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First footage of Dragon Quest VIII on iPhone

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 6 months ago
First footage of Dragon Quest VIII on iPhone

A couple of days ago, it came to our attention that Square Enix, custodian of the Final Fantasy series and purveyor of expensive iOS remakes, was planning to bring the Dragon Quest franchise to the App Store. It seems the task of converting the PlayStation 2-era RPG into a touchscreen-friendly format is already well underway. In fact, the folks over at Siliconera have managed to rustle up some screenshots of the iPhone version of Dragon Quest VIII. As you can see, the biggest difference between the iPhone version and the PS2 original is the orientation of the screen, with Square Enix choosing to pair down the previously TV-optimised visuals into a portrait format.  While Dragon Que…

XCOM: Enemy Unknown gets asynchronous multiplayer

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 6 months ago
XCOM: Enemy Unknown gets asynchronous multiplayer

We've been waiting for this since launch day, and the moment is finally here: You can now face off against your Game Centre buddies in tactical strategy hit XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Essentially a full port of the highly acclaimed PC and console title, the iOS version of XCOM: Enemy Unknown is the bees knees. If those bees were alien bees, and we got to blast their extra-terrestrial knees off with our top-secret military laser cannons, that is. Bar the absence of a few maps, we had few complaints about this tip-top mobile part. The only thing it was lacking was the multiplayer mode, which allowed you to assume command of either an XCOM squad or an alien brood, and see who is the toughest: man o…

Costume Quest gets dressed up and struts onto iOS

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 6 months ago
Costume Quest gets dressed up and struts onto iOS

Getting in the mood for Halloween? Not sure which ghoulish costume to wear? Well here’s a suggestion: why not grab your iPhone or iPad, and draw some inspiration from Double Fine’s newly-ported fancy dress extravaganza Costume Quest. Previously available on XBLA and PSN, Costume Quest is a cutesy (but creepy) RPG, which casts you as one of two twins who have decided to go trick-or-treating. As well as gathering the obligatory handfuls of delicious candy, you must also locate items of clothing to build your perfect Halloween costume. Handilky, these costumes have transformative powers, allowing the adorable young tykes to turn into savage monsters and do battle with a host of…

Machinarium coming to iPhone next Thursday

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 6 months ago
Machinarium coming to iPhone next Thursday

Anamita Design's wonderfully quirky point-and-click puzzler Machinarium will finally be available on iPhone from next week. Though the hand-drawn puzzle adventure game arrived on the iPad last year, iPhone owners have had to look on with envy as iPad gamers tapped their way through Machinarium's charming world of gambling robots and dilapidated cityscapes. However, thanks to a newly-implemented pinch-to-zoom function, the Czech developer has been able to cram Machinarium's detailed world onto the iPhone's comparatively diddy screen. And in case iPad owners are feeling left out, the existing version Machinarium (which will become a Universal app) is also set to gain the pinch-to-zoom featu…

Simogo's DEVICE 6 due out October 17th

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 6 months ago
Simogo's DEVICE 6 due out October 17th

Simogo always seems to have something unique when it comes to their game releases, and the upcoming DEVICE 6 is no exception. What looks to be a text adventure (with hopefully a little more meat on its gameplay bones) tells the story of Anna, who wakes up in a castle with no idea how she got there. Not the most original start for a game to be sure, but we're confident that Simogo will deliver through both narrative and gameplay (just look at Year Walk for confirmation). There's a new trailer out. Watch it below! The game is due out next week on October 17th. I think this may be one of those games that we don't know much about until we play it, so there's definitely that to…

Duet

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 6 months ago
Duet

Upon watching the trailer for Duet, the upcoming game by Australian developer Kumobius, I was instantly reminded of Pivvot. We're starting to see a lot of arcade based skill testers now, and the developers themselves refer to the game as "a mesmerizing mobile arcade game about radial awareness and acute dexterity". Have a look at the trailer and see for yourself. It looks positively mind bending, and also, a really good time. Duet is out now in the App Store. [App Store Link]…

Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 6 months ago
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition

The Gabriel Knight series is one of the more beloved franchises in the adventure genre, introducing players to a wonderfully rich blend of horror and investigative gameplay. The series creator Jane Jensen has teamed up with Pheonix (the studio behind the Cognition games on which Jensen was a story consultant) to bring a remastered version of Gabriel's first adventure to PC, Mac, and IPad sometime in 2014. According the the FAQ on the game's site, the main changes are in the art assets, remastered music by the original composer, and a whole new voice cast. The original recordings are lost, and the original actors (which included Tim Curry and Mark Hamill) would sound different than they woul…

