Out of all of the thousands of mobile games available to gamers, few if any have generated a buzz in the core gaming community like Vainglory has. Vainglory is an unapologetically core game, built from the ground up for the mobile touchscreen platform. I had the opportunity recently to sit down and chat with Vainglory's COO Kristian "EdTheShred" Segerstrale and former pro League of Legends player George "Zekent" Liu who now serves as Vainglory's Video Community Manager. What follows is an essential and informative read for anyone who is a core gamer in this day and age where touchscreens are increasingly becoming the dominant gaming platform.
If you follow my Game Centered column, then you already know I'm a big fan of the iOS game Vainglory, "the MOBA perfected for touchscreen." It has the potential to become one of the most popular and internationally competitive, professional-level mobile eSports thus far. Between the massive player base already devoted to the MOBA genre, and the fact that Vainglory will soon be cross-platform across both iOS and Android devices, I can see nothing standing in the way of this game being the first mobile eSport to fill stadiums and attract spectators the way more established MOBA like League of Legends and DotA 2 already do.
There's a couple of things that could happen with the Apple Watch that could get me on board as an early adopter. One, it could function as a standalone device, and that we now know, won't happen, at least not with its first couple of iterations. For now the Apple Watch is only an extension of the iPhone. Two, it could support games and video streaming. For me the ability to use an Apple Watch for entertainment and media consumption is as important as its productivity potential. Yes, I said gaming and video, and while some might scoff at the notion of using such a small screen for such things, I was one of those people who had an iPod Classic loaded with movies and the few paltry games that were available for that old model, so I don't have a problem consuming entertainment on a small screen. And while my first criteria for an independently functioning Apple Watch might still be a few years away, an Apple Watch capable of delivering gaming experiences and video streaming may be something developers jump on sooner rather than later.
Mobile games can be more than just match-three puzzles and in-app purchases; they can also create a genuinely compelling environment and immerse you in another world. The folks at Atypical Games provided me with a download code to play their latest release, the first-person survival horror game Radiation Island. In it, you are deposited on a mysterious island with nothing but your bare hands; you must find food, craft tools, fend off dangerous animals and zombies, and try to uncover the island's secrets. This may sound a little like Minecraft, especially considering the crafting mechanic, but Radiation Island's gorgeous graphics and open environment appealed to me in a way that Mojang's blocky world hasn't quite matched. I've quickly become invested in my character's fate and spent many hours wandering and trying to survive.
Game Centered features roundups and in-depth reviews of the best in iOS games and related gaming news. This week's installment focuses on none other than Apple itself and the ever-increasing attention it is giving to iOS gaming and gaming culture.
Vainglory (free) is a new iOS game that has taken the world of mobile gaming by storm. Developed by Super Evil Megacorp, Vainglory belongs to the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena genre—MOBA in gaming vernacular. Recently I got to chat with Kristian Segerstrale, COO & Executive Director at Super Evil Megacorp. We had a great conversation and I even got to play a few rounds of Vainglory with pro gamer turned Vainglory Video Community Manager, George “Zekent” Liu, and Super Evil Megacorp's Director of Marketing and Communications, Heini Vesander. I'm even more excited than ever to see what the future holds for this game, a game that is not only the pinnacle of awesome, but is also poised to revolutionize the way core gamers perceive and interact with modern games on the iOS platform. The following transcription is a must-read for any core gamer, as we delve into the creation of what is being hailed as one of the best new iOS games, and the only MOBA perfected for touchscreens.
Next week, Snowman will release an endless runner app that you won't be able to put down. I've been playing Alto's Adventure for a few weeks, and it is quickly becoming one of my favorite iOS games EVER (and I download a lot of apps).
Everyone probably remembers the Sudoku craze of the 2000s, when the number puzzle game took over millions of households and turned everyone into a logic master—at least for a few months. Developer Ayopa Games remembers, and it's put a new spin on the formula with Logic Dots. If you have a hankering for some puzzles you can solve on your commute, then this game is definitely for you.