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Friday, September 2, 2011

09/02/2011 - Wizard's Castle HD FREE This Weekend Only
Father and Son Team make Wizard's Castle HD iPad 2 Game Free for Weekend

Atlanta, Georgia - Asgard Studios, a father and son team, today is pleased to announce that Wizard's Castle HD 1.1 for iPad 2, their match and remove game for all ages is free for this weekend (Sept. 2 - 5, 2011).

"We wanted to celebrate the Labor Day holiday with a free weekend," said Randy Herring. In Wizard's Castle HD the player enters the castle to find that the friendly Wizard has cast a spell and colored, magic balls are raining down from the ceiling.

The goal of the game is to prevent the room from filling up with balls during each three minute round. Players match and remove balls by touching groups of two or more balls of the same color. While manageable at the lowest levels, the game quickly presents a difficult challenge to both hand-eye coordination and finding a winning strategy.

Completing a level unlocks the next. Wizard's Castle HD features 10 levels of play and Game Center leaderboards and achievements. Version 1.1 provided enhanced performance, reduced memory size and improved graphics. In addition to locating groups of still and moving balls of the same color and preventing the room from becoming completely filled, in some levels magic gems also drop from the ceiling.

Magic Gems:
  • Gems with arrows make the magic walls move closer together so the room becomes smaller, or they move the magic walls back so the room is back to normal
  • Gems with coins cause the player's score to go up 10,000 points or down 1,000 points
  • Gems with lightening bolts remove all of the magic balls that are the same color as the magic gem
  • Gems with floating balls cause many extra balls to drop from the ceiling
  • Gems with flames are bombs that destroy many nearby magic balls
  • Gems with a stone pattern cause stone balls to drop from the ceiling, which can only be removed by the bomb magic gems
  • Gems with the infinity symbol slow down time and make the magic balls drop very slowly from the ceiling

Wizard's Castle HD is highly re-playable because the colored magic balls always fall differently. Players may earn up to three stars for each level depending on their score, and may replay any level to reach the maximum of three stars. Current Score, High Score, Level, and Time Remaining are continuously displayed at the top of the landscape mode screen. Wizard's Castle HD for the iPad 2 was recently featured on the Daily App Show - Everything Edition and Apple's iTunes App Store New and Noteworthy Strategy Games section for iPad in the US and Australia. Asgard Studios' other game, Wizard's Castle for iPhone 4 was also featured on the Daily App Show and in Apple's iTunes App Store What's Hot for Strategy Games in the US.

Feature Highlights:
  • Extremely challenging but simple game for players of all ages
  • Use up to 10 fingers to touch groups of identically colored magic balls
  • Touching groups of two or more balls of the same color removes them 
  • Prevent the room from filling up with magic balls for a full three minutes to move to the next level
  • Magic gems also may fall from the ceiling
  • Magic gems can have extraordinary powers that may help or harm players
  • Every game is different, as balls fall in a random way from the ceiling
  • Requires iPad 2's dual core, 1 GHz, A5 processor for its advanced physics engine

"Wizard's Castle HD was created in Unity 3 using C# scripts. My son Raymond designed all of the gameplay and the levels. I did all of the programming, and Jeff Bucchino, a local cartoonist, did the 2D art work," stated developer Randy Herring. 

Device Requirements:
  • iPad 2 compatible (incompatible with iPad 1)
  • iOS 4.2 or later
  • 26.9 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Wizard's Castle HD 1.1 is Free from Sept. 2 - 5, 2011 and otherwise is $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Review copies are available upon request.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

09/01/2011 - Cabela's Big Game Hunter Coming to Kinect

Experience full motion hunting for the Kinect for Xbox 360 with the Top Shot Sport

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 – Cabela’s Big Game Hunter: Hunting Party’s exhilarating gameplay hits the “bulls-eye” for fun and excitement! You are the controller as you move through the environment by jumping, dodging and weaving around branches, rocks and charging animals, all while shooting your way through each level with the Top Shot Sport. The innovative Top Shot Sport, included with the game, brings a whole new layer of interaction to Kinect™ for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft when it ships on November 1, 2011. 

The arcade-style hunting game is composed of a series of shooting galleries where YOU are the controller. The game tracks total body movement as players duck, jump and weave between obstacles, grabbing power-ups and avoiding the creatures of the wild along the way. While exploring a range of environments from Texas, British Columbia, Sonora Mexico and Tanzania, the highly immersive gameplay will place intrepid hunters right into the exhilarating action as they shoot, dodge and battle their way to an endless amount of fun.

To take complete advantage of the unique experience on the Kinect for Xbox 360, Cabela’s has packaged the game with the Top Shot Sport. This first-of-its-kind technology adds a brand new dimension to the game. For the first time in any hunting game, players will have an opportunity to use their whole body and the Top Shot Sport like they would in real life. The Top Shot Sport includes features like pump action reload, an adjustable stock and pop-up tactical sight.

“The Kinect has given us the opportunity to push the boundaries of how gamers approach and play the Cabela’s titles,” said Patrick Kelly, Senior Vice President of Studios for Activision Publishing. “By combining our innovative new Top Shot Sport peripheral with Kinect, we’ve created an immersive hunting experience unlike any other in the marketplace.”

