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Sporty Launches on iOS to Help Users Find Games Near Them

sporty 650Social app Sporty wants to make it so simple to find and participate in nearby sports activities that users have no excuse not to. It does so by providing users access to a network of like-minded individuals, who may enjoy playing sports, but don’t have real-world contacts who also enjoy them (for instance). In Sporty, users create an event for sports and activities ranging from badminton and American football to skydiving and yoga, and can invite friends or strangers to join them.

Users can post a general event onto the platform to gauge the interest of friends or nearby users (events can be either public or private), or they can set a specific time and location for a structured gathering. Users can post chat messages onto events to ask questions or further plan details of the activity, and will receive notifications when they’ve been invited to an event by another user.

The larger the city, the more likely events will already exist for browsing. Users can view these “nearby” events in a separate feed, which show how many users are participating, and when the next event will take place. For instance, a group may have planned a nearby doubles tennis match for “tomorrow,” but are looking for one more player to fill out a team.

“We all played sports when we were younger, and we want to bring back the feeling of just playing a casual pick-up game in your neighborhood. We know people love sports. They just need an easier way of finding each other,” said Sporty’s Christopher Onsrud.

Sporty is available to download for free on iOS.


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Sporty Launches on iOS to Help Users Find Games Near Them

sporty 650Social app Sporty wants to make it so simple to find and participate in nearby sports activities that users have no excuse not to. It does so by providing users access to a network of like-minded individuals, who may enjoy playing sports, but don’t have real-world contacts who also enjoy them (for instance). In Sporty, users create an event for sports and activities ranging from badminton and American football to skydiving and yoga, and can invite friends or strangers to join them.

Users can post a general event onto the platform to gauge the interest of friends or nearby users (events can be either public or private), or they can set a specific time and location for a structured gathering. Users can post chat messages onto events to ask questions or further plan details of the activity, and will receive notifications when they’ve been invited to an event by another user.

The larger the city, the more likely events will already exist for browsing. Users can view these “nearby” events in a separate feed, which show how many users are participating, and when the next event will take place. For instance, a group may have planned a nearby doubles tennis match for “tomorrow,” but are looking for one more player to fill out a team.

“We all played sports when we were younger, and we want to bring back the feeling of just playing a casual pick-up game in your neighborhood. We know people love sports. They just need an easier way of finding each other,” said Sporty’s Christopher Onsrud.

Sporty is available to download for free on iOS.


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Sporty Launches on iOS to Help Users Find Games Near Them

sporty 650Social app Sporty wants to make it so simple to find and participate in nearby sports activities that users have no excuse not to. It does so by providing users access to a network of like-minded individuals, who may enjoy playing sports, but don’t have real-world contacts who also enjoy them (for instance). In Sporty, users create an event for sports and activities ranging from badminton and American football to skydiving and yoga, and can invite friends or strangers to join them.

Users can post a general event onto the platform to gauge the interest of friends or nearby users (events can be either public or private), or they can set a specific time and location for a structured gathering. Users can post chat messages onto events to ask questions or further plan details of the activity, and will receive notifications when they’ve been invited to an event by another user.

The larger the city, the more likely events will already exist for browsing. Users can view these “nearby” events in a separate feed, which show how many users are participating, and when the next event will take place. For instance, a group may have planned a nearby doubles tennis match for “tomorrow,” but are looking for one more player to fill out a team.

“We all played sports when we were younger, and we want to bring back the feeling of just playing a casual pick-up game in your neighborhood. We know people love sports. They just need an easier way of finding each other,” said Sporty’s Christopher Onsrud.

Sporty is available to download for free on iOS.


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Sporty Launches on iOS to Help Users Find Games Near Them

sporty 650Social app Sporty wants to make it so simple to find and participate in nearby sports activities that users have no excuse not to. It does so by providing users access to a network of like-minded individuals, who may enjoy playing sports, but don’t have real-world contacts who also enjoy them (for instance). In Sporty, users create an event for sports and activities ranging from badminton and American football to skydiving and yoga, and can invite friends or strangers to join them.

