Apple’s Free App of the Week is likely Shadowmatic. Featured at the Apple TV launch event, this game also won an Apple Design Award this year. It’s a great game and will look great on the new Apple TV.
Many thanks to AZZL for sponsoring Slide to Play this week.
AZZL is an entertaining hybrid of a game and a cartoon charged with emotions and jokes. Available exclusively in the App Store, AZZL is suitable for all ages and features brilliant artwork, beautiful animation, and unique, loveable characters that promise to turn an ordinary day into one full of fun, laughs, and endless puzzle-solving joy.
AZZL features innovative gameplay, unique puzzles, and even a few secrets hidden in the games nearly 100 stories. To solve each of the puzzles, users have to tap, move, swipe, and rotate animated pieces that include squares, zigzags, waves, hexagons, triangles, circles and more.
It’s a shame what EA has done to Popcap. But what’s not a shame is that all the bright minds that left Popcap have started forming a bunch of indie game studios and announcing new games. This game from one such studio, Righteous Hammer, is an example.
Solitairica takes RPG combat and endlessly replayable roguelike progression and brings them to a fresh place in the world of solitaire.
Solitairica will be a premium title coming to iOS first in 2016.
Noting that there will not be a Five Nights At Freddy’s 5, creator Scott Cawthon did bring up that an FNAF themed RPG is under development.
It’s very important for me to say again that there will NOT be a Five Nights at Freddy’s 5. The story is complete, and the Halloween update and new game will not add to it.
That being said, I wanted to use these characters in a new and fun way because they are so near and dear to my heart, and I was excited to work on a type of game that I hadn’t made in a long time.
The new game that I’m working on will be called FNAF World. It will not be a horror game, but a role playing game where you create a party using the huge selection of characters from the FNaF games, including the classic, withered, toy, phantom, and nightmare versions. I’ve been working steadily on characters and hope to start on enemy models next week.
The highly anticipated Minecraft Story Mode Telltale game will see the first episode, titled “Order of the Stone,” out in under a month with more episodes to follow.
In Minecraft: Story Mode, playing as either a male or female hero named ‘Jesse,’ you’ll embark on a perilous adventure across the Overworld, through the Nether, to the End, and beyond. You and your friends revere the legendary Order of the Stone: Warrior, Redstone Engineer, Griefer, and Architect; slayers of the Ender Dragon. While at EnderCon in hopes of meeting Gabriel the Warrior, Jesse’s friends discover that something is wrong… something dreadful. Terror is unleashed, and you must set out on a quest to find The Order of the Stone if you are to save your world from oblivion.
Call of Champions is the most intense real-time multiplayer battle arena (MOBA) game for the iPad and iPhone. Choose a Champion, recruit a team, smash the enemy, and compete against millions worldwide!
The heart-pounding five-minute matches in Call of Champions distill the best of old-school MOBA mechanics like lanes, minions, and item shops into fast-paced tactical brawls, game-changing power-ups, and a tug-of-war with an Orb of Death.
Featuring over 15 Champions with fully customizable talent trees, as well as an innovative A.I. that fills in if you need to take a call or text, Call of Champions is the MOBA perfected for mobile devices.
Pocket Tactics has a great guide up for World of Tanks: Blitz if you are just getting into the game. Head on over and take a look.
It’s best to take equipment that enhances a tank’s strengths, rather than to make up for deficiencies. Throwing a camo net on an easily spotted heavy tank is a waste of credits, but a toolbox to speed up repairs after you’ve soaked up a dozen shells is essential.
Tech in Asia reports that Beatrobo wants to bring back the game cartridge — but this time for mobile phones.
Naming these devices that plug into the headphone jack of mobile phones “pico cassettes,” the devices don’t actually hold any games, they just unlock the game on the device. The goal of the device is to bring back the physical ownership of games, collecting, and trading of games.
Seem like a good idea? I don’t know if I want to go back to trying to carry around multiple game cartridges, but there is a little part of me that misses opening the boxes and plugging in the game for the first time.
The Rise of Continents event that kicks off of 28 September will be a four-week-long tournament pitting Europe, North America, Asia, and (oddly) the Russian Commonwealth. It’s sort of a passive tournament — all you have to do to represent your continent is log into the game and play, and Wargaming will tot up which region is doing the best each week, with the winning teams getting in-game swag like premium tanks and IRL swag like Sennheiser headsets.
3.5/5 From Gamezebo for this CCG/Football mash-up game from Hothead.
Boom Boom Football deals with the biggest problem turning football into a video game right off the bat. It’s a complicated sport, but it doesn’t have to be. Hothead reimagines it with just seven players per team (three each on offense and defense, plus a kicker) and distills each game down to six individual matchups, with a seventh on hand just in case the score is tied and the contest goes into overtime.
9to5Mac has a great guide up detailing the quickest way to transfer all games and data from one device to another. Particularly good to keep close by with the release of the iPhone 6s and 6s+ next week.
Gamezebo took a look at Puzzle Craft 2, released last week from Chillingo. This followup to the great Puzzle Craft gets a fantastic 4.5/5 in the review. Reviewer Jillian Werner notes:
Ultimately, Puzzle Craft 2 is everything a sequel should be: it’s bigger, grander, and more engaging than its already-fantastic predecessor. It exists within very much the same world, aesthetics- and personality-wise, but adds so much content and variety that going back to the original no longer feels like an option. And trust us, we loved the original. But now we love Puzzle Craft 2, and we think it loves us, too.
Looking to bring communication to all game players, Hammer & Chisel has released web, desktop, and even mobile versions of their new chat app, Discord.
According to [Jason] Citron, the company feels that one of the missing pieces of the current esports scene is a reliable and secure way for teammates to communicate when playing team games. Part of the inspiration for Discord came from creating Fates Forever and noticing that voice and text chat on mobile haven’t really advanced over the past decade. The team acknowledges that there are services like Skype and Teamspeak already in the scene, but they feel that those services aren’t satisfying and believe Discord is a successful mashup of two useful tools.
Machine Zone, maker of Game of War seems to have found a way to mint money. And when that happens, why not contract a musician not known for anything other than singing as your star spokesperson for the game. Why not?
Steelseries CEO Ehtisham Rabbani talks to Venture Beat about the recently announced Nimbus controller and what it took to develop it. It’s a good read.
We’ve been working on this for over a year, and it’s been a highly secret project. I’d say the vast amount of people working at SteelSeries didn’t even know we were working on it. It’s been an effort that’s been done conjointly with Apple’s engineering team.