Headup Games Announces Upcoming Title ‘Retro Winter Sports 1986’

Headup Games Announces Upcoming Title ‘Retro Winter Sports 1986’

Dec 6, 2016

Headup Games, the studio behind such hit Android titles such as Dub Dash, Bridge Constructor and Zombie Blitz, has a new one in the works — and it is set to be released soon.

This upcoming title is called Retro Winter Sports 1986; it is a reto-themed athletic thriller.

Do you remember the good old home computer sports games? Relive your youth in this beautiful pixelated remake of those fantastic evergreens!

Participate in the 1986 winter sports tournament and compete against other world-class athletes for international recognition. Six different, action-packed disciplines await you in a beautiful retro-style winter setting. Choose the country you want to represent from 12 different nations.

Practice to master your skills in training mode and demonstrate your abilities against the computer in the tournament mode or compete against your friends in hot seat mode for up to eight players. Will you be the one who takes the gold in the end?

Let’s compete like it’s 1980-something!

We hope to take this one for a spin soon; due date is December 8th.

By the way, this is a trailer you’ll want to watch:

Bridge Constructor Gets Limited-Time Halloween Update

Bridge Constructor Gets Limited-Time Halloween Update

Oct 24, 2016

Popular cross-platform construction simulation game Bridge Constructor is getting in on the Halloween spirit with a free update that is available now.

The new build brings five whole new “spooky and eerily exciting” levels to Pumpkinidad Island. Additionally, it introduces a new vehicle — Coach of the Dead — which is the heaviest auto that needs to be gotten over the constructed bridges.

Per the press release:

Seeing as it’s Halloween, we can’t go without some haunted castles, bats and cemeteries. Build bridges over seemingly endless valleys in the deepest, foggiest night, with a full moon hanging above. Make sure to build them strong enough for the heavy Coach of the Dead to be able to get across.

We certainly enjoyed Bridge Constructor when we took a look at it way back when.

Bridge Constructor is available for $1.99 (plus optional micro-transactions) on Google Play. Hurry, because this update won’t be available forever!

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[Via Headup Press Release]

[Our Bridge Constructor Review]

Bridge Constructor Medieval Goes on Sale

Bridge Constructor Medieval Goes on Sale

May 13, 2016

Headup Games’ Bridge Constructor Medieval is on sale for $0.20 — down from its regular price of $1.99.

There are a total of five materials available to help you build the perfect bridge: wood, heavy wood, stone and ropes, along with the new addition of the bridge roof.
Throughout the exciting background story, you will familiarize yourself with the various materials on a step-by-step basis, and learn everything you need to know so that your bridges meet the requirements of the different levels.
Innovative game modes in store for you!
Besides building stable bridges, there’s also plenty on offer for veterans to discover in the new game modes.
In the siege level, your bridge is bombarded by enemy catapults. Strengthen your bridge so that it doesn’t collapse, and protect your own troops on the bridge with a bridge roof.
In another new game mode, you build your bridges so that they collapse under the load of enemy units to send as many of them as possible into the abyss.
In addition, the unique bonus challenges will leave even the most experienced players at their wit’s end. That way, both bridge-building professionals and novices will face a challenge in Bridge Constructor Medieval.

FEATURES:
– For the first time: Build bridges in the Middle Ages!
– Brand new levels and game modes for a completely new gaming experience
– Design sturdy bridge roofs to protect yourself from enemy catapults
– Construct cunning bridge traps to send advancing enemy troops into the abyss
– Exciting and funny background story
– Enjoy beautiful medieval landscapes
– Google Play Game Services Achievements and rankings
– Tablet support

The game has in-app purchases; no word on how long the sale will last, so make hay.

[Source: Slickdeals]

Dub Dash Review

Dub Dash Review

Feb 17, 2016

Dub Dash does it’s thing on all fronts.

It’s a glitzy affair, bordering on the psychedelic even while invoking memories of  Jeff bridges computer cautionary tales from years past. It’s all neon and then some, with a hefty dose of splash on a dark canvas, with smooth animations and expressive secondary visuals. Altogether, it’s a delight to the senses.

