Battle Princess of Arcadias

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Battle Princess of Arcadias wasn’t announced with much fanfare, but I sat up and took notice anyway. It immediately reminded me of games like Odin Sphere and Grim Grimoire, and since I’m a huge Vanillaware fan, I knew I had to play it. I can’t say that Battle Princess can go toe to toe with Odin Sphere, but it is bubbly mix of beat ‘em up, role-playing, and strategy kept me smiling the whole time I played it.

The first thing I noticed about Battle Princess is its bright and beautiful world, which sets it apart from the more common drab, post-apocalyptic look of so many other games about a world in need of a savior. It’s clear that developer Apollosoft took its art direction cues from Vanillaware (forests and mountains look like they’re copied directly from Odin Sphere), and Battle Princess does a good job capturing the vibrant color palette. Unfortunately, it also looks like an old Flash game, based on the at times flat and choppy quality of the animation. I was relieved to find that choppiness doesn’t affect the gameplay in any way, since much of Battle Princess’ fun lies in the fast-paced combat.

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Assassin’s Creed Memories for iOS Spotted on Uplay

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Another Assassin’s Creed game for iOS appears to be in the works, after an apparent slip from Uplay this morning.

Touch Arcade reports that a screenshot from the Uplay app showed briefly showed a promotional image for an upcoming game called Assassin’s Creed Memories. According to the description, it mixes card battle, strategy, and RPG elements. You’ll recruit both Assassins and Templars to your cause, and assert dominance over rival guilds.

The image also says it’s “Coming Soon,” but doesn’t mention a release date or price. The name and description both sound similar to Assassin’s Creed Recollection, a card battler that received a positive review from IGN.

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Four Student-Made Wii U Games from Nintendo Game Seminar

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For Japanese college students studying how to make video games, Nintendo Game Seminar probably sounds like a dream come true. This educational program gives students the chance to work alongside and learn from seasoned game developers. Nintendo released four games from last year’s program as a free download in Japan. We have no idea if these student projects will be released in the West, but IGN would like to show you why these games deserve your attention.

Someone in the office laughed out loud and called Center Heroes “Photobomber-man.” To some degree, it works as a fairly accurate description of what’s happening. Imagine if photobombing, the borderline narcissistic practice of hopping into someone else’s photograph as a practical joke, became a video game. In Center Heroes, players select one of up to five different colored super heroes, each one vying for a few seconds in the spotlight. A photo frame randomly appears at different positions in an enclosed arena. The goal is to push your rivals out of the picture and snap a great pic as close to the center as possible.

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