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Blog: Optimizing games for low-end devices

“Developing mobile games to run great on a low-end device without compromising the experience on a high-end one can be a big challenge. Here are some tips to help you do just that.” …


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Windows 10 to miss its target of being on 1 billion devices by 2018

The fact that the overall size of that Windows 10 ecosystem is not as large as Microsoft predicted it would be means there is that much less incentive for devs to bring their games into it.  …


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Pokémon Go Officially Available On iOS And Android Devices In The United States

iTunes and Google Play listings appeared in Australian stores last night, but now the game is officially available to download in the United States.

You can head here to grab the iOS version, and head here for the Android version. In honor of the launch, a new trailer for the game has been released. You can find it below.

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Jeff Cork and I played with the Australian version early today and recorded our adventures.  You can check out that video below, or by heading here.

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[Source: iTunes, Google Play, via @Wario64]

 

Our Take
I enjoyed my time with the beta, and am looking forward to seeing how the final release has changed. More than that though, I am looking forward to lots of other people playing the game and seeing what kind of community forms around the game. I have a feeling it's going to be huge.

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Skullgirls Is Making Its Way To iPhone And Android Devices

Skullgirls, the animated fighting game from developer Lab Zero, is making its way to mobile devices later this year following a closed beta.

It's not a direct port of the original game. Instead, it tells a complementary story with its first season serving as a prequel. It will feature dozens of characters, upgradable special moves, RPG progression, customization, team/deck building mechanics and a “Fight Assist feature that lets players take on a more turn-based, tactical role in combat.”

This version of the game is being developed by Hidden Variable Studios in partnership with Lab Zero and is planned for release on iOS and Android platforms later this year. The game will have a closed beta players will be able to sign up for soon.

For our review of the 2012 Xbox 360 release of Skullgirls, head here. You can check out the trailer for the mobile Skullgirls below.

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Learn to make your game run better on mobile devices at GDC Europe

Intel’s Antoine Cohade will lead a session at GDC Europe this summer about how to efficiently reduce your games’ power consumption and optimize it for better performance on today’s mobile hardware. …


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Blog: Making a rhythm game for mobile devices

Making a music game for mobile was an immense challenge. Here I deep-dive into our development and design process, from working with a game engine for the first time and dealing with troublesome hardware. …


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Console fans are marching toward mobile devices, but they don’t spend much

New research from Nielsen suggests that while two-thirds of console fans now also play mobile games, they don’t spend much at all on the games. …


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Iron Maiden RPG Running Free On Mobile Devices This Summer

A free-to-play RPG based in the "expansive Iron Maiden universe" will be coming to mobile devices. Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast is under development by Roadhouse Interactive, the team behind mobile games like Warhammer 40,000: Carnage and Bike Unchained, and 50cc Games, with collaboration from the band itself.

The game follows Eddie, the mummy mascot that has appeared on Iron Maiden's album covers for more than 30 years, as he travels through time to regain pieces of his shattered soul. Over the course of the adventure, Eddie takes on many forms, each with unique abilities. Along the way, players will encounter a broad cast of characters and experience an adventure inspired by the musical history of Iron Maiden.

 The game features several songs spanning Iron Maiden's career, including previously unreleased live recordings. According to Roadhouse Interactive's website, the development team was granted unparalleled access to Iron Maiden's vault in order to ensure that the experience is as authentic as possible.

Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast is set to hit mobile devices this summer. No gameplay footage or screenshots have been released yet.

[Source: Roadhouse InteractiveIron Maiden Legacy via Destructoid]


Our Take
"Free-to-play mobile RPG" is hardly a phrase that gets me excited, but as a huge fan of Iron Maiden, I'm really interested to see how this plays out. If nothing else, I'll get to hear some new live recordings from the band. 

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Pokémon-Inspired Rick And Morty Game Coming To Mobile Devices On January 14

Adult Swim Games announced on Twitter today that a new game based on the sci-fi animated show Rick and Morty called Pocket Mortys would be hitting mobile devices on January 14. The show is about a weird, alcohol-guzzling scientist who ropes his grandson into going on wacky (and often dangerous) adventures through various universes, often mixing silly humor with a surprising amount of bleak drama.

The tweet had a single gif attached showing off a small slice of gameplay. While there aren't really any details yet outside of its release date and that it will be, according to Adult Swim Games' Senior Producer Chris Johnston, "free to download," the brief segment showcased suggests a Pokémon-esque game. You can see below how the player moves throughout the world, as well as a familiar battle system that pits our duo against monsters and clones:

The creators of the show, Dan Harmon (of Community fame) and Justin Roiland also showed off some footage from the game on their Twitter accounts:

This is the second mobile game about Rick and Morty to be released, with the first being a simple mobile game about popping balloons. This one, seemingly a lampoon of JRPGs, is probably going to be a bit more complex.

 

Our Take
A send-up of Pokémon by way of Rick and Morty sounds like a good time. However, "free to download" suggests that the game will likely have microtransactions which have a habit of dragging down otherwise enjoyable games.  Still, Adult Swim Games has published a number of enjoyable oddball games like Westerado: Double Barreled and Robot Unicorn Attack, so this could be another fun title.

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Ghost Trick Is Available Again For iOS Devices

Almost exactly one month ago, Capcom removed some titles from the App Store due to incompatibility with iOS 9. One of those is available again at last.

Ghost Trick is a supernatural puzzle game in which players possess objects to move throughout and manipulate the environment. The game is free to try on iOS, with in-game purchases unlocking more chapters. 

You can purchase blocks of the story in three $ 5 increments covering multiple chapters, or unlock everything for $ 10. For more on Ghost Trick, check out our review of the DS original.

[Source: App Store via Failgunner on Twitter]

 

Our Take
I haven't played much of this (I nabbed it when it was free), but I will definitely be coming back at some point. I like the visual style and the puzzles are creative. 

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