The shortest distance between two points is a line, right? So what's the shortest distance between three logs, through a barrel of TNT, and around a bald eagle? Turns out it's still a line -- cut with the axe wielded by the mighty Jack Lumber. Luckily, the game isn't just a re-skinned knock off of Halfbrick's successful Fruit Ninja formula, as it actually improves upon it in a way that respects the original.
Who says the big guys can't lend a hand to independent developers now and again? SEGA announced a new publishing initiative this week to help indies get their wares into the hands of the public, and already has the first title ready to go.
Owlchemy Labs first original game, Snuggle Truck, was defined in large part by its reaction to controversy, as the first version -- dubbed Smuggle Truck -- dealt with illegal immigration and generated a small media firestorm and initial App Store rejection. The studio's new effort, titled Jack Lumber, isn't likely to yield criticism for its premise, though it might trigger anger: and it'll be directed squarely at one seriously maniacal tree.
We recently brought you the story of iOS hit Snuggle Truck's strange journey to the App Store, but now that the cute physics-based animal-transporting game has safely arrived on iPhones and iPads, that doesn't mean developer Owlchemy Labs is resting on its laurels. Quite the opposite, actually, as the studio recently revealed that its long-promised level creation and sharing features will soon be added to the game via a hefty v1.5 update, which should pass approval later this month.
You wouldn't know it from looking at the cartoonish, hand-painted aesthetic or the colorful animals that ride in the back of the titular vehicle, but recent App Store release Snuggle Truck was originally smacked down by Apple's review board. What could possibly earn this adorable game such scrutiny? Turns out that the first version of the game was called Smuggle Truck, and rather than escort cute creatures to the zoo, you aided illegal immigrants by driving them over hazards and across the border.