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Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] continues its quest for feature parity with update 1.0.5, which brings more commands to the game, Command blocks, and Minecarts with command blocks. And, for more fun, it has added a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers skin pack to the game store, just so you can live out your fantasies. Command blocks are, well, blocks that can execute commands. You use redstone power to activate them, and they are usually used by map creators to, for instance, give items to players without the players being able to use that command themselves. Expect to see some pretty fun shenanigans in Realms maps now that Command blocks are a thing...

Trailer for 'Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition' Leaks Ahead of Big Reveal

Last week a countdown timer went up on Planescape.com which had fans of the 1999 Infinity Engine RPG excited to see what was planned for this cult classic. Those cheeky folks over at Beamdog had been drawing attention to the site on their Twitter as well, and seeing as they're the ones responsible for all the enhanced ports of Infinity Engine classics which has brought the likes of Baldur's Gate [$9.99], Baldur's Gate II [$9.99], and Icewind Dale [$9.99] to our mobile devices, it seemed like a pretty safe bet that they'd be announcing an enhanced version of Planescape: Torment. Well, there's still about 4 hours left on the countdown as of this writing, but it looks like the cat is out of the bag early as noted by PC Gamer and indeed there is a Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition port in our futures...




It's time for another season of retro baseball made modern, as RBI Baseball 17 [$4.99] is now on iOS. For the second year in a row, MLB Advanced Media has gotten the mobile version of RBI out the same day as the console versions, with most of the features at a quarter of the price! The cover athlete for the 2017 version is Corey Seager, star shortstop for the Dodgers; the user interface has gotten a fresh coat of paint. Other than that, there's not any major new features in the 2017 version at a quick glance. All 30 stadiums, and full rosters with regular updates are here, though...

'Pixel Volley' Offers Extreme and Accessible Volleyball Action, Serving Onto the App Store April 5th

There has been a recent trend in video games as a whole to take a sport at its most mundane level and then dial it up to 11, all the while adding rockets, spikes, and other precarious obstacles that turn what could otherwise be a leisurely activity into an extreme attempt at survival. Rocket League took football (incorrectly called soccer by some), added rockets, and the rest is history. Recently on iOS, Golf Zero [Free] turned the sedate and slow act of putting into maniacal platforming mayhem, and as a result received glowing praise in our recent review. Pixel Volley is looking to follow in the footsteps of these titles, and will provide accessible volleyball action with a whole host of customisable options - as well as a number of entirely lethal twists lurking around every net - when it launches on the App Store for free on April 5th...

Earlier this March, Fireproof Games announced the shock reveal of the upcoming and much awaited next iteration in The Room series. Ominously subtitled Old Sins, details on this newest entry in one of iOS's most beloved franchise were relatively scarce beyond a tentative 'late 2017' release date and a cryptic teaser image, however this didn't stop fervent anticipation amongst the mobile community as to how Fireproof's latest game could replicate, or deviate from, the tried and true formula essentially perfected in The Room Three [$4.99]. Today on their official Twitter account, the Guildford-based developers revealed three preview images from The Room: Old Sins, depicting a mysterious dollhouse as well as a teaser for a more malicious disappearance plot within the title...

Naps Team Announce Stylish Action Adventure Game 'Baldo'

The folks over at Naps Team, makers of games such as Maria the Witch [$0.99] and Legendary Knight Run [Free] on mobile and who are hopefully still porting their PlayStation brawler Gekido to iOS someday, sent word of their new upcoming game and although it's short on details it's looking really great so far. The game is called Baldo and all we know about it is it'll be "a real action adventure" that's "full of mysteries" and contains "real dungeons" and many "funny/weird characters to interact with." The art style in Baldo is also really cool, with almost photo-realistic backgrounds for the decidedly cartoon-like characters and enemies to romp around in. Check out a bunch of screens...

