We’re excited to share that that two new games, Lost Within and Til Morning’s Light along with customer favorites Tales From Deep Space and To-Fu Fury will be coming soon to iOS and more Fire devices. These games are designed to give customers hours of uninterrupted, high-quality, in-depth gameplay. Customers will be immersed in rich graphics and compelling storylines without having to worry about paying for additional items once they get into the games.
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Here is a rundown of the games that will be launching on iOS and more Fire devices:
Lost Within aims to be the best immersive survival horror game on iOS and Fire devices. The game is set in an abandoned asylum that holds a horrific secret. Players must solve mysteries, craft powerful weapons, and choose between fighting or sneaking their way through its haunted halls. As they traverse this demented landscape, players experience the terror that comes along with uncovering the asylum’s dark past. Lost Within has been co-developed with partner Human Head and will be available for Fire Phone, Fire Tablet, iPhone, and iPad.
Til Morning’s Light
With Til Morning’s Light, the goal was to create the best character driven, action-adventure game for iOS and Fire devices. The game tells the story of Erica, a teenager who must escape a haunted mansion filled with ghosts and strange creatures by solving puzzles, defeating monsters and exploring the depths of the mansion. As a free bonus for customers, an audio prequel titled “The Private Blog of Erica Page” is available from Audible.com. Til Morning’s Light is co-developed with partner WayForward and will be available for Fire Phone, Fire Tablet, iPhone, and iPad.
Tales From Deep Space
Tales From Deep Space strives to be the best platformer available on iOS and Fire devices. In this game, players guide two reluctant heroes as they solve clever puzzles in a comedic mis-adventure set in a bizarre space station called Big Moon. Players help E, a traveling salesman, and his loyal luggage drone CASI escape when Big Moon is thrown into lockdown. Tales From Deep Space features two-player, local co-op between devices and a free digital comic available at comiXology. Tales From Deep Space is co-developed with partner Frontier Developments and will be available for Fire Phone, Fire Tablet, iPhone, and iPad. The game is currently available on Fire tablets.
iOS and Fire tablet customers will find the most challenging and fun puzzle-platformer with To-Fu Fury. Players cheat death, defeat enemies, and save the Fortune Kitty in To-Fu Fury, a humorous action game where the player becomes To-Fu, a stretchy, sticky, flingy, and combative cube of bean-curd. Set in a distant land of dojos, temples, and ninjas, players must navigate To-Fu through deadly spikes, devious traps, and powerful enemies to free Fortune Kitty. To-Fu Fury is co-developed with partner HotGen and will be available for Fire Tablet, iPhone, and iPad. The game is currently available on Fire Phone.
Saber's Edge puts an innovative spin on puzzle RPGs set in a beautifully drawn floating kingdom. Co-developed by Amazon Game Studios and Hibernum Creations, In Saber’s Edge you’ll recruit and arm a crew of buccaneers to defeat enemies and gain powerful weapons and rare loot. Strategy matters, choosing which crew members to take into battle, and where you position them on the battlefield will make the difference between victory and defeat. Use each crew member’s unique skills and plan your attacks to release devastating chained combos.
Previously exclusive to Fire Phone, now you can take command of your crew on select Amazon Fire tablets. Get the game here from the Amazon Appstore
The galaxy’s most unlikely heroic duo are here! Starting today, Fire Tablet owners can travel to Big Moon and play as reluctant heroes E, a naive intergalactic traveling salesman, and CASI, a luggage drone that just might be the ultimate weapon. Players are sure to get swept up in this unexpected, co-op adventure that will put all of their puzzle-solving skills to the test.
Download the game here from the Amazon Appstore.
In Tales From Deep Space, E and CASI find themselves on Big Moon, a bizarre space station filled with outlandish denizens, speeding hovercrafts, chickens in spacesuits, and “Meeks” - the mysterious group behind an uprising that has the entire station up in arms.
To unravel the nefarious plot, E and CASI must work together to utilize each character’s unique traits that, when combined, help solve all of Big Moon’s puzzles and objectives. Players can switch between E and CASI in single player, and in a feature exclusive to Kindle Fire HDX and 2014 Fire tablets, they can play in local, two-player co-op where each player controls the reluctant heroes individually on their own tablets.
Also, be sure to check out “Lox of Luck,” the free prequel comic from Amazon Game Studios and comiXology available here. Always in strange places at strange times, E is just trying to do his job in a world that seems determined to make him a hero.
We are incredibly excited to introduce E and CASI to our customers. Check out the comic and game today and begin your adventures in deep space!
