Author Archives: Joseph Leray


Earlier this morning at PAX East, Blizzard announced a new single player campaign for their breakout free-to-play card battler game, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. The new mode is called “Curse of Naxxramas" and takes place in an ancient necropolis of the same name. This will be the first bit of single player content for Hearthstone (not counting the game's brief tutorial or practice rounds against the AI)...

'Street Fighter' Dev Releasing Card-Battler 'Yomi' on iPad Next Week

Yomi is a tabletop card-battling game that takes place in David Sirlin's Fantasy Strike universe. At some point, Sirlin made a Unity-driven version and threw it up on the Fantasy Strike website, but according to a new post on his forums, it's also coming to iPad next week...

Sugar High: Cartoon Network to Publish 'Zelda'-esque 'Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake'

SleepNinja Games is teaming up with Cartoon Network to publish Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake, an upcoming "environmental puzzle" game for PC, Mac, and iOS in the vein of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past...

Just for Kicks: 'Kind of Soccer' Coming Out This Month

Kind of Soccer, a new game by Swiss designer Christian Schnellmann, isn't soccer at all, or even kind of like soccer. Sure, everybody's got a little soccer kit on, but it could be called Kind of Elves, or Kind of Space Marines, or Kind of Hodappy Birds, and it would still be a cute little action game...

Kalypso Media has formed a sister company to develop and publish games on iOS and Android, according to a press release sent out by the German publisher. The newly-minted Kalypso Media Mobile (what poetry!) will start with handheld versions of its parent company's franchises, but brand new games are also in the works. ..

Earlier this week, Mode 7 Games announced (via Facebook and co-founder Paul Taylor's Twitter account) that Frozen Synapse [$9.99 (HD)] was coming to iPhones. The top-down tactical strategy game was well-received when it was released on PC and Mac a few years ago, and again when it made its iOS debut as an iPad-only game last year. Line of sight and adequate cover are one thing, but Frozen Synapse's real draw is the mental chess match that occurs between opposing players: the game is turn-based, but all of the action happens simultaneously, so you'll be guessing your enemy's strategy while devising your own. It's neat stuff...

The App Store is, as a rule, wild about visually-pleasing puzzle games for the iPhone. iPad-only puzzle games? Not so much. After admitting that sales of Shapist [Free], an iPad-only block-sliding puzzle game, haven't been as strong as hoped, developer Ori Takemeura announced on our forums that he will be re-releasing the game for iPhone "shortly," complete with new levels and difficulty tweaks. "Work is progressing nicely," he writes later in the thread...

D3 Publisher, the monster-geniuses behind Puzzle Quest, have always been more concerned with iteration and execution than novelty. They weren’t the first to pair match-three puzzling to turn-based combat, and they seem less concerned with being the best at it -- a title that perhaps belongs to Puzzle & Dragons [Free] -- than with laser-focusing on the human brain’s dopamine centers. One hexagonal detour through Puzzle Quest: Galactrix notwithstanding, D3 have made an entire business model out of building better mousetraps...

'Rymdkapsel' Review - Minimalist Base-Building Among the Stars

It took me a long time to beat Grapefrukt's Rymdkapsel [$3.99] a second time, even after playing it for a week...

Walking along a grassy forest floor among silhouetted trees shooting interminably upward, each step rumbling in his ear, the Boy accidentally steps on a wolf trap. His head pops into the air, followed by a comet’s tail of black blood, as his body goes limp, and the trap pries itself open with a creak. It’d be funny if it weren’t so arresting, but that’s Limbo [$4.99]...

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 [$2.99] 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."..