BetSoft finally announced that the newly released 3D Pinocchio slot is now available to players as a mobile app on their ToGo mobile platform, featured on-line at casinos that stock their gaming titles. Pinocchio was created to be part of their proprietary Slots3 range now offered across all platforms, available in a variety of languages.
Betsoft VP responsible for sales and marketing, Mark McKeown, stated that game characters always form a central facet in their Slots3 range and Pinocchio proving their idea even further, the company was proud to offer this much awaited Pinocchio slot to the industry.
The Pinocchio slot offers a 5reel 15 payline 3D interface as a cute depiction of this classic fairy tale of the old puppet maker, Gepetto being eavesdropped on by one of the magical blue fairies, wishing that he could have a son. The fairy sympathises with Gepetto’s loneliness, granting him this one wish, thereby giving life to Gepetto’s favourite puppet, impish little Pinocchio. Their troubles begin after Pinocchio becomes a mischievous, dishonest, greedy, puppet that wishes he was a proper human boy.
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With no resting on their laurels between activities, there were two additional mobile slots launched during April, with the first arrival Tower Quest on the 7th, is the adventure based fantasy slot featuring dragons, orcs, mages, and potions, with bonus games offering free-spins and re-spins.
Another new release, scheduled for two weeks later in the same month, called The Golden Legend carrying gold as the core of theme’s visual entertainment, with its gold theme directly derived from the illustrious Macau gaming life.
If you are a loyal LeoVegas Casino app supporter, soon you might just find yourself facing a number of very pleasant additional slot title options. LeoVegas just reached an understanding with Playtech to supply new gaming content to this on-line casino, available on their proprietary Playtech Open Platform. This would interpret to instantaneous integration of any leading slots available in the Playtech gaming library, including games from affiliate software developers also added to the current imposing quantity of Betsoft, CryptoLogic, Microgaming, NetEnt, and Play’n GO titles already available in the LeoVegas gaming library. With the first five new app titles for mobile devices being rolled out in the near future, gamers could reasonably expect many more titles to be made available shortly.
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The first 5 new Playtech inspired mobile app titles include a 3D slot The Glass Slipper, and Bounty and the Beanstalk, Wild Gambler, and lastly Heart of the Jungle. LeoVegas promises more slot titles to be launched during the remainder of 2015, with high glitz new titles from Playtech favourites list featuring Marvel progressives, like Iron Man 2 and The Incredible Hulk, Gladiator, and The Pink Panther Iron Man 2 and Incredible Hulk.
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When Microgaming first launched the Mega Moolah mobile app, few players would have believed that it could affect change their lives so vastly. The recent win of £7,561,773 accumulated on Microgaming’s Mega Moolah pooled jackpot was finally won earlier this month on an app, while using a mobile device by Mark A while playing at Royal Vegas casino. This is the largest win in this progressive jackpot slot’s history and also the largest ever win on a mobile app worldwide.
Creating several millionaires per annum, with € 6’3 million as the next biggest win in this particular slot’s history by the 36year old Grecian, Georgios M in 2009, with a singular $5 wager. The third biggest win belongs to John Orchard, Lincolnshire, UK at a smile inducing £5’88 million in 2012 on the Dark Knight slot.
Mega Moolah was released to change gamers lives November 2006, closely based on Disney hit movie, The Lion King, it appeals to players that were fans of the cute characters. This slot present players with four autonomous progressive jackpots, all varying in size starting from a Mega that seeds from over a 1’000’000, there after followed by the Major, then a Minor, and last and least in size the Mini. The slot features several win enhancers such as wild, scatters, and the free spins round.
The slot also brags with the Microgaming HTML5 based Quickfire platform, ensuring cross platform compatibility, immaterial of your device of choice players will always be able to access their personal gaming preferences as long as they have mobile data connectivity. Microgaming will also release three additional games to their Quickfire platform gaming library in June 2015, the three very lovable new titles are, Hound Hotel, Kitty Cabana, and Pistoleras, due to their Quickfire base they will obviously also have apps available for download instantaneously on date of their first release to the public.
NetEnt scheduled the release of the app for their new mobile slot, Stickers, for the 21st of May 2015. Fans of this leader in the gaming software has a policy of always listening to their supporters, and as such can expect their most preferred features from Jack Hammer to show-up in their new Stickers app, featuring sticky wins, only now the app will offer sticky spins together with the sticky wilds.
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With a maximum of 80 000 coins on offer for a major win and featured game symbols are depicted as colourful fruit stickers. The developers described this slot as unfussed teamed to a relaxing music score and are of the opinion that players would be engrossed in a tranquil world of joy and vivid colours, making it attractive to both experienced and casual players alike.
Players can now have fun on this entertaining new app, while marking off the days till the launch of NetEnt’s new app for their branded Dracula slot launches later this month on the 23rd.
