Hamster’s Appli Archives for PlayStation Mobile

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Remember PlayStation Mobile? Sony’s attempt to bridge mobile (Android) and dedicated handheld gaming (PlayStation Vita) with a shared library of content. While the initiative never really got the attention of mainstream game developers, a small Japanese company named Hamster wound up being one of the most prolific publishers. Mirroring their Arcade Archives series on PS4, Appli Archives (アプリアーカイブス) was a series of emulated early 2000s Japanese feature phone games. The series started on December 17, 2014 and saw its last launch alongside the closure of PlayStation Mobile on June 24, 2015.

The releases consisted of content from various Japanese mobile developers, such as Jaleco, Nippon Ichi Software, G-Mode and more. Most releases were compilations of a handful of titles from the publisher’s library. Since PlayStation Mobile offered publishers the ability to launch a game globally with a single submission, all Appli Archives titles were available in English speaking markets. That presented a problem, as the games were presented in their native Japanese with limited English text descriptions in the wrap around menu under “Manual.” That might have been fine for a platformer or a puzzle game, but game ending for an RPG or visual novel. No online features originally found in the games are retained due to emulation issues. Pricing tiers varied between ¥309/$2.99 and ¥566/$5.49.

Developers

Release List

Title Release Price Games included
Appli Archives Nikoli Slitherlink December 17, 2014 ¥309/$2.99 Slitherlink (スリザーリンク?)
Appli Archives Jaleco City Connection December 17, 2014 ¥566/$5.49 City ConnectionDX (シティコネクションDX?), City Connection Rocket (シティコネクション ロケット?)
Appli Archives Nippon Ichi Software Duologue December 17, 2014 ¥566/$5.49 Duologue (デュオローグ?)
Appli Archives Jaleco Momoko 1200% December 24, 2014 ¥309/$2.99 Momoko 1200% Prequel (モモコ1200%前編?), Momoko 1200% Sequel (モモコ1200%続編?)
Appli Archives IDAC Escape Game Pack 1 January 14, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 The Birdcage Trap (鳥篭に満ちたワナ?), The Hideaway (隠れ家?), Fragments of Lies (うそのかけら?), Painful Love (えぐるような愛?)
Appli Archives Nippon Ichi Software Mini Game Pack 1 January 14, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 The Elingers Puzzle DX (エリンギャパズルDX?), Go Down The Hill (地獄の坂くだり?), The Throwing Prinnies (ポイっと!プリニー?)
Appli Archives IDAC Escape Game Pack 2 January 21, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 The Missing Lover (行方不明の恋人?), The Lonely Unknown Planet (孤独な未知の星?), Unconceable Magic (隠せない奇術?), Missing Catherine (姿を消したカトリーヌ?)
Appli Archives Jaleco Argus & Field Combat January 28, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Argus (アーガス?), Buta-san (ぶたさん?), Exerion DX (エクセリオンDX?), Field Combat DX (フィールドコンバットDX?)
Appli Archives Nikoli Crossword February 4, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Crossword (クロスワード?)
Appli Archives IDAC Escape Game Pack 3 February 11, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 The Gray Basement (灰色の地下室?), Beloved Mischief (愛しき悪戯?), Late Graduations (遅れた卒業式?), The Pearl and the Abandoned Hotel (真珠の海と廃ホテル?)
Appli Archives Team RISE Vol. 1 February 18, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Last Island (ラストアイランド?)
Appli Archives IDAC Escape Game Pack 4 February 25, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 The Dark Road Home (闇の帰り路?), The Ancient Castle’s Trap (古城の罠?), The End of Tears (涙の終止符?), The Vanishing Client (消えた依頼者?)
Appli Archives extreme Pairon Mobile 1 March 4, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Alice (アリス?), Ion (衣音?), Nao (奈緒?), Serika (せりか?)
Appli Archives G-mode Burger Time March 11, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Burger Time (バーガータイム?), Pucchin Puzzle (プッチンパズル?), Snowboard Man (スノボーマン?)
Appli Archives extreme Pairon Mobile 2 March 18, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Shiina (シイナ?), Paipai (白白先生?), Mio (美緒?), Rozary (ロザリー?)
Appli Archives extreme Pairon Mobile 3 March 25, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Kutsuki (玖月?), Mimiro (ミミロ?), Hinano (ひなの?), Ranko (蘭子?)
Appli Archives IDAC Escape Game Pack 5 April 1, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 The Condemned Ruby (断罪のルビー?), Tears Lost in the Night Sky (夜空に消える涙?), Target of Resent (恨みの標的?), Lonely Shelter (淋しいシェルター?)
Appli Archives AlphaNuts Deserter’s 2DX April 8, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Deserter’s 2DX
Appli Archives Jaleco Formation Z & Bases Loaded April 15, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Formation Z (フォーメーションZ?), Bases Loaded A Perfect Game (燃えろ!!完全試合?), Bases Loaded Bunt Home Run (燃えろ!!バントホームラン?), Jaleco Reversi Bio Warrior DAN (ジャレコリバーシ・バイオ戦士DAN?)
Appli Archives extreme Pairon Mobile 4 April 22, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Huuka (虎華?), Luna (ルナ?), Akane Ver. 2 (茜・コスプレ?), Luna Ver. 2 (ルナ・衣替え?)
