Archive | April, 2012

Midnight Mysteries Haunted Houdini iPad Game Review

30 Apr

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I played this game over the weekend and feel this game is fantastic. The game has some in-app purchases that are useful. For example, you can get the strategy guide for $1.99 which covers detailed walkthrough with useful tips and tricks. You can also pay $0.99 for 10 hints or $1.99 to get 50 hints you can use in the game.

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The way the hints work in this unique hidden object game is that the raven will fly and reveal where some of the hidden objects are. The game is also packed with nice background music or sounds. For example, I can hear cricket sounds in the night.

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You will definitely see many ghosts in this game. The ghosts gives me creeps when I play this game. The graphics and AI are done quite well in this game. The ghosts will command you to find certain things or even combine two objects together to form an unique object to solve another mystery. Most of the tricks the ghosts will do are magic tricks. For example, when the lady in the first level will show me a magic trick relating to cards. The tricks require you to find hidden objects in order for them to perform magic.

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Sometimes, you get extra hints by tapping on the hidden raven in some parts of the picture.

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One feature I dislike about this game is that the arrows in the game are misleading. I thought they are there to guide where to find the hidden objects but they are there to navigate the gamer where is the next stage. I feel this can be better communicated using voices of the characters inside.

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The game helps the gamer to know when certain objects can be combined. For example, if certain objects cannot be combined, they will return back to the inventory slots. In most parts of the game, you definitely need the raven to guide you. For example, in level 2, Howard Thurston’s ghost requires you to pass him the deck of cards. I can’t figure out this without the raven. When the cards are passed to him, you need to solve a question imposed to you.

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You can view your game progress by looking at the journal which stores what you did and what needs to be solved.

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After you ask questions to the ghost, certain parts of the picture changes. The painting changes to a card face.

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Then, you need to choose four cards out from the deck the ghost shuffled. You get to unravel more puzzles when you touch on different parts of the landscape that follows.  You will reach another door up on the staircase. You need to find the key that follows. They keys are on the staircase once you release the raven to reveal another hint. You will need 1 and 3 digits to combine together which makes a special key that unlocks the door.

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The door will reveal a bedroom with special items. You can see a chest filled with special objects.

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Overall, the game will drives the gamer deep into the mystery of Houdini and his relationship with a  magic society of friends. There are mini game levels besides  finding hidden objects in this game. You will not get bored playing this game. But some parts of the gameplay is difficult and you will need either the strategy guide to help you or use the raven to solve the puzzle. This game can definitely help the gamer by providing them with a magnifying glass to identify certain hidden objects in some of the levels. Blindly tapping on the picture sometimes will help but in order to solve the puzzle, you need to solve the mystery. I like the way the hints are designed. The idea to get the raven to fly and reveal the hidden object is creative and profound.

You might find the price tag of $6.99 expensive for such a game but the replay value of this game greatly surpasses that of the normal casual games I have seen so far on the iTunes App Store. You might want to pick this game up if you are fond of hidden objects and puzzle type of games.

Graphics: 4 /5
Sound/Music: 4.8 / 5
Fun: 4.7 /5
Addictiveness:  4.5 / 5
Value for money:4.5 / 5
Overall:  4.5 / 5

Download this game on iTunes for $6.99.

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MumboJumbo Brings 7 Wonders 2 HD to iPad

29 Apr

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Dallas, TX – April 27th, 2012 – Award winning indie developer MumboJumbo, LLC today announced the release on iPad of 7 Wonders 2 HD, a game in which players discover forgotten cities and hidden treasures while traveling through lavish and mystical locations.  Featuring beautifully rendered exotic runes and animated backgrounds that draw you into a fantastic world, 7 Wonders 2 HD is the second game in the popular series of match 3 games for personal computers and handheld gaming devices, now reimagined for iPad. 7 Wonders 2 HD is published on iOS by MumboJumbo Mobile, LLC, and is available now on the App Store in iTunes.

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7 Wonders 2 HD transports you back in time to far away lands to complete an unbelievable mission… to build the 7 Wonders of the World! Eliminate three or more runes at a time to give your workers the resources they need to build these amazing wonders… from Stonehenge to the Taj Mahal. Incredible new power-ups and bonuses help you piece together the hidden map and uncover the secret route leading to the most wondrous sight of all!

