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I have a confession to make to all of you. About a month and a half ago, I started playing Final Fantasy: Record Keeper, and I've been hooked ever since. I'm in deep, playing every day to open up new chapters from the games and unlock new characters. For a Final Fantasy fan, it's almost the best case you could imagine for a free-to-play social RPG. A lot of that is because it understands that you have to give people some of what they want or you're going to lose them right away. It's not as strategic as Terra Battle [Free], and it certainly has some pay boundaries when you get several hours in, but all-around, it's one of the more generous and fun social RPGs I've played so far. It's certainly not what I expected from DeNA, a company who has earned a bit of a reputation over the years...

RPG Reload File 023 - 'Final Fantasy Tactics'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where birth and faith wrong us, not Delita. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past for a little revisiting, a little reflection, and even a cheery bit of fun now and then. RPGs of all stripes are welcome here, and I try to plan out a fairly balanced schedule covering the four corners of this broad genre. I look to you, the friendly readers, to assist me with that by choosing one game each month for me to play and write about. Simply comment below, post in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or tweet me at @RPGReload to let me know what you'd like to see in the next reader's choice article. I'll choose one of the suggestions randomly and much entertainment will be had by all. The next reader's choice RPG Reload is next week, which means I have a winner to announce. I'll be playing Adventure Bar Story [$0.99], suggested by readers Zepfhyr and Curtisrshideler. Thanks for voting, friends! Now, everyone get voting for the March reader's choice feature. No rest for the wicked!..

Ravenous Games Announces Roguelike-Platformer 'Devious Dungeon 2' Coming Soon

Long time pixel art proprietors Ravenous Games have just announced their next game is about to be finished: Devious Dungeon 2. A follow-up to Devious Dungeon [$1.99], their roguelike-inspired platformer, Ravenous is promising a lot more content. Three classes are available, with the barbarian, rogue, and mage. New levels will be available with new traps and hazards, collectable treasure, and mini-bosses to fight. And of course, the pixel art style that Ravenous has become known for will be throughout the game, in all its colorful, pixelly glory...

Fast-Paced iPad Competitive RTS 'The Ember Conflict' Soft-Launched

Substantial Games has just soft-launched a rather cool online multiplayer real-time strategy game for iPads called The Ember Conflict in a number of territories. The combat starts out 3-on-3, but each team has up to 3 reserve units that they can deploy over time, so combat can get quite frantic and crowded as 6-on-6 combat happens. Plus, it's possible to participate in 2v2 matches, so up to 24 units can be on-screen at once. The game is built for short sessions, with matches taking 2-5 minutes. Your unit selection winds up being important: how do you want to balance for your slow bruisers that can be out-maneuvered, archers that can deal damage from a distance but can't take many hits, or healing support units? That's the question that you have to solve...

There's going to be any number of Super Bowl ads for car companies, cell phone companies, beverages both soft and hard, and more. But Squarespace isn't going to be the most "wait, what?" advertiser in this year's Super Bowl. The leading contender is going to be uCool and their game Heroes Charge [Free], who are running a 15-second ad for their mobile game during the Super Bowl. Welcome to 2015, folks, where a free-to-play game is cause enough to advertise during the most expensive advertising period on TV each year...

Remember Lumines? Created by Q Entertainment, it was one of the big PSP launch titles back when that system launched, like a decade ago, which is absurd to think of. Well, Japanese publisher Mobcast and Lumines creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi's new studio Enhance Games have acquired the rights to Lumines and are at work on a new game in the rhythmic puzzle game series for iOS and Android. The game will feature modified gameplay to fit on touchscreens, but expect a similar game feel and some of the same music that made the series what it is. A number of social features will be added, as well. Here's a screen of the most recent Lumines game, the 2012 Lumines Electronic Symphony for the PS Vita, for reference...

Last week we posted about the mysterious appearance and the subsequent disappearance of 2K's Evolve: Hunter's Quest [Free]. Well, it'd seem that it's now on the App Store for keeps as 2K is uploading launch trailers to YouTube:..

