When I first reached out to Rocketcat Games, the creators of Wayward Souls, I had some preconceived notions. I pictured a group of all-star programmers in a swanky office enjoying the spoils of creating one of the App Store’s All-time Great RPGs. After all, that’s what success in the App Store looks like right? Wrong. As told by Kepa Auwae of Rocketcat, success is doing what you love, finding what it is that you like and becoming the best at it. Of course it won’t be easy. The market is full of games, most of which are easily accessible but don’t always welcome newcomers and games that are deemed ‘too hard’ for mobile gamers. But as Kepa will tell you, it’s all about finding your niche and catering to that segment. So what does it take to build a great mobile game? You’re about to find out.
I want to talk a little about the Rocketcat games–The team’s origins and making the transition to mobile game developers.
How did Rocketcat originate? With each of the members living in different states, how did you find each other and form a team bond?
We all played this early MMO called Asheron’s Call. Games like that at the time had pretty bad in-game guild chats, so it was common to make an IRC channel to communicate. We no longer play Asheron’s Call, but we still hang out in the chat channel we made for it. When I had the idea to start making games, there was someone in the channel who was a programmer, and another that was an artist. So just really good luck.
What if you could play the best moments of Final Fantasy without the grind? This is what mobile developer DNA proposes with Final Fantasy Record Keeper, a “greatest hits” of the legendary franchise. But is a stripped down version of the industry’s most popular JRPG what we actually want? That’s what we’re about to find out.
A Familiar Formula
Final Fantasy Record Keeper is built with the same formula as Brave Frontier. You collect characters and level them up by completing stages where you fight waves of enemies. There are some slight differences however, as Brave Frontier has you fight to evolve the characters and Record Keeper has you quest to evolve weapons and spells. If you play Brave Frontier you’ll find yourself right at home with Record Keeper.
When you think of popular franchises that make their way to mobile devices, the experience is usually subpar. The mobile developer, probably under direction of the publisher, attempts to shoehorn a console experience into a mobile device. With Hitman GO, Square-Enix Montreal took the essence of the Hitman franchise and distilled it into a mobile device. Does this singular focus make for a well-balance mobile game? That’s what we’re about to find out.
The Traditional Hitman Experience
In traditional Hitman games you play as Agent 47, a professional hitman that’s one of the best in the world. You are assigned missions to eliminate a target and graded on your performance. You can eliminate the target using various methods, but no matter the method you must develop a strategy. It is the development of your strategy that garnered acclaim from the gaming community. With Hitman GO, the game is all about strategy.
This year has really tested my limits for sequels and shooters. It seems like every game I’ve played has been a shooter, sequel, or some type of open world, co-op adventure. That’s not to say that these types of games are bad, but one can only shoot so much before wanting something else. That something else is The Wolf Among Us, the point and click adventure from Telltale Games. Does this compact, story driven game deliver the fresh experience that I’ve been looking for? Let’s find out. Read More