Back in August of 2016, developer Michał Walaszczyk released Tap Hero [Free], a twitchy arcade game that challenged your left/right dexterity in a similar fashion to games like Timberman [Free] and many others. It also had some gorgeous pixel art and a great “feel” to the mechanics, and we enjoyed Tap Hero enough to award it our Game of the Week when it released. Now Walaszczyk has taken it upon himself to learn Unity and jump from 2D pixel art to full 3D polygons for his next release. The upcoming game is called Agent Wonky, and it too has a similar twitchy style to Tap Hero in that you’ll be blasting away bad guys approaching from either side of the screen, but you’ll do this by matching the direction and type of swipe that each bad guy has floating above his head. It’s a mechanic that reminds me a lot of the fantastic The Firm [Free], as some enemies have red colored arrows over their head which indicates you’ll need to swipe in the opposite direction that the arrow points to, and that’s the type of thing that will twist your brain into knots as the speed of the game increases and the pressure mounts up. Here’s a few gifs showing what Agent Wonky is like in motion.
That top gif is a sample of the general gameplay, the second gif is a look at the many unlockable characters in the game, and the bottom gif is a look at what happens when you mess up a swipe: Basically Agent Wonky gets scared and runs away arms flailing. Since mid-November when Walaszczyk first announced Agent Wonky he’s been keeping a developer blog going in the thread in our forums, and this is the exact type of thing I love seeing on TouchArcade. You can see what humble beginnings the game started from, and then over the course of months you’ll see vast improvements until finally the game is in a very playable state and is even at the point of needing beta testers. That’s pretty much where Agent Wonky is at now, so if you’re interested in testing the game drop by that forum thread and let the developer know. There’s also WAY more gifs and information about the game to check out there too. Hopefully a lot of testers sign up and whip the game into shape so it won’t be too much longer before we’re all enjoying some Agent Wonky silliness.
Last week a pretty cool trailer caught our eye for a game where you sail boats made out of giant bananas, a giant hot dog, a bathtub, and many more silly items. The game was very appropriately titled Silly Sailing [Free], and it’s now available in the App Store ready to fulfill all your silly sailing desires. I downloaded the free game to give it a quick spin and I have to say I’m pretty impressed with just how fun it is. You tap the left or right side of the screen to turn your boat in either direction, and there’s a bar at the bottom of the screen which you’ll drag left or right to close or open your sail. The trick is harnessing the wind properly to propel your boat forward, and there’s handy arrows showing you exactly how the wind is bouncing off of your sail.
It’s surprisingly complex but really satisfying once you get into the groove of steering your boat and using your sail properly. It took a few minutes to get the hang of things, and I’d suggest hopping into the Free Sailing mode for a while until everything clicks. Once you’re comfortable with the mechanics there are 16 different courses to race on, and the game will pit you against 3 other ghost racers, presumably a mixture of actual ghost times recorded from real players and some AI routines, to see who can make it to the finish line first. You’ll earn coins through racing which can go towards buying increasingly silly sailboats.
Silly Sailing is free with (skippable) interstitial video ads, and unfortunately at this time there’s no option to remove them with an IAP. They’re not super intrusive though, and overall I’m having more fun playing the game than I am being annoyed at ads or anything. It’s also one of those games that can be played in both portrait or landscape and will switch on the fly, and there’s even an option for using a radial dial type thing for steering, though I prefer the default left/right controls. Both make this a very one-hand friendly portrait game, though, which is always a bonus with me. Silly Sailing is definitely a more interesting and strategic game that I originally thought it would be, so if it seems like something you’d enjoy then give the free download a try and drop by the forum thread to share your thoughts about it.
I guess while we’re on the topic of weird game premises, we might as well talk about Silly Sailing, the new upcoming game from Devm Games of Extreme Forklifting fame. It’s a top-down sailing game that has you harnessing the power of wind gusts to pilot a variety of, well, silly sailboats around different watery courses as quickly as possible. Interestingly, this is an asynchronous game so you’ll be battling against the ghost runs from players around the world all vying for the best time on each course. Check out the trailer for Silly Sailing.
Yes, any game that allows you to pilot a giant hot dog, a big shoe, or a couple of hastily lashed together giant bananas gets an automatic thumbs up in my book. Unlocking increasingly bazaar boats is a big appeal of Silly Sailing, but it also looks to have some pretty solid mechanics as not only are you trying to utilize the wind direction as best as possible but there’s also whirlpools that you’ll want to gently graze in order to fling your craft forward without accidentally getting sucked in. It looks super cool, so keep an eye out for Silly Sailing when it launches on January 18th and in the meantime head to the forum thread for some discussion.