Saber's Edge and To-Fu Fury offer more innovative game experiences, such as immersive 3D gameplay and the ability to use your head or a tilt of the device to play
SEATTLE — July 21, 2014 — (NASDAQ:AMZN) — Amazon Game Studios today announced two new games — Saber's Edge and To-Fu Fury — for Amazon's new Fire phone. Saber's Edge and To-Fu Fury are co-developed with partners, Hibernum and HotGen as part of Amazon Game Studios' mission to build fun, immersive games from the ground up for Amazon devices. These new games were created exclusively for Fire phone and take advantage of Amazon's groundbreaking Dynamic Perspective. With Dynamic Perspective, Fire phone enables players to control gameplay with their head movements or by tilting the device to change direction or view. Learn more about the latest games at http://games.amazon.com.
"Amazon Game Studios is working with some of the best studios to co-develop games that leverage the amazing capabilities of our new devices," said Mike Frazzini, Vice President of Amazon Games. "The new games we are releasing today deeply integrate Dynamic Perspective and offer players new ways to engage with games — using head movements to navigate gameplay and tilt gestures to strategize upcoming moves. Saber's Edge and To-Fu Fury are just the beginning of what Amazon Game Studios and the entire game development community can do using the immersive new Dynamic Perspective technology built into Fire phone."
Set in a unique universe of steampunk scoundrels and cloud cities, Saber's Edge is a strategic match-3 puzzle game where players match tiles across four sides of a rotating cube at the bottom of the screen to help pirates battle rival crews at the top of the screen. The more matches players make, the more firepower they give their pirates in battle. Using Dynamic Perspective, players peek around the corners of the cube to see opportunities to extend their matches, or tilt the device to spin the cube left or right to the next cube face. The victorious are rewarded with treasure used to build a pirate crew powerful enough to eventually reign supreme.
Here's what customers who were given an early preview of the game had to say:
"The device the game is played on is extraordinary, which adds to the fun of the game. Being able to tilt the screen and zoom in by bringing it closer to your face was a very unique experience."
"I was taken aback for the first minute by the fact that I could rotate the device around in my hand and actually explore the arena. Awesome."
"I very much enjoyed the strategic aspect along with the combat aspect. It is very unique to have a game with the two combined."
Cheat death, defeat enemies, and save the Fortune Kitty in To-Fu Fury, a humorous action game where the player becomes To-Fu, a stretchy, sticky, flingy, and combative cube of bean-curd. Set in a distant land of dojos, temples, and ninjas, players must navigate To-Fu through deadly spikes, devious traps, and powerful enemies to free Fortune Kitty. Each element of the game comes to life on Fire phone's innovative interface with this new look of the popular To-Fu series. Players can use their head to peek around levels, see their obstacles and plot their strategy.
Here's what customers who were given an early preview of the game had to say:
"To-Fu is endearing, creative, and a blast to play through. Combining the aspects of a puzzle game with a combat game, you get a challenging brain-bender with the added bonus of defeating bad dudes."
"The gameplay is fantastic and the device lets you see around corners without having to take your finger off the trigger."
"I found that all the special features of the device are well integrated into the game."
Saber's Edge is free, and To-Fu Fury costs just $1.99. Both games allow players to purchase optional power-ups and access to additional game features. The games will be available exclusively for Fire phone in the Amazon Appstore. Learn more about Amazon Game Studios and all the latest games at http://games.amazon.com.
About Amazon Game Studios
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Sev Zero (Fire TV Exclusive) Review
Real Gamer Newz, by Jon Ireson, July 3, 2014
Sev Zero is immediately fun and easy to master, doing a good job of introducing gamers to what Amazon Fire TV is all about; ease of use blended with hardcore features. This title starts off as a great introduction for any type of gamer and then brings them into a fully featured tower defense meets first person shooter bullet hell as it progresses from simple walker type aliens up to massive and powerful monsters that fight back.
After quickly ramping up the difficulty, the movement speed, and getting used to the game’s tele-porting system – Sev Zero becomes more and more interesting. The aliens of early stages you may have seen online in screenshots do not prepare you for the actuality of packs of varying unit types you’ll be encountering. Many of the enemies in this game have their own special moves that must be learned and avoided when you beam down into the Impact Suit. While they resemble very slow moving zombies at early stages, and using low / default difficulty settings, these steady attacks end up more like stampedes of varying foes that get tougher, stronger, and faster as players proceed through each wave.
