The first trailer revealed of the new game Dream:scape begins with a scarecrow speaking in a sympathetic tone, "You probably think you're dead, don't you? I'm sorry, you're not." Any game weird enough to begin with a sentence like that is definitely going to get our attention. What follows is a game that could be one of the most interesting we've seen in iOS gaming.
4th and Battery, an offshoot brand developed by PopCap Games to develop edgier and more risque games, announced yesterday evening that their first game was denied by Apple's approval process. This is more than a little bit surprising. Over the past year, the approval process has been little more than a formality for major games companies. Apple's banhammer has usually been reserved as a filter for porn-apps, or apps that just don't work.
The Gangstar series was one of the App Store's earliest gaming hits. It was essentially the progenitor of Gameloft's highly successful me-too let's-copy-this-popular-game approach to iPhone design. Regardless of where its inspiration came from, it's still a very high quality 3D action series. Now we have word that Gangstar: Miami Vindication is on sale for a puny 99 cent sale.
You can imagine our incredible sadness upon hearing the news that this game would not, in fact, feature Kevin Costner as a playable character. Also, apparently the 90s were too long ago for them to include Whitney Houston as one of the celebrities your burly avatar must protect. No, this game has nothing to do with the film of the same name, but The Bodyguard still looks very entertaining nonetheless.
The Nintendo 3DS launched this week, delivering a stereoscopic 3D handheld experience without the need for special glasses. But if the thought of dropping $250 on a new portable gaming device sends you into a conniption -- especially scant weeks after the iPad 2 release -- worry not. Many of the Nintendo 3DS launch games (or suitable substitutes) are also available for iPhone and iPad. These games lack the 3D effects and offer varying features, but you'll avoid straining your eyes as well as your wallet, as all of these games sell for much less than the average $40 3DS game.
If you've spent any time amongst console gaming communities you may have heard the name Rooster Teeth tossed around once or twice. Or, more likely, you may have heard the name of their renowned comedy series, Red vs Blue, an ongoing web show based on the Halo games. Now those filmmakers have turned their eye to iOS gaming to spoof the Angry Birds phenomenon.
Here at Mac|Life we're nerds for a lot of things, but rarely before have all of our nerditudes been so masterfully exploited simultaneously. Today we learned of a game that not only runs on our favorite gaming platform, but is also a mash up of one of our favorite games of 2010 and an awesome sci-fi setting that seems to be a spoof of (or direct homage to) Star Trek.
The arcade shooter is a genre on life support. It is only by the grace of a very small (but apparently sufficient) niche of fans that the genre has managed to survive so many years beyonds its prime. Fast Striker is a call back to that age of shooters, and reinvigorates the classic bullet-hell style of 2D gameplay with more intense action and shinier graphics.
In yet another signal that the iPhone has become one of the go-to platforms for high-quality Japanese role-playing games, Square Enix announced today that they have released an enhanced version of one of their classic games to the App Store. It's already passed Apple inspection and is available now. Square has positioned itself as essentially the only major player in the genre on iOS and is even more fully dominating with the release of Final Fantasy III under their belt.
If 2011 has had one overriding theme in iOS gaming thus far, it's definitely the mass acceptance of the platform. We've written several times on this blog about the ways in which we've seen iOS gaming come into its own and become a massively popular gaming medium.This may be one of the final validations we need. A free-to-play iOS MMORPG called Pocket Legends is now being advertised nationally on networks like MTV, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon.