Gamezebo Archives - April 2012

Kickstarter Picks: Map Monsters

Apr 28, 2012

You might not know it, but your neighborhood is a haven for hidden monsters and creatures of all kind. Few people understand this fact better than Richard Garfield, the creator of Magic: The Gathering. Garfield wants to introduce you to a world where monsters wander the city streets, which is why he has a Kickstarter in place for a location-based iOS game called Map Monsters.

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OffRoad Legends Preview: OffRoad Legends lets you roar down hills and drive through the mud on iOS and Android

Apr 28, 2012

This just in: driving on even, paved streets and obeying the laws of the road is for losers. And that blinking “Road Closed” sign? Merely a suggestion. Offroad Legends, coming to iOS and Android from DogByte Games, lets you live on the edge as a road warrior, even though in real life you drive a clunker that’s slow enough to be pulled over by a cop on a horse.

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Cloudberry Kingdom Preview: Get ready for platforming madness with Cloudberry Kingdom

Apr 28, 2012

For nostalgic gamers, there will always be a special place for platformers. It's the genre that built video game empires, and capturing the essence of those landmark titles is no easy task. Over the past three years, a group of independent developers working under the title Pwnee Studios have been working tirelessly to properly honor the platformer genre they all love. They are now closing in on final preparations for launching the cumulation of all their work, Cloudberry Kingdom. From the looks of it, it will not disappoint.

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No bots plus no UDID equals a less lucrative App Store?

Apr 27, 2012

What do you get when you remove bots and UDID as your standard to identify devices but replace it with nothing else?

An App Store that is getting more costly to acquire new customers and less lucrative to make money on ads. That, at least, is what the leading marketing and ad mediation companies are suggesting.

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Patchwork Battles Preview: Patchwork Battles shows off the fuzzy side of RPGs.

Apr 27, 2012

With today’s glut of hyper-realistic video game graphics, sometimes you just want to return to the visuals that defined your childhood. No, not 8-bit NES graphics; go a little further back. A little more—a little more—maybe as far back as kindergarten or so. There you go. The felt-like graphics in Patchwork Battles for iOS may look childish at first, but the strategy RPG gameplay at its core is anything but.

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Neverwinter Preview: Get ready for some free-to-play D&D with Dungeons & Dragons: Neverwinter

Apr 27, 2012

From the ashes of the Spellplague comes Neverwinter, a free-to-play Dungeons & Dragons MMO that will put players in the middle of an epic struggle for the fate of one of the most famous cities in the Realm.

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The Walking Dead: Episode 1 - A New Day Review: The Walking Dead debuts with a strong story, but the gameplay doesn't keep pace

Apr 27, 2012

It’s pretty much universally acknowledged that Telltale’s Jurassic Park games were terrible. They were really nothing more than poorly implemented quicktime events. The story was ok, but slogging through the gameplay wasn’t worth the story bits you got out of it. Suddenly all of the announced games in Telltale’s line-up were called into question, and enthusiasm was tempered. Would they have time to avoid similar pitfalls and right the ship? Now we have an answer with The Walking Dead. That answer is.... mostly.

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Warlock: Master of the Arcane Preview: What if Civilization was set in a world of fantasy?

Apr 27, 2012

In Warlock: Master of the Arcane, players will wield magic, raise armies and build empires in a Civilization-style strategy game that pits wizard against wizard in an arcane battle for the title of Warlock.

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Big Fish Games has a new CEO, founder Paul Thelen

Apr 27, 2012

Meet the new boss of Big Fish Games. Hint, he’s the same as the old boss.

As reported in VentureBeat, Big Fish CEO has announced that he is stepping down and Paul Thelen, founder of Big Fish, is stepping back up to the plate.

The most interesting part of the article are the details Jeremy Lewis and Paul Thelan give on Big Fish’s current and future business.

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Pirate101 Preview: The creators of Wizard101 set sail for the high seas

Apr 27, 2012

KingsIsle Entertainment, the people who brought you Wizard101, are at it again with an exciting new family-friendly fantasy world called Pirate101.

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