Square Enix is bringing a second game to a largely unused gaming medium: the iPod. This time it’s the iPod Touch and iPhone. The game, Crystal Defenders, is planned for a winter release this year. I have been a bit busy at work so I asked Foxes to do the translation work for me:
Square Enix is releasing the Defense Simulation Game, “Crystal Defenders,” for iPhone 3G and iPod Touch. It will be released this winter in the App Store. The priced is yet to be determined.
“Crystal Defenders” is the company’s first game to be released for the iPhone 3G/iPod Touch. The maps’ arrangements and enemy system is similar to that of Final Fantasy Tactics.
At the start of the game, you encounter various monsters that steal crystals at the entrance and make their way to the exit. Using soldiers and mages, etc., you defeat the monsters and defend the crystals. The maps are arranged so that each stage demands high level of tactics for fighting.
Also, the game takes advantage of the touch screen interface from the iPhone 3G/iPod Touch.
This original title is the primary W1 game, where as combined with W2 and W3 (versions of the game that you can get by obtaining a power crystal and high level characters, respectively) totals to up to more than 300 levels that can be played.
It seems that the game will use the same system as the iMode/EZWeb/Yahoo! cellphone game Crystal Guardians. It will also take advantage of the technology used in iPod 3G/iPod Touch.
This game appears to be a port of an existing title that is available for keitai (cellphones) in Japan. I always saw it and was super jealous. I think the odds are pretty good that Square (or someone else) will translate it for us English speaking folk. After all, we did get Song Summoner, Square’s first iPod title.
I wish more developers would make games for the iPod. It seems like a really cool medium for games and Square really incorporates some creative elements into the gameplay. Hopefully other companies will take the hint.
On an unrelated note, maintenance person Foxes, as of today, is officially unemployed. Although I enjoy the free labor, I would be happier to see her employed. If anyone out there knows someone who needs a web/graphic designer, please e-mail me or her with some details. Thanks!
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