, Coliseum, Sydney Opera, and many more!
  • 95 New achievements to earn
  • Regular FREE updates that will bring more content!
  • Game Center and Facebook integration
  • Minimized games continue transporting goods – making you money, even while you sleep!

When is this game released?

Yesterday, March 22, 2012

Where can I download this game?


iTunes Store:
Virtual City Playground for iPhone
Virtual City Playground HD for iPad

For further information, visit the homepages of Virtual City Playground for iPhone and iPad, G5 Entertainment’s YouTube channel, G5’s Facebook, Google+ and Twitter pages.

About G5 Entertainment


G5 Entertainment is a developer and publisher of high quality downloadable games for iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, Mac, and portable game consoles like Sony PSP and Nintendo DSi. G5 develops and publishes games that are family-friendly, easy to learn, and targeted at the widest audience of experienced and novice players. G5 owns a number of popular game franchises like Virtual City, Supermarket Mania, Stand O’Food, and Mahjong Artifacts, and invests in creating new games and bringing established franchises to new gaming platforms.

G5’s Fix-it-up 80’s: Meet Kate’s Parents is FINALLY here

23 Mar

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Who is the publisher?

G5 Entertainment
The leading publisher of hi-quality, addictive adventure and strategy games for iOS, Android, Mac, Kindle Fire and PC.

What is the game about?

After the success of Fix-it-up: Kate’s Adventure and it’s sequel Fix-it-up: World Tour, it is time for a prequel! G5 Entertainment is thrilled to announce that Fix-it-up 80s: Meet Kate’s Parents, arrived on App Store today. Developed originally for PC by World-Loom, the game has already charmed both players and critics with its heart-warming retro references, its game play and story line. Find out how the story began for Frank and Mary, who happen to be Kate’s parents. See for yourself what they experienced in the crazy eighties!

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Fix-it-up 80s: Meet Kate’s Parents features 45 levels and seven locations you are going to visit. The game can be played in a free endless mode and you can unlock the full adventure from within. You’ll enjoy the storyline spiced up by numerous references to pop culture of the 80s, such as The A-Team, Back to the Future, and Scooby-Doo. Like in other Fix-it-up adventures, you are given a workshop where you can build a paint shop, a car wash and tuning stations. The game features a diverse variety of goals, some of which appear half-way through a level, making the game even more challenging and addicting. The gameplay is flawless and you’ll love gorgeous graphics and the engaging storyline.

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Key Features:

  • 45 Levels and 7 Free Play levels
  • 7 Unique locations
  • 10 Types of cars and 6 emergency vehicles to fix
  • Hire employees and train them
  • Upgrades, achievements and more!
  • Game Center Support

Fix-it-up 80s: Meet Kate’s Parents features an endless FREE mode and a timed mode you can unlock from inside the game. The game is available for both iPhone and iPad.

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When is the game released?

Yesterday, March 22, 2012

Where can I download this game?

iTunes Store:
Fix-it-up 80s: Meet Kate’s Parents for iPhone
Fix-it-up 80s: Meet Kate’s Parents HD for iPad

 

 

About G5 Entertainment

G5 Entertainment  is a developer and publisher of high quality downloadable games for iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, Mac, and portable game consoles like Sony PSP and Nintendo DSi. G5 develops and publishes games that are family-friendly, easy to learn, and targeted at the widest audience of experienced and novice players. G5 owns a number of popular game franchises like Virtual City, Supermarket Mania, Stand O’Food, and Mahjong Artifacts, and invests in creating new games and bringing established franchises to new gaming platforms.

Madcoaster and Light The Flower Now Live on the App Store

23 Mar

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Thursday 22th March, Chillingo announced the release of two new titles on the App Store. Careen along in an endless, high-speed rollercoaster ride in Madcoaster. In Light The Flower, guide the sunlight to the flowers using a variety of elements in this puzzler that makes photosynthesis fun!

