[UPDATE] iOS Game Watch: Lost Earth, PvZ update, Motocross Matchup update

UPDATE: PopCap Games sent me a note that their update has been delayed till mid-June. Ah well, so many zombies to take care of anyway…

Com2uS has released what they call the “definitive tower defense game”…Tower Defense: Lost Earth. Available for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, Lost Earth has players journeying to the future with the last expedition from earth as they battle to gather resources and defend humanity on a hostile alien planet with endless waves of enemies. With over 40 campaigns, 6 challenge maps, and 5 world maps encompassing mountain ranges, ice lands, lava terrain and more, Tower Defense: Lost Earth includes 4 game play modes, 10 types of enemies, 4 weapons and up to 9 tower types, with many more in DLC upgrades coming soon. Tower Defense: Lost Earth is available for $2.99 for iPhone/iPod Touch and $4.99 for the iPad.
Tower Defense: Lost Earth

PopCap Games has announced a major update that will happen in mid-June to its immensely popular game Plants vs Zombies for iPhone and iPod Touch. The flower defense game pitting zombies against the powerful vegetation features additional content, mini-games, and achievements. Included in the update is the Zen Garden to the mix, wherein you can now raise your own plants for coinage. More updates are promised for later in the year, but as always these are all free.
Plants vs Zombies iOS

Ricky Carmichael’s Motocross Matchup has also received an update. The free-to-play racing title is based on the motorcycle racing career of all-time champion Ricky Carmichael, and includes a full motocross racing experience complete with GameCenter-supported online play and voice chat, graphics with full retina support, and tons of customizations for your bike and ride. The update adds in retuned pricing schemes, unlimited gas for unlimited racing, and many player requested fixes. You can dowload the update through the iTunes App Store.
Motocross Matchup

May 31, 2011 · Posted in Games, iOS Game Watch   
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[UPDATE] Commander: Europe at War community expansion released

UPDATE: The CEAW-GS team corrected me on the link to the download site for Grand Strategy 2.0. I’ve updated the site to reflect such.

Grand Strategy 2.0Slitherine and Matrix Games have announced the release of Military History Commander: Europe at War Grand Strategy 2.0. This community-based expansion is released as a free pack to the original game.

This expansion pack was created by a community of dedicated artists, programmers, manual writers, and layout experts, and took years and thousands of man hours to produce. A pack of screenshots and an in-depth feature brochure have been released showing off the substantial improvements to the graphics and gameplay that this expansion pack represents.

Features include cross-platform multiplayer support for PC vs Mac, additional geo-political elements to pre-war and war aspects of the game, greater variability of leadership, airborne divisions, and more.

You can download Military History Commander: Europe at War and the Grand Strategy 2.0 Expansion Pack, as well as check out the screenshots and brochure, on the game’s product page.

May 31, 2011 · Posted in Games   
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iOS Game Watch: Jump Birdy Jump, Ducati Challenge, Companions

Jump Birdy Jump is a physics-based iOS game by Ovo Game involving birds. No, this is not a repeat of Angry Birds. In fact, it’s not anything like the Rovio game at all, having much more in common with the Freeverse game Parachute Ninja. You catapult your bird through numerous puzzles to help him find his true birdy love. The game is priced at $1.99 for iPhone and $2.99 for iPad.
Jump Birdy Jump

Digital Tales has released Ducati Challenge for iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad. This game brings official Ducati bikes onto the iOS screen for real racing fun. Players can ride the most powerful standard models in Ducati’s my2011 line, including the Monster 1100 EVO, Hypermotard 1100 EVO SP, and Superbike 1198 SP…speeding along fast race tracks, winding mountain roads, narrow medieval village streets, bustling metropolises and hot desert valleys. Three different modes are available…Championship, Quick Race, and Multiplayer. Ducati Challenge also offers customization of bike handling as well as different graphic settings to get the best speed from your device. Game Center will allow players to unlock achievements and climb leaderboards. Ducati Challenge is available for $3.99 for the iPhone/iPod Touch, and $5.99 for the iPad.
Ducati Challenge

Lastly, Smuttlewerk Interactive has released a very interesting iPad game, Companions. The game reminds us of old school 2D RPG games as well as the old arcade classic Gauntlet. That makes sense because it’s a dungeon-crawler/RPG where you lead a team of four characters into real-time battles against the false god “Detexx” and the “Hordes of Nether”. The game is playable both as a campaign with full storyline and as a single-map experience. You get to manage all four of your party members, including upgrades, etc, with Game Center support. The game was just released and is available for $4.99.
Companions

May 27, 2011 · Posted in Games, iOS Game Watch, Reviews   
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No weekly podcast today

We’re taking the day off today…so no podcast today. We still have some work to do on the website, though, and playing games, and writing reviews, and…

I guess we’re not taking much of a day off at all! Just no podcast today.

