Archive | May, 2012

G5’s Mother’s Day Sale – Get Supermarket Mania and Supermarket Mania 2 (iOS, Mac, Google Play) at 50% off

13 May

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San Francisco, California – May 11, 2012 – In celebration of Mother’s Day, G5 Entertainment is putting its two best, award-winning, obsessive strategy games on sale. Starting today, May 11, 2012 through May 14, 2012, Supermarket Mania and Supermarket Mania 2 for iOS, Mac and Google Play, are available for half price. Don’t miss out this terrific offer and get two highly engrossing games at price of one.

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In Supermarket Mania, play as Nikki, who runs a successful and busy supermarket. Restock shelves of a grocery store to satisfy finicky customers. Some guests simply mosey through the shops, while others are testy and quick, and you have to cater them both! You tap a shelf and Nikki does the rest. You click on the stock house, and your cart fills up accordingly.

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The game throws curve balls – introducing new types of shoppers as you progress through the levels. Upgrades and shopper variety help keep the experience fresh throughout the game. Eventually, you will run five distinct stores through 50 manic yet fun-filled stock-’til-you-drop levels. Stock over a dozen products, serve seven types of hard-to-please customers, and earn enough money to purchase over 20 accessories and upgrades that will help you turn your enterprise into success. Supermarket Mania is fun and the challenge of keeping all of the customers happy is frantic and engaging.

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Continue this addictive adventurous strategy game in Supermarket Mania 2. Move to Tinseltown with Nikki and her friends to run a Supermarket. You’ll be busy stocking shelves, making milkshakes, brewing coffee, baking croissants, squeezing fresh juice, serving fresh pizza, checking out customers, and keeping the store clean. The customers are also quite diverse in their needs and desires. The most important customers are the celebrities. Every other customer freezes in their tracks, taking snapshots while the celebrity zooms around the store demanding to be serviced now. This is where the power-ups come in handy.

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Energy drinks help you move faster as everything around you slows down, a cookie plate makes everyone in the store happy and the cleaning solution makes your store shine in an instant. Utilizing these items at the correct time is crucial, if you’re shooting for the high score. Join Nikki once again for hours of fun … just remember to keep an eye on Mr. Torg’s dirty tricks!

Supermarket Mania Key Features:

  • 50 Levels in Story Mode
  • Endless Shift Mode with Global Leader Board and extra bonuses
  • Five Shops
  • Seven types of customers
  • Over a dozen products to sell
  • Over 20 accessories and upgrades for your shop
  • Hours of fun!

 

Supermarket Mania 2 Key Features:

  • Play 80 diverse levels to achieve expert score
  • Open new stores through 6 new game settings
  • Stock shelves with 34 products to sell
  • Keep 11 unique customers happy
  • Master 10 new game mechanics
  • 200 upgrades
  • Get instant bonuses

Through May 14, 2012, Supermarket Mania is available for $0.99 for iPhone, for $2.99 on Google Play and iPad, and for $4.99 for Mac. Supermarket Mania 2 is available for $2.99 on Google Play and iPhone, and for $4.99 for iPad and Mac. Supermarket Mania and Supermarket Mania 2 are developed and published by G5 Entertainment.

When is the sale?

Starting today, May 11, 2012, through May 14, 2012

Where to download the games?

iTunes Store:
Supermarket Mania for iPhone

Supermarket Mania HD for iPad.

Supermarket Mania 2 for iPhone
Supermarket Mania 2 HD for iPad

Mac App Store:
Supermarket Mania for Mac

Supermarket Mania 2 for Mac

Google Play:
Supermarket Mania for Google Play
Supermarket Mania 2 for Google Play

For further information, visit the homepages of Supermarket Mania for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Google Play, Supermarket Mania 2 for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Google Play, 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.

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Luxor Evolved iPad Game Review

12 May

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I played this arcade game on my iPad when it is released. Being a vivid gamer, I like games that are similar to the games you find in the arcade. This game does just that. It is a bit noisy though but the fun you get out of playing this game is totally worth it. The game is universal so you can play it on your iPad or iPhone.

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If you ever played the first version of Luxor, this game is similar. You control a magical winged shooter and you need to shoot the coloured spheres that moves towards you. The only trick here is that the ones you shoot must be of the same colour from your winged shooter.

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The game reminds me of the movie Tron. Everything in this game is digital. When the enemy gems are destroyed, they disappear into digital debris. If the chains of gems reach the end of the line, you will lose your life. The number of lives you have is indicated by the number on the top right hand corner of the game screen.

