After a seemingly long wait, Astro Ranch has finally been released into the App Store. We previewed this game not too long ago and found it to be one of the more deeper games, and Jeff fully enjoyed the final build he had the chance to play. It definitely looks interesting too, and Animal Crossing lovers may as well fall in love with this.
Astro Ranch is the Farmville/Harvest Moon-esque game that we’ve all been waiting for, and you shouldn’t pass up the opportunity of grabbing this game for the cheap release price of $2.99. It’s an insanely low price for an insanely content-packed game.
We should have a review up soon, but for now, please check out our hands-on gameplay video. Also, check out the forum thread for discussions regarding the game.
Recently, I received the final, release-build of the upcoming Farmville/Harvest Moon-esque game from Tag Games. It’s everything I’ve been waiting for, and more. Though I was only slightly interested in Farmville, and have never played Harvest Moon, Astro Ranch had me from the start. Tag Games has done everything right – the crop planting, watering, mini-games, ranch upgrades, etc. all mesh together to create a beautiful, addicting experience.
The cinematic intro cutscene shows when you start up the game. It introduces the background story about how two twins, a boy and a girl, were flying a rocket ship stocked with supplies to farm the final frontier of the galaxy. However, typical sibling argument caused them to start fighting in the ship, disrupting the navigation system and causing the rocket to initiate a crash landing. Due to a “design flaw,” the escape pod could only contain one person, so one of the twins managed to get away while the other had no choice but to crash land with the rocket on an unknown planet.
When you start up the game, you’ll see that there is an impressive number of save slots – Tag Games has managed to squeeze in eight of them. In addition, you will notice that you can select one of the two twins; the one you select will be the one that you play as, which will also be the twin that crash lands on the planet. Once you have selected your save slot, character, name, and ranch name, you’ll start the game and learn the basics via a helpful tutorial from the mayor of the planet.
The controls aren’t perfect, but they do work. Moving around is done via tapping anywhere on the screen, and you dig, plant, and harvest by using an item and dragging it onto the target object, or by tapping the item and sliding your finger across the screen to select a group of objects to use it on. Mini-games such as fishing and gold panning are done with the accelerometer. Though I don’t like it, there definitely isn’t anything wrong with the control scheme in Astro Ranch.
Seeds, tools, pens, animals, and ranch upgrades such as electricity, sprinkler systems, and a bigger house can all be bought at various prices in the shop. There’s a lot of content in this game, and I can see it taking myself quite a while to finish the game. There’s a story and other side missions too, but I’ve just been too caught up in the agricultural and money making aspect of the game to care about that right now. I’ve already poured 10 hours into this game, and I’m not even one-tenth of the way through of getting everything.
Astro Ranch is the Farmville/Harvest Moon-esque game that we’ve all been waiting for, and you shouldn’t pass up the opportunity of grabbing this game for the cheap release price of $2.99. It’s an insanely low price for an insanely content-packed game. Currently, Astro Ranch is in review at Apple and should be released very soon. Here’s a hands-on video demonstrating some of the features of the game.
Gotta get that boom-boom-pow, gotta get that boom-boom-pow… you get the point. I, personally, am not a big fan of rap or hip-hop, as I’m more of a classical rock and alternative sort of guy. But that doesn’t stop me from enjoying uniqueness, which in this case happens to be B-Boy Beats.
B-Boy Beats is a different type of rhythm game that strays far from the normal, Tap-Tap Revenge-esque gameplay. In B-Boy Beats, your fingers are the feet of the action, and one wrong step leads pretty much to disaster. The game gets harder and harder though, as new “hand” moves are implemented.
While B-Boy Beats was very unique and very well designed, I found much trouble with the difficulty. With a toned down difficulty, this game could just strike gold. For now, eureka is just one or two updates away.
Artwork: The train loading screen is quite creative, and I must say I was mightily impressed. Along with that, the level selection screen was quite creative to show a map of New York City, unfolding as if it were just a paper map. I found the artwork to be very creative along with the design.
Unique: You have to give credit where credit is due: there’s nothing like this in the App Store. No matter how hard you try and prove that there is something like it, you just can’t. This is a first experience for me, and it’s one that can’t be made on any other platform. B-Boy Beats is a game that successfully utilizes the touchscreen capabilities of the iPhone, making for a very unique experience.
Difficulty: The game is well balanced, but the problem is, it’s way too difficult. The game requires you to do so many different moves with so little time in between, at times it just feels like it’s right to give up. It’s not a frustrating type of difficulty, but B-Boy Beats needs to be tweaked in a way that it is easier for beginners. The controls do get some getting used to, and it would be nice for first time users to play a “beginner” mode, or something similar to that.
Learning Curve: For me, it took me a long time to finally get the control method down. But once I got it down, the first few levels became a bit easier. But still, the learning curve may not be as welcoming for new up-and-coming iPhone and iPod touch users as well as the casual crowd.
B-Boy Beats is unique, it’s fresh, it’s hip. It has everything in place to become the next gold mine in terms of rhythm games, but there’s just one portion that gets me: the difficulty. The developers should find the time to fiddle around with the difficulty, as that’s the part that’s holding this game back. Everything else, though, was definitely impressive.
B-Boy Beats from Tag Games has been officially released into the App Store, a game which uses your fingers as a means to break dance on your iPhone. I’ll admit to you all this: I can’t dance. Break dance, hip hop, I just can’t dance. And I’m sure some of you out there will admit you can’t dance.
And while B-Boy Beats doesn’t give you a way to finally achieve break dance king, it’s definitely a solid game to pass your time. For fans of these musical, rhythmic games, B-Boy Beats seems to be one of the more solid titles on the App Store and one of a kind.
Here are some of the more notable features:
Face off against 7 NYC crews each with their own turf
Awesome music talent from the hip hop underground
10 authentic break-dance moves to learn
Easy and Hard difficulty levels for extra replay value
Open Feint social network integration
There are a total of 17 different tracks, and B-Boy Beats is available now for $2.99.
Paul Farley of Tag Games has sent us the scoop on their upcoming game Astro Ranch, a game that is best described as a mix of Farmville, Animal Crossing on the Nintendo DS, and other social games that deal with farming and collaborating with others.
Here are some of the more notable features:
A unique game experience – exclusive to iPhone
Farming game-play mashed up with RPG and mini-games
Awesome 3D world to explore, with beautiful animation
Lots of strange alien characters to befriend
Go fishing, pan for gold, steal fruit from trees and visit aliens!
Large range of crops, livestock and upgrades to buy
Message friends, send them gifts and credits and many more social features powered by Scoreloop
Lots of downloadable content available from the online shop
According to Tag Games, Astro Ranch will be available for sale during the week of February 21st, which is actually only a week away. Personally, I’m more than excited to see this game hit the App Store, and we’ll bring you more details once they are available.
Astro Ranch will be priced at $2.99 along with DLC.