Nominated for the IGF Innovation in Mobile Game Design’ award, Eliss is a multi-touch game for the iPhone where the task is to keep up harmony in an odd universe made of blendable planets.
Touch-control multiple planets at once, join them together into giant orbs or split them up into countless dwarf planets, and match their size with the squeesars. Wipe off the stardust, resist to the attraction of the vortex and other space phenomena, and slow down the passage of time. Eliss is a wonderfully designed game, with a slightly retro feel reminiscent of Battlezone, first vector graphics arcade game from the ’80, but again a very contemporary feel and gameplay. Included are 20 levels that will require creative ways, speed and strategies complete them.
I am currently on sector three and first meeting with the vortex phenomenon. Whilst the first two sectors seemed pretty easy the third is another story. Vortex pulls planets together whilst you desperately try to keep them apart. Every time the collide, you loose life and, honestly, there isn’t much of it. With other effects to come such as stardust I look forward to see what’s in store. I am absolutely loving what I am seeing where the music, gameplay and graphics really play together in harmony. Considering there are 20 levels in total, I am sure Eliss will keep me busy for a while.
Eliss is a prime example of great iPhone app development. Highly polished, fantastic sounds and music, innovative use of multi-touch controls and gorgeous graphics, make Eliss, most probably, one of the most creative and innovative games in the AppStore. One and only, it’s a must!
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- geoDefense [iPhone] geoDefense is a new tower defense style game created by theÂ Critical Thought Games nowÂ available now in the AppStore. David Whatley, the developer behind the game, provides something new and refreshing in the Tower Defense genre, addressing few issues that might have madeÂ RetroDefense not asÂ successfulÂ as we have hoped. Whilst still keeping a slightly retro feel, characteristic to old school games such as Galaga or Space Invaders the game delivers exciting and visually stunning gameplay. TitledÂ geoDefense, suggesting a landscape, aerial typeÂ experience the game brings the ever so lovedÂ Geometry Wars style graphics with modulated landscapes and highly visually attractive projectiles and explosion particle effects. Something exciting and new in the Tower Defense genre! The geometric vector creeps are fast and intense. With 30 different maps, each its own puzzle, you'll have to work fast to keep up.Â Using exciting vectorized graphics, this highly kinetic games brings a whole new dimension to the tower defense. Devastate creeps with blasters, lasers and missiles and watch their energy debris swirl through the gravity wells of your vortex towers. Now it's time to figure out how to put that absorbed energy to good use.... Plenty of levels, fantastic graphics and engaging and smooth gameplay make geoDefense a game with all theÂ prerequisitesÂ to be one of the best tower defense style games in the AppStore. The game is currently available in the AppStore for only $0.99 (Low Introductory Price). Platform: iPhone Version: 1.0 Cost: $0.99 (limited time only) Developer:Â Critical Thought […]
- Space Invaders Infinity Gene 3.0 [iPhone, Games] One of our favorite iPhone games ever has just got a version 3.0 update and with this downloadable content that includes both new ships and levels. If you have missed our previous post on Infinity Gene you can read it here. Here is just a little snippet of what we thought about it: The graphics are fantastic. Retro-vector just adds to the feel of fast paced modern shooter. The pace is just right, not too fast nor too slow, progression feeds sense of success and I just can't put it down. What's included in the Ver. 3.0.0 1. Enjoy the game like a side-scrolling shooter by turning your device sideways and switching to horizontal display mode! 2. Your "OPTION" ship appears by filling your Evolution Gauge during gameplay. 3. Download ships and unique stages based on DARIUS, NIGHT STRIKER, METAL BLACK and other arcade classics! At $1.99 a pop, the 3 upgrades may be considered somewhat expensive, costing you a total $10.96 (!) for the whole game. If you haven't played the game before, it's a must regardless. If you like it, like we do, you won't think twice about downloading extra content. The basic install should keep you going for hours anyway or just try the lite version available here instead (itunes link). That legendary shooter, "Space Invaders" has evolved once again with an unprecedented new system! The game starts off looking like the classic "Space Invaders". But the more you play, the more the game "evolves". Unlock new stages and new system features for a whole new shooting game experience! Platform: iPhone Version: 3.0 Cost: $4.99 Developer: TAITO […]
