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As smartphone gaming has sunken its alluringly frugal hooks into the industry over the past several years, the simplicity and quarter-eating addiction of the arcade experience has at last migrated to a new nest, thriving in a mobile market that is rabidly consumed, habit-forming, and supremely affordable.
That’s probably why, despite my ongoing vitriol for virtual controls, I squealed with joy at the news of a mobile spinoff of the arcade-flavored House of the Dead: Overkill. Even as other shooters weigh us down with RPG mechanics and unnecessary, sweeping storylines, House of the Dead‘s bony grasp remains tightly wrapped around the skeletal framework of the on-rails shooting and the hilariously absurd plots of its predecessors.
That common link—the spirit of the arcade—is why an iOS/Android HOTD makes so much sense. But based on Sega’s uneven history with iOS ports, you couldn’t blame me for harboring a little bit of apprehension…Could you?
Sonic Dash recently received a huge patch for iOS which added a whole load of new content, including new power-ups and missions. What it didn’t openly mention is that it also added Shadow’s textures and model to the game.
That mess of colours above? Yep, that’s a crop of a texture map for Shadow. Discovered by Woun over at Russian fansite Sonic Scene, the files were found in the iPad 3 & 4 hi-res texture pack. Although currently unplayable, an upcoming patch from Hardlight to unveil the character is almost certain.
If you still haven’t gotten to try your hand at Hardlight’s first Sonic game, now’s your chance. From now until May 13th, Sonic Jump will be available on the Amazon Marketplace for $0.99, down from the usual $1.99 asking price.
Don’t let its simple Doodle Jump leanings fool you; there’s actually a lot more to this one than meets the eye. It may not be the most original game out there, but it certainly is a fun little distraction with plenty of stages and content. Well worth $0.99, at the very least.
So you thought that Shinobi update for House of the Dead Overkill: The Lost Reels was awesome? Well stand back because Sega has blown that update out of the water with a new one featuring everyone’s favorite collection of green spheres, Vectorman. Like the Joe Musashi update you can unlock Vectorman’s ball gun (complete with retro particle effects) with in-game currency, this weapon costing 70,000 ‘Ka$h’ specifically. The high price point is definitely going to set players back ‘Ka$h’ wise so luckily Sega has some money earning tips on the Sega blog to help gamers out. How lovely!
So now that we have these two characters, do you think we can expect any more? I love crossover weapons and even just thinking about these retro heroes in a modern day Sega title like this makes me wet with joy. Who would you most like to see make an appearance in the exploitation soaked world of House of the Dead: Overkill? Let me know in the comments!
Face it. Real men use ninja stars to fight zombies. And now you can too in the recently released iOS/Android game, House of the Dead Overkill: The Lost Reels! You can upgrade your gun to the “Ninja Star upgrade,” in the gun shop, which replaces your revolver on the screen with the classic 16-bit pixelated hands of everyone’s favorite ninja, Joe Musashi. The upgrade resembles the bonus levels of Shinobi where the camera would switch to a firstperson view while throwing ninja stars at enemies. I love when developers throw references like this in games, and it’s so ridiculous that it fits the House of the Dead motif perfectly.
Enhancing his circular saw-mobile with a high powered jetpack, everyone’s favourite skeletal bunny rabbit must blast through 60 levels and collect gold in order to unlock new costumes and other bits and bobs.
As shown in the trailer above, Hell Yeah! Pocket Inferno is a genuine sidescrolling shooter whose art style reminds me very much of the mosquito levels from Rayman Origins. Do you think you’ll pick this one up? It’s only 99 of your American cents!
[Source: Into Mobile]
Announced last month, House of the Dead: Overkill – The Lost Reels has now released on iOS for you iPods, iPads, and iPhones. Don’t worry though, Android users! It will be in your hands soon enough. The game features a virtual joystick, with an unlockable “Frenzy Tap,” mode that will then allow for players to simply tap the screen to shoot zombies. I can definitely see this game doing well on a portable device, and hope that I can get my hands on it soon enough. It goes for $4.99 on the app store, which is a bit surprising since I thought Sega was finally grasping the concept of cheaper iOS games. The $4.99 tag doesn’t even get you the entire game as you actually have to pay another $1.99 for the final chapter: Naked Terror. I’m not saying that the game should be free, but you can get it for just $15 on a console. But hey! Why am I complaining? It’s a portable House of the Dead. It’s the best way to prepare for the on-coming zombie apocalypse, right? So who’s grabbing this before they have to grab their boomstick?
[Source: Touch Arcade]
As the mobile gaming industry gets bigger and bigger we’re seeing many major console publishers shifting some of their efforts to the tiny devices that millions of people carry around with them every day. In recent years, Sega has become a huge supporter of mobile games with a variety of ports and original games covering all genres appearing on iOS, Android and other mobile platforms as well. There’s already a large selection of Sega games to choose from on the App Store and with the updated version of Sonic the Hedgehog 1, House of the Dead: Overkill – The Lost Tapes and Godsrule, it looks like they won’t be stopping anytime soon.
We’ve put our heads together and created our list of 10 Sega games that play great on mobile platforms. Hit the jump to read on!
Gameplay footage has been released of the remastered version of the original Sonic the Hedgehog for iOS and Android. This version clearly shows some improvements over previous mobile versions and over the original game.
This version of Sonic the Hedgehog runs extremely smoothly and doesn’t suffer from any of the slowdown issues the plagued the original game and the touch screen buttons are much smaller. Extra graphical enhancements include additional animation for Dr. Robotnik’s wrecking ball as well as the independently moving clouds present in the original Japanese version of Sonic the Hedgehog.
It’s great to see that Sega are putting real effort into this update. Perhaps it’s a test run for future updates for other classic Sonic games? We’ll let you know as soon as we find out!
P.S. Sonic is really creepy without the music, don’t you think?
[Source: Sonic Stadium]
If you were running low on rings for Sonic Dash and wanted 1,000 for some reason, now is your chance to grab some, free-of-charge!
Sega announced through a news update on their blog that you can now get 1,000 free rings when you update Sonic Dash, which sounds like a pretty great deal to me. The update includes “a number of bug fixes,” plus some revamping of the Daily Challenge system, and of course, the 1,000 rings.
[Source: SEGA Blog]