In early October we posted a blog that introduced you to a very helpful new resource for all ambitious space pilots, namely The Official Guide to Galaxy on Fire 2 by Fishlabs and Steel Media Ltd. Back then, however, this equally informative and entertaining compendium to the GOF2 universe had only been available in a specifically optimized HD version for iPad users. But that’s no longer the case! After many hours of hard work, our partners-in-crime over at Pocket Gamer have completely redesigned the Official GOF2 Guide and optimized it for the iPhone screen as well! That’s pretty amazing, because after all, this guide marks an essential collection of tips and tricks, as well as firsthand insider information, for newbie pilots and veteran players alike. So if you’d like to gather more knowledge about the GOF2 universe than Khador and Netor have combined, you’d download the official Pocket Gamer Guide to the most spectacular open space shooter on the App Store right away![full]
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Earthlings… and other odd fellas! It’s your old friend Mkkt Bkkt again. I know, due to my dubious reputation, you’re sometimes a little skeptical when I make you an offer. But this time, I swear you won’t be able to refuse the amazing bargain I have in store for you, because I won’t be charging a single credit from you today. No, instead I’ll give you something for entirely for free. And that something is nothing less but the SD-version of Fishlabs’ award-winning sci-fi epic Galaxy on Fire 2! Yes, that’s right. In cooperation with the awesome gentlemen over at Free App A Day, the proud winner of the German Video Game Award 2011 in the category “Best Mobile Game” will be available for free download on the App Store from November 22nd to November 29th, 2012! It’s the first time ever in the title’s extremely successful two-years-stint on Apple’s world-famous digital distribution platform that it will not only be on sale for a reduced special price, but rather be available for download at absolutely no cost at all[full]
And since the game runs perfectly smooth on all iOS-powered smartphones and tablets from the third generation upwards, even those of you who haven’t bought an iPhone 5, iPod touch 5G or iPad mini yet will be able to play it on their devices. So prepare yourself to dive headfirst into “a wonderfully varied, in-depth action-adventure game” (PocketGamer.co.uk) with “great graphics, solid story and free roam” (MakeUseOf.com).
But that’s not all. Since I wanna make this offer appealing to HD-users as well, I’m happy to announce that you’ll be able to unlock Valkyrie HD for free if you’ve got Galaxy on Fire 2 SD installed on your device. So if you’ve either already downloaded the graphically overhauled HD-version of GOF2 before or if you’re planning to do so in the not-too-distant future, you might want to download Galaxy on Fire 2 SD for free anyway, because it will enable you to unlock the first add-on without any additional costs! That’s quite something, isn’t it?
And last but not least, I’d also like to use the opportunity to remind you of the “Prototypes” update, which has already been announced here on the blog a week ago (http://bit.ly/prototypes-EN) and is now officially available! All you need to do to get hold of the three new ships – the Dark Angel, the Ghost and the N’Tirrk – is update your app to the latest version!
You can download Galaxy on Fire 2 SD from the App Store for free via http://bit.ly/gof2sd-EN and get hold of Galaxy on Fire 2 HD, which is currently on sale for US$ 4.99, via http://bit.ly/gof2hd. As always, enjoy your time in space, everybody! And spread the news about our currently freebie offer like a virus paralyzing the security system of a Nivelian borderland station!
Almost four months ago, we posted a dev diary by the name of “Sorted Out” here on our blog. Among others, it contained a pretty kick-ass concept artwork of a heavily armed Terran fighter called the Dark Angel. Judging from the dozens of comments about it, our fans liked that ship quite a bit. I mean, almost everyone who posted about it on our blog or Facebook fan page said that they would have loved to be able to add that spectacular vessel to their personal fleet as well. And, guess what… that’s exactly what you’ll be able to do very soon! Next week, on November 21st, we’re going to launch a free content update for Galaxy on Fire 2, which will include the prototypes of three highly sought-after new vessels. Besides the Dark Angel it will also include a Nivelian fighter known as Ghost and a Vossk bomber known as N’Tirrk! Since both the Fishlabs team and the GOF2 fans really loved these designs, we thought that it would be a shame if they’d just end up in some folder of unused material.[full] And thus we decided to make them a part of the game instead. After all, we’re still very proud of the Supernova add-on and this is our way to say “Thank You!” for the awesome support you’ guys have given us over the years. Cause in the end, nothing says “You guys rock!” as loud and clear as a couple of kick-ass new space ships! And to make sure that all iOS gamers will be able to get hold of them at the same time, we’ve decided that the free content update will be released simultaneously in SD, HD and Full HD. So all iOS and OSX pilots will be able to enjoy the new ships on their devices, no matter whether it’s an iPhone 5, iPad mini, iPod touch 5G, iPad 2, iPhone 3GS or Mac!
