[Podcast] Ep 93: Parachute Ninja, Battle Blasters, and Warheads

What’s inside this episode:

  • A review of Parachute Ninja by Freeverse. Fling your little ninja around the screen and glide back down. Cause all ninja’s have a parachute.
    Parachute Ninja
  • Plus, a review of Battle Blasters by Little Guy Games. Blast your rivals to little bits as you advance your score. Just don’t be surprised if you suddenly stop moving…man that screen is small!
    Battle Blasters
  • Finally, a review of Warheads by Pangea Software. A gorgeous remake of Missile Command, but lacking in the social networking department. Maybe one of those missiles shot it down?

Show Notes:

  • Omaha chats it up with Corey Tamas, who reveals he’s soon to become the editor-in-chief of Macgamer.com. Wait…what?
  • Freeverse merges with ngmoco, and Omaha and Corey talk about the fallout.
  • Apple cracks down on adult apps in the App Store. Corey and Omaha battle it out about the ethics and whether you can measure boobs online.

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February 26, 2010 · Posted in Podcasts   
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Heavy Gunner is locked and loaded

HGimage001Heavy Gunner 3D is the latest in the Com2uS iPhone game lineup to hit the App Store. An intergalactic shooter game, you are placed in a futuristic time where alien weaponry is easily obtained as alien invaders attack from above. You man a turret with access to gatling guns, EMPs, missiles and probably anything else that your heart desires.

The game gives players a full 360 panoramic view from first person with which to aim and shoot the 3D enemy spacecraft. Eight different types of weapons are available with upgrade combinations to create higher damage. Weapon controls use a dual v-pad mechanism, so players can control the aim of each gun separately.

Complete with 35 missions, a survival mode, and achievements, the game includes 3 difficulty levels. You can pick the game up right now for $2.99 in the App Store.

February 24, 2010 · Posted in Games   
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Walk the Red Carpet, bag a Million Bucks

theredcarpet-iphone-133839_50x50_1265033813_75605While this isn’t exactly a game, it’s still lots of fun. Bite Interactive has released an app called The Red Carpet that delivers the latest buzz around the Oscars in 24/7 realtime. you can rate the films and other nominees, and share those reviews on Facebook and twitter, you can find theaters and showtimes near you for nominees you haven’t seen yet, and the app has Netflix tracking so you can grab the film on Netflix too. You can even see film previews and summaries in the app itself.

But here’s the best part. You could win a $1M if you correctly choose all 24 nominees. You have to be 13 or over to participate in the contest and it ends on 3/7/10. Oh, and in the fine print, the money is released over 50 years! Which means if you’re over 30, you might want to think about setting up a trust fund to receive part of the yearly $20,000 you’ll get it you are the winner. Heh.

February 23, 2010 · Posted in General   
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Freeverse and ngmoco unite, but Freeverse still Freeverse

Leading iPhone game publisher ngmoco announced today the acquisition of long-time Mac and iPhone game developer Freeverse. Freeverse will retain all its name, branding and management after the acquisition.

ngmoco was formed in 2008, and has produced a large number of hits, including Rolando 2, Eliminate Pro, and Touch Pets Dogs. They also run the Plus+ social gaming network, which include global leaderboards and game challenges.

Freeverse has a long 15 year history in the world of Mac gaming, but in 2008 also began focusing on iPhone games; releases include the Flick sports series, Skee-ball, and Parachute Ninja.

ngmoco also specializes in free-to-play games, releasing iPhone games for free, then charging for in-app purchases. Freeverse founder and VP Colin Lynch Smith has found this very attractive. “We see the value and immense potential in free to play services on mobile web,” he noted. “ngmoco is the leader in this realm both in terms of vision and execution and therefore the right partner for us to take our business to the next level.

iGame Radio spoke with Freeverse marketing director Lydia Heitman, who stated that current and future titles that have already been announced (such as the anticipated Warpgate) will not be moved into the free-to-play (F2P) model. “They were not designed for that model and they’re doing great right as they are,” she said. “…our new titles going forward will most likely be Free-to-Play as that is where we believe the future lies in this industry.”

February 23, 2010 · Posted in General   
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Zombie Cannon Carnage. Really, is there anything else to say?

Zombie Cannon CarnageFreeverse announced today the release of Zombie Cannon Carnage, their latest iPhone game. Zombie Cannon Carnage centers on three intergalactic zombies who’ve crash-landed on earth and are trying to get home. Yes, you heard it right. Alien zombies. But wait, there’s more.

So our mash-up of alien and zombie fun decide that using the Zombie Cannon to blast themselves into space is the best way to try and get home. Once the cannon is used (because rockets are so passe), they can operate their Jet Pack to rocket through the city and attempt to avoid everything therein. Successful avoidance racks up Insane Points, because there was just no other name for it, which you can use to purchase upgrades and powerups.

Zombie Cannon Carnage features realistic rag-doll physics, Plus+ integration, and 11 signature impact trophies to collect. Pick it up from the App Store for $1.99.

February 23, 2010 · Posted in Games   
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Aspyr releases Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition for the Mac

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith EditionThe long awaited release of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition has come. Aspyr Media announced this morning the availability of the most recent of the Star Wars game episodes for the Mac for both retail and digital download. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed places you in the role of Darth Vader’s “secret apprentice”, through which you understand more about the Force than you ever wanted to. Naw, who are we kidding!

