Famously fun DS puzzle game offers fun for iOS
One of the best things about video games is that they don't always need to be mechanically complex to keep us entertained. This concept is well-established in the emergent puzzle genre, defined by the concept that the complexity of the game comes from the player, and not the game itself. Quite possibly the best known emergent puzzle title is Warner Brother's Scribblenauts, which saw great success in 2009 and continues to be a popular Nintendo DS title to this day. We sat down with Scribblenauts Remix, the iOS-only title in the series, to check out how it compared to the original.
Simple Tetris-inspired puzzle game boasts addictive play.
Tetris was an international sensation almost from its time of its inception in 1984, and still maintains popularity to this day. There's no doubt that Tetris holds a place in many gamers' hearts; today, there are thousands of Tetris clones, and many games that have taken the concept and transformed it into something entirely new. Shades: A Simple Puzzle Game, by Uovo, takes the concept of Tetris and turns it on its ear for an addictive new game.
Sims slips, but will arrive for OS X in February, EA says
Fans of the Sims series of games who were disappointed that the latest entry didn't make a promised 2014 ship date can look forward to next month, when the game The Sims 4 will finally debut on OS X. While developer Electronic Arts doesn't yet have a specific date, the company says it will definitely land as a download only sometime in the month, and be priced similarly to the Windows version (around $50). Current Windows version owners will receive the Mac copy for free, and PC players can transfer their progress to the Mac version (and vice versa).
AKG announces new addition to its Y-Series headphone collection
AKG has released its new Y-Series headphone collection, which includes three models and aims to offer a modern aesthetic within the brand. The on-ear headphones have a closed earcup design, reducing ambient noise, and a folding mechanism for easy storage.
Assassin's Creed Pirates adds new island region
Ubisoft has announced its third major update for Assassin's Creed Pirates, featuring a new region for players to explore. The latest version includes the remote area of La Boca, del Diablo -- an island far away from typical commercial boating routes. Players learn more about what the island holds in store as they navigate the new accompanying story mission.
iOS-compatible toy race car line-up Anki Drive expands, adds new cars, tracks and new race mode
Anki Drive, a line of toy race cars that feature iOS compatibility, has updated its Anki Drive app, as well as released new cars and tracks. Using AI robotics, Anki Drive aims to integrate the nature of video games into a physical game context, requiring Anki cars, a physical track, and at least one compatible iOS device to play. The new cars, Corax and Hadion ($70 each) are the newest "characters" for Anki Drive, with Hadion featuring Turbo Boost speeds capabilities. Corax, on the other hand, has the option to mount multiple weapons.
Rayman Origins to be released for Mac on December 12, 2013
Game and software maker Feral Interactive today announced that Rayman Origins will be released for Mac on Thursday, December 12. Rayman Origins has gamers play the role of Rayman, whose goal is to defend his homeland from a Livid Dead army throughout 60 levels. Players can jump, swim, sprint and hover in various environments, wielding a variety of fighting tactics.
Macgamestore.com offers four-game bundle of Aspyr Media's popular releases
The Mac Game Store has released its latest four-game bundle promotion, the Aspyr Greatest Hits Bundle. The deal is a compilation of Aspyr Media's most popular releases, such as Civilization V, BioShock Infinite, Borderlands 2, and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and offers a savings of over 67 percent compared to purchasing each game separately.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to be released in December for iOS
First released for consoles in 2004, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is set to be launched for iOS in December, according to Rockstar Games. Set in the early 1990s, GTA: San Andreas is centered around Carl "CJ" Johnson, the protagonist, and his involvement in the Grove Street Families gang fighting with the Ballas and Vagos.
The Walking Dead episode one
Telltale Games has put out the first episode of The Walking Dead for download. The M-rated, five-episode series foreshadows the story of Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes, serving as a prequel to the comic book and television series.
More than 70 EA games now only 99 cents
Electronic Arts' mobile division has debuted five new games for iOS devices on the App Store, and launched a sale of more than 70 popular titles which will be priced at $1 for a limited time. The new titles now available include Scrabble Free and Cause of Death Free, The Game of Life for iPad, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
Gameplay previewed in teaser video
Frictional Games, the developer behind Penumbra, has released a teaser video previewing the upcoming game, Amnesia: The Dark Descent. The first-person horror game centers around survival and enduring a nightmare. Players take the role of Daniel as he awakens in a desolate castle, suffering from amnesia and experiencing terrible memories. Daniel must explore the castle and stay alive by hiding, running, or using his ingenuity.
