Currently an iOS exclusive and out NOW, The Gate is a free to play fantasy-themed card battle/RTS from American McGee and developer Spicy Horse Games that looks amazing and should grab the attention of those iOS users looking for some high-quality gaming on the go with a bit more bite.
As you can see, the game’s lovely artwork is quite impressive, mixing in a bit of Diablo with some original elements quite nicely. Killer artwork of course, doesn’t entirely make a game, but it looks as if the team has cooked up quite a winner on the gameplay front with a little help from DeNA and Mobage. In other words, it looks as if going to Hell will actually be something you’ll want to to many, many times once you pick this one up and get hooked into all it has to offer.
Currently, there’s no word if this is coming to non-iOS platforms, but I’d gather this all depends on how well the iOS version does. I’m an eternal optimist (or at least someone who prefers more choice outside of Apple platforms), so I’m hoping more gamers who play on other devices can get a taste of The Gate at some point in the near future.
As for what to expect if your interest is piqued, well… peek below the jump for the gory details (or: it’s press release time!)…
From American McGee’s critically acclaimed development studio Spicy Horse Games comes a wicked twist for mobile gamers with The Gate. Players command a sinister array of fighters with a blend of action real time strategy (RTS) and card battle mechanics.
Players must command, train, upgrade fighters and then send them into battle against the legions of hell. Battle arenas and enemies are presented in devilishly lush 3D graphics while collectible cards are presented in detailed 2D illustration surfacing a mobile gaming experience like no other.
Epic Battles – Defeat the legions of hell to bring them into your ranks. Gather your soldiers, build an army and battle the bosses of Hades to earn your place on the leaderboard of the damned.
Stunning Art – A mixture of 2D and 3D artwork with handcrafted animation gives The Gate an elevated gaming experience seldom seen in mobile games.
Cross-device multiplayer – Make friends with other players, build an unholy alliance and go to war against other armies. Band together to take on monstrous, fire-belching World Bosses with other twisted souls.
Sinister Story – Going to hell is the oldest story in the book, but being stuck there and forced to train demons to your bidding is our diabolical twist.
Simple Controls – Taking the collectible card game genre to the next level by adding elements of action RTS without over complicating the controls creates an all-new gaming experience.