Category: INDIE

App uses original research by scientists to reduce alcohol consumption

ChimpShop image 1            GMPAttention Retraining Technologies and digital agency Tangent Snowball today announce the launch of ChimpShop, a mobile game designed to assist in the reduction of alcohol consumption. The app has been developed with funding from the Department of Health’s Small Business Research Initiative and supported by NHS England (London). It can be downloaded by anyone over 18 on the App Store (69p) and GooglePlay (99p).

How to play (see video)

Set in a time when supermarkets are staffed by Chimps, players must chase them down a supermarket aisle in an attempt to stop them from taking over the supermarket. Players must catch the ‘good stuff’, such as bananas, thrown at them by the chimps whilst avoiding the ‘bad stuff’, such as a pint of beer. They can replenish their energy with energy drinks along the way, which is needed as the game becomes increasingly challenging as you progress.

The science bit

ChimpShop has been developed from original research by Profe ssor Miles Cox, a world expert in the motivational aspects of alcohol use and other addictive behaviours. Professor Cox has shown in the lab that if we can ‘train’ our brains to pay less attention to alcohol related stimuli that this can lead to reduced consumption.

Chris Hillier, co-founder of Attention Retraining Technologies says: “In London alone, it is estimated that 2.4 million people drink alcohol at harmful and hazardous levels and that a further 280,000 are dependent on alcohol in order to function in daily life. It is clear that further intervention is needed to reduce this figure.”

Peter Miller, Creative Director, Tangent Snowball concludes: “Using technology to address issues such as alcohol addiction isn’t unusual, as the plethora of self-help apps that have launched over the past few years shows. What is unusual though is for the app to be a game and available to both consumers and health practitioners. The fact that something designed to entertain can have such a profound impact on our health is astonishing and we are proud to have been able to turn the idea into a reality.

ChimpShop takes a completely different approach to a need for early alcohol intervention and is available to both the general public and health authorities and practitioners.

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Official England Football Out Today on Mobile and Tablet!

England      national football badge                                 GmP GamingGamers are able to show their support for the England national team today as ‘Our Boys’ battle the best in football at the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil with the launch of the new android and iOS ‘Official England Football’ game.

Ready for kick-off ahead of tonight’s game against Uruguay the mobile title lets players step into the boots of the full England squad as they take on a whole host of modes such as ‘Tournament‘ and ‘Free Play‘ as well as the opportunity to relive classic moments from days gone by with the outstanding historical match mode.

Commentary comes from legendary pundit John Motson as gamers get to grips with fast-paced footy action care of the entire official England team.

Launching first on iOS and following soon up after a brief  interval we resume on the Android version for a storming second-half.  The Official England Game is priced at a wallet friendly £1.99 across both formats, allowing fan’s to still enjoy a few cold ones with pals during the game later this evening.

To grab your copy of this ‘beautiful game‘ just click on the links below to whisked across to both the App Store and Google Play Store.

 

App Store:                                 Official England Football/iTunes App Store

Windows App Store:              Official England Football/Windows

Google Play:                             launches later today             ( menu link HERE )

New Enhanced OnLive Android App Delivers the Latest High-End Games on M.O.J.O.

Mad Catz                   GmP Gaming    image    MOJO Android ConsoleONLIVE AND MAD CATZ BRING AAA GAMES TO BIG SCREENS WITH THE M.O.J.O. MICRO-CONSOLE FOR ANDROID

OnLive, the leader in cloud gaming, and Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. today announced completing joint development to optimize OnLive’s Android app for the Mad Catz® M.O.J.O. micro-console for Android.

 

Using the updated OnLive Android app (available to download free from the Google Play store), the Mad Catz M.O.J.O. micro-console for Android can stream PC games from OnLive’s high-end gaming optimized servers, enabling players on this small-but-powerful micro-console to have access to over 250 AAA games from OnLive’s PlayPack™ game service bundle, as well as to their own game libraries using OnLive’s new CloudLift™ service.

