seabeard_screenshot_1We've been pretty dedicated with our various game of the week choices over the months since we've started the column, but we're doing something a little different this week since 98% of our attention went towards games we saw at GDC. So, here's the Game of GDC. Weirder yet, since most of the games we've seen are either works in progress or prototypes, we've decided what we're shooting for with this nomination is the game that seems the most promising to be really radical when it's finally released.

The clear winner seems to be Hand Circus's Seabeard. First off, I've always considered Simon Oliver to be a legendary game developer on iOS. He was instrumental in the early days of iOS in the transition to iPhone games instead of games that happen to run on the iPhone. It's an important distinction that anyone who was around in the beginning of the App Store will remember. Rolando didn't rely on D-Pads or virtual buttons, and instead just felt like it totally belonged, and could only exist on the platform.

Somewhat similarly, Seabeard feels like a very special miniature world in your pocket. Instead of developing a very stereotypical free to play gravy train game, they've built a insanely captivating universe complete with real-world time integration and so many things you can do inside of it that we weren't really sure to make of the launch trailer. It's free, but it doesn't seem like it matters, as Simon has made it very clear that he doesn't want any sort of pay walls. Additionally, they're hooked up with Backflip, and all of their pay models have been totally agreeable.

In a meeting at GDC, Simon Oliver gave us a complete walkthrough of the basics of the game, and I can't wait to play it. It seems like it's got all the hooks of Animal Crossing, with more. Since they're building the game with the intention that you can play it forever, you're never going to run out of things to do like you sort of do in Animal Crossing once you've fully tricked out your house.

We've seen a lot of great things this week, but the game we're most excited for, without a doubt, is Seabeard.

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  • jusadamfal

    Nice! I want it! What's combat like? Turn based? When's it out?!!!!!

  • o0oJAKEo0o

    Wayward Souls

  • Echoen

    That looks seriously good for a free-to-play game.

  • crunc

    So is it free-to-play or not? You say they didn't build a free-to-play gravy train, but then don't say that it isn't free-to-play.

    • Mess

      Did you read the article?

      It's free. It has IAP. But it has been designed so there are no Pay Walls. I take from this that it will be free to play, and you won't have to pay anything to have the full experience.
      It's no way a similar game, but think like Disco Zoo. That game is free, and you get the full game without needing to pay anything, but the option to buy things is there in the game which may make it easier, but it's entirely optional.

  • Echoen

    No news on Implosion?

  • Matthew Friend

    I want! That looks so cool.

  • C. Stubb

    Yes, I know it was introduced last year, but still, I must say that I anticipate the arrival of Wayward Souls more than anything else mentioned this week.

  • spokentruths772

    Will this be on android

  • thefropro

    Oceanhorn? Seabeard?
    Beardhorn!

    • fearlesskk

      Animal crossing? Zelda: Phantom hourglass?
      Animal: Phantom crossing

  • JCho133

    Weird that you guys didn't see any Crescent moon games

  • Mess

    No 'Add to Watchlist'?

    • Corky McButterpants

      I posted the link, but this must be against commenting rules (I can't find!).Rather than fix this article, or point towards it - they deleted
      comment.
      You're on your own buddy

    • Cevan7

      It's there now.

      • Mess

        Got it now, thanks :D

  • markymarkanddafunkybunch

    Looks too complicated for my taste. I'm old school. I like 2 D games. Swordigo hands down is the best game I've played yet on my iPod. I wish we had more games like it

    • 5hift

      I guess once you start playing the game you'll get the hang of all the features.

  • Guest

    I posted the link, but this must be against commenting rules (I can't find!).Rather than fix the article, or point towards it - they deleted
    comment.
    You're on your own
    buddy

  • Unfrozen

    I am so excited for this. Rolando was ground breaking and I believe you are correct that this will be too.

  • haewyre99

    Looks awesome and immersive. A perfect way to lose lots of hours!

