Halfbrick Studios haven’t been having a good year. They recently laid off half of their workforce and with that sudden change have also decided to start concentrating all of their efforts on their two most successful licenses, Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride. Their latest release on the Play Store is an open beta product still under development. It is called Fruit Ninja Fight, and as the name would suggest, it’s a multiplayer-focused Fruit Ninja game.
Halfbrick Studios haven’t been having a good year. They recently laid off half of their workforce and with that sudden change have also decided to start concentrating all of their efforts on their two most successful licenses, Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride. Their latest release on the Play Store is an open-beta product still under development. It is called Fruit Ninja Fight, and as the name would suggest, it’s a multiplayer-focused Fruit Ninja game.
There’s more to come too, with some handy tips and tricks to get you into the swing of things, as well as more detailed looks at the maps and modes. So make sure to keep coming back to 148 to check out our latest content.
It seems like only last week that we were at GDC 2018 checking out the new game called ThunderDogs from Beat Street [Free] developer Lucky Kat, and in fact it WAS just last week! This new game follows in the footsteps of the .io multiplayer game craze, but has a level of polish that you don’t typically see in the genre. It’s a dogfighting game that takes influence from games like Starfox and Luftrausers, and it’ll have you manning an aircraft and zipping around trying to shoot down other players while collecting different power-ups and hopefully avoiding being shot down yourself. Here’s a pretty kick ass animated gif showing the frantic action of ThunderDogs.
At the time we saw it last week, ThunderDogs was pegged to be about a couple of months away, and now Lucky Kat is at the point where they’d like to recruit some beta testers to get some feedback and get the game in shape for release. If you’re interested in testing this one, visit the thread in our forums where you’ll find a link to sign up for beta testing. In case you missed our hands-on demo from last week, be sure to check that out for a more in-depth look at a work-in-progress version of the game, and hopefully ThunderDogs will be arriving in just the next couple of months.
Epic Games intended to make "Fortnite Battle Royale for iPhone and iPad as close to the version played on other platforms. In its invitation-only initial release, the large-scale multiplayer game hasn’t lost its charm in its transition to the small screen from the console, Mac, and PC versions. AppleInsider – Frontpage News
Developer Lucky Kat makes some of my favorite mobile games, like Beat Street [Free], Sky Chasers [Free], and Combo Critters [Free]. So of course I was excited to see what they had to show off at GDC 2018. Especially because what I saw briefly from them during last year’s GDC was a very early prototype of what ended up becoming Beat Street. This year, Lucky Kat was showing ThunderDogs, a top-down multiplayer dogfighting game. It’s an “.io” game like Agar.io or Slither.io or really the any number of similar games that have flooded the market when that genre got popular a year or so ago. The difference here is that wonderful Lucky Kat polish, which is something a lot of these games lack. Even though this was a pretty early build, ThunderDogs should be soft-launching in the next month or two with a full launch planned for later this year. Check out our hands-on video.
After the reveal of Fortnite: Battle Royale for mobile, the questions started coming in. And we have answers to two of the big ones: just how robust will the cross-platform play be, and will there be controller support? While there’s a ton of questions still to be answered, Epic Games provided answers to these two burning questions.
For cross-platform play and progress, it is absolutely 100% possible for someone playing the desktop or PS4 version of the game to play with a mobile player. But that is only if a person from a squad invites a friend from another platform. So a PC player with their keyboard and mouse will never play in the mobile queue. But, if a PC player invites a mobile player, then they’ll play in the PC queue. It’s actually the exact same way that the system functions between desktop and PS4 console players right now.
It's opt in. A PC gamer cannot join a mobile queue, but a mobile gamer can opt in to play with a PC player. They're not all dumped into one matchmaking pool. Make sense?
This means that mobile players don’t have to worry about having to face down some keyboard and mouse champs unless they specifically join up with PC players. But what about controllers on mobile? Epic Games said to us about controller support: “Not initially. Bluetooth controller support is coming later.” This means that yes, you’ll be able to use your MFi controllers to play Fortnite on your phone or tablet, you’ll just have to wait a bit. It’s an obvious addition, and while I’ll probably be mostly playing on the touchscreen just out of laziness, this is a great addition.
