Author Archives: Carter Dotson


Much-Hyped Wilderness Survival Game 'The Wild' Gets Fan-Composed Soundtrack

The Wild, the survival-crafting game being made by a two-person indie team from Vermont, is still in the works. The developers at Toonuva Games have just shared a piece of the soundtrack that the game will have, created by a fan of the game, apparently. You can click here to listen to the track on composer JC Dirks' SoundCloud page. Meanwhile, in order to help simulate the winter survival skills one will need to succeed in The Wild, the developers have ventured out into the Vermont wilderness for inspiration:..

When I received the Turtle Beach Ear Force i30 Headphones for review, my hope was that they could solve the problem that exists with cheaper Bluetooth headsets that I've used: audio latency that makes them unpleasant to use with games. If anyone could sort it out, why not Turtle Beach, with a $300 headset made specifically for iOS? They are well-known for their gaming headsets, and I have a wired headset that I bought a few years ago that works well for what I need when I need it...

DeNA is Making 'Marvel Mighty Heroes', an Online Multiplayer Brawler

DeNA has just announced Marvel Mighty Heroes, an upcoming game that on paper has a rather cool premise. It's a game promising 4-player real-time brawling as players fight against enemies with their friends or in competitive multiplayer, building up a team of Marvel heroes to use. Unfortunately, we don't have anything in the way of actual gameplay, but here's a trailer that shows off some of the heroes, and shows that you'll be fighting off a bunch of enemies at once, possibly?..

'Garou: Mark of the Wolves' Review - When Butt Fights Dong, We All Win

The latest port of an SNK Neo-Geo fighting game to iOS is one of the best yet. Garou: Mark of the Wolves [$3.99] has a reputation as being one of the last Dreamcast games to release in the US, a late-era Neo Geo game, and as a darn good fighter, the last in the main Fatal Fury series. Now it's on iOS along with other ports done by DotEmu, but this version winds up being one of the best ports yet thanks to the robust features included...

'Swipey Rogue' is a Roguelike-Inspired Swipe-Action Game Coming This Spring

First-Order Games, founded by an ex-AAA developer going indie, has revealed their first game, Swipey Rogue. The title seems to be exactly what the game is going for: roguelike-inspired gameplay with swipe controls. In particular, you have auto-running, and levels that you have to try and defeat as quickly as possible. The game is more roguelike-inspired, particularly from grid-based games than anything as the levels are designed instead of procedurally-generated, but given that "roguelike" has become a catchall term to describe many games, I suppose this isn't a terrible violation of what "roguelikes" are supposed to be. But this video shows off some of what to expect:..

'Spinner Tronic', a "Techno-Arcade Game," Goes From Android to iOS Soon

Perishtronic Studios last month released their game Spinner Tronic on Android, and now they're working on bringing the game to iOS very soon. Spinner Tronic is described by developer Perishtronic Studios as a "techno-arcade game," which seems like a good way to describe anything derived from Super Hexagon [$2.99] as this game is. You control a spinner around a spinning game board, with different pie-shaped indicators popping up for you to try and tap on. Depending on which side of the screen you tap, you either keep spinning in that direction or spin back in the other one. Each indicator has different criteria to be removed, such as being hit multiple times, or tapping-and-holding, and so on...

The other day, we talked about Doctor Who: Legacy [Free] which has been steadily getting updated ever since its release. Another game which keeps on chugging along is Order & Chaos Online [Free] from Gameloft. The MMORPG got Twitch streaming last year, but it's still getting content ever since its release over three years ago. The latest content drop for the game, update 23, has a new dungeon: "Rising Flare: Burn Out the Night" – because all great dungeons have names with sub-titles...

'Loot and Legends', Based on 'Card Hunter', Makes Appearance in Canada

One of the criticisms of last year's Card Dungeon [$3.99] was its similarities to the PC game Card Hunter, being games with similar visual styles, a card focus, and dungeon crawling. Well, Card Hunter is making its way to mobile at last, as Seattle-based DropForge soft-launched Loot and Legends the other day, which is based on Card Hunter. You control a team of heroes through a dungeon, collecting cards and progressing through dungeons made to look like a tabletop game...