But now enough of the introduction and onward to the stuff that really matters: the new ships! In the game, all of them are described as prototypes, which have never gone into mass-production for one reason or another. While the hard-to-get Dark Angel and Ghost are pretty much on par with the Most Wanted Ships in terms of stats and pricing, the cheaper N’Tirrk could rather be seen as a noteworthy alternative to the H’Soc. However, the one thing that all three of the new ships have in common, is the fact that – just like the Blood Star, Blue Fyre & Co – they will only be available for in-game credits and not for real money. After all, we still believe that the players should be able to unlock all content in a premium title like GOF2 simply by playing the game and not by shelling out actual money. If someone wants to progress faster and hence prefers to buy a credit pack rather than grind for an hour or two, that’s of course more than fine for us as well. But reaching into your wallet should definitely be a voluntary option and not a necessity. One way or another, if you’re willing to hand over some of your hard-earned cash to a shady ship dealer operating out of some down-and-out space station’s rusty hangar, you’ll soon be able to add three real beauties to your exquisite collection of space ships.
The first ship we’d like to introduce in detail is the Dark Angel – a classic ship which most of you will most likely know from the aforementioned Dev Diary #10. With four primaries, two secondaries and one turret slot, the prototype of this quick ‘n forceful interceptor has more than enough fire power to take on just about any other ship in the galaxy. However, due to a number of unexpected delays and unscheduled development costs, the manufacturer of the ship – Davilon Corporation – ultimately had to cancel the production of the Dark Angel; an instance that almost made the company go bankrupt.
Design-wise, the Dark Angel’s biggest characteristic is the unorthodox shape of its airfoils, which is a little reminiscent of the wings of an angel – hence the name of the ship. It’s also due to this advanced shaping that the Dark Angel is surprisingly swift and agile despite its heavy armor and massive plating.
The second ship you’ll be able to buy when the new “Prototypes” update has gone live is a Vossk gunship called the N’Tirrk. Though its two primary weapons rigs don’t exactly make the N’Tirrk well-suited for dog fights, its four secondary weapons slots cater for a lot of boom anyway. And its experimental segment plating gives it a particularly aggressive and terrifying look.
All in all, the N’Tirrk is quite a little weaker than the Dark Angel and the Ghost – with its biggest disadvantage being its humble 8 equipment slots – but on the other hand it is also way cheaper than the other new vessels.Hence it is especially attractive to newbie pilots, who have not yet accumulated an eight-figure sum of credits on their intergalactic bank accounts.
And last but not least, there is also the Ghost. This rare prototype of a Nivelian fighter never went into mass production, because it was supposed to make use of some revolutionary technology, which was still in its very early stages at the time of the vessel’s construction. Hence, the Nivelian Administration decided not to pursue the Ghost project any further. Instead, the Nivelians rather put their time and effort into other fields of research, which were partly based on the findings from the development of the Ghost. Despite the fact that the Ghost is not as advanced as its predecessors, it is still one helluva ship. And its four primaries, two secondaries and 15 (!) equipment slots leave more than enough room for extensive customization and armament.
In terms of its outer appearance, the Ghost does not look as stunningly beautiful and stream-lined as other Nivelian vessels such as the Aegir or the Kinzer, for example. This is mostly due to the fact that the Ghost has undergone quite a lot of changes and modifications during the individual steps of its development. Therefore a lot of parts have either been re-arranged or added retroactively. Hence, the ship is characterized by a rather experimental design that does look quite a bit more harsh and brutal than that of the other models of the Nivelian fleet.
So what do you think, guys? Will you add all of these exquisite vessels to your personal fleet? And if so, which one will you buy first? Keep your comments coming… it’s gotten pretty quiet here after our final dev diary had been posted and it would be awesome if we’d revive the blog a little. For starters, I think a three-figure sum of comments on our “latecomer” behind-the-scenes featurette would be pretty cool! Let’s see if we can pull it off. And, as always, please show a little love for www.Facebook.com/GalaxyOnFire as well and “like” it if you haven’t already done so anyway.