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Please keep arms and legs inside the car at all times…

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Take part in the rollercoaster ride of a lifetime in Madcoaster. Collect coins as your coaster speeds, rumbles, jumps, and loop-the-loops through a variety of environments. Smash anything in your way for bonus points and complete challenges to upgrade your ride.

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Developer: CGMatic
Price: 69p, 99 cents.

Download the Universal Build for iPhone and iPad.

Light The Flower

It’s blooming wonderful!

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Guide the rays of sunshine to the flowers in this brain-teasing puzzle game. Use mirrors, coloured lenses and flashlights to split, colour and guide the light to the right destination. Featuring cute graphics, quirky characters and complex puzzles, Light The Flower is a puzzler that’s sure to grow on you.

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Developer: Tribeflame
Price: 69p, 99 cents.

Download the Universal build for iPhone and iPad now.

Other Updates and News

Angry Birds (and HD) 2.1.0

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It’s a beautiful day at the beach… ‘til the pigs show up! Can the Angry Birds rescue their eggs in time to have some fun in the sun?
• 15 new levels.
• UI and gameplay improvements.
• New animated tutorial.

Download the iPhone/iPod touch version for 99 cents.

Download the iPad version for $2.99.

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 visit http://www.chillingo.com

About CGMatic
CGMatic Co., Ltd. is a lean and mean game and software development company. Our products include games for the iOS platform. Our vision is to deliver immersive experience to gamers by incorporating cutting edge technology and unique artistic capability. Our founders have years of experiences working in games, movies and IT industries in New Zealand and United States.

About Tribeflame
Tribeflame was founded in 2009 with the aim of bringing board games to touch screen devices. As touch screen technology advances and screens increase in size, they hold the promise for a new sort of gameplay, merging the human contact from social board games with the impressive graphics and sound effects found in modern computer games. It is this new type of game that Tribeflame was founded to develop.

Gameforge to sponsor AppArtAward

19 Mar

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Online games publisher to sponsor award in the category of artworks in app format of the ZKM | Centre for Art and Media Technology

Karlsruhe, 19.03.2012. Gameforge will be sponsoring the AppArtAward in the Game Art category of the ZKM | Centre for Art and Media Technology (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie) Karlsruhe. After its successful launch last year, the internationally renowned research and exhibition institute will be awarding the international prize for artworks in app format for a second time on the 13th of July 2012. The award in the category Game Art rewards innovative, critical or subversive computer game applications for smartphones and tablet-PCs, made by independent developers who use the medium for artistic expression.

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The Special Prize for Game Art, valued at 10,000 euros, will be sponsored by Gameforge, one of the world’s leading online game providers. With its commitment to the cause, the publisher, based in Karlsruhe, is contributing to the creative, cultural and economical potential of mobile games. As a member of the panel of renowned judges chaired by ZKM board member Peter Weibel, Gameforge Product Director Andre Potgeber will be taking an active part in the review and evaluation of the submitted entries.

“By sponsoring the Game Art category of the ZKM AppArtAward we aim to support and promote independent developers of creative gaming apps”, said Alexander Rösner, CEO of Gameforge, regarding the company’s involvement.

The ZKM’s call for entries is aimed at participants from all over the world. Developers interested in applying can send their submissions to the ZKM from the 12th of March 2012. The deadline for entries is the 11th of May 2012. Alongside the Prize for Game Art, the AppArtAward will be awarding prizes in two other new categories with respect to current developments within new media. The Prize for Artistic Innovation encompasses all innovative app developments that take advantage of the artistic freedom of the medium. The Special Prize for Cloud Art addresses all developers that implement the possibilities of cloud computing technology in a creative and artistic manner. More information about the ZKM AppArtAward is available at www.app-art-award.org.

