Monday, 31 January 2011

The Mission Continues for Interstellar Marines

In the cold north of Scandinavia a small group of Danish dreamers is trying to achieve the impossible. They are making an AAA first-person shooter without the involvement of the big corporate publishers that are dominating the industry. The game is Interstellar Marines, an epic trilogy about mankind’s first encounter with another sentient species.

Interstellar Marines is the world’s first truly independent AAA blockbuster game. Instead of working under the tight reins of big publishers, Interstellar Marines is made with help from the community that directly supports ongoing development. By pre-ordering the game and unlocking special accounts, users are granted early access to a series of smaller prototype games released online as the development moves forward.


So far three games have been made available online, and are playable in a browser on their community website www.interstellarmarines.com: An interactive 3D tour called The Vault featuring several of Interstellar Marines’ characters; the advanced shooting range Bullseye where players test their skills against various targets aboard the military space shuttle AIV Kitty Hawk; and finally Running Man, a true first-person action experience where players face an onslaught of combat robots while training to become an elite marine.

As of this date, over 67,000 users have signed up for the dream and played one of the smaller releases. Each release offers high-quality production values brought to life in the powerful Unity engine. These playable slices provide a sneak peek of the Interstellar Marines universe, but at the same time players are helping to test and improve important core mechanics of the game, sharing suggestions and feedback that play a critical role in designing an epic trilogy that our fans genuinely believe in and want to play.

Interstellar Marines is the brainchild and dream of Game Director Kim Haar Jørgensen and CEO Nicolai Grønborg, who together came up with the initial concept during a family party back in 1993. It was not, however, until 2006 that development of Interstellar Marines began in earnest with the creation of Zero Point Software.

The ambition was always to make the most believable and immersive sci-fi first-person shooter on the planet. No photon lasers, no plasma-injected needle guns, and no impossibly bulky energy armors, but rather a realistic future where mankind is about to have its first historic meeting with another sentient species—with unknown consequences.

Interstellar Marines is about evolving the FPS with inspirations that the team has assimilated since the birth of the genre. The goal is a progressive step forward driven by compulsive interest in science fiction, role-playing, military realism, and respect for immersion. Interstellar Marines will connect players to a personalized action experience with satisfying character upgrades and dozens of weapons. A nuanced cooperative campaign (because playing with friends is awesome) will be anchored by compelling and unpredictable story twists, and competitive multiplayer gameplay will rival AAA efforts, while introducing memorable new elements.

So far no release date is set in stone for the roll-out of the Interstellar Marines Trilogy, however design and development continues on all aspects of the game — including more playable releases planned for 2011 and beyond.  We will continue to regularly post news, media, progress reports and development insight on the dedicated www.interstellarmarines.com community site, with contests and special promotions planned for the months ahead.

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Blitz 1UP signs spooky arcade puzzler Purify Puzzle

2011 Jan 28

EAMINGTON SPA, UK Blitz 1UP signs arcade puzzler Purify Puzzle, developed by Paper Child Studios for worldwide PC release

Blitz 1UP, the Indie game initiative from Blitz Games Studios, have today announced the signing of Purify Puzzle, an arcade puzzle game developed by Paper Child Studios. With original gameplay and a unique look and story, Purify Puzzle is set for worldwide release in February this year.

Your job is to help Ashley, a good witch living in the human world, whose precious spell book has been stolen by evil spirits. As you move through the haunting landscape you’ll be helped by Maximilian the vampire, the rebellious son of the king of the netherworld. To get through the puzzles and purify the land you have to overcome powerful spirits, such as the Pumpkin King and Skull Knight. An original score and beautiful, hand-drawn animations draw you through Ashley's spellbinding world, while high-definition story cinematics tell the story of her battles, victories, and losses.

Featuring classic arcade gameplay and head-to-head multiplayer, Purify Puzzle has something that will appeal to everyone:

* Three single player modes: Time Attack, Survival, and Arcade
* Over 30 levels of single player arcade action
* Head-to-head local and online multiplayer, with leaderboards to track scores from around the world
* Rich, hand-drawn, anime-influenced art style tells an engaging story
* Fun, quirky and original sound score.