Today the Apple family’s happy to welcome its newest member, namely the iPad mini. With its pin-sharp 7.9“ display and a comfortable weight of about 10 oz, the iPad mini is a more than handy gadget that ably closes the gap between its bigger brother and the iPhone. And the best thing is: Despite its smaller size, it’ll be able to run all iPad-optimized apps instantly and without further corrections or adjustments! That means that all fans, which are going to buy an iPad mini, will be able to play GOF2 HD on their new device right away. Of course, we’ve already given it a try here at the Fishlabs headquarters as well and the game performed really slick on the red-hot iPad mini. Due to its manageable proportions, the tablet lies well in your hand and its trusty A5 chip enables it to run the game just as smoothly as the iPad 2 does. For gamers on the go, the iPad mini makes a truly great addition to the Apple line-up, because you don’t even need a bagpack or purse to carry it around, but you can even put it in the pocket of your jacket and hence you’ll have it readily at hand all day long– not matter whether you’ve just got 5 minutes to kill until your train arrives or whether you’ll be riding home on the bus for 45 minutes.[full]
If you’ve already bought an iPad mini or if you’re determined to do so in the near future, we’d furthermore like to remind you of our current Halloween sale for Galaxy on Fire 2 SD and HD. Until the end of the week (November 4th, 2012), both versions of our award-winning sci-fi opera will be available for purchase on the App Store for 99 Cent only! So if you haven’t gotten the game already, we’d highly recommend you not to wait any longer but to get hold of it while it’s still on sale. And if you don’t trust us in this matter, well, then maybe you’re gonna trust Mac Life instead. According to them, Galaxy on Fire 2 HD is one of the best games for the iPad mini with tons ‘n tons of different space ships – the coolest of which are so awesome that even Darth Vader would be envious if he found out that you owned them while he didn’t. To read more about it, check out the complete article (unfortunately only available in German) at http://www.maclife.de/ipad/software/10-spiele-die-auf-keinem-ipad-mini-fehlen-duerfen.
Tonight is Halloween – Fishlabs welcomes all Witches and Warlocks with an exclusive Halloween-Contest and SaleWednesday, October 31st, 2012
Beware, everybody! Tonight the full moon will rise again and myriads of goblins and ghouls will crawl out of their holes to celebrate the one and only night of the year that is entirely dedicated to them — All Hallow’s Eve! And even though that age-old tradition is no longer really cherished in the year 3598 A.D., we have still reserved a special place in our hearts for the scariest night of the year here at the Fishlabs headquarters. And hence we’ve come up with a couple of nice little special events to celebrate today’s rise of the ghosts and gremlins in a befitting way.
The first thing we’ve got up our sleeves for Halloween is a special sale of Galaxy on Fire 2™ HD for iPhone 5, iPod touch 5G, iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and the new iPad as well as Galaxy on Fire 2™ SD for older iOS-powered smartphones and tablets. For the first time ever, both of these games will be available on the App Store for the unrivalled special price of $0,99 /€0,89 /£0,69. [full]So if you have still not bought GOF2 yet, this will be the perfect opportunity for you to do so — no matter what kinda Apple device you have! The sale is on from today (October 31st, 2012) until the end of the week (November 4th, 2012). You can download the HD version from the App Store at http://bit.ly/gof2hd and the SD version at http://bit.ly/gof2sd-EN.
However, since we do not only want to make our Halloween special events interesting for newbie pilots, who hadn’t bought the game before, we’ve also come up with a cool give-away that will be particularly interesting for all those of you, who’ve already indulged into the Galaxy on Fire™ universe and hurled into a space adventure unlike anything you’ve ever seen before on mobile. Because this time we’re not giving away any merchandise such as t-shirts, coffee mugs or key chains, but something that’s particularly valuable for you as a GOF pilot: IN-GAME CREDITS. As all of you will most certainly know, gaining riches in Galaxy on Fire 2™ is by far not child’s play and hence we’ve decided to help you out a little and part with a total of 170 million credits! All you need to do to win ‘em is write a comment here on the blog and let us know what Halloween costume would suit Keith T. Maxwell best. We’ll then pick the lucky winners on Monday, November 5th, 2012. All in all, we’ll hand out the following credit packs:
3x 25,000,000 credits
5x 10,000,000 credits
7x 5,000,000 credits
10x 1,000,000 credits
If you’re among the winners, we will notify you via email. You’ll then have to upload your current to Open Feint and let us know the log-in data. We’ll then be able to transfer the credits to your account manually and upload the save game to Open Feint again. Piece of cake, isn’t it?
