Author Archives: Carter Dotson


'Sacred Legends' Brings 'Sacred' RPG Series to Mobile, and it Needs Beta Testers

The Sacred franchise of games has spanned a whole host of titles, including action-RPGs and beat 'em ups. Now, the series is planning to expand to mobile with Deep Silver Fishlabs and Chimera Entertainment presenting Sacred Legends this summer. This is planned to be an action-RPG where you will command a team of heroes through not only a singleplayer campaign, but also in PVP battles against other players...

The fun retro-styled racing game Horizon Chase [Free] was really cool thanks in part to the fact that Aquiris Game Studio got Barry Letich to do the soundtrack for them. The game was obviously inspired by games like Top Gear, and Leitch composed the soundtrack to Top Gear, so it was a perfect fit. If you enjoyed the music to the game and have wanted to listen to it yourself, then good news – you can not only nab the soundtrack, but a whole host of remixes right now. The tracks include 15 tracks from the game, including the music from the hidden marriage proposal in the game. As well, 11 remixes of the music spanning all sorts of styles are available...




Long-Dormant 'Hyperburner' Set to Take Off Soon

It's been a while since we've heard about Badpotion's Hyperburner, but good news: the game is just about done, and will be submitted to Apple, with a release to be determined shortly afterward. And with review times as short as they are now, we could be playing this game next week. What a time to be alive!..

'Galaxy on Fire 3: Manticore' Gets 360° VR Trailer and Early Access Signups

Deep Silver Fishlabs has just released a new trailer for Galaxy on Fire 3: Manticore, and it's a unique one. They've released the trailer as a 360-degree YouTube video designed to show off the game's world. While the plan is for the game to launch on standard mobile platforms, if you want an immersive look at the game, grab a Google Cardboard headset, plug in some headphones for the 3D audio, and watch this trailer:..

Goo Saga [$4.99] is a fun platformer for those who would be intrigued by a bit of physics fluidity in their games. It's perhaps a bit loose-playing, but fun. You control a sentient ball of goo that has to find the scientist that created them, and you do so by using your gooey abilities to their full potential. You can jump and slam on enemies to defeat them. As well, you can inflate and deflate, with inflation giving you a more solid body and faster speed, at the expense of some control. Additionally, you can deflate, which is slower, but allows you to squeeze through tight corners. Platforming and enemy-bopping is a huge part of the experience, but boss fights and vehicle-based levels will throw the occasional wrench in the proceedings...

I'm kind of picky with audio quality – not too much, but a bit more than many folks. Where most of our Mobcrush streamers use basic setups for their streaming from iPad, I go crazy using an audio mixer and good headphones with microphones. For a while I was using the Yamaha AG03 mixer on loan for review, but after returning it, I picked up a Behringer Xenyx302 that does a good enough job though I want to pick up the AG06 at some point. For my headphones, I was using the V-Moda M-100 with the BoomPro detachable boom microphone. But an issue I was having was that the headphones were isolating myself from my own voice too much. Combined with the always-on voice monitoring on the Xenyx302, this meant other people in my house could hear me talking because I'm probably yelling. I have open-back headphones that would isolate less, but I didn't have the boom microphone setup that I prefer for streaming, particularly when I'm streaming from an iPad that can move about. A desktop mic in this situation might not be preferable, and a complicated microphone setup seems excessive for streaming games straight from an iPad. Thankfully, an opportunity to review the ModMic 4.0 came around, and I jumped on it to see just how well this commonly-recommended solution works for headphones...

'2-bit Cowboy Returns' Brings More Game Boy-Style 'Westernvania' Action to iOS Next Month

Publisher Crescent Moon and developer Retro Phone Games (the new mobile label of Cascadia Games) have announced that 2-bit Cowboy Rides Again is set to release in a few weeks. A sequel to 2-bit Cowboy [$0.99 / Free], this one promises not to reinvent the wheel, but could prove to be fun. Like the original, you'll be exploring large 2D platforming levels that are inspired by Metroidvania games, as you explore their various nooks and crannies and do some backtracking to complete them. All this is set in a Western comboy theme, with 2-bit greenscale color inspired by the original Game Boy...

ustwo Games has put out another infographic talking about how Monument Valley [$3.99], their hit Escherian puzzle game, has done so far. And year 2 was very good for them. Over 5 million copies of the game have been sole, with over 2.3 million upgrades to the Forgotten Shores DLC. There's also 21 million official free downloads of the game, which includes various free promos, and over 50 million unique device installs of the game of various sorts, both legal and not. ..

