Studio Behind Sonic Mania & Heroki Announce Monomals for Apple TV

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The quality production values of Heroki set the bar high for 2D platform games on Apple TV, and we featured the game in our Best Apple TV Games of Year One list for good reason. Heroki plays like a classic forgotten mascot platformer of yesteryear, unearthed and remastered for 21st century gamers, causing the SEGA banner to feel very appropriate for the title.

Partnering with SEGA to deliver Heroki, Netherlands-based studio PICOMY have since been hard at work on the upcoming Sonic Mania, an effort to revitalise the classic franchise by taking it back to its roots. Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and Sonic CD all play very well on Apple TV, and we don’t know yet if the new entry in the series will make it to Apple’s digital-only console, but we’ll definitely keep our ear to the ground on that one.

What we do know is that PICOMY’s next title will make it to Apple TV.

After teasing the above silhouetted image over the weekend on its Facebook page, PICOMY unveiled Monomals earlier today, and we’ve since received word from the studio confirming the title will hit Apple’s big screen box.

Hit the page 2 button below to check out the teaser trailer.

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New Trailer and Release Date for Metroid Prime-Inspired Morphite

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Metroid Prime, Ratchet and Clank, Turok – the list of influences namechecked for inspiration on the Crescent Moon Games website is both impressive and interesting. It’s an unusual combination of games to see sitting alongside each other, but after watching the fresh-from-the-oven trailer over on page 2, the list makes a lot more sense given the visuals, story, and wildlife.

We’ve had our eye on Morphite for a while now, including it in this list of upcoming games we’re excited about, and if you’re keen to see some extended gameplay footage from the iPhone version then check this out.

Today, the collaboration between We’re Five Games, Crescent Moon Games, and Blowfish Studios received not only a release date, but also a brand new trailer showing a very ambitious looking final product. The trailer also reveals some interesting gameplay details.

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Review: Leo’s Fortune – Sonic The Moustache in a Pixar Film

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“There’s gold in them thar hills,” the writer typed in his best Yosemite Sam impression. Leo’s gold, his entire fortune in fact, has been stolen and spread like storybook breadcrumbs through forest and desert, under sea and over snow, leaving a trail as if someone wanted him to follow it and discover the thief.

Leo has some pretty shady relatives, all of whom have a motive. Or has Leo’s riches made him paranoid?

What’s a hairy green ball with an oversized moustache to do? Follow the money of course.

Players that do so will discover a beautiful 2D platform adventure that will remind them of one of life’s – and gaming’s – most important lessons: The journey is the goal.

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Forma.8 – Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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Forma.8 is a mystery. The in-game progress bar tells me I’ve completed 51.6 percent of Italian studio MixedBag’s beautiful, alien adventure, and with 48.4 percent of the game ahead of me, I didn’t want to put the word “review” in the title of this article. Without knowing when, if ever, I would see an ending, I thought now is as good a time as any to take a break and commit some words to a screen.

And if you haven’t already guessed from this post’s subtitle, I’m stuck.

At some point I’ll no doubt resort to the Internet’s hive mind for clues on how to proceed, and for certain puzzles I already have, but for now I thought I’d pass on my mixed feelings about Forma.8.

Review: Framed 2 – Stay for the End Credits

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In the lead up to the release of Framed 2, the original Framed was featured as Apple’s Free App of the Week. It was a nice way to create some awareness for the sequel (which is actually a prequel), and a great way to get up to speed for those who hadn’t enjoyed the original yet.

But how does Loveshack’s much anticipated follow-up stack up? If we were to compare it to film versions of origin stories, would it be a Phantom Menace, or a Batman Begins?

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These Hardcover Book Versions of Burly Men at Sea are Gorgeous

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Burly Men at Sea played on Apple TV via the Siri Remote is an eminently charming experience. Scandinavian folklore-inspired adventures await, played out through an interactive storybook medium. Have a read of our full review right here.

Throughout the game’s various stories, players will enter the houses of NPCs, many of which contain bookshelves brimming with volumes, presumably a nod to the overall experience of the game itself.

Studio Brain&Brain have now brought each of Burly Men at Sea’s playable stories to real-life book form, complete with fabric hardcovers. The game’s artwork looks to be beautifully represented, and would make a great coffee table talking point and/or collectible.

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Click here for all the details on how to get these real-life artefacts into your home.

In other Burly Men at Sea news, Brain&Brain announced at E3 2017 that PS4 and PS Vita players will soon be able to experience its charms. A release date has not yet been announced, but I’ll likely follow along with this development over at Grab It Magazine, given the platform.

Here’s the latest trailer for Burly Men at Sea, revealed at e£ 2017:

 

 

What is SEGA Forever, and What Does it Mean for Apple TV Gaming?

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Earlier this week MCV spoke to SEGA’s Chief Marketing Officer Mike Evans, who was outlining the company’s new initiative – SEGA Forever. During the interview Evans mentioned Apple TV not once, but twice. The platform as a target market is clearly on the gaming giant of yesteryear’s radar.

But what is SEGA Forever? And why is it relevant to Apple TV gaming?

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