Just over a week ago developer No Code revealed their latest project, a crazy one-touch shooter called Super Arc Light. I had a chance to sit down and try it this week at GDC, and it's even more awesome in person than the already pretty awesome trailer led me to believe. You travel around the circle in the center of the screen blasting away a variety of approaching enemies using a variety of awesome weaponry. You accomplish all that with just a single tap, but the catch is that every time you touch the screen to fire you also change the direction you're traveling around the circle when you let up off the screen. ..
In the (possibly) not too distant future, humans end up destroying the planet, and the world's apes are not super happy about that. So they retaliate in the only way they know how: By stealing a zeppelin and bombing the crap out of everyone. That's the premise behind ApeStorm: Full Bananas from developer Snowhound, which I was shown at GDC this week. Check out the video...
Carter got a chance to see Looty Dungeon back at PAX South which got people around here really excited. Well, we actually got to see the game in action today and I'm thinking the ol' TouchArcade crowd is really going to dig this one. Check out Looty Dungeon in all of its looty dungeony glory:..
Our focus around here is definitely more gamer-y games, and what's cool about GDC is when you run into games like this that are totally outside of what you usually cover. Hearts Medicine is a massive female-targetted game series that combines a lot of familiar mini games and time management mechanics with a surprisingly elaborate plot line that has spanned the entire series of games. Check out a super brief hands-on we got at GDC:..
One of the highlights of GDC for us so far is meeting all four of the Foursaken Media brothers. Aside from being supremely cool dudes, they've also got a game on the horizon. It's called War Tortoise, and the way they're pitching it is as a active clicker/shooter of sorts which sounds really weird but totally works. Here's the brief preview we got:..
We've posted quite a bit about King Rabbit, the game formerly known as Furdemption 2. They changed the name and are barreling towards their release date which is coming very soon. We got a quick look at GDC, and like most sequels, it seems like a really strong iteration of the original game:..
The Sketch Nation series goes way, way back and in fact it was just about 6 years ago on the dot that we sat down to check out the original Sketch Nation at GDC 2010. The series has evolved a lot in the years since, and the most recent version of the game is called Sketch Nation Create [Free] and it expands on the original concept of letting you make your own shoot 'em up game and now allows you to make a variety of game types with a shocking amount of options and depth. It's surprisingly user-friendly and still centers around the idea that you can simply draw your own game assets right there on the touchscreen. Check out this overview of the latest incarnation of Sketch Nation Create...
Most people will probably know Umbrella Games from their Q-bert meets Crossy Road game Down The Mountain [Free] which launched last year, and they're now continuing in that vein with their upcoming RPG Magic Mountain. Utilizing that same blocky voxel style, Magic Mountain has you exploring areas square by square talking to characters learning story bits and even adding some of them to your party as well as engaging in turn-based battles with enemies. Basically, RPG stuff. ..
Pixel Cup Soccer [$0.99] has been bringing fast-paced, old-school style arcade soccer to mobile devices since 2014, and now its sequel Pixel Cup Soccer 2 looks to bring more of the same but in a bigger and better package. Like NBA Jam [$4.99] and other classic arcade sports games, there's no fouls or free kicks in Pixel Cup Soccer 2, just a manic game of slide tackles, steals, and going for the goal. It uses a simplified two button control scheme but unlike the first game the move set is expanded with both short and long passes, controlled shots and lobs, and more all depending on the context of where your player is in the game. ..
Those of us who are of legal drinking age can likely relate to this. You go out with some mates, toss a few too many back, and the next day you wake up in a strange place and spend the entire next day trying to piece together exactly what sort of shenanigans you got into the night before. Basically, the plot of The Hangover. That's the case with Good Knight Story from Turbo Chilli. It's a match-3 RPG about a knight who spends a day trying to figure out what sort of trouble he got into with his buddies the night before. As you travel from level to level matching and battling, you'll also come across the many taverns you visited, each with branching narrative paths that fill you on on your blacked out experience. ..
Candy Crush and its mind-blowing success has spawned an endless see of candy-based games looking to grab even a tiny piece of that money-printing pie, and as such it's hard not to kind of dismiss any new puzzle games built around the theme of candy. In Puzzlepops!, an upcoming logic game from former designer at Halfbrick Layton Hawkes, the candy theme came out in a very organic way. The game's very first tutorial level is a simple puzzle introducing the mechanics to the player, and the resulting completed puzzle ended up looking like a lollipop. Despite Candy Crush indirectly deeming all candy-related puzzle games as casual fare, Puzzlepops! is an ingeniously designed logic game that will test your intelligence and skill in a way that matching candies never could...