- Top 10 Retro Classics for the iPhone [iPhone, Games] If you were born in the 70's, spent hundreds of quarters in your local arcades, the following list of games should not come as a surprise. iPhone is a new platform and it wouldn't be a platform without some absolute classics. Here we bring you ten hand picked retro arcade games for your iPhone/iPod Touch. Sure, you must have few quarters to spare to own a piece of gaming history! Top 10 Retro Classics for the iPhone Space Invaders This is one of those games that mostÂ definitelyÂ does not need any introduction.Â Though simplistic by today's standards, it was one of the forerunners of modern video gaming and helped expand the video game industry from a novelty to a global industry. Still enjoyed by many,Â Space Invaders is considered one of the most successful arcade shooting games ever.Â Designed byÂ Tomohiro Nishikado, and released in 1978, it is now finally available for the iPhone in it's original version withÂ bonus extras including rare material from the original game's development. A must for any fan of retro gaming. Cost: $4.99 Developer:Â TAITO Corporation Vector Tanks Inspited by Battlezone, anÂ arcade gameÂ fromÂ Atari, Inc released in 1980, Vector Tanks is the remake available for the iPhone. The original game displayed aÂ wireframeÂ viewÂ on a horizontal black and white CRT (with green and red sectioned color overlay). Due to its novel gameplay and look, this game was very popular for many years.Â Vector Tanks continues the game'sÂ traditionÂ bringing the same old school graphics as the original title did.Â RazorianFly has a great review of the game,Â wellÂ worth a read. Cost: $2.99 Developer:Â Chillingo Ltd Digit Invader Inspired by Casio Calculator games from the 1980s, Digit Invader is a game of digits, numbers. Simple, yet fun, the game offers fun gameplay of quick taps to match the numbers on the screen. When you first start the game, you are greeted with a standard calculator. To switchÂ to â€˜Gameâ€™ mode just rotate the device. Also offered are two themes, modern and classic. The developer promises new themes in the future but both that are available are fantastic as they are.Â If you are fan of vintage calculator games, you should check outÂ Retro Games website. They offer a great selection of 1980s calculators for purchase. Cost: $0.99 Developer:Â Dong-Wook Kim Classic Qong Arcade (Pong) PongÂ Â is one of the earliestÂ arcadeÂ video games, and is a tennisÂ sports gameÂ featuring simpleÂ two-dimensional graphics. The aim is to defeat an opponentâ€”either computer-controlled or a second playerâ€”by earning a higher score. The game was originally manufactured byÂ Atari Incorporated (Atari), who released it in 1972.Â Classic Qong Arcade brings the classic qualities of Pong with a modern twist - multiplayer. The game includesÂ 2 player mode where you can battle your friends by each player playing on their section of the screen. It is not exactly the multiplayer pong we hoped for in theÂ AppStore, but it is nevertheless a wonderful classic for your iPhone. Cost: $1.99 Developer:Â JSeuss Software Vector Blaster Inspired byÂ Tempest, anÂ arcade gameÂ byÂ Atari Inc, originally designed and programmed byÂ David Theurer and released in October, 1981,Â Vector Blaster is a modern version of the old school classic. A classic shooter, a must for every classics fan. Blast through obstacles and overcome insurmountable odds as you, Vector Blaster, fight to save your home planet Zydar from the most evil criminal mastermind of the 32nd century--Ghotran! Cost: $0.99 Developer:Â Rude Scotsman Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man Do not need much introduction. Brought to you byÂ Namco Networks, both games are the remakes of the originalÂ world famous arcade classic, returns in this faithful rendition for your iPhone.Â If you would like more background behind these apps,Â Pac-Man Dossier is a place dedicated to providing Pac-Man players of all skill levels with the most complete and detailed study of the game possible. Both games are available for $5.99 each. Slightly more expensive that what you would expect on the iPhone but nevertheless if you love these classics, should be small price to pay for a piece ofÂ historyÂ on your iPhone. Cost: $5.99 Developer:Â Namco Networks Crystal Quest Crystal Quest is the mega-selling 80â€™s retro space shooter. For those that may remember, launchedÂ in 1987,Â Crystal QuestÂ was the very first color game for the Apple Macintosh and it became an instant hit after its release.Â iPhone release is exactly what you may remember fromÂ Crystal Quest. Traditional keyboard type navigation has now been replaced with touch, ie. point where you want your spaceship to goÂ and tap to shootÂ rather as well as tilt controls like some other games. Being mac fans, we reviewed the game a while back. You can read more and see the video guide here. Cost: $4.99 Developer:Â Hands-On Mobile Frogger The classic arcade for the iPhone/iPod touch.Â Point Frogger across the highway, hopping past cars and trucks.Â After avoiding the perils of traffic, crossing the fast stream awaits.