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Time Techland: 15 of the Best Games at E3 2012

E3 is the annual Mecca for the video game industry, where the biggest publishers show off their best upcoming games. Here are our 15 favorite games from the show...

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IGN's E3 Indie Game Highlights

The Act is a game many, many years in the making. The Act might best be described as an interactive cartoon – the next evolution of the formula kicked off by Dragon’s Lair in 1983. The title was originally conceived as an arcade release, but unfortunately the North American arcade market cratered before the original developer Cecropia was able to release the game, even though it was virtually complete. Luckily React Entertainment recognized The Act’s potential on smaller tablet and mobile phone screens, and got to work reengineering the game to work with touch controls.

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Move Carefully or Get Caught In The Act (Kotaku)

Fresh from this year's Game Developers Conference, we have video from Kotaku's Stephen Totilo showing upcoming iOS title The Act. The lush, cinematically animated 2D game is a comic cartoon in which players control Edgar, a hapless window washer in pursuit of Sylvia, the woman of his dreams.

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Post-GDC: The games we can’t wait to play (GameZebo)

There was a lot of iOS goodness at GDC 2012, but the game that really has me quivering like a cat looking at a bug is The Act by React Entertainment.

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The Act - Interview (Metacafe)

Interview with React Entertainment Co-Founder Dan Kraus

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React Entertainment take us back to the glory days of hand-drawn animation, with this gorgeous interactive cartoon comedy (TouchGen)

React built the game using their own proprietary system which allows them to take traditional hand drawn work and convert it into gesture based interactive games. The first to make use of this technology is The Act. A game which sees you play as an everyday Joe called Edgar, who’s juggling a demanding job and boss, looking out for his simpleton brother Wally, and attempting to woo the beautiful Silvia – a character that would give Jessica Rabbit a run for her money!

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Best Games of GDC 2012 (Slide to Play)

The Slide to Play crew saw dozens of great games at Game Developers Conference 2012. Which games stood out? Watch this video feature and find out! Editors Andrew Podolsky and Chris Reed talk about four of the best games at the show in the video below.

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EA Mobile GDC 2012 Gaming Roundup (G4TV)

Immediately, the game Dragon’s Lair comes to mind when you see The Act. They’re both games where you play within an interactive cartoon with no discernable controls. While the former may be an exercise in frustration, The Act turns out to be a pleasantly surprising romantic comedy about a window washer and the things he will do to impress a lovely nurse.

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Cascade Arcade: Dial game finally getting its Act together (The Cascade)

iPhone and iPad users may be in for a treat this April, with the release of React Entertainment’s long-awaited The Act – an interactive 2D comedy about a lonely window-washer named Edgar. The idea of an interactive movie has long been a pipedream for gamers. It was quite successfully attempted with the release of Heavy Rain, a dark psychological thriller from 2010. However, its context-sensitive controls were a bit much for the general public, due to the focus on quick-time-events (where specific buttons appeared on-screen directing players to control the action). It was all a bit complex.

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GDC 2012: EA and Chillingo Show Off Their Upcoming Games (148 Apps)

hillingo and React Entertainment showed off The Act, which is inspired by games like Dragon’s Lair where the graphics are all hand-drawn animation.

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The Act for iOS seeks to merge hand-drawn animation with complex player interactivity (GameZebo)

Remember when Laserdisc-based arcade games like Don Bluth's Dragon's Lair were all the rage? After dropping an obscene amount of money into the machines, you began to realize that the fully-animated titles were incredible to watch, but not much fun to play. They demanded strict memorization of game routes, and your input otherwise amounted to flicking Dirk the Daring in the right direction. If you were off by a mere second, you had a Dead Dirk on your hands. Happily, React Entertainment is engineering The Act for iOS to be an interactive cartoon that actually gets the player deeply involved.

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