May 26, 2011 · Posted in Podcasts   
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[UPDATE] Stand O’Food 3 coming to Mac App Store in June

UPDATE: I heard back from G5 regarding why no Stand O’Food 2 for the Mac was released…that version was just not good enough to port to the Mac! We really DID luck out!.

Stand O'Food 3G5 Entertainment has announced that Stand O’Food 3, sequel to their burger-serving game, will be available for download on the Mac App Store starting June 2 for $6.99. Head to Tinseltown with Ronnie the Chef as he extends his burger chain operations and disrupts the evil plans of Mr. Torg.

Stand O’Food 3 includes over 75 levels and 12 special levels to unlock over 33 achievements to obtain expert status. During the game, you open restaurants around Tinseltown, serving fast and healthy food including fresh-made burgers, pies, lasagnas, French fries, coffee, ice cream and soda. Hmm, somebody has an interesting definition of “healthy food”.

Interestingly enough, G5 skipped Stand O’Food 2 for the Mac, going straight for number three…we’ve lucked out with the most recent version! Also, if the word “Tinseltown” sounds familiar, it’s because that’s where Nikki from Supermarket Mania 2 shows up to open her supermarket stores in. And guess who she meets there? Romance in the air…?

Anyway, the gameplay of the original Stand O’Food comes with all new graphics, music, customers, products, devices and special levels, as well as new game mechanics, ingredients and sauces to research new recipes, and feeding customers in 25 cafes around the city.

You can check more out about the game at the Stand O’Food 3 website, and view the trailer as well.

May 25, 2011 · Posted in Games   
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Community drops Grand Strategy 2.0 expansion on Europe at War

Grand Strategy 2.0 What happens when you combine a dedicated fan base for a game with a developer and publisher that care about the game’s future? A community-based expansion pack supported by said developer and publisher!

Slitherine and Matrix Games have announced the pending release of a community-based expansion to Military History Commander: Europe at War. Grand Strategy 2.0 was created by a community of dedicated artists, programmers, manual writers, and layout experts and is free to anyone who has the original game. The expansion pack is scheduled to be released from the Slitherine and Matrix Games’ websites for both PC and Mac on May 31st.

A pack of screenshots and an in-depth feature brochure have been released showing off the substantial improvements to the graphics and gameplay that this expansion pack represents. Grand Strategy 2.0 took years and thousands of man hours to produce. Some of the biggest changes include:

  • Airborne divisions and para-drops
  • Cross platform multiplayer support for PC vs. Mac
  • German SS and Soviet Guards Elite Units
  • Amphibious landings against defended coastal hexes
  • Geo-political elements, which include:
    • French armistice (which the axis may accept or reject)
    • Early Italian entry if insufficient allied naval presence in the Med
    • Tension in the Balkans
    • Spanish activation as axis or allied minor ally
    • Turkey activation as axis or allied minor ally
    • Finnish armistice
    • Romanian and Bulgaria surrender and activation as allied minor ally
    • Consequences for allied aggression (e.g., UK invasion of Ireland).
  • Grand Strategy 2.0

  • Canadian, Australian, Polish and Indian Commonwealth units and leaders
  • Headquarter units
  • More and greater variability of leadership ranging from Army Groups (Fronts), Armies and Corps
  • Ferry crossings
  • Ability to swap positions of two units of the same service type (i.e., ground, air or naval)
  • Reinforcement of sub groups at sea
  • Leased air bases (Azores, Iceland, Greenland)
  • Malta naval and air bases factor into the interdiction and counter-interdiction of axis supply of North Africa
  • Allied Interdiction of Swedish Iron Ore to German
  • Scripted construction of Atlantic Wall Fortresses

You can get more information on Military History Commander: Europe at War and the Grand Strategy 2.0 Expansion Pack, as well as check out the screenshots and brochure, on the game’s product page.

