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An iPhone variation of the popular tower-defense genre of games, geoDefense offers 30 levels and special challenge modes. While the core gameplay is the same as other tower-defence type games (place your towers and blast the creeps before they can get across the maze), the touch-based interface allows for easy drag-and-drop tower placement and upgrades. The art direction features a unique vector look with spark bursts and other colorful particle effects used liberally throughout.
Super Breakout is the enhanced version of the original Breakout game by Nolan Bushnell and Steve Bristow, which has spawned over the years a whole sub-genre of brick breaking variants. Upgraded for the iPhone, this official rendition of Super Breakout features the original Classic mode and a new Super mode (aka Super Super Breakout). The new mode has enhanced graphics, effects, sounds and gameplay adjustments to bring the classic game into the modern, portable era. Additional features for both modes include the ability to use any iTunes soundtrack and competitive 2-player action.
A new rendition of the arcade classic, Centipede for the iPhone is tailored to the device's touch-screen and gaming capabilities. Included are three modes: Ultra, Arcade and Classic. Classic is the true original emulation adapted for the iPhone, Arcade offers totally new graphics and gameplay adjustments, while Ultra is an amped version with five new upgrades and four environmental power-ups. All modes feature a competitive 2-player option, scoring tables and the ability to play your own tunes while blasting away the buggies.
Scrabble Complete is an updated version of the popular board (and computer) crossword game.
This version ups the ante of previous Scrabble computer editions with updated art and effects, music, and full support for the latest versions of Windows (2000, Me, XP, etc.) There are over a dozen mini-games including 2 and 3 letter variants, anagrams, and blitz. The latest version of the official Scrabble Player's Dictionary is also incorporated with full searching and fast-guides and hints for playing odd or special case words.
Support for up to 4 players over LAN or Internet is offered for gamers looking to play against a live opponent.
WRC World Rally Championship is a rally game that features licensed FIA cars, tracks, and drivers of the 2001 racing season. While the game has full single and multiplayer options, most of the play centers around a detailed career mode where an entire racing season can be experienced.
To start, the game allows the selection of a professional rally car (from a set of 7) and a driver. Selecting a driver also includes the co-driver/navigator that assists during the actual races. Playing an actual season involves completing 14 events in the game's 80+ tracks. Each track matches its real world counterpart and rendered in accurate terrain and weather detail - asphalt to dirt roads to rocky trails.
In addition to the normal driving controls and feedback common to most racing games, the game adds a simple car damage system that not only affects the visual appearance (muddied paint, busted lights) of the vehicles but also the gameplay. A particularly brutal race for instance, might leave the car listing and handling poorly towards the end of the event.
Two players can compete in a time-based competition.
Savage Skies is an aerial dragon combat game for the PlayStation 2. This fantasy themed game has a wide range of features, that provide a robust single player game, split-screen multiplayer, and special modes, missions, and creatures that can be unlocked.
The story of Savage Skies centers around the death of a powerful king struck down by the demons of a vengeful necromancer banished from the kingdom years earlier. With the king's soul magically shattered, and the land in turmoil, the player is challenged to restore the throne by winning the war for one of three factions in the game - the noble Virtwyn, the mutated Chrysalis, or the necromantic Pariah. Mission based animations and voiceovers provide the story elements to the player as the game unfolds.
Gameplay borrows loosely from other 3D aerial combat/shooter games like Starfighter, Flying Hereos and DragonStrike, but has it's own twists, like advanced super maneuvers and power-ups. Core to Savage Skies is the ability to unlock and try many different creatures (up to 24) in both the single and multiplayer portions of the game. Each creature has strengths and weaknesses like speed, manuverability, offensive and defensive powers, that can be leveraged during the campaign missions.
Savage Skies also features fun 2 player split screen action with 7 unique multiplayer maps and 3 multiplayer modes.
Harpoon Classic '97 is a revised version of traditional Harpoon Classic which is in turn, based on Larry Bond's original and very popular Harpoon board-game from 1980. The core gameplay is top-down (map and menu based) ultra-realistic strategic naval warfare wrapping around scenarios in 4 different theatres (North Atlantic, Greenland/Iceland, Indian Ocean, and Persian Gulf/Mediterranean).
New features in this release are the Windows 95 playability (cleaner interface), improved artwork and effects, along with 50 new missions. Additional updated ships and planes are also included.
HyperBlade introduces the 3D battlesport of the future. Players engage in a futuristic street-hockey style game played out on the interior of an elongated ellipsoid arena. Body-checks (weapons are included) go for blood in this game as players can be gruesomely eliminated from the game, including the option to score with an opponent's dismembered head. Power-ups, speed boosts, ramps, and simple team management (for substitutions) are all part of the experience. Some strategy is required for play, but it's mostly pure action.
The game also features multiple skill levels, 12 teams (from a US tournament league), and head-to-head network play (IPX and TCP LAN only).
If you are looking for a 3D version of Speedball, this is as close as it gets.
This follow-on to Arthurian RPG adventure Spirit of Excalibur, Vengeance of Excalibur picks up where the old one ended. While power in Britain has been restored after the death of King Arthur and the destruction of evil sorceress Morgan Le Fay a terrible force has been unleashed. The demonic Shadowmaster, a dark summoning of the slain witch, is terrorizing Britain entrapping the King and stealing the fair court enchantress, Nineve. You must command the knights of the kingdom to find and destroy the vile beast.