Just days after its initial general release, Unibet launched Titan Thunder a brand new title from the development team at Quickspin, featuring a 5reel slot with an innovative ability incorporated to expand from the standard five reels to a fortune changing six reels. The theme subject, buried in the depths of Greek mythology tells the story of the Titans, a ruling group of ancient gods believed to be direct descendants from Gaia, Chaos, and Eros, the first three elemental beings. Their ruler Cronus had a son Atlas, his myth became famous after Zeus punished him after the 10 year war wherein the Olympians finally defeated the Titan’s to bear the earth on his shoulders for eternity, and Prometheus recognised as the wisest.
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Quickspin, will shortly launch another new slot called Hidden Valley, based on the mythical story of Shangri-La and two travellers on an adventure in Tibet, finally discovered the lost entrance to this mystical valley and are travelling to the newly discovered valley with their guiding Sherpa. This Swedish software developer has recently also signed content supply deals with Relax Gaming, Vera&John Casino, and iGaming. Enjoying the success of their popular games attained through the single-minded focus of the studio with the design of new innovating slots, catering to a social free-play market.
One of the more interesting apps to hit the market recently is the Starburst mobile app developed on the NetEnt Touch platform. The slot uses a cosmic theme, and true to the Scandinavian firm’s ability to impress with virtually any given theme, they outdid themselves with this one as well, brightly coloured jewels set on a hazy, sparkling starry backdrop of the cosmos as if seen from a star formation cloud.
Starburst remains to mesmerise gamers through a universe of starry wins, dazzling wilds and the both ways to win bonus feature. This mobile slot presents players with a 5reel 10 pay-line cosmology of winning features and 5 transparent leaving the reel symbols seemingly floating in the ether of space. Jewels explode, bursting into mystic star wins, a strikingly beautiful, fun slot game with vibrant 70’s arcade style graphics and a soundtrack reminiscent of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos television series mixes in to round off the energetic high-paced reels. The innovative, new starburst wild symbols and expanding wilds with free spins ensure a huge entertainment value with big wins.
This slot quickly proved itself and garnered a large following among mobile gamers like the hard-core Bejewelled fans that have now also become Starburst fanatics. This new mobile slot from NetEnt definitely proves that these Norse developers grasp the value of keeping gamers constructively entertained with a huge fun factor with its interesting play, the additional winning bonus flavours certainly helps. Player attention is immediately focused on the brightly coloured jewels that automatically take centre stage since they have no competition from the transparent reels, the reel symbols include, a multitude of gemstones cut into neon green hexagons, blue square gems, amber triangles, diamond-cut purples, diamond-cut yellows, blue balls with the classic red seven luck designs, and golden bar balls.
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Along with Bonpeach’s wonderful arcade title, Explodables, exactly one year ago we also reviewed a great game from a little development company known as Orange Pixel. You might have heard of them. Their title, Super Drill Panic, was released as a FREE game, with ads. There was no IAP for removing ads, but soon after, Super Drill Panic was updated to a paid game, removing the ads, and giving everyone who downloaded the game for FREE, the full paid version. SDP has only received 2 updates since it’s original release, but luckily, it’s not really a game that needed any major updates, and is still one awesome score-chasing arcade game. If you have yet to pick it up, it’s, as you might imagine coming from the amazing OrangePixel Studio, definitely a must own game.
**Note: This review was written after playing Version 1.0.
Super Drill Panic is the new retro arcade game from Orange Pixel, the developers of the awesome Meganoid and Time Chaos. In Super Drill Panic, you’ll make your way through 30 Levels along with two Endless Arcade Levels, while collecting coins, to upgrade items in the shop, hammers to smash through platforms, treasure chests that hold letters (spelling out DRILL once you collect all of them in a world), hourglasses that give you some breathing room, key cards that let you open doors, and glasses that make you invisible, all while trying to escape from a huge boulder trying to crush you or the jail bars from coming down on you.
Orange Pixel caught the attention of many gamers when they released the great platform game, Meganoid. This time, they have stuck with the retro graphics, but tried something new. Super Drill Panic is free. That’s right, free. It has ads, but you can’t complain when you’re not paying anything to play this great game. And it is one great game.
Aside from the awesome retro graphics, you’re given two control options, tilting, and virtual buttons, right on the bottom right side, and left on the bottom left side. I prefer the buttons, as most tilting games get on my nerves, but here, you can make quick turns more easily, and it just plays better while using the button setup.
Throughout the 30 levels, you’ll encounter 6 different environments, along with 2 more in the arcade modes. Each environment has different colors, and different obstacles, but the goal is always the same. Make it to the bottom of the level without loosing all your lives while collecting as much as you can.
