Just as the impending holiday season means huge games for consoles and computers, this is one of the biggest weeks for new iOS games we’ve seen in a long time. The iOS version of strategy favorite XCOM: Enemy Within leads the charge, while Space Age and Framed are both strong-looking originals, and the expansion for Monument Valley is a welcome addition to one of the year’s best games.
Loveshack Entertainment's upcoming iOS and Mac game Framed really stood out at the PAX Australia pop culture convention this past weekend. Not for flashy graphics – although the stylized painted visuals are impressive – but for the way in which it combines comic books, games, and animated storytelling in a fascinating, immediately compelling experience.
Indie developers were out in force for Australia’s first PAX gaming convention, with iOS games outnumbering offerings on other platforms on the show floor. Ubisoft and Nintendo stood mostly alone as the big publishers in attendance, joined by mobile giants Halfbrick and more than 20 smaller developers, many of which rose from the ashes of now-defunct triple-A companies like Blue Tongue and Pandemic. And they made an impression. Here are 10 of the most intriguing new and upcoming iOS and Mac games we saw on the show floor at PAX Australia.