December 2017 was one of the iOS App Store’s best months. We saw iPhone and iPad versions of Inside, Gorogoa, Life Is Strange, Sid Meier’s Civilization 6, Reigns: Her Majesty, Arena of Valor and Fez reach the App Store within the span of a few short weeks. Nintendo released Super Mario Run right before Christmas in 2016, joining other big games like Bully: Anniversary Edition and The Walking Dead: Season Three. While many of those games are ports or reimagined takes on popular console titles, they are major new releases for the mobile market. And they often hit both iOS and Android near the end of the year. What makes the final quarter, and December in particular, so appealing for mobile games? We asked developers and took a look at some of the mobile games launching near the end of 2018. And yes, it’s been a big December this year as well. Revenue and exposure The App Store and the Google Play Store aren’t physical locations, so there’s no need to have … [Read more...] about Why the biggest iPhone and Android games are released in December
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I first met Ben Myres at PAX East 2017, when he spotted my press pass from across the hall, cut off my path, and quickly escorted me to the his single-monitor setup in one of those austere Indie Megabooth slots. That was the first time I played Semblance, which was then a thesis project Myres and his partner Cukia "Sugar" Kimani worked on together as students at South Africa's University of Witwatersrand. You play as a magenta blob in a Seussian landscape who has the power to deform the geometry around you by jumping into it headfirst—like a Mario who didn't live in a purely right-angled world. It brought to mind puzzle platformers like World of Goo and Fez. They were looking for a publisher to finance it.A year later I'm across the street from the LA Convention Center at Good Shepherd Entertainment's E3 showcase, where a full version of Semblance is set up in a rickety wooden booth. Myers and Kimani had finally found their publisher, and were already planning for the treacherous … [Read more...] about What it’s like to launch an indie game in 2018, hour-by-hour
The PCG Q&AFind previous editions of the PC Gamer Q&A here. Here are some highlights:What did you buy in the Steam Summer Sale?What minor flaw in a game makes you madder than it should?When is teabagging okay in first-person shooters?What's the most underrated game on PC? This is the subject of the PCG Q&A, where each Saturday (and sometimes on Wednesdays too), we ask the global PC Gamer team for their answers to a burning question. We then encourage you to drop your answers to the same question in the comments thread below.There's no comprehensive answer to this one, obviously, and it's just a bit of fun. We've picked games that either sold badly, were ignored despite having something to offer, or got an unfair kicking at launch by critics or players. Evan Lahti: LawBreakersOK, I'll jump on this grenade: it's LawBreakers. Corners of the gaming community were fixated on making it a punching bag for their amusement, and the "dead game" Reddit groupthink that ultimately … [Read more...] about What’s the most underrated game on PC?
It’s end of the week time once more ’round these parts and once more, like clockwork, we’ve got another batch of the week’s best gaming deals to check out. As usual, we’ve got deals that’ll work in the UK, deals that’ll work in the US and some deals that will work in both the UK and US, as well as presumably many other places. Let’s get started. UK & US Deals In case you missed it, SteelSeries has partnered up with Jelly Deals to give away a big box of PC accessory goodness worth over £380. To be in with a chance of winning, head to the link below and you can enter. Win a big box of SteelSeries gear with Jelly Deals Over at Humble, for a very limited time you can pick up a free PC copy of F1 2015 just because the folks at Humble are nice people and like giving gifts. Yours if you want it. F1 2015 on PC for free from Humble Store Time for another Humble Bundle, this time, of the Jumbo variety. The 11th Humble Jumbo Bundle features … [Read more...] about This week’s best gaming deals: UFC 3, 4K OLED TVs, VIVE Pro, and more
The launch of the Switch was like a pipe bomb going off in the lap of the industry, disrupting the longstanding barrier between home console and handheld, between mobile and fixed platforms, and clearly demonstrating the powerful appeal of successfully blending toy and game machine. It wasn’t just the way we travel with games, though. The Switch similarly disrupted the near monopoly on indies that Steam has held for the last decade or more, an iron grip loosened only slightly by Microsoft and Sony’s forays into the space. But unlike the other platform holder’s cautious, gradual infiltration of the independent market, Nintendo came crashing in all at once, and proved its viability as a platform for indies with strong initial sales and an open, sparsely populated sales front. A nearly instantaneous side effect was a rush of independent devs (and, to a lesser extent, some triple-A houses) looking to get their games ported over to the new console. To get a sense … [Read more...] about How Switch’s success is impacting devs in the game porting biz