All Articles by Paul Acevedo

Race for charity in Sidekick Cycle on iOS

Want to do a little racing and maybe help make a difference in someone’s life? Then look no further than Sidekick Cycle from Global Gaming Initiative. Sidekick Cycle is a 2D racing game in which players bike through obstacle courses filled with ramps and crazy loops. The iOS game has just received a major update that doubles its content, adding lots more levels and riders.

Now comes the part where gamers can do some good. Sidekick Cycle is free to play with in-app purchases. Fifty percent of in-app purchases go towards the “Free Bikes 4 Kidz” charity based out of Minneapolis, MN. As you can probably tell, the charity buys bicycles for children in order to help them lead healthy lifestyles.

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Evolution: Battle for Utopia stakes a claim on iOS

Are you familiar with My.com? It’s a subsidiary of the Mail.Ru Group that publishes apps like myChat and myCamera for mobile devices. Most interestingly (to me), My.com also makes games for PC and mobile.

Their latest game Evolution: Battle for Utopia launched exclusively on iOS at the beginning of April, quickly becoming a top game in over 125 countries. Evolution combines third-person shooter gameplay, base building, strategy, and Player-versus-Player battles in a very slick package. If you’re looking for an iPhone and iPad game with impressive graphics and a variety of gameplay styles, look no further.

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Celebrate PB and J Day with Polar Bowler on iOS

In early 2013, WildTangent Studios released its first mobile game: Polar Bowler 1st Frame. A lighthearted bowling simulation, it starred a polar bear named “PB” and his penguin sidekick “J.”

That brings us to today: National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. In celebration of this tasty holiday, WildTangent has just launched the full sequel to 1st Frame, simply titled Polar Bowler. The new game features a vastly expanded array of fantasy-themed arctic bowling courses and special inner tubes for PB to wear as he crashes through pins. It sure beats strapping on rental shoes in a bowling alley!

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Design photobooks from your iPad with ease using Kodak Moments HD

iOS offers a variety of photo printing apps like Free Prints and PostalPix. But until now, none of them bore the illustrious Kodak name. That changes today with the release of Kodak Moments HD for iPad. With Kodak Moments HD, users can easily create high quality photo books and prints using photographs from their iPad or social media sharing sites. And unlike competing apps, Kodak allows users to choose from both ship-to-home and same-day in-store pickup options.

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First look at Sega's Crazy Taxi City Rush, coming soon to iOS

In 1999, Sega released a fast-paced driving game called Crazy Taxi in arcades and on their Sega Dreamcast console. The combination of driving passengers to their destinations, wild and humorous gameplay, and licensed punk music helped Crazy Taxi find a permanent parking spot in many gamers’ hearts. Two sequels followed, not to mention a popular iOS port of the original game.

Sensing that Crazy Taxi has even more life on mobile, SEGA has just announced a new mobile-exclusive sequel called Crazy Taxi: City Rush for iPhone, iPad, and Android. The new game will have everything fans loved about the original, plus a new touch-friendly control scheme and lots of fresh content. We met with SEGA to play an early build of City Rush and came away highly impressed. Don't miss our exclusive gameplay footage, interview, and screenshots!

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The Deadlings are here to solve puzzles and eat brains

Polish games maker Artifex Mundi is best known for their hidden object games like Nightmares from the Deep: the Cursed Heart. But they also publish games from other studios, such as fellow Polish developer Nimbi.

The two companies have teamed up to produce The Deadlings, which has just launched on iOS today. Instead of a hidden object adventure, the Deadlings is a clever and whimsical puzzle game starring a bunch of surprisingly lovable zombies. Haven’t we all seen enough of the scary ones anyway?

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Build a fantasy village and take it anywhere in The Tribez & Castlez

In the mobile gaming world, Game Insight is pretty much the king of city builders. We’ve covered the Russian publisher’s futuristic entry 2020: My Country in the past, but their history with the genre goes back farther than that. One of their early hits was 2012’s The Tribez, in which players built a city for a tribe of primitive inhabitants.

Today Game Insight follows up with a new installment, The Tribez and Castlez! This one takes the game into ­ medieval fantasy setting – as well as throwing in some tower defense gameplay that you wouldn’t usually find in the city building genre. It’s out now and free on iOS.

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Three indie games you'll want to play on iOS

We’ve brought you news of some cool iOS games from the recent Apps World event, such as social photo game Revel and the 3D penguin adventure XnO. Today we look at three more games from the show.

Mr. Runner 2 is a free to play running game that you can (and should) get right now. Towerful is a tower “offense” game designed by two bright young boys. And Zato is a sword slashing game starring a blind samurai. All three games bring something new and different to the table that you’d only get from indie game developers.

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From Solar Warfare to Dragon Maker, cool iOS games from TegTap

TegTap is a two-man app development studio based in Arizona with a surprisingly diverse selection of games under its belt. The studio has published a variety of kids’ apps for iOS, including Dragon Maker, My Fairy Pony, and Dino Digger (some of which are also available on Mac).

On the other end of the spectrum, TegTap’s flagship title Solar Warfare is a full-fledged sci-fi shooter aimed at the more hardcore gaming crowd. With smooth 3D graphics, gigantic bosses, and intuitive controls, Solar Warfare made a strong impression during the Big Indie Pitch competition at Apps World.

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Valentine's Games for iOS, for him and her

Love is in the air, and the luckiest among us will celebrate Valentine’s Day with someone special. And if you’re eating somewhere nice for the holiday, you’re probably going to spend more than a few minutes waiting to be seated. Why not pass the time with Valentine-themed content in your favorite mobile game? We’ve got nine festive games for him and her that you won’t want to put down when it’s time to order.