Two modes offer strict or loose play
Mac Games and More has released a new billiards title, United States of Pool. Players advance through cities instead of regular levels, and are required to reach minimum scores playing 9-Ball in order to progress in a national tour. The game features realistic physics and sound effects, as well as customizable character avatars and table colors.
VP releases two games
Virtual Programming has released its two newest games, Fireglow's The Golden Path of Plumeboom for the iPhone and iPod touch, and Phantom EFX's Real Deal Card Games 2009 for Mac. The Golden Path of Plumboom is a puzzle game in which players must shoot colored orbs into combinations to gain points. The game uses real-life physics and includes 100 levels of gameplay and various bonus games.
SGN opens ad network
iPhone developer SGN (Social Gaming Network) has launched a cross-promotional network between itself and other iPhone developers. The first two companies to join the network are games developer Punch Entertainment and Smallmedium, publisher of eMees Avatar Creator. The network aspect involves in-game banner ads promoting products for network members, with direct-download support in the ad, and revenue sharing for all members. Consumers also get bonus points in the games they are playing for downloading games from the banner ads.
Mind Habits game
Most people play video games for fun or to relieve stress or boredom in their life. While shooting radioactive mutants or driving a car through animated city streets at top speed may take your mind off your problems, the moment you’re done playing, reality smacks you in the face all over again. If you want to play a video game that can boost your self-esteem and improve your self-confidence both during and after you stop playing it, take a look at a unique stress relieving video game called Mind Habits.
Games have always been part of every computer from the simple Solitaire and Minesweeper program that comes with Windows to the more sophisticated chess program that comes with the Macintosh. Curiously, the iPhone/iPod Touch lacks any such built-in programs so if you want to play games, you’ll have to visit the AppStore and download them yourself. While there are plenty of games you can choose, one of the more interesting apps is PuzzleManiak.
Asian Dynasties goes gold
Macsoft on Monday announced that Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties has gone "gold." The Asian Dynasties is the second expansion pack for Ensemble Studio's strategy game. The expansion brings players new playable Civilizations, units, campaigns, game modes and more. Players are now given the ability to command one of of three Asian civilizations, the Indians, the Chinese or the Japanese. Each which features its own unique armies and special units such as Monks, Daimyo or Mansabdaral heros and villains. These campaigns allow players to relive both Asia's most pivotal hists. Players will also be able to engage in three new campaigns featuring originorical evens as well as experience all-new original stories.
Democracy 2 announced
Red Marble Games has announced the release of Democracy 2 for the Macintosh, a political simulation/strategy game that puts players in a position of power as either the president or prime minister of a country of their choosing . Players are then able to control the country in the manner they see as right. The game then simulates the motivations, loyalties and desires of everyone in the nation. By making choices to resolve dilemmas and implementing various policies, players work towards improving their country without angering enough voters to be turned out of office.
iPhone Monkey Ball hack
A group of hackers say they have cracked Apple's close Fairplay DRM on Sega's Super Monkey Balll for iPhone. A posting on Haklabs points to a download link for the pirated game. A number of users who commented on the site say they were succesfully able to run Super Monkey Ball on a jailbroken version 2.0 iPhone using SSH. Other users, however, said they couldn't get the game to work and questioned whether the hack was legitimate.
More games for iPhone 2.0
From the explosion of announcements over the past few days, it's clear game developers see a solid opportunity in the iTunes AppStore. Among the dozens of new games: MotionX Poker, Bullfrog Touch, Chimps Ahoy!, Griffin Poker and 3 new games from Hudson Entertainment. Those who like outdoor sports can choose from personal training software and a golf-scoring application.
Freeverse: 12 iPhone games
Freeverse is entering the iPhone market with three games expected to be release on Friday, July 11th and more than a dozen planned by September. Wingnuts Moto Racer, Big Bank Sudoku and Jared: Butcher of Song for the iPhone and iPod Touch will be available when the iTunes AppStore launches July 11. The company says a host of other games will be released in the following weeks, including Big Bang Chess, Flick Sports and 3d Card Games.