 

The OnLive Android app is fully customized for use with M.O.J.O. and the Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R™ Mobile Gamepad, both key products in the Mad Catz GameSmart™ range of mobile hardware. Bandwidth caps, previously fixed for use on mobile Android devices, are now user-defined and enable 720p60 resolution when connected to an HD TV or monitor.

 

“We designed M.O.J.O. to a high specification, as we conceived the platform to grow and evolve, encompassing new features and services over time” said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz, “With the new generation of Cloud Gaming that OnLive heralds, gamers can now play AAA and PC Steam-purchased games in high-definition through their M.O.J.O. With our dedicated C.T.R.L.R, we can move the high-end gaming experience away from the desktop PC and into the living room.”

 

“One of our best features is that OnLive brings big games to small devices,” said Rick Sanchez, VP of Product and Marketing at OnLive. “We want to be everywhere the gamer wants to play their games, and M.O.J.O. from Mad Catz is a perfect fit in every respect. As a micro-console powered by Android, it’s powerful beyond its size, and now by installing the optimized OnLive Android app, users have access to the latest AAA games from publishers like Codemasters, Deep Silver, Devolver Digital, Gaijin Entertainment, Kalypso, Paradox, and Warner Bros.”

 

Details of the games available to play using CloudLift and the OnLive Game Service are available at games.onlive.com/cloudlift, including a free 7-day trial of CloudLift for new users. The new OnLive Android app can be downloaded free from the Google Play store.

T-Rex Savage pinball refreshes with April update on the App Store

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Jurassic-themed digital pinball machine T-Rex Savage for iOS gets updated with improved playfield rules, updated vintage artwork and a new sound system, remains powered by Pure Pinball™ at 60 FPS.

Sweden, April 23, 2014 – T-Rex Savage grows even larger with the release of today’s update available now on the App Store, giving players better tilt, improved playfield rules and a new sound system for a more engrossing experience.

Update Notes:

Adjusted table rules and game mode timer settings for better playability.

New sound system: voices and SFX no longer bleed into other audio cues.

Tilt functionality adjusted – slide fingers in any direction to nudge table.

Updated playfield artwork for improved vintage look.

Fixed an issue with launching the ball (on some devices).

Requires iOS 7.x
Price: $1.99 / £1.49 / €1.79

Banish Boredom: New Puzzler World game offers a unique puzzling experience

Puzzler World logo. Credit - Puzzler Media LtdThe World’s largest puzzle content provider, Puzzler Media Ltd, has announced the launch of its all-new freemium puzzle game, with IAP, which offers a socially engaged and connected puzzling experience across multiple devices.

The all-new Puzzler World app allows gamers to solve puzzles on the go, or from the comfort of their sofa. Users can synchronise their accounts across multiple devices allowing them to exit state of play on one device and then pick-up on another to play anywhere, anytime.

Puzzler World features the greatest diversity of puzzles contained within a single app, allowing users to banish boredom through a range of games, from family favourites  such as Crosswords, Codewords, Wordsearch, Sudoku, Spot-the-Difference, Kriss Kross, Silhouette and Link-a-Pix to the more unusual such as Backwords, Piecewords, Cryptics,  Number Jig and Pathfinder.  Gamers receive a number of puzzles & bonus games for free, with flexible in-app purchase (IAP) pack options meaning users can purchase unlimited puzzle pack options multiple-times with no duplication.

On completion of each core puzzle a bonus game is rewarded and gamers are then able to spin the Wheel of Fortune, which awards hint coins, free pack rewards and bonus score points.

The game is socially connected, allowing gamers to connect with friends, view their performances, share puzzles and chat in-game, plus synchronise accounts across multiple devices. Results can also be posted to Facebook and Twitter.

Anybody that loves words, puzzles or a challenge within a causal game format will love Puzzler World – tipped as the next big thing in mobile gaming alongside ‘Words with Friends, Scrabble, 4 Pics 1 Word etc.