In the shop, you’ll be able to upgrade your hammer, to smash through more platforms, your time, which pauses the boulder longer when you pick up the hourglass, your running shoes, which makes you run faster, another time, which pauses jail, burglar vision, which lets you stay undetected longer, and your key tech, which lets you open more doors.
There’s two different characters available to play with, the female is unlocked after beating the first 15 levels. Each has a different set of worlds to go through, different shops, and different arcade levels. With the male character, you try to make it through caves while stealing the treasure and avoiding the boulder, kind of like a vertical version of hook champ, minus the hook, while with the female you try to escape the building after breaking into a vault, avoiding the bars coming down on you.
There’s plenty of challenge, as getting a high ranking at the end of each level is pretty decently hard to accomplish. The graphics are Orange Pixel Retro goodness, sounds, music, it all feels like an old-school Nintendo game, filled with action. I do, however, wish that I could get rid of the ad bar on the top of the screen, even if it was with an IAP, as I do feel this game is worth a buck or two. The arcade levels do add quite a bit to the replay value, but once you upgrade all your items, the replay value goes down quite a bit. For free though, it’s an amazing game, and highly recommended.
Today, we’re revisiting two titles that have been extremely entertaining over the last year. Our first one? Explodables developed by Bonpeach. Explodables is a fantastic tap-based score-chasing arcade title that has you blowing up rockets in a 3-color order that changes each level. It might not sound too impressive on paper, but throw in bonuses, health, crown, coin and star pickups, as well as multipliers that you need to drag next to each exploding rocket in order to activate it and multiple environments in each stage, and you’ve got yourself one hectic and action filled, incredibly addictive, score chaser. Since it’s release, Explodables has received 14 updates, each tweaking, and making the game even better, whether it be completely re-designing the tutorial and enhancing the graphics, or improving the performance and altering required level scores, Bonpeach has definitely made Explodables a great iOS arcade title. Still one that I feel will NEVER be removed from my iDevice.
**Note: This review was written after playing Version 1.0
Explodables is a new tap/arcade game from Bonpeach. Throughout the game you’ll go through levels, which are more like challenges, to complete the game. There’s also a Blitz Mode, which gives you about a minute to score as many points as you can. There’s red, blue, green, and white rockets, white rockets are wild, and can be any color you need them to be. The screen is broken up into 3 sections, blue on the bottom, green in the middle, and red on top, and you’ll always have a set color order that results in a combo. You can tap on the rockets anywhere on the screen, but you only get the massive point combos when you tap the rockets in their respective color sections, blue on the bottom, green in the middle, and red on top. If you miss a color, then the combo re-sets, and you’ll need to make the color combo again.
Through the levels, you’re usually given a set score to try and hit, but there’s also levels that challenge you to get 3 crowns, which are given off when you make a combo and get a multiplier circle, which you can then move around the screen. Placing this multiplier circle in the color sections that you need to pull off the combo gives you mega points, and moving it to follow the combo gives you crowns. For instance, if the color combo given to you at the beginning of the stage is red, green, blue, then you’ll need to tap a red rocket in the red section, a green rocket in the green section, and a blue rocket in the blue section, then a multiplier circle will appear, you’ll tap on it, and then move it up to the red section, tap a red rocket, move it to the green section, tap a green rocket, then move it to the blue section, and tap a blue rocket, then 3 crowns will appear. These crowns are the best way to get huge scores, and collecting 6 of them puts you into a bonus stage.
There’s also coins to collect, which you can spend in the upgrade and bonus shops, upgrading the amount of time before a combo chain is lost, the amount of time a bonus multiplier is available, or make it so that stars can be used to help complete combo chains. In the bonus shop, you can purchase a bonus multiplier that starts at the beginning of each level, make multipliers increase in value, or decrease the number of stars needed for bonus multipliers. Hearts are also available and appear when you tap on 5 or 6 of the same colored rockets in a row, and quickly. Collecting 4 of these puts you into a different bonus stage. Also, each time you get a heart, a crowd appears, doubling the score for each rocket you tap while they’re cheering.
All of this might sound confusing, and it kind of is, but the learning curve is great, and you’ll get to experience everything one step at a time going through the levels. Blitz Mode is unlocked once you hit level 20 or so, I can’t really remember when I unlocked it, but it’s before you finish the rookie levels.
The graphics in Explodables are awesome. Very colorful, and stand out on retina supported devices. The movement and animations are smooth and very well done, and the music and effects go along very well with the game. There is a graphics option in the menu which lets you turn the graphics down if you’re experiencing lag, but I haven’t had any problems with jitteriness or any crashing at all. The tap controls are very responsive and accurate as well.
