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A not-so-brief hiatus…

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

I started Unworldly back in 2012 with good intentions of writing regular reviews of the many beautiful apps that fascinated me. That all ground to a halt when I was given the unexpected opportunity to spend a year travelling around the world as a trainee rock star playing keyboards live with Underworld vocalist Karl Hyde. That was fun.

After spending the following six months recovering, I then had a bit of a backlog of work on my own apps. First, an update to Scape, my most recent iPad app with Brian Eno, followed by Bloom, the app we first released back in 2008. I’m still working on updating the remaining apps, as well as two new apps that are close to completion.

So now Unworldly is back… as I still have plenty of other projects ongoing, I’m going to learn from past lessons and keep reviews shorter.

If you’ve developed an app that you think would be of interest to me, I’d love to hear from you… and if you’re in need of an ambient soundtrack, I’m rather in the mood to write one.

Vote for Nihilumbra on Steam

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Nihilumbra, the beautifully melancholy adventure I reviewed recently has been ported for release on Steam. However,  the Steam Greenlight system is quite strict and requires sufficient votes before the game will be available. If you’d like to support this wonderful app, please vote for it.

Please excuse the lack of new reviews lately. It’s been quite busy here these last few weeks! I’ll be posting reviews of The Room and Splice shortly.

Nihilumbra review and related posts

Monday, September 17th, 2012

I’ve added a review to the haunting platform game Nihilumbra, one of the more absorbing and distinctive adventures I’ve come across on iOs.

I had a very positive reaction from the developers included in the first batch of reviews. I uncovered several interesting things: many of the developers were familiar with the other titles I’d reviewed (and also my own, which was pleasing.) Eddy Boxerman (Osmos) had even written a series of blog posts on the subject of ambient and zen games, which are well worth a read. It feels as if there is a ‘scene’ building in the quiet spaces.

I also discovered that three of the five titles came from Germany, which I hadn’t been aware of when I made the initial selection.

First batch of reviews

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Here’s my opening selection of apps, mostly favourites from the last few years of the App Store. One game, one not-quite-game, an art package and two music apps.

I’ll continue in this vein for a while, mixing past and present apps. The App Store has a long history!

If you have any recommendations, new or old, please let me know.

Almost ready

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

I’ve written the first few reviews, should have them on site over the weekend. Bear with me!