Chaos is the defining element of Colossatron: Massive World Threat, the latest iOS original from Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride creator Halfbrick. At any given moment, your gargantuan, snake-like, robotic alien creature could span a couple dozen weaponized segments in length while a barrage of tanks, helicopters, and flying drones assault it from all sides — and that’s all wrapped within a delightfully cheesy local newscast design, with the anchor and on-scene reporter chatting while bits of info pop up on the display. It makes for an undeniably lively experience, and one that becomes more interesting as you really grasp the color-matching mechanics that drive the mayhem. But that chaos comes at an odd contrast to the game’s design and scope, which feel curiously restrained — as if this were a slick first draft that hadn’t yet been fully fleshed out.
Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride creator Halfbrick takes on publishing duties for Band Stars, a charming but shallow game by Six Foot Kid that lets you climb the charts and conquer the music world. It takes after Kairosoft’s (Game Dev Story, Dungeon Village) unique flavor of management simulation, with compulsively simple mechanics that have you calling the shots on combinations of genre, lyrics, and musicians — all in search of a viral hit that will launch your band into ever more illustrious levels of stardom, rising from local to national and ultimately global success.
Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride developer Halfbrick announced its next iOS game, Colossatron: Massive World Threat, at a panel at the PAX Australia gaming convention this weekend, revealing details about its story, gameplay, and development. Colossatron puts you in the role a giant robotic snake from outer space that's intent on doing as much damage as possible to the Earth. Producer Sean Druitt came up with the idea after noting that tower defense games tend to be passive once you’ve set up your defenses. “I wanted to do something where you could build things on the fly, and actually react to the environment around you while you're playing,” he explained during a panel discussion on the game.
Halfbrick established itself as one of the App Store's top developers thanks to games that feature simple, engaging mechanics and delightfully manicured aesthetics. Both Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride alike were sensations when they respectively launched, and remain among the best all-time iOS titles because they're tremendously fun and so thoroughly well crafted. Fish Out of Water is the studio's latest original affair, and while some of the hallmark elements are there – notably a unique approach augmented by quick-hit missions – the game curiously doesn't have the same hook as those earlier favorites.
WWDC's annual Apple Design Awards were moved to a prime spot on Monday afternoon, just a few hours after the exciting keynote. Awards were given to 11 gorgeous applications, including student projects, and apps for the Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Find out who won after the jump!
It's no secret that the biggest headline last week in the world of iOS gaming was the release of the new iPad. The new tablet's technology is exciting those currently developing for iOS, and garnering attention from some of the heaviest hitters in gaming. Below, we'll highlight those that are making groundbreaking advancements in their work, and those that are just looking to break new ground on the platform.
Jetpack Joyride has been another smash hit for Fruit Ninja developer, Halfbrick, thanks in part to the universal app's switch to a free-to-play model a couple months back. But its success is more notably due to its addictive nature and engaging structure, which keeps you interested with missions and new gear to unlock to improve and change up the experience.
The Game Developers Conference is in full effect in San Francisco this week, and updates on iOS games are anything but scarce. With the news flying out of the convention center as fast as the Wi-Fi and cell signals will carry it, it's hard to keep up with it all. Here are some of the most important headlines to take to the water cooler for all of your friends.
It would be easy for the Fruit Ninja brand to sell out to any license involving a blade, so it's hard not to be skeptical its recent edition, tangentially related to the Shrek spinoff film, Puss in Boots. While this tie-in is mostly a reduced version of its predecessor in new clothes, it contains one new addition allowing it to rise above the soulless cash-in.