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About Daniel

I have been an iPhone game addict ever since the NES emulator came out on the 1.1.4 iPhone 2G. After 2.0 and the App Store came out, my iPhone homescreen has never been the same. Other than writing reviews for App Store games, I play soccer/football, American football, volleyball, and golf. I love going to the beach and fishing on the pier. Some games not available on iPhone/iPod Touch that I truly love are the Call of Duty series, Guitar Hero III, Madden NFL 09, and PGR: Gotham Racing.

Gameloft Releases ‘9mm’ to the App Store, Bad Cops and Gangsters Galore

Gameloft‘s much anticipated third-person action game 9mm has just been released into the App Store.

Boasting of six different crime-fighting locations, 9mm also contains pistols, shotguns, submachine guns, machine guns, and more.

It also includes online multiplayer for up to 12 people across 4 maps, presumably using Gameloft Live for all the online action.  9mm also includes soundtracks from Freeway & Jake One, Beanie Sigel, and Apathy, with Freeway & Jake One even making a special appearance within the game.

If that’s not enough to convince you, Gameloft has added universal support, so you don’t have to buy the same game twice for your iOS devices.

9mm is available now on the App Store for $6.99.

Scribble Show Review: Interesting Concept Wasted by Lack of Content

The iPhone’s touchscreen is so unique in that it’s capable of doing so many things, especially when it comes to games.

And Phenom Studio’s Scribble Show aims to do just that by creating quite a unique experience on the iPhone, albeit nothing new in terms of the whole drawing concept.

In the one game mode that’s involved, you have to draw the falling shapes as fast as possible and not let them hit the ground.  There are many power ups including Blow Up, Freeze, and Slow Down, along with some others that will aid in helping you get to the highest level possible.

Of course, more and more drawings and more and more complex drawings appear as the levels go on, and once enough of the drawings have fallen, it’s game over.  The game is equipped with GameCenter leaderboards, and the gameplay itself is a lot of fun.  But it could have been so much more; for now, it’s something that’s intriguing but may not be enough to keep one busy for long.

Likes

Drawing: The drawing recognition in this game is pretty accurate, and it allows you to draw complex figures with ease.  It allows enough margin for error for you to not become too frustrated with the game, and the developers definitely got the most important piece of the game right.

Balance: The balance of the game is good enough so that you learn through the first few levels of the game, then start to use those talents and ultimately fight for the highest score.  The game balance isn’t perfect by any means, but it should allow first-time players to ease into the gameplay without feeling too pressured in the beginning.

Dislikes

Only one game mode: The fact that the game only carries one game mode seriously limits the game’s replay value, as you can only play one game mode of this sort for so long.

GameCenter achievements: The decision to add GameCenter leaderboards but not achievements is always mind-boggling to me; take a few minutes, create some achievements, and voila: your app is that much more tempting to buy.  Put the work in, add some achievements, and everyone will be happy.

Scribble Show is extremely limited in terms of replay value and gameplay, but the interesting drawing concept of the game is enough for me to not totally write this off as horrible.  It has a lot of potential, and I’ve had a lot of fun with the given mode.  It just needs a little bit more to compete with the likes of Rovio Mobile’s Angry Birds, or even smaller game studios such as Andreas Illiger’s Tiny Wings.

Scribble Show was developed by Phenom Studios, and I played through version 1.1 on my iPhone 4.  The price is $0.99.

‘Emissary of War’: An Upcoming Action RPG Headed by Former BioWare Lead

We don’t get too many heavy-hitting action RPGs in the App Store, and Emissary of War looks to be something that may just fill that void a little bit.

Described as fast-paced and a fully-3D dungeon-crawling adventure, Emissary of War also includes full voiceovers, an original engine, and a unique story-driven gameplay.

You play the role of Ghent, a barbarian sent on a diplomatic mission that goes horribly wrong. With an alchemist companion, Hassock, offering much-needed backup, you will hack and slash your way through monsters and more, upgrading your weapons and tactics to deal with new threats to your mission. Your sense of duty and allegiances will be put to the test as you unravel the mystery behind your failed assignment.

Another tidbit includes GameCenter and achievements, along with supporting all iOS devices (hoorah!).

We’re looking forward to getting our hands on this game, but for now, be sure to check out the trailer and screenshots.

Video Footage of ‘Afterlife: Ground Zero’ Leaked, More Unreal Engine 3 Goodness Headed our Way

The media’s (which includes us, I guess) fascination with the Unreal Engine 3 has gotten us to document every single Unreal Engine 3 news we can find, but this is one game that has gotten me more and more intrigued the more and more I watch the video.

Codenamed Afterlife: Ground Zero, Trendy Entertainment (yes, the same peeps who created Dungeon Defender) are planning on creating a third-person shooter game with different playable classes, tons of RPG elements, killer enemies, a wealth of replayability, and co-op play.

But hold your horses before getting too excited: the game is far from being released, with the UI slapped together in 24 hours, and nothing in the video seems to be final.  Still, the graphics are enough to make your jaw drop a few inches, and we’re definitely looking forward to a closer look at the game once it’s playable.

New Video for Firemint’s ‘Spy Mouse’ Released, We Still Have no Clue what It Is

Firemint‘s newly announced casual game Spy Mouse, formerly known as Agent Squeak, has just received the teaser trailer treatment, although nothing else is really known about the game.

According to the description in the Youtube video:

Play as Agent Squeak, the dashing and debonair undercover mouse. Outsmart ferocious felines and crack fiendish challenges! Sneak, sprint and strategize in your quest to “reclaim” every precious piece of cheese.

The teaser trailer doesn’t show much other than silhouetted images of the mouse swimming within a cat’s innards, and it all ends with a “Coming Summer 2011” sign.  Other than that, we know absolutely nothing about the game and how it will work; hopefully there will be more information regarding the release soon.

But given Firemint’s past casual game Flight Control, I’m very much looking forward to seeing what this is all about.  For now, check out the teaser trailer and maybe even discover some hints we didn’t notice.