Users can post a general event onto the platform to gauge the interest of friends or nearby users (events can be either public or private), or they can set a specific time and location for a structured gathering. Users can post chat messages onto events to ask questions or further plan details of the activity, and will receive notifications when they’ve been invited to an event by another user.

The larger the city, the more likely events will already exist for browsing. Users can view these “nearby” events in a separate feed, which show how many users are participating, and when the next event will take place. For instance, a group may have planned a nearby doubles tennis match for “tomorrow,” but are looking for one more player to fill out a team.

“We all played sports when we were younger, and we want to bring back the feeling of just playing a casual pick-up game in your neighborhood. We know people love sports. They just need an easier way of finding each other,” said Sporty’s Christopher Onsrud.

Sporty is available to download for free on iOS.


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Handheld Hero Gamer Bundle : Name your own price for these 7 addictive games [Deal of the Day]

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If you’re looking to mow down zombies, explore foreign planets or concoct your own creatures, this new Handheld Hero Gamer Bundle is certainly worth diving into. You name your own price ($ 4.99 recommended) and instantly receive Syder Arcade HD and Incredipede. If your price is higher than the rolling average ($ 3.73 at launch), you’ll get all seven of these games from the bundle:

  • Bad Hotel: A Chaotic Tower Defense & Music Composition Game
  • Zombie Gunship: You’re Humanity’s Last Line Of Defense, Take To The Skies!
  • Waking Mars:  Discover & Create Life On The Red Planet
  • Rebuild: Sim City Meets The Walking Dead
  • Syder Arcade HD: Old-School Alien-Blasting Fun
  • Incredipede: Explore Over 120 Levels In A Whimsical World
  • Savant – Ascent: Blast & Dodge Your Way Through Enemies To Reclaim Your Tower

Not only do you get a great deal on these titles (valued at $ 16) but you’ll also be contributing to charity. 10% of profits from your designated purchase price will be donated to one of these three charities of your choosing: Child’s Play, World Wildlife Fund, or Creative Commons. In addition, top contributors will be automatically entered for a chance to win a $ 150, $ 100, or $ 50 gift card to the Google Play store.

Check this deal out, and many others at deals.androidguys.com!


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Handheld Hero Gamer Bundle : Name your own price for these 7 addictive games [Deal of the Day]

redesign_incredipede_mf

If you’re looking to mow down zombies, explore foreign planets or concoct your own creatures, this new Handheld Hero Gamer Bundle is certainly worth diving into. You name your own price ($ 4.99 recommended) and instantly receive Syder Arcade HD and Incredipede. If your price is higher than the rolling average ($ 3.73 at launch), you’ll get all seven of these games from the bundle:

  • Bad Hotel: A Chaotic Tower Defense & Music Composition Game
  • Zombie Gunship: You’re Humanity’s Last Line Of Defense, Take To The Skies!
  • Waking Mars:  Discover & Create Life On The Red Planet
  • Rebuild: Sim City Meets The Walking Dead
  • Syder Arcade HD: Old-School Alien-Blasting Fun
  • Incredipede: Explore Over 120 Levels In A Whimsical World
  • Savant – Ascent: Blast & Dodge Your Way Through Enemies To Reclaim Your Tower

Not only do you get a great deal on these titles (valued at $ 16) but you’ll also be contributing to charity. 10% of profits from your designated purchase price will be donated to one of these three charities of your choosing: Child’s Play, World Wildlife Fund, or Creative Commons. In addition, top contributors will be automatically entered for a chance to win a $ 150, $ 100, or $ 50 gift card to the Google Play store.

Check this deal out, and many others at deals.androidguys.com!


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Lucky Mask Games Releases Fishy Feathers on iOS

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Toronto-based Lucky Mask Games has announced the release of its first game on iOS devices: Fishy Feathers. The game follows Larry the Bird on a quest to move up the food chain after the Earth is flooded. To do so, Larry will need to eat fish in order to grow larger, while avoiding larger fish that wish to eat him.

