Category Archives: GDC 2012

GDC 2012: Upcoming 'Pixel Wars' Offers Same Device Multiplayer Tower Defense on the iPad

Pixile Studios is a new two-man development team working on their first iOS title called Pixel Wars. The gist behind Pixel Wars is that it offers a competitive tower defense game for two players on one iPad. Each player gets one side of the screen and can place various towers to defend against the other team's forces breaking through your gate. While you're setting up your defenses, you're also choosing offensive units to send over to your opponent's side, trying to break through their array of towers and into their gate...

GDC 2012: A Look at 'Starship Troopers: Invasion'

Feel like 1997's Starship Troopers left a little to be desired? You're not alone. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions is taking another stab at it with the fully animated Starship Troopers: Invasion, due out this summer. And it won't be alone: there will be a companion game released for iOS. ..

GDC 2012: Hands-On with 'Mega Run' from Get Set Games

Get Set Games, creators of the tremendously successful Mega Jump [Free], have a booth here at GDC where they're showing off their follow-up title Mega Run. Just like the endless vertical jumper that Mega Jump is, the auto-running genre is certainly nothing new. But like Mega Jump, Get Set has injected a ridiculous amount of variety and personality into the formula...

GDC 2012: A Glance At 'Are You Quick Enough 2'

At some point in April, the sequel to Are You Quick Enough, an aptly titled game that goes by the name of Are You Quick Enough 2, will hit the App Store. If you're not in the loop, Are You Quick Enough is a furious collection of brain and reaction mini-games that are split across dozens and dozens of levels. The sequel is much the same...

GDC 2012: 'Tiny Thief' Impresses

It's hard not to gush about Tiny Thief. Earlier this morning at GDC in San Francisco, 5 Ants, a freshly assembled studio based in Barcelona, gave us a quick peek at its initial title, which merges stealth with traditional point-and-click. Simply put, it's gorgeous, and has the kind of mechanical pop that we all want for The Next Big Thing...

GDC 2012: EA and Chillingo Showcasing 'Flight Control Rocket', 'Burnout Crash', 'Air Mail', and More

EA and Chillingo had a nice demo event going here at GDC showing off a slew of already released titles, previously announced ones, and some that were just announced today. Mass Effect Infiltrator [$6.99], Fancy Pants Adventures [99¢/Lite], and iBomber Defense Pacific [$2.99] are some of the games that you can nab on the App Store already, but there was an interesting mixture of upcoming titles on display as well...

GDC 2012: Tony Hawk on 'Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2' for iPhone

We were lucky enough to piggy back on the back of the tiny press event at GDC for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD, which is this really fabulous remake with a conglomeration of content from the first two Tony Hawk Pro Skater games set to be released sometime this summer as a downloadable title for both the Xbox 360 and PS3. Jared and I are massive fans of both Tony Hawk and the Tony Hawk series of games, so we totally fanned out. How hard did we fan out? This hard:..

We've seen a lot of endless runners at this year's GDC, but none so far have iterated on the Jetpack Joyride model as well as Super Squawk's Crash Cam. In the title, you control an overeager director as he hurdles through several Hollywood-themed levels, including a backlot. A power meter on his camera stand functions as a time mechanic. As you play, it steadily drains. To refill it, you'll need to collect orbs scattered about...

Earlier this afternoon in San Francisco, we got a quick look at the HD version of Galaxy On Fire 2's first expansion, Valkyrie. As fans would expect, Fish Labs has significantly ramped up the visuals in its now, second, HD re-release. Valkyrie HD boasts new models, a new lighting model, and significantly improved assets all around...

This afternoon, Fabrication Games rolled by TouchArcade HQ in San Francisco to show off its super hip upcoming iPad and iPhone side-scroller, Project Belle. Mechanically, it appears to be a fairly traditional shooter-style take on the genre. Players control a funny bear thing with four arms, each of which is equipped with a gun, and they unload those guns on a variety of cutesy, though dangerous, enemy robots. Interestingly, Belle also incorporates cave flying levels, as well as rail cart excursions...

GDC 2012: Hands On With 'Hundreds'

Back in January we brought you the news that Semi Secret Software, the studio behind Canabalt [$2.99], was working on a new game with Greg Wohlwend, best known for his work on Solipskier [$0.99]. We've had the chance to get our hands on an early build of the game and can give you some of the details...

GDC 2012: New 'Monkey Quest: Thunderbow' Update, New Title 'Tiny Tails' Announced

InMotion Software is here at GDC this week, and they stopped by our makeshift TouchArcade headquarters here in the Marriott lobby to show off an upcoming update for the Nickelodeon-published Monkey Quest: Thunderbow [99¢/HD] as well as tease a brand new title...

GDC 2012: Introducing 'My! My! Monsters' a Pokemon-like

Oddly enough, even after all this time the App Store is still lacking a really solid Pokemon-like. There are a few out there that I'd describe as OK, or sort of similar, but if you're looking to scratch that collecting and battling monsters itch that you can only get on Nintendo platforms, there's not much out there. Or, not much before we saw Mirror Match Games' My! My! Monsters...

GDC 2012: NGD Studios Reveals Sequel to 'Fly Kiwi, Fly!'

Hungry Game released Fly Kiwi, Fly! [99¢] in early 2010, and I liked it quite a bit. It's one of those "see how far you can go" flying games with all sorts of upgrades, all themed around the hit YouTube video "Kiwi!". Well, in the meantime, Hungry Game merged with NGD Studios, and they've been working all sorts of other non-iOS things before shifting to the sequel to Fly Kiwi, Fly!. The difference between the original and the sequel should be immediately obvious:..

Here's a hip one that might interest puzzle game fans. Trigger Happy Labs is close to releasing its first title, a casual color-based matching game called Colorgon. Like a 2D version of a Rubik's cube, the title has its users rotating colored blocks to form a chain of perfect pairs. The faster the better...

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