Well, guys. That’s it for today. We hope you enjoy our sale and give-away and we’re looking forward to read your messages in the comments. If you have not already done so anyway, please pop in on www.Facebook.com/GalaxyOnFire as well and click the “Like” button. We’d love to see you around there, too. And now enough with the talking… put on your costumes, collect tons of sweets and enjoy a fearful fright night you won’t soon forget! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Don’t you hate it, guys? Even though you just spent a fortune on a new navigation unit, you still ended up completely lost in space because you sold your Khador Drive in Y’mirr system and didn’t know that there was no jump gate to lead you back. Or you had to wash dishes at a space longue for two years on end, because you’ve spent all your money buying Collectible Dolls for 9,000 credits a piece in Mido system, believing you were scoring the deal of your lifetime. Well, don’t worry! The times of clueless errantry between the different star systems are finally over. Thanks to The official Pocket Gamer Guide to Galaxy on Fire 2, which has been developed over the past couple of months by Steel Media and Fishlabs, you’ll now be able to cramp tons and tons of informative, interesting and entertaining GOF2 trivia onto your iPad! From blueprint receipts and travel routes to attack strategies and insider tips, the new GOF2 guide contains everything you need to know in order to save the galaxy from its all kinds of evil aliens and become the most prosperous space trader on this side of the final frontier[full]
Besides lots of in-depth information, exclusive graphics and other kick-ass content and assets, the official GOF2 guide also contains an absolutely stunning layout, which is not only intuitive and easy-to-handle but also really beautiful to look at. Believe me, if you’re a fan of the GOF2 saga, you surely wouldn’t wanna miss out on it!
The official Pocket Gamer Guide to Galaxy on Fire 2 is available for all iPads, iPads 2 and New iPads with iOS5 or higher. It can be downloaded for the App Store for US-$ 1.99, GBP 1.49 or EUR 1.59 at http://bit.ly/GOF2-guide-EN and additional information can be found at http://www.pocketgamerguides.com. Enjoy the read, everybody! The GOF2 universe might be vast and huge, but with the new guide at hand, you’ll get to know it better than your hometown in next to no time!
Back when we were younger, we all sat in front of our antique 486 computers and stared onto our bulky 14” VGA screens until our eyes hurt, because the space action displayed there literally sucked us in for hours and hours on end. And even today — many decades later — the memories of our hard-fought battles against a supremacy of cat-faced alien fiends or adventurous treks to the most remote outskirts of the Sirius sector are still as lively and colourful as they’ve been back then in the 80s and 90s. Hence, today marks a particularly amazing day for all of us here in the Fishlabs office, because today our esteemed sci-fi epic Galaxy on Fire 2 Full HD finally blazes onto the very same platform that got us all into space action gaming back when we were still kids and teenagers. Yeah, you’ve heard right! Keith T. Maxwell really pulled it off and became the first video game character ever, who went the whole distance from Java to iOS and Android to Windows PC![full] It’s been a long and sometimes cumbersome journey for sure, but it’s been well worth it and we’re all extremely proud that the very same game, which debuted on Java in early 2009 with a file size of less than 500kb now sets the Windows PC on fire in a state-of-the-art Full HD version with high-end 3D graphics, latest-generation DirectX shaders and spectacular Visual- and Special FX!
As of today, Galaxy on Fire 2 Full HD is available as download on Steam and Origin and as boxed copy. As you can imagine, we’re particularly proud of the latter version, because it not only brings up a lot of nostalgic feelings but it also marks the first time ever that a Fishlabs game made it onto a physical medium!
You can purchase Galaxy on Fire 2 Full HD for Windows PC for the price of €14.99 / $19.99 / £13.99 by following the links in the paragraph above. We hope you’re as excited about this release as we are and we’d love to read your feedback about the PC version of GOF2 Full HD in the comments!