"Paper Child Studios have created a really fantastic game in Purify Puzzle, it's choc-full of old-school arcade puzzle goodness that harks back to classics like Puzzle Bobble and Super Puzzle Fighter,” says Blitz 1UP Producer Neil Holmes. “We're really excited to add Purify Puzzle to the growing list of great games that Blitz 1UP has supported. We love it and we think you will too!"

Adds Michael Lubker, Paper Child Studios’ Producer: “We are very excited to have Blitz's support and expertise in bringing Purify Puzzle to market. We hope that it will bring success to our game projects current and future!”

Saturday, 29 January 2011

PC Indie Game Review - Defy Gravity

Defy Gravity is an interesting arcade puzzle game that looks for all the world like a platformer, and plays like one for about the first three seconds.  Then the twist comes in - your player can shoot gravity fields that can either attract or repel objects.  The most obvious uses for these are to enable your character to jump longer / higher, reach places your jumping alone can't get you to, and make enemies get out of the way.  There are quite a few uses for your gravity wells though - it's up to you to experiment and find out how best to use them.  On most levels (as far as I can see) there is more than one way to achieve your goals, so the game has quite a flexible approach.


Defy Gravity looks nice and sounds good, and plays very well - animation is smooth, the controls are responsive (mouse + keyboard), the levels are well designed and the game will certainly give you a challenge.  Some levels look completely impossible to start with, but eventually you begin to work out strategies for getting past even the most imposing of obstacles.


If you like puzzle games with an element of action to them, you'll definitely enjoy Defy Gravity.  



(To be honest I wasn't entirely sure what the plot had to do with it all, but that's in the best tradition of arcade games!)

Defy Gravity Website


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Friday, 28 January 2011

Black Chicken Studios Announces the Release of College Godina: Spells Against the Enemy!, The Fifth DLC for Academagia: The Making of Mages

Black Chicken Studios Announces the Release of College Godina: Spells Against the Enemy!, The Fifth DLC for Academagia: The Making of Mages
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San Diego, CA – January 28, 2010 – Black Chicken Studios is delighted to present our fifth free DLC for Academagia: The Making of Mages, Spells Against the Enemy!
Of old, King Godina and his cohorts came down from the mountains, and there was lightning and fury in his eyes. He and his spells turned against the wrath of the dragons, their enslaved servants, and even the storms of the Inner Sea. Such a restless spirit was a mighty ally in those dark times, but what about when the conflict was ended?

When is the time for war, and when is the time for peace?

This DLC includes:
·         6 new Adventures, themed around the College of Godina: mighty spells, the energy of music and forgotten goblin-ruins await!
·         20+ new Events, dealing with the intensity and decisions of the Students of Godina
·         1 new Skill, over 10 Items, and lots of new Abilities, Actions, Locations and Spells for new ways to advance your Character in Elumia

Additionally, Mod Tools are now available so that players can create their own stories, mysteries and magic!

Academagia: The Making of Mages retails for $24.95 and includes all the fun and adventure of the original game with all new content from College Godina: Spells Against the Enemy as well as our four previous free content releases. It is available from www.academagia.com as well as through digital distribution at Beamdog, GamersGate and Impulse.

Want to try before you buy? Check out a free demo of Academagia: The Making of Mages at www.spoon.net/Academagia.

About Academagia
Academagia is a 2D life simulation PC game for audiences ages 9+, and is parent and child friendly. Our game rewards relationship building, research and knowledge, and encourages the player to create their own individual story each time they play. Role-playing, thoughtful choices and a bit of whimsy permeate game play, and is intended to provide a refreshing alternative to the more violent, destructive and derivative titles in the marketplace.
About Black Chicken Studios
Black Chicken Studios, Inc, was formed in 2007 to provide interesting and novel alternatives to mainstream games, offering experiences which promote creativity, reward knowledge and inspire imagination. It is especially our goal to create games wherein challenges can be overcome by study, diplomacy and character. Our company has an inclusive content philosophy, and makes a practice of incorporating as much work as possible from independent writers and artists.
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New Star Soccer 5

Simon Read of New Star Software reports that work is well under way on New Star Soccer 5, which will have a number of changes in features compared to both New Star Soccer 4 and New Star Soccer 2010.  A nice retro feel with a newly developed 2D engine is promised, along with some innovative features.  Can't wait for this one...


http://www.newstargames.com/

AI War: The Light of the Spire Expansion Now Available as Game Hits Version 5.0


The Light of the Spire
Arcen Games is proud to announce the release of AI War: The Light of the Spire, the game's biggest expansion ever. Available now for $10 through ArcenGames.com and coming soon to digital distributors.