May 25, 2011 · Posted in Games   
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[Podcast] Game Review Cast 34: Berzerk Ball, Karoshi, Nancy Drew: Shadow Ranch



What’s inside this episode:

  • A review of Berzerk Ball, by Berzerk Studios. Berzerk Ball jumps on geek stereotypes with glee, but the bashing gets old fast. The bash to get points to bash mentality is dull, and only the pretty decorations make it the okay time-waster that it is.
    Berzerk Ball
  • Also, a review of Karoshi, published by YoYo Games. Karoshi is a bizarre little gem that really makes you think differently. With difficult puzzles and a game design requirement the opposite of what we think of in games, Karoshi makes you think a lot about puzzles and why the hero tries to save the day.
  • Also, a review of Nancy Drew: Shadow Ranch, published by Her Interactive. A delightful interactive novel for the pre-teen set with just enough gamification to add to the adventure for the techno-savvy kid.
May 24, 2011 · Posted in Games, Podcasts, Reviews   
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App Store hits 500,000 app mark

As of today, the number of individual apps approved by Apple for its iOS platform has exceeded the 500,000 mark. Though the number of active apps available in the App Store is roughly 400,000, the number of approved apps is a proven milestone for developers and app seekers alike.

As part of the milestone announcement, 148Apps, the independent mobile app blog, along with Chomp, the leaders in app search technology, and Chillingo, a top app game developer, have released an infographic, celebrating the milestone and highlighting others since the Apple App Store launched on July 10, 2008.

Featured data includes top apps of all time, number of developers contributing to the 500,000 number, a timeline of approved apps, growth projections and more. Some of the more interesting statistics from this infographic include that the most popular category of app is Games (at 58699 active) followed closely behind by books (at 54448 active). Also, while the current average non-game app price is $2.27, the current average game price is only $1.06, bringing the overall app price for the App store down to $2.11. And the most expensive game? A whopping $299.99!

In comparison, the Android Marketplace, the closest competitor to the iOS App Store launched 8 months after the Apple App Store in March 2009, currently contains roughly 294,000 apps and 3 billion app downloads. In fact, recently mobile research specialist Research2Guidance claimed that the Android Marketplace would overtake the Apple App Store in app by August of this year with 425,000 apps. Considering that the App store has already reached the 400,000 active apps number in May, that hardly seems likely now.

The infographic is available via the 500k apps Facebook fan page. For more app data, visit 148Apps. To access Chomp’s monthly proprietary metrics report, go to their App Search Analytics page.

May 24, 2011 · Posted in General   
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[UPDATE] The ECA and Red Bull Gaming bring free memberships

UPDATE: Jason of the ECA pointed out the Flash ECA ad on the right hand side. If you click on the lower bar that says “Click Here”, a drop down menu will appear allowing you to sign up.

The Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) has announced a cooperation with Red Bull Gaming to offer a one year free ECA membership to those who sign up through the Red Bull Gaming homepage.

The ECA says no credit card will be required for activation. Members who sign up in this manner will be able to enjoy the numerous ECA benefits, including educational resources, advocacy efforts, and affinity benefits instantly. Also, the ECA and Red Bull Gaming will continue to introduce more programs and events that will be announced in the coming months.

We checked out the Red Bull Gaming site, but couldn’t find a link or page that was specifically for signing up for ECA membership, however and if you click on the Flash ECA ad on the right hand side, on the lower bar that says “Click Here”, a drop down menu will appear allowing you to sign up. We’ve emailed the ECA asking for clarification regarding these procedures, and will update when we get a response and they updated us right quick!

Meantime, go to the ECA website for a full list of ECA partnerships and membership benefits, to learn how to become a member, or to find out more about the organization.

May 24, 2011 · Posted in General   
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Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood available on GameTree today

Assassins Creed: BrotherhoodTransgaming has announced the released of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. A bit later than March, but better late than never, we always say!

The second of the Assassin’s Creed series to hit the Mac, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood follows Master Assassin Ezio as he commands an entire order of assassins against the Templar Order. Ezio and his Brotherhood journey to Rome, the center of power, greed, and corruption, to strike at the heart of the Templar enemy. Recruit and train promising young assassins, then deploy them or call them to aid you. You can also unlock extra factions and missions by rallying the citizens through revitalizing their city, or collaborate with actual historical characters, such as da Vinci or Machiavelli. Read more…

May 23, 2011 · Posted in Games   
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