Cabela’s Big Game Hunter: Hunting Party will be available November 1, 2011 on Kinect for Xbox 360. The game will be bundled with the innovative Top Shot Sport peripheral. The game is rated T for Teen by the ESRB. For more information, please follow on Twitter and Facebook - @ActivisionHunts and Facebook.com/ActivisionHunts.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

08/31/2011 - New Bacon Related Video Game
Crispy and Delicious, The Baconing is Now Released for All Platforms

Hothead Games releases DeathSpank’s latest saga on Xbox Live®Arcade, PlayStation®Network, PC, and Mac

VANCOUVER - August 31, 2011 - Indie game developer Hothead Games is very excited to announce that gamers can now eat up their tastiest action RPG, The Baconing, on the Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®Network, Windows-based PC, and Mac.

This epic adventure of bacon goodness is available on Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360 for 1200 Microsoft Points, and on PlayStation®Network, Steam, and the Mac App Store for $14.99.

Mike Inglehart, Producer on The Baconing commented: “This stand alone sci-fi adventure is our best game yet. If you like Hothead’s games, be prepared for plenty of our charm, humor and adventure. If you never played a DeathSpank game before, jump in with The Baconing – it’s very, very tasty and available for everyone, regardless of what system you want to play on”

In The Baconing, hero DeathSpank, oblivious of an ancient Thongolith myth, carelessly pulls on all six Thongs of Virtue at the same time, summoning an unspeakable self-evil, the AntiSpank. DeathSpank must bear the incredible heat and enter the Fires of Bacon to destroy five of the six thongs to vanquish the AntiSpank.

With an improved tactical combat system, players can defeat evil on their own or partner up with new side-kick, Bob from Marketing and other characters for local co-op play. Along the way, DeathSpank travels through sci-fi inspired worlds, meeting a hilarious cast of characters, and obtains new Weapons of Justice and suits of armor as he fights to return peace to his beloved Spanktopia.

For more information on The Baconing, please visit

Meet DeathSpank in the official trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F48fnGVMbg&hd=1

For more information on Hothead Games, please visit www.hotheadgames.com

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

08/30/2011 - Dead Island Digital Prequel Comic Now Available
Official Dead Island Comic Now Available Digitally
Prequel to the Dead Island story available exclusively on the Marvel website
30th August, 2011 - Hampshire, UK/... Deep Silver today released a six-page digital comic revealing events that lead to the highly anticipated Dead Island™, which places players amidst the terrifying zombie outbreak in the tropical holiday island of Banoi.

The comic introduces journalist Roger Howard, who has travelled to Banoi to investigate the illegal exploitation of the island’s resources. During his investigations in the Royal Palms Resort hotel he discovers a terrible surprise that no one could ever expect…

The story was created by Marvel Custom Solutions by the creative team of writer William Dailey, along with artists Jorge Lucas, Juan Santacruz, Diego Olmos, Carlos Rodriguez and Sergio Arino. The comic also features an eye-catching cover by Christian Nauck.

The comic was previously only available as a printed limited edition at the recent San Diego ComiCon last July.

The Dead Island comic can now also be read here:

About Dead Island
Dead Island™, the upcoming gruesome zombie action game with RPG elements by renowned developer Techland, combines first-person action with a heavy focus on melee combat, character development and customisation of a vast array of weapons. All of these gameplay features are presented in a dark story inspired by classic zombie movies with a gritty and engrossing campaign that can be played with up to four players in co-op mode.

Set in an open world tropical island, hordes of different festering zombies await players around every corner while they embark on a variety of thrilling missions through the holiday resort. With firearms and ammunition being scarce the player must rely on discovering and utilising items as weapons for self-defense and fighting off zombie hordes in intense melee combat. A diverse range of items can be collected and will later serve to transform the player’s ordinary makeshift weapons into serious instruments of destruction.

Official website:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/deadislandgame


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Monday, August 29, 2011

08/29/2011 - Screen Invaders Now Available
Screen Invaders Now Available for Mobile

Screen Invaders is a tap-based game where the user has to attempt to repel the increasing numbers of aliens on their screen within the given time limit.  The game is set in a world where Earth is on the brink of being invaded by a terrible alien species, intent on destroying and enslaving the planet’s populace.

Featuring dozens of levels, 3 different difficulty settings and game center integration, Screen Invaders is sure to provide entertainment for the whole family, as well as for those boring morning commutes.  The simplicity of the game is one of its greatest assets, due to the fact that it can be played by all ages. No matter how old you are, the world still depends upon you to try and defend the planet from those monstrous hordes!

Attollos Technology, founded in June 2011, are delighted to release the game after months of secrecy and limited give aways.  Co-founder Thomas Whitaker comments “Screen Invaders is a great little game that will be another valuable addition for the casual gaming community, for just filling up that little bit of time whether you are waiting for a bus or on the train into work”. Co-founder and developer James Robinson added “it’s simple and addictive, who doesn’t love that?!”.

Screen Invaders has attracted the interest of industry leaders Stick Sports, the two companies have formed an association, and you can expect to see lots of Screen Invaders themed adverts plastered all over the Stick Sports website and within their own iOS applications in the next few weeks.

To download Screen Invaders head over to http://www.screeninvaders.com/app

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