Innovating Within Constraints

With all the talk about the capabilities that new hardware presents game developers — namely VR and augmented reality — we might forget about innovating within our current constraints. That’s why I am personally very excited that the Pokemon Go field tests recently went live.

The game, published by The Pokemon Company along with developer Niantic, aims to be a real-world immersive Pokemon collecting company. Having grown up with Pokemon, I always dreamed of the cross-over of the Pokemon franchise and real life, and it appears that it may become reality in 2016.

The point being that while many in the industry are awaiting the adoption of new technologies to “reinvigorate” the gaming business, there are still many great ways to take advantage of mobile in its current state.

Have a great week,
Peter

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Beyond 14

Mojo Forest

Why Play? We like Beyond 14 because it mimics the simple, yet addictive number puzzle game that players loved in 2048. However – the developers go a bit further – they add relevant rewarded videos, a share screen, and have gameplay that is more strategic and skill-rewarded than many predecessors.

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Leap Day

Nitrome

Why Play? Who doesn’t love a good platformer? This new game is built with one-touch gameplay and 8-bit art, but the real unique selling point of Leap Day is that the developers promise a new level every day. The ultimate retention mechanic!

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Bejeweled Stars

Electronic Arts

Why Play? The original match 3 game is back with a host of new mechanics that include conveyor belts, breakable glass barriers, and craftable special powers. It’s a fresh enough combo to have earned it an Editor’s Choice from Apple and a top 30 free download spot.

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Bushido Bear

Spry Fox

Why Play? Spry Fox are back with a new arcade game that’s reminiscent of Fruit Ninja and Combo Crew and features their familiar little bears. With a gorgeous art style and gameplay that deftly mixes hardcore and casual elements, Bushido Bear will have you playing beyond the first session.

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CompulsionLoop is AC+A’s (adriancrook.com) weekly pursuit of providing a Featured List for those in the games industry. A look at the latest must-play apps, along with short, useful takeaways from our team of game design and product experts. If you have a game that you think your industry colleagues should try, we’d love to hear about it at games@compulsionloop.com. Don’t forget to tell us why industry insiders should be compelled to try out the game (see what we did there?).

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Thank you for reading and we look forward to helping you discover more games that you can glean learnings from. Feel free to reply to this email or contact games@compulsionloop.com — we’re always happy to hear from you.

Have a great week!

- Adrian Crook www.adriancrook.com