The gameplay takes place in seven acts or episodes and features a mix of RPG and simple strategy game (for combat) elements. The game world itself is loosely based on medieval Spain, and features dozens of towns, cities, and castles. Traveling from location to location takes place on an overhead map, while each actual location consists of picturesque hand-painted backdrops depicting the type of environment it is set in. The interface is entirely mouse-driven (although keyboard short-cuts are also present), iconic, and streamlined to make it accessible to inexperienced game players.
Some time during the 2050's, the world is a dangerous place as terrorists, drug czars, and outlaw states rule, using violence and subterfuge as tools in their push for global conquest. A deadly virus dubbed "gray death" is running rampant throughout the world and the only known cure is a chemical known as "Ambrosia" manufactured by the VersaLife corporation. However Ambrosia supplies are scarce and world governments, particularly the United States, carefully monitor and control who receives this cure. As protest against these events, French terrorist organization "Silhouette" bombs the historic symbol of friendship between French and American people, The Statue of Liberty. In response to this attack, the United Nations Anti-Terrorist Coalition (UNATCO) organization is formed. Building a headquarters underground at Liberty Island, its mission is to attack terrorism and maintain peace around the world. JC Denton is a nano-enhanced agent who has been primed for UNATCO service. While JC's brother Paul is already an active agent, JC is beginning his first day of service when the National Secessionist Forces (NSF) suddenly raid a supply of Ambrosia at UNATCO headquarters.
Deus Ex is a dark cyberpunk game that combines gameplay styles of first-person shooter and RPG, with elements of stealth and puzzle-solving. The player assumes the role of JC Denton, UNATCO anti-terrorist agent. Pitted against an elaborate global conspiracy, he must interact with characters, pick up weapons and complete objectives. While JC is essentially fixed within the mission-framework of the game, he can be customized in areas such as weapons, technical skills and physical prowess. Completing objectives rewards the player with skill points, which may be distributed to increase JC's proficiencies in eleven different disciplines. The player can choose to increase the damage JC inflicts with various types of weapons, improve his lock-picking or computer hacking abilities, etc. Each such discipline has four levels of proficiency.
Another way of customizing JC is applying nano-augmentations to his body. These cybernetic implants bestow the hero with super-human abilities, and can be installed on different body parts, up to nine at the same time. Along with combat-related benefits, nano-augmentations also grant JC abilities that can be used to overcome certain obstacles within the game world. Examples of those are jumping to extreme heights, swimming, lifting heavy objects, etc. Weapons can be customized as well: their range, accuracy, and magazine sizes can be increased, and they can be enhanced by attaching scopes, silencers, or laser sights to them.
The game leads JC to various places all around the globe. The cities he visits, as well as most mission areas, are expansive and fairly open to accommodate different approaches to solving the same problems, depending on the player's preferred style of play. Most of the missions can be tackled in various ways, e.g. with brute force, stealth, or extensive usage of lock-picking and computer hacking abilities. At certain points, the course of the storyline can also be influenced by the decisions made by the player. Similarly to System Shock games, the environment is largely interactive, the player being able to pick up, use, and discard various types of objects.
Turn-based strategy and tactics defines the gameplay for sci-fi game Fallen Haven. The game centers around humanity's defense of colony planet New Haven on the fringes of the galactic battleground. Taurans, the opposing alien race, arrive in force with dropships and advanced weaponry to try and unseat the well-entrenched human foe.
Gameplay begins with a strategic planning phase where research and development and logistical planning takes place. The tactical gamplay phase places more emphasis on fire and movement of a wide variety of human and alien infantry, vehicles, artillery, and flyers. Players can also build defensive fortifications, roadways, and bases to bolster their chances at victory.
The game features multiple difficulty levels, an expansive battle-map with 15 territories and can be played from either side (Human or Tauran). While the game is turn based its core mechanics play very similarly to a traditional real-time strategy game. Music included with Fallen Haven is CD quality techno that is well suited to the game style.
Action and puzzles on the high-seas! In Shipwreckers you captain a small galleon style playing ship through all kinds of dangerous environments. Levels consist of interconnected puzzles and combat engagements (against pirate vessels). Reward treasures and increasingly more potent weapons keep the pacing alive in this near top-down 3D action game.
Shipwreckers supports solo play, head to head, and multi-person battles.
Fly the most fearsome helicopter to ever grace the skies - the AH-64 Apache. The core gameplay is simulator oriented featuring missions in 4 distinct combat theatres. Enemy threats are fully featured and include a myriad of Russian tanks, anti-aircraft systems, surface to air missiles, and aircraft. For novice users there is an 'arcade' flight model with simplified controls and flight mechanics, in addition to a training mode.
Apache originally came out for DOS in 1995 and was later upgraded to Windows 9x in 1996, featuring a different box and a few minor in-game changes.
Kings of the Beach is a two on two beach volleyball game. You must quickly move your team about on the sand performing serves, thumps, and spikes to not only out-perform but also out-smart the opposing team.
There are 15 levels and 20 challengers to beat, on famous beaches like Rio, Hawaii and Sydney, in order to be crowned King of the Beach. Both cooperative and competitive multiplayer (non-networked) are also supported.