The world's still waiting for the conclusion of Broken Age [$9.99 (HD)], the point-and-click adventure game from Double Fine and Tim Schafer, who did Grim Fandango and the original The Secret of Monkey Island [$2.99] games. The game is coming along for a spring release, as Double Fine has just shared some new information on the progress of the second half of the game. Act 2 is written, voices are recorded, the gameplay programming is locked, and there's just testing and finishing up of the game on all the platforms it's releasing on to finish up over the coming months. Here's the progress of the game straight from Tim Schafer's mouth:..

Coincidentally on the heels of talk about how long people are entitled to updates on games comes news of another App Store classic getting a maintenance update. rRootage Online HD [$0.99], the paid and universal version of Kenta Cho's classic freeware shmup, ported to iOS, has just gotten an update to make the game work on iOS 8, and to support iPhone 6 & Plus resolutions. The game's last update was in 2012, which was a maintenance update to make it work with the latest iOS, with iPhone 5 resolution, and to replace OpenFeint with just Game Center. Previous updates added iPad support and other maintenance features - rRootage is content-locked at this point, but it's just great to see the game continue to get updates to work as iOS devices change and evolve. Here's some grainy footage of the PC version in action being played by an expert:..

Another Thursday straggler that didn't quite hit at midnight? AG Drive [$3.99] from ZORG Entertainment, a futuristic racer, is now out worldwide. If you enjoy games like F-Zero, Wipeout, and the many futuristic racers that followed in their footsteps, this might just be up your alley, as you control a way-too-fast hover-car through dangerous, twisty courses at high speeds. There are no weapons here, so it's just about out-maneuvering and out-speeding your opponents. Or, at the very least, just staying alive to the finish line, as you have a health bar and three lives to deal with...

Another straggler from last night's releases has made its way out worldwide. DotEmu and SNK have collaborated to release another classic Neo-Geo fighting game on to iOS, this time bringing Garou: Mark of the Wolves [$3.99] on the go. The really exciting feature here is the inclusion of Game Center online multiplayer for the first time in one of these DotEmu ports. Implementing online multiplayer in an emulated game is far from impossible - GGPO started out as an emulation tool for just this, and turned into a key game development tool for those who make fighting games with online play. However, this is one of the first emulated games to have online multiplayer on iOS. The player base is a bit limited at launch, so our forum thread might be a good spot to hit up some matches...

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Swap Heroes [$0.99] was a solid game that combined a strategic quick-play focus with plenty of RPG elements. Swap Heroes 2 [$2.99] does pretty much the same thing - it's the same gameplay, where one hero dying means game over. There are a new set of heroes with new abilities to use, but largely balanced in similar ways. The changes here are structural, and that's not a knock on Swap Heroes 2: it's kind of like when a band releases an album a year after their previous one. It's not a huge jump, but you can often tell where refinements and improvements exist, and Swap Heroes 2 is just a better game...

'Checkpoint Champion' Ice Lake Update Available Now

February 18th, 2015 7:56 PM EST by Carter Dotson in News, Updates
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Last month, Protostar Games promised an update for their debut title Checkpoint Champion [Free], a game which I gave a five-star review to back at launch. Today, the game has gotten this promised update, adding a bunch of new content to the game. There's the new ice level, which is the third in the game, bringing with it a total of 24 new challenges in that arena. As well, once you pick up 90 stars in the game, you can play the level in the arena mode...

Noodlecake's Publishing Challenging Tilt Game 'Tiltagon' Next Month

I previewed Tiltagon, a game from Super Line Rush [Free] developers Jyri and Piia Kilpeläinen a few months ago. While the game was initially planned to release in January, a bunch of additional work has gone into it, and the developer has teamed up with Noodlecake Games to release the game sometime next March. Yes, we realize this announcement is ironic given just yesterday we were questioning the role of publishers on mobile. Tiltagon has seen a lot of work be put into the game since it was first revealed. Check out the new trailer for the game, as it shows off the spiffier visual look compared to the original screenshot...