Friday, March 30, 2012

Retro Racing is back!

Mr Qwak's brilliant, retro-inspired, beautiful and excellently designed Retro Racing is back (after a few silly problems of bureaucratic nature) on the App Store. Grab it. It remains a refreshingly fun and addictive racing game by a developer that has been providing us with great games since the Amiga era. 

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Adventure Game Studio PSP

The Adventure Game Studio, as you might already be aware of, is a powerful yet simple to use and very freeware (open source too) tool for creating point-and-click adventure games for the PC. It has already helped with the creation of such masterpieces as Gemini Rue, the Blackwell series, Eternally Us, The Shivah, Snakes of Avalon, Metal Dead and seems to have played an integral part in the adventure game renaissance we are experiencing.

Happily, you can now play all those fantastic adventures on your Sony PSP too, what with the release of the impressive Adventure Game Studio Runtime for PSP. At the time of writing all games made with AGS version 2.50 or higher and running in low resolution are supported.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

GemRB brings classic RPGs to Android & iOS

While we were all waiting for the iPad version of Baldur's Gate: Enhanced, dear Gary went on and discovered something rather spectacular: GemRB. It's an open source implementation of Bioware's Infinity Engine that can run on practically anything, meaning that you can also enjoy such masterpieces as Planescape: Torment and Baldur's Gate on your iOS or Android thingy. Apparently, it works pretty impressively too and wont cost you a thing!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The King of Shreds and Patches

The King of Shreds and Patches, the excellent novel-sized piece of interactive fiction by Jimmy Maher, has finally been made available on Android tablets. You can find out more about it over here. It's definitely worth your time mind.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition for iPad

We were all more or less underwhelmed by the recent announcement of Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, but -truth be said- it could easily turn out to be much more than (I, at least) originally expected. Baldur's Gate does after all remain a brilliant CRPG that does justice to both the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons system and the Forgotten Realms setting. Besides, it hasn't aged a day.

What's more, the developers of the Enhanced Edition have just announced the game will actually be coming to the iPad! It will be released sometime during the summer and we can be perfectly sure that it will indeed be the best RPG available for the platform. Will probably look fantastic too.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Quiet, Please! (Windows Phone)

Don't think I'ever posted anything on Windows Phones yet, but, well, the time has come to add that platform to GotG's interests. So, what better way to kick things off than pointing you towards a brand new, happily pixelated, colourful and very intriguing adventure game? None, really. Here's Quiet, Please! then. A lovely and cheerful puzzle-solving offering that will only set you back $0.99.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Android Humble Bundle the Second

Ah, you lucky Android gamers, you. You can once again grab four of the best indie games available for your mobile gaming platform of choice for the price of your choice. Canabalt, Zen Bound 2, Cogs and that glorious indie RPG Avadon: The Black Fortress are waiting for you over at the ever excellent Humble Bundle. Should you choose to pay more than the average, you'll also be getting the incredibly intriguing side-scrolling fantasy strategy offering Swords & Soldiers.

As always you can choose to help charity too and, of course, also grab the games for your Windows PC, Mac or Linux machine. Oh, and I wouldn't be surprised if more goodies were eventually added to the mix.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Little Big Adventure goes Mobile

Created by the talented people responsible for the original Alone in the Dark, 1994's Little Big Adventure (a.k.a. Relentless: Twinsen's Odyssey) was a true masterpiece. It looked beautiful in its colourful isometric glory, seamlessly combined adventure and action elements, sported a brilliant plot set in a unique cartoony dystopia, introduced us to some successfully innovative mechanics and even provided with more than a few excellent puzzles. Oh, and just like all masterpiece Little Big Adventure hasn't aged a day.

Today's good news then is that Little Big Adventure will be coming to both iOS and Android phones courtesy of retro-porting masters DotEmu. You can expect it to appear sometime during the fall of 2012 and hope the elegant controls have been elegantly adapted for touch controls. You can find out more here and even notice that The Last Express is also coming to an iPhone near you...

