Greetings from Rome, home of the Colisseum, gladiators and Christians being thrown to lions. I'm here for a slightly different type of game (smaller, less dangerous) as I scour the halls of the Nokia Games Summit to check out the best new games for N-Gage.
Dave Stewart (the beardy one from the Eurhythmics) has teamed up with Nokia to create rhythm game Dance Fabulous. Unlike other dance games that dictate a routine to you, in this game you create the choreography through different combinations of button pushes. When you've polished off your own personal Flashdance you can send routines to your friends. Aimed squarely at Comes With Music users, Dance Fabulous will let you use your own tunes, the software containing a clever tempo algorithim to keep your vogueing in time.
Sharing online and multiplayerability are big themes this year with new fighter game One and Asphalt 4 allowing you to hook up with another handset via Bluetooth for 2 player or compete in tournaments online via the N-Gage Arena. Both games look super slick too.
Reset Generation is a strategy game with gorgeous graphics that can be played with up to three other people online from either computer or mobile. A healthy website enriches the game with forums and the ability to replay yours and others games for brushing up your mad skillz.
The new N-Gage SDK will be available to developers at the end of the year with some pretty cool features including motion gaming and integration of the handsets camera into the game. Some developers have already embraced this like the creators of Ghostwire (screenshot above), a game in which you use your camera to 'see' and capture ghosts in the room.
Expect a video roundup soon, but in the meantime, here's some dumb footage of a rather good University of Lancaster developed camera game. The game is superimposed on what the image sensor sees (in this case me) and motion controls used to pick up gold coins.