Before Nest made cameras, home security systems, or smoke detectors, there was the Nest Thermostat. There wasn’t anything like the OG Nest when it launched back in 2011, but the market for smart thermostats has heated up since then. Nest (now an Alphabet company along with Google) has continued iterating the thermostat, which remains its most iconic product. All three generations of the Nest Thermostat have a similar vibe—they look like pieces of technology attached to your wall.
Silly fighting games have a way of becoming dear to many mobile players, and the upcoming Crown Throwdown might belong in that category. As we talked about a few weeks ago, Crown Throwdown is a fast-paced fighting game that has you trying to get the crown off the head of your opponent and onto the head of the person who deserves it the most. That would be you, by the way. Wearing the crown gives you the ability to wield great powers, and that’s necessary because you need that power to eliminate your opponents. There are plenty of silly characters to play as, including Jack Hughman (let’s see if you can guess who that is), Harry the Skeleton, Blobert the Blob, and many more.
The game ran a very successful beta test in our forums, and our readers really helped the developer improve Crown Throwdown. And now, the game is ready to make its way onto the App Store on September 14th. So, get ready to debate (using force) about who deserves to wear the crown more, and settle the score once and for all. This might not be the Game of Thrones, but it’s definitely the game of crowns, and in the game of crowns, you either win or you die.
Silly Walks is an all new adventure game that lives up to its name. It sees you playing as a variety of snack foods as you teeter-totter your way to rescue your friends from the evil blender and his villainous minions.
It’s all very . . . well . . . silly, but there are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind as you set out on your adventure. If you want to complete the game in style, you’ll want to take our advice.
We’ve been excited for the release of Touchdowners [Free] ever since its first unveiling early last month. I mean, this is from the people who have made wacky physics-based sports games like Wrassling [Free], Dunkers [Free], and Golf Zero [Free]. How could I NOT be excited for their wacky physics-based interpretation of American Football? And as we learned a week ago, Touchdowners was all set for a June 22nd release. Except… it didn’t show up in time for our normal weekly new games roundup, which I though was kind of weird, and we hadn’t heard anything from the developers about when specifically it was releasing, which was also pretty weird as they usually send emails about everything.
Well, Touchdowners did end up showing up last night, and when I checked this morning it all made sense: It has one of the major big banner features in the App Store. Nice! As most everyone knows by now, once Apple contacts you about potential featuring, they don’t like you to go around blabbing about the release or anything, so that explains the radio silence and the slightly delayed release. The important thing though is that we can all finally score ourselves some touchdowns by wildly flailing our appendages at each other, which is really what life is all about. If you want to take Touchdowners for a spin you can grab it for free with the link below, and there’s a one-time $ 1.99 IAP to remove ads if you wish. Also, feel free to drop by the forum thread to leave your impressions or any hot strategies.
It was just a few days ago that we brought you the news of Silly Walks, an upcoming game from Party Time Monk– er, I mean PART Time Monkey, that has you playing as various types of food come to life who must make their way through gauntlets filled with everyday household items who have also come to life and want to kill you. Yeah, it’s a weird and awesome premise. Anyway, that first trailer was more of an overview of the entire game, but Part Time Monkey has recently posted a more direct gameplay trailer showing what the actual game flow of playing through a level in Silly Walks is like. Check it out.
This is the type of game where the more I see of it, the more excited I get to play it. I also love the quick zoom-in and foreboding tuba that plays when you encounter an enemy object and how elaborate some of the level layouts are. I’m pretty much always a sucker for games that take place in everyday household environments like this. Silly Walks is still in development but it looks as though Part Time Monkey is still taking in some beta testers, so those who are interested should head over to the forum thread to inquire about that and we’ll bring you any more news on the game’s progress as it continues.
If funny adventure games are your thing, then you should definitely pick up Her Majesty’s SPIFFING [$ 1.99] by BillyGoat Entertainment, on sale for the first time ever. The game has you searching the universe for planets to “gently” claim for the Galactic British Empire. You assume command of a near futuristic ship called HMSS Imperialize (subtle) and set to venture into the cosmos with one goal, to serve Queen and country. And SPIFFING is an acronym for “Special Planetary Force for Inhabiting New Galaxies” and nothing else. The game, which has great reviews on Steam, is chock full of British humor and entertaining characters, although some players do note that it’s a little on the short side.
The game dropped to $ 0.99 yesterday and today has gone up to $ 1.99, but that’s still a pretty good sale compared to the original $ 3.99. If you’re looking for a fun adventure game to play, look no further than Her Majesty’s SPIFFING.
A high-profile Apple stock analyst has suggested virtually all of Apple’s upcoming hardware pipeline could at least be previewed at WWDC, including the "iPhone 8" and an Apple TV with 4K. Needless to say, that’s highly unlikely. AppleInsider – Frontpage News