Horror Vacui iPhone app

Another iPhone app review. This time I’m taking a look at Horror Vacui by Shaun Inman (well known from his commercial projects Mint and Fever).

Horror Vacui is a strategy board game with one simple rule “Nature abhors a vacuum”. Actually rules are more complex but since you play it a few times they become clear. There are two players: water and earth. Each of them is randomly given one of three cards: hot, cold or neutral. Oposite nonneutral cards neutralize each other. Hot or cold makes neutral hot or cold and neutral stays neutral. Rules are explained in nifty ingame tutorial with animations.

As to the design app is made to look like old 8bit games. It is very interesting to see this kind of design on such a modern device like iPhone. Also the music is stylised to the old console games from early 80’s.

Shaun Inman is working on new game Mimeo. This will be platforming game and I’m really looking forward to it.

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