  • worldcitizen1919

    It's got an OceanHorn look and play about it. Looks too much like a clone to me. Even the travelling between Islands and the shooting of fish that was in Ocean Horn too. So if this is not almost an exact clone then what is?

    Some things look better such as stores and you can get someone to fish for you. Just looking at preview I felt I had already played the game.

    • 5hift

      The controls are different, there's different combat, quests, pets, dungeons, and so much more. Does the look and feel of a game make it exactly the same as another game with the same look and feel? Take Mage Gauntlet and Wayward Souls for sample. The art style and combat doesn't really change but the controls and content are different.

    • Azzotix

      Dude I've seen you rage on every GDC game. There is no way you can feel like you played this because it is way different than any other game and it's going to be Baller! There's no reason to say that you don't like this game because everyone else does and no one really cares that you don't like it.

  • Slothwerks

    Looks absolutely incredible, where do I sign up?!

  • ramireo

    WHEN? When is it going to be available on iOS? Can't wait

  • rewind

    I'm not even 6 minutes into the video and this looks very promising. I just hope they have the time and energy to add as much content as planned. And the best part is that it's free, so the audience will be huge. I'm excited.

  • Ramaz1234

    I'm so excited!!

  • http://www.appfreakblog.com appfreak

    Still watching the video and I can see this is going to be a treat for iOS gamers. With the appeal of Animal Crossing (which never clicked for me), free to try, cutesy style and mini games, it's bound to be a hit. The kind of production Apple showcases at WWDC!

    Do I hear British accent there?

    • hourglass

      Man, I remember the first time I played Animal Crossing. That's a great game.

  • chanandler

    Really looking forward to playing this one, hope it's out soon!

  • Azzotix

    Hey wait so is this a online multiplayer game or a single player game? Please say single because I don't want some kid spending 50$ to get all the IAPs and dominate.

  • Azzotix

    This game is awesome! Can't wait

  • bigjack66

    Didn't we already do this in Oceanhorn with better graphics?

  • worldcitizen1919

    I personally think this has a good chance of legal action against it. It's just way too much a clone of Ocean Horn. Look at the preview and the ship shooting fish!! That's a carbon copy from Ocean Horn. I would be suing.

    I'm not saying the game's bad. I'd like very much to play it mainly because its Ocean Horn mark II with different content and quests. Basically a new add on to Ocean Horn and who wouldn't want that? Only it's not Ocean Horn so they might have a legal case to answer. I definitely would be suing for so blatant a steal of copyright.

    • Azzotix

      Once again this is no where close to oceanhorn. If u have eyes the graphics are completely different. Lol

    • 5hift

      Oceanhorn's gameplay and graphics are heavily based off Zelda yet I don't see anyone flipping their shit about it. Seriously, what's wrong with you guys? It's an iOS game. Nobody would even care.

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    • Azzotix

      Worldcitizen the thought of even bringing up a legal case against a game which is no where near a copy unless you are mentally impaired and believe it is. Why do you hate this so much? There are 40 comments and 39 say this game is going to kick ass and one says you should bring up a legal copyright case? Why would you even think of this? Please get into the real world and realize that the world does not revolve around you and no one really cares about what you think. You saying this is a clone of ocean horn is like saying that blue is like white. Meaning they are two very different things.......

      All I know is that you will be complaining on how the games are "so related" while we will be enjoying this game very much! The only thing that these two games have in common is the genre.

  • Wolfcoyote

    I'm sorry, but this is a little too much like Oceanhorn, which was a little too close (a little being ironic) to LoZ:WW. we can't simply pretend that Nintendo's franchise doesn't exist. I'm skipping this one.

    • CkX82

      Good, more videogame for me to play

  • funem

    I don't mind take it or leave it IAP's as long as they don't create issues with timers or paywalls, but what I really hope is that it can be played totally offline.

    It does look awesome can't wait for it.

  • Ultima12

    Wow!! This looks fantastic!!