Category Archives: GDC

GDC 2014: 'Battle Casters', a Dual Stick Dungeon Crawler from the Makers of 'Mega Jump' and 'Mega Run'

Get Set Games is pretty popular on the iOS and Android platforms with such hits as Mega Jump and Mega Run, and talking with them at GDC in years past it's really clear they're brimming with cool game ideas. One type of game they've always wanted to create is a dual-stick shooter, so they're going for it with their newest creation called Battle Casters. We dive into a pretty early version of Battle Casters in the video below, check it out...

GDC 2014: Acceleroto's 'Unpossible' Will Be Your Next "Twitch Game" Obsession

While super difficult, fast-reaction arcade games are nothing new, it feels like ever since Terry Cavanagh's Super Hexagon hit the scene the genre has gained prominence, even earning its own classification called "twitch games." Long-time iOS developer Acceleroto has their own brand of twitch game coming up called Unpossible, and it's absolutely awesome. It feels something like a mix between Impossible Road and Super Hexagon, and sees you barreling down a tube and rotating around its surface to avoid approaching objects. Sounds simple enough on paper, but like its name alludes to, Unpossible is a serious challenge...

GDC 2014: 'Ravensburger Puzzle' is Your One-stop Shop for Digital Jigsaw Puzzles

The arrival of the iPad has revolutionized many classic gaming pastimes. One example would be board games. While not a complete replacement for physically rolling dice and moving pieces across a board, it sure is convenient to be able to take many board games with you wherever you go, all stored neatly in digital form on your iPad. No pieces to worry about losing, no fuss and no muss. The same can be said about physical jigsaw puzzles. While snapping tiny cardboard pieces together will always have a satisfaction that's hard to match in digital form, the iPad should be a great way to enjoy a jigsaw puzzle experience without the clunkiness of physical pieces...

Impressive Space Shooter 'Star Horizon' Gets a New Hands-on Video, Launches this Week

If you remember earlier this month I posted a trailer for a new game called Star Horizon, a visually-stunning on-rails space shooter from Tabasco Interactive. If you missed that trailer, go check it out now. Seriously, I'll wait. All done? Ok good, because Star Horizon is set to launch later this week, and today the developers have released another new trailer, this time a hands-on video of how the game is actually played using both the normal touchscreen controls and an iOS 7 controller. Check it out...

GDC 2014: 'Word Explorer' from Tower Studios Lets You Practice Your Spelling while Traveling the World

Word games are a perfect fit for mobile, and Tower Studios' upcoming Word Explorer even seems fit for the jet-setting lifestyle of a mobile gamer. Or, if you're a more sedentary mobile gamer like me, it can at least simulate the feeling of jetting all over the world. Its extensive list of puzzles are based on locations all over the globe, and you'll travel all over as you work towards completing them. The game has an uncanny amount of word puzzles to solve as well as real photos of animals and locations from around the world for you to collect. With little factoids associated with each image, you might even learn something by playing. Check out our lengthy look at Word Explorer...

GDC 2014: 'Leo's Fortune' - A Beautiful Physics Platformer

Another game we saw today at GDC was Leo's Fortune, a super slick looking physics-based platformer featuring a weird green puff named Leopold. You can inflate yourself to float, interact with puzzle elements in game, and more. Additionally, they've made sure that even though some of the platforming elements can be frustrating, you instantly respawn a few seconds back so you never need to replay entire levels:..

GDC 2014: 'Darkin' - A Neat 'Dungeon Raid'-like

Dungeon Raid [$1.99] is still one of my favorite games, but it hasn't been updated since early 2011 and is really starting to feel old. Well, Darkin is setting out to offer an updated vampire-themed experience which feels a lot like the Dungeon Raid experience only... made this year:..

GDC 2014: Fling Your Character Around Ragdoll-style in 'The Sleeping Prince', a Silly Platformer from Signal Studios

Seattle-based Signal Studios is at GDC showing off their upcoming platformer The Sleeping Prince. Before we got into our demo, I was fully expecting a completely different game. I mean, I see a cutesy art style and a game about a royal family, and it's a free to play title, so I instantly expected some sort of city builder. Man was I ever wrong. The Sleeping Prince is actually a platformer, and seeing as the main character is asleep, it's your job to fling the poor fellow through each of the levels, ragdoll style. It's silly and a whole lot of fun. Check it out...

GDC 2014: 'Gunship X' - Mow Down Aliens From an AC-130

If your favorite level of Call of Duty involves raining death from an AC-130, Gunship X is another game on the App Store that'll be right up your alley. It's sort of crazy just how similar it is to Zombie Gunship [$0.99], but it is developed by some of the same people who had their hands in the original game. The similarities, at least on the surface, are pretty obvious:..

GDC 2014: Proletariat's 'World Zombination', a Massively Online Zombie Apocalypse

Developer Proletariat is here at GDC showing off their interesting looking massively multiplayer strategy game World Zombination. It's a classic tale of humans fighting against a zombie invasion, but with the twist that you can play as either side. The MMO element has to do with how many players will all be plugged into the same planet at the same time, either fighting to infect the world or fighting against it. Here's a demo of World Zombination with a look at both the zombie and the human sides...

GDC 2014: GameResort's 'Adventure Beaks', a Runner that Features Dressing Up Penguins

GameResort is responsible for some of my favorite iOS games, like Biplane and Downhill Bowling, and they're at GDC this week showing off their latest effort Adventure Beaks. It's a runner, which admittedly is a tough sell nowadays, but hear me out as this one is incredibly well done. The level designs are wonderful, and there's a whole bunch of them, as well as an extensive character customization system. Also, adorable penguins. We take a lengthy look at Adventure Beaks in the video below...

GDC 2014: An Updated Look at 'Framed' from Loveshack Entertainment

One of my most highly-anticipated upcoming games is Framed from Australia-based Loveshack Entertainment. It's sort of a puzzle game mixed with a noir style graphic novel, where you must place the various frames of each scene in the proper order to ensure your character can make their way past various guards and other obstacles. It's really unlike anything I've ever seen before, and about this time last year we had one of our Australia-based writers pay them a visit and get a firsthand look at an early version of Framed. Then this past December, Loveshack released an updated trailer for the game, and it continued to look really great. Here at GDC, Loveshack was showing off the newest version of Framed, and it comes with some new mechanics and even the first look at a new character. Check it out...

GDC 2014: Ensomniac's 'Quest', a Runner with Great Visuals and 'Fruit Ninja' Swiping Elements

You may be familiar with Ensomniac Studios by their iOS game Glint [Free], which was just released to the App Store last week. The one-man studio is here at GDC showing off a new iOS gaming project, tentatively titled Quest. It's a side-scrolling runner heavily inspired by Temple Run, which is the first game that got Ensomniac's Ryan Martin interested in mobile gaming in the first place. Check out the hands-on demo...

Another thing we checked out at GDC was the augmented reality game ESPIONAG3: Berlin Files [Free]. It feels a bit like a tech demo, but it's really neat actually seeing an augmented reality game that uses a huge board space instead of the tiny little printed out hot spots that a lot of augmented reality apps rely on to know where to render things in game. We discuss how it all works and fiddle around in our hands-on:..

GDC 2014: 'Sneaky Sneaky', a Stealth-based, Puzzle-filled Dungeon Crawler

GDC has officially kicked off for us at TouchArcade, and one of the first games we've seen is Naiad Entertainment's Sneaky Sneaky. It's something of a dungeon crawler with stealth elements, as well as some light puzzle solving and enemy battles. Here's a video where Naiad explains the game by going through a few demo levels they built just for GDC...

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