[Gamasutra rounds up the latest news in the world of App Store gaming, featuring standout releases like Shadowgun, Boss Battles, Brick People and Psychonauts: Vault Viewer.]
- Madfinger Games Releases Unity-Powered Shooter Shadowgun
Madfinger's third-person shooter has received acclaim for its detailed graphics, though Touch Arcade warns
that the experience is "riddled with holes, crashes, bugs and repetition."
- Backflip Launches iOS Boss Rush Shoot-'Em-Up Boss Battles
"While Backflip Studios' previous App Store output tilts toward the casual end of the gaming spectrum (Paper Toss, Ragdoll Blaster
), the developer's latest App Store release Boss Battles
tackles a more hardcore genre -- the vertically scrolling shoot-'em-up."
- Halfbrick, Spry Releasing Steambirds: Survival On iOS For Free
"Spry Fox has teamed up with Fruit Ninja/Jetpack Joyride
maker Halfbrick Studios to release Steambirds: Survival
, the sequel to its Independent Games Festival award finalist game, on the App Store this month for free."
- Psychonauts Premieres For Mac, Vault Viewer Arrives In App Store
"Alongside the recently launched Mac version of Psychonauts
, an accompanying (and totally free) iOS app
has also been released that allows one to view all of the game's Memory Vaults. Plus, there's commentary from Tim Schafer and Scott Campbell!"
- Sega Ports Arcade Puzzler Brick People to iOS
Based on an arcade game that used physical building blocks as gameplay input, Sega's iOS adaptation of Brick People
is optimized for cooperative multiplayer gameplay on the iPad.
- Aquaria Swims Out To iPad This Fall
"Adam 'Atomic' Saltsman's studio Semi Secret (Canabalt, Wurdle
) will publish the title this fall, and the two developers are also working with Andrew Church, who ported a homebrew version of the 2007 Independent Games Festival grand prize winner to PSP, for the iPad release."
- "Ninja Turtles" iOS App Is The Most Baffling Thing Ever
appears to be a Cabal/NAM-1975
-styled shooter that combines programmer-drawn character art with elements lifted -- almost certainly without permission -- from a variety of retro sources, including Contra
and Metal Slug