DotEmu, a French developer, has announced that they are working on games for Apple’s iPhone. The first title should come out in the last quarter of this year or the first quarter of 2009. Xavier Liard, CEO of DotEmu, says that they especially want to license classic games and bring them to new mobile devices by using emulation technology developed by DotEmu’s CTO. Liard says that the iPhone has a great resolution for classic games and believes that there is a classic game for every gamer, even for the casual gamers.
Their first title is Nicky Boom, the classic Amiga platformer already available for other mobile devices. In Nicky Boom you control Nicky, a young boy who’s on a journey to save his grandfather who has been cursed by from a witch’s spell. He must defend himself by throwing bouncy balls, logs, apple cores and so on. NickyBoom contains eight levels situated in four different themes with a swamp, a dark forest and a castle. DotEmu didn’t want to give us details on their other iPhone-games yet, but all games from DotEmu’s catalog can be ported to the iPhone.
With racing games like Cro-Mag Rally and Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart we haven’t had a lot of cool racing games for the iPhone yet. In a couple of days GTS World Racing will join those other two race games in the App Store. GTS World Racing will feature 16 locations, 64 different track layouts, three car types, four game modes and four difficulty levels. The four game modes are Single Race, Challenge Cup, Grand Tour and Championship. And off course you control the game by tilting the iPhone and a nice extra feature is the option to play your own music while playing. It looks like this game will have a lot of content.
Radius has been available for a while now but if you buy it in the coming two days, then you pay only $0.99, that’s $3 cheaper than usual. It’s a simple but enjoyable game perfect to kill some time, and some enemies that just keep rotating. For only $0.99 this is a steal.
Mickey, Donald, Goofy and many other Disney characters are challenging each other in Disney’s All Star Cards for the iPhone. The game is out since yesterday and so far it has been have poor reviews in the App Store. It features card games like Hearts, Go Fish and Crazy 8′s and there’s some downloadable content with Solitaire and Memory Master in the makings. It’s a little pricey, Disney’s All Star Cards will be yours for $9.99.
Artificial Life is proud to announce its very first game for Apple’s iPhone, VBotAttack. The game combines 2D and 3D, will have nice vector graphics, gameplay combining both action and puzzles and it uses the iPhone’s touchscreen and accelerometer. You play with VBot who has to kill enemy robots and solve puzzles on his way. Artificial Life has been creative in selecting its level settings, you’ll be planing in cranes, lava pools and conveyor belts.
PuzzLoop started as an arcade game back in 1998 and ever since games like Luxor and Zuma have been trying to do the some trick. You see a bunch of colorful things rolling over your screen in a line and you have to make matches to make them go away. The game has off course innovative iPhone touch-controls and has an extremely colorful look. You can pick up PuzzLoop from Hudson in the App Store for $7.99. Hudson also announced that it’s planning to develop more iPhone-games in the coming months.
Crosswords is a pretty expensive $9.99 game, so Stand Alone has decided to release a demo so that people who have doubts about the game can give it a try first. The free demo has 30 built-in crossword puzzles that you can try out. The best feature about Crosswords is that you have access to a ton of free puzzles and the New York Times subscription service. You can download the Crosswords Light demo application here.
THQ Wireless has released some new screenshots and information of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed for the iPhone. They showed the game off at E3 2008 as well and the first impressions of the game were pretty good. The controls seem to work good and intuitive. Not only will this game have a single player mode, it also features a survival mode.
When you use your iPhone 3G for gaming, the battery of your precious gaming device is losing its power extremely fast. For iPhone gamers who want to game with more power there is the mophie Juice Pack for the iPhone 3G. There was already a Juice Pack for the iPhone and the iPod Touch, and now there’s one for the new iPhone 3G. This battery pack extends the battery life of the iPhone with 350 hours of standby time, six hours of 3G talk, six hours of 3G internet, 12 hours of 2D talk, eight hours of video playback and 28 hours of audio playback.
It also protects your iPhone from short circuits, over-charge, over-heating and connecting to your iPhone to your computer via USB passthrough so that you can sync and charge at the same time. The iPhone 3G Juice Pack from mophie will come out this September and it will cost $99.95.
One of the few games available for the Apple Newton PDA was DeepSpaceNewt, a space-based strategy game that was also available for the Apple II computer. DejaVu is now giving us a DejaVu with DeepSpaceNewt for the iPhone. You play as either a Stigon bopper or an Amalgamation starship and your goal is to blast seven bells out of your enemy who’s using torpedoes and phasers. $7.99 sure is pricey for an iPhone game, but it’s pure nostalgia for all Mac fanboys. DeepSpaceNewt is retro gaming at its best, and it’s now available in the App Store.