The expansion is packed full of new additions.  The "Fallen Spire" campaign brings in-game linear story elements to the title for the first time, and culminates in a whole new way to win. Players with minutes instead of hours should take to the new Defender Mode, offering bite-sized timed games against crazy AI aggression.

Light of the Spire also brings 180 new ships, including the powerful "Spirecraft" vessel class which stands as the second largest unit class in the game. New music from composer Pablo Vega, new AI types, map types, bonus ship classes, minor factions and quite a bit more packs the expansion to the brim. Prepare for a new war!

More information, screenshots, and a trailer can be found here, along with a comprehensive feature list: http://www.arcengames.com/w/index.php/aiwar-spire

AI War 5.0
Arriving alongside the LotS expansion is AI War 5.0, a massive update free to owners of the base game. Version 5.0 refines the title by taking the best of all past versions and blending them into the definitive AI War experience. While the game will continue to grow and evolve, 5.0 now serves as the foundation for the future.

With this update, nearly every combat ship in the game has been rebalanced in an effort to integrate all the new units added over the past year. Golems have been completely revamped and the AI have received major intelligence upgrades such as more proactive retreats, a network of core shield generators, and the new "stalking" mechanic where it lies in wait until the player is at their most vulnerable.

Players should also be pleased with significant adjustments to overall difficulty and the shortening of the early part of the game -- allowing you to "get to the good part" faster. Not to mention tons of performance improvements, as well as more of a general accessibility regardless of what level of player you are.

Interested parties can read all the additions, improvements and changes in massive detail here: http://arcengames.com/mediawiki/index.php?title=AI_War_-_5.000_Release

Updated Demos
Demos of both AI War 5.0 and Light of the Spire can be downloaded here: http://www.arcengames.com/w/index.php/aiwar-downloads

The demo can be unlocked into the full version of the game with a purchased license key.

About Arcen Games
Arcen Games entered the PC indie scene in 2009 with their cult classic AI War: Fleet Command, which was named the 40th best-reviewed PC game of the year by MetaCritic.  Their second year was a busy one, seeing the release of The Zenith Remnant, the first full expansion for AI War; Tidalis, an innovative block-based puzzle with casual appeal and hardcore depth; and Children of Neinzul, a micro-expansion for AI War with all profits benefiting the Child's Play charity, of which Arcen is a platinum sponsor.

Light of the Spire is Arcen's first release of 2011, but fans of the company are also excited about the upcoming procedural adventure game known as A Valley Without Wind.  Originally a one-man shop, Arcen Games has grown to have half a dozen part-time or fulltime contributors to its various titles.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Chrono Rage now on 3 online stores

Anima Games is pleased to announce that Chrono Rage is now available on three online stores!
About Chrono Rage
Chrono Rage is a fast paced shoot them up for the PC for casual as well as hardcore gamers. Chrono Rage confronts the player with a pixel swarm coming from the past and ready for battle. Great dexterity, nerves of steel and blazing reflexes are the weapons needed to tame this game.
Free Demo
A free demo of the game is available on the official website as well as on FilePlanet.

Get it on Impulse:

Aurora renamed

Aurora has been renamed to Auralux .

Everything else about the game remains the same.

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Swap This! released for iPhone and Ipod Touch

How many games let you save crazy-cute piranha-like creatures stuck in ice blocks with this much speed and intensity? There’s only one - SWAP THIS! – a whole new swapping game experience.

