It’s release night, but is it a fire-up-the-Nespresso and queue-up-the-Sergio-Leone-movies-to-wait-for-midnight release night?
Yeah, maybe it is. I suppose your level of anticipation will vary based on how engrossed you are in recent releases like Calculords and Out There. I’ve got tonight’s releases all lined up for you after the jump — why don’t you have a browse and see if you can’t find something worth waiting up until midnight for.
If you won’t take my word for it that a game about mass-transit system design can be a tense, white-knuckle thriller, go play the free in-browser beta of Mini Metro yourself. You’re the administrator of the city’s subway, and stations (and passengers) are popping up all the time. The city, in its bureaucratic wisdom, allocates you just one upgrade per week: a new line, additional cars for existing lines, under-river tunnels and the like. Apply an upgrade inexpertly and the whole system suffers; misallocate too many and you’ll get fired. When your crowded metro is three days from the next upgrade and the clock is ticking slower than a sherpa’s heartbeat, you’ll know just how exciting a game about subway management can be.
Mini Metro is currently lobbying for a PC release on Steam Greenlight, but I asked Kiwi developers Dinosaur Polo Club if the game was tablet-bound. “We’re definitely targeting tablets,” dev Peter Curry told me. “In fact when we were working on the prototype we were referring to the inevitable full game as the ‘iPad version’.”
This is going to be delightfully tactile on a touchscreen, what with the core gameplay being about drawing subway lines on the map. Watch the trailer below and I’ll keep you posted about release dates.
Clearly not a man who takes his job too seriously.
I’m not going to attempt to out-funny this trailer for The Reaper, because that’s a sucker’s game. But you should definitely watch this trailer for the forthcoming puzzler from Danish devs Kong Orange. It takes a page from Final Destination and has you setting up elaborate Rube Goldberg scenarios to help Death bag the souls he’s after. Death is also quite an enthusiastic dancer, it would appear.
Can killing people be comedy? I think Mel Brooks said it was. The game’s coming soon for iPad — keep up with the game’s development on Facebook. Watch the trailer, I’m not kidding.
I see some real genius in your calculating, Maverick, but I can’t say that in there.
NinjaCrime’s one-of-kind arithmetic-battling collectible card game Calculords has been with us for a whole week now. Designer Seanbaby was kind enough to give us some strategies for beginners earlier this week, but if you’ve spent the last seven days glued to Calculords then you’re ready to graduate to some more advanced training. And probably a stronger glasses prescription. Nerd.
If you want to get some advice from Seanbaby on building a great deck from the cards you’ve collected, I’ve got it for you right here.
The boys at Pocket Gamer have uncovered a game that will let those of us with educations in humanities do something practical for once in our romantic, whimsical lives. Principia is a physics puzzler in the style of The Incredible Machine, but with real working electronics. It’s like a mobile Lego Mindstorms, or a nerdier Enigmo. There’s puzzles to solve and a sandbox mode as well. Apparently the workings are so intricate that you can make a fully functioning calculator. That might come in handy with some other games, even.
Principia has been out for Android since last year but it’s just materialised today for iOS. Watch the trailer after the jump to get a feel for it, but if you’re on the North American West Coast and haven’t had your morning stimulants yet, turn the volume down. The music in this trailer comes from a demonic hell-carnival.
Does the addition of disco music make zoos more or less cruel? PETA and Georgio Moroder will debate the issues after these messages.
A tiny pixellated raven landed here atop Mount Hexmap at the Pocket Tactics Sinister Rookery and Family-style Fried “Chicken” just now with the news that Disco Zoo will be dropping this week. This is Pocket Planes maker NimbleBit’s first go at publishing somebody else’s game — Disco Zoo is being developed by Milkbag Games, of which 50% is Trainyard creator Matt Rix.
Disco Zoo is interesting. It’s much more game-y than NimbleBit’s usual fare, as it’s mostly puzzles. But the imprimatur of NimbleBit is all over it: lots of collecting, lots of endearing pixel art, but also a lot of timers. And disco music.
NimbleBit say that an Android edition is en route and arriving this spring. I’ll remind you about this one Wednesday night when it hits the App Store.