'Kiss Hero' is the Hook-Swinging/Kissing Game Mashup Tina Belcher Would Dream Of

Umbrella Games and Color Blind Studios, whose previous collaborations include Nukleus [Free] and Jump Or Stay [Free], have announced an exciting new mashup of hook-swinging and lip-locking called Kiss Hero. Similar to swinging classics like Hook Champ [$2.99 / Free] or Hanger World [Free] in Kiss Hero you'll swing a disembodied head through levels filled with danger as well as other disembodied heads that you can kiss and carry along for the ride while you two smooch it up. Yeah, it's pretty weird...

Mobile Version of Gravity-Based Puzzle Platformer 'Mallow Drops' Coming April 13th

We got our first look at gravity-based puzzle platformer Mallow Drops during PAX Australia last November right around the same time the game launched on Steam. At the time we didn't even know the game was slated for mobile, but upon seeing it being demoed on PC at developer Gritfish's PAX booth Eli immediately thought to himself "That should be on mobile!" Thankfully Gritfish had already been thinking the same thing, and was well under way with a mobile port and they were able to show us that mobile version of Mallow Drops in action. This week they've now announced the official release date for Mallow Drops on mobile and it'll be coming April 13th. Check out the Steam trailer for Mallow Drops followed by our demo of the mobile version from PAX...

Around one year ago in Japan, Square Enix released a spiffy new version of their classic, quirky SNES RPG Romancing SaGa 2 [$17.99] on mobile devices and PlayStation Vita. Part of a three-game series that released in the later years of Nintendo's 16-bit console's life, it developed a devoted following through its innovative mechanics and intriguing story. The mobile version apparently hit its mark, because Square Enix just announced through Twitter and Japanese magazine Famitsu that they would be giving the same treatment to the third game in the series, Romancing SaGa 3. It will be coming soon in Japan, but the real question is whether it will get a worldwide release given the somewhat muted reception to the localized version of the second game...

'Death Road to Canada' Review - A Dog, Anime Magical Girl, and A Farting Man Enter a Bar...

I think you could make a strong argument that Rocketcat Games is the greatest developer in the history of mobile games. No studio has quite the collection of masterpieces that they do. Go on and look it up, their worst title is Five Card Quest [$2.99] and even that isn't so bad. Madgarden, meanwhile, has the strongest collection of unreleased titles perhaps out there, but when he releases something, it tends to be great. See their previous collaboration Punch Quest [Free], which is still brilliant and so unlike everything else on the App Store. In fact, that's the problem: these folks make games that are such pinnacles of what they do that nobody else can even come close. So, perhaps you might think Death Road to Canada [$7.99] off the bat seems a bit weird for them to do. After all, it's a zombie survival game. There's a ton of them. But that would be short-sighted: Death Road to Canada is another masterpiece from a partnership that keeps cranking out the hits...

NimbleBit released Bit City [Free] a couple of weeks ago, but if you want a freebie from the studio, well, good news: Capitals [Free] is now completely free. No ads, no IAP, the lives are gone. Now it's just a completely free online word game. I don't think I'll pick this one back up since it took up way too much time. I was too good at the game, finding those long word combos that would eliminate not just most of my opponent's board, but most of their soul as well. As satisfying as that was, it was also very time-consuming...

Mike Trout, as mentioned earlier, is a begrudgingly good baseball player. He's also apparently an avid Clash of Clans [Free] player, and an excellent troll. Former Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher's son was playing Mike Trout in Clash of Clans and Trout's advice to beat him? Just get your dad's credit card and buy a bunch of stuff. The whole oral history of Mike Trout is a good read, but this part is the relevant one: ..

Check Out More of 'ROME: Total War - Barbarian Invasion', Launching Tomorrow

Fans of tablet wargaming are anxiously awaiting for Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion, Feral Interactive's port of the Rome: Total War expansion from back in mid-2000s. As you probably know, the game—which will be a standalone app—is going to release tomorrow, March 28th, and if you wanted to see it in action, you can check out this Feral Twitch stream that shows off quite a bit of the game. Judging from the stream, Barbarian Invasion will definitely please fans of the PC game and also strategy games looking for a deep game to sink their teeth in (metaphorically, I hope)...

