Update brings new defences, undead enemies
Mac game publisher Freeverse has released a sequel to their popular "tower defense" game, Hordes of Orcs. The new version features improved graphics and performance, an overhauled user interface, a new railgun tower and new undead enemies.
Software optimized for larger display
Ngmoco is set to release six games specifically designed for the iPad, according to a GamePro report. The company is working in collaboration with its recent acquisition, Freeverse, to prepare several games for availability shortly after the iPad begins shipping.
Companies to remain functionally independent
iPhone game developer ngmoco has acquired Freeverse, another leading game producer. Ngmoco CEO Neil Young also helped the company raise $25 million in series C funding, according to TechCrunch. The latest round of investment reportedly includes Institutional Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins, Norwest Venture Partners, and Maples Investments.
NewerTech window mount for iPhone 3G, 3GS
In Brief: NwerTech has begun shipping a new window mount designed for the iPhone 3G and 3GS. Freeverse has announced that NBA Hotshot will soon be available on the App Store. Meanwhile, a Minnesota elementary school has launched a pilot program utilizing the iPod touch for classroom assignments.
Commander: Napoleon at War
Freeverse has launched the war-based game Commander: Napoleon at War for the Mac, after being previously announced in January. The latest instalment in the Commander series is a high-level turn-based strategy game that provides the same gameplay mechanics as its predecessor, and takes place in the Napoleonic era. In addition to the mechanics, Napoleon at War offers several new features such as a more in-depth combat system, detailed victory conditions, looting, razing, and vassal states.
Slotz Racer for iPhone
Freeverse has launched its latest game for the iPhone/iPod touch, SlotZ Racer. Designed to resemble the old-time slot cars and racing tracks, players can compete against both friends and the computer as they play through a variety of locations and tracks. With up to four people capable of racing at once, the game provides several modes including competition laps, time attacks, quick races, and endurance races that simulates night and day. The game also comes complete with a track editor which enables players to design how they want the course to look and how many cars can drive on it. A series of unlockable features were added as well to offer new circuits, cars, track locations, and championship challenges.
Freeverse iPhone Apps
Freeverse is showcasing four upcoming iPhone and iPod touch games at Macworld Expo: Flick Baseball, SlotZ Racer, Roads of Ruin, and Days of Thunder. Flick Baseball is an arcade baseball game where users can customize their characters and play against other teams. The will include several modes, including full season, exhibition and championship as well as an added feature: home-run competition. Controls for the game have yet to be fully developed.
Kill Monty 1.1 on Friday
Freeverse has announced that an update for its top-down action game, Kill Monty, will be made available later this Friday. Based loosely on the movie Kill Bill and more directly on games such as Robotron and Smash TV, Kill Monty throws players into the middle of an arena, where they are attacked from all sides by enemies ranging from sinister agents to zombie monkeys and playing cards. To fight back, users are given weapons such as machineguns, lasers and grenades.
New Macfun releases
Freeverse today added two new titles to its Macfun game portal: Rainbow Mystery, and Hidden Relics. Rainbow Mystery is a puzzle game where players must help Lily on her quest to break a curse that is turning her world into a tainted landscape. Lily must solve puzzles through 70 levels over three different game modes by swapping and matching different flowered tiles. Rainbow Mystery’s meager system requirements call for Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, with any G3, G4, G5 or Intel-based Mac; The game is available from Macfun for $20.
Hordes of Orcs released
Freeverse today released Hordes of Orcs, a new 3D 'tower defense' strategy game featuring wave after wave of successively stronger orcs. Players strive to defend a human village from hungry orcs using walls and lethal towers as they emanate from what the elders call "The Glowing Portal of Really Bad Things That We Should Have Bricked-Up a Long Time Ago." The game is priced at $25, and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.
Commander: EaW ships
Freeverse has begun selling Commander: Europe at War, a new grand strategy game developed by Firepower Entertainment and Slitherine Software. Players take charge of the European Theater during World War II, controlling Allied or Axis armies in regions as far away as the Urals, North Africa and even the United States. Gameplay is hex- and turn-based, and models factors such as morale, terrain, logistics and strategic weapons; units can also be improved through the recruitment of the Commanders of title, who provide special bonuses.
Wedding Dash, Tiki Magic
Freeverse Inc. today unveiled two news games through it's Macfun.com game portal, Wedding Dash and Tiki Magic Mini Golf, and announced that all visitors to the site are entitled to download Big Bang Reaction. Wedding Dash puts players in the shoes of Quinn, a hopeful wedding planner, where they attempt to help Quinn run her business. Following a similar game flow to Diner Dash, Wedding Dash adds in the extra challenge of keeping the bride and groom happy. Players must juggle tasks from helping the couple choose a cake and flowers, to ensuring that tipsy guests and catty bridesmaids don't ruin the reception. Diner Dash's Flo also makes a cameo appearance, standing by to help Quinn in a pinch. Wedding Dash is available now for $20, and also has a playable demo for users to try before they buy.