If the goal is to catch one’s attention very quickly, the game does so admirably. This is helped in no small part by the amped up music, which works well with the game.

On the gameplay front, it packs in several different modes; we took on the “Massive Dance” first, but the basic concept is fairly simple across the board: avoid obstacles, and go far. In this mode, view is of an abbreviated top-down variety, and the intro tutorial is about as hands-on as they come. Gradually but surely, one understands how to navigate the controls. Our playing piece is akin to big rolling wheel, and the main concept is to guide it along a three-landed path. By default, it travels down the middle, and tapping on either side makes it dart to that side for a short time; holding the tap keeps it traveling on that side till the hold is released.

When one completes a current level, the next is unlocked, and on and on.

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Now, the beginning obstacles are like structures jutting out of the sides. So, say, there is an obstacle on the left, one darts to the right, and the reverse is true for obstacles on the other side. It’s fairly easy in the beginning, and one even learns how to hold to automatically dodge same side sequence.

The trick is to adjust to the speed of the game. Boy, does it quicken. It starts off sedately enough, and then it combines random placements with a quick pace to create a very challenging game.

The different modes allow one to try different styles of play, flying and through mazes and the like, and helping stave off monotony. each version is accompanied by music and uniquely fun scenery.

The game is an enjoyable romp, and easy to get involved in.

Dub Dash Arrives on Google Play

Dub Dash Arrives on Google Play

Feb 16, 2016

We, we admit… we’ve been a bit impatient.

Dub Dash, the new quick-reflex game from Android veteran developer Headup Games, is available now.

Dub Dash is a fast-paced rhythm based action game. The tracks are decomposed into diverging game mode segments. The obstacles, tracks and visual effects are all adjusted to the music and in perfect harmony with each song. Dub Dash has a great soundtrack including music from Bossfight and the DJs of Geometry Dash – to enjoy the full experience the use of headphones is highly recommended.

Ditto on that headphones advice.

We’ve been playing around with Dub Dash, and can tell you that we spent WAY more time, uh, “reviewing”it than we’d like to admit. Look out for our review which should be out shortly.

Can’t wait? Hey, we understand. Dub Dash is available for free (with in-app purchases) right now via the link above.

Upcoming Game Dub Dash Gets Release Date

Upcoming Game Dub Dash Gets Release Date

Jan 28, 2016

Headup Games is letting folks know that its latest Android game, Dub Dash, is due out very soon for our collective playing pleasure.

Per the game page:

Dub Dash is a fast-paced action game based on great music. The tracks are decomposed into diverging game mode segments. The gameplay of each segment is simple, yet challenging, and is always in sync with the underlying beats. Spin your crazy wheel in harmony with the song and keep dodging left and right to avoid obstacles on an otherwise straight path. Fly like a bird, but don’t lose track of the right way. Make hard 90° turns and feel the rhythm of the zig-zag trajectory. The objective for each track is clear: Rock the funky road of Dub Dash!

The magic day is February 16th.

Headup Games Launches New Turn-Based Title ‘Skilltree Saga’

Headup Games Launches New Turn-Based Title ‘Skilltree Saga’

Dec 11, 2015

Skilltree Saga is a new entry from Headup Games that just launched on Google Play.

Excerpts from the press release:

About Skilltree Saga

Story: A sinister spawn of orks and goblins led by the Dark Ruler Sargul are besieging the city of Griffonford. To make matters worse, your beloved, the daughter of Baron Griffontrue, was abducted and you desperately try to take up pursuit. After being rescued from an ambush of a group of goblins by a master of the mysterious Elemental Knight you have the marvelous opportunity to become part of this alliance society. Following the intensive training it is up to you to defeat the sinister spawn that is about to mercilessly enlarge their numbers to occupy Aventuria.