Neurokult

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 6 months ago
Neurokult

The developers of upcoming iOS game Neurokult describe is as a child of REZ, Polara, and Bejeweled that constantly challenges the player's ability to stay focused, and to improve their reactions to survive. The teaser doesn't show you enough gameplay to fully understand this comparison, but it does show off the game's unique qualities. My thoughts are that you have to link together orbs of the same colour for greater bonuses, but cannot allow these chains to be broken by the obstacles that litter the screen. Music seems to play a part as well (we are told that the soundtrack is composed by Mekoor). The game is released on October 17th. Until then, let your imagina…

Carmachia

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 6 months ago
Carmachia

The full title of this competitive single-device multiplayer game is Carmachia: High-Octane Gladiators of 2075, but to keep things simple, we'll just refer to it as Carmachia. Due out on October 10th, this looks like a fun time if you have an iPad and a friend handy. While the iPad has flourished with digital representations of board games, I don't think its potential as a single-device multiplayer platform has been explored. Games like Carmachia are showing its strength in that area. Have a look at the trailer. At the price of $1.99, it's certainly a steal if the gameplay is half as fun as it looks in the trailer. I guess we'll find out when the game is finally released.…

The Question

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 6 months ago
The Question

Hello there loyal Appspy readers! I want to thank everyone’s contributions to last week’s question. The consensus seemed to be that Djrella659 hit the nail right on the head with his suggestion. It’s a bit of a game design question, but I think since this is an iOS site, framing it in relation to the strengths of the iOS platform will yield interesting results. The question is: What kind of game would you create for iOS if you had the knowledge and resources to do so? I’ll be giving my answer on Friday. As someone who has plenty of game ideas and has been teaching myself to program to make them a reality, I’m confident in providing an interesting answer. I&r…

Through the Hoop

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 6 months ago
Through the Hoop

A lot of the games we review are based on using a physics engine to solve puzzles. It's amazing that this is the first time I've seen the concept based around the sport of basketball. Through the Hoop - Basketball Trick Shots HD has you bouncing the basketball off of planks to create trick shots, and even reverse spinning the ball. The trailer will show you more. The game is only availble in the US store at the moment, but releases worldwide on October 9th. It will be a free purchase with 25 levels playable, and a one time in-game unlock fee of $2.99 to access the rest. We wonder if the control scheme will provide precise manipulation of power and spin, and look forward to findi…

Massteroid

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 6 months ago
Massteroid

On October 17th, a wild Massteroid gets released upon an unsuspecting App Store. It's a high score game where you have to grow your asteroid by hitting debris, while avoiding missiles and mines. If there's one thing we hate about space, it's all those missiles and mines scattered about! With a couple modes to keep the player busy, and a choice of control systems, it looks like a fun little time waster. Have a watch of the trailer, and see for yourselves.…

Modern Combat 5 delayed till 2014

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 7 months ago
Modern Combat 5 delayed till 2014

Bad news for fans that were anticipating the next installment in the Modern Combat franchise. Gameloft tweeted earlier that to fully achieve their vision for the game, it will be delayed till next year. Those looking for a Gameloft first person shooter experience shouldn't fret however, because Brothers In Arms 3 is supposed to release before 2014 hits. So if you think about it, you'll be getting two high quality shooting experiences within a few months of one another. These games always make my iPhone run extra hot, so my advice would be to start training your hands for extreme temperatures!…

Boyz: Big Bang

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 7 months ago
Boyz: Big Bang

We've all seen our fair share of physics flingers on the App Store, but every now and then, something about a new release in the genre just hits a perfect microcosm. Boyz: Big Bang's trailer is such an occurence with its bizarre yet endearing characters, their animations, and the nasaly theme song that accompanies everything. Take a look for yourselves. See what I mean? there's something definitely there. The game is already out in Canada, but won't be seeing a worldwide release until Novmeber 7th. If you want to help odd boys meet odd girls, this may be the game you've been waiting for.…

Storyteller is a lighthearted yet Grimm look at telling stories

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 7 months ago
Storyteller is a lighthearted yet Grimm look at telling stories

While Daniel Benmergui's game Storyteller currently has no release date aside from 'this year', it's fascinating enough to spread the word about. The video below is from alpha gameplay released much earlier in the year, but it shows off how the story creation works as a puzzle element, and the level of creativity afforded the player at that time (I expect it has gotten more complex in the interim). As you can see, a lot of the subject matter is quite dark (hence the pun in the title of this piece), but there's an amusing nature about how what the story asks of you boils human emotion down into its more simplistic core. Love, betrayal, dispair: all these fun emotions and mor…