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Rage
Posted at 21:02 on 2nd January 2016

Eight years since its announcement and four years since its release I finally got around to playing Rage, the last game from id Software before they were absorbed into Zenimax and waved goodbye to John Carmack. If you want a single game that demonstrates all of id’s historic strengths (aside from multiplayer) in a modern […]

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Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
Posted at 23:47 on 14th April 2015

How do you follow up a game like Hotline Miami? Hotline Miami challenged whole chapters of conventional PC game dogma. It was an indie game that didn’t slavishly pay homage to one of the handful of games the developers grew up with. There were no fantasy, sci-fi or military trappings. The player had agency in […]

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Toejam & Earl
Posted at 12:37 on 1st March 2015

Some extremely welcome and long-awaited news came last week: Greg Johnson, designer of the original Toejam & Earl games, has started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of a new game in the series. You can pledge to the Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1578116861/toejam-and-earl-back-in-the-groove The original Toejam & Earl for the Sega Mega Drive is my […]

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Doom is 20
Posted at 22:18 on 10th December 2013

Doom is a game that has left commentators struggling to come to terms with its impact for the last two decades. Retrospectives of the game first started appearing fifteen years ago. These days only a total plum would fail to recognise it as one of the landmark achievements of 1990s popular culture. Terminator 2, Nirvana, […]

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Transport Tycoon
Posted at 19:03 on 13th October 2013

For the past few months my team at AppyNation has been working with publishers 31X (Chris Sawyer’s company) and developers Origin8 Technologies to help bring Transport Tycoon to iOS and Android. Transport Tycoon is one of my favourite games of all time, and one that has always seemed like an obvious fit for mobile (particularly […]

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Super Hexagon
Posted at 22:16 on 17th September 2012

Terry Cavanagh recently released his first mobile game, Super Hexagon. The game is notable for (at least) two technical reasons – firstly it is a conversion and expansion of the game Hexagon which sprung almost fully formed from a game jam, and secondly as it’s an iOS game coded in Flash (something of a rarity). […]

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More recent iOS picks
Posted at 02:45 on 11th March 2012

I can’t believe it’s been over six months since I’ve done one of these. I finally retired my trusty iPhone 3GS last week and upgraded to a 4S, so have revisited some more hardware-intensive games along with the more typical 2D fare. (This also means that the following brain flobs represent more rigorous real-world testing […]

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Fixing Forever Drive
Posted at 00:32 on 20th October 2011

I’d been looking forward to Supermono’s iOS arcade racer Forever Drive since it was previewed at the World of Love conference in January. So when I heard the other day that not only was it finally out but it was a free download to boot, I didn’t need any further encouragement to check it out. […]

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Recent iOS picks
Posted at 01:49 on 1st August 2011

Given the transient nature of mobile games it might be useful to occasionally take a snapshot of the games I currently have in rotation (in a ‘New Games’ folder on the first page of my iPhone’s menu). Even from this tiny sample it’s possible to see how many iOS games that until recently would have […]

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Monkey Island 2: Special Edition
Posted at 02:23 on 8th May 2011

A while ago I finally caved and bought the shiny, voiced, HD remake of Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge on Steam. The recent round of Q&As and interviews with the Portal 2 writing team (where they reveal that the writers actually cued up the recorded voice performances in the game themselves, to ensure that the […]

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Minotaur Rescue
Posted at 22:32 on 20th February 2011

Minotaur Rescue (a.k.a. “Solar Minotaur Rescue Frenzy”) is Llamasoft‘s (i.e. Jeff Minter’s) first game for iOS. It’s available as a universal app which natively supports iPhone and iPad device configurations. The game is part of the “Minotaur Project“, a series of games modelled after the design sensibilities of different eras of computer hardware, but unbounded […]

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Isoball is go!
Posted at 17:37 on 12th December 2010

Earlier in the week we finally hit the big scary launch button on Isoball, the iOS/Android puzzle game that I’ve been producing at Zattikka for the last few months. You can get the lowdown in the launch press release, and versions for iPhone/iPad Touch, iPad and Android are now available on their respective App Stores. […]

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Mafia II
Posted at 22:29 on 12th September 2010

Before we can get down to discussing the long-awaited second installment in 2K Czech’s rich-simulation crime saga, we must first clear up a piece of mindless vandalism. I am referring of course to Eurogamer’s catastrophically mishandled review, penned by freelancer John “Who?” Teti. The review shows the downside of Eurogamer’s freelance review policy. Their reviewers […]

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Machinarium
Posted at 20:16 on 30th November 2009

Machinarium is a point and click adventure game for the PC by Czech independent development studio Amanita Design. I still dimly recall playing Amanita’s debut game Samarost in 2003, and thinking at the time that I’d pay good money for a full-length, commercially released game with the same gameplay style. (Samarost was more of an […]

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Kiwitiki: Flower Paradise
Posted at 00:29 on 29th November 2009

Followers of my twitter feed might have gathered that this is what I’ve been up to at work over the last few weeks – arranging for this game to be sponsored by Gimme5games.com. We launched it on the site earlier this week and you can play it here. The developers inform me that the iPhone […]

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