Asian developer, Lakoo, has released a new free update to its iOS MMORPG, Empire Online via iTunes. Empire Online features over a thousand quests, three hundred maps, five thousand items.
One of the most enhanced gameplay elements in version 1.2 is a more fluid navigation system. Players can now see their exact position on the world map, so they can easily find their way from empire to empire. In terms of visual improvement, players can now adjust text and image colors, making the dialogue and landscape stand out to be read more easily. Finally, as an aesthetic visual finishing touch, the game now sports a new loading screen. Other updates in version 1.2 include minor bug fixes and gameplay tweaks to make a more enjoyable, user-friendly MMOG experience.
Empire Online is free with an in-game item shop.
In her latest iOS review for Game On Mac, Yi Chen takes a look at Run Like Hell Deluxe. Think of all those games you've played where you fight but end up having to run like hell and you have the basic premise of the game. See it this iOS platformer measures up in Yi's review.
Ever since clocking The Incident, I’ve always been on the look out for a fast-paced action game that doesn’t involve much thinking. After months of trying out a selection of arcade games, I think I’ve finally found the one: Run Like Hell!
Read Yi's full review here.
Namco Bandai has announced that its latest hidden objects adventure title, The Stroke of Midnight, has been released on iTunes. The new game features a a ghostly love story. Players will be hooked on tragedy and betrayal as they progress through the 3D environments.
A struggling romance author’s discovery of a Victorian-era love triangle will provide her with much more than a new storyline: it will provide an entire novel’s worth! The Stroke of Midnight plunges players deep into the haunted past of a mansion and the haunted lovers who walked its halls. Can you solve the heartbreaking mystery?
Stroke of Midnight is free on iTunes.
ChaosTrend has announced that a new update will be applied to Mine Cart Rumble on Friday, January 21st. Called "The Big Freeze", the update features 4 new levels and a new environment for Jethro to battle the forces of BAD CO.
This update is the first in a line of Mine Cart Rumble updates. There is a new update coming soon which will see Jethro going though some old mines that have some very special buildings and clues to where he is. Keep updated with the latest Mine Cart Rumble developments at our blog site www.blog.chaostrend.com
People who sign up for a ChaosTrend account are automatically entered into the prize draw to win an iPad. The benefits of a ChaosTrend account are as follows;
- ChaosTrend newsletter, giving early news on ChaosTrend games and updates.
- Exclusive wallpapers that are only available through the ChaosTrend account.
- Special closed beta test places for account holders.
Developers call Megan and the Giant "character-driven stealth adventure game for the whole family" and have taken their inspiration for the game from children’s story books, inspirational comic characters, and a trip to London, where the game is set. The dev team has released a new video showing off the game that you won't want to miss.
Find out more here.
Gameloft has released a teaser trailer for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard for iOS devices. The trailer does not show off any game play but it gives a bit of a teaser about the premise of Shadow Vanguard. The video is a pseudo-newscast with reporters discussing an embassy (unnamed) take-over with the Rainbow team coming in to save the day. Check it out!
For the first time on iPhone and iPod touch, enjoy a new FPS experience that allows you leading a team of elite soldiers! A global terrorist organization threatens the world balance. Only one team can prevent this: The Rainbow Unit!
These colors never run.
No other details are known about the game but we'll be sure to keep you posted.
Coin push cabinets were all the rage in arcades in the 80s and 90s. Some are still found here and there but if you miss the thrill of trying to drop dollars' worth of coins, Coin Push Frenzy for iOS devices may be for you. Erron Kelly check out Coin Push Frenzy to see if it satisfies the coin push urge you may have. Check it out!
Coin Push Frenzy is an interesting beast. It’s modeled after the coin push cabinets that were frequently found at arcades, and still can be found in arcades in Japan. The idea is that there many coins scattered on a board, open at the front and the sides, and a moving bumper moves forward and back to push any coins dropped at the back of the board up, pressing them against the coins scattered on the rest of the board, with the ultimate goal of pushing them over the front to collect them.
Read Erron's full review here.
Gameloft is one of the largest publishing and development houses for iOS game applications. The publisher consistently puts out high quality and very popular titles such as N.O.V.A. and the Asphalt series. But as our own Bobby Travis noted in one of his recent reviews, Gameloft titles tend to be eerily similar to other games: "...being a Gameloft game, it borrows heavily (and I do mean heavily) from another popular title."
In an interview with IGN-Wireless, Gameloft CEO Michel Guillemot essentially dismisses those observations by opining that "(t)here is maybe one new idea a year". He further explains that Gameloft titles fill a development void if, for instance, a game like Halo isn't available for iOS. By creating and releasing NOVA, players looking for a Halo-like experience are satisfied.
Guillemot defends Gameloft from this charge on two fronts. "If a type of game is not available, then you should make it. The damaging thing is if you do a bad expression of a good idea," he says. Guillemot also argues that Gameloft providing experiences that mobile gamers would never see otherwise, something covered in my recent editorial about Gameloft's practices.
Read the full interview with Guillemot here.
N.O.V.A. 2 for iOS devices continues the story of the original N.O.V.A. 3D space shooter. In his latest review for Game On Mac, Bobby Travis takes off into space to look at NOVA 2. Does it measure up to its predecessor? Find out in Bobby's review.
Strap on your suit and get ready to rumble -- N.O.V.A. 2 is a first person shooter that will blow you and hundreds of nasties to smithereens. Gameloft's original Halo clone was the best FPS on the App Store in its day, and the sequel, N.O.V.A. 2 destroys it -- and every other iPad or iPhone/iPod Touch game of its type. Featuring better graphics, more and smarter enemies, cool special effects and gameplay options, and the best FPS multiplayer on the iOS platform, this is a game that will make you care not a whit about the near-total lack of story.
Read Bobby's full review here.
With the grand opening of the Mac App Store less than 24 hours away, developers are scrambling to make a big impression. Majic Jungle Software and Halfbrick are showing off one of the premier titles, Chopper 2, played on a Mac and controlled with an iPhone. Does it get better than this? Check out the celebratory video put out by the dev team.
Using the iPhone version of Chopper 2, you can control the Mac version over WiFi. This video shows the entire setup procedure, and some of the gameplay in just one of the 36 missions.
Chopper 2 has been available on the iPhone and iPad since July and has been very popular and well received. The Mac version adds new high resolution graphics and shader effects, and allows for either keyboard/mouse control, or remote control over WiFi from any iPhone or iPod Touch.
Chopper 2 is now only 99¢ on iTunes and will arrive on the Mac App Store tomorrow!