Make Bouncy Bouncy
ByDesign games on Tuesday announced Make Bouncy Bouncy, a new puzzle game for casual gamers. Gameplay centers around players 'bouncing' their way through over 35 levels of 3D spacial mazes of increasing difficulty, collecting 'bouncy bouncys' a type of in-game credit. With easy-to-learn one-handed controls and fast game-play, ByDesign says "players do not need to quit their day job to enjoy playing... Jump in and out of the game with ease; after opening a level, pick any level to play, anytime. Players post their top scores online to see if they're amongst those who Make the most Bouncy Bouncy!". Available for any PowerPC G4-based Mac (867MHz) or later, the game requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 and has a price of $15.
Red Rover Games has announced the release of Safari Sketch a new match-three puzzler that uses exotic locales to view endangered species from around the world. Red Rover Games also announced a donation of US$2 for each sold copy of Safari Sketch to the nonprofit Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). In Safari Sketch, adventurers can gather hand-rendered likenesses of more than 50 exotic and endangered species of plants, animals and insects, including the Giant Panda, the Sumatran Rhinoceros, and the world's rarest insect, the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect. Players enter jungles, reefs, snowy mountains, archipelagoes, and other locales as they are challenged to find matches and clear the puzzle board before the "daylight" fades. The game keeps a journal of the illustrations the player has collected along with an entry containing interesting facts about each creature presented in Safari Sketch.
US pricing for Wii Fit set
The Wii Fit is scheduled to arrive on North American shores in just over a month's time, and Nintendo today released pricing for the Balance Board accessory and interactive fitness game combo. Nintendo's much-anticipated release, which includes a balance board and game disc that includes over 40 specific games and activities, will retail for nearly $90 when it hits store shelves on May 19.
MacGameStore has released a series of new games for the Mac OS X. In the first, Burger Shop, the gamer builds a food-making contraption and opens a restaurant. "Your goal? To make food and satisfy customers while you explore the truth behind the mysterious mailing. Utilize unique food-making devices to make over 50 yummy food items during your quest." The game features 4 play modes, 80 levels, 96 trophies to collect and over 60 upgrade choices. The game is priced at $20.
JoeSoft has announces the availability of Hear, a sound enhancement program for the Mac. The developer says this add-on "greatly" improves audio quality in movies and music throughout all Mac OS X applications. It offers a wide array of settings, purportedly delivering intra-app sound that is richer and clearer with regard to dialog. "Hear is a great new program that makes everything sound better on your Mac. All your music will be vastly improved, your movies will surround you with rich sound and your games will now blow you away" says Greg Brewer, CEO of Prosoft. "Once you've listened to your music or movies with Hear, you will never want to be without Hear." Hear is priced at $50.
Frozax Games has announced the release of a new physics-based action game called 'Spring Up!' for Mac OS X. Using realistic physics, Spring Up! offers a unique game experience with bouncing balls and bricks. The player needs to clear levels by launching balls on color-matching elements. A player-controlled paddle at the bottom of the screen gives additional points when catching the items. The levels are made up of various dynamic and motorized blocks, as well as fans, bumpers or teleporters. It can guide or slow down the player in its efforts to complete the 72 levels. Using credits won making big plays and combos, the player can buy around 50 upgradable items for its own customizable garden, such as trees, statues, fountains, flowers and much more.
Torque 360 1.5 released
GarageGames today released Torque 360 1.5, the latest revision of its game engine for Xbox 360 development. The update brings performance enhancements and additional functionality -- including support for GarageGames' Torque Game Builder drag-and-drop 2D engine and tools. Torque 360 received numerous improvements in 2007 and now shares code entirely with Torque Game Engine Advanced for PC development, according to GarageGames. Developers can use Torque 360 to build a game on separate PCs with just one development kit for testing.
