The Latest News
Fealty Release to Coincide with PAX East in Early April
When PAX East takes place in Boston in early April, one anticipated app whose release will coincide (either just before or during) will be Fealty by Asmadi Games. It will have full async multiplayer through GameCenter for 2-4 players and local multiplayer as well. You will be able to play against an AI with two levels of difficulty. Asmadi has reportedly had to tone down the strongest AI because it was too good. The launch price will be $4.99.
Charadium II Free This Weekend
PocketGamer reports that multiplayer pictionary-like game Charadium II by On5 will be free this weekend on iPhone and iPad. On5 is holding the sale to celebrate the app's winning of the Best Mobile Social Game at the recent International Mobile Gaming Awards in Barcelona.
Hunters 2 To Release on March 23rd
Hunters 2 is the sequel app to the highly regarded Hunters: Episode 1, a turn-based strategy app by Rodeo Games. The developer has delayed the launch by a week and will now be releasing the app on March 23rd. A blog known as Arcadelife has an extensive collection of screenshots and some captions so you can get a better idea of what the game is about from their first impressions.
Cyclades, Olympos, and Yggdrasil Info Updates
Last week we told you that Stephane Maurel was working on Troyes. We soon after got a status update from Stephane on some of the other apps he's working on:
- Cyclades by Matagot), working on tutorial, game help, and the AI. Expects to have all before September.
- Olympos by Ystari, AI beginning to run well. Expects release in the June/July time frame.
- Yggdrasil by Ludonaute, It's pretty finished. Working on details now. Hope to have it in May/June time frame.
Shenandoah Studio Hires Lead Developer
Things are heating up over at Shenandoah Studio. They announced this week that they just hired David Dunham as their lead developer. iOS board gamers might know David by his company A# who published the excellent and uncompromising King of Dragon Pass. We'd like to think this means we'll eventually get something excellent and uncompromising from Shenandoah, who have been very thoughtful and deliberate in all of their efforts so far.
Some GDC Updates
Sadly, neither Brad nor I were able to attend the Game Developer's Conference, which was held in my own metaphorical back yard while I was obligated to an unfortunately timed business trip for my day job. But we've learned that a few developers made some announcements you might be interested in:
- Sega Releases
Total War Battles: Shogun will release on April 19 and Alexandria Bloodshow, the trading-card strategy app with twice as much content as it's predecessor Samurai Bloodshow, will release this Spring. You can read more about these and other Sega apps at TouchArcade.
- Pocket Heroes Coming
TouchArcade's Blake Patterson sat down with Ayopa Games and one title in particular caught our attention. An app called Pocket Heroes would appear to possibly be the first turn-based coop multiplayer RPG for mobile devices*. What caught our eye was that the app will have you make a party on go on quests one turn at a time.
The app is due out in April. So until then, ruminate on this promotional trailer:
[*Some might dispute that and point out that Pocket Kingdom for Nokia N-Gage was the first in this category.]
- Update on Outwitters
Mike Schramm of TUAW got a look at the upcoming Outwitters by One Man Left makers of Tilt to Live. Mike compares it favorably to Hero Academy in that this app additionally features bigger boards, hexes, fog of war aspects, and league play.
Strokes Table Golf Updated
Strokes Table Golf Games has updated their eponymous Carrom-like app to version 1.1. The updates includes fixes to leader board, user registration and login, and pasword functionality, in addition to an update of UI flow. Check out the details on the App Store.
New World Colony Updated
Erik Asmussen has updated his app to version 4.25 with a fix to problems in iOS 4.3, prompts to enter matches and take your turn in multiplayer matches and various other improvements. You can check out all of the details on the App Store.
Army of Frogs HD Updated
Big Daddy's Creations has updated Army of Frogs to version 1.22. The update includes stability improvements and push-notification improvements. Check out the details on the App Store.
Coresoft has updated its crossword app to version 1.97. With this update bonus dictionaries are now free, you can brag about your big scores on Facebook, and now nudge a player if they have not moved in 24 hours. Check out the details for the iPad app and the iPhone app on the App Store.
Interview with Pixelocity, Makers of Disc Drivin'
A developer of one of our all-time favorite apps is interviewed by Becky at Sprites & Bites.