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.
League of Geeks' debut game Armello was one of the stars of the show floor at the PAX Australia pop-culture convention last weekend. Coming next year to iOS, it's a gorgeous turn-based strategy offering that draws elements from card and board games, as well as several popular video games — most notably Sid Meier's Civilization series. We spent some time with a pre-alpha build, and walked away impressed.
Creative Assembly, developer of the hyper-ambitious Total War strategy franchise, has charted a more focused course with Napoleon: Total War. Even though the Gold Edition — brought to Mac by Feral Interactive — includes three add-on packs with more units, battles, and countries in tow, the mission of the game is clear: To use the Total War framework to tell a personal narrative of one of history's most determined, megalomaniacal, and successful conquerors.
Brave New World, the second and final expansion pack for Sid Meier's Civilization V, polishes the title's deep, turn-based strategy gameplay with a gazillion small but satisfying new tweaks and improvements. These myriad enhancements provide a number of new ways to do the one thing that all players do every time they boot the game up: Try to take over the world.
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.
Back in the video-game heyday of the ‘90s, it wasn’t uncommon to see high-profile titles get releases on portable systems as well as home consoles. The former ports were invariably watered down — handhelds could at best make a valiant attempt at capturing the spirit of whatever the game was, but the chunky hardware just couldn’t quite get there. Surprisingly, the iOS conversion of well-regarded shoot-'em-up Sine Mora feels like a throwback to those days.
Pac-Man is in the midst of a renaissance right now; between multiple video games built to support an upcoming cartoon launch, the character is headed in a lot of different directions at once. Pac-Man Dash! is his latest iOS incarnation, and it's an endless runner with some enjoyable gameplay mechanics — and also a few missteps in its approach to in-app purchases.
Well, it may not be the Firefly series revival that many of us have been hoping for, but it looks as though fans of the cult sci-fi TV adventure will be able to scratch their 10-year itch with a Firefly-themed iOS app scheduled for a Summer 2014 release. According to the teaser trailer (viewable after the jump), it will be called Firefly Online.
From the Osama bin Laden compound raid to the rescue of hostages from Somali pirates, small military strike teams have grabbed more and more headlines in recent years. It's only fitting that video games, which so regularly imitate soldiers' actions via first-person shooters, would follow suit. Breach & Clear is a celebration of the slow, methodical, and tactical side of combat, with your squad of four soldiers tasked with taking out enemy combatants in a series of engagements. You set their paths and then let them loose, watching as your decisions pay off or get your men killed.
Each week, we highlight a selection of the most interesting, exciting, and unique new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch titles released on the App Store. A couple of slick action affairs headline the week's offering – tactical shooter Breach & Clear, and aerial dogfighting sequel Sky Gamblers: Cold War – though other intriguing options like same-screen iPad multiplayer curio Gentlemen! and "bullet hell" shooter Sine Mora are available, alongside new Pac-Man, Bloons, and Archie games.