Many memorable weapons with dead-on accuracy, hit detection, and no lag at all when interacting with leader-boards, unlockable progress on full completion being tracked on-screen and on-cloud through your GameCircle Achievements which is basically the Fire TV’s version of Trophies. If you die, your Impact Suit will be rebuilt. But if you allow the onslaught of alien units to deteriorate the shields and subsequently the energy core at the center of the conflict (which your partner is trying to disable to prevent alien invasion) then she can begin to get attacked and can potentially die.
Action-wise some unexpected elements include enemies using melee and projectiles requiring players to perform teleportation strafing techniques in their Impact Suit to avoid death as well as huge enemies that are very deadly and can also teleport-strafe. Strategically the enemies will sometimes attempt a flanking maneuver, but once you get really good at planning things out and picking tower / weapon timing – with little to no overlap in kills on foot versus tower mode, things start to get routine and you’re ready for the next round, next stage, and eventually the next difficulty setting.
A mixture of strategy and shooting like this has been tried in the game industry before, but never quite felt right. Going into Sev Zero I had predispositions about the combination of tower defense and first person shooters combining, but Amazon Game Studios has made me a believer. Some of the great guns you’ll use as well as the speed with which the pacing of the game moves (complete with fast forward option) are real strong points and I appreciate the attention to detail when it comes to gameplay mechanics, especially the ease of use for the user interface as well as the excellent hit detection and object collision detection which makes it easy to just focus on action, increasing skill, and then re-playing at higher difficulties once the game has been beaten. This game doesn’t use artificial difficulty or overpowered enemies to scale itself to a higher level either – which was great to discover. In Sev Zero, strategic problems can always be met with a combination of great, accurate shooting in first person mode combined with patient, calm, logic-based decisions made in the real-time defense mode.
Some of the best guns you’ll take control of in the game include the Grenade Launcher, my personal favorite – the Aistrike Gun that fires scathing projectiles that mark and paint the target for an Aistrike that hits while you’re still firing off darts, the Railgun which is also an excellent choice and has a powerful shot gun type of alternate mode with a precise headshot tool that delivers extreme damage. This one hurts them so bad the aliens start putting their hands up and covering their faces, but it won’t stop the rails from killing them. The primary weapon can also be selected between different modes such as Shotgun or Rifle mode. There are also more unlockable attachments beyond this. Every gun has a level and can be increased in power and attributes over time through gaining experience. Only a certain amount of guns can be taken out in a loadout (which is decided before starting the session). Beyond that, explosive canisters can change the entire tide of battle (and they don’t respawn so use them wisely), towers get attacked by tougher and tougher alien beings, and shields get targeted directly by some while others try to distract a player or destroy defense infrastructure. Some enemies are slow and hard to take down, others are agile and do lots of damage if not cleared out quickly. Enemies have an artificial intelligence that occurs in parallel evolution to the players taught strategy and tactics throughout the game.
After you’ve killed enough of a certain wave, you can choose to take a quick breath and upgrade / repair any broken towers or teleport around before starting the next one. However, if you’re feeling on top of your strategic game – to speed things up, you can just send in the next alien wave by hitting X when given the option and that’s without interrupting anything you were doing at that moment. This is a great choice of options and they are presented in a fluid, streamlined way. Somehow I get the sense that streamlined efficiency is at the core to Amazon’s strategy with Fire TV overall.
Towers that players will have access to in this game include the Mortar Tower which fires rockets, Slow Tower which slows enemy units down, Radiation Tower which causes enemy units to get diseased, and the Life Drain Tower which I pray to god does not exist and resembles a pink laser evaporating the souls and physical molecular structure of those who walk near it (except you)! There are also more standard and expected towers and the way these are used may not always be textbook. Thinking with an open mind and trying to work out what does or does not work is the only way to take the game to full completion, and in that sense it is a truly strategy-based title.
Final Verdict: Second Screen abilities, excellent Game Controller support, and a well directed experience provide players with the full game they were promised. Thankfully, RGN takes Gameplay a lot more serious than the cinematic / story quality of a game. However, it did hurt the game a bit that we sometimes felt forcing ourselves to have interest in the plot even though the game itself was brilliant without it. Higher difficulties and full-on achievements / friends to compete with online with the Fire TV give this game a decent replay value though – so this makes up for it. Graphics left a little to be desired, but looked much better on the actual Fire TV unit than in trailers. The core values of strategic gameplay design exhibited by the developers of this game provide for a title that simply works.
We love Sev Zero, and we patiently await future releases from Amazon Game Studios. As we go run through the hundreds of other Fire TV games already available, take a look at the Official Sev Zero Trailer below and our RGN Rating score for the game overall.