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‘Call Of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land’ Comes Out Of The Trenches And On To PC

Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land

Red Wasp Design have teamed up with App Up in order to bring their previously iOS exclusive turn-based strategy RPG, Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land, over to PC.

Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land has certainly proven itself as one of themost critically acclaimed turn-based titles for iOS devices. However, with the news of its coming to PC, it has a much more demanding player base to please who are arguably more attuned with the genre and used to deep experiences. There’s always that slight taint of it originally being a title intended for iOS devices in the port – an adjusted interface is vital and the limitations of a mobile game often emerge.

However, Red Wasp Design have had the transfer of The Wasted Land managed by Intel App Up who claim to have made the game a “fuller, richer experience” for the PC. We’ll see about that, but with a strong game to work with perhaps they might actually live up to that. The Wasted Land on the App Up center on May 5th and will support English, German, French, Italian and Spanish. The price will be revealed at launch.

Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land

If you’re not familiar with The Wasted Land then you’ll want to know that it is a turn-based strategy RPG set in the trenches of World War One and inspired by Lovecraft of course. You’ll control a team of up to six investigators charged with uncovering a deadly inhuman conspiracy underlying the clash of empires of the Great War. Fending off the usual gunfire and mustard gas will be coupled with other haunts that should be fended off more effectively by building up skills, weapons and equipment.

Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land
Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land
Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land
Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land

More information on Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land can be found on the game’s official website.


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Miner Wars 2081 Releases Public Pre-alpha Demo and Gains Intel Sponsorship

A shiny new cockpit, added in a recent build. Graphically tasty.

A shiny new cockpit, added in a recent build. Graphically tasty.

There’s more than one game in the works about making your fortune through bashing rocks until shiny things fall out. Ambitious indie outfit Keen Software have been hard at work on Miner Wars 2081, a sprawling space-combat genre-blend that seems to take as much inspiration from Descent, Allegiance and Red Faction as it does from Minecraft. Along with finally catching the eye of lumbering compu-giants Intel and an invitation into their Software Partner Program, they’re now offering a sizable playable demo to be updated in parallel with their Minecraft-esque 70% discounted preorder Alpha.


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Develop Games or Own a Netbook? Might Want to Check out AppUp [IndieCade]

AppUpOkay, so again, for the second time today, I’m kind of branching out of our usual domain of covering strictly indie games to bring you more of a converstation on the methods of delivering indie games, if that makes any sense.

Last Friday, at the very start of IndieCade, I was able to sneak into a panel on Intel’s new “AppUp” application store for netbook computers. The premise is fairly simple, Intel has released an app store — just like on Android, and iOS — for people who own netbooks. The idea is that since these computers are so small and are typically owned by people who don’t need a full sized computer they instead act more like a tablet or smart phone for many people hence the application store market should work.

The reason why I bring this up today is that, like all great app stores, AppUp is planned to have  a large section dedicated to games and gaming, free and otherwise, just like you would expect on any other app store.

Now, as a developer, it probably doesn’t make too much sense to develop a game exclusively for a netbook app store that is neither proven nor robust enough yet (it launched just 2 weeks ago). However, there are a few key advantages to at least porting your game over:

First, the panel I attended wasn’t only headed by Intel developers attempting to sell us their product. It was also headed by Rob Jagnow of Lazy 8 Studios, aka the developer of 2009′s IGF winner Cogs. He has just recently ported Cogs over to AppUp for the simple reason that it took him about an hour to port, and less than 10 days to work out all the minor kinks in the process. I don’t care who you are, 10 days development time for a port is pretty impressive. This means that, at the very least, you’re looking at getting your game onto a new platform with very little effort.

Second, this is Intel we’re talking about. If you think their idea of launching an app store platform is just about setting up a website where people can download it and begin buying stuff you’re wrong. At the panel, the Intel developers were quite adamant in letting us know that they’re partnering up with netbook manufacturers to include the store on their computers from day one. So, just like Android phones and iOS deveices ship with their various marketplaces, netbooks too will soon ship with their own app store.

Third, there are 70 million netbooks out there today. While recent trends show the netbook is declining, people are still buying them and if games can be successful on the iPad which has nowhere near that number of units out there, then certainly a game can be successful on a more numerous platform.

All in all, I was very impressed with what Intel had to offer on the service and their plans to roll it out. There are other benefits to making an app for AppUp as well, like free stuff and contests, but really the true benefit lies in getting in on the action before it becomes really prominent. The first apps on any app store traditionally do well, and I’d highly recommend taking a look at getting your own app on here as well.

And again, if you’re the owner of a netbook, go ahead and check out the AppUp store. It’s available right now as a free download and there seems to already be plenty of free and pay apps available across a wide selection of categories. I know from my girlfriend’s experience that finding games and software that can run on her netbook can be kind of a pain. This alleviates that problem.

AppUp apps currently support Windows 7 and Windows XP with MeeGo support supposedly coming next year.

[AppUp]