Tag Games and Goldstriker International invite you to get your bling on with Car Jack Streets Update!

27 05 2009

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Update 1.1 includes chance to win a limited edition gold plated iPod Touch engraved with the CJS logo!

Dundee Monday 25 May 2009 – Tag Games has today launched the first in a series of free updates for its explosive App Store hit, Car Jack Streets. In addition to a huge number of improvements and fixes the free update offers both existing and new players the opportunity to win a limited edition Gold plated iPod Touch, engraved with the Car Jack Streets logo!

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One exclusive Gold plated Car Jack Streets iPod Touch will be produced in conjunction with Goldstriker International (www.goldstriker.co.uk). Tag expects the competition to appeal to anyone with a love of bling! Competition entry is simple, gamers must collect all of the 50 hidden packages strewn across Jack City and register to the online ranking boards. The competition closes on 3rd July 2009 when Tag will draw one winner at random.

While the innovative crime simulator received an average review score of 8.2 from over 22 leading game review sites, the update has been created entirely around the suggestions of both player and critic feedback. Delivering the best in dedicated fan service, Tag Games has listened closely to the fans and has modified the game based on their suggestions.

Creative director at Tag Games Jamie Bryan said: “Because we are an independent developer, we really appreciate every single sale of our games and really do take onboard the feedback we receive in the hope of producing bigger and better titles that cater to the fans. This really is a massive update that revamps many aspects of the game that critics felt could have been improved on. I think players of the initial launch will be pleasantly surprised by what we have done in this update, while newcomers will experience a slick title, offering hours of mayhem and fun.”

The first expansive update will add a wide range of new features and fixes to Car Jack Streets including:

*Fully interactive ‘Jack City’ map available from your GPS

*All major reported bugs will be remedied once players install the update

*New ‘steering wheel’ control method for casual players and increased button responsiveness

*Randal now has increased lives. Players now have five chances to pay mob boss Frankie, making the game less harsh if you miss a payment

*Randal can now carry up to five weapons at a time and cycle through them at will

*Players now have the option of returning to their condo safe house to save weapons and vehicle before exiting the game

*Two new vehicles. The destructive Sports Utility Tank and the Sky Copter

*Players can now play their own iPod music in the game

The second update pack for Car Jack Streets iPhone is already in development at Tag Games, with a targeted release date for early June. It will further bolster the game with multiple languages and further improvements. Also, a free survival mode mini-game is also in development entitled Car Jack Streets: Survival. Inspired by classic games such as Smash TV and Geometry Wars, Tag hope it will both appeal to those yet to purchase the game as well as existing CJS fans.

Please contact Ink Media at dave@ink-media.co.uk you would like to interview the team at Tag Games.

Car Jack Streets is currently available now on the iPhone App Store priced £1.79 / $2.99 / Euro 2.39.

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For press information, assets or promotional download codes for Car Jack Streets, please contact:

Dave Cook
Managing Director, Ink Media
t: +44 (0)131 557 2183
m:+44 (0)7525358281
e: fastrez@gmail.com
w: www.inkpr.wordpress.com

Paul Farley
Managing Director, Tag Games
t: +44 (0)1382 220 925

m: +44 (0)7824 614 105
e: paul.farley@tag-games.com
w: www.tag-games.com

About Tag Games

Tag Games is an independent game development studio and publisher based in Dundee, Scotland. Formed in 2006 Tag has quickly established itself as a leader in the creation of games for mobile platforms.

After earning critical acclaim with their launch title Dead Water Tag have since successfully released 11 mobile games across a variety of genres and supporting a wide number of mobile technologies including iPhone, Android, J2ME, BREW, Blackberry in addition to Nintendo DS and Sony PSP.

Tag’s reputation for flexibility, innovation and delivery is second to none, successfully balancing the creation of original IP alongside development of licensed and commission titles. Tag Games partners include Connect2Media, I-play, Big Fish Games, GlobalFun, Red Kite Animation and Sandlot Games.

