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Wacky Physics Game ‘ Touchdowners’ Releasing June 22nd

Wacky Physics Game ‘ Touchdowners’ Releasing June 22nd

Take a pinch of wacky physics and add a pinch of American football (of sorts), and you have the upcoming Touchdowners, from the team behind the Golf Zero [Free] game. In Touchdowners, you control a team of 3 players, and you can do three things: jump forward, jump backwards, and throw the ball. Each of your three players has different skills, with the player at the front jumping forward fast but jumping backwards much slower and so on. No matter your skill, the wacky physics will ensure all kinds of silly shenanigans.

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The game is coming out June 22nd (which is next week), and will be free with ads and one IAP to remove the ads completely. If you want to see more of the game, flail over to our Upcoming Games forum thread.

‘Art of Gravity’ Now Available, Get Your 3D Physics Destruction On

‘Art of Gravity’ Now Available, Get Your 3D Physics Destruction On

Mike Pawlowski’s Art of Gravity [$ 0.99] is out now on iOS. It was announced for June 14th, and it’s released today on June 13th, though it’s the 14th in some parts of the world. Still, this is a bit of a nice early surprise for mobile gamers. This week is shaping up to be a big week, and hey, if you can get a start on some of the big titles early, why not take it?

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Art of Gravity features 75 levels of various physics puzzles, where you must launch different kinds of balls at free-floating ball structures. Gravity essentially works in the direction that you point at, so you don’t have too much curvature to worry about. Instead, you just have to figure out the proper sequence of actions to undertake, and watch the gravitational destruction begin. New elements get continually introduced over time. It’s only $ 0.99, and has some fun puzzles, so definitely check it out if it intrigues you.

‘Soccer Physics’ Developer Otto-Ville Ojala Makes All His iOS Games Free Until Delisting on May 28th

‘Soccer Physics’ Developer Otto-Ville Ojala Makes All His iOS Games Free Until Delisting on May 28th

Otto-Ville Ojala is someone whose name you should know, because Soccer Physics [Free] has been a tremendously popular game for years now. It’s one of the great examples of the wacky physics sports genre that has seen countless imitators. But if you haven’t played it, or if you have, then you might want to get on that right away. Ojala is quitting as an iOS game developer once his Apple developer membership expires on May 28th, which means all his games are going away. However, you can pick them up for free right now:

  • Soccer Physics [Free]
  • Wrestle Jump [Free]
  • Mole Hammers [Free]
  • Tank of Tanks [Free (HD)]

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And for Soccer Physics, Ojala’s website has special PC builds and an Android version available for playing and archiving. I’m sad to see Ojala and his titles go, but it appears his Twitter is gone, and maybe he just wants to disconnect from this gaming world entirely and do something different after the success he’s seen in mobile gaming. I’d download these games via desktop iTunes and keep the IPAs safe, friends.

‘Art of Gravity’ Physics Game From ‘Zenge’ Developer Releases in June

‘Art of Gravity’ Physics Game From ‘Zenge’ Developer Releases in June

Mike Pawlowski announced Art of Destruction earlier this year, and he’s got two pieces of news. One, the game has been renamed to Art of Gravity due to, well, another game releasing called The Art of Destruction [Free] on iOS. Considering that it too is a physics game, that would definitely lead to some confusion. But Art of Gravity is also a good name. Because you’re using different perspectives of gravity to launch balls to destroy objects, it works just as well.

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The other piece of news is that the game has a release date! June 14th is when you’ll be able to check this one out. It’s going to cost a low, low price of $ 0.99 for 75 levels. Don’t expect any tutorials or text: you’re going to figure this one out on your own, though the game does point you to certain interactive elements. I’ve had some fun with the game from what I’ve played, so do keep an eye out for this one in mid-June, and check out the forum thread.

Check Out the Game Design Deep Dive for Physics Puzzler ‘Zip–Zap’, Currently Apple’s Free App of the Week

Check Out the Game Design Deep Dive for Physics Puzzler ‘Zip?Zap’, Currently Apple’s Free App of the Week

Philipp Stollenmayer, aka Kamibox, is one of my favorite developers on mobile. Not only does he create absolute masterpieces like Pancake – The Game [Free], but he’s also responsible for the brilliant platformer Sometimes You Die [$ 1.99] and several excellent puzzle games like Squaredance [Free], Okay? [Free], and Zip?Zap [Free]. That last one is the subject of a Game Design Deep Dive, an awesome feature over at Gamasutra that has developers explaining some of the finer points behind the games that they’ve made. The whole thing is worth a read, and is not very long, but two of the most interesting aspects I got out of it were: 1) Zip?Zap was originally a platformer and 2) that Stollenmayer actually created a really cool paper prototype of the game during development that sadly turned out to be totally useless.

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That last bit of info shouldn’t be too surprising, considering that “kami” is the Japanese word for paper and Kamibox came about as a creator of papercraft toys, which I was not previously aware of. You can make these sweet toys yourself using Kamibox’s Awesome Paper Toys [$ 1.99] or Tiny Paper Zoo Plus [$ 1.99] apps. Also, Zip-Zap is currently the Apple Free App of the Week and should continue to be free for the next few days, so if you haven’t picked up the game already now is a perfect time to do so. If you end up enjoying it and feel bad for getting it free, well I can easily recommend picking up any of the other Kamibox games on mobile. And if you do end up a fan of Zip?Zap, whether from enjoying it when it launched last year or through the current freebie promotion, be sure to check out the whole Game Design Deep Dive for an interesting glimpse into its creation.

