Some downloadable games created in Austin.
In a week with few retail video game releases, it’s the perfect time to look at two downloadable mobile games made in Austin.
“God of Blades,” a “retro fantasy adventure” for iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad, is a simple, but very entertaining sword-swinging action game. Playing as “The Nameless King” or “The Whispering Lady,” you take out increasingly gnarly (and often disgusting) enemies as you run across the screen, perfecting the timing of swings, blocks and parries. It’s a bit like the popular “Infinity Blade,” but built as a sidescrolling survival game. “God of Blades,” developed by Austin’s White Whale Games, started as a modest $4,000 Kickstarter effort that was successfully funded last year and evolved into a spectacular creation full of moody music, evocative descriptions of the swords and adventures in the game and well-implemented game mechanics. It also includes a “Lore-seeker” feature that unlocks points and challenges if you take your device to a public library (it can tell if you’re there by geolocation). The game sells for $2.99 on the App Store but it’s been on sale lately for 99 cents, a steal.
“Arcane Legends” (free to play for iOS, Android, PCs and Mac) from Austin’s Spacetime Studios continues to perfect the remarkable run the studio has had making massively multiplayer games (or MMOs) on mobile platforms. Though it certainly isn’t as large as something like “World of Warcraft,” this game is quick-paced, has clever ways of substituting touch commands for the traditional mouse and keyboard and makes it very easy to team up with other players while battling goblins and other creatures. It’s very simple to pick up and play and will be a breeze to learn for any RPG player.
New games this week: “Ace Combat: Assault Horizon” (downloadable for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3), “Labyrinth Legends” (PS3,” “Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed” (PS Vita), “WWE Wrestle Fest” (downloadable for Xbox 360).
“God of Blades” is a sword-fighting action game for iOS devices from Austin’s White Whale Games.