Icycle: On Thin Ice is a platformer about a man named Dennis trying to survive the frozen apocalypse and find his way to his true love with nothing more than his bicycle, hat, and scarf. Literally, nothing more than that. Dude’s naked. Because if you’re going to place the post-apocalyptic fate of humanity in the hands of anyone, it may as well be the naked fellow on the bicycle.
One of my favorite things about attending expos is finding exciting products I didn’t know would be there. That was harder than usual for Mac games at E3 2013 because I already knew about each game heading our way. However, there’s one I’m more intrigued by now than I was going into my demo: Nordic Games’ The Raven.
Deus Ex: The Fall was easily the biggest iOS reveal heading into E3 2013, but could a tablet version live up to the Deus Ex legacy? In short, yes. At length, absolutely. I spent about ten minutes playing the iPad on the show floor and another 15 getting a media demo from Square Enix digital producer James Wright, and I can safely say that Deus Ex: The Fall is everything fans of the series will want it to be…other than it being on a console, I mean.
“Serious fun” is kind of an ironic slogan for Natsume, as there’s not a whole lot serious about their games. Their iOS lineup for 2013 involves fishing (which I guess some people take seriously enough), zombie attacks, human attacks, ninjas climbing over Tetris blocks, and, in a pleasant surprise, a HomeTown Story.
E3 2013 has come to a close, leaving most to wonder how Microsoft feels about getting slapped around by Sony, and whether Nintendo can compete in this next round of console wars. Not us, though. Beneath all the console hullabaloo were some fantastic games for the Mac and Apple’s iDevices. We’ll be writing up many of them over the next few days, but want to first draw your attention to what I feel was the show’s best game that’s coming to OS X: Blackguards from Daedalic Entertainment.
Founded in January of 2007, InnoGames has over 100 million registered players of their online games, and that number is likely to increase now that the Hamburg, Germany based company has announced they’re bringing two of their more popular games—Forge of Empires and Grepolis—to iOS and Android devices.
Many of us want to be in a video game, and with the upcoming Bloodmasque from Square Enix for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, you’ll finally get that chance. Snap a photo of yourself for your character’s face and add expressions for combat and cutscenes. Then you’ll be able to add extra features such as hairstyle, skin tone, bone structure, and more.
Movie tie-ins equal shovel-ware right? That may still be the case with games for consoles and handhelds, but I’ve had demos this week of Pacific Rim and Man of Steel for iOS, and came away quite impressed with both. You needn’t be a fan of said movies to enjoy the games, you just need to enjoy virtual fisticuffs.
Scosche has just taken the wraps off their smartROLL dice, a pair of wireless dice that can be used for gameplay on your Mac or iDevice. Although not available yet, the company is currently seeking developers interested in using the new accessory for more immersive gaming experiences.
Apple’s WWDC 2013 keynote brought us quite a bit to look forward to, even if an iWatch wasn’t part of it. But that doesn’t mean the week’s announcements are over. We’ve still got the rest of WWDC, and E3 2013 kicks off tomorrow in L.A. To celebrate, AppleTell will be giving away iOS and OS X game codes via our Twitter account. You all follow us already, right?
Square Enix Ltd. has announced Deus Ex: Fall—the new installment of the award winning Deus Ex series. The announcement specifically singles out a European PAL release, but the game will be on display at E3, so I’m guessing either someone got their press releases crossed or the North American announcement just hasn’t been made official. The release also ambiguously states “mobile and tablet devices” for the platform, but the developers single out the iPhone and iPad in the video past the jump.
Nastume has developed and published some popular family-oriented games for consoles and handheld devices (think Harvest Moon, Rune Factory and Reel Fishing), but at E3 2013 in Los Angeles next month, they’ll be bringing their iOS lineup to the forefront. Amongst the numerous titles on display will be two entries in the Gabrielle’s Ghostly Groove series, a new Reel Fishing game, and a new IP called Ninja Climb.