We're really going down the meta-rabbit hole here. The latest release in the long-running and prolific LEGO series of video games from TT Fusion and Warner Bros. is The LEGO Movie Video Game [$4.99]. It's a game based on a movie, based on a toy, whose sense of humor and visual style was heavily drawn from the games based on the toys made from licenses of other movies. This version specifically is a slightly modified port of the game as it appeared on the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita, so don't expect any open world shenanigans or levels drawn from the console version of the game. It most closely resembles LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe In Peril [$4.99], which I enjoyed more than the usual fare due to it being less of poor imitation of the console versions and more of a game built for handheld play...

Late last year, Disney talked about how they were going to release Disney Infinity: Toy Box 2.0 [Free] for iOS, bringing some of the enhancements and new characters introduced in Disney Infinity 2.0 to iOS, and with support for Metal. Well, that day has finally come, as you can download Toy Box 2.0 today. This is a separate app from the original Disney Infinity: Toy Box [Free (HD)], which remains on the App Store if you have 1.0 figures. However, all your previous figures will work with Toy Box 2.0, and so will some of the new figures, which notably include Marvel characters...

Rovio Soft Launches Two Angry Birds Puzzle Games: 'Angry Birds Stella POP!' and 'Angry Birds Fight!'

One of the major criticisms often thrown Rovio's way is accusing the studio of being a one trick pony with its extensive array of very similar Angry Birds games. Recently, they've broken this trend a bit through the release of games that don't involve flinging birds at pigs like Angry Birds Epic [Free] and Bad Piggies [$0.99] and per the Mighty Eagle eyes of the dudes over at Angry Birds Nest, Rovio is getting even further away from the textbook Angry Birds formula by soft launching two incredibly safe puzzle games...

Check Out Video of Sid Meier Himself Playing 'Sid Meier's Starships'

2K and Firaxis recently announced Sid Meier's Starships, a turn-based game about commanding a fleet of starships while exploring the galaxy, a sort of follow-up to Civilization: Beyond Earth which just released late in 2014. Starships is making its way to iPad, thankfully. Sid Meier and Firaxis participated in a panel at PAX South 2015 talking about Beyond Earth and also discussing a lot of what to expect with Starships. Have a free hour? Watch the entire panel below:..

Being a historically consumer-focused site we don't really post that much about the business-y side of mobile gaming, which is something I'd really like to change as I think it's both relevant and interesting to the "core" gamer who might not understand why things are the way they are in 2015's App Store. If you want to jump in with both feet and read what's one of the best articles I've seen lately that's more or less taking the temperature of the mobile gaming industry was published over on GamesIndustry.biz by PocketGamer alumni Keith Andrew this morning...

Genre saturation seems to come in waves on iOS, and Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas (MOBAs) appear to be the latest game type to get a bunch of high profile titles in a short period of time. The Witcher Battle Arena [Free] is the latest such title to grace the App Store, bringing the CD Projekt RED’s fantasy world to iOS in some small fashion. While Battle Arena does a decent job in providing a comprehensive MOBA experience, the gameplay itself just isn’t compelling enough at this point to be worth an investment...

It's kind of fascinating how Telltale's massive turn with the release of The Walking Dead [Free] has changed the adventure game ecosystem. Telltale's telltale (HA HA!) marks on the genre are incredible evident as adventure games have shifted to being more cinematic experiences and less centralized around hunting for and combining weird items to get to the next part of the game. If you've played one modern Telltale game, you know how the rest are going to play, with that feel always seemingly like a Telltale trademark quality, almost. This makes things weird (in a good way) when other developers make things like Telltale games who aren't Telltale, such as the recently released Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect [$1.99] by Orpheus Interactive Inc...

What many consider as the pinnacle of nostalgic turn-based RPG gaming has hit the App Store. Heroes of Might & Magic III HD Edition [$9.99 (HD)] made its grand arrival around 4:00 AM today. The Heroes of Might & Magic series has a ridiculous amount of history behind it in the PC gaming world, with this specific iteration launching all the way back in 1999 to universal acclaim by anyone covering PC games at the time...

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