Late last year a new motorcycle game showed up on the App Store called iTrials. It was a physics based game in which players tried to complete increasingly insane courses as fast as possible while doing stunts and navigating obstacles. There was just one problem. There was already a game that matched that exact description called "Trials."
Gameloft has made a lot of money for themselves by - shall we say - taking inspiration from other classic video games. For a while most iOS gamers were willing to accept this for a variety of reasons. For one, "inspiration" and even outright copying has been around since the earliest days of video gaming. Many were also just thrilled to have near-copies of their favorite games on their iProducts. Gameloft's new MMO Order and Chaos may be too much for some gamers to stomach though.
The iPad 2 is here, and developers are already starting to make the most of the refreshed tablet’s dual-core A5 processor, twin cameras and superior graphics processing. But are apps optimized for the iPad 2 really so different than the same ones on the iPad?
Rovio Mobile is showing off its latest incarnation of the Angry Birds Seasons franchise today with a new video. The video gives us a nice glimpse at the green and gold aesthetic that adorns this new iteration along with a copious abundance of clovers and leprechauns. We also get to see a few of the new levels that will be releasing with this new holiday update.
Today on the App Store we've got a trio of interesting looking games coming to iOS devices, and with a group this varied there's got to be something for everyone here. For the hyper-violent crowd, the first-person shooter Painkiller: Purgatory is spraying blood all over the App Store. For the puzzle gamer there's an intriguing new game called Liqua Pop releasing today. And for the gamer who enjoys the strategy and grace involved in the fine art of cow tipping...well there's a game coming out today about cow tipping.
Chillingo may be looking to capitalize on all of the positive iPad buzz going around ever since the announcement of the iPad 2 last week. The publisher has announced that they've released two new iPad-exclusive games. The first game, Collision Effect is a sort of psychedelic action puzzle game. The other game is called Big Boss and tasks players with creating their own "big boss" to rampage through the level trouncing would-be heroes and gobbling up fair princesses.
Steph Thirion was one of the iPhone's great early developers. Eliss was one of our favorite games back in the early days of the App Store. Since then, Thirion started working on a game called Faraway that was initially shown back at GDC 2010, but then fell off the map entirely. Now, Thirion is back and gave colleagues and reporters a glimpse at the upcoming game at the Game Developers Conference.
Though initially shy about showing off video footage of their upcoming strategy MMO, the creators at Zarksoft have somewhat pulled the lid off of their very interesting new project. Empire of the Eclipse is an upcoming sci-fi MMO in which players co-exist in a galaxy that can hold up to 1000+ players. The players then vie for control of star systems and expand their empire across the galaxy.
B-movie horror fans have a lot to be excited about today as it was announced that the cult classic 90s flick Army of Darkness is being adapted into a tower defense game by Backflip Studios. The game will feature Bruce Campbell himself using his famous boomstick and chainsaw hand to keep the forces of darkness at bay.
The last two games developed by Chair Entertainment were 2009's Shadow Complex and the recent release Inifinity Blade in late 2010. The former released on the Xbox 360 through Microsoft's digital download service, Xbox Live Arcade, while the latter came out on Apple iOS devices. In a recent interview with Joystiq, Mark Rein, vice president of Epic Games (Chair's publisher) said that Infinity Blade has in fact been even more successful than the well-received Shadow Complex.