Ron Gilbert left Double Fine earlier this month with intentions to delve into all those games "left to be designed
," but first he's working on a mobile game with Deathspank
co-creator Clayton Kauzlaric. It's called Scurvy Scallywags in The Voyage to Discover the Ultimate Sea Shanty: A Musical Match-3 Pirate RPG
is, in its simplest terms, a match-three game. But it has a twist: After a match, rather than the pieces falling straight down, the board collapses in the direction you swipe. It's an intuitive way to play, Gilbert writes on his blog
"An odd side effect of doing this was you could move pieces around the board," he says. "So unlike Puzzle Quest
– and just about every other match-three RPG that sprang up after it – in Scurvy Scallywags
you actually move your hero/pirate around the board and position her/him next to enemies to do battle. It creates this new layer to the matching that is a lot of fun."
Gilbert hopes to have Scurvy Scallywags
out on iOS in the "next month or so," with plans to port it to Android later on. After that, he'll probably start working on every other game that hasn't yet been designed.