Puzzler Media’s Digital Media Manager, Tony Ablewhite, said: “The new Puzzler World game offers casual gamers a truly unique puzzling experience, bringing together the widest range of hugely popular puzzles, including a few unknowns, into a single app, whilst allowing users to interact with their friends, family and fellow puzzle fans. Puzzler Media has been creating puzzles for over 40 years, and the new Puzzler World game is truly modernising the way in which gamers and traditional puzzlers can play our extenisve and diverse range of puzzles.”

“What makes the game even more unique is the unlimited number of puzzles available – each time the user downloads an IAP puzzle pack fresh content is generated with every purchase, plus the ability to synchronise state of play and content across multiple devices against a single account.”

Puzzler World is now available to download, free, for iOS enabled devices on the Apple App Store and Android operating systems on Google Play.

Coming soon to Facebook, Kindle Fire and Hudl, Puzzler World appeals to the whole family.

Puzzler World is available to download worldwide from the following links:

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/puzzler-world/id734369589?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.puzzlermedia.pws

 

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MAG Interactive celebrates 50 million downloads with iPad version of global hit Ruzzle

Ruzzle          GmP gaming   image logo 1Designed specifically for larger screens, the new version of Ruzzle introduces split screen local multiplayer and a host of improvements

MAG Interactive today announced that a version of Ruzzle designed specifically for iPad users is now available for download from the AppStore. Designed from the ground up for the larger screen format, Ruzzle’s feature set has also been expanded to include split screen multiplayer for simultaneous play on a single iPad, alongside new stats to allow players to track their best performances and an improved user interface to streamline navigation. The new version of the hugely popular word game is the first product to be released by MAG Interactive since the announcement last month of a funding round of $6m led by Nokia Growth Partners and is launched as the game hits a milestone of 50 million downloads.

“We have known for some time that our fans have been keen to play a version of Ruzzle designed specifically to take advantage of tablets – one in four already play Ruzzle on both iPhone and iPad and we expect this number to increase rapidly now there is an edition specifically optimised for the larger screen,” explained Daniel Hasselberg, CEO of MAG Interactive. “We’re excited to be able to introduce split-screen multiplayer just in time for the Holiday Season, when so many community members will be with friends and family and able to enjoy playing together on a single iPad. It would have been simple to provide just a hi-res version, but we wanted to take full advantage of the screen size and be creative about adding value for our loyal community.”

MAG Interactive today also revealed some geographical insights into the Ruzzle community. As you might expect, there are more Ruzzlers in the USA than anywhere else, but Italy has almost the same number of players despite having less than a fifth of the population, followed by France, the developer’s native country Sweden, and then the UK. Globally, Turkish players are the most enthusiastic, clocking up the most rounds per player, followed by neighbours Greece.

Ruzzle is an addictive, fast-paced puzzle game that challenges players to compete to find as many words as possible from a given set of letters on a four by four grid in two minutes by sliding a finger from letter to letter. Simple to learn but fiendishly difficult to master, Ruzzle can be played in 13 different languages and is available for free on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Amazon Kindle and Blackberry platforms.

Game Insight Releases Charming New City Building Game Cat Story for iOS

Cat Story              GmP Gaming    image logo 1Game Insight, a global leader in mobile/social gaming, is delighted to announce the launch of its newest city building game, Cat Story, for iOS devices. The new title will offer light-hearted adventure with a band of feline heroes and fun, engaging gameplay.

 

Players awaken on the shore of a mysterious island, knowing neither where their companions are, nor what has happened to them. They must rescue their furry friends one by one, and eventually uncover the island’s mysteries, while forging new relationships with the inhabitants of this brave new world.

 

Cat Story is a colourful strategy game with diverse gameplay elements and a rollicking plot. Over the course of the game, players will build a bustling nation and conquer hundreds of quests in an exotic tropical setting alongside friendly animal characters. They can explore an archipelago islands nearby with its secrets and discover new locations with a fully interactive map, craft new items and research new technologies, harvest tons of valuable resources and construct dozens of unique buildings for their own tropical empire.

