Fieldrunners

PSP: Make way for the Minis

Sony and its indie friends talk up their upcoming "snackables".

Announced at this year's gamescom event, Sony's new Minis programme is a brand new attempt to bring the PSP platform into line with Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch by offering a new range of what the company calls "snackable" small-scale games, designed by some of the leading lights in mobile game development. At a specially convened conference during the show, we met up and talked with Sony and a quartet of mobile game-makers about the new initiative, saw some of the games currently in development, and got some idea of the level of commitment given by the platform holder to the venture.

Sony confirms PSP app store plan

Sony confirms PSP app store plan

Fieldrunners leading the line.

Sony has confirmed reports that it plans to launch a new section of the PlayStation Store to combat the rise of the iTunes App Store.

Speaking to Develop, the platform holder said over 50 studios were signed up working on downloadable games and applications.

These include Subatomic Studios, which is making a PSP version of its popular iPhone tower defence game Fieldrunners.

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Fieldrunners update offering new map

Fieldrunners update offering new map

Plus new tower, fieldrunner, and fixes.

Excellent iPhone tower defence game Fieldrunners is set to be updated with a new map, a new fieldrunner and a new tower unit in the coming days.

Developer Subatomic Studios twittered that it had submitted the patch to Apple for certification this week, and Touch Arcade has the changelist.

The new map is called Drylands, and promises "multiple paths snaking through the dried-out canyon riverbed". In keeping with the arid theme, there's a new flame tower, too, which is "capable of incinerating multiple fieldrunners in a single fiery swoop".

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