Explodables really is a top notch high scoring game, with GameCenter leaderboards for Blitz Mode and Levels 31 through 45. There’s also 45 achievements, all adding to the extremely high replay value of the game. Bonpeach has shown that they know exactly what it takes to make a professional, extremely polished arcade game for the iOS, and at only $0.99, Explodables is a great buy. Anyone who’s into high-scoring games with great scoring systems, and hectic gameplay should definitely check this out. I know it’s going to be on my iPod until it breaks, and I’m glued to Bonpeach, eagerly awaiting updates for this, and seeing what awesome game they come up with next.
It’s a shame that, with the amount of games on the AppStore, there really are very few development companies that can continually surprise and impress gamers with their releases. Granted, this number is starting to grow, and the future does look incredibly bright for iOS gaming, but we all know that that really depends on the market, and who can stick to their guns, deciding to not start making freemium IAP monger type games that are taking over the charts. I’ve felt this way for a while, but this week was an incredible week for iOS gamers, and has put a lot of that oomph back into our hearts. Aside from the best Action RPG to hit the iDevice, an amazing Physics-Puzzler, an incredible, and unique firefighting game, we received one of the most innovative, original and pure Puzzlers as well; Cipher Prime Studio’s Splice: Tree Of Life. If you’re into Puzzlers, Cipher Prime is responsible for the awesome iPad titles Pulse: Volume One [$2.99], Fractal: Make Blooms Not War [$4.99] and the iPhone game, Auditorium [FREE], each of which receiving great reviews with all but Fractal earning multiple awards.
With all of that in mind, our hopes and excitement for Splice: Tree Of Life was incredibly high, and after playing through the first couple levels of the game, once I started to understand the mechanics, I was hooked. There is no tutorial in Splice. There is a ‘?’ that can be tapped at any time during gameplay, containing 3 screens of instructions, but chances are, you’ll still need to mess around throughout the first world before you really get a handle on everything that’s going on.
The goal of Splice is to align microbes in the outlined pattern in the given amount of moves. In order to do this, you’ll need to drag-n-drop the misaligned microbes, attaching them to the one center microbe. Once you pick up a microbe, light grey outlines appear in places where you can attach it. If you don’t place it in one of those outlines, the microbe will jump back to where it originally was before you picked it up.
There are some microbes that have white symbols on them. These microbes, and sometimes, microbes attached under them, can be mutated depending on what symbol they contain. Some have an arrow that’s split in half, these can be mutated to split into two separate microbes, side-by-side, mutating all microbes connected under them as well. Another type has a regular arrow, and these mutate into two microbes as well, however, these mutate by splitting down so that the second microbe is directly under the original one, and these do not effect any microbes attached under them. There is also an ‘X’ symbol, which destroys that microbe, as well as any microbes attached beneath it. Once you hit World 6, you’re able to let microbes float. Here, the grey outlines don’t really matter, as you can place microbes out on their own. You’ll also come across stages where you’ll need to pull microbes that are out on their own into the design.
There are 49 original stages spread out across 7 ‘Sequences’ in Splice: Tree Of Life, with each stage called a ‘strand’. Once you complete these 49 strands, you’ll unlock the Epilogue. Here, there are 4 more Sequences, each with 7 more strands, for a total of 28 additional levels. These Epilogue levels are incredibly challenging, with fairly large strands to solve, using all of the mechanics from the original levels. Adding to this great challenge are ‘Angelic’ solutions. Each stage, having a certain number of moves available to complete the strand, has a potential ‘perfect’ solution, requiring less moves than that that are given. All of the levels are challenging enough, not to mention the insane difficulty increase when you move on to the Epilogue levels, but solving each and every stage with the Angelic solution should prove to be a challenge that not everyone can undertake. However, if you do get stuck and would like to know how to solve a particular strand, Cipher Prime’s website has posted all of the solutions via YouTube.
Like Cipher Prime’s previous releases, the graphics and atmosphere in Splice are phenomenal. The animations and movement for each microbe blends together seamlessly with the other microbes, as well as the movement of your fingers on the screen. This, combined with the beautiful soundtrack make for an incredibly immersive puzzler. You can also listen to and download the soundtrack on Cipher Prime’s bandcamp page, or check it out below.
GameCenter is supported, and includes 18 achievements (2 of which are hidden), which will only be unlocked by the best players. Unfortunately, there are no leaderboards, so competing with friends to see who can solve an entire Sequence the fastest will have to be done manually.
Priced at $3.99, Splice: Tree Of Life, is a steal. Awarded as the Best Puzzle Game of 2011 via the Intel Level Up Contest, and including hours upon hours of gameplay and mind-wrecking puzzles, it’s easily one of the best puzzlers available on any gaming platform. If you’re looking for a new and unique game that will provide you with an insane challenge, look no further. Cipher Prime has done an incredible job with the creation of this title, and I feel lucky to be able to have a port of it available in the AppStore, for a fraction of the PC/Mac Version’s price. Splice is a wonderful experience that should not be missed.