25 posts tagged ios
Shin Megami Tensei coming to iOS in English ⊟
Whoa, finally, a chance to play the first Shin Megami Tensei game in English! And with virtual buttons all over the screen, but oh well. Atlus plans to release Shin Megami Tensei on the App Store March 18, for 8 bucks.
Who else is out there saying “You know that super old RPG we made back in the day? You know, the one with all the text? Let’s translate that and release it. Eight bucks sounds about right.” Nobody. Nobody else is saying that. Atlus is showing everybody how it’s done.
Threes is your new iOS jam ⊟
We don’t talk about iPhone games too much on TC, but sometimes I’m driven to because they’re so dang fucking good, like Threes is. It’s definitely a tiny game on a tiny device (or an iPad WHATEVER) so I don’t think it strays too far from our mission! And you should totally get it if you can!
Threes is the work of Puzzlejuice designer Asher Vollmer and Puzzlejuice/Ridiculous Fishing/Solipskier artist Greg Wohlwend, which tells you right away it’s a) going to have a clean, colorful look, and b) it’s an intuitive-as-hell puzzle game.
Aksys puts Banshee’s Last Cry on iOS ⊟
Don’t take my slowness in posting this as a lack of enthusiasm! I’m super impressed that Aksys has translated the iOS version of Kamaitachi no Yoru, a Sound Novel by Chunsoft first released to the Super Famicom in 1994.
"While staying at a hotel around a ski resort, vacationers find themselves caught up in a murderous “whodunit” game when a guest winds up dead. With the lodge completely snowed in and no escape, they will have to use all their cunning to solve this mystery and protect themselves from being the next victim! Local legend tells of a banshee whose screams can rip through flesh, but, is the killer really a deadly monster or the work of a madman?”
It’s worth noting that the game was written by Takemaru Abiko and directed by Kazuya Asano, both of whom recently worked on Guild01's The Starship Damrey — you can grab that on the 3DS eShop.
Multiple endings are available, choose your own adventure style, and as the “sound novel” genre suggests, the reading is accompanied by spooky audio.
I think iOS is the perfect format for this. I’m reading junk on my phone all the time anyway – I’m way into the idea of reading a scary interactive story on here. It’s $3.99 on the App Store.
There is a Bluetooth taiko drum for iPhone and iPad ⊟
Really. There is a little drum you can connect to your iPad to play Taiko Drum Master with. It comes with a little Don-chan cover, to the delight of that lady.
The visual of a family happily gathered around an iPad is hilarious, but real talk, I would absolutely be playing this on my phone, complete with comically large drum accessory, if it were available.
Bit.Trip Run comes to iOS ⊟
Still haven’t played the delectable Runner 2, or want a different take on it? The iOS release, Bit.Trip Run, is available on iTunes today for 4 bucks. It’s essentially Runner 2, but with the controls tweaked for touchscreen play.
Now, here’s the big surprise: the controls actually work. I would not have expected something as timing-heavy and difficult as Runner 2 to happen on an iPhone, but it’s totally playable! And swiping is way different from pushing a bunch of buttons.
Man, seems like forever since I was way into an iPhone game.
Developer Different Cloth is returning to its rhythm game roots with a sequel to Lilt Line, the game about tilting to thread a line through bumpy, brightly colored tunnels to the beat of original music.
While the original was released on WiiWare (by Gaijin Games!) and iOS, Lilt Line Too is intended for handhelds from the beginning, with an iOS release planned and Android and PlayStation Vita versions a possibility. The Kickstarter seeks £15,000 to make the iOS version a reality; I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing it on that Vita screen. The new game features original music by ill.gates, and, judging by the screens, some crazy perspective shifts.
I was a huge Lilt Line fan, so I couldn’t resist asking creator Gordon Midwood a few questions about this sequel.
Gabrielle’s Zombie Attack and Gabrielle’s Sweet Defense
Natsume’s adorable Wii/3DS series moves to iOS, and moves into different genres, with these two games, shown at E3 last week.
Zombie Attack is a puzzle game about matching thrown vegetables to zombies in either color or number to defeat them. And Sweet Defense is a tower defense game, but looks cute anyway.
I have a soft spot for the cutesy goth look of these games, so I look forward to checking them out within the next few months. They’re both F2P, so no risk.
Studio Pixel’s Gero Blaster
Cave Story creator Daisuke Amaya’s new game is super cute! It’s coming out on iOS in the spring, and then probably on 3DS later?
This was revealed at BitSummit, a new indie developer convention in Kyoto that sounds like it would have been pretty great to attend…
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Pokémon TV app for smartphones, tablets
Expanding its mobile presence, The Pokémon Company has put out a new iOS and Android app allowing fans to watch episodes of the Pokémon anime for free. The app rotates 50+ episodes each week from the series’ previous 15 seasons. It will also have movies, special features, animated shorts, and trailers.
It would be nice if there was an app as robust for 3DS owners, but since there’s not, we can at least enjoy the Valentine’s Day episode of Dinosaur Office that hit Nintendo Video yesterday.
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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy hits iPhone, iPad today
No big surprise here, the beloved 3DS rhythm game is out for iOS devices today (New Zealand shop, U.S. link incoming). Also unsurprising: in-app purchases are insane in the membrane, crazy insane, got no brain.
The app is free to download with two songs (“One Winged Angel” and “Zanarkand”), but then you’ll spend $0.99 on each song, $2.99 on each song bundle for the numbered Final Fantasy games, and $1.99 on each character. Buying all of the content will set you back around $90. Oh, and this mobile edition lacks the EMS feature that lets you play extended versions for a number of songs.
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy for 3DS is currently $30 at Amazon (includes around 80 songs, more available as DLC).
You can grab the iPhone and iPad Pokédex app in North America and Europe now, so you can conveniently access info about a variety of Pokémon on your iOS device.
The app is $1.99 with data for the Pokémon of the Unova region — regional packs for Kanto, Johto, Sinno, Hoenn are priced at $5.99 each. If you want the complete set, you’ll end up spending around $26. For comparison, the Pokédex 3D Pro app on eShop is $15.
Pokédex app coming to iPhones and iPads in Japan tomorrow. I know Nintendo has vowed not to bring its games to smartphones, but this isn’t as big a surprise as you’d think — it isn’t the first iOS app The Pokemon Company (a Nintendo subsidiary) has put out, and it’s not like these releases are anything like the real games. Also remember that the last app never released outside Japan.
The iOS Pokédex is initially cheaper than the $15 Pokédex 3D Pro app on eShop. It’s ¥170 ($2) to get the iOS edition with Unova Pokémon, but getting data for the Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh regions will cost an extra ¥500 ($6) each. You could buy a real Pokedéx with that money!
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