During 2009 Tag Games has become one of the first big name mobile game studios to begin development of a range of titles exclusively for the Google Android operating system, one of only a small handful of companies doing so in the UK.

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Digital Goldfish launch massive update for Bloons iPhone on App Store today

27 05 2009

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Get significantly more ‘pop’ per buck via App Store today

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Dundee 25 May 2009 – Independent mobile games developer Digital Goldfish has today launched the first in a line of expansion packs for its smash hit iPhone title Bloons. Since launching in mid-April, the hugely addictive title has rocketed into the top ten paid apps in the UK chart and hit the number one spot in the US, making Bloons iPhone the developer‘s most successful launch to date.

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The game is a remake of original flash title Bloons, developed by New Zealand studio Ninja Kiwi. Featuring 50 new stages and superb iPhone touch controls, the game is perfect for on the go play, guaranteed to suck you in with it’s accessible charm.

Launching today is the first in a line of expansion packs for the title, which will add an impressive 50 iPhone-exclusive levels to the existing roster. It also includes unlimited dart mode to help you get to grips with some of the trickier bank shots and a superb level editor, letting you challenge your mates at your own fiendish stages.

To keep informed about future expansions, please add Bloons iPhone to your Twitter feed by visiting www.twitter.com/bloonsiphone

The free Bloons iPhone expansion pack hits app store today, while the core game is available now for £0.59 / $0.93 / €0.67 For a direct download of Bloons iPhone, please visit the App Store at:

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For press information, please contact:

Dave Cook
Managing Director, Ink Media
t: +44 (0)131 557 2183
m: 07525358281
e: fastrez@gmail.com

David Hamilton
Digital Goldfish
t: +44(0)131 208 2838
m: +44(0)77194 81594
e: davidhamilton@digital-goldfish.com

About Digital Goldfish

Established in 2005, Digital Goldfish is a games and entertainment studio based in Dundee, Scotland which creates high quality, original content for iPhone, iPod touch and a variety of mobile phone handsets.

Although Digital Goldfish creates games for the mass market, it has a special focus on delivering quality content for female gamers. The developer released its first title, Babygrow, directly to consumers in 2005. They have since gone on to release a string of best-selling titles such as the award-winning Reach For The Starz on mobile.

About Ninja Kiwi

Based in Auckland, New Zealand, Ninja Kiwi is a casual publisher and developer of online flash games. Their popularity as a flash games developer sprouted from their well-renowned Bloons series. Since then they have gone from strength to strength, with successful puzzle and arcade alternatives including Boombot, Potion Panic and Replay Racer.

Please visit www.ninjakiwi.com for further information.





Car Jack Streets iPhone a ‘steal’ after price drop

22 05 2009

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Tag Games celebrate App Store success with price cut

Dundee, Friday 22 May 2009 – Following the outstanding success of their handheld crime-simulator Car Jack Streets iPhone, developer Tag Games has dropped the price of the game for a limited time only. The real-time action title has received an average review score of 8.2 from 22 leading game review sites and fantastic user review scores on the App Store. The studio has listened closely to the opinions of Car Jack Streets biggest fans and harshest critics to model both of the forthcoming free update packs on their suggestions.

The developer just keeps on giving back to the gaming community as the game is available on App Store now at the reduced price of £0.59 / $0.99 / Euro 0.79 and a new FAQ guide has been released online to accompany the title. The official Car Jack Streets guide can be found here: http://www.tag-games.com/holdingpages/carjackstreets/images/cjs_faq_v11.pdf

Paul Farley, MD at Tag Games said: “We are grateful to everyone who bought our game first time round and as our way of celebrating, we are lowering our prices to encourage newcomers to try out our game. We feel it is one of the most ambitious titles available on App Store today and would like to invite everyone to give it a try.”

Promo codes of the game are now available for review and Paul Farley at Tag Games is available for comment or interview now. Please contact dave@ink-media.co.uk for more information.

