Some down­load­able games cre­ated in Austin.

Austin American-Statesman - - LIFE & ARTS - For more things to do, see our list­ings on austin360.com. By Omar L. Gal­laga ogal­laga@states­man.com White Whale Con­tact Omar L. Gal­laga at 445-3672.Twit­ter: @omarg

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.

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