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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?
That’s right, I said “Sonic 1 version 2.0″. No, I don’t mean that Sonic 2 is coming to iOS and Android, so stop asking. No! Sonic 3 & Knuckles isn’t coming either!
Security! Get these Sonic fans out of my office!
It seems not even Sega were happy with their rubbish attempt to port the original Sonic the Hedgehog to iOS. After lone gunman Christian Whitehead showed Sega how to make Sonic ports with Sonic CD, his expertise was put to use in upgrading Sonic 1.
Apparently, this new version looks better, sounds better and plays better than the first version and, as can be seen in the trailer above, includes Tails and Knuckles as playable characters for the first time! Wowzers!
[Source: Sega Blog]
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.
Sega’s free-to-play “endless runner” iOS game Sonic Dash has been updated to version 1.2.
The update introduces twelve new mission, new power-ups and puts metre markers along the course in order to track your progress. Obstacles have also been rearranged to make the game fairer and several bug fixes have been implemented.
Check out Sonic Dash‘s official iTunes page for more info and let us know what you think in the comments section below!
Having already made its way to Android and Nvidia’s Project Shield, The Conduit continues its crusade of the mobile market and is to be released on iOS soon. The Conduit HD includes all of the missions of the full game, though it’s unclear if the iOS release will feature a similar pricing model to the Android release where it provided the first two levels for free.
Originally released on the Wii, High Voltage Software’s shooter was an attempt to bring a more core title into a library known for its more casual side, and though it released to mixed reception its sequel fared more favourably. The port is being done by War Drum Studios, known most famously for their Grand Theft Auto iOS ports. Although we can’t give an exact date, expect the launch soon.
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.
Originally published for iOS by Sega last year, Jack Lumber was a great game that didn’t quite get the attention it deserved. Well, it appears that developer Owlchemy Labs wants to give the game a second chance as they have released the game on Steam for PC, Mac and Linux without Sega as publisher this time.
The basic game remains the same with the player chopping wood and getting revenge for his dear old grandmother but without the touchscreen the game was originally designed for you’re now playing with mouse and keyboard. There’s also the addition of a new “Infinitree” mode. The game will be priced at $7.49 but is currently on sale for $5.02.
Anyone planning on purchasing Jack Lumber on Steam? How does it play compared to the iOS original?
Hey gang what’s up? Nothing? Bored? Waiting for something to turn your life into fun? Well thankfully for you The Sega Addicts Kids Table is back (and late, blame epilepsy) again to entertain you with Tom Kyzivat filling in for John this week! Does that get you hyped? No! Well how about some discussion on the 1995 motion picture epic Theodore Rex? Yes? Yes!!!
On a more serious note there’s also some conversation about Sonic Dash becoming free, the old Castle of Illusion HD rumors, and much more. Oh and if you want to find out what’s up with the title for this episode you’re gonna have to listen to the actual thing. Enjoy!
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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]