Motivating random elements: Random generated monsters and treasures are waiting for the brave Elemental Knight in the margraviate of Griffonford. Pillage a multitude of gear, which you must equip to enhance your attributes like Strength, Cleverness or Constitution. On the market square you can buy or sell equipment. Use astral potions to replenish your Astral Energy or invest diamonds to purchase even more helpful potions.

Turn-based duelling: Well-thought approaches are mandatory to put up a fight against the sinister spawn! Choose from a variety of skills, damage your enemy with wind and water magic or bring them to their knees with powerful fire spells. You’ll be in need of those when you come across hordes of orks and goblins. Your opponents know how to fight back as well. They use skills to make them stronger, tougher. They enfeeble your attributes or let dangerous rain down on the adventurer.

The game is $2.99 on Google Play.

[via Headup Press Release]

Bridge Constructor Receives Christmas Update

Bridge Constructor Receives Christmas Update

Dec 3, 2015

Headup Games and Clockstone Software are doing their part to get people into the spirit of the season, especially with a Christmas-themed update to the building simulation puzzle game Bridge Constructor. Dubbed “Snowy Hill,” the new update brings Santa and more.

Per the official press release:

Santa is coming! That means presents for everyone – and of course Santa’s Sleigh! This big, free Christmas update brings new christmassy levels and bridges for the Winter World “Snowy Hills”.

With the improved controls, you can now also change bridges you’ve already built without having to delete them by moving their components. Winter World will be only available until springtime.

Also, to save a little more money for Christmas presents, all Bridge Constructor games are now available at the reduced price of $0.99 each!

There ya go… right from the horse’s mouth: all Bridge Constructor games are discounted at $0.99!

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[via Headup press release]

Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic Review

Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic Review

Mar 16, 2015

Mobile gaming has a really weird habit of mispricing its games. The price of the game here never seems to reflect the game’s quality, polish, or really anything. There are free triple-A shooters, and there are indie RPGs, twenty pixels high, whose cost reaches the price range of some PC games. Of course, Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic is an example of the latter.

It’s nigh-impossible to pinpoint what Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic is actually about. It presents itself as a parody, I can tell that much. But what it supposed to be a parody of, is quite uncertain. The story is but a collection of funny characters and references to other RPGs, Cthulhu mythos, and god knows what else. The humor is alright, but the game seems to bet on it, as the gameplay is not much different from other mobile RPGs. It’s certainly not a rip-off, but there’s really no unique feeling to it. Basically it’s, a very compact jRPG, with pixels instead of spiky hair. It should be noted that the RPG part is pretty well fleshed out. The three heroes have their own equipment, abilities, and stats. There’s tons of randomly-generated loot that grants different bonuses, and lots of unique enemies.

The game consists of three things. A town, where the heroes sell loot, buy stuff, and get quests. A road to the instance, where Pixel Heroes 3the party encounters different things and, well, encounters – it’s, probably the most interesting part of the game. And then there’s the battle phase. In battle, the three heroes stand in line, before one to three monsters. The heroes take turns and attack the monster of their choosing, considering their weapon can reach it. There are different weapons and different spells. Some grant bonuses, some drain the enemy of health – there’s quite a variety.

Unfortunately, for me it didn’t translate into a compelling gameplay. It’s a pretty subjective reason, but I just didn’t feel any excitement. I don’t like jRPGs, simple as that. The constant micromanagement, the awkward battle process, the weird progression – it’s just not for me. So, what I’m trying to say is, if you really like the jRPG-style battles and management, then this game is right up your alley. But I still think that 7 bucks is quite expensive for a game, in which the characters are shorter than 30 pixels.

Headup Games Launches Retro-Feeling Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic on Android

Headup Games Launches Retro-Feeling Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic on Android

Mar 7, 2015

Android development vet Headup Games is going big with is latest cross-platform offering, a retro-feeling roguelike RPG named Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic.

