Artifex Mundi has become a surprised favorite developer of mine recently. The developer turned publisher focuses on casual games, but with the twist of combining Hidden Object, Adventure Games and logic puzzles to create an interesting genre that can appeal to a wide mix of people. They have made a number of games this way, while also featuring female protagonists as all their leading characters. After enjoying their previous games, I wanted to talk to them about their process of creating these elevated casual games.
This week on the Perceptive Podcast, I caught up with a friend of mine Craig Lewin, who currently works at Pocket Gems to talk about his thoughts on the mobile market.
Even though we haven’t seen the full impact of the Nintendo/DENA mobile partnership, that hasn’t stopped Nintendo from going the Free to Play option on the 3DS store or what they have dubbed: Free to Start. We’ve seen two games come from this line, both based on Pokémon and despite Nintendo’s great game design in other titles; they’ve gone for the worse of the worse F2P elements.
This week on a very special podcast, I sat down with The Binary Family’s owner Thorsten Rauser who had a lot to say about the casual game market a few weeks ago to further discuss the problems and why many people feel that it is heading towards a crash.