In each game of Fishy Feathers, Larry flies from left to right automatically, and players tap and hold on the screen to dive into the water. Chips (currency), fish and other obstacles float in or around the water, so players must avoid fish large enough to eat Larry, as well as the obstacles, while collecting as many smaller fish and chips as possible.

Each chip or fish eaten adds to the player’s overall point total, and when gamers reach specific point milestones, Larry grows larger. A medium sized Larry, for instance, can now eat fish that were previously dangerous. If players hit an obstacle, like an underwater rock or a ship at the surface, Larry loses a size level, but players can keep going to earn it back. If players are eaten by a shark, it’s game over.

While the overall goal of the game is to travel as far and grow as much as one can before failing, users are also presented with light challenges to complete, like eating a certain number of small fish, for instance.

In between stages, players can spend their collected chips on upgrades for Larry, as well as items like the vehicle power-up. This power-up allows Larry to zoom forward for a short time, potentially missing obstacles or picking up items that would have been harder to hit without it. It charges anytime players are in the water, rather than flying through the air. Players can also unlock different dive locations and additional playable birds, aside from Larry.

“We created Fishy Feathers to be a fun alternative to the overly simple, mindless games that are currently saturating the App Store,” said Adam Carbone, 3D artist at Lucky Mask Games. “Fishy Feathers is easy to pick up and enjoy, but it requires an element of strategy and a goal of progression that’s lacking from so many games right now.”

While free-to-play, Fishy Feathers is supported by ads and in-app purchases, as users can pay real money for bonus chips. The game is now available to download for free on iOS.


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Trigger Happy Games Launches Entertainment Platform Tap to Play on iOS

Trigger Happy Games has announced the release of its entertainment platform Tap to Play on iOS devices. The app is a hub for social gamers, containing 10 individual games, a chat system, user profiles, stat tracking, leaderboards, activity feeds and more.

With Tap to Play, users can login with Facebook and challenge their friends to games, as well as random users. Gamers can also play solo for practice. The app provides profiles and stats for each user, along with an experience points system that sees gamers earning higher levels from their participation within the app.

Tap To Play (iOS) - 05Players start with free access to five of the ten games on the Tap to Play platform. These are all reflex-intensive games, focusing on basic tap or tilt controls. In Bird Down, for instance, gamers tap on the screen to keep a bird in the air, and tilt their device back and forth to avoid missiles. The longer they fly, the more points they earn.

Elsewhere, a game called Jungle Glide asks users to control a monkey on a vine by tapping and holding to send him down the screen, and letting go to let him swing back up to the top. Gamers can collect bananas for bonus points, and must avoid missiles, trees and other obstacles to stay alive.

Five additional games are available to purchase with coins, the game’s free and premium currency. Users earn coins by playing games, earning achievements, and completing other tasks within the app, or can purchase them outright with real money. Tap to Play will be updated with additional mini-games going forward, giving users more opportunities to earn (and likely spend) those coins.

Tap to Play is available to download for free on iOS.


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Trigger Happy Games Launches Entertainment Platform Tap to Play on iOS

Trigger Happy Games has announced the release of its entertainment platform Tap to Play on iOS devices. The app is a hub for social gamers, containing 10 individual games, a chat system, user profiles, stat tracking, leaderboards, activity feeds and more.

With Tap to Play, users can login with Facebook and challenge their friends to games, as well as random users. Gamers can also play solo for practice. The app provides profiles and stats for each user, along with an experience points system that sees gamers earning higher levels from their participation within the app.

Tap To Play (iOS) - 05Players start with free access to five of the ten games on the Tap to Play platform. These are all reflex-intensive games, focusing on basic tap or tilt controls. In Bird Down, for instance, gamers tap on the screen to keep a bird in the air, and tilt their device back and forth to avoid missiles. The longer they fly, the more points they earn.

