What kind of games do you think of now when you see “mobile phone/tablet games”? Casual, social games? Simpler versions of existing PC games? Gradually, more and more game developers are working on more complex games, comparable to or even exceeding the quality of traditional PC and other console games, on the mobile platform. One Victoria-based studio, TinyMob, is doing just that.
TinyMob is a company featuring talents from EA, Zynga and Microsoft Studios, and they recently made a game named Tiny Realms which is a real-time strategy game for the iPhone and iPad that has elements of resource gathering and kingdom management, so it’s not very different from Farmville. Yeah, I know, not a good example of quality games.
However, the game developers have bragged that this game encourages strategic, unique thinking, and that they will continually launch updates to keep the game fresh. Aside from that, players can do things to leave indelible marks to the game that other players can experience.
Examples of features you get? Well how about being able to control individual units during battle segments, and also form alliances and affect the plot of the world through your own choices? I know I like being able to control and change my game environment.
There’s a video that’s probably the trailer of the game. I haven’t seen it yet, but from what I see of the freeze shot, the art isn’t great but shouldn’t be too bad either. The only human I see in there seems a little puny though, reminding me of Lego. There’s a gallery of other pictures too. The art is certainly American, and a little crude, but it should suffice for something that is made for mobile.
The idea of something that sounds like it marries Fire Emblem, World of Warcraft and the Elder Scrolls (this is of course a pretty exaggerated hope) is a thrilling concept. Most of the time, of course, the game will turn out to have some loophole that prevents you from acting perfectly autonomously, but the ability to interact with other players always adds a degree of unpredictability to the gaming environment. I mean, as long as the other players are not trolls or illiterates. Which sometimes happens, quite uncontrollably.
Anyway, I’m looking forward to this game! If you are too, check out the announcement!