Author Archives: Joseph Leray


We Sit Down With CCP and Learn of Mysterious Plans for a Possible 'EVE Mobile'

Iceland-based CCP Games is best known for EVE Online, a ruthless, Byzantine MMO set in the cold, vast reaches of a universe called New Eden, where player-led factions and alliances vie for political clout, territory, and the resources necessary to power their massive war machines...

So far, I've played what I would call the prologue of Wadjet Eye's Gemini Rue [$4.99]: I've experimented with  the game's various mechanics and met the major players of its cyberpunk detective plot. What interests me most so far, though, is how writer and designer Joshua Nuernberger teaches players about the game's world and rules...

'Badland' Review - A Stylish, Physics-based Adventure

Multiplayer videogames tend to bring out the worst in me. I have a temper. I have cursed at and been cursed at, and I've flown into Achillean rage during Mario Kart 64: "Sing, O Goddess, the rage of Yoshi / after he was blasted by a Blue Shell." During one particularly heated game of NBA Jam, I pushed my competitor off the couch we were sharing and said some quite rude things about former Chicago Bulls small forward Toni Kukoc...

Last month we told you, rather breathlessly, about Wadjet Eye Games' plans to bring Gemini Rue to iPhone and iPad. Depending on how closely you followed the point-and-click adventure scene a few years ago, you may know Gemini Rue as a gritty, futuristic detective story about a spacecop named Azriel Odin and an amnesiac named Delta-Six. We now know that Gemini Rue will hit the App Store on April 11 and cost $4.99, though the game will be discounted to $3.99 for early adopters for the first few weeks...

Liberation Maiden [$0.99] began as part of Level-5's Guild01 compilation, a collection of four downloadable Nintendo 3DS games made by some of Japan's quirkiest and most innovative designers, including an RPG from Yasumi Matsuno (Final Fantasy series, Vagrant Story) and an airport-management game from Yoot Saito (SimTower, Seaman). Goichi Suda's contribution is Liberation Maiden, a free-roaming, 3D shooter about a young woman who becomes president of New Japan, jumps in a mech named "Kamui," and throws off the yoke of some faceless oppressor called "the Dominion."..

Development on Team Meat's Mew-Genics is in full swing, so much so that the iOS version of Super Meat Boy was put on indefinite hold to send more manpower toward Team Meat's procedural "cat-lady simulator."  Would-be cat herders can look forward to breeding, training, and cryogenically freezing their feline friends later this year on the iPad, but iPhone users may need to brace themselves for disappointment...

Wadjet Eye Games Announce Neo-Noir Thriller 'Gemini Rue' for iPhone and iPad

You know how they say brevity is the soul of wit? Indie publisher Wadjet Eye Games must be witty indeed, then: they sent out a press release yesterday formally announcing iPhone and iPad versions of Gemini Rue, a cyberpunk adventure game designed and written by Joshua Nuernberger...

'Year Walk' Review - Be Careful What You Wish For

I was in a panic. An actual panic...

'Beastie Bay' Review - Kairosoft's take on 'Tropico'-meets-'Pokémon'

There's a great story -- perhaps apocryphal -- about Will Wright designing SimCity to reflect his political beliefs. Specifically, the thinking is that Wright designed the trains and buses in that game to run smoothly and efficiently to reflect his own views about the importance of public transportation. I'm not sure how true that is, but it's a great illustration that the games we play -- and how we play them -- says something about us...

'Kairo' Review - Minimalist Abstraction Never Felt So Good

Richard Perrin's Kairo [$0.99], released under his Locked Door Puzzle label, is billed as a minimalist, first-person exploration puzzle game. That's a mouthful, and it's true, but it doesn't begin to describe the game's texture and feel -- it's equal parts serene, melancholy, unnerving, and dreamlike...

The judges of the Independent Games Festival have been -- for better or worse -- the de facto kingmakers and secret-keepers of indie games development for over a decade now. Each year, the IGF panel nominates games for excellence in various aspects of game development, including audio, visual arts, design, and narrative. There are also categories for technical excellence, a showcase for student-made games, and the Nuovo Award, which honors "abstract ... and unconventional game development."..

'Repulze' Review - Looks like Wipeout, plays like Trackmania

Let's clear the air: clean lines and futuristic stylings aside, Pixelbite Games' Repulze [$2.99] shares little in common with Wipeout. One is an iOS racer that costs less than a dollar, the other is one of Sony's most popular and enduring racing franchises. That's not to discount Repulze, though -- it's from the same team that developed the excellent Reckless Racing 2 [$1.99]. Whereas RR2 included drifting mechanics and a dynamic difficulty system, Repulze is comparatively stripped down: it only does one thing, but it does it really well...

A quick word to developers releasing melodramatic arch-fantasy games on iOS: give your Viking brute a name or I will call him Hodor in my internal monologue...

'Heads Up! Hot Dogs' Review - Humorous Hot Dog Hijinks

As a precocious teenager, I had an irrational fear of the police. Every time I saw them, my hands started sweating as a fetid pit of anxiety grew in my stomach. As a functional member of society today, this fear has largely dissipated -- a speeding ticket is no longer the end of the world as I know it, and I don't tend to keep company with recreational drug users (much)...

After a few hours of Oneclick's Angel Salvation [Free], you're likely  to have developed Tetris Syndrome: colored gems, healing crosses, and devilish earth-tyrants will dominate your thoughts. It's turbo-charged high fantasy aesthetic notwithstanding, Angel Salvation begins zen-like, and your eyes may begin to glaze over as your fingers move about the screen, lazily flicking gems around, making matches and raining hellfire on your enemies...