Elsewhere, a game called Jungle Glide asks users to control a monkey on a vine by tapping and holding to send him down the screen, and letting go to let him swing back up to the top. Gamers can collect bananas for bonus points, and must avoid missiles, trees and other obstacles to stay alive.

Five additional games are available to purchase with coins, the game’s free and premium currency. Users earn coins by playing games, earning achievements, and completing other tasks within the app, or can purchase them outright with real money. Tap to Play will be updated with additional mini-games going forward, giving users more opportunities to earn (and likely spend) those coins.

Tap to Play is available to download for free on iOS.


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Guest Post: 5 most inspirational games in 2014

by Christopher Austin, a freelance writer who sometimes works with Airplane Games 365

As a video game developer, brainstorming for ideas for a new game is one of the most daunting tasks of the whole process. When the success or failure of the whole project relies on the decisions made at this point, it is easy to understand why it is so stressing. However, there is a neat trick to maximise your chances of success – getting inspiration from games that are already successful. So, here are my Top Games of 2014 that can act as inspirational sources.

1. World of Tanks Blitz (iOS)

Since the PC version of World of Tanks was such a success, it was only logical that a mobile version would follow, and World of Tanks Blitz is it – the mobile version of the successful war game. If you’re a game developer, you can have a look at World of Tanks Blitz and compare it to the PC version, and see how the developers managed to incorporate all the important elements needed for a similar game play experience, yet managed to make it playable on a portable device. Maybe you can apply the same strategies into your own games.

2. Paperama (iOS)

The developers of Paperama had one of the most innovative and clever ideas yet – take a very addictive activity and port it into the digital world. The activity in question here is creating origami figures, and Paperama is the perfect way of putting your folding skills to the job. What’s great about the game is that it teaches you something that can be applied outside of the game, which is not something a lot of games can brag with. This is an important element, which will make the players feel better while playing, as they won’t feel that they’re wasting time – they’re learning something they can actually use. While not all games allow you to incorporate something like that, you should try to find some creative ways to do so when possible.

3. LEX (Android)

If you thought that old games such as Scrabble are outdated, you might want to think again. LEX is the perfect example of how adding one simple element to a popular game can completely change the whole gaming experience. The game simply took the principle of Scrabble and added a timer to the letters, meaning that if you don’t use a certain letter to form a word before its timer reaches zero, it’s game over. The result? An amped up game of Scrabble that’s a whole lot more interesting than the regular game.

4. Wrong Way Racing (Android)

With so many racing games out there, both arcades and simulators, it was hard to think that there was still something new that could be brought to the scene. Wrong Way Racing is the living proof that there’s always something new to incorporate. So, while all the other racing games are about outscoring the opponents and crossing the finish line first, Wrong Way Racing is about something entirely different – going the wrong way for as long as possible. The game uses a simple one-tap control system, making it easy to play; don’t be fooled, though, as racing on a circuit where the other racers are heading one way and you’re heading the other way at high speeds is not as simple as you may think.

5. Qvadriga (Android)

Since we were talking about racing games, let’s take another one that brings a new concept to the table. A lot of racing games are all about cars with lots of horsepower, so how about one with lots of… horses? That’s right, Qvadriga has you racing chariots, and it turns out that can be quite fun. The game combines the racing element with the strategy element, because driving a chariot is a lot more complex than you might think and requires quite a bit of strategy. Horses have a limited amount of energy, and chariots are easily damaged, so it’s important to find the perfect balance between high speed and safe driving. The game is a perfect example of how multiple game types can be combined into a single game.

These are some of the 2014 mobile games that can be used as an inspiration source for your game development process. However,  you might also want to check www.airplanegames365.com, a site full of airplane-based games, to see how you can explore all the elements of a game genre creatively. Check it out!

Author biog

Christopher Austin is a freelance writer covering the world of videogames, tech, and popular culture. He loves to talk, discuss and spread awareness about anything interesting going on around us. Apart from that he loves to swim, hike, and run whenever and wherever he finds the time.

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