Frosty Pop's 'The Contender: Fight of the Century' Coming April 13th, 'rvlvr.' Pushed to May 4th

The folks at The Frosty Pop Corps. have been toying around with an idea for a silly throwback boxing game for a while now, and apparently all their early feedback on the game thus far has been so good they're green-lighting the project and fast-tracking its release for April 13th. The game is called The Contender: Fight of the Century, and it's an homage to early '80s gaming with top-down boxing action and super-stretchy arms because… well, who doesn't love super-stretchy arms? Check out the trailer for The Contender below...

'MLB Manager 2017' Coming Soon with Remodeled Interface

Baseball fans are ready to settle in for the new season starting on April 2nd. The World Baseball Classic was a lot of fun, but it's about time for the real games to start up. OOTP Developments just released OOTP 18 on PC, but mobile baseball simulator fans will get their take on managing a major league team for themselves soon. MLB Manager 2017 doesn't have a release date yet, but OOTP Developments has released some screens and details. The biggest change promises to be a remodeled interface. The game's looked quite similar for a few years, only getting modest tweaks for higher resolution iOS devices. Now, it will have a familiar but sleeker look, though I'm curious to see if the menu interfaces have been given a huge revamp...

We often talk about the science that are free-to-play monetization systems, and this story definitely shows how there's no stopping this transformation. Scientists have developed a model called "survival ensemble" that can predict with pretty good accuracy on what day and at what stage of a game a user will stop playing and why. This new algorithm can predict players' reactions with pretty good accuracy. By using this group of algorithms (around 1000 submodels all looking at different variables and conditions), the developers can get a good idea of how their game will perform and can change it accordingly to ensure players stick around longer...

'MLB 9 Innings 2017' Preregistration Contest Has You Picking Opening Day Winners for In-Game Rewards

Com2us is coming back with a brand new game in the MLB 9 Innings franchise, and with the 2017 season starting on April 2nd, well, it's about time for MLB 9 Innings 2017. Headlined by baseball's greatest player and weatherman, Mike Trout (as a Rangers fan, that pains me to say), preregistration is now open. But this isn't just your normal pregristration campaign, no. If you want the sweet, sweet, player card packs, you're gonna have to earn them. On the preregistration site, there's an interesting contest going on. You have to pick the winners of each opening day game, and based on how many winners you pick, that determines how many player packs you get. Get all 15 right, and you get a Diamond Player Pack as well as a Grade Increase Ticket. Here are my picks, which are sure to go 15-0:..

Save the Earth From Aliens and Asteroids in Upcoming 'Globe'

Optimum Games has announced an interesting new game called Globe. Described as a rogue-lite space shooter, you'll be flying over Earth, trying to protect it from alien invasions, oncoming asteroids, and also saving the astronauts from the space station that was previously keeping Earth safe. The game takes place on a spinning globe, not unlike Super Stardust or Darkside [Free], as you fly around, picking up items and firing at enemies. What's unique is that the game will be playable in portrait mode, with just left and right controls, autofire being part of the equation here. While it looks like there are separate left and right buttons, a one-finger control scheme would be great. What, am I expected to save Earth while using both hands? Come on!..

Journey to Un'goro, the next Hearthstone [Free] expansion, is almost upon us (probably releasing April 6th), so Blizzard has decided to gives us a week of "Mammoth" rewards to celebrate the upcoming Year of the Mammoth, the new Standard season. This celebration comes in the form of a week's worth of daily login rewards starting March 29th. The rewards start with a mere 50 gold on March 29th and then include a Gadgetzan card pack, a Whispers card pack, 2 Un'Goro packs (on separate days), and 100 dust. Plenty of reasons, then, to jump into the game at least once a day during that week...

'The Franz Kafka Videogame' Should be Coming Soon, Maybe, Perhaps, or Not

Franz Kafka is one of my favorite authors because of how crazy, illogical, and surreal his stories are, so I'm quite excited about the upcoming The Franz Kafka Videogame, releasing for PC April 6th and coming to mobile either on that day or (hopefully) soon after. The game blends puzzle and narrative and tries to capture the craziness that is Kafka's worlds (there's a reason we have the adjective "Kafkaesque.") As you can see from the trailer below, the art is lovely and there's even a very Twin Peaks Black Lodge moment...

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