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PAX Prime 2014: The Sleeping Prince from Signal Studios and Tilting Point

I got a chance to sit down at PAX and talk with D.R. Albright from Signal Studios about their first mobile title, The Sleeping Prince. It’s a ragdoll puzzle platformer coming to iOS in just a couple weeks. In the game, the player controls a sleeping prince through 40+ levels of physics based puzzles. The prince can be pushed, thrown, and dragged through the puzzle levels gathering items along the way to progress through the story.

The thing that struck me most about the game is just how well done it is. It’s a very high quality game with amazing art that really will be a good game to show off on the platform. Not to mention a lot of fun.

The Sleeping Prince is in testing in AU/NZ right now and should be out on iOS in a week or two. It will be “very generous” free to play according to D.R. and looks really well done.

PAX Prime 2014: MEG RVO – online multiplayer strategy games do exist!

I must admit that I didn’t pay much attention to MEG RVO when it hit the app store last month. But seeing it at PAX has gotten me interested. MEG RVO is a realtime multiplayer capture the flag type strategy game where teams battle to capture checkpoints. The game isn’t perfect, but it’s still worth a look if you are a strategy fan.

MEG RVO is available now on iTunes.

PAX Prime 2014: This War of Mine from 11 Bit Studios

This War of Mine is sure to raise some eyebrows when it’s released later this year. A “staying alive” simulator that has players scavenging, trading, raiding, and defending the refugees in a war torn region is scary and amazingly enthralling.

At PAX I was able to spend about 30 minutes playing the PC version of the game. This game pulls no punches with its gritty, harsh, and at times all too real portrayal of life during a war. At it’s core, This War of Mine is a time management game where the struggle is to maintain a refuge for civilians caught in a war zone. The player must balance the health of the residents, building out a livable place during the day, and scavenging at night. At night, lead one of the refugees out into the night to scavenge supplies while staying safe from others doing the same thing.

This War of Mine is coming to iPads soon. Not soon enough, it’s easily one of the games I’m most anticipating.

PAX Prime 2014: Dungeons and Dragons Revealed by Backflip Studios and Wizards of the Coast

Dungeons and Dragons has been woefully underrepresented on mobile thus far. Underrepresented for a game that exists as a cornerstone to many gamers gaming history, well older gamers anyway. But Backflip Studios is about to fix that. They developing a mobile version that should fit the bill. The game isn’t ready to show off yet, so we can’t really comment on it. But I have trust in Backflip, after all they created one of my favorite games, Army of Darkness Defense on iOS.

PAX 2014: Moonrise — a new Pokemon style game from Undead Labs and Kabam

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Our first PAX 2014 preview is a Pokemon-ish creature collecting and battling RPG to be published by Kabam and under development by Undead Labs. In my time with the game today I was really impressed with the fluid 3D graphics and great animations. It’s got everything you would want in a creature collector, quests, guilds, leveling for special abilities, all that good stuff. (more…)

PAX Prime 2014: Our top picks for the best panels and parties

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PAX is now upon us and with over 70,000 dedicated gamers about to descend upon Seattle, this is going to be one epic holiday weekend.  It took only an hour for the show to sell out back in May, and for good reason.  PAX is a 24/7 bacchanal of gaming, panels, parties, plushies, cosplay, chiptunes, karaoke, streetpassing, and donuts.

The Expo Hall is open daily, Friday, August 29 – Monday, September 1, 10am – 6pm, but there’s so much more to experience beyond the show floor.  Below is just a snapshot of what’s happening, from autograph signings with industry legends to afterhours dating advice (seriously), live 70s game shows and dancing til dawn with Twitch, Wargaming, Squeenix, Destructoid, Harmonix, Bethesda, you name it.

Follow me @contentnow for all the madness, and if you’re at the show, stop by my panel, Tinder Tales and Other Wicked Ways To Get Work as a Game Writer for a chance to win awesome game swag as I interview an all-star panel from Forbes, Game Informer, Polygon, Save/Continue, Deep Silver (Metro Redux, Dead Island 2), and ArenaNet (Guild Wars 2) on how to break into the industry, build your audience, and find work that pays.   

What are your top picks for PAX?  Share them in the comments! After the jump you’ll see our picks for the top panels and parties for PAX Prime 2014.
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