505 Games Announces Upcoming Game Airframe: Nemesis

505 Games Announces Upcoming Game Airframe: Nemesis

Jun 13, 2015

505 Games is letting folks know that we can expect a new dogfighting game called Airframe: Nemesis.

Per the press release:

505 Games today announced Airframe: Nemesis, the adrenaline-filled dogfight game, will launch on the App Store and Google Play later this year. Developed by Stratosphere Games, Airframe: Nemesis is a free-to-play action-strategy game featuring the world’s most advanced aircraft rendered in breathtaking 3D.

Set in the year 2050, Airframe: Nemesis puts the player in the pilot’s seat as a mercenary who has been betrayed, shot down and left for dead. Dogfighting is the name of the game – as players must battle back, one victory at a time. In the game, you and your Nemesis square off in fierce campaigns to see who can lock on and destroy the other with devastating abilities, advanced missiles, and high-speed projectiles. Setting a new standard for strategic mobile air combat, Airframe: Nemesis combines a captivating single-player experience and storyline with intense multiplayer battles and live events. Built in Unity 5, Airframe: Nemesis delivers a visceral experience, from stunning animations and cut scenes to high-polygon aircraft models and jaw-dropping shader effects.

– Airframe: Nemesis lets players forge their own path to glory in the skies. Key features include:
– Gain territory and defend it against bogeys and earn currency, XP, Loot, and buffs
– Hundreds of single-player missions with diverse gameplay
– 20+ modified planes with unique abilities and customizable skins
– More than 75 weapon models with distinct abilities, providing hundreds of combinations
– State-of-the-art 3D graphics enhanced by Apple’s Metal framework
– Dogfight Challenge: weekly multi-player wars with leaderboard rankings
– Additional planned content with more gameplay and expanded features

We’ll be keeping an ear out for this one.

Battle Islands Review

Battle Islands Review

May 5, 2014

With the success of Clash of Clans over the last year, it’s no surprise that other companies have decided to get into the mobile freemium strategy genre. Battle Islands is just another one of those games that takes a popular concept, and attempts to put its own twist on it all.

The game is set in the World War II era of 1942. Players are required to build up units of soldiers in order to attack, and take over, various islands in the South Pacific. The theme is a fresh take on the genre, but the gameplay is just all too familiar. And unfortunately, the team at 505 Games fail at delivering anything more than a briefly entertaining re-skin of what Clash of Clans is.

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The game throws you right into a nice tutorial session upon launch that shows you the basics of how to place and build buildings, train soldiers and make sure you have enough equipment necessary to defend against attacks later on in your game. After the tutorial, players can complete a variety of challenges to earn the gold bricks.

The gold bricks are the essential currency of this game that can either be earned or purchased. Purchasing the bricks allow the game to progress much faster whereas earning them becomes a long, tedious process over time. Players do start out with a few gold bricks, but they quickly run out, leaving you empty handed when you need them the most.

Then comes the waiting. More often than not, your time playing this game will be more of waiting for troops to train and buildings to finish constructing than it is actually fighting. The game’s slow progression takes away from the briefly fun aspect of fighting with opposing players.

The World War II theme keeps the game somewhat fresh at the beginning, but that charm only lasts so long before you realize you are playing the same type of game you are used to. And it’s not like the game does anything truly terrible, it’s just the same package in a new wrapper.

At the end of the day, it all depends on how much you love the genre that will determine your enjoyment. If you don’t mind the repetitive place buildings, train troops, attack enemies and block off attacks gameplay, then Battle Islands may be the game for you. If you are tired of the new dog, old tricks gameplay, then your best bet is to move on to something else.


Terraria: Android Rundown Video of the Day

Terraria: Android Rundown Video of the Day

Sep 17, 2013

The smash hit PC game Terraria has made its way to mobile, first on iOS, but now on Android. The 2D crafting and exploration game with RPG and questing elements has been given some slight tweaks to fit on to mobile, but this is a game that fans should enjoy for its faithfulness, providing a high-quality 2D exploration experience on the go.

The Android version of the game is free to download but only gives the tutorial mission away for free. This is two-fold: one, it serves as a test for if the game will run on the device it’s being tested on. Two, the tutorial is actually really helpful for game-specific information that might not be immediately apparent by just jumping into a randomly-generated world.

This video shows off the first ten-plus minutes of the full game, which is unlocked for $4.99. The unlock can carry across multiple devices, just make sure to install on another device after purchasing, or delete and reinstall, as the fine folks at 505 Games’ tech support informed me after recording this video. Watch, and decide if the first few bits are worth investing into further.