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Sometimes, you can make combos or hits depending on your accurate shooting. There are always power-ups that drop for you to pick up. There are certain power-ups that change your firing style or make the whole game scene SLOW like the movie Matrix. It does not matter whether you are slow in reflexes. The game concentrate more on accurate shooting. It certainly helps if you like match 3 games like Bejeweled from Popcap Games. Because you can use your expertise in Match 3 games over here in Luxor Evolved.

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The battle scenes will change accordingly to make the gamer feel less bored. You will not expect what is coming in the next level. For example, my scores has been great and I managed to unlock a secret level where I battle against Pac Man nemesis.

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Moreover, the game allows you to take part in boss fights and you can unlock secret levels using your own achieved scores.

Overall, I feel this game has potential. It is one of those gems you can find on iTunes App Store that is worth your time to play. The game originally retails for $4.99 and lowers to a sale price of 99 cents now. You will enjoy this game for a buck and it does not burn a hole in your pocket. So what are you waiting for?

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

Grab Luxor Evolved on iTunes App Store for iPad and iPhone for 99 cents!

Treasure Seekers 4 Free Game Review

7 May

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I just jumped into playing the free version of this Treasure Seekers 4 free with in-app purchase for unlock the full game. The difference between this free version and the full version is that there is a purchase option in the free version compared to the full version. How far you can go in the free version seems limited too.  The game stops at the part where Tom has unlocked the door where Nelly is kidnapped. To proceed to solve the rest of the puzzle, you need to unlock the game via the in-app purchase.

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The game mechanics of this free version and the full version is similar. The option to upgrade the free to the paid via in-app purchase is $4.99. It is equivalent to buying the full game at $4.99. I have been playing lots of hidden object puzzle game lately and the price range of such games is between $4.99 to $6.99. I will not think the price is  expensive as this genre of games involves the user inside the game to a certain extent.

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For example, in the Treasure Seekers 4, you need to participate in the tasks to uncover the secret of your missing sister. One of the first task is to reveal the hidden writings on the paper. You need to use a pencil and shade to reveal them. Pushing the pencil up and down reveals the writings. Usually in hidden object games, you just need to tap your fingers in certain parts of the photo to find the hidden object but this game goes further to involve the gamer into doing something to uncover parts of the puzzle.

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One of the features I dislike about this game is that the popup windows to reveal the puzzle has a small “x” sign to close the window. The cross to close the window is too small to be noticed. At first, I am shown with a blank page of the diary. It does not close on its own until I tap on the cross. This prohibits me from tapping on the area that is covered by the paper to find the pencil. Since the pencil is beneath the area that is covered, the gamer might think he is stuck at this level until he pays to unlock the full game. The top right cross can be made bigger to show that the popup window can actually be closed.

In the usual hidden object games, you can pinch in and out to zoom into parts of the screen. In Treasure Seekers 4, you need to obtain a special item called the X-Glass to zoom into certain parts of the screen. The X-Glass will reveal certain hidden objects that cannot be seen by the naked eye. I feel the developers done it this way to make the gamers work harder in the game to obtain the magnifying glass. If the game is too easy, the gamer might just abandon the game after few rounds of playing. It seems that the tactic to reward the gamer after certain rounds makes the gamer addicted to the puzzle game and also gets him interested in the story of the game as well.

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I ran into some issues after putting the eyes into the mask. The hint to unlock the door was using the X-Glass. But when I tap on the hint button, tapping on the X-Glass does not have any reaction at all. In the end, I quit the game and come back at the same level again. It works the 2nd time. I managed to pull out the X-Glass and use it to navigate around the picture for hints to open the caged door.

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You will not feel bored in this game at all. Sometimes, there is dialogue between the villains and you can see what they are talking.

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Furthermore, finding hidden objects is not tied to the picture alone. Sometimes, you need to find some group of objects to make an action like unlock some chest or lift up a painting and so on. Sometimes, the X-Glass can allow you to find hidden places where you need to put in the missing objects to unlock a door or some chest. You can also tap on the hidden objects within the X-Glass to make them drop into your inventory. These items may come into use in later part of the game.

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You may also need to use some objects within the puzzle to carry out an action. For example, you need to use the dagger to cut the ropes before taking the wheel to unlock the door.

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There is more fun stuff in the later part of the game. For example, there is a time travel ring where you can swap places to solve the puzzle. This gem is far more useful than the X-Glass as you can pick up objects in different parts of the game.

