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News Wrap-Up: Game Releases, Sales, and More

This week I was away to San Francisco without much time for writing, as I was driving around the town and touring the whole area.  So as a way to make-up for all that once-lost news, I’m compiling everything into this post: what happened this week from Monday to Friday.  There were some notable game releases including Pocket Legends MMO for the iPhone along with some other big news that hit the market this week.  Here’s the list:

Game Releases

  • Pocket Legends MMO for the iPhone: 3D, fantasy MMO for the iPhone, one that was first released on the iPad.  I haven’t exactly gotten a hang of the game yet, but it looks fantastic.
  • Hockey Nations 2010: The void for hockey on the iPhone hasn’t been filled at all, and Hockey Nations doesn’t exactly fill it either.  But still, it’s the first 3D hockey game on the iPhone, and it’s actually not that bad.  It could use some improvement though.
  • Babylonian Twins: It’s good to see retro reborn on the App Store, and that seems to be the case with Babylonian Twins.  First created in Iraq during the 90s for the Amiga, it has finally been brought over to the iPhone with redone visuals and more.  I haven’t tried it yet, but it definitely looks interesting.
  • Espgaluda II: Bullet-hell shooter that looks extremely interesting.  I didn’t try the Xbox 360 version, but this one can best be described by watching this gameplay video.  It also has OpenFeint leaderboards and achievements; a definite sign of awesomeness.

Sales

  • Blitz (Free):  Looks like an interesting card game implemented with ngmoco’s Plus+ system.  Haven’t had the chance to play it yet, but one that’s worth noting.
  • Pandorum ($0.99):  Scary third-person shooter that was ok, but the controls needed some work.  Still, it’s worth a look at $0.99.
  • Kim’s Adventure (Free): Interesting looking 3D platformer for the iPhone, although the controls are a bit difficult to master.  Still, it’s free, and you really have nothing to lose.

News

  • Knights Rush: Sequel to the very successful Quest of Knights Onrush, Knights Rush is the paid version of a free game that was downloaded many many times.  It’s coming soon filled with a campaign mode and 8 different environments.  For more information, check out the post on Toucharcade.
  • iPhone 4.0 announcement: iPhone OS 4.0 is coming in the summer with over 100 new features.  Included is Apple’s own social gaming platform Game Center and mobile advertising system iAd.  You can catch our wrap up of the event here.
  • Star Defense 2, NOVA 2, space MMO: Pocketgamer seems to have the inside scoop on the production of NOVA 2 (coming later this year), Star Defense 2 (freemium tower defense), and a space MMO that might just be made from the makers of Pocket Legends.

Pandorum Review: Shooting Yourself In the Foot

We reported that Artifical Life released Pandorum for the iPhone, a third person shooter based off of the movie that will be released September 25th.  Of course, movie games haven’t had much of a good reputation on the consoles, but the iPhone seems to be a totally different story as the best third person shooter in the App Store was based on a movie.  Pandorum sadly falls right in with all the console movie games, and while the game itself is well produced, major overlooks make this experience far from enjoyable.

Likes

Graphics: Graphics are very good, it’s just as plain and simple as that.  Very, VERY nice compared to most iPhone games in the App Store, and I was blown away by the quality.  If one area of the game was commended, it would definitely be the graphics.  Artificial Life did a great job animating, designing, and laying out the game to make it visually appealing to consumers.

Controls: Honestly, I really didn’t like the controls when I first started the game.  I thought they were unresponsive and very unintuitive, and I would have liked it if the game used controls similar to that of Terminator Salvation.  As I progressed through the game, I found the controls to actually grow on me more and more, and by the time I had played for an hour or so, the controls felt perfect right in the palm of my hand.

Achievements: Pandorum has very high production values, and achievements are excluded from this game.  It would have been cool if we received Plus+ points or OpenFeint points for achieving the achievements, but achievements are achievements.  Hardcore gamers will find that all the achievements aren’t easy, and an extensive list of awards is a great addition to the game.

Dislikes

Autosave: Major, major, MAJOR oversight from Artificial Life.  I cannot believe that this was not added into the game, and when I play the game, I just can’t help but know that I’ll have to restart the level again.  When each level takes over 30 minutes to complete, I expect the game to autosave, not make you restart the whole level.  Major oversight on Artificial Life’s part that’s clearly unacceptable and a major down point for this game.

What Am I Doing?: The beginning of the game was absolute chaos, and I had no real clue on what to do.  Tutorial was very skimpy and didn’t explain much, and I found myself getting lost over and over again, becoming frustrated and foiled by the end of the day.  Of course, I found out things for myself and travelled through the levels eventually, but most gamers will have trouble continuing to play the game after that initial frustration.

Pandorum really feels like a complete game, but major oversights make this game go down as “just another movie game”.  Graphics are very well done, game design is impeccable, but no autosave and a vague tutorial will frustrate the average gamer.  I was somewhat disappointed with the title, and playing the same level over and over because of the lack of autosave is just not what most iPhone gamers would love to hear about.

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Pandorum was developed by Artificial Life, and I played through version 1.0 on my 1st generation iPhone.  The price is $3.99, and there is a lite version to try before you buy.

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Pandorum Third Person Shooter Released

Third person shooters have absolutely blown my mind away on the iPhone, and games like Terminator Salvation and Resident Evil 4 have really stepped up in terms of graphics and gameplay.  Artificial Life seems to follow in these footsteps with its release of Pandorum, a third person shooter based on a movie that will release on September 25.  While we haven’t had enough time to actually play with this game, we should have a review up very soon.

In the meantime, there is a lite version to try out before you buy, and the price is $3.99.  From the screenshots, it looks like Pandorum could stand nice and tall right next to the other gorgeous TPS in the App Store.  Stay tuned for a review on this game, but you can check out the lite version to get a feel for the game.

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