So… many… games…
We weren’t able to get our hands on all the games that French Developer/Publisher, Bulkypix, had to show this year. We were able to see/play a few of them though. Since I don’t prefer to get carpal tunnel from so much typing, I’m going to paste the official press summary for each game, followed by my own impressions (if I actually played it) of the game in italics. Several of these were quite early builds.
Gobliins 2 is a highly acclaimed second episode of the brain busting puzzlertrilogy, Goblins. Goblins series is an Atari/Amiga game from the early 90′s that became one of the first hits in the puzzle platformer genre. This time, the Prince Buffoon has been kidnapped by the evil Amoniak. Travel through the lands of Gobliins 2 to rescue him. You will work with Fingus and Winkle, two gobliins who possess different powers that you will have to use in a strategic sequence to finish the puzzles. Help them seek Tazaar’s help in order to find the Prince.
While I’ve never heard of the Goblins franchise, I do enjoy a good point-and-click adventure game. Golbiins 2 looks to mix in humor with some interesting dual-character gameplay. Essentially, many puzzles will require you to control both of the gobliins at once, each performing different tasks at the same time to complete whatever puzzle or situation you’re aiming for. You control the game by dragging or tapping an actual on-screen arrow. When you get near selectable items, they will highlight with a blue circle, which makes it easier to play on the iPhone’s screen. From what we say, Gobliins 2 looks like a faithful throwback to old adventure titles, with the inventive mechanic of controlling two characters at once.
Developed by Pastagames and BulkyPix, Burn It All, is a highly addictive puzzle game where your objective is to burn through everything on your path with the help of 3 little flames, each one with its own set of skills.
The rep was very quick to say that this game had been in production long before “Burn the Rope” came about. I believe her, because Burn It All comes from the same people who brought Pix n Love Rush to the iPhone and iPad – a fantastic game. Yes, the mechanic is essentially the same: burn all the ropes on the screen, but the build we saw was highly polished, with some tricky level design. As you progress, you use different types of flames for different levels, such as a flame that can instantly burn through some materials. This was probably my favorite of the bunch – at least of the games we were able to play at the Bulkypix event.
Developed by BIP Media, Tiny Token Empire is an amazing turn-based strategy game. Theplayer plays one of the five major ancient empires: Rome, Greece, Egypt, Persia, or Carthage. By developing cities and armies, and annexing new territories, the player gradually expands his power over the world! But Tiny Token EmpiresTM is also a “casual” strategy game that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It contains a crazy comical universe: goofball gods, super cute mythological monsters, clown legionnaires, and much more.
I really wish we could have seen this game in action, as the screenshots of the game board looked fantastic, and the idea of using comics to bring the action together seems like a fun idea. Unfortunately, we’ll just have to wait until it’s out.
After a successful launch of Babel Rising, White Birds Productions brings anotherfantastic tower defense game to the Apple platform. Project WWII takes during Second World War and offers another terrific adventure with funny and polished graphics.
Hills of Glory feels like a fairly standard defense game, but with a Babel Rising flare. Like White Bird’s popular title, you have various abilities at your disposal, and must use them wisely to project your beachhead. Didn’t see much on this one to say more.
The Deskplorers - April, 2011 for the iPhone and iPad
Deskplorers is an original, highly entertaining, early-learning game designed for children ages 6 and up, which they can play either on their own or along with their parents. The gameplay is straightforward: the player reads the story, and looks for the objects that the characters are seeking to help them on their way. There are six chapters to each story. To unlock a chapter you must find the right objects scattered throughout the Catalog. To acquire the objects, players engage in a series of minigames to earn points, which are in turn used for purchasing the needed items.
Seemed like a great game for parents with small children.
Benoit Sokal Masterpiece invites you back to the heart of Africa for another spectacular adventure. In the Last King of Africa episode 2 Ann’s journey across Mauraniacontinues. Going into the heart of the country, Ann will find out more about her forgotten past. Explore the mysterious village of the Molgraves who never let their feet touch the ground, enter the depths of the fabulous emerald mine and find out the secrets of a country on the edge of a revolution.
I reviewed the first King of Africa episode a while back, and determined that it was too easy for experienced point-and-click adventure gamers, but great if you were new to the genre. I’m interested to see if episode 2 heightens the difficulty a bit, as the story was intriguing enough to get me to come back.
Your goal in this funny physics puzzler puzzle is to use your extendable sticky arm to help the fluffy ball reach the Bull’s Eye with as few clicks as possible.
This game was very early in development when we saw it, but it looks to be a cute and unique puzzle game. You essentially use a single stretchy arm to pull yourself forward, or to stick to objects from a distance. A lot about this game isn’t final, including the name and characters, but from what we saw it looks to be a fun puzzle-platforming title.
Galamon Space (iPhone)
Galamon Space is a vertical platformer where you help a little alien to go up into the space trying to avoid numerous obstacles in its wake.
We didn’t get to see this one in action.
And there you have it! Something for everyone. I should mention that some of the titles I couldn’t talk about looked great, including a new one from White Birds Productions. We’ll probably have more info on those games around E3 time.