Players will find themselves addicted to killing a few minutes or a few hours freeing cute piranha-like creatures from their frozen ice blocks in this freakishly fast matching game. The innovative and rewarding gameplay in Swap This! allows swapping from anywhere on the game board. An all-new game world, new characters, multiple game modes and deep integration with social networks heighten the Swap This! frenzy for players.

- Three different game modes mix up the gameplay. Battle enemy fish in Fish Fight, have some blitz fun in Minute Match or test your wits in Puzzle Mode with over 45 puzzles

- Compete against your Facebook Friends, watch live leaderboards and boast on Twitter

- Five special power-ups to help break the ice

- Full Retina Display graphics

- Dozens of animations complete with cutscenes and various enemy fish models


(Released by EA but developed by Two Tribes)

Swap This! - Electronic Arts

Swap This Screenshots and Trailer










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Iron Wars game is available for downloading in Mac App Store

AppMania Company today announces Iron Wars, their new 3D game for Mac OS X available for downloading in Mac App Store. Iron Wars is an exciting battle between fabulous iron balls in real time or in top-down view. It can equal the best action games in dynamics, speed, excitement in a breathtaking atmosphere. The battle of the balls takes place in the most unexpected areas such as space platforms, abandoned mines, forests, and cemeteries with vaults.


Kiev, Ukraine - AppMania Company today is delighted to announce the release of their new product: 3D game "Iron Wars" for Mac that from today is available for downloading in Mac App Store. The Iron Wars is a thrilling 3D shooting game which will undoubtedly impress even the most hard-to-please gamer.

 Iron Wars is an exciting battle between fabulous iron balls in real time or in top-down view. It can equal the best action games in dynamics, speed, excitement in a breathtaking atmosphere. The showy graphics, dynamic sound and captivating gameplay will carry you away to the fabulous world of the Iron Wars which is full of challenges and surprises. The action absolutely will surpass your expectations without a doubt.

The battle of the balls takes place in the most unexpected areas such as space platforms, abandoned mines, forests, and cemeteries with vaults. There are 9 colorful maps which diversify the game and add to its exciting gameplay. Besides, there are many weapons and special bonuses on the maps. Besides the traditional first-aid kits and armor there are brand new ones such as a ram. It will help you to defeat enemies and earn a victory.

Moreover you have an opportunity to play with each other via Wi-Fi with up to 6 players per map. You are able to share your scores with your friends via a special application that allows this. You of course decide with who you will share your score. You can choose the single-user campaign or play with customized bots in Quick Match mode. The campaign consists of 32 missions and three different game modes - Death Match, Team Death Match and Domination.

Take the challenge and become a participant in this fantastic bloodless war. You will need much effort, skill, wit and endurance to gain victory as your enemies may be very smart, experienced and unpredictable. One of the advantages of the game is good control so you will be able to do your best.

Features:
* 32-level campaign
* Network game via Wi-Fi with up to 6 players per map (Internet mode in the nearest updates)
* Possibility to play with other iPad/iPhone and Mac OS X owners
* Customized game with bots
* 9 different maps in 5 settings
* Dynamic sounds
* Three different game modes (Death Match, Team Death Match, Domination)
* Vast variety of weapons and special bonuses on the maps
* Score table developed on the direct sharing basis to show just your own and your friends' results

System Requirements:
* Intel-based Mac
* Requires Mac OS 10.6.6 or later
* 35.1 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Iron Wars v1.1 is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Games category.



AppMania is the independent game development company with the central office in Kyiv (Ukraine). AppMania has been working on the gaming market since 2008 now and specializes in game apps for mobile and Mac platforms development. It is the author of such released successful projects as "Demolition Master", "DreamBook", "Farm It!", "BattleSheep!" and "Iron Wars", that hold leading positions in the game rating. The company's mission is to make the everyday life more comfortable and interesting, for this purpose we're permanently looking for new and original ideas. The company has in its arsenal the smoothly running process, initiative team working well together and having such priorities as efficiency and creative approach to the problem solving, and high technical proficiency. Copyright (C) 2008-2011 Appmania. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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Learning has never been more fun for toddlers with Grandpa's Farm on iOS

Florida based Nanotalons LLC today announces Grandpa’s Farm 1.0 for iOS. Set on a beautifully stylized cartoon farm, this imaginative children's application provides youngsters with a variety of easily accessible games that encourage the development of various skills while entertaining them. Explore and play within four interactive areas, with each individual area including unique games requiring kids to do everything from recognizing animal sounds correctly to counting numbers.

