PAX Prime, Seattle's annual expo of all things gaming-related, drew some big crowds over the weekend — and while much of the focus was on PC and console games brought to the show by big publishers, there were plenty of promising iOS games on display, too. Not surprisingly, some of the most interesting ones came from independent developers. Turn-based strategy, RPGs, racing, and rhythm games were all on display for attendees to see firsthand — but if you didn't get to go, be sure to check out our favorites.
Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride developer Halfbrick announced its next iOS game, Colossatron: Massive World Threat, at a panel at the PAX Australia gaming convention this weekend, revealing details about its story, gameplay, and development. Colossatron puts you in the role a giant robotic snake from outer space that's intent on doing as much damage as possible to the Earth. Producer Sean Druitt came up with the idea after noting that tower defense games tend to be passive once you’ve set up your defenses. “I wanted to do something where you could build things on the fly, and actually react to the environment around you while you're playing,” he explained during a panel discussion on the game.
Z2Live's Metalstorm: Online is going to get a makeover. We caught up with Lou Fasulo, COO of Z2Live, at PAX 2011 to check out a preview of Metalstorm: Wingman which is more than an update. The first of several chapters will be unveiled soon for iOS and include a new story, new games, and new modes.
I caught up with The Game Bakers team at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in Seattle this weekend, and according to Leprince, they were attracted to the iPhone and App Store by the quality and accessibility of the games, but found themselves hoping for a bit more depth from some of the headline titles. Squids is their response, as its vibrant cartoon-like style fits in well with the top casual offerings on the iPhone and iPad, yet it includes deeper layers of customization and strategy that reward dedicated play and tactical thinking.
As of right now, the only way to experience the OnLive gaming service -- which streams full games to any compatible device through an internet connection -- on the iPad is via a free viewer app, which lets you watch any other user's public gameplay stream. It's a nice demonstration of the tech, but ultimately most folks would rather play a slick, thrilling game than watch someone else do it from afar. Luckily, OnLive has an all-new iPad app in the works that will finally deliver on its promise to bring rich, Mac/PC-quality gaming experiences to devices that lack the internal horsepower to run such titles outright.
PAX is this weekend, so to celebrate that celebration of nerdy fun-loving fun, we found a whole mess of iPhone and iPad games on mega-super-fun-lovin' sale. Plus, so you can get creative like Gabe and Tycho, an app that lets you make your own comics, one that puts old-timey filters on your video clips, and one for fancying up your photos, whether you took 'em at PAX in Seattle or in your own backyard.
With all of the console and PC love we found exuding throughout the 2008 Penny Arcade Expo, we wondered if there was any love left for the Mac. (You know, assuming there was any there in the first place.) Not to worry, we found it, bubbling right below the surface.