Sumire is a story about a girl of the same name who keeps dreaming about her late grandmother. After waking from yet another dream, she feels like her grandmother is trying to tell her something. Sumire lives with her mother who seems to be depressed after splitting up with Sumire’s father. Sumire feels alone in this house and wants to make things better. This is where a magical seed comes into the picture. This seed appears in Sumire’s life when someone or something throws it into the house from outside breaking the window. Sumire plants the seed and brings a magical flower into her world.
Last week, Feral Interactive released Creative Assembly and SEGA’s beloved strategy classic Total War: MEDIEVAL II ($14.99) on iOS and Android devices. Unlike past Total War releases that either launched on iPad first or saw Android releases later, the developer has brought the full release to iOS, iPadOS (universal) and Android simultaneously in an excellent conversion that brings the full strategy experience to mobile devices and tablets for the first time.
Earlier this year, I interviewed Feral Interactive about them porting games to mobile and asked about a potential mobile version of Alien: Isolation ($14.99) and was surprised at the response I got. Back then, I thought the Nintendo Switch port existing meant it would eventually come to mobile, but I didn’t think it would happen this soon. Creative Assembly’s survival horror experience has not only been ported to mobile by Feral Interactive, but it has gotten a phenomenal conversion going above and beyond.
When I owned the original PlayStation, I mostly used to just play wrestling games and the odd game that looked interesting in the stores that sold video games. My fondest memories on the system involve the likes of WWF Warzone, ECW Anarchy Rulez, and WCW Backstage Assault with games like Tomba and Cool Boarders being the games that looked interesting to me back then. As you can imagine, I missed out on a lot of the games people consider the highlights of the platform until I got a PS Vita and started playing many games I missed back then. One series I hadn’t played at all until now is Koei Tecmo’s Monster Rancher.
Wingspan ($9.99) by Monster Couch is a digital adaptation of the original board game with the same name designed by Elizabeth Hargrave. This digital release already debuted on other platforms including Steam, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox and it has finally arrived on iOS and iPadOS as a premium game with every feature you’d expect from prior versions. With many board games getting digital adaptations, the iPad in particular feels like a perfect fit with its large screen and touch support. I hadn’t played Wingspan before on any platform, so it has been interesting learning how to play it and experiencing it over the last two weeks.
Following its debut back in 2019 on Nintendo Switch and PC, Baba Is You has slowly become one of my favourite puzzle games of all time alongside The Witness. Many indie games debut on PC and sometimes consoles before they come to mobile and I gave up on Baba Is You ever hitting mobile considering I didn’t really see any discussion of more ports and figured we would see PS4 and Xbox versions before anything on mobile. After last week’s surprise release, Baba Is You ($6.99) from Hempuli is now on iOS and Android in addition to PC and Nintendo Switch platforms and this new port is just about everything I hoped for in a mobile conversion but it is lacking in one key area.
Image & Form’s SteamWorld franchise began back with SteamWorld Tower Defense which was a DSiware title. The franchise finally had a breakthrough hit with SteamWorld Dig that was released on Nintendo 3DS before seeing multiple ports following. Since then, the Swedish studio released two of my favourite indie games of all time with SteamWorld Dig 2 and SteamWorld Heist so I had high expectations when I played SteamWorld Quest on Nintendo Switch.