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4:00 PM on 03.27.2014

Impressions: Shin Megami Tensei

I've drained my iPhone's battery a few dozen times playing Shin Megami Tensei ($5.99, iPhone, available now) these past few weeks, so I felt it was time to weigh in with my impressions on this vintage role-playing game.

Dale North



The Perils of Man brings an adventure across time to iOS photo
The Perils of Man brings an adventure across time to iOS
by Alessandro Fillari

The adventure genre has seen a bit of an upswing in recent times. With Telltale Games and Double Fine's recent efforts helping to revitalize the genre, a new generation of gamers are experiencing a type of game that was once relegated to a niche audience. The adventure genre has also proven to be a natural fit for the mobile space, which sees many ports and recreations of classic titles. But now, we've got brand new title to keep an eye on.

During this year's Game Developers Conference, I got the chance to check out an upcoming adventure title, The Perils of Man, from former LucasArts developer Bill Tiller, who worked on such classic titles as The Dig, Full Throttle, The Curse of Monkey Island, and A Vampyre Story. And this one seeks to recreate and renew the wonder from the genre's past.

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2:30 PM on 03.26.2014

Plants vs. Zombies 2's 'Far Future' update hits today

PopCap is releasing an update for Plants vs. Zombies 2 on iOS and Android today which adds a bunch of futuristic-looking plants and zombies as well as a new world map. Yes, there are lasers. EA has run through a few of the ad...

Jordan Devore



Epic Games announces new $19.99/mo Unreal Engine 4 subscription plan photo
Epic Games announces new $19.99/mo Unreal Engine 4 subscription plan
by Dale North

Anyone can gain access to Unreal Engine 4 now with a new subscription plan, priced at $19.99 a month. This was announced this morning in a GDC press conference by Epic co-founder Tim Sweeney. 

With this new plan, users can deploy to four platforms: PC, Mac, iOS, and Android. Developers will pay 5 percent of revenues for full access to Unreal Engine 4. This fee gets you the tools, access to full C++ source code (via GitHub), documentation, and forum support access. This new plan is available today, letting new developers download tools and get started right now (or in a few minutes -- the site is down right now).

Sweeney calls today the start of something new for Epic Games. He said that they’ve been working quietly behind the scene on new technology for awhile now. The future of the engine is inspired by a lot of changes in the game industry. The assumption was that bigger and better was going to be the continual goal for the future of gaming, but things have changed since, with mobile and VR entering the scene in a big way.

The newest form of  Unreal Engine 4 was built to be highly usable for developers of all sizes.   Sweeney says that even if you don’t know how to program, you could build a game in Unreal Engine 4. He confident enough about its ease of use that noted that the engine could potentially be a new outlet for the motivated Minecraft player.

It used to cost many millions of dollars and lots of licensing paperwork for AAA developers to use UE4 to make games. Sweeney admits that this is an outdated plan now. They’re shooting for practicability and accessibility with their new business mode; every developer on earth will have access to all the tools Epic has when they develop their AAA games now. For $20, cancelable at any time. How great is that?

As an example, they showed off a game they made with the tools, called Tappy Chicken. It was developed in two days with Blueprint in UE4, with no programming. Other examples of the tools were shown -- more on these later today.

You'll find the full details on this new plan here.

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7:00 PM on 03.18.2014

Blizzard will have four titles to show off at PAX East 2014

The Game Developers Conference is far from over this week and here I am already talking about stuff that's going to be happening at PAX East next month! Blizzard has shared their upcoming lineup that fans will be able to get ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

1:45 PM on 03.18.2014

Bears vs Art gameplay shown in short new trailer

Last week, Halfbrick announced their latest game for iOS devices, Bears vs. Art, setting up a bunch of (adorable) exposition about a bear and the art museum which has infringed upon his territory but barely offered anything ...

Conrad Zimmerman

6:30 PM on 03.13.2014

Pixeljam's Glorkian Warrior looks like Galaga on crack

Glorkian Warrior is the latest from Pixeljam Games and it looks just wonderful. It has elements from Galaga, but it looks like the longer you play the more of a shoot 'em up it turns out to be as you take on procedurally gen...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

2:45 PM on 03.13.2014

Cool Princess DressUp

Kidgames' Cool Princess DressUp is now available on iOS platforms.

Dale North

11:00 PM on 03.11.2014

Flappy Bird creator speaks out, says the game could return

A Rolling Stone reporter went to Vietnam to track down and talk with Flappy Bird creator, Dong Nguyen. It's an insightful interview on Nguyen's history, going over how he learned to program, and his overall inspirations to cr...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

4:15 PM on 03.10.2014

Halfbrick reveals new puzzle game Bears vs. Art

I hope you have some insulin handy because this trailer introducing Halfbrick's new game, Bear vs. Art, is sweeter than strawberry sundae topped with candy-coated gumdrops. I have watched it four times and still giggle at ho...

Conrad Zimmerman

2:45 PM on 03.10.2014

Tales from Tales from the Borderlands from SXSW

Telltale and Gearbox are talking Tales from the Borderlands at their SXSW panel. From the alcohol fueled conception (just like most of us) to talking protagonists, this lengthy chat has it all. Which is good because the epis...

Steven Hansen





10:15 AM on 03.07.2014

Here's a weird one: Million Onion Hotel

A long, long time ago, there was a tiny country between that country over there and this counter over here. In this country was a strange hotel. This hotel’s speciality was “magical onion soup.” They say man...

Dale North

1:30 PM on 02.28.2014

Everything wants to destroy you in forma.8

MixedBag has announced forma.8, an action-adventure title about a probe stuck on an alien planet -- a dangerous one, at that. Since this is a probe and not some decked-out warship, surviving will be an ordeal at first. Playe...

Jordan Devore

3:00 PM on 02.27.2014

Oh: That new Tony Hawk game is only on mobile

Tony Hawk appeared on Bloomberg TV to talk about his new skateboarding game. Surprise: It's just for mobile! The new title is expected to release this year, and will be the first time a Tony Hawk specific game has appeared on...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

11:15 AM on 02.24.2014

Seadelphica has a dolphin with machine guns, uses Tumblr

A black dolphin lives in every one of us. The dolphin represents our soul as a comic creature, and Seadelphica explores how closely our souls and high technology are connected. It also looks like a mindf*ck. Seriously -- you ...

Dale North

8:00 PM on 02.18.2014

CastleStorm heading to mobile devices

CastleStorm came out for Xbox Live Arcade, PC, and PlayStation Network last year and we overall liked the game. Well now it's coming out for iOS and Google Play devices as CastleStorm - Free to Siege. The mobile version, as y...

Hamza CTZ Aziz