Monday, March 19, 2012

Another World 20th Anniversary Android

Following the successful release of the updated Another World 20th Anniversary on iOS, the brilliant retro magicians of DotEmu finally unleashed the Android port of Eric Chahi's classic. You can grab this fantastic new version over at Google Play and enjoy the brilliant new graphics, the multitude of extras and one of the most interesting control schemes ever. Besides, Another World remains a truly excellent, masterfully directed and wildly imaginative arcade-adventure that hasn't aged a day.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mass Effect 3 Datapad (iOS)

If you are playing Mass Effect 3 and own any iOS device, things are pretty simple: you have to download the Mass Effect 3 Datapad. Despite its slight shortcomings, it generally is a lovely little app that will let you receive news from the Alliance News Network, access the Mass Effect codex database, browse videos and even deploy troops throughout the galaxy. Besides, it's absolutely free to grab!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Uplink might go the Android way

It was back in 2001 when British indie dev team Introversion released its first (and some might say best) game: Uplink. It was a graphically simple yet elegant and unique offering, and one of the very first indie games that actually managed to gather some mainstream publication support. It was, after all, such a fresh and excellently executed idea. A brilliantly atmospheric hacking game, that despite being easy to get into felt surprisingly authentic. Or, well, as authentic as, say, a very good space-flight sim.

Now, as you may have guessed Introversion might just have plans to port Uplink to Android, which is frankly a pretty brilliant idea. They did say so in their 500th tweet, though nothing is apparently set in stone. Then again, I don't remember Introversion ever teasing without actually trying to accomplish anything, so, well, hopes should be high. Oh, and do find out more about Uplink and give its demo a try here.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Lords of Midnight goes mobile

Anyone old enough to remember the ZX Spectrum RPG/strategy epic that was Lords of Midnight should be delighted to know that its release (a remake actually) on the iPhone and iPad (who knows, maybe even Android too) is coming closer with each passing day. And the latest video released by its developer is too promising. Yes, despite the placeholder bits and the blurry video quality. Anyway. Find out more about the project and follow its development over at the ice-blog.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Deflektor: the Android remake

The original 1987 Deflektor, a truly classic puzzle game released for the 8-bit and 16-bit micros, is one of those vintage games that haven't aged a day. Not when it comes to their gameplay at least. Rotating mirrors to deflect a beam while avoiding mirrors not only feels fresh, but actually ideal for mobile gaming. Especially when accompanied by shiny new graphics.

The Deflector Remake for Android you can grab over at the fancy new Google Play for free is a remake that does exactly this. It provides the original Deflektor with new graphics, touch controls and online hisghscore tables. What's more, it includes all 60 levels of the original.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Ovine By Design presents Quantasm

Rotate, fire and progress through a multitude of unique levels with the latest release of dear indie studio Ovine by Design: Quantasm. Sporting unique mechanics, an excellent score system, psychedelic graphics and some frantic action, Quantasm is one game you really shouldn't miss. Besides, it's so very cheap, it's absolutely worth a go. Oh, and the app has been designed for both the iPhone and iPad too!

Thursday, March 08, 2012

An Android Robotek

Robotek is one of the most popular free games for Android phones and one of the few freebies that properly support online multiplayer. What's more, I've been playing the thing for hours upon hours and can't help admitting that it's a truly excellent take on the strategy genre, especially when said genre has to be radically simplified for gaming on the go. It might overly rely on ones luck, but the excellent graphics, readable logic and overall polish make it a mandatory download. Grab it for free here.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Traveller AR (iOS)

I have to admit I haven't tried Traveller AR for the iPhone, but have actually been playing Traveller RPGs and CRPGs for way over a decade now, and have always thought Traveller to be an excellent roleplaying system set in a very well realized sci-fi world. I can't thus help by suggest you have a look at the Traveller sci-fi MMORPG that has recently appeared on the App Store and is promising everything you could ask for. Just be prepared to heavily use your GPS and internet connection...

Monday, March 05, 2012

Qwak's Retro Racing (iOS)

The excellent developer that brought us Qwak on everything from the Amiga to that phone thingy by Apple, has released something spankin' new. Something you should be very excited about. Something aptly named: Retro Racing. It's a brilliant racing game that's been perfectly designed around the limitations of a touchscreen device, sports some lovably chunky retro-esque visuals, supports two-player split screen action (on iPad) and is actually incredibly fun to play. And very addictive too.

Grab the Retro Racing universal app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch over at the App Store. It's dead cheap and absolutely worth your time.

Friday, March 02, 2012

The Simpsons: Tapped Out

It's out now and you download the freemium version for, well, free. Grab it here. It does look gorgeous mind. And the trailer above is hilarious.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! (Force = Mass x Acceleration)

Have recently (and belatedly) been playing a lot of AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! on the PC and I couldn't help but notice it would make a brilliant mobile game. Apparently developers Dejobaan Games thought the same and went on to create a shiny, feature-packed, tilt-based version of the game for the iPhone and iPad. You can grab it over at the App Store. It's pretty amazing.

Oh, and should you have missed what the game is all about, well, it's about twitch-arcade base jumping, and it's amazingly fun. Doesn't look too bad either. Almost on par with the PC version.