Monthly Archives: February 2016

Foursaken Media’s Upcoming ‘War Tortoise’ is Like a Clicker but With 3rd Person Shooting

Foursaken Media’s Upcoming ‘War Tortoise’ is Like a Clicker but With 3rd Person Shooting

Foursaken Media continues to put out game after game, and not long after releasing All is Lost, the developers are planning on releasing their new game, War Tortoise, somewhere in March or early April. As for what this new game is? Well, as it’s usually their style, the developers have taken different genres and molded them together. As the developers describe it in our forums, War Tortoise is like a clicker/tapper but you replace the clicking/tapping mechanic with 3rd person shooting. What that means in terms of gameplay is that there’s an emphasis on wave progression, the upgrade loop, prestige mechanic, and manual vs auto DPS. You can see from the gifs below that there’s a crazy amount of action going on on screen, and it looks like a lot of fun.

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The developers have also focused on making the game look as pretty as possible by including physically based lighting, bloom, reflections, real time shadows, and other high end graphical effects. Add to that how the game will run at 60 fps on the latest devices, and you can guess how nice it should look. You’ll also be building an army to accompany you on the field – in typical Foursaken Media style. The game is “99% complete,” so War Tortoise should be hitting the App Store March or early April.

Is Your Sleep Tracker Keeping You Up at Night?

Is Your Sleep Tracker Keeping You Up at Night?

Sleep is as important to health as diet and exercise and, thanks to new technology, tracking sleep is now routine in monitoring overall well-being. But are the devices used to do this actually useful, or have we simply found a more sophisticated way to clock watch?

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Clever Tangram-Style Puzzler ‘Zenge’ Gets New Trailer, Arriving in Latter Half of March

Clever Tangram-Style Puzzler ‘Zenge’ Gets New Trailer, Arriving in Latter Half of March

Back in December we checked out the trailer for a clever upcoming puzzle game called Zenge. The actual puzzles were similar to Tangram puzzles, but with a couple of unique wrinkles. One is that each of the pieces of the puzzles had a track of sorts, meaning it had to be slid in in a certain way. Since some pieces could interfere with the tracks of the other pieces of the puzzle, putting the pieces together in the correct order was a key component in addition to placing it in its correct orientation and spot on the board. The other neat feature of Zenge is that each puzzle created a picture which went towards telling an overarching story. A few days ago Zenge developer Hamster On Coke Games (yes that is their actual name) posted a brand new trailer for the game.

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This latest Zenge trailer shows a few of the more complex puzzles, though as the developer notes in our forums none of the puzzles in the game are designed to be too difficult but each level was designed to be very different from one another, so the game “challenges you in the pleasant, not obvious way.” Zenge is more or less complete and while there’s not quite a specific release date yet Hamster On Coke is shooting for getting the game out to everyone in the second half of March, so not too long to wait now.

‘Train Conductor World’ from The Voxel Agents Releases on March 3rd

‘Train Conductor World’ from The Voxel Agents Releases on March 3rd

The Voxel Agents’ long-planned resurrection of their Train Conductor franchise finally comes to frutition this week, as Train Conductor World releases on March 3rd. The game’s been given a fresh coat of paint with three-dimensional visuals, but The Voxel Agents says they’ve also done some work on refining how the train conducting works to be better than ever. Considering that the series hasn’t seen a new entry in over 5 years, one would hope! But then again, trains are trains and I mean, switching rails can always be made more efficient, but it’s still rail-switching. The point is that Train Conductor World should bring back some tried-and-true fun from a franchise that has seen over 7 million downloads back in the earlier days of the App Store.

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Train Conductor World launches this Thursday, March 3rd, as a free download, and focuses on European railways, as you can see by the map below:

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And of course, along with the new tweaks and levels, comes some tricky new challenges to complete and train customizations to unlock. Pimp that train!