Â Hop along moving logs and turtles and guide Frogger home.Â Guide 5 frogs to safety and move to the next level. First introduced inÂ 1981. It was developed byÂ Konami, and licensed for worldwide distribution byÂ Sega/Gremlin. The game is regarded as a classic and was noted for its novel gameplay and theme.Â Frogger is still very popular and versions can be found on manyÂ sites and version available for various devices including xBox 360 arcade section. Frogger for the iPhoneÂ includes revamped graphics but we miss the original look. Cost: $5.99 Developer:Â Konami Digital Spheroids There are a number of games in the AppStore inspired by the original Ateroids but it's the Sphereoids that draws most from theÂ original, adopting very similar gameplay and graphics.Â Asteroids was one of the most popular and influential games of the early 80s and still remains to be one of the cornerstones of shooter type gaming. To read more about Ateroids, see the Wikipedia page.Â Spheroids is an Asteroids like game played on a spherical game arena. It has the similar retro look and fast gameplay including easy tilt controls and smooth 3D rendering. Cost: $1.99 Developer:Â Fabio Policarpo Retro Game Pack If you are after a taste of classic gaming and are reluctant to invest in all of these games, maybeÂ Retro Game Pack is for you. Included are four classic games; Alien Hunter (Space Invaders), Tank Wars, Pong and Bricks (Tetris). From multiplayer Pong to a retro/original version ofÂ extremely popularÂ iShoot (Tank Wars) there is something for everyone. Cost: $0.99 Developer:Â Two Rule We hope this gives a good overview of someÂ trulyÂ fantastic and memorable games from the 80s nowÂ availableÂ for the iPhone/iPod Touch. Of course, there are few titles missing, especially Robotron and Galaga which we eagerly await. Speaking to Namco, the company behind Galaga, say that the game is not in the next batch of games planed but hopefully soon. We are yet to hear anything aboutÂ Robotron but we hope the wait is not going to be […]
- Edge [iPhone] Edge is an award winning platformer available for the iPhone. The task is to control your cube across ever changing isometric environment with a number of puzzles to solve and obstacles to avoid. What may appear as a puzzle at first is quickly transformed into a game where your fast reaction is the key. Not for the light hearted, Edge can get quite fast paced and at times you may feel like you are playing with the most precious cube ever. Taking the wrong turn or just not being fast enough or maybe just too careful will cost you. The game is all about finishing the level (26 in total) as fast as you can, and you are graded, so sitting back and waiting around is not what Edge is about, ie as the title suggests. Edge is about fast pace, moving your cube in a near harmony with it's environment and being on the edge. Edge adopts slightly retro graphics, consistent throughout the interface and gameplay. Beautifully designed menus, icons and the levels make the game truly enjoyable. A nice addition is the tilt controls although it is something we can see using once we have completed all the levels, which definitely adds to the replay value. We were also very pleased to see that should you make an error and fall off the "edge" you continue where you left of rather than restarting the level. This allows you to take more risks which is great and not be too worried if you miss the edge. Perfection, of course, is the key and your movement through the level for your cube to be in harmony with the landscape. Edge won Best Mobile Game Milthon Award" (Video Games Festival) and has been nominated for the Excellence in Gameplay award at the International Mobile Gaming Award competition. Even more reason to add it to your shopping cart. Platform: iPhone Version: 1.0 Cost: $5.99 Developer: […]
- Dyson [Games] Finalist at this years Independant Games Festival, Dyson is an ambient real-time strategy game with abstract visuals. Your task is to remotely command semi-autonomous self-replicating mining machines to take over an entire asteroid belt. Like many other strategy game you begin with few planets populated by your own forces in this case Dyson trees. As you grow more trees so do your seeds replicate ready to inavade a new planet. You can also grow defense trees which produce exploding pods that home in on incoming enemies. You move plant to planet planting seeds for more trees until you reach a planet ocupied by alien trees. You task is to overtake that planet by sending enough seeds to destroy theÂ opposingÂ force. Controlled by mouse, you can choose how many seeds you would like to send to a new planet. The enemy seeds may also attack your planet whilst you are casually moving planet to planet so having defense trees in place is crucial in defending your planets. Created by Alex May and Rudolf Kremers with music and sound by MILIEU, Dyson is a wonderful and rich step forward in strategy game development. Acompanied by wonderful