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Whether you’re returning to 7 Wonders or are new to the game, 7 Wonders 2 HD offers addictive, fresh matching fun!

Download the game on iTunes now.

Key Features

*           7 all new locations!

*           New explosive power-ups, including Clock Stopper and Phantom Bonus

*           Additional Free Play modes

*           Updated HD graphics for iPad

7 Wonders 2 HD is available on iOS with Game Center integration for Leaderboards.

About MumboJumbo, LLC

MumboJumbo, LLC is an award winning indie developer of games for personal computers, game consoles and mobile devices. The company was originally established in January 2001 to develop games for major publishers, and in 2003 became one of the first few pioneering independent developers to popularize the new wave of casual games by partnering with the emerging portal sites to make games available for download directly to Windows and Mac computers. Today, the company is winning the hearts and minds of desktop, living room and mobile gamers world wide with its innovative, fun, entertaining and high quality games.

About MumboJumbo Mobile, LLC

MumboJumbo Mobile, LLC is a publisher of entertainment software for Android and iOS devices.

For further information: www.mumbojumbo.com

FDG Updates Two iPad Games With Retina Display Support Cover Orange HD and Mahjong Elements HD now in 2048×1536

28 Apr

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May 26, 2012: FDG Entertainment launched its first batch of Retina Updates for the new iPad. Cover Orange HD and Mahjong Elements HD now support the devices native 2048×1536 resolution. Both updates are free for all existing owners and can be downloaded today!

Cover Orange is based on the immensely popular flash game by Johnny-K and raked in over 8 Million Downloads on iOS. The iOS version was already updated a dozen of times and now includes 360 levels for just $.99 (iPhone) / $ 1.99 (iPad).

Click this App Store Link to download.

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Mahjong Elements offers over 50 hours of exceptional Mahjong solitaire gameplay in one complete package. The menu design and background images were conceived and created together with Feng-Shui experts and other Chinese artists in order to revive the fascinating technique of ancient Xiesheng watercolor.

Click this App Store Link to download.

About FDG Entertainment:

FDG Entertainment is a leading developer and publisher of highly creative download games for major platforms including the iPhone and casual game consoles and rated as #34 TOP Developer / Publisher for iPhone at Pocketgamer.biz. The company has been founded back in 2001 and is located in Munich, Germany. FDG Entertainment produced more than 40 critically acclaimed games. Most popular games from FDG are Cover Orange with over 8 million downloads and Parachute Panic with over 5 million downloads. FDG also won the International Mobile Games Award (IMGA 2010) in Barcelona for the Best Mobile Game 2010 with Beyond Ynth. Latest success is Clear Vision, a sniper shooting game in top paid positions worldwide including USA.

About Johnny-K:

Founded back in 2008 by Eugeniy Kuzmin in Russia, the development team quickly became very popular with several Flash hit-game releases like “Roly-Poly Cannon”, “Ragdoll Cannon”, “Roly-Poly Eliminator” and the “Cover Orange” series. These games have already been played more than 250 million times. Future plans of the company include releases for other platforms like game consoles and iPhone/iPod touch/iPad.

Inotia 4: Assassin of Berkel from Com2uS has hit iTunes App Store!

27 Apr

The best mobile RPG is back and better than ever! Inotia 4: Assassin of Berkel carries on the legacy and adventure of the Inotia series on your iPhone and iPod Touch! With a solid storyline, high-end graphics and a unique AI party system, Inotia 4: Assassin of Berkel is the quintessential mobile RPG.

Continuing on from the previous series, Inotia 4 keeps the massive world and storyline of the other Inotia titles, while adding new classes, skills and more defined graphics. Join Kiyan, an assassin of the Shadow Clan, as he encounters a young girl while on a mission and chooses not kill her. Good choice, as she turns out to be his next mission’s target to protect, falling in love with her along the way. Will their star-crossed love last when they return? Soon Kiyan hears a rumor that the empire is secretly planning to kill her… what will he do? Can you protect the saint of light and their love?

Boasting an enormous world, Inotia 4 has the largest universe in any mobile role-playing game, with players adventuring through 380 maps and 200 quests. The game controls are simple, and because all mercenaries act separately according to their AI, players can adjust these by skill usage, auto-attack, and more. Mix and match each group and find the best combination for total immersion and enjoyment! And with more realistic graphics and detailed illustrations than ever before, Inotia 4: Assassin of Berkel PLUS is the one to grab today for $2.99! If you get the PLUS version, you’ll get $4.99 worth of content extra.

