Ever been forced to finish a Nazi Zombies session because work, school or whatever other interfering nuisance was to be attended? Well, now you can fend off the undead hordes on the go as well as at home, as Activision have released Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies on the App Store for iOS-equipped devices such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Boasting quality visuals - better on the iPad, of course - support for three other players who you can communicate with via Voice Chat, Black Ops Zombies recreates Treyarch's iconic Kino der Toten and fifty levels from the Dead Ops top-down arcade twin-sticks shooter - gasp! - all for just $6.99 from the App Store. Check out the trailer for a little idea of what's in store. [App Store]
Bookworm is one of PopCap's casual juggernauts - and plays out like a cross between Scrabble and good old fashioned wordsearches. It's the perfect game for expanding your vocabulary on the move - and thanks to a limited time reduction, is now down to a meagre 59p on the App Store. Well worth checking out at this price - so do so while you still can!
PopCap's flower defence (see what I did there?) title is now down to a ridiculous 59p for a limited time, meaning that you really ought to buy it immediately.
Still need convincing? Fine.
Plants vs Zombies is a tower defence title like no other. It’s been developed by the casual masters at PopCap to be the cutest and most addictive example of the genre- and by employing the most adorable necrovore plants imaginable, they’ve absolutely succeeded. Defending your house and garden against voracious zombies is cerebral, immediate and frantic- and there are plenty of belly laughs along the way.
SEGA's motivations for closing down the lovingly-crafted Streets Of Rage fan remake may have suddenly become clear. As of today, Streets Of Rage 2 is now available on the App Store for £1.79; boasting "down-and-dirty, street-level battles, with a complex plot and fast gameplay." The iOS version also includes Bluetooth multiplayer functionality and the full original Japanese version of Bare Knuckle 2.
Other SEGA classics including Golden Axe 2 and Streets Of Rage 3 are also slated for release on iOS platforms this Spring.
Still sucks about the fan remake, though. Whether or not the diehard faithful will choose to boycott this release remains to be seen - but our mobile sister site, Mobot, will likely have a review before too long.
World Of Goo jumps onto the iPhone 3GS and 4 on Thursday (14th April) and for the first 24 hours following its release it'll be priced up for 59p on iTunes, sadly there's no link yet but I'm sure it'll go up soon. You'll get to create cool structure out of goo in order to solve the puzzles that present themselves in the game, and it's worth noting that you'll get sucked into the addictive gameplay incredibly quickly. On the plus side, you'll have the game on your phone, which therefore means that you can take it with you when you've got somewhere to be, but you can't rip yourself away from the screen. Thanks to Thomas @ HUKD.
Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD brings a tyre screeching experience to whichever touchscreen Apple device you may own, and it'll also show off the graphics capabilities of the iPad 2 if you're lucky enough to have purchased one. You'll have your pick of Bugatti Veyrons, Ferraris, Aston Martins, and Pagani Zondas, to face off against the other racers in, across a variety of different tracks. The price drops to 59p tomorrow (14th April) and the deal lasts until Friday (15th April), so you'll need to be quick to take advantage of this one. Thanks to Dokko @ HUKD.
As a massive fan of bullet hell SHMUPS, I was delighted to boot up DoDonPachi Resurrection and discover that Cave Games are holding a 1 Year Anniversary sale that ends this Sunday (and a little annoyed that I paid full whack). To celebrate, they've knocked two of their best shooters down to £2.99 - including DoDonPachi Resurrection and Espagaluda II. They're fantastic, hectic and perfectly-optimised ports of arcade classics, and run perfectly on newer-gen iDevices. They also look great on an iPad, and whilst there's a bit of pixelation, the oversized screen makes dodging through the insane amount of incoming fire much easier. You can read the full details over at the Cave blog.
Following on from our posts on Tuesday about Capcom cutting their prices on Street Fighter IV across Apple's growing range of touchscreen devices and sending the proceeds to the relief effort in Japan (I've since gone on to buy Street Fighter IV for my iPhone and I can't recommend it highly enough, in fact it may be the most fun I've had with an app), it appears that Pop Cap have decided to follow suit and do the same, by partnering with the Red Cross and slashing the prices on all their iOS games for 48 hours starting this Saturday 19th March and finishing at the end of Sunday 20th March.