Appli Archives G-mode Karate Spirits April 22, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Karate Spirits (空手魂?), Occho (おっちょ?), Angel’s Solitaire DX (天使のソリティアDX?)
Appli Archives IDAC Escape Game Pack 6 April 28, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 The Lost Castle (迷い城?), A Promise of Days Long Past (遠い日の約束?), The Beckoning White Smoke (誘いの白煙?), The Glittering Skull (輝くドクロ?)
Appli Archives Team RISE Vol. 2 April 28, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Voyage History of Meridia (メリディア航海史?)
Appli Archives Nikoli Crossword 2 April 28, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Crossword (クロスワード?)
Appli Archives AlphaNuts Takusuku FRESH! April 28, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Takusuku FRESH! (たくすくFRESH!?)
Appli Archives Nippon Ichi Software Mini Game Pack 2 April 28, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Disgaea The Prinnies Strike Back (魔界戦記ディスガイア~プリニーの逆襲~?), Nyanko Panels DX (ニャンコパネルDX?), The Slipping Nyanko DX (ニャンコすべりDX?)
Appli Archives AlphaNuts CrimsonBlue May 13, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 CrimsonBlue
Appli Archives extreme Pairon Mobile 5 May 13, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Anje (アンジェ?), Himeka (姫花?), Ayano (猫宮アヤノ?), Kaya (夏弥?)
Appli Archives Team RISE Vol. 3 May 13, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Voyage History of Meridia 2 (メリディア航海史2?)
Appli Archives Boosim Lab Minnano Yabo Neo May 13, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Minnano Yabo Neo (みんなの野望Neo?)
Appli Archives Nikoli Slitherlink 2 May 13, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Slitherlink (スリザーリンク?)
Appli Archives IDAC Escape Game Pack 7 May 20, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 A Bargain (駆け引き?), The Moon Temple, The Fiancee (婚約者?), The Phoenix (フェニックス?)
Appli Archives Nikoli Crossword 3 May 20, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Crossword (クロスワード?)
Appli Archives Nikoli Slitherlink 3 May 20, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Slitherlink (スリザーリンク?)
Appli Archives Team RISE Vol. 4 May 20, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Voyage History of Jipania (ジパニア航海史?)
Appli Archives extreme Pairon Mobile 6 May 27, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Kikyou (桔梗?), Shiki (?), Mikaduki (鹿深みかづき?), Setuna (刹那?)
Appli Archives Nikoli Slitherlink 4 May 27, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Slitherlink (スリザーリンク?)
Appli Archives Team RISE Vol. 5 May 27, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Sheltering Cry (新説シェルタリング・クライ?)
Appli Archives Team RISE Vol. 6 May 27, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 HumanFly (HumanFly 魁?), HumanFly 2, CIA Sniper DX (CIA 狙撃捜査官DX?)
Appli Archives IDAC Escape Game Pack 8 June 3, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 THE SEA BED, Bloody Tears (血の涙?), The Holy Grail (聖杯?), Closed Cafe
Appli Archives Team RISE Vol. 7 June 3, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Sheltering Cry 2 Alec’s Side Story (シェルタリング・クライ2 外伝?)
Appli Archives Nikoli Slitherlink 5 June 3, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Slitherlink (スリザーリンク?)
Appli Archives Boosim Lab Mini Game Pack June 3, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Nice Landing (ナイスランディング?), Dobon 2 (ドボン2?), Keidoro Dash (ケイドロダッシュ?), Super Dobey (スーパードウベエ?)
Appli Archives extreme Pairon Mobile 7 June 10, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Lumina (ルミナ?), Akyura Ver.2 (アキュラ・夏服?), Shitoron (シトロン?), Ruby (ルビー?)
Appli Archives Nikoli Slitherlink 6 June 10, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Slitherlink (スリザーリンク?)
Appli Archives Team RISE Vol. 8 June 10, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Sheltering Cry 2 (新説シェルタリング・クライ2?)
Appli Archives Team RISE Vol. 9 June 10, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Pocket Catcher (ポケット☆キャッチャー?), Pocket Catcher Plus (ポケット☆キャッチャーPlus?), Pike’s Happy Boat (ピケのノリノリ★ボート?)
Appli Archives Nikoli Slitherlink 7 June 17, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Slitherlink (スリザーリンク?)
Appli Archives Team RISE Vol. 10 June 17, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Little Queen Story (リトルクイーン物語?)
Appli Archives Nikoli Slitherlink 8 June 24, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Slitherlink (スリザーリンク?)
Appli Archives Team RISE Vol. 11 June 24, 2015 ¥309/$2.99 Sheltering Cry 3 (シェルタリング・クライ3?)

The initiative was announced during a Sony Computer Entertainment Japan-Asia Play Community live stream on November 13, 2014. Developers from Nippon-Ichi demonstrated Duologue and Burger Time running on PS Vita.

Hamster’s website for the series is still live. You can check out screenshots for the games there.

Kind of depressing that a series of releases meant to bring back games lost to the sands of time, got lost to the sames of time within a year.

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