UPDATE: October's second free Xbox 360 game will be 2007 hit Halo 3, Microsoft's Major Nelson has just confirmed.
Why this iOS port is both one of the best games on the platform - and a disappointment.
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Next to my desk I keep an old pocket watch. It's not there for any practical reason; I sometimes wind it up, but more often I turn the cool oblong over in my hands, following the engraving on the case and marvelling at the inner workings. It keeps time perfectly, if required. But I keep it because it feels like treasure.
UPDATE: Capybara's mysterious project has been revealed as Capy Fine Racing GP, a retro-themed OutRun-style racer.
"You're reviewing Clash of Heroes again?" Tom asked me in yesterday's meeting. Why bother? It's a fair question. We've had more than our fair say on Capybara's brilliant hybrid of role-playing game, turn-based strategy and match-three puzzler already.
Dan Pearson (RIP) reviewed the DS original three years ago, calling it "a very good game indeed" - with some understatement. Kristan Reed (RIP) went further when he reviewed the remake for Xbox Live Arcade and PSN a year later: "With a depth and longevity that humbles most full-price releases... Clash of Heroes HD demands your immediate and undivided attention." Then I awarded it Game of the Week (RIP) and eight months later, after it had appeared on Steam as well, Fred Dutton (RIP) anointed it as one of our Games of 2011 (it had topped his list outright, and mine). "The gameplay system at Clash of Heroes' core is a thing of rare, bewitching beauty - a creation so deep and so elegant that it will keep you up at night," Fred wrote, and he was right.
So if you're a regular reader, you already know the high esteem we hold this game in, and if you're not, the above should be all you need to draw one easy conclusion. (Two, if you count the fact that reviewing Clash of Heroes is a sure sign that you won't be writing for Eurogamer much longer - I'm surely pushing my luck writing about it twice.) Clash of Heroes is a classic game and this iOS version returns it to the portable touch-screen gameplay it was originally designed for. Go forth and download.
Ubisoft has announced a 24th January release date for Might & Magic Clash of Heroes on iPhone, iPod and iPad, priced £2.99.
The addictive puzzle role-player was announced for iOS and Android devices last June. We're not sure what the hold up has been, but rest assured the wait is nearly over.
Clash of Heroes is largely unchanged from its 2011 downloadable PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 release, which earned a 9/10 accolade in Eurogamer's review.
Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes is a game. You know, like chess, or backgammon, or tic-tac-toe, or, heck, Kerplunk. There are two sides in play, you take it in turns to make your move and success demands skill, concentration and, occasionally, a dash of luck.
Thank goodness the year-late Call of Duty: Black Ops only costs £47.99 or €59.99 on PlayStation Store - for a moment there I thought it would be more expensive than Modern Warfare 3!
As balance, the "ridiculously absorbing" Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes HD has halved in price to £6.29. Definitely buy it.
Also worth serious consideration: excellent games Beyond Good & Evil HD at a new price of £4, and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light at a new price of £5.
This week's PlayStation Store update is headlined by GameCube classic Resident Evil 4. The version on offer here is an upscaled model of the original with PS2 and Wii extras intact.
It's a pound more expensive on PSN than XBLA, but PlayStation Plus owners get it half price.
Plus gamers also have 50 per cent off overlooked aquatic adventure The Undergarden.
Tactical role-player Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes gets new add-on I Am The Boss on PlayStation Network today, priced £2.39.
Stupidly brilliant puzzle RPG Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes gets a DLC expansion later this year, Ubisoft has announced.
The I Am The Boss add-on does pretty much what it says on the tin, letting you play as one of four of the game's boss characters in Quick Battle and multiplayer modes.
There's no release date or price confirmed yet but it'll be out for both the console versions and the upcoming PC port.
Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes HD, one of the finest downloads to grace PSN and XBLA this year, is launching an attack on PC users' wallets soon, Ubisoft has announced.
The release listing popped up in the publisher's sales report yesterday and has since been confirmed to Eurogamer by developer Capybara Games.
It's a straight port of the console version so don't expect any exclusive content for the puzzle/RPG hybrid.
The Call of Duty franchise continues to dominate Xbox Live, according to the latest weekly usage chart.
"Do you know what, I don't think Michael Jackson choreographed these dances when he was seven months pregnant," Ellie said to me yesterday. So you'll forgive us, her poor back and her unwilling dance partner if the review of the Xbox 360 Kinect and PS3 versions of Ubisoft's Michael Jackson experience is delayed until next week.
There's a massive Easter/spring sale on the European PlayStation Store today.
Borderlands is down to £16, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX to £4, Noby Noby Boy to £2, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light to £5.10, God of War HD Collection to £15, God of War: Chains of Olympus to £8 and God of War: Ghost of Sparta to £12. There are loads more discounts besides.
New PS3 games are headlined by Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes HD, which can be trialled before the £12 price paid. It's a strategical RPG with puzzle elements, and it's a well handled conversion of a brilliant DS game (8/10 - Eurogamer).
PSN, XBLA versions downloadable now.
Gorgeous puzzle RPG on PSN/XBLA this week.
Out this week on XBLA.
Three million sales later, and Michael Jackson: The Experience finally lands on the exciting platforms: Xbox 360 (Kinect) and PlayStation 3 (Move).
Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes HD, a home console revamp of the DS puzzle RPG gem of the same name, launches on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade next month.
Mighty and magical.
Consumers need to be better educated about digital games, the developer behind forthcoming PSN and XBLA title, Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes has claimed.
Ubisoft's excellent puzzler goes HD.
DS delicacy Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes is to be revamped for PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.
I've been having a lot of weird dreams recently. You know the sort - when you've been playing a game obsessively and its processes become so deeply infused with your thoughts that they infiltrate your consciousness at a very base level, giving you abstract and repetitive night terrors about making colourful elves stand in lines behind deer in dresses.
No? Well it happens to me. More so since I began playing and became thoroughly engrossed by Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes.
On the surface it's a familiar concept - put things in threes as much as you can before your opponent does, matching shapes and colours to each other to clear them. Set in the world of venerable PC series Might & Magic, there are elves and knights and demons and zombies. No one would blame you dismissed it as a cookie-cutter DS puzzle title. But you shouldn't do that, because developer Capybara, the team behind the awesome Critter Crunch, has crafted a real gem from a largely redundant old IP.
Promising DS instalment on show.
When a venerable series makes the transition to handheld, a number of things can happen. Sometimes the results are excellent, paring down game concepts to their essential core, stripping away the layers of gloss and varnish to reveal the beautiful grain of the fun-wood beneath. Sometimes the result is less auspicious, with shoehorned gimmicks and unnecessarily hamstrung gameplay.
Ubisoft has annoucned plans to release a DS puzzle RPG set in the Might & Magic Universe this August. The game will be called Might & Magic Clash of Heroes.