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BioShock coming to mobile

Welcome to Rapture, boys and girls

Product: BioShock | Developer: IG Fun | Publisher: IG Fun | Genre: Conversion
For: Mobile   Also on: Blackberry
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IG Fun has announced it has acquired the rights to a mobile game version of BioShock, one of the most critically acclaimed first-person shooters in the history of video gaming.

"We're trying to do great things and BioShock on mobile promises to offer a whole new gaming experience and unmatched excitement amongst mobile gamers the world over," said Sean Malatesta, IG Fun's CEO, while holding, we presume, onto the nearest little girl. Doll. The nearest little girl doll. (Phew, that should keep the lawyers at bay.)

"BioShock is a special game in its genre; it brings an element of conflicting morals which has an impact on the storyline, and, among other things, on the difficulty of the game itself."

The Xbox 360/PC game sees you incarnate Jack, a plane crash survivor who suddenly finds himself in the underwater dystopian city of Rapture. It's a fascinating environment, although a dangerous one – Jack spends most of his time fighting off genetically mutated citizens and huge mechanised girl-protecting drones.

Thankfully he can help himself to genetically enhancing attributes, which greatly improve his abilities and survival chances.

Written like that, BioShock doesn't sound like much. But the game's genius lies, amongst other things, in its mix of atmosphere, narrative, pace, level design, RPG elements and moral-based gameplay. Transferring all of this successfully to mobile while managing to retain the game's essence is a challenge, undoubtedly, though one that isn't impossible.

It's entirely feasible (and arguably preferable) that the mobile version bypasses the first-person perspective altogether, instead aiming to nail the character of the console experience through a clever reinterpretation of its core credentials. How? Well, that's up to the developer to figure out. We just sit here and pretend it's easy.

There's no word on a release date yet, but rest assured we'll be bringing you a lot more on this one.

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Joao Diniz Sanches 12 February 2008
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