Save the kitties from the fire! Save the kitties from the fire! Emma Jones, the fire fighting star of the new video game Jones on Fire does just that, in theory, if you can help her outrun the flames. Colorado based Glass Bottom Games released Jones on Fire, a run and jump platform game on iOS and the Android platforms priced at $1.99.
Jones on Fire combines retro pix elated graphics with a run and jump game mechanic to make a unique game experience. You play the game as Emma Jones, a female firefighter with spunk and moxy who saves kitties and jumps over burning logs until you get to the firehouse, all while the raging fire threatens to engulf you from behind if you stumble or trip. You jump over obstacles by tapping the left side of the screen and slide under objects by tapping the right side of the screen. You get three lives to make it through each hazard, their word for the levels.
Who would enjoy Jones on Fire? Anyone who likes a video game that utilizes a very unique retro visual style with a sprinting & vaulting escaping mechanic and it helps if you like kitties.
One of the leading indie game companies Indiepub released Capsized+, an enhanced version of the original sci-fi action adventure Capsized, an indie game industry darling, on the iPad for $2.99. IndiePub plans to release Capsized+ on Android, Mac and PS3 later this year. Indie gamers praised the original Capsized when it first debuted and this “plus” version of Capsized will delight them. You can buy in game commendations at different price points. (more…)
The HarryBalls editorial team loves to highlight simple puzzle games we can play anywhere like on the toilet, online in the movie theater or during the movie trailer presentation pregame at the theater. We have previously written about games like Goats and Gadgets, Connectrode, Word Carnivale, and Dark Nebula. Sporos, a new game from a game studio named Appxplore may join the list at some point. Consumers can play Sporos for free on both their iOS and Android devices (more…)
Indie game developer Aake Gregertsen released a new free puzzle logic game on the iOS platform called Wire Storm. In Wire Storm which takes place on something that looks like a basic circuit board you must connect the dots without criss crossing the connector lines. (more…)
What happens when you piss off a giant pastel green giant horned dinosaur wearing a punching glove in a 2D world? A game called Roar Rampage happens. Neutronix and FDG Entertainment partnered to release Rage Dinosaur, a side scrolling 2D destruction game on the iOS platform priced at $0.99 on February 7th. (more…)
Imagine if an unknown person somewhere in front of you launches objects like hiking boots, cactus, bowling balls, video game controllers camping tents, couches, vacuums, and assorted paper based items directly at you. You have to identity each object and fling it into the appropriate bin – outdoor vs indoor, red vs blue etc. That’s the general thrust of Sortee, a new action puzzle game out now on the iOS platform. Flow Studio created Sortee.
Sortee offers two modes, Classic will comes with nine free levels and then you pay $0.99 to unlock the remaining 42 levels. Sometimes you have to sort red and blue objects, indoor from outdoor objects, items with no legs vs four legs, office vs game objects. If you can advance far enough you will have to sort from four different kinds of objects like art vs game vs office vs wood objects.
If you send an item into the wrong bin you crack the screen. Do this three times and the game ends. You can destroy certain objects that don’t belong in any of the bins by pinching your finger. The fast game play mode offers game play from random sections of Sortee but if you screw up just once the game ends.
We think Sortee appeals to a wide audience: For parents this could represent a great educational game for their children but anybody who enjoys a fast paced puzzle oriented action game will play Sortee for hours. Sortee offers a unique game play unseen by our team but then again we get lost in the shower, with a GPS!
Have you heard? About 20,000,000 people have. That’s how many folks have downloaded Temple Run 2 from iTunes in four days! Four frakkin days! Monster indie game studio Imangi released Temple Run 2 on the Apple App store aka iTunes Thursday January 17th and they will release Temple Run 2 on Android later this week. (more…)
A new game called Cross the Line presents an interesting challenge for us because we can’t decide if the folks behind this game Chilibite Games(the publisher) and Codi Games (The creator) are lazy or brilliant. Consumers can play this puzzle game on both the iOS and Android platforms for $1.99.
Cross The Line offers a deceptively simple physics puzzle game which takes place on a blackboard. You must direct a ball over a line with one single swipe, unlike physics puzzlers like Angry Birds where you may get three or four chances to destroy the target.
You can bounce the ball off objects like blocks and the wall while aiming for power-up earning stars. To be clear you aren’t using the slingshot like mechanic in many games like Angry Birds. You are simply flinging the ball once. The puzzles get extremely difficult for those of you who get lost in your showers.
We have been playing Angry Birds Stars since its release on last Thursday and have a thought.
Angry Birds Star Wars overall game experience, while fun, unique and entertaining will extract more money from you than previous versions of Angry Birds. We paid $0.99 for which gave us access to two worlds, Tatooine and the Death Star. You have to pay anywhere from $1.99 to $19.99 to access more sections of Angry Birds Star Wars.
Rovio partnered with Lucas Films to bring this game to market. When these kind of partnerships happen money exchanges hands. Generally company A, in this case Rovio, pays company B, Lucas Films for the rights to Star Wars Franchise. Rovio may have paid Lucas Films an upfront licensing fee or they may simply share a percentage of the revenue or a combination of both. Either way Rovio operates as a for profit business so they are going to generate as must revenue and profit as possible.
Angry Birds Star Wars does offer unique game play. For you example can use Luke’s light saber to deflect the Storm Troopers laser blasts into objects to inflict damage. This can prove to be difficult when you send Luke flying through the air with the laser blasts coming at you to destroy the special golden eggs. We wonder if anyone will attempt to clone this game mechanic.
Use the force Bird. Use the force. But don’t forget your light saber.
Two mega franchises of the last forty years, Lucas Films and Rovio have joined forces to release Angry Birds Star Wars, which tells the iconic story of space rebellion using Rovio’s birds & pigs and some physics. (more…)