Yet another game has ditched the once-standard $0.99 price to switch to a model of a free app with paid in-app purchases for revenue. This time it's Cyber Circuit [App Store, Free] from Complex Games, a shooter claiming to be inspired by the multi-level concept of Dante's Inferno. Instead of paying $0.99 for the entire app, you can now get the first six levels of the game for free, with the option to pay another $1.99 later on to get the other 24 levels. Video after the break.
A new game has hit the App Store that combines the thrill of a first person shooter with the immersive quality of augmented reality. Called Gunman [App Store, $0.99], the game is possibly one of the most exciting iPhone games to date. The crazy thing about it is that unlike most first person shooters today that are centered around a fictional setting and cast of somewhat-plausable characters and events, Gunman is set in your world. The main character is you, and your nemesis is a real person. Video after the break.
Epic Games has officially ported the Unreal Engine 3, the game engine powering the popular games like Bioshock, Gears of War, and Unreal Tournament 3. The engine requires OpenGL, so it will only run on the 3rd generation iPod touch and iPhone 3GS. Epic Games says they plan to make the engine available for licensing to companies who want to make or port games to the iPhone and iPod touch at some point. You can check out a video of a modded version of Unreal Tournament running on an iPhone after the break.
EA's new racing game, Need For Speed Shift [App Store, $9.99], is now available. The new title includes 20 different cars (including the BMW M3 GT2, Lamborghini Gallardo & Pagani Zonda), 18 tracks in various international locations (Chicago, London & Tokyo) and a multiplayer mode with up to 6 players over WiFi or Bluetooth.
On5 today announced that their beautifully designed multiplayer drawing game Charadium [App Store] is now available. Inspired by games like Pictionary and Charades, Charadium is a fast-paced "draw and guess" game that lets you draw and guess with people all over the world using the Plus+ social play network. If you're familiar with Pictionary or Charades, Charadium will be very familiar. One player is assigned a word which they must then draw for the others to guess. Guessing players type out words until one of them gets it. The first person to guess the word wins!
It's beautiful, fun, and quite addictive. Best of all, it's free today only so get yours now!
Just as it was announced earlier this week, Gameloft today released their highly anticipated first person shooter, N.O.V.A. - Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance [App Store, $6.99]. Set in a time after Earth is no longer able to sustain life, humans now live on large artificial satellites called "near-orbitals." When a missing Marine ship turns up, heading towards the alliance, ignoring communications, you're put in the shoes of a retired Marine hero who must try to prevent mankind's annihilation.
In true Halo style, the game features both a single-player campaign and a multiplayer mode. The single player features 13 levels which take place in 5 different environments, six weapons, and "intense drama." Multiplayer deathmatch mode is available online or locally over WiFi or Bluetooth and can be played across five different maps.
Jumping back into the groove, today's holiday-themed app is almost as fun to play as it is cute! The game is Snow Brawlin' [App Store, Free] and it puts you in control of a cute little squirrel named Risoo who needs your help. You see, a gang of rogue rodents wants to take over his turf and his supply of nuts. So what's a squirrel to do but start a snowball fight!
Gameplay is simple; chuck snowballs at your furry foes while dodging their attacks. It's tons of fun, especially for a free game! If you like the game, an upgrade pack can be purchased in-game to add lives, four bonus levels, and access to the global leader board. Video below!
SGN's highly anticipated WWII aerial combat game Skies Of Glory [App Store, Free] was released on the App Store today, and boy does it look good. Skies Of Glory puts you in the seat of a WWII-style air fighter, ready to destroy enemy planes on single player missions and multiplayer combat over Internet, Bluetooth, or WiFi.
Interestingly, SGN has decided to go with a "freemium" business model. This means that the initial purchase is free, but there are quite a few add-ons available for purchase within the game. For example, local multiplayer actually costs $1.99, although Internet multiplayer is free for a limited time. However, there are several skirmish, campaign, and training missions available in the free version.
Ustwo on Monday released ".." (or the Dot 2) [App Store, $0.99], the sequel to their popular 2D survival game "." [App Store, $0.99]. The Dot 2—much like the original—is a survival game which puts you in control of 3D, white dot that's continuously shrinking and needs food. To survive, you must continue to eat blue dots and avoid the red "death" triangles.
We haven't played either of the dot games (yet), but judging from the trailer, it looks superb. It's also $0.99, so you simply can't go wrong. Check out the trailer for ".." or whatever it's called below!
Veiled Games today released their brand new multiplayer survival game, Outnumbered [App Store, $0.99]. Billed as an addictive 3D experience, one player plays as the "ONE," a robotic surrogate also known as the Omega Neurobot Eliminator, and must battle against countless robo-enemies. The other player controls the "MANY," the robot enemies attacking the ONE. The goal is for the ONE to survive as long as he can. When he dies, the game is over and the roles are reversed.
Multiplayer gameplay takes place via Bluetooth and there is no Internet or WiFi play. You can check out Outnumbered's (somewhat wacky) trailer below!