Elite: Dangerous is shaping up to be the best open galaxy/virtual reality space trucking game this side of the Milky Way (which it includes all of), but controversy recently blotted out its starry sky when Frontier yanked a long-promised offline mode right before release. Worse, not everybody was offered refunds.
It was only a matter of time until iOS devices got their very own roller coaster management game. There may not yet be an iOS version of Roller Coaster Tycoon, but now we've got the next best thing: Coaster Crazy, a new free iOS game from Frontier Developments, the studio behind RollerCoaster Tycoon 3.
LostWinds isn't a new game. It's been around for years, first on the Wii, then on iOS devices. I'm mentioning it again and now, though, because for a limited time it's suddenly free.
Despite tough times and a nasty U.S. recession gamers continue to come through, this time for a collection of games discounted in the name of charity.
Lostwinds is pretty great, but because it's only available on WiiWare, many people are missing out. Maybe a version on the 360 or PlayStation 3 could be a little more inclusive.
The design philosophy of WiiWare launch title LostWinds appears to echo a broader industry trend favoring innovation on the usual mechanics. The peaceful platformer has a distinctly "indie" feel and a unique look, and seems to be getting the biggest share of the buzz among its fellows on the service.