Grandpa's Farm - Nanotalons, LLC

Hialeah, Florida - Nanotalons LLC, an innovative new mobile application developer currently focused on mobile games, has today announced the recent release and subsequent success of Grandpa's Farm for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Structured as a destination game where young children can choose from four unique mini-games to play, Grandpa's Farm provides toddlers with challenging and engaging exercises that encourage them to master skills such as basic counting and memory recall among multiple others. Representing a perfect mix of education and pure entertainment, Grandpa's Farm is currently available for download on the Apple App Store for $1.99.

This game offers children the ability to explore and play within four interactive areas, with each individual area including unique games requiring kids to do everything from recognizing animal sounds correctly to counting numbers. These games are designed with progressively more challenging levels to ensure that as children gain an ever greater mastery of the skills needed to beat them they will still constantly be challenged and pushed further. To ensure that youngsters will not become frustrated or disenchanted during gameplay, the app's mini-games are also designed to provide players with consistent positive feedback, rewarding them for their successes rather than punishing them for their short comings.

Since Grandpa's Farm is developed with young users in mind, the app's user interface is structured to accommodate and remain accessible to them. The game is stylized not only to appeal to children's sensibilities but also to engage and entertain specifically this demographic of players. Games as well as the app's general lobby are vibrantly animated and feature whimsical music. Meanwhile the sheer number of interactive features - both within individual games and throughout the app as a whole - are sure to provide younger users with hours of engaging fun. Grandpa's Farm was created for children to have a mobile resource that would not only entertain them but also give them an avenue through which they could further their development. Utilizing well thought out mini-games together with vibrant dynamic animations and graphics, Grandpa's Farm was able to achieve just that.

Grandpa's Farm - Nanotalons, LLC


Nanotalons LLC. is an independent video game development company dedicated to developing fun, engaging, and action filled games. With the launch of Grandpa's Farm, the organization has branched out within the mobile gaming genre to not only provide games for the mobile gaming community as a whole but specifically for younger mobile device users as well. (C) Nanotalons LLC 2011. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.




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Stamp Art Fever 1.0.1: Feel the Collector Fever in this new iOS SIM Game

Independent software developers Francesco Chessari and Nicola Pacini introduce Stamp Art Fever 1.0.1, their new simulation game for iOS devices. In Stamp Art Fever, you are a stamp collector continuously searching for new pieces to add to your collection. You have several ways to get the stamps you are looking for: the Philately and the Black Market. The game is enlivened by events, such as fire and theft, which could slow down your career.


Pisa, Italy, Independent software developers Francesco Chessari and Nicola Pacini are pleased to introduce Stamp Art Fever 1.0.1, their new simulation game for iOS devices. In Stamp Art Fever, you are a stamp collector continuously searching for new pieces to add to your collection.

Probably as far back as 1839 Sir Rowland Hill did not think that its reform of the postal system would have inspired the creators of this game for iPhone/iPod. The Famous Penny Black was the first of countless stamps used around the world to send letters carrying news of all kinds. Soon, collectors around the world began to take care of them and rare specimens acquired an enormous economic value.

Stamp Art Fever revolutionizes your virtual world, great graphics and a perfect game of chance allows this application to become a must have. Download it immediately and begin to categorize your stamps. You have several ways to get the stamps you are looking for: the Philately and the Black Market. The game is enlivened by events, such as fire and theft, which could slow down your career.

