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Drifter is Still Bound for iOS, and it’s Looking Great

Posted by Rob Rich on March 22nd, 2015

Drifter is a pretty cool-looking space adventure that’s currently in Steam Early Access, but Celsius Game Studios has teased an iOS version before. A couple of weeks ago I was able to see it running on an iPad, so I can definitely say that the iOS version is still a thing.

It’s looking really nice, too. I didn’t play it myself but the controls seem to be simple and responsive, and the visuals are pretty darn... pretty. Of course since it’s still in Early Access there are lots more features in the works that haven’t been implemented yet, so it’s bound to be even more interesting once it’s officially released.

Since the App Store doesn’t actually have anything comparable to Early Access we’re going to have to wait a bit for the iOS version, but that’s understandable given how - let’s go with “finicky” - App Store reviews can be. But I’ve been assured that the iOS release should be right behind the Steam release, so we won’t have to wait too terribly long to get our hands on Drifter in its final form.

I think it’s going to be worth the wait.

Electronic Super Joy: Groove City is Trying a New Kind of Cross-Platform Promotion, on Steam

Posted by Rob Rich on October 13th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

As Pocket Gamer has pointed out, Electronic Super Joy: Groove City has quietly made its way to iOS. It's also been pointed out that the crazy dace-happy adventure comes with its own Steam key.

Now I'm all for funky music-centric games, but the inclusion of a Steam key is particularly fascinating and exciting. With more and more games becoming available on both mobile and PC, it makes all kinds of sense to do something like this. More so than to do it the other way around, actually, thanks to Apple's limit on the number of promotional codes a developer can generate.

I'm thinking (and hoping) that it's something we'll be seeing more of in the future, but what do you think? Is this a one-off fluke or could this be a sign of what's to come for cross-platform games? Could there be a chance we'll see PSN and Xbox Live codes as pack-ins with mobile games in the future?

You can grab Electronic Super Joy: Groove City off the App Store now for $4.99.

PAX East 2014 - Dungeon of the Endless Just Might Have a Shot at an iPad Release

Posted by Rob Rich on April 15th, 2014

I think it's fair to say that Dungeon of the Endless has been getting a bit of attention as of late. I mean it's a great-looking game, and from what I played over the weekend it's quite fun and challenging as well. Too bad it's only going to be released for home computers... or is it?

Now before getting too excited, you need to know that nothing is set in stone yet. However, I was informed that the team at Amplitude Studios has actually been looking in to bringing their game to tablets. I mean it would make sense, really. The interface seems like it would be a perfect fit for the iPad. Of course a lot can happen in the course of trying to release a game on a new platform.

We'll be sure to keep you updated if/when Dungeon of the Endless for the iPad is officially confirmed/shot down.

Professor Pym and the Secret of Steam Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on July 16th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TWISTS AND TURNS
Navigate Professor Pym around dangerous steam punk inspired environments by way of spinning cogs and gears in an attempt to escape the constantly rising waters.
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The Heist Adds More Loot!

Posted by Kevin Stout on April 25th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

The Heist, an iPhone puzzle game with a prize at the end, has released its 1.1 update. Most important to the new update is new loot! The game now includes two more Steam codes to redeem games Puzzle Agent and World of Goo. Other updates include bug fixes and tweaks to the game.

The Heist is an iPhone game where the players solve challenging puzzles and earn Game Center achievements all in the hopes of cracking the vault to win a prize. The game includes 60 puzzles to work at in four different types, 19 Game Center achievements, and a real prize to win at the end. Winners actually receive free stuff (previously, a redeemable code for Eets, a strategy game on Steam).

With the addition of the two new games to the prize, this brings the total prize package for beating The Heist up to $25. That’s a major discount on those three games. With The Heist currently selling for $2.99, that puts the discount for the prize games at almost 90%! (ED: Just got informed that the app has dropped in price, temporarily to $0.99!)

The Heist comes from popular Mac application bundle site, MacHeist. MacHeist frequently sells bundles of Mac apps for significantly reduced prices.

SteamPilot Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on March 19th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: OUT OF STEAM
Guide a steam-powered blimp over a city skyline, keeping the lights aflame.
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Valve Launches Steam Mobile App

Posted by Carter Dotson on January 30th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Popular PC digital distribution service Steam has launched their official mobile app for iOS and Android. What this app offers is not necessarily the ability to play Steam games, but instead access to many features of the Steam frontend. The store can be browsed from the mobile app, games can be added to the wishlist, and games can even be added to the Steam cart; it is not immediately apparent if games can actually be purchased from the app yet, which may not be the case because of Apple restrictions, in particular. However, considering that Steam regularly offers sales, this could allow for those who want to partake in these sales but aren't necessarily at their computer to get a head start before they get back to their computer.

The app also offers access to Steam's social features; users can chat with their friends on Steam, and receive notifications of new messages. They also have access to the latest news on Steam games, just as in the desktop version of the app. Notifications could also hypothetically be used to alert of new sales on the store.

The only problem with the Steam app at this point is that access into it is very limited; it is in a closed beta, and Steam is only handing out codes to get in on an occasional basis. This means at the moment, the app is of very limited utility, but for those interested, signing in to the app does "show interest" to Valve for getting into the app, the necessary step toward getting that beta access code. Limited access to the interface does seem to show that Steam may be using a similar HTML5 wrapper around their iOS and Android apps, particularly with a similar slide-out menu to the Facebook app on both platforms. This may make it easier for them to update the app as necessary. Steam Mobile is available now for free.

Steamscope Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on January 26th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: LOTS OF HOT AIR
Navigate dangerously crowded tunnels, pipes and hallways. Think skinny and squeeze into some tight spaces to reach the goal.
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