Like the Minis program before us, PSPminis.com is wrapping up. The site will remain online, the reviews won’t get removed, nothing will be deleted. The forums will continue to be around. However, all future updates, news, and PlayStation Mobile reviews will cease. I would like to personally thank everyone, all of the readers (here and gone), the wonderful community. Also, thanks to our previous community writers, wherever you are.
The reason for our shutdown is that both the Minis and PlayStation Mobile programs didn’t take off as much as we would like them to have. Though there is an audience, a great audience, the niche is not big enough for us to continue this endeavor. Nevertheless, the four years have been a great experience for everyone, the community, the PSPminis.com writing team, the forum software and site maintenance crew (they exist), the developers, the publishers and their PR teams, and the dwellers whose voices we will never hear.
Special shout-out to O, and his videos, and all of his contributions as a reviewer and the forum fire-starter.
onmode-ky, our resident editor, I learned many things from you, as a person and as a video game reviewer.
JeremyR, my review buddy for years, I was never alone here.
Chris, the site owner, would also like to thank all of you for your great contribution.
I prepared some kind of an elegy. Not much of a poem, but this emanates from my heart.
Minis Be Great
These are the last letters sent
Not many hearts shall torment
Those who will, we bid farewell
Minis, be great, seldom sell.
Second chance came in Mobile
Traffic, still, an empty aisle
The Gods had spoken, listen
“You have fought well, be restin’.”
Developers, came and went
Readers of the past, present
We may not have forever,
But we have had each other.
[See the next few posts below for farewell posts from other members of the staff. - ed.]
There are four new PlayStation Mobile games in the Store this week.
Chaos Rings is a very popular mobile RPG.
Attack of the Mutants is an arcade shooter.
fishFishFISH is a puzzler.
Roll in the Hole is a roller-platformer!
- Chaos Rings ($7.99, £6.49)
- Attack of the Mutants ($0.49, £0.40)
- fishFishFISH ($0.99, £0.79)
- Roll in the Hole ($1.49)
This weekend (right now, I guess), Sony is holding a PS Mobile Game Jam, a competition where people must make a new game in a limited amount of time, in Japan.
They held a series of them in the West, culminating in games likes Hermit Crab in Space, Crumble, and Crystallon. Who knows what will come from this? Probably lots of games involving cats. You can follow the action (such as it is) on Twitter with #psmgamejam.
I had noticed that the upcoming PS Mobile game NeoSnake from Liquid Games had multiplayer, but I had assumed it was simply two people on one device, like Sony’s Feel for Two line of Minis.
But a comment today from them implies it will be on different devices, communicating with each other. While not possible today, thus the delay, presumably it is coming eventually, which could be a big deal.
Eight new PlayStation Mobile games/apps for this week.
Picbox is a set of nonogram puzzles.
Adventure Bar Labyrinth is an RPG.
Flapper Princess is a shooter/action game.
Dynamic Visual Acuity is a dynamic view test.
Touch Treasure is a point-and-click adventure.
Hermit Crab in Space is a space shooter.
The Packet Queen is a puzzler.
Block Buster is a Breakout clone.
- Picbox (Free)
- Adventure Bar Labyrinth (Free)
- Flapper Princess ($5.49, £4.49)
- Dynamic Visual Acuity Test ($3.79, £2.99)
- Touch Treasure ($0.49, £0.40)
- Hermit Crab in Space ($2.79, £2.19)
- The Packet Queen ($2.99, £2.39)
- Block Buster ($3.79, £2.99)
This is the second week in a row Sony has released a trailer for a just-released PS Mobile game, in this case Hermit Crab in Space, which we’ve been following for a while.
Gameplay looks a little slow, but fun enough.