 

Gameforge – We create worlds

With an impressive portfolio of around 20 titles and over 300 million registered players, Gameforge is one of the leading providers of massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs) in the western hemisphere. The internationally active company group, based in Karlsruhe, provides its online games in up to 50 languages. Its portfolio includes client-based game worlds such as AION, TERA, Europe’s most successful MMOG Metin2, 4Story, Runes of Magic, Elsword, Wizard101, Eligium – The Chosen One and RaiderZ as well as browser-based online games such as the award-winning Ikariam and OGame. The company employs approximately 600 employees at its Karlsruhe and Berlin locations. Gameforge was founded by Alexander Rösner and Klaas Kersting in 2003. Renowned investor Accel Partners has held shares in Gameforge AG since 2007.

More information about the company: http://corporate.gameforge.com/

More information about the games: www.gameforge.com

Color Splash Studio for Mac drops in price to 99 cents for the weekend.

18 Mar

I got a great news from the Macphun guys.

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They are offering Color Splash Studio for Mac which is $0,99 for the weekend, that is over 70% from the regular price.

Color Splash Studio is the most popular app for selective colors photography in Mac App Stores around the world and features the tools that no similar app offers, like customized monochrome backgrounds, color adjustments, integration with iPhoto, Aperture, Photoshop and more.

The developers are also having a Facebook giveaway for the users of Color Splash Studio by the way – check it out and make sure you have the app for a chance to get one of 5 Styluses for your smartphone, Snapheal for Mac and more prizes.

The Island: Castaway Game Review for iPad

16 Mar

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The Island: Castaway game is an adventure simulation game where you play as one of the survivors of a shipwreck. You need to find items on the island for food to have the energy to run around to find  objects you need to complete the tasks. Along the way, you will find fruits like lemons, coconuts. Keep these handy in your inventory as you never know when you might need them as energy sources.

You will also be involved in digging for baits in soft ground. The baits can be used for fishing. To be able to dig, you need to find a box that has the equipment. After you find the box, you need to approach the Indian guy who will hand you the shovel from the box. The same thing will happen for the fishing rod.

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To be able to cook the fish you catch, you need to approach the sailor for a recipe. He will give you the recipe to cook the fish you just caught. Catching a fish using the fishing rod requires skill as well. You need to reel in the fish slowly to be able to catch the fish. If you reel it in too fast, the line will break and you will waste your bait as well as the fish.

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There is a survival manual which is 6 pages that will guide you how to fish, dig for baits and catch the animals like crabs or wild boars.

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You can also engage in conversations with the other characters of the shipwreck. You will need the fire to roast the fish you just caught. You might be wondering how do I get the fire started in the first place. The game will teach you how to start a fire by finding branches and twigs in the game.

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This game keeps me addicted as it evolves around talking to people and learning new survival skills in the game. It is one of those games where you actually learn something without knowing it! Furthermore, when you are tired of running around, you can actually talk to the people around you to find out more about themselves.

After you caught a fish, you will find the fish will appear in your inventory. Similarly,  you will find the cooked fish as food in your inventory after you mastered the recipe to cook the fish.

The game will auto-save your game progress as you move along in the game so you do not need to worry you will lose progress of your game if it suddenly hangs on your iPad.

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You will also get trophies in the game after you mastered some essential skills.

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Overall, I find this game pretty interesting because it tasks the gamer to do certain tasks and rewards them in return with trophies. It gives the player an fulfilling experience that he can never forgets as the process of learning a new skill is rewarding as well.

Currently, you can give this game a try as it is free but to unlock the full game, you need to do an in-app purchase.

The music in this game is enchanting as well. It can help you relax your mind while you are playing the game. I will certainly recommend those people who like such adventure and survival games to download the game and try it for themselves.

Graphics: 4 /5
Sound/Music: 4.8 / 5
Fun: 5/5
Addictiveness:  4.5 / 5
Value for money: 5 / 5
Overall:  4.5 / 5

Download the iPhone version on iTunes.

Download the iPad version on iTunes.