Spore, more for iPhone
Apple today during a meeting covering its iPhone software roadmap announced that games are coming to iPhone, and that the highly anticipated massive multiplayer online title 'Spore' is also coming to the mobile handset. The iPhone features built-in OpenGL/OpenAL support for graphics as well as sound, and game developers can access the handset's Accelerometer for motion-based controls. Travis Boatman -- vice president of worldwide studios for EA Mobile -- took the stage at Apple's town hall meeting to talk about iPhone owners controlling 'Spore' by moving the iPhone in space.
Shareholders question Jobs
Apple shareholders today produced a plethora of questions for company executives at its annual shareholders meeting in Cupertino, CA. Taking that stand was CEO Steve Jobs, COO Tim Cook, and Ron Johnson -- Apple's head of retail operations. Jobs and others answered questions regarding the prospect of entering into direct competition with Microsoft in the PC gaming industry, potential .Mac expansion, iTunes media availability, the idea of a successor to Steve Jobs, iPhone availability in Asia, Macs in the business realm, Apple retail stores, and more, according to AppleInsider.
The Count of Monte Cristo
Macgamestore.com and HiddenObjects.com today announced the release of The Count of Monte Cristo for the Mac. The hidden object game is based on the famous novel by ALexander Dumas, taking place in the 19th century. Players choose between eight characters to investigate, discovering more than 1,000 hidden objects. The Count of Monte Cristo features 20 scenes as well as 15 puzzles, and is priced at $20. The game requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.
Athletes can blog in China
The International Olympics Committee today gave its official approval for athletes to blog while at the Beijing games in August, providing that they do not publish media of the event or Olympic properties. Reuters reports that the IOC recognizes blogging as a form of personal expression, and not that of a journalistic nature. An additional stipulation states that any postings must adhere to the Olympic spirit, being "dignified and in good taste."
Jeopardy! Deluxe download
Macgamestore.com and Encore Software today announced the release of Jeopardy! Deluxe as a digital download. The game, which was previously only available as a boxed shipment, tests players' knowledge of trivia facts like the TV show. Jeopardy! Deluxe features more than 3,000 clues from the TV show writers, three difficulty levels, and a daily clue. The game is priced at $20 and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.
Spore to ship in September
Electronic Arts and Maxis today announced that Spore, the massive online multiplayer game from the makers of The Sims, will hit store shelves on the weekend of September 7th. "The wait is almost over," said Maxis Chief Designer Will Wright. "We're in our final stages of testing and polish with Spore, and the team at Maxis can't wait to see the cosmos of content created by the community later this year." Spore gives players their own personal universe in a box, according to the developers. Players create and evolve life, establish tribes, build civilizations, sculpt entire worlds, and explore a universe created by other gamers.
Apple's gaming trademark
Apple has filed a trademark application that covers a wide array of video game and toy devices. The trademark lists "Toys, games and playthings, namely, hand-held units for playing electronic games; hand-held units for playing video games; stand alone video game machines; electronic games other than those adapted for use with television receivers only; LCD game machines; electronic educational game machines; toys, namely battery-powered computer games," according to Trademork.com.
Universal Boxing Manager
Winter Wolves Games today released Universal Boxing Manager 1.3.8, an update to its boxing manager simulation game that adds a redesigned right-panel with detailed statistics. The latest release allows players as well as the computer to 'throw in the towel' to avoid serious injury. The game is priced at $25, and requires Mac OS X (specific system requirements were unavailable).
Mystery in London for Mac
Macgamestore.com has announced the release of Mystery in London for Mac. Published by Big Fish Games, Mystery in London takes players on a trip through London's notorious history. "Your vacation to London turns into an investigation into one of its most notorious mysteries ever!" Mystery in London is priced at $20 and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.
Ultra Games Bundle II
iGiki has released its Ultra Games Bundle II for Apple's iPod touch and iPhone. The compilation for Apple gadgets includes more than 40 games, software to create custom games, and widgets as well as various extras. Users can create custom iPod touch and iPhone games without writing a single line of code, according to iGiki, while widgets offer games like Block and FaceOff modified for use with multi-touch displays. iGiki Games Bundle II is priced at $35.
IO game released
Atman Software today launched IO, a new side-scrolling game that challenges players to bring the Nautilus-114 spaceship back home. "the task isn't easy thanks to the many robotic minions that now inhabit the ship. In order to accomplish your mission, you have to play evasively (hide in the dark, walk don't run), avoid detection and carry out your objectives." Players are accompanied by a robotic friend, Ned, taking enemies down and gathering data pertaining to the destruction of the ship's human crew. The game is priced at $13 and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.