For more information, please visit www.carjackstreets.com

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For press information, assets or promotional download codes for Car Jack Streets, please contact Dave Cook at Ink Media

About Tag Games

Tag Games is an independent game development studio and publisher based in Dundee, Scotland. Formed in 2006 Tag has quickly established itself as a leader in the creation of games for mobile platforms.

After earning critical acclaim with their launch title Dead Water Tag have since successfully released 11 mobile games across a variety of genres and supporting a wide number of mobile technologies including iPhone, Android, J2ME, BREW, Blackberry in addition to Nintendo DS and Sony PSP.

Tag’s reputation for flexibility, innovation and delivery is second to none, successfully balancing the creation of original IP alongside development of licensed and commission titles. Tag Games partners include Connect2Media, I-play, Big Fish Games, GlobalFun, Red Kite Animation and Sandlot Games.

During 2009 Tag Games has become one of the first big name mobile game studios to begin development of a range of titles exclusively for the Google Android operating system, one of only a small handful of companies doing so in the UK.

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Review: Bionic Commando

22 05 2009

Here is my review of Capcom’s superb new action title, Bionic Commando on PS3, as published on http://www.square-go.com – Scotland’s only dedicated gaming website and magazine.

Bionic Commando

The King of Swing Returns

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This sequel to the 1988 NES original is testament to Capcom’s and developer Grin’s well-trained eye for delivering superb fan service and, while it is a slick, highly-accomplished title in its own right, a painfully steep learning curve may put some players off. Original hero Nathan ‘RAD’ Spencer returns after spending several years imprisoned by the military group he served under during the first game, now reunited with his bionic arm and set free to bring down the ruthless terrorist organisation BioReign.

Starting off in Ascension City, a ruined metropolis devastated by a nuclear blast, the game really does throw you in at the deep end, with a brutal difficulty setting and ruthless enemies. At first, you are lacking your bionic arm, helping you get familiar with the third-person shooting controls first. Initially, you may notice is that this is a brilliant-looking game. When the title was first announced, the gritty urban setting looked miles away from the colourful original and Grin’s Xbox Live remake, but there is plenty of colour here and the locations are epic in scope.

Once you obtain the bionic arm, a whole wealth of freedom is given to you as the enhancement allows you to climb vast skyscrapers and swing about the environment. To help you get familiar to the swinging dynamic, a neat tutorial shows you the ropes, but regardless, it will probably take you a while to string together slick movements. In time though, you will be leaping off rooftops, latching onto hanging signs and swinging across treacherous areas without giving it second thought.

The game screams open world gameplay, but you are restricted in the areas you can traverse. Blue irradiated areas cannot be grappled with your arm and will kill you in seconds if you come into contact with it. Water is particularly troublesome as Spencer’s arm weighs a ton and anchors you down. If you don’t manage to grapple out of the water in a few short seconds, you drown, which can prove frustrating when you misjudge a swing and end up dying by mistake.

Death is frequent due to the harsh difficulty and widely-spaced checkpoints irritate. But if anything, this grind early on in the game makes things progressively easier as you really are forced to get good at the game or die trying. Luckily, Spencer has a great range of melee attacks, from hurling terrorists large distances, to leaping from high vantage points and using your iron boots to send a powerful shockwave through the ground, the moves feel weighty and satisfying. The range of firearms on the other hand, feels a bit generic, including the obligatory rifles, rocket launchers and shotguns, but you may find yourself leaning towards melee just because it’s so much fun.

Along the way, a series of challenges will unlock depending on how well you play. For example, if you pick up a new weapon, you may be tasked with killing several enemies with it. Completing these tasks awards achievements and trophies, but also upgrades your skills related to the challenge. For example, completing assault rifle challenges increases Spencer’s efficiency with that weapon.