Download Inotia 4 Plus: Assassin of Berkel now.

iLogic Crimes iPad Game Review

22 Apr

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I played this “iLogic – Crimes” game over the weekend on my iPad. It is similar to the boardgame Cluedo. The game lets you play as an investigator in different crime scenes. You need to find out who is the criminal or culprit by interviewing the suspects. There are three playable crime scenes while the other game scenes need extra points to unlock in order to play them.

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The suspects will answer your questions and the answers will be logged in the log book. You can look at the answers they give you before deciding on who is the culprit of the crime scene. After you have decided on the culprit, you can do an accusation by tapping on the “Accuse” button. Sometimes, your decision may be a wrong one. If your decision is correct, you will win points to be used to unlock the new crime scenes.

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The game introduce the how-to-play instructions in a book manner. You can easily flip the instructions like a book to get an understanding on how to play the game. It is a pretty simple to play game for the young and old. Even for the newcomers who have not played Cluedo will be able to pick up the basics of playing this game in no time.

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The game is available in two languages – English and Deutsch. What I like about the game is that the developer has put in place some clues in the game introduction. The rest is up to you to decide who is the real culprit. I did have fun interviewing the suspects as the answers give me clues on who to suspect.

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The game also have a wide variety of suspects with different characters. It makes the guesswork more difficult for you in the gameplay. If you can guess the suspect in the shortest amount of time, you will gain some bonus points.

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What I dislike about this game is that it does not show the game scores you have accumulated while you playing the game levels. It should show me the scores so that I know when I can unlock the new levels inside the game.

Overall, I feel this game does help to keep me busy as the guesswork is not simple. You can kill some time playing this game when you waiting for a bus or train. It is one of those casual games that need investigative skills and you can pick up the gameplay in the least amount of time.

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

The game is on sale for this weekend at 99 cents. Grab it while you can.

G5 Brings The Island: Castaway to Android

21 Apr

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Discover the mystery of the strange island, and help survivors get back home in this casual survival simulator.

San Francisco, California – April 19, 2012 – Lounging on an empty beach floored by soft, white sand to find only your own footprints trailing behind you: sounds like a dream vacation … unless you’re stuck on an uncharted island in the middle of nowhere and must find a way to survive. The Island: Castaway, the latest action-adventure from G5 Games throws you in the middle of an unknown and mysterious island after an ocean liner sinks in a storm. Owners of Android devices today will finally be able to experience this gripping adventure for themselves. The Island: Castaway for Kindle Fire is coming soon too. In the game you will play as Tom Allison, one of the survivors of the crash and the leader of the few to escape the wreckage. Your task will be to help Tom guide the group through the challenges and hopefully to get them home.

Developed originally for PC by Awem Studio, The Island: Castaway has hit all casual game charts and engaged players as well as game critics with its unusual storyline and adventurous gameplay. Unlike many other simulation games, The Island: Castaway is much more than a sim which involves guiding and caring about the people who got trapped on the island. The adventure features over 200 quests and intriguing and mysterious storyline that will enthrall you from the start. You will begin with simple tasks such as starting a fire and putting up a tent. Then you will learn to fish, catch crabs, hunt and craft weapons on advanced levels of the game. You will also learn to work with and survive among the natives of this wild land and finally uncover a great mystery that lies buried deep in the history of the place.

You will have many tasks and quests to complete for your band of survivors and the tribesmen, including finding food and spices, catching crabs and snakes or hunt boars. You will cover a lot of ground, so you’ll need to watch your hero’s energy level and ensure he gets plenty of fuel. You will learn to cook various foods and special potion so that you can complete several tasks or else face death.

During the game you will get a chance to collect 15 different trophies. Each can be upgraded from bronze to silver and to gold, giving you a total 45 trophies to earn. Moreover, the island hides twelve statues. Finding all of them is crucial for completing the game. Along with its first-rate artwork and intriguing plot, the polished game has any tasks waiting for you.

Key features:

  • 12 Absorbing locations
  • 14 Unique and fascinating characters
  • Over 200 quests to solve
  • Huge, perplexing island to investigate
  • Plot that’s full of twists and turns

When is this game released?

