Republique Is Apple’s Free App of the Week

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Republique is Apple’s free App of the Week, so I decided to check it out for a bit earlier today. This title is interesting to me for a few reasons:

  • it plays like premium stealth title and runs beautifully on the Air
  • the game’s development was funded by Kickstarter
  • the voice actors include Jennifer Hale (female Sheppard from Mass Effect) and Steven J. Blum (basically every game ever and Spike from Cowboy Bebop)
  • the controls really feel like they were optimized for touch

I’m only a little ways into Episode One, but if it’s good enough, I’d consider investing $15 to buy episodes two through five. Of all the types of games that really fit an iPad form factor, stealth-based and adventure games seem like the most comfortable, and Republique feels like a mix of both.

It’s fun to see old triple-A console titles like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on iOS, but I think it’s the growth of this newer segment — of IPs that are born and bred on a touch platform – that we should really get excited about. If iOS is going to take off as a more serious contender to the consoles and PC, Republique is the caliber of game we need to see on the App Store.


My name is probably Thomas (yes, it is). I'll be able to help you figure out why Evernote isn't syncing, or recommend your favourite new RSS reader to you. That's partly because I am enamoured with the iOS ecosystem and hardware, but mostly because I'm Canadian.

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