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The game also requires you to find certain objects to uncover some hidden place. The X-Glass allows you to find the uncovered wall. But to get to the next part of the puzzle, you need to do something else. To remove parts of the wall, you need to find the missing tools in the picture and drop them into the empty circle. This will solve the next puzzle.

Some of the puzzles take time to solve. Sometimes when you are stuck, I will suggest you can go do other stuff and come back and play the game. You might be able to solve the puzzle after that. It needs time for the gameplay to be absorbed into your brain. I haven’t seen any game walkthrough in the game yet. The only useful hints is the hint button and the X-Glass. Use them wisely and you are on your way to completing the game.

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Overall, I feel this game is nice and challenging. You will lose $6.99 to get the full game but you will gain some satisfaction in return when you try to solve the puzzles in the game. There is a few glitches as mentioned previously regarding the X-Glass cannot be invoked or the cross button is too small to be seen. But I hope the developers can iron out such issues in the next updates. They are not serious but they hamper enjoyment of the game. The gamer will be lost or frustrated when the X-Glass cannot be used. But for people who retries, they will manage to overcome that hurdle. I am using iPad 2 firmware 5.0.1 for this game review. You might not hit the same issue if you are on a different firmware.

The full game can be unlocked for $4.99 on the iPhone and $6.99 on the iPad. I feel such games are better played on the iPad due to the large screen available on the iPad. In my opinion, the large screen on iPad allows you to find the hidden objects faster than on the iPhone.

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

Download the free game on iTunes with unlock option to upgrade to full.

Pickers HD Full iPad Game Review

5 May

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I just played this game this week and enjoyed this game very much. The reason is because it is not an ordinary hidden objects game.

The definition of a Picker is someone who pick and haggle items from the suppliers and sell them to other customers in your shop. You can play this game in four different modes: Zen, Regular, Advanced and Expert. For beginners, I suggest you start with “Regular” game mode.

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  The developers let you play each region with a theme.  Certain regions in the country where you need to start your picker adventure is focused on a theme like Toys etc. You will then required to find objects that are toys to sell in your shop. In this hidden objects game, you are allowed to use gestures like pinch out to zoom in and pinch in to zoom out. The trick to find good items in places like the old van is to have a keen observant eye for details. Certain things like tyres may not fetch a good price. You need to focus on finding things or objects that can actually sell and make a profit for your shop.

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Certain items can be combined together to form a unique object that can fetch a better price. If you see items with a yellow cross on the left of its icon, it can be combined to form a new object. For items with a red shopping car on the right, it means that the items are not checked out yet or you have not paid for them yet.

For each item you buy from the seller, there is a sound that tells you that you have bought the item successfully. If the item is highlighted in green, it means that you have also purchased the item successfully from the seller.

If you are not satisfied with any item, you can throw it back to the photo to re-pick your “treasures” to buy them. In real life, you need to go to real customers and see what objects they have to buy from them. This game saves you the transport expenses to actually be a Picker.

One thing to note is that if you haggle for a very low price for an item, the seller will take back the item as he thinks you are not sincere in buying it.

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In the picture, you can see some objects are marked with a white eye. This means that you can zoom into the area to see more hidden objects. Remember that you need to choose items wisely especially unique items that can actually fetch a good price.

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To start the haggling process, you need to fill up all the seven slots located at the bottom. Once you have achieved this feat, you can tap on the character’s avatar to start the selling process. In this process, you will learn how to haggle with the seller. You can adjust the buying price by either tapping on the forward button to increase the price or tapping the backwards button to decrease the price.

If you happen to be a good finders keeper, you can pick up items that can sell for more money as a bundle. But of course, you can try to haggle for a better price to buy it from the seller.

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There are situations where you can buy an item that has “unrestored” as its condition status at a cheaper price like the brass diving helmet in the earlier screenshot. In such scenarios, you can polish the helmet and it can fetch a better price at your shop.

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The interesting part of this game is that there is a person who will call you to find certain objects in a list. In such a scenario, the game propels you back to your shop where you start to sell your items.

In the shop, you can buy more selling space or slots to place your newly bought items in the shop.

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You get satisfaction when you get rewarded with money by selling off wanted items on a shopping list. This is different from many hidden objects games I have played so far.

The game is currently on discount at $2.99. Its original selling price is at $6.99. You can save $4 if you buy the Pickers HD game now.

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Overall, I feel this game is addictive in a way because it trains you to be a Picker and you get to manage your own shop to sell things you bought from sellers. You can also get to interact with different sellers of different characters. The gameplay is not boring. I will highly recommend anyone to get this game if you are someone who plays Time management or Hidden Objects games.

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

Download the iPad version of Pickers HD on iTunes.

