You cannot play one of the best dead space games in 2023

A person in a spacesuit is holding a large futuristic weapon near some brown safes.

dead space Mobile (2011)
screenshot: EA/Kotaku

It was released recently dead space remake is a triumph among video game remakes, many of which have not been well received by fans over the past few years. And as huge dead space Fan, I’m very happy to see EA spending money on the franchise again – with great results. But, I can’t help but think of a dead space The game that EA buried and most forgot. This game dead space Mobilea fantastic pocket-sized horror game that desperately needs a second chance.

Let’s travel through time. It’s 2011, a few years after the original release dead space2008 launch. dead space 2 It comes out alongside another entry in the franchise. But this game will not be released on consoles or PC. Instead, it is confusingly named dead space (often referred to online as dead space mobile) on iOS and Android devices. At the time I wondered: how good is the dead space Mobile game actually be? Then I played this game and found out that it’s not just a good mobile game, it was a standalone horror game!

before events dead space 2And dead space Mobile It tells the story of Vandal, a new recruit to the fearsome space cult seen throughout the franchise. Vandal is sent to Titan Station, setting up the sequelAnd and inadvertently triggers a Necromorph invasion on the space base which Issac has to deal with later in the console game. Rest dead space Mobile involves a Vandal trying to fix this massive curse, get evidence against the cult, and help the people aboard the station escape. I won’t spoil its twists and turns, but it’s an engaging and tense horror adventure that will take most players about two to four hours to complete.

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What really makes dead space Mobile is so good that the developers of the game designed it from the ground up to be a mobile game. For example, to take over or interact with the world, you just need to touch the object or switch with your finger. No virtual buttons are needed. Iconic aiming dead space Plasma cutter, you tilt your phone slightly to flip the laser from horizontal to vertical. It may sound difficult, but in practice it works well even during some of the later areas that throw a lot of nasty monsters at you.

Not only do they work well, but they look very different from today’s big mobile games, which are often covered in virtual buttons and joysticks and feel like they were designed with a controller or keyboard in mind and then ported to the phone. dead space Mobile instead feels right at home on your small phone or tablet.

if i played dead space Mobile with headphones in a dark room, you can quickly forget that you are playing a pint-sized mobile tie-in and immerse yourself in the dark corridors and spooky atmosphere of the game. Very few mobile games scared me and dead space Mobile is on that shortlist. Even with its slightly chunky graphics and limited lighting, this mobile interpretation of dead space She was still a tense little masterpiece that worked with her limitations and didn’t fight them.

Sadly, this is the part of the story where I have to explain that Dead Space mobile is currently not available on either iOS or Android. In 2015, EA has removed the game from digital stores It has become inoperable on newer devices over the years.

Now, if you own an Android device and know what an APK file is and where to look for it, you can technically still enjoy it dead space Mobile in 2023 thanks to our skillful and dedicated fans. But if you don’t, you’re out of luck, and it’s such a shame that such a gem of a horror game has been left for dead by EA.

A man in a spacesuit walks down the lobby of a space station covered in blood.

dead space Mobile (2011)
screenshot: EA

However, there may still be hope for that dead space Mobile. I can confirm that the game works fine on modern phones with some fan-made tweaks. So it seems possible that EA might spend some money on a re-release dead space mobile on newer phones. But even better: EA must have taken the time to release it dead space Mobile across consoles and PC too. Sure, it might need some tweaking and some really low-resolution assets might need to be swapped out, but it’ll be worth it. It will bring the game to more people and ensure that Dead Space never leaves mobile again, as the PC version can be easily modified and updated by fans for years to come. And while I think dead space Mobile looks perfect on a phone, and I think it would still be just as good on a console. Or even a Nintendo Switch!

With dead spaceThe remake works fine, it seems likely that the dead space 2 The remake could follow and the mobile game fills in some important gaps in the series’ timeline, so the re-release seems to be even more Now more than ever.

Unfortunately, with Recent news of EA killing mobile gamesit seems unlikely that a publisher would fund even a small-scale remake of dead space mobile anytime soon. But if it does, I’ll be there, ready to spend the money to buy and restart this awesome horror game again.

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