Defend Ukraine: iOS and Android game in support of Ukrainian Army. Download on iTunes and Google Play

Defend Ukraine: Charity Mobile Game Developed by Volunteers (Updated: now on Google Play)

An unusual iOS game called Defend Ukraine had been launched on the App Store a in November 2014. The main purpose of the game is to raise funds for Ukrainian Army which is fighting against Russian military aggression in Eastern Ukraine. All funds collected via this game will be transfered to Wings of Phoenix foundation, which supplies Ukrainian Armed Forces with necessary equipment, implemented over 10 large-scale charity projects and gathered $3.3 million so far.

Defend Ukraine is an arcade game compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

In March 2015, the game was released on Google Play. The Android version is free with ads, but you’ll only see them if you loose the game.

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Download ‘Defend Ukraine’ on Google Play

In this game your mission is to help a cossack, your main character, to defend Ukraine from Russian invaders. All you need to do is simply tap on the caricature of a Russian president Putin as it hovers above different regions of Ukraine. The game requires your prompt reaction, as the enemy attempts to capture new territories.

Finally, if you succeed to keep all the regions of Ukraine free from aggressor, you’ll hear Ukrainian anthem. If not, you’ll hear the anthem of the USSR and then you may restart the game. Besides, Defend Ukraine game has three player modes for you to choose: easy, usual and hard.

Defend Ukraine is developed by GBKSoft, a software development company which is based in Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine. If you have any ideas regarding the game improvement or just want to spread a word about it, feel free to join the game community on Facebook.

Download Defend Ukraine on the App Store for $0.99. Additionally, if you like to provide extra help to Ukrainian Army, click on the Donate button inside the game. It will redirect you to the Wings of Phoenix’s website where you can donate as much as you want.

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iTunes Store Shutdown 2014

Prepare Your iOS Apps for iTunes Connect Shutdown 2014

Apple announced the shutdown of iTunes Connect for this year’s Christmas holidays. The service will be unavailable to iOS app developers from December 22 through December 29, 2014. During the shutdown, developers will be unable to release new apps and updates on the App Store. Pricing changes will not take effect until after the shutdown as well. iTunes Connect will be back on December 30.

It is recommended to schedule your updates prior to December 18. Keep in mind that a review by Apple can take 4-7 days, but it can be more time-consuming during peak periods.

Downloads reach their highest level on Christmas holidays, as many people are presented with new iPhone and iPad devices. One of the reasons for the Christmas shutdown might be that Apple is trying to maintant those peak downloads and in-app purchases. On the other hand, this can help to prevent developers from unfair competition. After all, Apple guys may want to spend Christmas holidays with their families, too!

Game Review: Agent Run for iOS & Android

Agent Run, a new gesture-based endless runner, has launched on iOS and Android devices, and challenges players to run through environments, dodging obstacles with the use of quick swipes on the screen. Created by two indie developers from Vienna, Matthias Maschek from AgentDroid and Wolfgang Knecht of pixelclash, the game stars Robert Robertson, an agent on a mission to destroy Professor E. Vil and his Doomsday Machine.

In Agent Run, Robertson runs across the screen automatically while being chased by Professor E. Vil’s thugs. Attack dogs, closed doors, swinging logs and other obstacles are scattered on the path ahead of Robert, and players must swipe on the screen to eliminate these threats before he can run into them. For dogs, players swipe on strings hanging bones in mid-air, for instance. The dogs catch the bones, and become distracted. Most other obstacles can also be eliminated with a quick swipe.

Some items in the world aren’t obstacles, but instead provide opportunities to collect coins. A jump pad, for instance, rockets Robert into the sky, collecting an arch of coins in the process. These coins are used when players fail (to earn a second chance at the game), or to purchase a head-start at the beginning of a run. Users can also spend coins on powers in the game’s store. There are eight gadgets in all, including a jetpack and a bazooka, and players start out with the hedge trimmer for free. The hedge trimmer, for instance, is used to mow down tall thorns that may otherwise trip Robert up and end the game.

Users can complete missions as they play, with the mission system resembling that of Halfbrick’s Jetpack Joyride. Users earn stars for each mission they complete, and will earn overall “levels” as they earn stars. Gamers can also unlock nine achievements by playing the game.

Agent Run offers four different randomly generated environments, including a jungle, basement and military bunker. The first level of the game is available to download and play for free, while the three remaining levels can be unlocked for $2.99.

“We decided to create Agent, Run! as an homage to the best Bond films of all time – and we knew that an endless runner would be a perfect match,” said Matthias Maschek, programmer and designer of AgentDroid, in a statement.

Agent Run is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

Via:: Inside Mobile Apps