Main game elements:
* Visit the Philately and make your purchases
* Sell to shop your duplicates and create a portfolio with which buy the missing
* Search your missing copy in the Black Market
* Increase your credit "dirty" on the Black Market by selling your duplicates
* Protect your collection from Fire and Theft
* Connect with your friends and propose exchanges (multiplayer)

In addition:
* help on line with the game rules
* Over 100 original prints and 20 levels of play
* Support for multitasking iOS 4 compatible devices: switch instantly from one application to another
* Detailed graphics with high resolution to take full advantage of iPhone 4 Retina display
* Multiplayer exchanges sessions
* OpenFeint support
* Future update with new collection sets

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 48.9 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Stamp Art Fever 1.0.1 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

Stamp Art Fever 1.0.1: http://stampartfever.blogspot.com
Download From iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/app/id411650749


Located in Pisa, Italy, independent Italian software developers Francesco Chessari and Nicola Pacini share a passion for crafting incredibly useful software for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad platforms. Copyright (C) 2011 Francesco Chessari. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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The Free Balls! - Extreme Ball Busting Game Now Available

Savant Inc. today announces The Free Balls!, the free version of their debut title for iPhone and iPod touch. Hardcore sports Coach Timmins wants you to juggle as many sports balls as possible. Bounce different balls a number of times until they burst. Be careful not to let them drop, or Coach Timmins will give you a verbal whipping! The Free Balls! offers two game modes, five different ball types, and Open Feint/Game Center integration.


Montreal (Quebec) Canada - Savant Inc., developer and publisher of iPhone games and entertainment applications, today is proud to announce the worldwide release of "The Free Balls!", the free version of their debut title for iPhone and iPod touch.

Hardcore sports Coach Timmins wants you to juggle as many sports balls as possible to prove your worth. Bounce different balls (soccer, basketball, bowling, and more!) a number of times until they burst! Be careful not to let them drop, or Coach Timmins will give you a verbal whipping!

The balls are physics enabled and can bounce against each other for a bigger challenge. Tap the balls to bounce them up, or flick them in a direction for more precise control. Bounce them as late as possible for a higher score and crits! And watch out, sometimes the coach will lob a grenade at you to make sure you are paying attention!

Ball-busting gameplay
* Simple pick up and play
* 2 game modes: Classic and Balls mode (no time limit, score as high as you can)
* 5 different types of balls (and more to come in future updates)
* Juggle different types of sports balls to get the highest score
* Flick them up for more control
* Open Feint Leaderboards (compete with your friends)
* Open Feint Achievements
* Game Center enabled with Achievements and Leaderboards! Seamless integration with Open Feint

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch
* Requires iOS 3.1.2 or later
* 7.1 MB

Pricing and Availability:
The Free Balls! 1.0.1 is available worldwide for free and exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

Savant: http://savantinc.blogspot.com/
The Free Balls! 1.0.1: http://theballsgame.blogspot.com/
Download from iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/app/id412087359


Located in Quebec, Canada, Savant Inc. is a two person indie developer and publisher of iPhone games, devoted to making compelling and fun iOS games for everyone. All Material and Software (C) 2011 Savant Inc. / All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPod, the iPod logo, are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Cleopatra: a Queen's Destiny now available on the Mac App Store

Paris based Coladia has announced Cleopatra: a Queen's Destiny is available on the Mac App Store. Cleopatra: a Queen's Destiny is a Point & Click adventure game, taking place in Alexandria, Egypt, 48 BC. The country is divided by civil war pitting Cleopatra's supporters against those of her brother and husband, Ptolemy, who is ravaging the country. In this climate of terror, Thomas, a young apprentice to Akkod, Cleopatra's astrologist and astronomist, falls in love with his master's daughter.



Paris, France - Coladia has announced Cleopatra: a Queen's Destiny is now available on the Mac App Store. Cleopatra: a Queen's Destiny is a Point & Click adventure game, taking place in Alexandria, Egypt, 48 BC. The country is divided by civil war pitting Cleopatra's supporters against those of her brother and husband, Ptolemy, who is ravaging the country. In this climate of terror, Thomas, a young apprentice to Akkod, Cleopatra's astrologist and astronomist, falls in love with his master's daughter.One day, in horror, he discovers that both master and daughter have been kidnapped.

Thomas sets out on their trail and learns in the course of his investigations that Cleopatra herself had asked Akkod to make a specific divination, and that the partisan of Ptolemy are behind the kidnapping. Cleopatra promises Thomas that in exchange for the tablets required for the divination, her guards will find the master and his daughter.

