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.