April 19, 2012

Where to download this game?

Google Play:
The Island: Castaway for Android

Amazon:

Download the game on Amazon MarketPlace.

For further information, visit the homepages of The Island: Castaway for Android and Kindle Fire, 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, Kindle Fire 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 Mahjongg Artifacts, and invests in creating new games and bringing established franchises to new gaming platforms.

WarChest™ unveils new Splash Damage® game RAD SOLDIERS™

21 Apr

Brand new high-quality 3D iOS title to deliver ‘Guns with Friends’ gameplay, and it’s free!

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London, England –19th April 2012 – Brand-new British Publisher WarChest™ and award-winning AAA developer Splash Damage, today announce RAD SOLDIERS™, a turn-based multiplayer strategy title for smartphones and tablets. RAD Soldiers will be first released exclusively on iOS in June 2012.

RAD Soldiers is set in London shortly after mysterious McGuffin Rockets land, leading to a city-wide evacuation. Teams of mercenaries hired by shadowy figures now battle for control of the Rockets and reap their mysterious rewards. Building on Splash Damage’s decade of experience in creating multiplayer games enjoyed by more than 20 million fans, in RAD Soldiers you assemble a unique squad of collectible mercenaries with customizable weapons, outfits, and abilities, then take your squad into hilarious tactical combat on a turn-based battlefield, either offline against AI opponents, or online against your friends.

“Turn-based combat means there’s no rush, allowing you to ponder your next move at your leisure, and giving you ample time to unleash your inner tactical genius” said Game Director Richard Jolly, CCO of WarChest “and you’ll earn valuable experience for your soldiers whenever you play, leveling up your squad commander to unlock new abilities”.

“You’ll also earn coins while you play and use them to unlock brand new soldiers, customization options and equipment in the ever expanding in-game store” said WarChest’s CEO Paul Wedgwood “and use Game Center and Facebook to connect with friends and make new ones.”

RAD Soldiers will be released in June 2012 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, and will be free. A constant stream of updates, including new maps, soldiers, weapons, and abilities is already in development. RAD Soldiers will leverage the power of online service provider FIRETEAM™ to deliver an immersive cross-platform connected experience.

To watch the teaser, learn more and reserve your nickname, visit WarChestGames.com. To receive regular updates, like us on Facebook.com or follow us @warchestgames.

About WarChest Ltd

Based in London, England, WarChest™ Ltd is a Publisher of free, digitally distributed, games with high production values for all leading platforms. Founded by successful video-game directors and entrepreneurs Paul Wedgwood (@PaulWedgwood) and Richard Jolly, together responsible for nine-figure publishing revenues and more than 300 awards and nominations for AAA development. WarChest aims to demonstrate a profound commitment to customer service and attract a huge, loyal, and highly engaged fan base. WarChest is backed with a significant investment by Paul Wedgwood. For more information about WarChest, visit www.warchestgames.com.

About Splash Damage Ltd

Based in London, England, Splash Damage® Ltd is the studio behind the worldwide #1 best-seller BRINK™ for Xbox 360®, PlayStation®3 and PC. Splash Damage also created the acclaimed Enemy Territory franchise for id Software, including the world’s first free-to-play shooter Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory™ and its PC sequel, the UK and US #1 hit Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars™. Splash Damage has won over 300 awards and nominations around the world. It achieved ‘Best Independent Developer’ at the Develop Awards, and was listed in The Guardian’s ‘TechMedia Invest 100’. Founded by Paul Wedgwood (@PaulWedgwood) in 2001, the company is currently working on RAD Soldiers and unannounced projects. For more information about Splash Damage, visit www.splashdamage.com.

About Fireteam Ltd

Established in 2011, Fireteam™ Ltd is an independent online service provider based in Bromley, Kent, focused on building the tools and technology to power connected experiences for PC, console, and mobile games. The company was formed by Splash Damage’s Technical Director Arnout van Meer, now CTO of Fireteam, Studio Director Stephen Gaffney, now CEO, and IT Manager Benjamin Hopkinson, now in charge of Infrastructure, Support and Operations. Fireteam is backed with a significant investment by video game director and entrepreneur Paul Wedgwood. More information about Fireteam and its founders is available at fireteam.net.