This year’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference may not have had the same bang as the “and one more thing” announcement of the iPhone, but we, at least, got a glimpse as to what games could do on the iPhone and iPod Touch platforms. Today, Freeverse announced over a dozen titles to be released on the iTunes Applications store, three of which will be available when the app store officially opens for business.
The games that are prepped for early release are Wingnuts Moto Racer, Big Bang Sudoku, and Jared: Butcher of Song. Wingnuts is set to be a typical handheld racing game that takes place across a number of archetypal locations like highways and underground passageways. Big Bang Sudoku is sudoku, with a “bang” of numbers or something. Jared: Butcher of Song is actually pretty humorous, but the game only revolves around a smiley face avatar that sings. One wonders what the iPhone SDK can do for that.
I have to admit, I’m a little afraid of the floodgates opening like this. One or two titles I am comfortable with, but not over a dozen in this rapid of succession. I have a feeling that quality will ultimately take a hit when you’re popping out games quicker than I can keep up with.
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Freeverse Unveils Plans For Over a Dozen iPhone Titles by September
Freeverse Announces Games to Launch with iTunes App Store, Unveils Plans For Over a Dozen iPhone Titles by September.
New York – July 8, 2008 – Freeverse, Inc. today revealed plans to release more than a dozen game titles for iPhone and iPod Touch. Available immediately with the opening of the iTunes App Store will be Wingnuts Moto Racer, Big Bang Sudoku and the infamous, Jared: Butcher of Song.
In Wingnuts Moto Racer the player will chase evil cat-napping bikers through Andean mountains, desert highways and dangerous underground passages. Steer with the accelerometer and hit the “Punch!” button to fend-off the bad guys as the player races from checkpoint to checkpoint. As an original 3D racing game made specifically for the iPhone, (not a “port” from another platform), Moto Racer truly showcases the power of the iPhone. Moto Racer will be available from the iTunes App Store at launch for $9.99.
Big Bang Sudoku is the first game in the wildly popular “Big Bang” series to come to the iPhone. Over 10,000 puzzles, 4 levels of difficulty and crazy pyrotechnics set Big Bang Sudoku apart. Developed by people who ride the NYC subway, Big Bang Sudoku has been designed for easy one-handed play, and will be available from the iTunes App Store at launch for only $4.99.
Jared: Butcher of Song may have the distinction of being the only app to be available for Mac OS 7, 8, 9, OS X, the Apple Newton and now, the Apple iPhone! This poorly drawn smiley face sings off-key in the worst spanish ever recorded. He’s an affront to the senses, to good taste, perhaps to civilization itself, but he’s a Mac classic and kinda cute too. Jared: Butcher of Song will be available from the iTunes App Store at launch. And he’ll be free.
Moto Racer and Big Bang Sudoku will be available localized in German, French, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese.
Ian Lynch Smith, President of Freeverse, has said “We are thrilled to have our titles launched together with the iTunes App Store. Wingnuts Moto Racer, Big Bang Sudoku and Jared: Butcher of Song are just the tip of the iceberg of what we have planned for the iPhone. I don’t think our team has ever been this excited about a platform.”
Freeverse also announced that the following games are in development for iPhone and iPod Touch and should be available by September:
Big Bang Chess – Winner of an Apple Design Award, this title will be familiar to many Mac users. Big Bang Chess has been re-imagined for iPhone with great graphics and support for Multiplayer (push) play.
Flick Sports – Flick Baseball, Soccer, Bowling, and Golf make perfect use of the multi-touch capabilities unique to the iPhone, allowing you to experience these sports in a whole new way.
3D Card Games – Bridge, Spades, Hearts, Euchre, Pitch-Setback, and Crazy 8’s: These classic card games come with fun characters, beautiful graphics and support for all of the most popular rule variations. These games will make real cards obsolete.
In addition to these titles, Freeverse has stated that they have several other unannounced games and applications in active development.
For more information about Freeverse’s iPhone titles, including conceptual art and videos, please visit our company website at:
Freeverse strives to develop and publish seamless software, with a particular concentration on the Mac and iPhone platforms. Our developed and published titles have been honored with more Apple Design Awards than any other company. Headquartered in New York City, Freeverse draws upon the talents of artists, programmers and sound designers from around the globe.