Developer of ‘Smash Hit’ and ‘Does Not Commute’ Announces New Puzzler ‘DIRAC’, Coming March 10th

Developer of ‘Smash Hit’ and ‘Does Not Commute’ Announces New Puzzler ‘DIRAC’, Coming March 10th

Mediocre Games is the name of a company that makes really good games. It can get confusing, but it also makes sense. Most of the companies that flood the App Store with crappy shovelware are named “Best Top Games Flappy WhatsApp Kim Kardashian Company Limited” so I guess there’s an opposites effect in play. Anyway, the company that brought us such gems as Does Not Commute [Free], Smash Hit [Free], and the Sprinkle series are back again with an interesting new puzzler called DIRAC that’s like a game of fast-paced connect the dots. Red and blue protons slowly emanate out from an atom and it’s your job to connect as many same-colored ones as you can together without an opposite-colored one touching the line you make. In addition, if you can connect enough to create a giant circle, you’ll be awarded points for all the protons of either color that get trapped inside that circle. It’s a bit tricky to explain, so check out the brief trailer to get an idea of DIRAC.

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Like many of the greatest games, the concept behind DIRAC is simple to grasp but deceptively complex and challenging. You feel compelled to wait for there to be many dots on the screen so you can create the ultimate giant circle and watch the poins rain down, but you also run the risk of having your mega circle zapped into oblivion if you aren’t careful and you’ll end up walking away with nothing. There’s also the strategy of clearing out opposite-colored dots by making shorter connected lines out of the ones that are in your way to make more room to create a giant circle out of what’s left. Additionally, there are special multiplier cubes which offer yet another wrinkle as you want to wait for them to approach close enough to your atom that you encircle them and increase your multiplier, but wait to long and it will hit the atom and actually drop your multiplier down. This might as well be called Risk vs. Reward: The Game.

As with all of Mediocre’s releases, DIRAC has a certain polish from top to bottom and also has a lot of personality, as the “theme” of the game is you’re working your way up the corporate ladder at a lab and everything is presented as such. DIRAC sounds like another non-mediocre game from Mediocre, so look for it to arrive next Thursday, March 10th and check out the forum thread for some discussion before then.

Ask an Expert: All About Investing When the Stock Market Is Unpredictable

Ask an Expert: All About Investing When the Stock Market Is Unpredictable

So you?ve finally saved some money and want to put it to use, but the financial markets seem to be whipping back and forth every day. Making a investment decisions in a stable market is stressful enough! So how do you get started investing when the market is unpredictable?

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‘Fallout Shelter’ is Getting Crafting and Other New Stuff

‘Fallout Shelter’ is Getting Crafting and Other New Stuff

Bethesda’s Fallout Shelter [Free] has had a odd lifecycle for a mobile game. It was revealed (then subsequently released) during a massive E3 press conference, and it really seemed like the game was positioned as one of those lightweight companion adver-game sort of things like the recently released Slashy Souls [Free]… Except Fallout Shelter was way more than that, and quickly topped the App Store charts. From the outside, it seems like the rampant success of the game took Bethesda by surprise, as typically speaking a free to play title like this is locked and loaded with endless content updates ready to be released to keep players engaged. In Fallout Shelter, you just sort of ran out of things to do.

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That’s slowly been getting fixed through updates, but people who enjoy the spectator sport of watching the App Store will always be left wondering how much money and marketshare Bethesda left on the table by not having a live team for the game rocking and rolling at launch. This next update is what they’re calling the biggest update yet, and is packed with all sorts of additional stuff for players to do, straight from the horse’s mouth:

  • Turn worthless junk into useful items! Introducing? crafting!
  • New Rooms! Build the new Weapon and Armor crafting rooms and use them to create your own items in game!
  • Lunchboxes now contain a bonus 5th card: Junk! Trust us ? it?s more useful than it sounds. Lucky wasteland explorers may also find junk on their adventures.
  • Take the Overseer role to the next level. Build the new Barbershop and customize the look of any Dweller.
  • Keep up with the latest fashions! Find new Outfits and Weapons straight from Fallout 4 in lunchboxes, or craft them yourself!
  • Because four-legged companions bring overwhelming happiness, we?ve added new Dogs and Cats, and are introducing? Parrots! Plus, new Pet bonuses!
  • Time of day is now properly reflected. Because authentic Vault simulation is our #1 goal!

This new update should be available sometime this week, I’d put my bets on a Wednesday or Thursday release which will likely go hand in hand with some huge App Store feature for the update.