We’re having a sale again, fellas! This weekend only (from Friday, June 1st, to Sunday, June 3rd) you’ll be able to download our action-packed sci-fi epic Galaxy on Fire 2 (SD) from the App Store for spectacular 99 Cent only! Yes, you’ve read correctly… that’s 90% off! So what are you waiting for? If you haven’t bought the game yet, this is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to get “the best space shooter in the App Store” (148 Apps) for an absolutely unrivalled special price. Enjoy the flight and if you’re a GOF2 newbie, who has just bought the game in the course of our special sale, say “Hi” in the comments and let us know if you enjoyed playing Galaxy on Fire 2 on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch! We hope you enjoy to take over the role of the fearless space war hero Keith T. Maxwell and save the galaxy from its impending destruction on the hands of the devious alien menace known as Voids![full]
You can download the game from the App Store at http://bit.ly/gof2sd-EN and find additional information about it on the official GOF website (http://www.galaxyonfire.com) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/galaxyonfire).
On March 13th and 14th, our Marketing Manager Marc, our Junior Marketing Manager Daniel and our Android Lead Programmer Holger went to Berlin, where Fishlabs took part in the fourth instalment of the Droidcon, the world’s largest independent Android developer gathering. The line-up of the event featured renowned hardware manufacturers such as Sony, Nokia and Intel as well as popular gaming companies such as Fishlabs, InnoGames and Xyrality and the programme was jam-packed with lively speeches and interesting lectures. At our booth, we had showcased the Android version of Galaxy on Fire 2 and introduced Fishlabs Entertainment to a widespread audience consisting of students, journalists, associates and potential business partners. All in all, we had a great time at Droidcon 2012, met a lot of cool people and were able to make quite a few promising new contacts.[full] To get an impression of what Droidcon 2012 was like, please check out the clip below.
For more info on the event, feel free to visit the Droidcon’s official website at www.droidcon.com.
Hello Fishlabs fans, the year 2011 is almost over and we’d like to thank our friends, community, business partners and media contacts for all the support you’ve given us in the past 12 months. The last year had been really successful for us and a lot of amazing things have happened here at the Fishlabs camp. All in all, we have released five new games (three own titles and two brand games) throughout the course of this year, won a couple of prestigious awards and ported our flagship title, the highly popular sci-fi shooter and trader Galaxy on Fire 2, to a whole variety of new platforms and systems.[full]
The year 2011 kicked off really nicely with our action-packed fun sports spectacle Snowboard Hero winning two IMGAwards in February and being officially released on the App Store in March. In April we then ported our popular sci-fi shooter Galaxy on Fire 2 to Android in an exclusive Xperia PLAY version and later on that month, the game’s first add-on Valkyrie saw the light of day as well. In June another Android version followed especially for Tegra 2 devices and in July we released the arcade hit Waterslide 2.
In August we moved to a beautiful new office building right in the heart of Hamburg city and in September we celebrated the very first release of a Fishlabs title on a non-mobile device, namely Galaxy on Fire 2 Full HD on the Mac—which is easily the best looking instalment within the Galaxy on Fire series so far.
In November we put out Sports Car Challenge, another successful ad-game for Volkswagen featuring highly detailed and beautifully rendered 3D models of the latest super sports cars from Audio, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche and Volkswagen! And in December we last but not least won the “Best Studio 2011” award at the renowned German Game Developer Awards.
All of this wouldn’t have been possible without your constant help and support and we’re eager to see what 2012 will have in store for Fishlabs. We’ve got a lot of plans and projects up our sleeves and will reveal the first spectacular news rather soon. Until then the whole Fishlabs team wishes all our friends, fans and partners a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you soon!
Fishlabs Timeline 2011
02/2011: Snowboard Hero wins two IMGAwards 2011
03/2011: Release: Snowboard Hero
03/2011: Galaxy on Fire 2 wins the “Best Mobile Game” award at the German Video Game Award 2011
04/2011: Porting: Galaxy on Fire 2 for Android (Xperia PLAY)
04/2011: Release: Galaxy on Fire 2 – Valkyrie (Add-On)
06/2011: Release: GTI Edition 35
06/2011: Porting: Galaxy on Fire 2 for Android (THD)
07/2011: Release: Waterslide 2
08/2011: Porting: Galaxy on Fire 2 Full HD for Mac
08/2011: The Fishlabs team moves to its new headquarters
10/2011: Porting: Galaxy on Fire 2 HD for iPhone 4S and iPad 2
11/2011: Porting: Valkyrie for Android (Xperia PLAY)
12/2011: Release: Sports Car Challenge
12/2011: Fishlabs wins the “Best Studio” award at the German Game Developer Awards 2011