Continuing on from yesterday, when we kicked off our look back at some of the key points for Square Enix in 2012, today we're focusing on a trio of game launched in the middle of the year.
It's always nice to be able to hook up with someone cool… and in June this year Square Enix did exactly that, in the form of Portal co-creator Kim Swift and the team at Airtight Games.
The project they were working on was Quantum Conundrum, a multi-dimensional puzzle game for PC, PSN and XBLA, where changing the conditions around you is key to progression.
"This is a charming and fun adventure that easily earns its place among PSN's elite," said PlayStation: The Official Magazine in the US, "and we could all do with a bit more thinking (whether with portals or dimensions) every now and then."
So… can you find Professor Quadrangle?
Kingdom Hearts 3D
Fans of Kingdom Hearts had cause for celebration in July with a release on Nintendo's 3DS platform – Dream Drop Distance – which follows on from Re:coded and has Sora and Riku as the two main characters.
Through the course of the game you'll venture across seven different worlds, including locations from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tron: Legacy and Pinocchio.
"Whether or not you're a fan of Nintendo's latest handheld console, if you love Kingdom Hearts, this is a must-have title that's filled with fantastic gameplay, an intriguing story, and beautiful visuals," said G4TV, handing it a 4.5 out of 5 rating.
And IGN was also impressed: "An enjoyable experience with an engaging story and incredible characterisation," read the review. "Although the platforming is far from fluid and the story can feel convoluted at times, when KH3D soars, it soars high - capturing that KH magic that has propelled the series to great success for a decade now."
Of course, while we're glad that people enjoyed playing the game, the feedback we received about localisation was clear. Thanks to everybody who took the time to contact us; the response was noted.
Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy
And hot on the heels of KH3D was one of the year's finest music games in the shape of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy – another Nintendo 3DS title – that also launched in July.
The basic premise involves using a series of taps and swipes to navigate your way through musical scores taken from one of the Final Fantasy games. Originally there were over 40 classic tracks to choose from, although this was later expanded massively with options to buy and download new tracks.
As you progress through the game, your performance will earn your group experience and new items, which of course enables you to level up skills and stats. Obviously, while music rhythm games have played a big part in the games landscape in the recent past, the music of Final Fantasy has always had a strong following, and finding a new way to use these tracks in a new game setting really caught people's imagination.
Most recently (as in, last week) we also released the game on iOS devices, opening up Theatrhythm to a massive new audience – and even offering gamers the best choice of track combinations possible under a free-to-play business model.