Thomas's investigations lead him to the discovery of Egypt's legendary sites such as the Library of Alexandria and the Lighthouse. Thomas also meets the Queens and a whole host of their mysterious characters. Will he manage to save his master and his loved one, so that together they can decypher the stars? Without the prophecy, the country will be lost; the destiny of Egypt and its Queen are in his hands.

Main Features:
* A history adventure game based on Cleopatra's extraordinary destiny
* Discover Ancien Egypt's mythical sites, Alexandria's Lighthouse and Library, all reproduced with perfect historical accurancy
* A whole host of puzzles and enigmas based on Ancient Egyptian culture and sciences
* Great attention to ambient sounds and graphics bring total immersion along with dozens of animated sequences that enrich the story
* Proven game systems: interactive map, dynamic combination inventory, mini-animations, and more

Supported Languages:
* U.S. English, French, German, Italian and Spanish

System Requirements:
* Mac OS X 10.5 or later
* Intel Processor
* 2.09 GB

Pricing and Availability:
Cleopatra: a Queen's Destiny 1.1 is $14.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Games category.

Steel Storm is now available from the Desura digital distribution network

Kot-in-Action Creative Artel is proud to announce that the episodic top-down shooter series Steel Storm is now available from the Desura digital distribution network. The beta for Steel Storm Episode ][ ( 2 ) is now available to pre-ordering customers. Episode I, which is free, is also still freely available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and is included in Episode ]['s beta.


Steel Storm is an old school top down arcade shooter with score oriented competitive gameplay, and is designed for people who like fast paced action and have limited amounts of time to play computer games.
The events of the game take place in an alternative universe where you control an advanced hovertank, packed with the most advanced and sophisticated weapons. Your task is simple, but, nevertheless, is not trivial. In the fight with presumed extraterrestrial invaders, you must prevail!
                                                                                                                 
Features in the Episode 2 beta include:

·         Complete Episode 1
·         2 new environments
·         3 new single-player / coop missions
·         CTF online mode
·         New weapons
·         New enemies
·         Achievements
·         Gamepad support

Kot-in-Action invites all old-school shmup fans to register on our forums and join our official IRC channel and coordinate multiplayer games and comment on the singleplayer mode. Preorders are available now on Desura and the official Steel Storm site for the second episode and those who preorder will receive beta access.

Downloads for all 3 platforms, screenshots, video, and further description can be found at http://www.desura.com/games/steel-storm
(Windows only at the moment) and at http://www.steel-storm.com .

Additionally, Kot-in-Action founder Alexander Zubov said, "We are very excited to have Steel Storm on the Desura digital distribution service and hope that it will bring success to our game projects current and future."

“Top down shooters have long been a genre dominated by innovative indies and Steel Storm does a fine job of keeping up the tradition. Expect the usual tons of explosions interspersed with objectives and worlds to explore. Great to be working with Kot-in-Action on Desura” said Scott Reismanis, Desura founder.

About Kot-in-Action Creative Artel

Kot-in-Action Creative Artel is a new independent developer based in Del Rio, TX with team members in the U.S., Poland, and Russia. Steel Storm is their first release. More information can be found at http://www.kot-in-action.com .

About Desura

Desura is a community driven digital distribution service for gamers, putting the best games, mods and downloadable content from developers at gamers fingertips, ready to buy and play.

InfinitApps updates Pyramid 13 card game for iOS

Minnesota based InfinitApps announces Pyramid 13, an update to its customizable solitaire card game for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Pyramid 13 is a clean and simple version of the popular pyramid solitaire card game which is easy to learn and quick to play. The game can be customized by playing with one of three different card styles. Pyramid 13 includes several high-quality backgrounds and the user can select up to three of their own photos.

Pyramid 13 - InfinitApps

Saint Paul, Minnesota - InfinitApps has released an update to Pyramid 13, its customizable solitaire card game for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, making it available via the App Store to users of iPhone OS 3.x for the first time and providing other improvements.

