Author Archives: Joseph Leray


Low Poly Environmental God Game 'Biome' Coming to iOS Next Year

Biome is an upcoming environmental toy from the trio of developers that make up the fledgling studio known as Knick Knack. All angular polygons and electric greens and blues, Biome lets you "explore and transform the world as you play, unbound by goals or directives," as described on the website...

Microsoft announced earlier this morning that it had acquired Mojang — and Minecraft right along with it — for a cool $2.5 billion. The acquisition is expected to be finalized later this year, and Mojang's three co-founders, including Markus "Notch" Persson, are leaving the company...

As if they weren't busy enough, Harmonix Music Systems recently signed a publishing deal with Tilting Point to bring multiple new games to mobile devices. Tilting Point, to jog your memory, is a mobile publishing and marketing team known for projecting its game trailers onto the walls of Gothic Revival mansions...

1930's Heist Game 'Calvino Noir' Will Sneak onto iOS Later This Year

Daniel Walters and Ceri Williams, the duo behind Micro Macro Games' gorgeous and unfortunately overlooked Morphopolis [$3.99], are working on a stealth-slash-heist game due for the App Store later this year...

The cooperative element of Lucky Frame's new puzzle-roguelike The Nightmare Cooperative [$3.99] reveals itself after a few quick crawls through the game's tile-floored dungeon. Your party of up to four Miners, Archers, and Warriors moves as a single entity, sliding up, down, right, and left in unison with each swipe of your finger. With these strictures in place, its your job to guide your ragged band through 16-odd levels littered with wolves, pits, yetis, and executioners carrying gilded pitchforks. ..

If you're a casual Hearthstone [Free (HD)] player that's been side-eyeing the "Curse of Naxxramas" expansion, you should act quickly to snag the first section: the Arachnid Quarter has been free since release, but that promotion only lasts until the end of the month. Come September 1, the price will jump to 700 in-game gold or $6.99, the same as the other four areas...

Check Out 'Sunburn,' a Game About Throwing Astronauts into the Sun

Dying alone in the dark enormity of the cosmos is one of science fiction's great set pieces: one of the best scenes in all of Star Trek features Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres running out of oxygen somewhere in the Delta Quadrant. All of that existential revulsion is the unfortunate legacy of real-world space travel, too, dotted with heartbreaking figures like Laika and Vladimir Komarov...

Ubisoft Clarifies Episodic Format for 'Valiant Hearts,' "No Comment" on Potential 'Child of Light' for Mobile

Earlier this month, Ubisoft announced the imminent release of a touch-friendly version of Valiant Hearts: The Great War for iOS. The announcement came with news that the game would would be "based on the episodic format allowing players to play the game they way they want, just like for comic books of TV series." That's not exactly the clearest description of an episodic game, so I asked Ubisoft to clarify...

'The Wolf Among Us' Review - Red in Tooth and Claw

The first thing that happens in Telltale Games’ The Wolf Among Us [Free] is that Sheriff Bigby Wolf talks to a toad in a cardigan. The second thing, at least for me, was that he gets beaten to death (twice). Apparent cause of death is an axe handle through the eye socket, but I’m no doctor. That’s a hell of a first impression for the series, adapted from Bill Willingham’s Fables franchise. Fables’ premise—that fairytale characters have come to live in the real-world Bronx—isn’t uncommon: The 10th Kingdom and Neil Gaiman’s American Gods both predate Willingham, and contemporary shows like Once Upon A Time and Sleepy Hollow continue the unevenly handled tradition...

'Daddy Long Legs' Coming to iOS 'Soon,' Bringing Physics-based Hilarity With It

Here's your delightful weirdness for the day: Daddy Long Legs, the newest project by Danish outfit Set Snail, is about moving a set of spindly, angular legs forward as far as you can before physics, gravity, and momentum conspire to topple the fuzzy-faced body attached to them...

New Pixely Shoot 'em Up 'Supermassive' is Shooting for A Fall Release

I haven't, admittedly, played too many shoot-'em-ups on iOS, but most of them have been kind of dinky, for lack of a better word: they're usually a little slow and a little simple, if only to contend with the strictures and realities of touch-friendly action. Maybe I'm not playing the right ones...

Ubisoft Bringing 'Valiant Hearts: The Great War' to iOS in September

During Gamescom, Ubisoft announced that they were bring Valiant Hearts: The Great War to iOS as a universal app next month. The colorful puzzle-adventure game will be available on the App Store on September 4th. It was released last year on PC and console...

Square-Enix has been running a sale on its mobile games catalog for almost two weeks, but it’s been limited to the Google Play store until now. Between now and the end of the week, you can save a fiver on the iOS version of Secret of Mana [$3.99], which is usually $8.99...

Lucky Frame Bringing Roguelike Puzzler 'The Nightmare Cooperative' to iOS

Lucky Frame, the Edinbugensian studio behind Bad Hotel [$1.99], Wave Trip [$0.99], and Gentlemen! [$4.99 (HD)] (all of which we loved), are brining their newest game to iOS. ..

Epiphany Games Announces 'Majestic Nights,' An Episodic RPG Thriller About Conspiracy Theories

Alongside neon, cocaine, and capitalism, conspiracy theories remain one of the enduring cultural touchstones of America during the 1980s. Some of the best crackpot theories happened in the preceding decades— the Philadelphia Experiment, Roswell and Area 51, MK Ultra, John F. Kennedy's assassination, Watergate—but the Iran-Contra affair and the ensuing crack epidemic happened under Ronald Reagan's wrinkly watch, putting a doughy, plastic face on years of alleged coverups. It's no surprise that X-Files was created in 1993...