 

Download this exciting new city building game from the App Store and begin your adventure now!
Download Cat Story from App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/cat-story/id633956202

SCIENCE-FICTION SANDBOX ADVENTURE DARKOUT MOVES INTO THE TWILIGHT WITH DECEMBER 4th LAUNCH ON STEAM

Darkout logo                  GmP GamingIndie Release Shines a New Light on Survival Action Genre

Independent micro studio Allgraf today announced that its sandbox science-fiction action-release Darkout will launch on PC digital download channel Steam on December 4th. Set on a remote, undiscovered planet, Darkout features a sandbox environment, where players progress through randomly generated 2D levels as they research, build, and defend themselves against alien beings that roam the darkness. Darkout will be available on Steam from December 4th for $14 .99, £9.99, €11.99.

               “Commencing with a stunning new intro, and offering a new cast of enemies with a deeper storyline, we are excited to announce the release of the first Darkout stage on Steam”, said Adrian Banninga, CEO of Allgraf, “We know players will savour this heart pounding survival experience and look forward to expanding the universe in future iterations.” 
Darkout Stage 1 launches with a revitalised focus and polish that moves the genre to a new level. A new and intuitive storyline, including the introducing of a new male character, complete with voice overs creates an immersive play experience. The launch of a new item database, allows players to control every aspect of their game experience to ensure the best chance of survival, by improving performance with crafting, storage and containers. Stage 1 also includes the introduction of revamped AI and new lighting enhances mining and exploration on the surface and in the city.
As the sole survivor of an escape pod crash, Darkout presents the ultimate challenge – to survive a brutal life threatening post apocalyptic environment, deserted by mankind after disaster struck. The game’s sandbox technology presents randomly generated levels with austere settings where the fight to stay alive is just one objective. Players must research, build and defend themselves against alien, light-sensitive beings that become more hostile as night falls. Periods of twilight allow players limited security to explore, rebuild, craft weapons and gather resources, whilst developing personalised strategies to survive in a hostile terrain. Finding and interacting with items whilst assimilating intuitively presented stats screens must be strategically balanced for your ongoing welfare. Every decision has a consequence so you must keep one step ahead.
Multiplayer is currently in development to offer players more dimensions of gameplay and a competitive twist. Future stages in development will present an enigmatic and evolving storyline together with Underwater Biome, Sky Base, Feral Jungle, Penguin Drones, more Bosses, Unique Treasures, and much more as the Darkout universe expands to a captivating finale.
For information on Darkout please visit the official site:www.darkoutgame.com/
Follow Darkout on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DarkoutGame

Studio Mono cancel Insomnia Kickstarter

Insomnia                  GmP Gaming   image logo 1Fans of  followers of the current Kickstarter campaign for Studio Mon’s forthcoming MMORPG epic, ‘Insomnia’, will be dismayed at today’s news that the decision has been made to postpone production and development of the game until ‘at least’ January 2014, at the earliest.

Taking the tough decision to ‘regroup’ is something that studio representatives have come to, but they have stated in a press release today that ‘it is with regret’: 

It is with some regret that we have decided to cancel the current Kickstarter campaign for InSomnia. However, we want to make it absolutely clear that this isn’t the end of InSomnia, rather an opportunity for us to regroup and come back again in a few months stronger and wiser. 

After thanking their supportive community for some strong backing and excellent feedback Studio Mono then went on to reveal that they would, however, be planning to resurrect the project, as well as the Kickstarter campaign for the subsequent funding, once they had cleared up existing issues surrounding copyright and added the necessary finishing touches to the games development.

To keep updated on the project’s progress, keep an eye on the InSomnia facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Insomniathegame?fref=ts and the InSomnia twitter feed at https://twitter.com/insomniathegame