This means, that for the weekend at least, you'll be able to get your hands on games like Bejeweled, Bookworm, Chuzzle, Peggle, and Plants vs. Zombies for a fraction of their regular price. This is a great opportunity to get your hands on some fantastic portable games, but more importantly you'll be helping a nation that's desperately in need of assistance. Thanks to chrisvenn @ HUKD. [Kotaku]
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Rejoice, Rainbox Six fans! Ubisoft's tactical (and in my opinion, best) Tom Clancy franchise has hit iOS in portable form thanks to the good folks over at Gameloft. I'll have a review for you soon over at Mobot, our mobile sister site, but the full details are below in the meantime. Here's hoping for another next-gen outing before too long. Gameloft are also working on a WoW-style mobile MMO, which has the potential to be crazy addictive even by iPhone standards.
Gameloft has slashed the price of Dungeon Hunter 2 down to 59p for the day... which is something you should buy immediately if you do not already own it. In my full review over at Mobot, I praised the fact that it's a full-fat loot grinding experience that would feel right at home on a decent rig, but ported down to the iPhone with no loss of value, graphics or gameplay. It's brilliant - and iPhone/iPad owners should definitely get on the case before the end of the day.
Thanks to kas768 at Hot UK Deals
After becoming one of the most popular games to not fully release in 2010, it appears that Indie sensation MineCraft will be making the transition to iPad and iPhone later this year. Will nowhere be safe from Mojang's monstrously addictive masterpiece?Click to read more...
Epic War 3 is free to play at Kongregate... but its subtle balance of streamlined accessibility and addictive collect-em-all vibe works phenomenally well on the iPhone. It strims down the genre to its bare essentials, creating an engrossing experience that can be played for minutes or hours at a time. It's currently free over at the App Store- so why not give it a whirl?
Keep an eye on Mobot.net for the latest app reviews!
Geared 2 gives a very strange first impression. There's a hamster... and some cogs... so what exactly am I supposed to do?! After a while, however, you'll realise that it's a clever puzzler that challenges you to correctly place gears to complete complex mechanisms (and yes, the hamster is purely cosmetic). It's serene, clever, attractive and free.
Yep, free. Off you go!
Thanks to Tazman at Hot UK Deals, who found this deal well before I did!
First things first: Trucker's Delight is loosely based on the very first part of a decidedly NSFW geek meme-inspired music video. The source material isn't inspired- and we certainly don't endorse it- but the game itself is a fun and capable clone of Outrun. You'll need to dodge your 18-wheeler between vehicles and chase down your target, essentially providing a driving dodge 'em up rather than a racing game. The accelerometer tilt control works extremely well, and you may just find yourself a true go-to game.
Oh, and it's free until Sunday night. We have a strong suspicion that the next episode won't even be suitable for us to recommend!
Yum! Super Yum Yum: Puzzle Adventures is down to the competitive price of £0.00 today to celebrate OpenFeint's Free Game Of The Day. It's a cute and capable puzzler that challenges you to help Leon the Chameleon eat a bunch of fruit... which sounds ridiculously easy until you realise that he can only chow down on fruit that's the same colour as he is. Planning your routes in advance takes a surprising amount of brainpower and some fast-fingered reflexes.
It's free. For a limited time. Go get it!
Despite Ninty's top brass dismissing them as a threat, Apple devices are receiving better and better games for a tiny fraction of a retail title's RRP. Asphalt 5 is an excellent arcade racer that feels a lot like Burnout and Outrun, with eyepopping visuals that have been optimised for the iPhone 4's retina display. It looks great, the handling works well... and it's 59p. Go download it already! Thanks to kas786 at Hot UK Deals.
Once you've made the decision to update a classic franchise for a new generation of gamers, there are two perfectly valid ways of going about it. The sublime Space Invaders: IG demonstrated the first method by utterly rebuilding the experience from the ground up and turning it into something completely different. However, Namco have taken the opposite tack by adding a few tweaks to an otherwise familiar formula. You'd be forgiven for thinking that Pac-Man would taste stale after all these years (as well as a similar Championship prequel)... but after taking a tentative bite, I discovered something remarkable.