‘Bored Ogre’ is a Game of Makeshift Golf with Flinging Humans

‘Bored Ogre’ is a Game of Makeshift Golf with Flinging Humans

So let’s say you’re a giant ogre. You have conquered all in your path. Humans are but a mere annoyance to you. Frankly, you’re bored at this point. You’ve got one life and you’re gonna live it up. But you gotta stay in the house. So, what are you gonna do? Well, those humans thought they might have just gotten stomped or eaten, but they have another thing coming. You, the giant ogre, construct makeshift golf courses, grab one of the humans you’ve collected, and send them flinging to their doom…in as few strokes as humanly possible, by flicking spoons as makeshift trebuchets. They’re taking flight and you’ll never get enough in Bored Ogre from Frozen Pepper:

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The idea for this game seems completely ridiculous and I am entirely on board for what Bored Ogre is doing. Check out the forum thread, where you can ask Frozen Pepper questions about the game and provide feedback. I’m anxious to see and hear more about this silly game.

In Sweden, McDonalds Happy Meal Boxes Turn Into Google Cardboard-like VR Headsets

In Sweden, McDonalds Happy Meal Boxes Turn Into Google Cardboard-like VR Headsets

Watching the rapid evolution of VR technology in recent years has been pretty fascinating. Both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are now available for preorder, but as we’ve pointed out before, Google has shipped millions of Google Cardboard viewers. While the Cardboard experience is (obviously) nowhere near as good as what the Rift or Vive can offer, the accessibility is comparatively totally off the charts. Most people already have a smartphone capable of running Cardboard VR games and apps, they’re just missing the actual set of plastic lenses and the folded up cardboard to bring the whole experience together. Surprisingly enough, that’s where McDonalds comes in.

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McDonalds locations in Sweden are kicking off a promotion called Happy Goggles. As the above video shows, the iconic red cardboard Happy Meal boxes are going to come packed with the lens kit and clever perforations in the box itself to carefully punch out and fold up your own Google Cardboard-like VR headset. The Happy Googles site mentions this is being tested in Sweden, but they hope to roll out the promotion to other countries soon.

It’s crazy to think that it could be promotions like this that take virtual reality mainstream. No one is ever going to be able to argue that a greasy folded up McDonalds box is going to rival the experience of the Vive or Rift, but consumers have shown time and time again that price and accessibility are king when it comes to adopting new technology. It’s difficult to think that many “mainstream” consumers are going to gravitate towards a $ 600-$ 800 headset they need to pay with a $ 1,500+ PC over using a smartphone they already have and a cardboard setup they got for free through a promotion like this.

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I guess you could argue that these viewers could be a gateway setup to consumers investing heavily into “real” VR, but it feels like even then the next logical step seems to be a bit more robust mobile device headset like the Galaxy Gear or many other higher quality plastic Google Cardboard-like setups. Either way, it’s pretty insane to think back to the basic prized included in Happy Meals when I was a kid to today, where you get a pair of VR goggles instead.

The future is weird.

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‘Clash Royale’ Update Hits, Adds New Cards, New Arena, and Tons More

‘Clash Royale’ Update Hits, Adds New Cards, New Arena, and Tons More

As it gets closer to the its international launch, Supercell is adding and rebalancing stuff like crazy in Clash Royale. The latest update hit this morning, and oddly enough includes basically everything that “leaked” a couple weeks ago. The Royal Giant, Three Musketeers, and other cards along with a new Legendary rarity have been added to the game along with a whole new arena, a single player Training Camp, and there’s even 3D Touch support now for people who are lucky enough to be rocking the newest iPhones.

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There’s been a number of balancing tweaks as well, with a few buffs and nerfs, the coolest of which is doubling the experience gain from donating rare cards to clan mates. That goes from 5 XP to 10 XP, which makes being in a clan (and being generous) all the more important if you want to level up quickly.

If you’re not fiddling around with Clash Royale yet, you really should. Carter wrote up an in-depth guide on how to play soft launched games like Clash Royale and the process is super simple. All of your cards and progress will sync over when the game launches worldwide next month, so you might as well get a head start on building your collection. I’m pretty sure Clash Royale is going to be a big deal.