It may not be as popular as Fruit Ninja, but Halfbrick Studios’ Jetpack Joyride is no slouch in the fun department. It has already drained thousands of hours of productivity from people around the world on their iOS devices.
Now it extends its greedy paws to PC gamers by launching itself on Facebook. Staying true to its mobile counterpart, the game is free-to-play. So, how does the studio make money? By making you purchase coins which can be used to upgrade your jetpack.
Guest post by Sara Pierpoint
Whether they’re attending cosplay events, gaming conventions such as Gen Con, or even just a Halloween party, some gamers love to dress up as their favorite characters. There’s a nearly endless number of possibilities when it comes to video game costumes, but there are a few ideas that are relatively easy to assemble and guaranteed to get recognized.
When it comes to boy’s Halloween costumes from video games, hardly anything is more recognizable than Nintendo’s Mario and Luigi. Mario wears a red long sleeved shirt under blue overalls. He also sports white gloves and black shoes. A red hat with a large letter ‘M’ on the front and a big black mustache complete Mario’s simple look. Luigi also wears blue overalls, but his long sleeved shirt is green and his green hat has a prominent letter ‘L’ on the front. Luigi sports a big black mustache and white gloves just like Mario. Some Mario Bros. costumes are even equipped with inflatable bellies to help the wearer achieve the portly look that is sported by both brothers.
There have been thousands of Final Fantasy parodies, but none as funny as Mark Leung’s College Saga. Up on Youtube, this epic 40 minute saga chronicles the hero’s efforts against vegetarians threatening to take over the world. Features repetitive NPCs, silly obstacles, turn-based combat and item acquiring, this is comedy at its finest. Below is episode one:
Hit the jump if you wanna catch the full saga.
Joining the parade of Christmas gift-givers is LucasArts, who sent out word of an
Easter Christmas egg in Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy that unlocks a Santa Clause character. Well, here it is:
Ever wonder how Santa Claus manages to work his way down chimneys way too small for him? Or how he seems to stop time in order to visit all of the world’s good boys and girls every Christmas morning? LucasArts and TT Games know the answer: Santa Claus is a Jedi Knight whose amazing Force powers allow him to pull off such spectacular feats. A long time ago, he came to us from a galaxy far, far away to exile himself from the Jedi purge led by Darth Vader. (No… that’s not official canon.)
But what would have happened if jolly ol’ Saint Nick had stuck around to assist the Rebellion? Find out by creating him in LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy. Here’s how:
Step 1: At the Mos Eisley Cantina, enter the following two codes:
CL4U5H (for Santa hat and red clothes)
TYH319 (for white beard Extra)
Step 2: Go to the Character Customizer and create the proper costume. Use a human head, the appropriate red clothing…and don’t forget the red cap! Santa can wield the weapon of your choice — we recommend the green or red lightsaber to seasonally complement his shiny red duds. (Remember, the color of his lightsaber decides whether his Force powers are naughty or nice.)
Step 3: In the Extras menu, activate Disguise 3.
Step 4: Enter the character-based level of your choice in Free Play.
Step 5: Spread holiday cheer to a galaxy in pieces.
Ignition Entertainment has announced that the Metal Slug Anthology for the PSP will also include the previously unreleased (outside of Japan) Metal Slug 6, increasing the total number of games in the Anthology to seven.
The Anthology features arcade perfect conversions of Metal Slug 1-5, Metal Slug X, as well as Metal Slug 6; two player co-op play via wireless multiplayer; full support for the portable’s wide-screen format; unlockable items; bonus galleries containing classic poster and character art; and more.
Metal Slug Anthology is crawling its way to slime up store shelves this Winter.
TotalVideoGames carries confirmation from Atlus USA that Trauma Center: Second Operation will be a launch title for the Wii when it launches later this year. An updated version of the DS title, Trauma Center will take advantage of the Wii-mote and will have graphical enhancements and new missions.
Sure to stand out in store shelves will be D3Publisher’s WTF when it hits stores September 26. A collection of “fun and addictive mini-games” for the PSP, When The Fuck will have players testing their skills and earning (virtual) cash in more than 30 mini-games.
Loved by the Japanese, WTF will let players use their earned money to unlock more games and collect hundreds of unique prizes. Among these prizes will be “real world” tools for the PSP including the Bar Calculator, World Clock, Ramen Timer, Flashlight and more. Multiplayer will be supported through wireless, letting up to five players duke it out in mini-games.
And you thought you were the best at toilet humor: Codemasters has announced that it has signed “The Turds” – their first free casual game that resurrects the “cult character” brand.
The publisher has signed a deal that will see The Turds starring in a series of free web games developed by Pilot Interactive. So what exactly are The Turds?
The Turds are a collection of roguish comedic characters born from the best of toilet humour. The Turds satirise known characters from film, entertainment and sport, such as The Bogfather, Freddy Pooger, The Turdinator, Wayne Pooney, and characters from history, including Shat the Ripper, Brave Fart, and, of course, Adolf Sh*tler . Pacemaker UK’s range of The Turds figurines, posters, and soft toys has fast established a multi-million business with a loyal fan base that has been extended internationally.
Donkey Pong and The Adventures of Rimdiana Jones is now live for those who will not be offended by the following bits of text:
Donkey Pong And The Adventures Of Rimdiana Jones sees plopular action hero, Rimdiana Jones, and agent Marilyn Muckroe, on a search for the legendary fartifact, the Lost Arse. However, disaster strikes: Marilyn is captured by giant ape-sh*t, Donkey Pong, and is to be sacrificed to a mysterious giant turd, worshipped by the lost Pongo Tribe.
Can Rimdy get his gal back and find his Lost Arse? To rescue Marilyn Muckroe, help Rimdy jump, run, climb and smash his way to the top of each increasingly difficult level. Watch out for those evil Islanders and pray your nostrils don’t catch a blood curdling wiff of the mighty Pong!
A new patch for Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse has been released, updating the Halo-powered game to v1.0.2. The update addresses some bugs and other issues.
Sega’s second pre-E3 announcement discloses the development of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz for Nintendo’s… Wii.
Being designed as a party game, Banana Blitz will let players control “AiAi and his friends” using the console’s unique controller. Players can flick the controller up, having the characters on-screen jump at once – it’s pure genius… as the announcement puts it. An abundance of new party games have been created specifically for the Nintendo console, including “Whack-a-Mole” and traditional games of “ring toss.”
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz is currently being developed by Sega Studios. The game will be on display at Sega’s booth at E3. No release date has been announced.