August 11, 2011 in Games (E)
[prMac.com] Orange County, California - Liv Games today is pleased to announce Zen Wars 1.0 for iOS, their new strategy-puzzle defense game that will appeal both to casual and hardcore gamers. Developed by subzero.eu software, Zen Wars allows players to build their base, place cannons, and destroy the enemy. Gameplay involves missions with the goal of destroying advancing armies, while rebuilding defensive walls in time to resist additional attacks. Players can compete with up to three players in the multiplayer mode, locally, or by challenging others via Game Center. The fast paced game challenges players to stay cool under fire, and strive to become the ultimate Zen Master.
The game includes an elaborate, interactive tutorial to introduce the new player to the story, characters, weapons, defenses, and gameplay. Using a comic book motif, the story is told through animated panels with hilarious results. The graphics and animation are highly effective in conveying the exotic locales and action. Unlike most other games of this genre, Zen Wars does not take itself too seriously. The game is filled with tongue-in-cheek humor, fully embraced by the crazy arch-nemesis Lord Evilz.
The object of Zen Wars is to build fortifications around castles, place cannons inside the walls and destroy the advancing enemy. There are four types of weapons at players' disposal, each requiring a different skill to use effectively. The standard cannon can destroy enemy walls and the super cannon leaves a crater behind, while the laser canon destroys everything in its path. Cannon placement is part of the strategy, as there must be sufficient space for repairs between attacks.
The puzzle building aspect of Zen Wars is extremely engaging. After every round, destroyed walls must be repaired. Using random puzzle pieces, the player must surround their castle before time is up. This frantic placing of puzzle pieces is handled beautifully by Zen Wars' smooth and accurate touch controls.
The Campaign Game is the standard mode of play, and players can easily pinch zoom in or out throughout the game. There are many levels with multiple rounds per level. Progressing in Campaign mode unlocks levels in the Survival Game. Survival mode allows players to replay levels endlessly, with ever more difficult waves of enemies attacking. Players earn points for each enemy destroyed and each round survived, and scores can be compared on Game Center.
Finally, there is a Multiplayer mode, where up to three players can battle in real time, challenging each other for a spot in the world wide leaderboard. Multiplayer gameplay is possible locally via WiFi and Bluetooth and globally via Game Center. There is a built-in voice chat system to taunt players, and a quick sudden death game or an epic three-life battle.
* Place cannons behind walls surrounding castles
* Fire weapons to defeat arch-nemesis Lord Evilz as well as other players worldwide
* Rebuild walls destroyed by enemy fire using the addictive puzzle mode
* Gameplay is filled with action, strategy, and humor
* Delve into the great story in Campaign mode
* Enjoy endless replay value by improving your rank on the worldwide leaderboards in Survival mode
* Have countless hours of fun by defeating up to two other players in real time Multiplayer mode
"Thanks to the iOS framework, libraries such as cocos2d, the artists at Panzerflakes.com and indie friendly publisher Liv Games, developers can create apps that reach and entertain players," stated developer Patrick Wolowicz. "There's no greater reward for an indie developer than seeing an app come alive and people enjoying it with other players all over the world."
* US English, Basque, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* iOS 3.1 or later (iOS 4.3 tested)
* 59.3 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Zen Wars 1.0 is available at the special introductory price of $0.99 (USD) exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Review copies are available upon request.
subzero.eu software is an Austrian based small software development company with over 10 years of software development experience. Founded by Patrick Wolowicz in 2006, subzero.eu offers a multitude of software development and consulting services. Located in Orange County, California, the Liv Games team is an independent gaming company founded by Orian Livnat in 2009. LIv Games is comprised of eight talented developers and artists who collectively share one goal, to make fun, addictive games that remind them why they began playing games in the first place. Copyright (C) 2011 Liv Games. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.