Unity Technologies today announced version 3.0 of its Unity engine, a development tool which allows for creation of games on the Mac, iPhone OS, web, Windows and assorted other platforms. Per The Loop, the engine is scheduled for final release this summer and has expanded to support platforms such as the iPad, Android and Playstation 3.
Other changes in version 3.0 include an overhaul to the game’s rendering ability, physics features and core system optimization as well as incorporation of Illuminate Lab’s Beast lighting and Umbra’s occlusion culling software which enable more complex lighting effects and better performance when using more sophisticated geometry and open spaces.
Per All Things D, Palm's new Plugin Development Kit (PDK) allows developers to concert iPhone games to Palm's webOS. Per a source close to the story, the kit's approach allows native code within the platform's web-based framework to be so direct that an iPhone game can be converted in a "matter of days." Few changes are necessary and the performance is purportedly as fast as on the iPhone.
While this has yet directly confirmed by Palm, sources have stated that ports of iPhone games like Need for Speed run smoothly on the Pre Plus. Also, developers have already posted nearly three dozen ports of games from webOS and have described the experience in positive terms. Gameloft Publising VP for the Americas Baudouin Corman has described the experience as "smooth and friendly" and notes that its own porting habits are reflective of its longer-term plans.
Although I'm not typically a huge fan of racing games, there are moments where your jaw drops and you think "they did something right". This may come in the form of Deliverace by Pixelbite Games. A top-down racing game, Deliverace puts you in control of what appears to be a classic General Lee-esque vehicle as you tear through the back road country racing circuit.
A picture's worth a thousand words so take a gander at the teaser trailer which was found on the mighty 148Apps...
Treyarch, makers of Call of Duty: World at War, are saying they're taking a close look at the possibility of expanding their selection of titles in that series for the iPhone. In an interview, their community manager, John Olin, said that more iPhone titles are "a definate possibility", mentioning that they were encouraged by Ideaworks's Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies [App Store, $9.99] release.
RPG fans rejoice! Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II will be coming to the App Store, and continues their tradition of releasing updated versions of these classic role playing games to just about every console imaginable. First released on the Nintendo Famicom nearly twenty years ago, these games have been re-vamped and polished up many times, first starting on Bandai's WonderSwan system and most recently on the Sony PSP. These games look to be enhanced ports of the PSP version, with all of the bonus dungeons and added touch control. No official release date has been announced, but Square Enix has posted a few pictures on their Facebook page.
The official website is up, with little to no information about the games. Pictures follow below!
Endloop has just released Bankshot [App Store, Free], a game that combines a stylish TRON look with the idea of making bank shots. The goal is simple; get your disc to the target by throwing bank shots. To be successful, you have to hit at least one wall, but if you bounce around too much, your disc will explode.
If you're an air hockey or billiards fan, Bankshot should be right up your alley. Plus it's free, so just get it! Video below!
Starfruit Games just released an adorable puzzle game called Tumbledrop [App Store, $1.99] and I love it! The goal of Tumbledrop is to get the happy pink star to the ground by eliminating the other stars and blocks below. But getting him to the ground successfully requires you to plan out your moves and try several times, especially if you want to earn medals. It's tons of fun and totally cute.
If you like physics-puzzles, Tumbledrop is a must buy. Video below!
With ninja-like stealth, Rockstar Games quietly released Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars in the U.S. [App Store, $9.99]. The game puts you in control of Huang Lee, the son of a Triad gang boss. After your father was murdered and driven off the side of a pier, it's your job to get back the family heirloom— an ancient sword— and deliver it to your uncle to ensure that control over the Triad gang stays within the family.
Bytemark games announced on Monday that the official Dawn of the Dead game will be released on the 19th for $2.99 and we got a chance to play with it!
The game is a top-down shooter that follows several of the major plot points from the movie — the remake, that is. Playing as either the cop, the nurse, or the salesman, you goal is to defend yourself against groups of flesh-eating zombies with guns and other blunt objects you find lying around. Unfortunately the story mode is quite short and it can probably be finished in 20 minutes. However, the game also includes a challenge mode with 12 challenges ranging from easy to hard.
Today Glu Mobile announced that 15 of their hit iPhone games are going on sale for $0.99 a piece. The Mega-Sale sale started today and ends on Monday the 11th, offering a great opportunity to pick up some decent games on the cheap. Some of the more popular games in the bunch include Glyder 2 [App Store], World Series of Poker Hold'em Legend [App Store], Beat It! [App Store], and Super K.O. Boxing 2 [App Store]. You can check out the full list of apps included in the sale below!