Per the press release:

Listen! The end is nigh!! Hear my words and prepare! An ancient cult has set foot in our lands! They call themselves -The Sons of Dawn- and pray to some dark elder god. They have started recruiting people for their cause all over the country. I fear that they want to try to awaken something which should be left sleeping. Something dangerous and sinister! Something that might destroy us all. Spend your last of days wisely…“

Enter the world of Pixel Heroes and prepare yourself for a thrilling RPG/Roguelike experience like you have never seen before! Explore a randomized world full of hilarious events, deadly dungeons and the weirdest NPCs you will ever meet in a game! Choose three heroes for your party and take them on a journey that will be completely different each time you start a new game. Bath in a pool of procedurally generated loot and defeat the evil forces that threaten the township of Pixton!

FEATURES
Thirty unique hero classes to unlock, each with individual skills and attributes.
More procedurally generated axes, spears, maces, swords, shields, bows, crossbows, spells and prayers than a llama has hair on its body.
Thirteen mystic and beautifully cruel dungeons to explore. Epic bossfights waiting!
Three campaigns to unlock, each with its own final dungeon and boss.
Permadeath! You know you want it.
A detailed graveyard where you can mourn your dead heroes, compare their statistics and see which of their choices led to their tragic death.
Completely crazy NPCs, each one of them with a significant storyline that you can follow to unlock cool stuff!
Tons of random events that you will encounter on your way, expecting you to make important choices. Will you yell at the cat like a crazy idiot?
Many achievements and unlockables, try to get them all and become the most badass Pixel Hero in the world!

Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic is available for $6.99 on Google Play.

[Source: Headup Press Release]

Headup Games Set to Launch Ms Kong Next Week

Headup Games Set to Launch Ms Kong Next Week

Nov 11, 2014

Headup Games is looking to release its newest game Ms Kong on Android by the next week.

The game is described as an endless runner, with a 500lbs as the main participant. Excerpts from the press release:

…the deep jungle is dangerous to cross – unless … you are a 500 pound gorilla lady chasing stolen bananas to feed her baby! When Ms. Kong swings, trees will break and animals will cry.

Headup Games happily introduces Ms. Kong for the first time in this fabulous and fast-paced endless-runner; the entertaining game will crush through the undergrowth on iOS and Android by end of next week. Don’t miss the trailer we will present you in a week.

Zombie Blitz Review

Zombie Blitz Review

Jan 9, 2014

The undead never stop. Ever. In Zombie Blitz, a post-apocalyptic tower defense game, time is the biggest asset.

First off, it’s necessary to select a continent to start work in, and then a geographical area of that continent. This is followed by an opportunity to tweak weapons and/or purchase new ones.

The gameplay is fairly straightforward; the goal is to face a contingent one country at a time by defending a bunker against zombie units that are intent on overrunning it. The action is depicted in top-down fashion, with the zombies shown as small, moving circles. The different countries are set up differently, and there are usually several buildings. The game picks one to be defended, and it is marked with a life bar.zombie1

Naturally, the more zombies that make it to the house reduce the life bar, which “kill” the house and cause the level to be failed. Winning the level entails holding off the hordes long enough for a targeted air strike arrives to take the undead army out.

The defending mechanism is what makes the game fun to play. As expected in a tower defense game, there are different defensive units with differing capabilities and recharging periods. Air power units, bombs and guns can be used; the most lethal can be used least often by default. Attacking the zombies is done by tapping the unit on the screen. If the weapon is powered, and the unit is not moving to fast for the attack unit, it is destroyed.

Real money can be used to expedite game earnings, and this is a consideration in this free-to-play game, as upgrades make levels easier to pass. Competing levels earns crucial bonuses and game cash that can be used to improve attributes.

Different zombie units move at different speeds, and this, along with the refractory periods for the weapons is what creates a challenge. It takes some strategy to create a winning stand. The direct attack method is a great element, and even though I would have liked sharper graphics, and probably condensed controls (it gets hectic at the bottom with upgrades and special equipment), the good far outweighs the drawbacks.

It’s a fun game that does well to engage the player without being overly repetitive by way of scenery. Saving the world can’t be much more fun.