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Game Series That Should Come to the iPhone June 26, 2013

Posted by Maniac in Editorials.
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Lets face it, everyone is carrying around a cell phone with them nowadays.  They’re more than just phones, they’re a gamer’s dream.  They have fantastic hardware on par with current generation mobile devices, a flexible control system, and can offer internet access on the go regardless of being in range of WiFi hotspots.  Since smartphones can play games, that would make a device like Apple’s iPhone one of the biggest selling portable gaming platforms currently on the market.  With its laundry list of features, amazing software support, and unique design, it’s a juggernaut with a wide installation base.  With such a large installation base of active gamers, it’s sad that there are some great game series out there that practically seem perfect for the device and yet have not yet made the leap to the platform.  I think its time to rectify that.

In this article, I’m going to be talking about some game series which should come to the iPhone, and what makes them so perfect for the handheld device.  For the record, I’m going to only talk about game series that are not avalible on the iPhone.  That means that series which already have at least one game on the iPhone will not be brought up.  That includes series like Mass Effect, Mirror’s Edge, Dead Space, Batman: Arkham City, and Final Fantasy.  If you’re interested in playing any of those games, you can check out the app store and download them right now.

With all that out of the way, lets get started shall we?

Catherine – A young man is forced to climb a never ending tower every night in his dreams, and if he falls he will die.  Somehow, this curse has to do with the choices he’s made in life, as he doesn’t know if he’s ready to settle down with his long term girlfriend or move on.  To make things worse, a new woman enters his life which seems a perfect match for him, and against his better judgment, they start to have an affair.  With these nightmares and a major life decision on the horizon, can he survive long enough to decide who he should spend the rest of his life with?

The game’s story is told by lengthy cutscenes which occasionally present a simple choice for the player.  Those choices impact the game’s ending, and the possible survival of secondary characters.  During gameplay sections, you must push and pull blocks, trying to build your way to the exit of a never ending tower.  If this game’s design doesn’t at first seem like a perfect match for the iPhone’s interface, that’s because it is.  I must admit what really sold me was the design of the game’s Rapuzel minigame, which you can play every night at the Stray Sheep.  The gameplay seems perfectly suited to the iPhone’s touch and tilt capabilities.  Some of the game is handled through Vincent’s cell phone, which would make this kind of meta.  You could receive texts in-game and respond to them if you choose.  The game could offer the ability to unlock exclusive wallpapers and background images from the game or perhaps even ringtones.

Kingdom Hearts – One night, a young boy witnesses a horrible storm at his island home.  His best friend is swept away in the storm and he chases after him, only to find himself in an unfamiliar place.  Soon, he meets up with Donald Duck and Goofy who have been charged by King Mickey Mouse himself to protect the many Disney worlds with the help of a Key, the same Key that the boy seems to have a connection to since arriving in this strange place.  Together, the three must travel from world to world based on many of the most popular Disney movies to protect them from the darkness that is attacking them, all the while hoping that their friends are waiting for them in the next one.

There was at least one Kingdom Hearts game brought to an earlier cell phone platform in Japan, I think it was redesigned as a game for the Nintendo DS, but as far as I know the mobile game was never brought to the iPhone.  With the recent announcement of Kingdom Hearts III and the continued success of the game series on handheld devices, as well as Square’s success on the iOS platform, a Kingdom Hearts smartphone game would be a great addition to the series.

Pokémon – A young boy comes of age and decides he wants to, *ahem* be the best like no one ever was.  To do that, he explores the entire land he lives in, traveling from town to town, capturing and training Pokémon.  With the Pokémon he’s trained in hand, he challenges each town’s best Pokémon Masters, in order to earn the right to battle the Elite Four and become the Grand Pokémon Master.

I didn’t bring this up during the most requested Pokémon games article and I apologize.  A Pokémon iPhone game would be fantastic!  There are so many users who want to try out this popular series but can’t due to the expense of buying a new Nintendo handheld.  Pokémon has always been a handheld game so being released to a mobile device would be a great fit.  It would be amazing to play a Pokémon game on a device which would always have internet access on the go due to the cellular network.  Pokémon is quickly starting to take over the iPhone app store with the Pokémon TV show app and interactive Pokédex, but we haven’t seen an actual Pokémon game come to the platform yet, and that is quite a shame.

Alan Wake – One night, a writer suffering from a major case of writer’s block is powerless to stop his wife’s abduction while they were on vacation in the Pacific Northwest.  After she’s been taken, he blacks out and loses over a week of time.  While trying to find her, he finds pages of a book he can’t remember writing and most amazing of all is the stuff he wrote is coming true.

We already know that Remedy has chosen to make a new IP for their first Triple A retail title since Alan Wake.  It’s called Quantum Break and it will be released for the Xbox One.  This has upset several Remedy fans who were hoping that Remedy would work on Alan Wake 2, since the first game ended on a cliffhanger, and neither the DLC missions or the Xbox Live Arcade game Alan Wake’s American Nightmare seemed to resolve much about Alan’s predicament.

Even though we now know what secret project Remedy was working on for the Xbox One, Remedy has not announced what the secret iOS game they are working on is.  Remedy REALLY is doing well with their iOS games and has already promised that another unannounced iOS exclusive game is in development. They did well bringing their Death Rally franchise back, why not bring back Alan Wake?