Archive for February, 2012
A while back we posted about Telltale games being loaned a Jeep that was decked out to look like the Jurassic Park jeeps and when the lender got it back, it was “damaged”. Turns out there’s always two sides to the story and people who were quick to grab their torches and pitchfork ended up with their foot in their mouth.
I’ve grown to love just about any game they put out recently (I’m looking at you, Puzzle Agent series!) and have most of them on Steam. While browsing the top free iPad apps a little earlier on the sofa I saw their Back to the Future Episode 1 app for free. Naturally I snatched it up as fast as my fingers could type my password and have only put it down long enough to write this article. I already own the game on Steam and while it makes a great game for the PC, Telltale’s casual episodic type games that really tie in with the movies and with the story work perfectly for the iPad. So much in fact that CEO Dan Connors says that the iPad is their fastest growing game segment. I’d believe it with the number of games they’ve put out for Apple’s tablet recently. They have everything from the Jurassic Park series out on the iPad to the Back to the Future to Sam and Max to Law and Order. After a $10 million revenue in 2010, I for one hope that means more and more content from them, be it on the PC, PS3, Xbox, Wii, or iPad. If you’re looking for a story driven casual game, be sure to check them out on any of those platforms!
Cube World is a pretty sweet looking voxel-based exploration RPG currently in development by a guy named Wollay. If you have been following Notch news, you’ll recognize the name as the guy Mojang tried to hire to get some of his ideas and pick his brain to add yet another stellar programmer and artist to their arsenal. Wollay decided against joining Mojang and cited his independence as his reasons. Understandable.
The game has been coming along nicely, in addition to some features found in Minecraft like villages, a day and night cycle, rivers, waterfalls, trees, there are loads of very uniqueenemies and quests to go on.
If you like Minecraft or if you like Terraria and the style of gameplay a sandbox can lead to, be sure to check out the video below. For more information on the game, check Wollay’s blog for updates, info on the release date, and more.
Spry Fox, maker of popular Facebook game (and now iOS and Android app) Triple Town has filed lawsuit against 6Waves LOLAPPS for copyright infringement with their iOS game Yeti Town. That phrase “copyright infringement” is thrown around all too often today, but in the case of Spry Fox it was definitely necessary and an obvious abuse of trust.
6waves was in confidential (under NDA) negotiations with Spry Fox to publish Triple Town for iOS at the exact same time that they were actively copying the game. They gave 6waves private access to Triple Town when it was still in closed beta, months before the public was exposed to the game. Spry Fox believed those negotiations were ongoing, and continued to give private information to 6waves, until 6waves’ Executive Director of Business Development sent them a message via Facebook on the day Yeti Town was published in which he suddenly broke off negotiations and apologized for the nasty situation.
It’s not huge news, but it could be a deciding factor and case used for future lawsuits with the hundreds of companies copying and profiting from other people’s games such as Minecraft, Tiny Wings, and loads of others by companies like Zynga.