Ambrosia issues updates
Ambrosia Software has released updates to two applications and one game, signaling the arrival of WireTap Studio 1.0.4 along with iSeek 1.1.3 and pop-pop 1.0.6. WireTap Studio 1.0.4 is a free update to the audio recording and management application that offers enhanced Leopard compatibility alongside other fixes and enhancements. WireTap Studio is priced at $70 and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. Upgrades for WireTap Pro users are priced at 30.
Hidden Relics for Mac
Macgamestore.com and Toybox Games have released Hidden Relics for Mac, a puzzle-based game challenging players to retrieve stolen antiques that are hidden throughout Europe. Hidden Relics for Mac features nine unique mini games, 40 secret hidden items, and high-resolution graphics. The title is priced at $20, requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, and runs natively as a Univesal Binary on Intel-based Macs.
Holiday Mac games
Macgamestore.com today announced the release of Venice Mystery -- a unique puzzle game designed for all ages, and Frogames released an update to Penguins Arena with a Christmas theme. Created by Gamgo Games and published by Big Fish Games, Venice Mystery challenges players to travel through Venice to solve an ancient mystery before the city sinks into the water. Venice Mystery is priced at $20, and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.
Unreal Tournament 3
MacSoft today announced that Unreal Tournament 3 for Mac is coming early next year. Licensed by Midway Home Entertainment and developed by Epic Games, Unreal Tournament 3 delivers "the most frantic gameplay and stunning visuals yet in the award-winning Unreal series," as well as new vehicles, new weapons, and the deepest single-player campaign in the series to date. The title is being developed on the industry's leading engine, the Unreal Engine 3, and is scheduled for shipment in early 2008.
Peggle for iPod released
PopCap Games today released Peggle (site not updated) for iPod via Apple's iTunes Store. The game utilizes the iPod's clickwheel as players fire a metallic silver ball from the top of the screen, relying on gravity to propel the ball downward while it ricochets off of orange and blue 'pegs.' While attempting to clear all of the orange pegs from the screen players can hit a moving 'bucket' at the bottom for free balls, and green power-up pegs give one of ten different abilities. The game is priced at $4.99.
Santa's Super Friends
Macgamestore.com today announced the release of Santa's Super Friends for Mac, a new title created by Toybox Games challenging players to find out who Mr. Stink is and why he would steal all the toys before Christmas. "As you make your way from Candy Cane Cove to Santa's Workshop, you'll meet some Super Friends along the way like Gingerbread Jr. and Edmund the Elf. They'll give you information about Mr. Stink to help you get the toys back!" The game is priced at $20, and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.
New GameTap player debuts
GameTap today announced a new game player that expands the GameTap experience for broadband-enabled Macs and PCs, launching games more quickly while making it easier to search for as well as discover games. The faster GameTap player includes updated community features like the Buddy Hub, which makes it easier to find as well as talk to and play games with friends online. Gold level subscription plans are available from $5/month, with new subscribers receiving the first month for $0.99. The player requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.
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.
Cake Mania for Mac
MacSoft has unveiled a retail version of Cake Mania for Mac, a title developed by Sandlot Games that places players into the shoes of Jill -- a young woman who returns from culinary school to find her beloved grandparents' bakery closed down by the evil new neighborhood Mega-Mart. Players earn money by baking and upgrading Jill's kitchen with state-of-the-art tools while serving her increasingly difficult customers to ultimately earn enough funds to re-open her grandparents' shop. Cake Mania is priced at $20, according to MacSoft, and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.
Dell XPS M1730 Warcraft
Dell on Tuesday offered a late present to gamers with the XPS M1730 World of Warcraft Edition. The system is restyled to fit the theme of the online role-playing game while also providing many extras: the lid is given either Alliance or Horde artwork and is matched by a logo for the game on the inside. The 17-inch desktop replacement comes preloaded with the core game, the Burning Crusade expansion pack, and customized screen savers and background images; it also comes with the full Warcraft III and its expansion pack.