Category Archives: Exclusives

Exclusive Hands On With 'Flappy Bird' Creator Dong Nguyen's Next Game: 'Swing Copters'

Looking back on the Flappy Bird phenomenon, and the onslaught of games developer Dong Nguyen inspired with his brutally difficult single-tap gameplay, it's clear what made it so hard to put down. The first time you loaded up Flappy Bird, chances are you didn't even make it through the first set of pipes. It might not have even been until your 10th try that you managed to make it through, but man what a feeling that was...

Hands on With 'Magic 2015' and Revealing a New Card from M15, Designed by Penny Arcade

Originally revealed during a panel at PAX East, Wizards of the Coast is having some heavy hitters in the video game industry design Magic the Gathering cards for the upcoming yearly core set, M15. The full list of who was asked to design cards is here. It's an insane collection of some of the best and brightest creatives in the gaming industry, spanning people like Minecraft's Notch, Ultima's Richard Garriott, Blizzard's Rob Pardo and more...

Hands-On Preview: 'Tony Hawk's Shred Session' - Played by Tony Hawk Himself

Yesterday I was lucky enough to be invited by Tony Hawk to come visit his HQ in San Marcos, CA to check out the iPhone game he has been working on, Tony Hawk's Shred Session. If you followed gamer and skater culture in the late 90's, few series are as sacred as the Tony Hawk Pro Skater games as they're basically singlehandedly responsible for kickstarting skateboarding games as a genre that are actually fun and feel good to play. Following Tony Hawk Pro Skater in 1999, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 was arguably even better, and the rest is history. The Tony Hawk games got a little crazy in their later years with the Jackass-era influenced Underground games and titles like Ride which were released at the height of the Guitar Hero-esque "Every Game Must Have a Crazy Accessory" mentality...

Check Out the 'Anomaly 2' Trailer, Coming This Fall

The Anomaly series of games are really awesome. We loved the original so much that it was our 2011 Game of the Year Runner Up. The pseudo-sequel was great too, and really the only "complaint" we had, which is really only a negative if you didn't also love the first game was that it was just more of the same great gameplay. Anomaly 2 launched on Steam in mid-May, leaving iOS gamers wondering if and when we'd see the game on touch devices...

IGN Exclusively Announces 'Epoch 2,' Sequel to the Amazing 2011 Cover-Based Shooter

Heads up: Uppercut Games is indeed working on a sequel to its hit cover-based shooter, Epoch. Unsurprisingly, it'll be called Epoch 2 and will follow the events of the first game. IGN secured the exclusive on this intel and the site notes that Epoch 2 will see numerous improvements, as well as a handful of fresh mechanics. This list includes: an active reload system similar to Gears of Wars' and a melee system...

Per an IGN Exclusive Review, 'Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic' is Definitely Coming to iPad

It's a little crazy that I'm linking to an exclusive video game review in the year 2013, but sometimes that's how this stuff shakes out. Knights of the Old Republic is coming to iPad, IGN just confirmed by exclusive review of the port. Apparently, it's made the move over as well as can be expected, and was able to secure an 8.8/10 with movement controls that "inevitably blocks a significant chunk of the screen with your hand, and worse yet, makes for awkward running in general."..

PC Tower Defense Game 'Go Home Dinosaurs' Coming To iPad This May

Firehose Games's PC tower defense game, Go Home Dinosaurs, is a game about protecting an army of gopher's midsummer stash of BBQ from a toothy, slow-walking horde of prehistoric foes. Let that sink in for a moment. In the upbeat, ridiculous world of Go Home, gophers and dinosaurs come together to fight over delicious meat after the dinosaurs try to take said meat from the gophers. It's a crazy conceit, but it works because Firehose embraces it totally and molds a uniquely irreverent look and feel for a tower defense game around it. Also, Go Home isn't slouch where it counts: mechanically, it's a solid TD game...

'Framed' Hands-On Preview - Putting the Pieces Together

With its comic book aesthetic, dark detective story, and double-layered title, the upcoming Framed is unapologetic in its noir influence. Somewhat less obvious is that this is the first independent project of three ex-Firemonkeys developers, who’ve teamed up to form Loveshack Entertainment...

Play 'Nimble Quest' All Weekend With Our Exclusive Web Preview

We've already posted a TA Plays on NimbleBit's upcoming snake-like NimbleQuest, and could totally write up an extensive preview article detailing even more about the game for its upcoming release. But, really, what's more fun? Reading what we think about an upcoming game, or just playing it yourself? We're thinking the latter, so we're trying something new here. NimbleQuest is made in Unity, and among the other magical properties of the engine is the ability to build the game into a format that's playable in your browser...

'Icebreaker - A Viking Voyage' Certainly Looks Like It'll Be Cool

Nitrome Limited just let us in on its next game project, Icebreaker - A Viking Voyage. It's a physics-based 2D puzzle game that revolves around a slicing mechanic that'll have you slashing and hacking at pieces of the game world in order to get a little soon-to-be Viking hero around or through obstacles. We've got footage of this in action in this post...

Robot Invader Announces 'Rise of the Blobs,' A Deceptively Cute Puzzle Game

Wind-Up Knight [Free] was easily one of my favorite games of 2011, but I have to admit that it's a niche title. There is an audience for brutal precision platformers, but it's not exactly the broadest audience. Robot Invader's upcoming Rise of the Blobs, on the other hand, should be more of a crowd pleaser. It's cute, it's accessible, it's free—but underneath its bubbly exterior lies the same killer instinct that made Wind-Up Knight such a delight...

On Friday we posted a hands-on of the upcoming Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013. It was great. Really great, actually: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 for the iPad is the full experience. I'd argue it's the best way I've played a Duels of the Planeswalkers game so far. The touch controls work exactly as you'd expect them to. Playing cards from your hand is as simple as dragging them on to the play field, targeting is done by tapping, and a few on-screen buttons control the rest of the things you need to do to advance the game. It feels so much better than playing with a controller...

Hands On With 'Defender Chronicles II'

When you truly adore a game, sequels can be a scary thing. Sure, it's more of what you love—but what if they mess it up? What if they abandon all the things you love for the sake of novelty? Well, Defender Chronicles [$1.99 / $2.99 / $4.99 (HD)] fans, let us put your fears to rest. We've had a chance to spend some time with Defender Chronicles II, and it seems to have everything the original had to offer. And every little bit of it is bigger, better, and sexier...

Epic Games Helps Students Bring New Life to the 'Fighting Fantasy' Series

Today, at The Gadget Show Live in Birmingham, four teams of student developers will bring Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's Fighting Fantasy series to the iOS audience in a brand new way. We've had the chance to look at the games in development, and they're looking pretty hot...

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