Category Archives: GDC

GDC 2014: Rusty Moyher's 'Astro Duel' - A Neat Single Device Multiplayer Shooter

Kicking things off at GDC this year is Rusty Moyher's Astro Duel. It's an iPad-only multiplayer game where up to four people can fly around on a single iPad and battle it out to the death. It's a hard game to demo because a lot of the magic comes from using iOS devices as controllers which is sort of lost in the video:..

TouchArcade Will Be at GDC Next Week

Hey guys, just a heads up to our readers that next week GDC is underway and both Jared and I will be there reporting live. If this is your first TouchArcade GDC experience, expect loads of content from us as we meet up with developers who are showing off their exciting new games. Connectivity in San Francisco is always an interesting challenge, so we might have loads of video content, or we might just be tweeting a lot about how much we'd love to upload our video content. Either way! It should be fun for everyone...

PAX East and GDC 2013: That's a Wrap!

It's Monday, we're all back in our respective homes, and have just posted the remainder of the GDC straggler stories. PAX East and GDC were both insanely busy this year, so much so that we found ourselves wondering if we were actually posting too much event coverage. Regardless, good times were had by all, and like every year, it was awesome to see both familiar faces as well as meeting all sorts of new people at GDC. I've said before, and I'll say it again, if you're involved in game development in any way, GDC is an event you need to get to. GDC 2014 will take place from Monday, March 17 to Friday, March 21, 2014... So plan accordingly!..

As I've mentioned before, I did a lot of talks at GDC. All of them should eventually be available on the GDC Vault (hopefully for free) if you weren't at the event, it's just a matter of waiting for the GDC teams to do all the video processing and all that fun stuff to get them online. One of my three talks was a panel in the format of a live version of the Walled Garden Weekly podcast...

GDC 2013: The First Five Minutes of 'Oceanhorn'

The upcoming Zelda-esque action RPG Oceanhorn is one of the most anticipated games amongst our community, and I've been dying to get my hands on it myself. Especially after a premature copy was accidentally released in late February, further teasing us anxious gamers. At GDC last week I finally got to sit down with Phillip from FDG Entertainment, who signed on last December to help developer Cornfox & Bros wrap up development on the title, and give Oceanhorn a spin...

GDC 2013: Hands-on with 'The Other Brothers', Launching this Week

It feels like we've been waiting for The Other Brothers forever, but after a long and somewhat rocky development this throwback platformer is finally ready for the masses as it's set for launch this week on April 4th. I sat down with Giuseppe from Simian Squared at GDC last week to give The Other Brothers a spin for myself. Have a look at our hands-on video...

GDC 2013: A Look at 'Bean Dreams', Sequel to Bouncy Platformer 'Bean's Quest'

One of the more interesting platformers on iOS, and a personal favorite, is Bean's Quest [$2.99] from Kumobius. Playing as a perpetually jumping bean named Emilio, it wasn't just about making it to the end of a level in Bean's Quest, which could definitely be a challenge in itself, but rather doing it in as few bounces as possible. It could be downright maddening at times, but in that good way that made you want to keep trying until you finally succeeded...

GDC 2013: Tower Defense Game 'Crystal Siege' Has Some Cool Tricks Up Its Sleeve

FDG Entertainment was on hand at GDC to show off a couple of their upcoming projects, one of which was a very interesting tower defense game called Crystal Siege. Right off the bat it reminds me a lot of Kingdom Rush [$0.99 / $2.99 (HD)], which isn't a bad thing by any stretch of the imagination, since Kingdom Rush is fantastic. But Crystal Siege also throws in a few more elements that give you a more hands-on approach to tower defense, like directly controlling your main character to help fight off enemies and neat environmental features that you can activate and use to your advantage. Take a look at our hands-on video of the game for a closer look...

GDC 2013: 'Zombie Faceball' is Whacking Zombie Heads Like Baseballs

Besides giving us a look at Pylon yesterday, a rather hardcore action RPG, Quantumsquid was also showing off an upcoming game on the other end of the spectrum with their casual high-scoring game Zombie Faceball. I know, I know, zombies, am I right? But Zombie Faceball does the theme well, and the game itself is fun, which is what really counts. ..

GDC 2013: Crescent Moon's 'Exiles' Brings a Science Fiction Spin to their Brand of Open World RPG

Crescent Moon Games put out a ton of different styles of games, but they are most widely associated with expansive role-playing games like Aralon [$4.99] and Ravensword Shadowlands [$6.99]. They're getting back to that once more with their upcoming science fiction themed, open world RPG called Exiles, and as with most their games it's quite the visual treat. Check out this brief look at an extremely early build of Exiles to see for yourself...

GDC 2013: 'Pylon' is a Great Looking Hack'n Slash RPG Coming this Summer

QuantumSquid was here at GDC 2013 showing off a couple of upcoming games, and their Diablo-esque hack 'n slash RPG Pylon was looking incredibly good. I'll keep my introduction brief as we cover a lot of ground in this fairly lengthy look at Pylon, so without further ado please give our hands-on video a look...

GDC 2013: 'Skiing Fred' Takes the "Fred" Series in a Wintery Direction

Dedalord is continuing their series of "Fred" games, following 2011's Falling Fred [Free] and 2012's Running Fred [Free] with a snow sports themed version called Skiing Fred. Like the other games in the series, there is a ton of personality in the environments and with Fred himself, as well as a ton of gore and brutality. Here's some hands-on video from Skiing Fred with some commentary from the developers...

GDC 2013: 'Island Escape' is a Warioware-like Mini-game Collection with a Story to Tell

There have been a few attempts at bringing Warioware-like frantic mini-game collections to iOS, but I've always wondered why it wasn't a more popular idea. The mobile platform is great for these quick-hitting type of experiences. ..

GDC 2013: Hands-On With 'Football Heroes,' An Awesome Throwback Football Game

Straight-up, if you were a fan of Tecmo Bowl, Mutant League Football, or any other zany old-school football game, you've got to check out Football Heroes. It's a throwback to those games of old, except updated with modern RPG, customization, and competitive trimmings. As you play, your players level up and you can acquire increasingly zanier moves. You can also name your own players, teams, and assign colors. It's a small thing, but as you'll see in our video, you can get some pretty hilarious results...

GDC 2013: 'Stellar Wars' - The Latest in the Liv Games Saga

Crazy about Legendary Wars [$0.99] and/or Monster Wars and find yourself wanting more? Well, Liv Games is hard at work on turning the "Wars" series into a trilogy with Stellar Wars which builds on the foundations of previous games with a sci-fi spin and even side-scrolling shooter sections...

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