Pyramid 13 is a clean and simple version of the popular pyramid solitaire card game which is easy to learn and quick to play. The game can be customized by playing with one of three different card styles: color-coded cards numbered 1-13, traditional suited cards with ace through king or a hexadecimal-binary style.

Pyramid 13 includes several high-quality backgrounds and the user can select up to three of their own photos. These backgrounds can be randomized, giving a new look with each pyramid played. Card backs can also be personalized with a favorite color or photo.

Game Center support is provided so users can compare high scores with those of their friends and everyone else playing the game. Users also are awarded achievements as they play.

The new update makes Pyramid 13 work on devices that are running iPhone OS 3.x for the first time, allowing users of the first-generation iPhone and iPod touch to play Pyramid 13. The update also improves the appearance of the board, feedback when completing a level, and integration with Game Center.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.0 or later
* 8.1 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Pyramid 13 (v1.1) is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category, Cards section.

Pyramid 13 - InfinitApps

Monday, 24 January 2011

1 And Only 1 Clue for iOS - Color Tile Matching Brain Builder Game

Herndon, Virginia - Independent developer Vivek Desai today is pleased to announce 1 And Only 1 Clue version 1.1 for iOS, his game where players must match the number and color of squares (that being the 1 and only 1 clue) from a group of pictures in colored squares. For example, if the clue is 1 red square, the player must look at all the pictures on the board in red squares, and select the one whose picture occurs only once (in a red square) on the board. Selecting a picture in a red square that also appears on the board in a blue square is an incorrect answer. Using text and audio, and two levels of play, the game is appropriate for young children as well as adults. With text and audio options turned on, the game identifies and announces the object matched, which will be helpful to younger children. 1 And Only 1 Clue may be played in single player mode, auto mode (the iOS device plays the game), or 2-player mode via Bluetooth. There are both easy and normal levels of play.

1 And Only 1 Clue - The Game Street

1 And Only 1 Clue is an ideal example of a very simple premise being fully developed and executed. In easy mode the board consists of a 4 x 3 matrix of pictures in colored squares. The pictures are all of the same theme or category: animals, electronics, emotions, fruit, instruments, landmarks, professions, sports, or vehicles. Each game consists of a number of rounds, and a round counter decrements as gameplay proceeds. There is also a game clock that increments minutes/seconds as play continues. Incorrect guesses add ten seconds to the clock. The goal is to complete all the rounds of the game with the lowest clock time.

The game engages the mind on two levels simultaneously: players must consider both color and number of pictures when making matches. If the clue is 1 green square, 1 red square, and 1 blue square, the player must do a color search and then filter the results using a number search. For example, the player may begin by locating all the pictures in a green square. Then, they may filter those results by locating all those pictures that occur in both green AND red squares. Finally, results are filtered to locate the single picture that occurs in green AND red AND blue squares, but NOT any others. This exercises and entertains not only short-term, working memory, but also object and pattern recognition.

Feature Highlights:
* Builds analytical and logical thinking skills
* Improves concentration
* With many colorful built-in themes, child learns (without even knowing) while having fun
* Pictures supported with audio and text
* Supports multiple languages
* Supports two player mode using Bluetooth
* Always new, there are a near infinite number of puzzle combinations
* Multiple levels of gameplay for a greater challenge

In normal mode the board matrix is 8 x 4, significantly more challenging than easy mode. With 32 different squares to scan and 15 rounds to play, each game can be quite challenging to complete in the quickest time. Boards are generated randomly, so the odds of playing the same game twice are extremely small. Games may be paused and resumed, and there is a high score library for each of the nine categories, as well as best overall time. Both sound f/x and the display timer may be toggled on/off.

"Logical and analytical skills, and short-term, working memory are important in solving all kinds of everyday problems," stated independent developer Vivek Desai. "1 And Only 1 Clue can help develop and maintain these abilities, automatically, while players are having fun."

Language Support:
* US English, French, German, and Spanish

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* iOS 4.0 or later
* 14.7 MB

Pricing and Availability:
1 And Only 1 Clue 1.1 is $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category.

1 And Only 1 Clue - The Game Street