While we’ll have to wait to see when Fortnite: Battle Royale on mobile gets the exact same content as the other versions, mobile players will want to start keeping up with the updates the game gets. Epic tends to update Fortnite on a weekly basis, and there’s alsways something getting changes, some newly-introduced items, and limited-time game modes. A 20-player team event is rolling out to the game now, and they’re still working on the jetpack, which could bring massive changes to the Fortnite: Battle Royale experience.
A new update just released for The Battle of Polytopia (formerly Super Tribes), which introduces online multiplayer. For all the fans of Midjiwan’s lite take on Civilization, this is certainly welcome news, but playing online isn’t as easy and straightforward as it could be. Luckily, we’ve gone ahead and figured out the best way to start hopping online and playing against people. Check out the tips below:
Midjiwan’s The Battle of Polytopia [Free] has quite the cult following. It debuted on the App Store in early 2016 and has consistently received updates wit enhancements and new content. I only started playing it after a friend constantly spoke about how well it played which was surprising given the genre. The Battle of Polytopia is one of the most approachable turn based strategy games out there. It also looks excellent and controls brilliantly on touch. Midjiwan announced something everyone wanted earlier when an online multiplayer update with cross platform play was announced.
The big update is finally live and includes more than just the online multiplayer mode. For one, the online multiplayer games support up to 12 players in each game. Android and iOS users can play together. This update also includes an updated interface and iPhone X support in addition to full resolution support on all devices.
Midjiwan says that this is the first take on multiplayer in Polytopia and there will be more cool stuff added in the future. The multiplayer mode here is free for anyone who has bought a paid tribe in game. If you haven’t, you’re prompted to buy one if you try and access the online multiplayer here. If you’ve been aching to play some online Polytopia share your Player ID in the comments below and in our forum thread to share Player IDs. You can copy the Player ID from the multiplayer profile page. The main forum thread where everyone’s been discussing the game in general is here.
The Battle of Plytopia [Free] originally launched back in February of 2016, and originally under the name Super Tribes. Yes, a copyright claim prompted Swedish developer Midjiwan to change their game’s name several months after its release, which is never a fun thing but they dealt with it in stride. All this time later I actually think the Polytopia name fits the game’s overwhelming charm much better. But I digress. Upon launch, The Battle of Polytopia won over fans with its incredibly streamlined take on the turn-based strategy genre. Over the decades that genre has grown into something so complex it’s not always easy for newbies to jump into, and that’s where Polytopia came in, offering a welcoming hand to those who were intrigued but not prepared to overcome the learning curve of the genre’s biggest titles. Beyond just being easier to grasp than many other turn-based strategy games, Polytopia was also built with mobile touchscreens in mind, and it showed. Everything was very clear to navigate and understand, which is impressive given that this is a typically information and menu-dense genre.
Anyway, a small group of people fell in love with The Battle of Polytopia, and since its release nearly two years ago Midjiwan has not let up with improving and enhancing their game. New game modes, new tribes, and all sorts of new features have flowed consistently into the game, and as such that original small group of fans has steadily grown into something of a cult following. And as much as that following has loved Polytopia and appreciated all the work that’s gone into it over the past couple of years, there’s one thing they’ve been begging for since the game’s original release: Online multiplayer. Yes, The Battle of Polytopia is a fantastic game but it’s also a single-player-only game currently, but that’s finally set to change as Midjiwan is ready to release an online multiplayer update for the game on both iOS and Android next week on February 15th. The coolest thing? It’ll be cross-platform between both versions. iOS and Android Polytopians can finally unite in competition! Rejoice!
Do you enjoy strategy games but have never played The Battle of Polytopia before? Well here’s another tidbit of info you’ll find exciting: The game is free to play, but in the absolute best way possible. You see, you download the game for free and there are four different tribes for you to choose to play as in either of the game’s two single-player modes. The only IAP is for buying additional tribes which are entirely optional and are only for those who truly enjoy the game and want to play it in a slightly different way. See, that’s how free to play should work, you enjoy the game and then want to spend money to enjoy it in more ways. Polytopia gets it right. So there’s no reason not to take this one for a spin as it has nearly infinite replay value even with just the included free tribes. If you’re still intimidated by strategy titles like this, Polytopia has an excellent Wikia page with all sorts of helpful information, so don’t be scared to give this one a try and for sure check out the game come February 15th when the online multiplayer is added in.