Category Archives: Macworld|iWorld 2012

Macworld | iWorld 2012 - Upcoming Pokemon-like 'Dragon Island' from ZigZaGame Inc

Also at Macworld this year was ZigZaGame Inc, the developers who are bringing Adventure Bar Story to the App Store. We've already gone pretty in depth with Adventure Bar Story in our hands-on preview, but another title that they were showing off is their Pokemon-style game Dragon Island...

Macworld | iWorld 2012 - Hands-On Demo of 'Sky Gnomes' from Foursaken Media

Foursaken Media has made a name for themselves which such quality releases as Bug Heroes [Free], it's spinoff Bug Heroes Quest [99¢], and the wacky arcade cooking game Mad Chef [99¢]. In fact, they have yet to make a game that I don't like, and it looks like they aren't interested in breaking that trend anytime soon as their newest upcoming game Sky Gnomes looks like yet another winner. Rather than go into too much detail about Sky Gnomes, check out the hands-on video below where the developer does an excellent job of explaining all the ins and outs of the gameplay:..

Macworld | iWorld 2012 - 'Ow My Balls! XL' is Ready to Kick You Straight in the iPad

In April of 2009, the world was treated to Ow My Balls! [Free], the “Citizen Kane of iPhone gaming” according to our own Eli Hodapp. Ow My Balls! is a simple but powerful arcade game where you kick a hapless gentleman off of a rooftop and try to rack his, ahem, family jewels let’s say, against as many painful objects as possible before hitting the ground. Aiding you in this noble quest is the use of flatulence to keep you afloat and carry you towards some hard to reach objects in the environment (like unicorns), which will ultimately lead to higher scores...

I was able to stop by Gameloft's San Francisco offices while at the conference, and chatted with them about some of their recent releases as well as some of the backlash they've received over them. First was the issue of how they put advertisements into Hero of Sparta II [$4.99], and after an overwhelming amount of negative feedback they decided to take them out. I think it's good when a company goes out on a limb to try something, and then can admit they were wrong about it and make things right in the end...

At last year's Macworld, XMG Studio was showing off Cows vs Aliens [99¢], a game I thoroughly enjoyed when it came out and is still amongst my favorite games. This year, their big upcoming title will be a brand new licensed Ghostbusters game. It's not really past the concept stage just yet, but the mock artwork and test animation videos I saw are looking pretty sweet...

Macworld | iWorld 2012 - Upcoming 'Pokertini', Video Poker with a Twist from Smappsoft

Smappsoft is another company that I had the pleasure of meeting at last year's Macworld, when they were readying the release of their clever matching game Look Again! [$1.99/Lite]. We liked Look Again! quite a bit in our review, and a child-friendly spinoff was released later in the year called Look Again Jr [99¢] which takes the core gameplay of the original but adds in all sorts of learning-centric things for young kids like spelling and counting. It's actually really well done, with brightly colored visuals and some solid voice work, and is something I'd suggest checking out for any of the parents out their with little ones...

After releasing their first iOS game back in mid-December, I got together with Resolve Digital at Macworld to discuss what they have planned for the future of the game. It's called Fathead [99¢], and it's a 2D side-scrolling motorcycle game. This is kind of a tough sell in the App Store, as there are already dozens upon dozens of similar games, but Fathead's distinctive feature is that it's entirely controlled with just one touch. This means it's extremely important to keep tabs on your acceleration as you tackle the terrain, as there's no braking or reversing if you happen to mess up...

Hey developers, it's that time of year again. Macworld is happening in San Francisco next week, January 26th-28th, and this time around they've added a brand new moniker to their conference: iWorld. Since the advent of the iPhone, iPad, and App Store, Macworld has expanded beyond just Macintosh development and now includes lots of iOS type stuff as well. Their new Macworld|iWorld branding is to reflect this greater emphasis on both Mac and iOS development...

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