Bionic Commando is, in true Capcom fashion, a difficult game that rewards those who persevere. The sense of scale as you swing around the ruined streets of Ascension City and the surrounding areas is breathtaking and the sharp visuals compliment this perfectly. The arm motions are incredibly fun while the gun and melee combat work well. To recycle a tired cliché, this is a game that is easy to pick up, but difficult to master. Persevere however and you will experience one of the best action titles of the year so far.

8/10




Tag Games: Official Car Jack Streets iPhone FAQ Available Now

15 05 2009

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Car Jack Streets iPhone is a superb game. Fact. The game is bigger than the original Grand Theft Auto on PSOne, looks, sounds and plays nicer and the regular free expansion packs mean the game can only get bigger and better.

The lovely team at Dundee-based Tag Games just keep giving and giving. their latest gift to the gamers is a handy online FAQ for the game that explains a lot of the intracicies of the title, how certain things work and tactics you can use to help you pay back murderous mob boss Frankie.

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Check it out online now via the link below and don’t say that Tag Games don’t love you now, because they most certainly do…

http://www.tag-games.com/holdingpages/carjackstreets/images/cjs_faq_v11.pdf





Electric TopHat: Updates for Modulo and Tocco Robo Imminent!

15 05 2009

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Good afternoon gaming fans. Friday’s are really great aren’t they? Unless of course you’re a gaming journalist, then you spend Saturday and Sunday locked in your bedroom reviewing games all day. Hey, don’t start, the life of a games journalist/PR person isn’t all fun you know…just 99% of it 😛

This Friday in particular is brilliant for another, more important reason though, as The Gentleman Coders at Electric TopHat announce they are releasing updates to two of their insanely addictive and quite frankly, brilliant puzzle games Modulo and Tocco Robo.

Press releases will be available here when the official word goes out, but for now, enjoy some facts and screenshots of both games. They really are superb, addictive and bursting with charm and for such a small asking price, you’d be mad not to give them a  whirl!

Tocco Robo – £0.59

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Click the image above to view the game in iTunes

Tocco Robo is Electric TopHat’s take on the block puzzle format, where players must line up rows of three matching robots to earn time and points. The premise is simple and accessible, but intense combo chains and five increasingly devious skill settings will put even the most seasoned puzzle fan to the test. With a slick art style and incredibly catchy tunes provided by the talented Robo Choir, this is a puzzle game with real character and charm.

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Tocco Robo – Classic Version 1.1 will Feature:

• New Icon with a new Robo Trapped inside.
• Improved the game performance significantly.
• Improved the touch detection to make moving the Robos easier.
• Improved the Robo tutorial
• Added in a double collect multiplier for more points.
• Added auto detection of the iPod music and auto disable the game music.

Modulo – £1.19

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Click the image above to view the game in iTunes

Exclusively designed and developed for Apple hardware, Modulo moves away from your traditional puzzle titles and asks you to think outside the box. Players must rotate a set of coloured cogs until they are all facing in the same direction. The aim is simple, but to master the game takes a great deal of lateral thinking, as tethered shapes gum up the works and force you to get your thinking cap on.

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Modulo Update 1.1 will include:

• New Graphical Overhaul
• Improved Gameplay (we made the cogs go a little faster for you)
• 60 Additional Puzzles
• New Game Mode – Attack Mode
• Puzzle Ranking and Overall Difficulty Level Ranking
• User Audio Playback Support





Bloons iPhone hits number one in the US

9 05 2009

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Congratulations to our client, independent mobile developer Digital Goldfish for reaching the top spot in the Apple App Store US chart, with their horribly addictive arcade puzzler Bloons.

The game is a mobile version of the popular flash original developed by New Zealand studio Ninja Kiwi and features 50 made-for-iPhone stages and all new features.

The aim is to help your little monkey hero burst as many balloons as possible by throwing darts at them. Players must gauge the angles correctly and pull off a range trick shots to win.

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The first free update for Bloons iPhone will be available via app store soon and features an additional 50 stages, unlimited darts mode and a level editor.

We’ll have more news on this as the update launches but for now, get on the app store and download the game, it’s absolutely brilliant.