Jason Cross

Weekly iCross: developer Remedy downshifts with Death Rally

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I’m always curious to see how things turn out when the developer of big AAA console or PC games turns their attention to something decidedly smaller, like a Nintendo DS or iPhone title. Sometimes, you get id Software’s Rage HD: gorgeous graphics marred by overly simple shooting-gallery gameplay. It’s more of a tech demo than a game. I mean, more so than most of id Software’s products. Other times, you get Epic and Chair Entertainment’s Infinity Blade, a full-featured game that perfectly understands the platform it’s on. So naturally, I jumped at the chance to dive into Death Rally. My nostalgia for the old Windows game of the same name is basically zero — I don’t think I ever played it — so it would have to stand on its own merits.

After the jump: Great game, now where’s the rest of it? Continue reading →

Weekly iCross: so have you heard about this #sworcery thing?

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Have you heard about this Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP thing? It rocketed up the paid iPad apps chart upon release last week (behind, of course, the latest Angry Birds version and GarageBand), and it’s likely to do the same when it releases for iPhone next month. If it didn’t catch your eye there, you most likely saw a virtual bombardment of twitter spam with the hashtag #sworcery…strange, silly messages that don’t make a lot of sense. S:S&S is like that. It’s weird, brief for a $5 game, and it encourages you to spam your twitter followers with the most adorable nonsense. They’ll hate you for it, but you’ll love the game.

After the jump, mix one part Zelda, one part Loom, and one part Miyazaki. Then post on Twitter. Continue reading →

Weekly iCross: now is the time for Dungeon Raid

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Is there any better feeling than seeing a really substantial update for an iPhone game you already own and love? Yes, of course there is. It’s a game update, not the birth of your child. But still, it’s great. That’s why you should hurry up and grab Dungeon Raid. There’s a big, hefty 1.3 update coming any day now — it’s already submitted to Apple for approval — that adds a bunch of great stuff. If you act now, you get to love the game before the update, then get all excited while you watch the update download.

After the jump, you’d rather have this game than three dollars. Continue reading →