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Preview – Danmaku Unlimited 3 (iOS)

July 22, 2017

There are a couple of things worth mentioning before I start: First, there’s no personal opinion (of DU3) or any kind of review material in this article because I have been asked not to publish a review until the game’s iOS release date – 10 August 2017. Second, the images in this preview are taken from my own iPhone 6 and iPad Pro, and they have been compressed to .jpg format to save space on my WordPress account, so any lack of quality in the images is because of the compression, not the game’s visuals.

One thing I can get away with saying, is that I played the hell out of Danmaku Unlimited 2, loved every second, and I was still playing it on a fairly regular basis until a promo code for DU3 turned up.

Here’s some info from the press release: “Inspired by legendary classics like Ikaruga, Dodonpachi and Touhou, Danmaku Unlimited 3 is a lovingly crafted medley of the best aspects of Japanese Bullet Hell games, but with an innovative twist that makes it an accessible package perfectly suited as a gateway into the world of Bullet Hell. Initially available on PC/Steam, the game is now returning to its roots (Danmaku 1 and 2 were originally mobile titles) in a no-compromise premium port for iOS and Android.

This is the feature list from the press release:

• Console grade Bullet Hell experience fully realized for mobile.
• Medley of the best aspects of classic Japanese Bullet Hell shooters in a modern HD package with its own innovative twist.
• Premium experience: Perfect 1 to 1 port of the PC Version with no Ads or iAP of any kind.
• Pixel perfect touch movement with innovative virtual button free controls.
• Epic campaign across 2 unique game modes each with their own mechanics and scoring.
• Tons of weapon customization and extra unlocks.
• Brand new SPIRIT/GRAZE system gives beginners an exciting and stylish experience while rewarding skillful high risk plays that genre veterans are capable of.
• Chase high-scores with Gamecenter/Google Play leaderboards/achievements integration.
• Rocking soundtrack by the talented indie circle Blankfield from Tokyo.

Here are a couple of closing comments from the game’s creator: “The game will launch universally on iOS and Android on August 10th with an introductory price of 4.99USD (It will rise to closer to the PC version after). High quality images can also be found on the game’s DU3 website.)”

I’ll be posting a review here on Arcadelife on (or very soon after) 10 August 2017.

Don’t forget to support a struggling, unknown, unloved (and hopelessly melodramatic) author by at least having a look at my other website.

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Danmaku Unlimited 3 – coming to iOS

June 30, 2017

I’m not even going out on a limb here, because this is guaranteed – Danmaku Unlimited 3 is going to completely rule on iOS. August is looking great so far – Boyka: Undisputed on the 1st, DU3 on the 10th. I might even review DU3, even though all my free time these days is devoted to writing and spectacularly failing to market my novels.

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Titan Quest iOS – Dev Diary 2

May 13, 2016

This has just been added on YouTube.

I played the hell out of Titan Quest on PC. The touch interface looks absolutely brilliant – great job, DotEmu. Now I just can’t wait to play this all over again on iPad, ten years after it was first released.

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Finding Teddy 2 – PC (no, it’s not a review yet)

March 24, 2015

Look what I found:

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This is how they describe it:

Finding Teddy 2 is a 2D Adventure / Action game with a Pixel Art Retro finish. Help Tarrant in a quest, in which you will have to fight, use your sense of direction and hearing to accomplish your mission.
•Very long playing time, over 20 hours for the main quest. Dozens of hours for the secondary quests!
•Beautiful Pixel Art Finish that takes us back to the 8-16 bit era, with modern effects.
•Unique use of music with the Musicom.
•A high level challenge and difficulty that all Gamers will love.
•An Action / Adventure type game which is all too rare nowadays.

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#kissingthescorpion

November 28, 2014

If you’ve been wondering what I’ve been doing, or why the reviews appear to have dried up, I’ve been writing something else.

It’s a steamy contemporary romance – strictly adults only, sorry kids!

Click the image to go to the amazon.co.uk kindle store where you can read a sample and then buy it in a wild, compulsive pre-Christmas surge of enthusiasm. Possibly. If you want to look it up on any other amazon (.com, etc.) just search for Kissing The Scorpion.

If you want to find out more, check out the author’s website here: jwtapper.co.uk

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Air Supply SOS trailer (iOS Universal)

September 5, 2014

This is going to be so good:

Info here: http://quantum-sheep.com/2014/09/air-supply-sos-save-our-sheep/

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Battle Riders (iOS) coming soon – and you’re going to want it.

August 15, 2014
You fancy  a pink deathmobile? You've got it.

You fancy a pink deathmobile? You’ve got it.

It’s time to get excited about a game. Don’t forget to thank me when you buy this on September 4th and it takes over your life. What’s it called? Battle Riders. What is it? Combat racing game – Career mode, single race and challenges. 6 race types (Duel, Battle Race, Survival, Elimination, Clean Race and Time Trial), 3 environments, 9 tracks (plus reverse versions), 7 types of upgradeable car, 2 independent vehicle weapons. Oh, and you can spray your car all kinds of colours. No IAPs. Yeah, read that last bit again – No IAPs.

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For me, this has a great feel of classic games like Road Blasters, with the action focussed into arena style tracks littered with ammo pick-ups, speed-ups and cash. If you equate Carmageddon with the original Death Race movie, Battle Riders feels like the game version of the Jason Statham Death Race remake. Either way, it’s a heck of a lot of fun.

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I’ve played it quite a bit since I got a code for it earlier today. Here are two videos I recorded. If you don’t like the look of the arrow buttons, there are also joystick and tilt options. The iPod video was recorded using tilt.

The full official description of the game is here:

The game features a career mode with 120 events in 3 racing tiers that affect the speed and the weapons. There are 6 racing modes: Duel, Battle Race, Survival, Elimination, Clean Race and Time Trial. Three challenge modes get unlocked by completing the career tiers. These are: Time Attack, Minefield and Barrels. 

There are 7 types of cars, each with 2 performance upgrades and 2 armour upgrades. The cars are also visually customizable. Each car can be equipped with two weapons from 5 types: Machine gun, Missiles, Mines, EMP and Raygun. These weapons become more powerful on higher tiers. 

The races take place on 9 tracks across 3 different environments.: City Limits, Canyon and Metropolis. Each track also features a reversed version, for a total of 18 tracks. 

The game is universal and works on all devices starting with the iPhone 3Gs, iPod 3rd gen (except the 8gb version) and iPad 1 up to the latest iPhone 5s and iPad retina. It requires iOS 4.3 or later. The graphics are tailored for each device’s capabilities and screen resolution.

It will be sold as a paid app, for $1.99.