This Ultimate Sith Edition includes all of the original missions found in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed as well as three new levels, including a brand new bonus level not released before set on the planet Hoth, and a host of new costumes and character models. The retail version is packaged in a premium case along with a special edition art book and collectible art cards that showcase the memorable characters in the game.

The system requirements are:

  • Operating System: 10.5.8 (Leopard), 10.6.2 (Snow Leopard)
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core)
  • CPU Speed: 2.4 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Hard Disk Space: 25 GB + 1 GB Swap File
  • Video Card (ATI): Radeon HD2600, (NVidia): Geforce 8600
  • Video Memory (VRam): 256 MB

The game is available for $39.99.

February 23, 2010 · Posted in Games   
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Gendai Games Announces Winner of 2010 GameSalad Challenge

Gendai Games, in conjunction with IDG and the Macworld Expo, announced the winner to the 2010 GameSalad Challenge. Stunt Squirrels by Fire Maple Games won the Grand Prize of the Macworld 2010 GameSalad Challenge. Stunt Squirrels, a fun new physics puzzler, features blasting death-defying daredevil squirrels safely to a goal, while navigating tricky mazes and high-flying obstacles.

Joe Kaufmann of Fire Maple Games was interviewed by iGame Radio during the Macworld Expo. “GameSalad is hands-down my favorite new software! I have been able to create two popular iPhone apps in less than four weeks. This would have been absolutely impossible without GameSalad,” said Joe Kaufmann. “Being involved with the MacWorld 2010 GameSalad Challenge has been a truly great experience, and I am honored that I was able to take home the Grand Prize!”

The GameSalad Challenge itself involved participants from around the world sending entries in that had been developed using the GameSalad tool, which allows developers to create games for the iPhone, web, or Mac. All entries can be viewed and played at the GameSalad site.

In addition, Gendai Games announced several other categories, including audience favorite and judges’ favorite.

Audience Favorite: Bork’s Adventure by Elie Hang, Justin Knapich, and Ben Knapp, Stunt Squirrels by Fire Maple Games
Judges’ Favorite: Bork’s Adventure by Elie Hang, Justin Knapich, and Ben Knapp
Best International Submission: Stairs by Strobanik

From the press release:

Special thanks to our judges: Michael Agustin (Gendai Games), Jakob Wilkenson (Aurora Feint), Omaha Sternberg (iGame Radio), Zachary Waibel (Tricky Software), and Sean Vanaman (Telltale Games), Peter Cohen (The Loop).

Stunt Squirrels, and two other entrants, Kill the King and Traffic Ninja, are available now on the App Store.

You can hear all of the interviews of the developers who attended the GameSalad Challenge by clicking on the link!

February 22, 2010 · Posted in Contests, Games, Macworld Expo   
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TellTale Games Mac game poll extended by popular demand

Telltale Games LogoTellTale Games’ poll to determine the next game coming to the Mac has been so popular, that they have extended the deadline by another week. As of this posting, Mac gamers have six days and 10 hours to vote. The new deadline is midnight on February 28th. Get your votes in folks, choosing between Sam & Max, Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People, and Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Adventures.

You can also pick up the first of TellTale Game’s titles to make it to the Mac, Tales of Monkey Island. Yes, as one commenter posted earlier, you can play earlier episodes of the Monkey Island series on the Mac using ScrummVM, but most gamers want a native port, not virtual ware, if we can get it.

February 22, 2010 · Posted in Games   
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Supermarket Management on the App Store

Supermarket ManagementG5 Entertainment announced last week Supermarket Management, a time management game set in a…wait for it…supermarket. Developed originally for the PC by Playful, G5 has now brought the game to the iPhone.

Kate is fresh out of college, and gets the chance of a lifetime. No, just kidding, she starts her career working in a grocery store. Help her climb her way to the top and become the manager of the supermarket. She has to keep her customers happy while managing the supermarket, hiring coworkers, and selling treats. She can purchase upgrades to help her along the way. Is one of those upgrades the self-service check-out? Yeah, I think that really puts a damper on supermarket time management games. Eventually you can open up new shops and climb to the top of the corporate ladder.

You know, I really tried to be excited by this game. But, seriously, how excited can you get by a game whose very title speaks of mundanity. Supermarket Management? C’mon, Playful, couldn’t you have been more, y’know, creative?

February 22, 2010 · Posted in Games   
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Popular BBC One drama Adventures of Merlin coming to App Store

Adventures of MerlinINTENIUM Console and FremantleMedia Enterprises announced last week that an RPG game for the iPhone and iPod Touch based on The Adventures of Merlin is in the works. The popular BBC One family drama revolves around Merlin, Arthur, and others from Camelot while they are still young, and has just completed its second run.

The game will combine fantasy, action and magic elements contained within the show, and claims to appeal to both casual gamers and fantasy role play gamers alike. Players can be either Merlin or Prince Arthur as they travel throughout Camelot taking on villains and monsters, solving riddles and putting magic to good use.

Whereas the show itself is only available to folks in the UK (thanks, England), the iPhone game will be available throughout the world in five different languages, including English, Italian, and Spanish. The game will be available on the iTunes App Store in April 2010.

February 22, 2010 · Posted in Games   
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