Dutch game developer duo Vlambeer has only been making games since September of last year, but the studio has made a strong impression on fans of independent video games in that short span of time. Part of that impact has come from its games -- notably Radical Fishing and Super Crate Box, a pair of free Flash-based titles that rely on simple mechanics to deliver electric play experiences. Unfortunately, the other part comes from the notoriety of having one of their games copied by another company, which proceeded to take the idea near the top of the App Store charts -- while the studio was quietly creating its own iOS version of the original game.
This mobile games thing is for real -- if anyone anywhere needs one more shred of proof, it’s Bungie Aerospace, a new mobile development arm of Bungie, makers of seminal games like Marathon, Halo, and Myth. Crimson: Steam Pirates is their first title, combining steampunk aesthetics, pirates, and pitch-perfect combat on the iPad.
Tiger Style Games' debut release, Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor, was one of the first truly original App Store standouts, letting you command an arachnid by flicking it around stages, all the while unraveling a mystery as you spun webs and captured flies. The studio's next big release looks to make a similarly distinct impression on the iPhone and iPad, this time by blending familiar play elements in a very different way with a game that features side-scrolling exploration -- and gardening.
If the rumors are to be believed, Amazon will step into the tablet fray on Wednesday with something called the “Kindle Fire” -- a customized Android slate which may pose the first real threat to Apple’s dominance with the iPad, thanks to the ecosystem the e-tailer has built for apps, movies, TV shows, books and music.
If you’ve been following the saga of Facebook’s native iPad app, you already know that yes, it does exist and according to reports circulating on Monday from a former developer, it’s been “feature complete” since May. So what’s the holdup? The social network may be using it as leverage to cozy up to Apple.
Phosphor Games Studio has announced that its bizarre, atmospheric new iOS game, The Dark Meadow, is nearing release. In about ten days we'll finally have our hands on the spooky-looking new adventure game, but for now we'll have to make do with this new trailer.
It’s no secret that the fall season officially arrived on Friday, and that means that Apple is putting the final touches on all the goodness in store for us. While exactly when that will be happening is up for debate, developers have been notified that their iTunes Match cloud data will be purged on Monday to help get the service ready.
Closer and closer we get to the rumored release date of the next generation of iPhones. And, true to form, the rumor mill stories are all starting to get more and more overlapping and similar. October 4th is almost universally agreed as the Go-Date and things are starting to gear toward a two model release. Well, then, what else is going down?