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Mobile anniversaries bring joy to gamers – Sky Force is back!

by Wessel Minnie (Sillicur)  Posted Friday, June 06, 2014 9:25:00 AM


Mobile gamers should be filled with joy, as Infinity Dreams have released Sky Force 2014 to celebrate the game’s 10 year anniversary. Not to be outdone, Madfinger games are celebrating their 4th birthday by cutting the price of Samurai II: Vengeance and updating the game to an Enhanced Edition. These great celebrations come just 2 weeks after Bandai Namco celebrated PAC-MAN's 34th birthday with the Mayhem Pack for iOS devices.

Sky Force 2014 – The mobile blaster legend is back

It is hard to believe that it has been ten years since the game Sky Force was released. Now, the developers, Infinite Dreams, have released the 2014 edition that features gorgeous graphics, immersive sound and perfect touch controls.

Sky Force 2014 is bigger and better in every possible way, with one of the most exciting new features being weekly tournaments held on unique levels. A vast library of achievements are also added to the game, that is set to keep both hardcore and casual gamers hooked to this amazing blaster.

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Game features:

  • Beautiful levels with immersive missions to complete.
  • Multiple extreme boss battles.
  • Upgrade your shields, guns, missiles, lasers, mega-bombs and magnets.
  • Risk everything to rescue civilians.
  • Brand new weekly tournaments against other players.
  • Boost your final score with a host of in-game achievements.
  • Rescue fallen opponents to win extra lives and stars.
  • Accessible to beginners, as well as hardcore shooter addicts.
  • Full voiceover and incredible electronic soundtrack.

IGN’s Adam Tierney reviewed Sky Force back in 2004: “Put simply, Sky Force is amazing. If you were ever a fan of games like '1943', there's no reason you should pass this game up. At $10 it's a bit pricey for a wireless title, but considering it shames most $30 GBA games, it's more than worth the bucks.” - Source

The game scored an amazing 9.5 out of 10 and brought joy to mobile gamers, in my opinion setting a new standard that even games of today are hard-pressed to meet. On the Playstore, after being released less than 24 hours ago, Sky Force 2014 has already scored a user rating of 4.7 out of a possible 5, which leads me to believe the game truly does live up to the Sky Force name.

You can find Sky Force 2014 on iTunes and the Playstore for free. The game requires a download of 75mb as well as Android 4.1 and up to play, so if you have a device capable of running it, there is no reason you should not be blasting your enemies away right now.

Madfinger Games celebrates 4th Birthday with Samurai II: Vengeance deal

Madfinger Games is celebrating their 4th birthday and in order to give back to mobile gamers, the company is putting Samurai II: Vengeance on sale for R10 for a limited time. However it isn't just the sale that you should be happy about. Samurai II: Vengeance also got updated with a variety of enhancements which Madfinger Games are labeling as making the game an 'Enhanced Edition'.

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Enhanced Edition features:  

  • Improved handling
  • Optimized performance on low-end device
  • More intense gameplay experience
  • Deeper immersion due graphical optimization
  • Cloud backup for progress safety, for storing gameplay data and achievements
  • Cross device support - enjoy game on your devices
  • New gamepads support for off-screen handling experience
  • Supports latest devices  

Slide to Play’s Andrew Podolsky reviewed the original game, stating:  “Samurai II: Vengeance is better than the original by leaps and bounds, and we wonder if this series could sustain online multiplayer at some point, now that the basic combat mechanics have been perfected. Besides more complex levels and a greater variety of enemies to slaughter, we can’t think of any other ways to improve what the team at Madfinger Games has accomplished with this sequel. If you love challenging, violent combat in your games, you owe it to yourself to download Samurai II.” - Source

The game scored a perfect 4 out of 4 on Slide to Play, as the reviewer proclaimed it a “Must have” title. On the Playstore, it scored a 4.5 out of a possible 5 from user ratings, so it is definitely worth playing, especially now since the game runs much smoother on low end devices.

This update and sale are available right now so if you already own the game, you can simply download the update. If you do not, you can find the game on iTunes and the Playstore for R10 and a relatively small download of 48mb, so get slashing away! The game requires Android 2.1 and up to play, so it will work on a wide variety of devices.

Closing Thoughts

These mobile games are a must play for anyone who owns a device capable of playing them. I have already put 2 hours into Sky Force and simply can not wait to get my hands on Samurai II: Vengeance Enhanced Edition later today. If all goes well, I will be bringing you a review of Sky Force 2014 later this month, using my Nexa Orion 10.1, a powerful yet affordable Quad Core 10 Inch Tablet.

Have you played the first Sky Force and are you downloading Sky Force 2014 right now? Can you believe it has been 10 years? Which mobile device are you planning on playing these two great titles on? Why are you still reading this? Go grab these two brilliant mobile titles right now!

Sources: Playstore Sky Force, Playstore Samurai II, IGN, Slide to Play

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