With the success of Crossy Road [Free] and its many spinoffs, it can be tough to get excited when a developer describes their upcoming game is an "endless hopper." You immediately imagine yet another Verby Noun game that doesn't do anything especially different from the many similar games flooding the market. So it was a pleasant surprise to see Runaway Toad, a game that Carter checked out at PAX South back in January, in action for myself. It's not a Crossy Road-like gameplay-wise, it's more of a platform jumper where you need to adequately estimate the angle and force of your jump from platform to platform. Runaway Toad takes that simple concept and adds in lots of interesting layers in terms of power-ups, enemies, storyline, fantastic visuals and a wonderful atmosphere...
Back in the early days of the App Store when platformers were all the rage developers did a lot of things with gravity, rotating the camera around, and other things like that. Soosiz was an early standout, but that kind of gameplay almost felt forgotten... At least until Noodlecake showed us Caterzillar today. It feels like Soosiz in a lot of ways, but has a lot of really cool twists. Check out the video:..
Prior to GDC, we posted a brief preview of Noodlecake's upcoming Dig Deep which was so vague it actually seemed to make people mad. Well, today we've got all the details on the game with this surprisingly rockin' hands on video of Dig Deep:..
While runners with a color changing mechanic aren't really anything that new, Noodlecake's upcoming Chameleon Run is another one that seems to do everything right. There's a surprising amount of depth in the game which slowly shows itself through multiple replays of individual levels which slowly unlock crazier and crazier things:..
I feel like we're on the verge of describing way too many games as being MOBA-like, but it still feels vaguely appropriate here when it comes to Kiloo's upcoming title, Spellbinders. In the game, you play as different characters, commanding various unique forces on a battlefield in lane-based, strategic combat. Take a look at the gameplay video:..
Kiloo is on fire lately with all their various successes on the App Store and their latest likely hit, Tesla Tubes is hitting the App Store this Thursday. It has a basic puzzle mechanic involving connecting two points, like quite a few other games on the App Store, but where Kiloo's Tesla Tubes pulls ahead is in the polish department. Check out the video:..
When sitting down to check out One More Jump from SMG Studios here at GDC, they just happened to have a build of the very first prototype of their most recent game Thumb Drift [Free] running on their demo device. I absolutely love taking a look at the "before and after" of games and seeing where they began, and after seeing this Thumb Drift prototype I knew other people might be interested in seeing the evolution of the game too. So we shot some video of the original "day one" proof of concept version of the game, as well as a second more polished version that was a few weeks into development at the time, and finally finish up with the actual release version that hit the App Store last month...
PikPok is no stranger to making crazy games, as they're the guys behind a ton of totally off the wall titles published by Adult Swim. Their latest game fits right in with what we've come to expect in that it's delightfully weird but incredibly well done. It's called Doomsday Clicker, and, well, the title tells you almost everything about the game. Check out the gameplay video:..
One of the surprises of GDC so far has been Rodeo Stampede, a game that combines voxel art and animal collection with a really fun core game of lassoing animals and hopping from beast to beast in a massive stampede. The core gameplay loop involves hopping on an animal, and launching yourself up the stampede until you are on the back of an animal you don't have yet. Hang on a bit longer and you'll be able to capture it, at which point it gets added to your collection of animals and you can start out riding that same animal on your next go. Check out the game in action:..
In September of last year, Deed - The Game [Free] officially launched in the App Store, but it wasn't until today at GDC that I'd even heard of it. There are a couple reasons for that, I think. For one, it's based on a physical board game named simply Sustainable Business that's popular in Brazil but not so much elsewhere. Second, Deed was somewhat positioned as an educational game, which is accurate as it's a simulation of global trading but that's sort of dismissive of the actual fun and strategy contained within. Well, it turns out that that initial launch of Deed was sort of a learning experience anyway, and so developer Sinergia Studios made the tweaks and fixes that the game needed based on feedback while it was live in the time since its launch, and in fact ended up even completely revamping the art style for the "real" launch of the game when a big version 2.0 update hit last month. ..