MumboJumbo Brings Psychedelic, Retro-Style Luxor Evolved HD to iOS

1 May

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Dallas, TX – May 1, 2012 – The LUXOR series has been one of the most beloved franchises in casual gaming for over seven years, and with its intuitive, addictive gameplay and stunning visuals, it is no wonder that the game has captured the hearts of millions of players worldwide. Today, MumboJumbo, LLC announced LUXOR Evolved HD for the iOS,  a worthy addition to the ever-expanding franchise that ushers you into a psychedelic, retro-style world inspired by video games from as far back as the ’80s.

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LUXOR Evolved HD combines the marble-shooting action of the popular LUXOR franchise, with a classic 80’s arcade game style, Featuring vibrant retro-style graphics and vector-based explosive gameplay, this non-stop marble mayhem keeps the challenges coming and your shooter firing. You’ll experience an accelerated, more intense LUXOR, unlike any before. The challenge is still to eliminate oncoming chains of same-colored magical spheres before they reach the pyramid.

LUXOR Evolved HD is action-packed, features 65 unique levels, addicting effects and interactive sound tracks that rock to the beat of the gameplay. It is a truly addicting marble-shooting experience everyone will enjoy, and whether you’re a LUXOR fan or not, you’re going to want to check this one out.

LUXOR Evolved HD is published on iOS by MumboJumbo Mobile, and is available now for iOS on the App Store in iTunes.

With Luxor Evolved HD, the best of two worlds come together!

Key Features

  • 7 Interactive Sound Tracks
  • 4 Game Modes
  • 65 Unique Levels
  • 21 Power-Ups
  • 3 Super Power-ups that upgrade your Shooter
  • Unlockable Secret & Bonus levels
  • 33 Achievements
  • Game Center integration for Leaderboards and Achievements.

 

The universal version of the game is available on iTunes now for $6.99. It runs on iPhone and iPad!

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 worldwide 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

Treasure Seekers 4 : The Time Has Come (Full) has been released by G5

1 May

The next installment in the popular hidden object franchise, Treasure Seekers, is here! Stop a potential catastrophe and save the world in this breathtaking game. This time, the adventure will take you not only around the world but through time as well! Nelly has been kidnapped by nemesis, Totenkraft. Now it’s up to Tom to rescue his sister.

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With new powerful devices, such as the Ring of Time and the X-Glass, Nelly and Tom will dive into their most exciting adventure yet! Is Totenkraft really as evil as they previously thought? The answer lies in the clues and puzzles Totenkraft has left. Are you up for the challenge?

Game features:

  • 4 Heart-stopping chapters
  • 45 Thrilling levels
  • 2 Game modes – casual and advanced
  • Outstanding graphics
  • Captivating storyline
  • Game Center Support
  • iPhone 4 Retina Display support
  • iOS 4+ multitasking support

Download the iPhone full version of Treasure Seekers 4.

Download the iPad full version of Treasure Seekers 4.

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.

Sliding block puzzles, Reloaded! – ‘Find a Way, José!

1 May

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Artlab Interactive have released their newest iOS brain-teaser ‘Find a Way, José!’ and it’s already getting a tremendous response.

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The game is a sophisticated new take on the popular sliding block puzzle genre we are used to playing on titles such as Unblock-Me and Rush Hour, but with a big twist.

What’s under the hood:

Unique Gameplay
Help José, our cheerful anti-hero (with a mild drinking problem) reach his sought-after liquid muse
On his way José will cheer, sing or cry depending on how well you’re progressing through each level
Delightful graphics and music for both the iPhone and the iPad
6 exotic worlds to explore, 60 challenging puzzles to conquer

Innovative Sliding -Block mechanics
Blocks come in odd Tetris-like shapes, and can be moved in all 4 directions
Some blocks are non-movable and act as obstacles
Each level has it’s own unique boundaries cut out of a 9×5 grid

Exclusive Level Builder
Craft your own puzzles and submit them to us. We will review them and offer the best levels as periodical updates for everyone to enjoy

Full GameCenter support, Twitter and Facebook integration

Download the free game now on iTunes.

About: Artlab Interactive is an Israeli-based independent game studio, founded by two friends. ‘Find a Way, José!’ is our first fully-fledged mobile game. It was initially launched on the Samsung Bada mobile platform, and was an instant hit. It was featured as “Game of the Year 2011” on the Samsung App Store, and received brilliant reviews. Today, 150,000 downloads later, everyone can finally enjoy it over the iOS platform.

Website – http://findawayjose.com/