Film noir combines beautifully with graphic novel aesthetics and stealth puzzling in Third Eye Crime, the debut effort from the ex-Bungie team at Moonshot Games. With a story full of twists and turns and a smooth lead character, it's a super-slick offering, and there's plenty of great level design to back up the style. This iOS original turns one particular film noir convention on its head, casting you not as a private detective but as Rothko, a telepathic art thief dragged into a mess he'd have rather avoided entirely.
There weren't a ton of news stories for this week's iOS gaming news round up, but there were quite a few stellar games actually released to the App Store. So rather than sticking with the formula, we're going to mix it up a bit this week. In lieu of some ho-hum news stories (and passing over lots of deserving games), we're going to be focusing 100% on games this week. It's one of the best weeks in recent memory, so jump into the gallery and have a look.
This mobile games thing is for real -- if anyone anywhere needs one more shred of proof, it’s Bungie Aerospace, a new mobile development arm of Bungie, makers of seminal games like Marathon, Halo, and Myth. Crimson: Steam Pirates is their first title, combining steampunk aesthetics, pirates, and pitch-perfect combat on the iPad.
We've been waiting for a long time, and we weren't even all that sure it would ever happen. However, today we can enjoy the fruits of our patience as the Mac gaming classic Marathon releases on the App Store. Die-hard Marathon fans doubtlessly downloaded it for free on Mac ages ago, but today the series is open for a whole new generation to enjoy.
The developer of the iPad port of Marathon ran into some roadblocks last February while trying to bring the classic franchise up to date. Between some serious technical bugs, and some licensing problems he wasn't even completely sure his work would ever get released.
Some intriguing news has leaked today from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Bungie, the studio behind the Halo, Myth, and Marathon series has reportedly filed for a trademark for "Crimson." What exactly "Crimson" is, we don't know, but it was filed under "computer game software for use on mobile and cellular phones."
If you're not familiar with the Myth series, suffice to say that it's somewhat legendary among long-time Mac gamers. It stands next to Marathon as one of a very small catalogue of games that Mac gamers could hold over their PC-owning friends' heads back in the good old days. (Not coincidentally, they were developed by the same company, Bungie, who would later go on to join the Dark Side and make the Halo games for Microsoft.) Now, Project Magma, a group that works to keep the Myth series current, has announced that they are opening a public beta for their newest version, and they're seeking beta users to help bug-proof the code.
Apple lifers probably know the story of Marathon all too well at this point. The gaming series that made Mac gaming great in the mid-1990s could now possibly return on the iPad. However, the game's developer has reached a few roadblocks which are preventing the game's release as of now.