It's utterly delicious. And it tastes sweeter than ever before.
The creamy centre remains unchanged. Our ravenous spherical hero has to eat Pac-Dots and fruit to earn points and access new mazes, with an entourage of deadly ghosts hounding his every move. This basic concept has been spruced up with crisp, pixel-perfect visuals that provide a range of colour schemes for every taste. Whether you crave the classic blue and yellow, LCD retro green or insane pulsating brain candy, Namco has you covered. Three difficulty modes provide a range of game speeds meaning that you can take some time finding your feet before ramping up to ridiculous hypnotic madness.Click here to read more...
id Software's legendary Technical Director John Carmack wowed us all at this year's QuakeCon with an iPhone port of RAGE, their anticipated new IP. Tim Willets filled us in on some more choice details during our Eurogamer interview, but Carmack has now unleashed the big picture in a (very technical) post on the Bethesda Blog.
Entitled Mutant Bash TV, this standalone title will be a fast and furious FPS that focuses on immediate fun rather than canonical exposition. Score and multipliers will play a key role in gameplay, taking place in a brutal reality TV show set in the RAGE universe.
Beyond basic survival, there are pickups, head shots, and hit streak multipliers to add more options to the gameplay, and there is a broad range of skill levels available from keep-hitting-fire-and-you-should-make-it to almost-impossible. - Carmack
Sounds like fun- and a perfect fit for a handheld device. Unfortunately there won't be much hope for a full RAGE iPhone port, however, as Carmack continued to state that it would be a "hopelessly bad idea" despite the fact that it's technically possible. [BethBlog]
As an rabid exponent of Xbox Live Indie games, I was utterly dismayed to discover that Microsoft have squirrelled the Indie Games channel behind yet another menu in the redesigned game marketplace. Despite the fact that this impressive stable of Indie developers are arguably the main unique selling point that the 360 has to offer (the jury's still firmly out on Kinect), their online presence has been buried alongside Game Room's bloated decaying carcass and behind the Avatar Marketplace!
Many Indie developers have railed against this new state of affairs, stating (rightfully) that the decreased visibility will negatively affect their sales. This rides on the back of months of poor Microsoft communication and broken sales lists that have dented Independent sales even further. Microsoft should be making the Indie Games service more visible and accessible- not hiding it! Remember, however, that you can also browse the catalogue and queue up demos or downloads in your web browser, here.
Oh, and don't you dare stop at the avatar marketplace on your way to the Indie Games. I'll know.
UPDATE: Vote here to bring the service to Microsoft's attention! It'll only take a minute to register and will make a huge difference.
Keiji Inafune may have given in his notice to Capcom, but that doesn't mean he hasn't finished running his mouth. In a series of parting blows to both Capcom and the Japanese gaming industry in general, the former R&D chief explained that the current system forces hardworking creatives to become salaried drones and encourages laziness.
In short, it's like a communist state. Working as hard as you can is your own loss. Not working hard becomes more advantageous. But doesn't that get in the way of making games? You can't make good games by just taking it easy. -Keiji Inafune to 4Gamer (thanks, NeoGAF)
Just reminding you that Lord Of The Rings Online is now free to play in Europe. We brought you the news back in June, but the F2P model is now up and running. It's a big download, but probably worth a look.
Thanks to Janine for the tipoff, and silkhuk at Hot UK Deals for getting the word out!
So, Sonic 4 episode 1's price on the 360 might not be the greatest deal in the world, because despite the welcome return to 2D platform environments and a decent upscaling of the graphics, you'll quickly notice similarities between most aspects of the new and old games, although if you're a fan of the blue hedgehog you probably won't mind too much. Luckily, if you also happen to own an iPhone or an iPod Touch, you can grab the game for the far more agreeable price of £3.99 in the iTunes Store's Halloween sale, which ends on Monday 1st November. Thanks to eddiecox @ HUKD.