music, sounds and graphics you will find yourself quickly echanted by unique approach to game's visual design and gameplay. Watch hours go by as you nurture one planet after another. The original game was made in one month for the TIGSource Procedural Generation competition. Much of the gameâ€™s content has been procedurally generated over time. Currently, version 1.2 is only available for Windows and Linux platforms but Alex is working on the mac Mac version so join the mailing list to keep up to date with releases. We do hope that the game will also see AppStore. With multitouch controls available on the iPhone, Dyson seems pefrect for the platform. In any case, where you are a Mac, Windows or Linux user, Dyson is a worthy download. Those on the Mac keen to have a play, Parallels or BootCamp may be your answer. You may be able to run the linux version in Mono from the command line but we are not to sure how to go about that. Also check out an interestingÂ interview with Alex over at TIGSource. Download […]
- Little Bugger [iPhone, Games] Few months since our preview of Little Bugger, the game is finally now available in the AppStore. Crafted in beautiful black and white, Little Bugger is a take on entomophobia (fear of insects). Squash as many insects as possible without letting any get away. Great sounds, very realistic insect movement and wonderful use of iPhone's multitouch capability give the game a really special quality. Global ranking is included together with different difficulty modes, achievements and 'Extended Play' (NEW) - step by step increase in difficulty through 16 levels. Simply a must have. Platform: iPhone Version: 1.0 Cost: $0.99 (introductory price - limited time) Developer: Statik UPDATE 25.01.2010: We have 5 promocodes to giveaway! All you have to do is leave a comment below and we'll pick 5 random lucky winners later today. Thanks […]
- Little Bugger – Preview [iPhone] Currently in development, Little Bugger is a new iPhone game created by John Iacoviello of STATIK. Primarily a Flash developer since 2001, John has chosen to divert his attention to the new iPhone platform to try out new things and explore new experiences. Little Bugger is John's second application after Closet, a clothing organization/planning application. The app takes on a new aesthetic much different to Closet getting away from Apple's standard interface. Crafted in beautiful black and white, adopting slightly retro style pixel graphics, Little Bugger is a take on entomophobia (fear of insects). Squash as many insects as possible without letting any get away. Great sounds, very realistic insect movement and wonderful use of iPhone's multitouch capability give the game a special quality. Global ranking is included together with different difficulty modes. You can also switch to white on black although black on white works much better with the overall game aesthetic. Even though I am personally against killing any form of bugs, the game does provide much pleasure in seeing the creepy little buggers squashed and it's highly addictive. I am nevertheless assured by John that no real bugs were hurt during the development and testing of the game. The game should be available in the AppStore within few weeks. For more information and to follow the development, check out John's blog. Please note the game is still in development so the things you see in the screens and gameplay video might still […]
- Commodore 64 [iPhone] Not available just yet but Commodore64 emulator for the iPhone has now been submitted approved and available in the AppStore. If you don't belong to the generator of C64, it is the best-selling single personal computer of all time, with over 30 million units sold worldwide. I owned one myself and i still remember much of the wonderful first experience playing video games for the first time. Soon, you will be able Now you can play C64 games on your iPhone thanks to the great looking c64iPhone. Since the release of 3.0 for the iPhone, it appears that the app may want to utilize in game purchases, but not sure. For the time being, you get 5 great games for free. KEY FEATURES: - Full speed, Commodore 64 emulator - SID sound emulation - Auto-save, to continue exactly where you left off - Realistic joystick and beautifully crafted C64 keyboard - Portrait and Landscape play - Vertical and Fullscreen gaming (auto rotate for iPod users) - and much more... + 5 GREAT GAMES FOR FREE With Commodore 64 youÂ´ll get 5 great games for FREE to get you started: Dragons Den, Le Mans, Jupiter Lander, Arctic Shipwreck and Jack Attack. See more gamesÂ here If you would like to get an e-mail when itÂ´s ready for download, you can sign up to their newsletterÂ here and make sure you also check out the site with many more app screens. Commodore 64 for iPhone is officially licensed trough Commodore Gamin B.V. - published and developed by Kiloo and Manomio. Platform: iPhone Version: 1.0 Cost: $4.99 Developer: Manomio […]
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