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Rescue penguins and save the day in XnO

Catapult games are a big deal on mobile – just look at Angry Birds and the many games the series has inspired as proof. The style of gameplay – aiming projectiles at something and trying to knock it over – works perfectly with touch-screen devices. You can classify these games as physics puzzlers, but they feel more action-oriented than most physics games.

At Apps World last week, I discovered a 3D catapult game from indie developer Digital Eclairs called XnO. The 3D perspective makes for a more interesting game (to me) than 2D games of this style. XnO also has an endearing set of characters and delightful, high quality art style to set it apart. It’s also one of the few participants in the Big Indie Pitch that has already made it to market, so you can download it right now.

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Social iOS game Revel wins the Big Indie Pitch

Last week’s Apps World was an event dedicated to mobile games and apps - and the craft of making them. Apps World culminated with the Big Indie Pitch, a contest in which game developers pitched their games to members of the press. I look forward to telling you all about my experience with the Pitch very soon.

In the meantime, let’s look at one of the two games that won the Big Indie Pitch. New York-based developer Odin’s Hammer bought their social interaction/photo game Revel to the show. Revel is a unique photo scavenger hunt game in which players take pictures of things in their environment and try to outdo their peers. Revel could be the next big thing in mobile games, and it’s available right now on iOS.

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Apps World: Gubble returns in Gubble Vacation Rush

Back in the late nineties, an arcade-style game called Gubble migrated from PC and Mac to the original Playstation. It starred a little purple alien who hopped around in a pogo stick-like vehicle and solved puzzles with simple tools like hammer and screwdriver. Several years later, developer Actual Entertainment released the first Gubble on iPhone and iPad.

At Apps World in San Francisco this week we met with Actual president Franz Lanzinger to learn about Gubble’s upcoming trip to iOS. The hammer-loving alien will soon star in Gubble Vacation Rush, a 3D endless running game. With a retro character and unique tool-based gameplay mechanics, Vacation Rush is shaping up to be a runner of a different color. See it in action in our hands-on video!

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Apps World: New features coming to Zeebox TV app

This week’s App World event in San Francisco was been dedicated to mobile games and apps. One section of the show – TV Hackfest - specifically showcased apps relating to television and video viewing.

Inside of the TV Hackfest area, we met with Anthony Rose, Co-founder and CTO off Zeebox. Zeebox is a second-screen TV app with features like a customizable TV guide, news feeds for users’ favorite shows, and discussion rooms for those shows. Anthony was kind enough to show us some of the things Zeebox can do and provide iMore with an exclusive look at the iOS update that's due out in a few days.

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iMore heads to Apps World this week to judge at the Big Indie Pitch

iMore has been known to cover a gaming event or two, whether it’s E3, GDC, or even PAX. These shows offer a great chance for us to learn about hot games coming to iOS as well as interview our favorite game developers.

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Injustice players get free credits, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and whole DC cast get battered better than ever!

Injustice: Gods Among Us from Warner Bros. is one of the better mobile fighting games out there. Players get to take on the roles of numerous DC Comics superheroes like Superman, Green Arrow, and Wonder Woman and beat the tar out of enemy heroes and villains, all with simple and intuitive touch controls.

The mobile game’s impressive lineup of characters, sharp graphics, and surprisingly fair free to play structure have made it quite a hit on iOS and Android. In fact, Warner Bros. announced today that Injustice has been played over one billion times across the two mobile platforms. To celebrate that milestone, all players who log in to the game from now until the weekend ends will receive 30,000 free credits. Great time to try Injustice and unlock a character or two, wouldn’t you say?

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Beyond the Dead review: Build a settlement of zombie killers on iOS

There’s no shortage of zombie games in the modern age, not even on mobile. And while zombies lend themselves especially well to action and shooter games, they also pop up in many other genres.  A couple of iOS examples: The Walking Dead is quite a popular adventure game, and cult favorite Zombies!!! mixes the undead with a dice-rolling board game.

Mobile publishing giant GREE has recently tossed its own hat into the world of zombie games with Beyond the Dead. Coming from GREE’s Vancouver-based studio, Beyond the Dead is more of a traditional mobile game than the two titles I just mentioned. But this one’s mixture of card collecting and town building with a zombie apocalypse still makes it worth a look for zombie-loving casual gamers.

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Tanktastic picks up new maps and tanks, gives out MOGA Ace Controllers

When we last looked at Tanktastic, it was pretty much the only game online tank combat game in town for iOS. Faced with more competition nowadays, Ukrainian developer G.H.O.R. Corporation has recently published a major Tanktastic update. They're also giving out MOGA controllers as part of a contest that ends on February 4th. Read on to learn about the contest, plus exclusive details on the update and the future of Tanktastic!

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Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper dances onto iOS [Updated]

SEGA has been knocking out of the park lately as mobile games go. In the last few months, they’ve released the remastered Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and the robust kart racer Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Transformed on mobile devices. Both games give you the console gaming experience on iPhone or iPad.

Today they follow up with Rhythm Thief & The Paris Caper, a game which came out at retail on the 3DS not long ago. Rhythm Thief combines adventure gaming with a whimsical story and music-based rhythm games to create a totally unique experience. If you enjoy games like the Professor Leyton series and don’t mind paying for them, consider this one a must-buy.

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2020: My Country builds a better city on iOS and Mac

Last year we named Game Insight’s My Country as one of the best simulation games for iPhone. It basically combined a standard free-to-play city building design with that of a real city simulation. The extra depth really helped My Country stand above other city builders.

This year, Game Insight followed up with a sequel called 2020: My Country. The new game starts out quite a lot like the old one, but before long players will encounter science-fiction elements like flying cars, teleporters, and aliens. 2020: My Country initially debuted as an iPad-specific game, but the publisher recently released it for iPhone and Mac OS X as well.

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