Kenichi Nishi emailed this morning to ask if I would ‘advertise’ his new game, Newtonica. Of course I will, Ken!
Nishi has revealed very little about the game other than the fact that it will be exclusive to the iPhone and will utilise minimal graphics and sound. While Nishi has planned and designed the whole concept himself, the actual game appears to have been made in collaboration with Field System, who happen to be run by Hiroshi Suzuki, the director of skip Ltd.
With so few details around we’re going to have to wait until July 11th, when it’s likely that the first screenshots will be unveiled. Until then, let’s speculate away… With the game being on an Apple handheld it’s easy to suggest that it may be some sort of music game, perhaps making use of the player’s own playlist. But what of that name? The word ‘Newtonica’ suggests that it may have something to do with the work of Sir Isaac Newton. A gravity game perhaps? Maybe, but then ArchimeDS didn’t really have anything to do with Archimedes as far as I’m aware.
Looking back at Nishi’s previous games at Route24, skip and Lovedelic, they all share the theme of communication is some way or another. So perhaps Newtonica will continue this theme, maybe even using the telephone abilities of the handheld in some way. Again, maybe. But maybe it’ll just be a music game after all.
This is all academic of course, as I’ll probably never get to play the damn game. I don’t own an iPhone, can’t afford an iPhone and probably wouldn’t know how to use one anyway. I’ve owned some kind of mobile phone for the past 7 years now and have never been able to work out how to download games.
Oh well. If you are interested, keep an eye on the official website and look out for more info coming soon.