Minimalistic Physics Skiing Game ‘Just Ski’ Plummets Onto the App Store May 10th

Minimalistic Physics Skiing Game ‘Just Ski’ Plummets Onto the App Store May 10th

Skiing is an absolutely exhilarating experience, sadly marred by its seasonal restriction to only the coldest and snowiest of climates, and also its exuberant cost of entry. Thankfully the video games industry has recognised the mass appeal of plummeting down a slope at ridiculous speeds, and so recent years have been littered with attempts to capture the lightning in a bottle of such extreme sports. Whether that’s Steep on consoles, or even iOS titles such as the recently released Shiny Ski Resort [$ 4.99] by Kairosoft, skiing has never been more accessible, and Farseer Games’ upcoming release Just Ski is the next release in the avalanche of alpine activities. Featuring a minimalist aesthetic and an emphasis on fast pick-up-and-play sessions, Just Ski looks to take a focused approach to the genre, and is set to launch on the App Store on May 10th for only $ 0.99.

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From the outset, Just Ski isn’t positioning itself as a unique experience – let alone the evident resemblance to titles such as Alto’s Adventure [$ 4.99], the developer cites the physics control mechanic to be borrowed from an ‘old abandoned game called Ski Stunt Simulator‘. However, rather than try to create a title full of gimmicks and unnecessary additions, Just Ski takes a purist approach that resonates perfectly in its bold and basic name, and the comparisons to Desert Golfing [$ 1.99] when we first caught wind of the game in February are particularly apt. With no in-app purchases, quick restarts and realistic physics around the concept of angular momentum, you need to crouch and stretch out specifically to control the spin of the skiing protagonist. With a deceptively effective color-changing background to depict the progression of your skier, it’s extremely evident that a lot of care has been placed on the core mechanics of Just Ski, which is all the more impressive considering it was created by a sole developer over a six month period. Look out for Just Ski when it launches for $ 0.99 on May 10th, and plummet to our forum thread for more details leading up to the game’s release.

The Bowmasters are Hitting the Road in Crazy Physics Racer ‘Happy Racing’

The Bowmasters are Hitting the Road in Crazy Physics Racer ‘Happy Racing’

Playgendary first got on our radar back in August of last year when I found myself fully engrossed in their game Bowmasters [$ 3.99 / Free], which is a 2D artillery game with all the blood and gore of a Mortal Kombat game. Bowmasters has since received a ton of updates, including online multiplayer and lots of new characters. Now Playgendary is teaming up with ChillFleet to take many of the characters from Bowmasters into the world of wacky physics racing games with their upcoming Happy Racing. Here’s the trailer.

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There appears to be a lot going on in terms of crazy track designs and deadly obstacles to survive, and of course a colorful cast of characters who also seem to each have their own individual vehicles to race in. I love these side-scrolling physics racers and I love the style and personality in Bowmasters, so this seems like a good match for a new game. No word yet on when exactly Happy Racing will be releasing but we’ll of course keep an eye out for more details.

‘Art of Destruction’ is the Flashy New Physics Puzzler from the Creator of ‘Zenge’

‘Art of Destruction’ is the Flashy New Physics Puzzler from the Creator of ‘Zenge’

Just shy of a year ago developer Mike Pawlowski, aka Hamster On Coke Games, released a tangram-style puzzler called Zenge [$ 0.99] to the App Store. It put a twist on the typical formula of putting various slabs together to form a whole shape by having those slabs on set tracks which forced you to think about the order and orientation you needed to place the pieces in. Once you pieced the puzzles together they created these gorgeous illustrations which painted a cohesive story, which is kind of rare for a puzzle game. We liked Zenge a lot in our review, and now Pawlowski is back at it again with a new game that takes a sort of similar approach to its design. The game is called Art Of Destruction, and it’s one of those physics puzzlers where you’re tasked with using various mechanics to knock down a set of blocks. Kind of a 3D Angry Birds if you will. The difference here is that, similar to Zenge, Art Of Destruction wants you to enjoy your surroundings in addition to just solving the puzzle. In this case, the puzzles explode in a spectacular display of voxels and neat lighting effects, which is as good a reward as any for solving a puzzle if you ask me. Check it out.

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Like Zenge, there’s something, well, zen about destroying the levels in Art Of Destruction. But also like Zenge, these puzzles are no pushover. There are some tricky-looking setups in the trailer above and you’ll have to utilize different abilities like “bombs, sphere spawners, force fields, and other goodies” in order to be successful. Also, Pawlowski wants this to be more of a relaxing experience, again much like Zenge, so there’s actually a time-rewinding feature built in so that in case you make a mistake you won’t need to start completely over. Expect about an hour’s worth of play from Art Of Destruction, so short and sweet, and look for it to arrive sometime in April or May at a price of just 99¢.

Borderleap’s ‘Drop Flip Seasons’ Will Bring Wintry Physics to the App Store

Borderleap’s ‘Drop Flip Seasons’ Will Bring Wintry Physics to the App Store

Borderleap is jumping into the new year with a sequel to last year’s Drop Flip [Free]. Drop Flip Seasons will bring some new levels to the fun physics game. You’ll still be manipulating objects in order to get the ball from the top of the level into the bucket, but the game is intended to feature themed level packs based on the different seasons. At launch, there will be 40 winter levels, but the plan is for there to be updates throughout the year with new levels for each season as they pass. Plus, pre-season updates with bonus levels will arrive over the year.

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Drop Flip Seasons will be free to download ? perfect for those that got Drop Flip as the free app of the week over Christmas ? but will cost $ 1.99 to unlock all 40 winter levels and remove ads. Drop Flip Seasons will be available starting on January 5th.

How Scientists Determine Fake Art is Fake, a Map of Physics, and the Experience Machine

How Scientists Determine Fake Art is Fake, a Map of Physics, and the Experience Machine

This week, we?re looking into how researchers determine a counterfeit piece of art is actually fake, checking out the story of a 61-year old potato farmer who won an ultramarathon, browsing the map of physics, and more.

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