Edgy: Langdell’s Nemesis Edge Edges To PC

By Alec Meer on July 29th, 2011 at 6:05 pm.

What a lot of edges!

If there’s been one downside to John’s splendid coverage of the seemingly never-ending Tim Langdell saga, it’s that it’s only very tenuously related to PC games (the indie uprising and his ultimately doomed attempt to take on EA’s Mirror’s Edge were our prior justifications). Now, total relevancy has been achieved. Mobigame, the indie dev whose iPhone game Edge was what originally brought Langdell’s trademark trolling regarding the common English word ‘edge’ to public light, are now making the move onto PC. Specifically, with Edge itself.

The well-received puzzle game is due to arrive on Steam (plus the Mac App Store) on August 11 – safely under its original, snappy, one-word name, rather than the various variations Langdell had attempted to force on it.

A Dutch dev called Two Tribes has given it a spit and polish, adding higher resolutions and whatnot, so rest assured it will look like a PC game and not just an embiggened iPhone game (as hopefully demonstrated in the pic above).

Take a look at the game that caused such a stink – and hopefully helped save a word from tyranny – below.

I’m hoping they bring their follow-up game, Perfect Cell, to PC too. While admittedly very much designed for touch-screen, this action-puzzle tale of an evolving alien lifeform violently escaping from the human labs it was imprisoned it is a much more interesting game than Edge, to my mind. Shame it didn’t have an equally litigation-drawing name in order to attract headlines. They should have called it Perfect FIFA or Activision Cell or something.

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  1. Ginger Yellow says:

    I wonder how the controls translate. There are some quite frustrating bits on the iPhone version where you kind of have to balance the cube on an edge which I find nigh on impossible with the touch controls for any sustained amount of time. I can imagine it going either way on PC.

    • Sleepymatt says:

      One might say it’s on a knife edge.

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      Get the cricket bat, we got another one. Don’t let it bite you!

    • VelvetFistIronGlove says:

      Presumably it’ll use arrow keys, probably also mouse, possibly also controller. Holding the mouse button/arrow key would tilt the cube up and over, while pressing and releasing repeatedly so it tilts up but not all the way. Which is pretty much the way the controls worked on the iPhone version.

  2. sinister agent says:

    I’d love to see what this is all about, but unfortunately I don’t understand technology.

  3. smi1ey says:

    I’m also curious as to how the touch controls are going to translate. Hopefully well, because EDGE is a fantastic game that I have put many hours into. I love the music and clean visuals. As mentioned in the article, Perfect Cell is also really cool. I actually could see that translating to PC better than EDGE would.

  4. Fitzmogwai says:

    They could have called it Splintered Cell and thrown in some always-on DRM too.

    • westyfield says:

      Or, as it’s about an alien escaping from a lab, ‘Free Cell’.

  5. CaspianRoach says:

    This is looking rather hectic, I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep up with the game’s speed.

    • piggydiggy says:

      It’s normally slower than that, it’s definitely playable.

  6. Chuck84 says:

    I haven’t played Edge, so i can’t comment on it’s quality, but Mobigames must be secretly a little bit grateful to that asshat for all the publicity.

    • sinister agent says:

      Oh god, don’t. We’ll have him in the courts again, claiming that this was all part of a secret agreement between him and Mobigames signed back in 1989, shortly after the Beetle Wars.

  7. RobF says:

    Two Tribes seem like a good choice to bring it across too. Toki Tiri was a cracking port and with Rush, they’ve already nailed the Edge Iso-ish style.

    And it’s a game that won’t suffer greatly for the transition from touch controls either.

  8. Rath says:

    It looks like somebody took Marble Madness and cross-bred it with the inside of Sasha Nein’s brain from Psychonauts.

  9. Jake says:

    Oh, for a moment there I thought this game was called HEDGE, a word which I own all the copyrights to as it is the name of my gardening company, we have been trading under HEDGE(tm) or The HEDGE(tm) for many years although I can’t currently show you any examples of our work as they are in a 5.25″ garden and I have forgotten where it is. We produced such visionary and not-at-all imaginary topiary as HEDGE Racers, Magic HEDGE and many others. I would have been forced to sue this game just like I was forced to sue HEDGE Magazine.

    But yeah Edge is fine, carry on.

  10. McChubs says:

    I registered because ‘They should have called it Perfect FIFA or Activision Cell or something.’ made me laugh so. Hats off to you.

    Edit: Having said that, wasn’t Perfect Cell a character from Dragonball Z? There’s an avenue!

  11. nafe says:

    I shall be buying this twice. Perhaps then sending my receipts to Tim Langdell saying LOOK AT THE MONEY THAT IS NOT YOURS!

    Or something a little more snappy, I’ll give it some thought.

    • PoulWrist says:

      That was my thoughts exactly. Though without the taunting email, just seeing it soar in the skies of steam top sellers would be enough.

  12. Dr. Clockwork says:

    I approve of the cromulent use of the word “embiggen” in this article.

  13. Wozzle says:

    Minecraft clone.

  14. MadTinkerer says:

    Now if someone would just make a vegetable garden sim, called Vedge.

  15. Fitzmogwai says:

    What about a, let’s say, parkour game called, ooh, how about “LEDGE”?

  16. Navagon says:

    I might get this just to mark the destruction of gaming’s trademark troll king.

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  18. seanminty says:

    This game is excellent, i’ve had it on my ipod for a long while and it’d be worth a purchase for the awesome soundtrack alone. Check out the track ‘Kakkoi’

  19. GTRichey says:

    Perfect Cell? That seems dangerously close to my trademark on the word Perfect… might have to file a lawsuit.

    In all seriousness, these guys produced a killer first product and while Langdell is a royal douche, it’s great that they got the publicity they did, especially since the gaming community was heavily in their favour.

    *runs off to download Perfect Cell*