Android is already the easier system for players and developers when it comes to early access and open betas of games due to Google's infinitely less stringent restrictions on app distribution on the platform. Not to mention the ability to distribute games without going through Google at all. But Google is about to make it even easier for developers and players to do beta tests, with two new features. One is that open betas can now be listed in Google Play search results, and users can opt-in to those betas direct from the store listings. Plus, they can send private feedback to developers straight through the store listing. All of this hopes to streamline the process for developers and users...

Noodlecake's physics puzzler Pull My Tongue [Free] is currently free on the App Store as part of the Apple Free App of the Week promotion. So, go get this game that we rated four stars, which our Nathan Reinauer also gave a pretty snappy review headline to. I mean, well done. Greg the chameleon seems like a nice enough chap, but gotta make a music reference whenever possible...

'West of Loathing' is an Absurd RPG from the Creators of 'Kingdom of Loathing'

I remember way back in high school my friends being into a web game called Kingdom of Loathing, an absurd MMORPG that featured crudely-drawn stick figures, but was a surprisingly deep experience. And somehow, Kingdom of Loathing is apparently still a thing in 2016. It is such a thing that a spinoff download game is being made called West of Loathing, and it's coming to desktop and iOS in 2017. Check out the trailer:..

'Five Nights at Freddy's'-Related 'Sister Location' Gets Second Teaser

The upcoming Five Nights at Freddy's [$2.99] related game Sister Location has a new teaser out now. An image of one of the new animatronics with the text "Everyone, please stay in your seats" has been posted to the Scottgames website. This obviously implies that an amusement park situation may be in play for this spin-off, after the initial teaser said "there was never just one." Hmm...

'Pokemon GO' Field Test Opens Up in USA, Australia, and New Zealand

The Pokemon Company and Niantic Labs' upcoming Pokemon GO has undergone field tests in various countries so far, and it's finally time for the US and a couple other countries to get involved in the field testing for the game. If you're in the US, Australia, or New Zealand, you can sign up for the field test at the official Pokemon GO website, and you may be selected to help test this out. If you're Canadian, sorry: you'll just have to enjoy all those other soft launches you get. USA! Considering the game's massive and geocentric nature, it's not a surprise this one's getting a limited test in the US as well as in other countries to make sure it works. A lot of people are excited about this one after all...

'Rival Gears' Now Accepting Beta Testers

ShortRound Games revealed their impressive-looking Rival Gears to us earlier this year at GDC 2016. Now, you can get in on this stylish racing game's beta by signing up on our forums. While you might think this is a CSR [Free] clone, it really isn't. The idea is that this is more like a lane-based runner, while still being centered around racing against an opponent in real time. Check out the new trailer for the game:..

Race Monster Trucks and Tanks in Hutch's Upcoming 'MMX Hill Climb'

Hutch Games has announced the latest game in their MMX Racing series with MMX Hill Climb, and released a new trailer showing it off. You'll be racing trucks and other rugged vehicles through bumpy and hilly courses, spinning your vehicle in mid-air like any good physics-based racing game to try and out-race your opponents. The catch being that you don't want to explode either. You'll have various vehicles to race with, including freaking tanks. ..

'BlazBlue RR' is a 'Marvel Contest of Champions' Take on 'BlazBlue' That Just Soft Launched

BlazBlue Revolution Reburning looks like an interesting take on the over-the-top 2D fighting series repurposed as a mobile-friendly fighting game. There was the CCG BlazBlue Battle Cards, which seems to have been pulled, but now BlazBlue RR is delivering an actual fighting game take on the series. Off the bat, the 3v3 structure looks a lot like Injustice [Free] does, but the combat is actually a lot more like a traditional fighting game, using a "tap-and-slide" control method that seems to have directional buttons along with swipe gestures for attacks in combat. So you should get some more aerial combat that will be a bit more complicated than the two-finger action of Injustice and Contest of Champions [Free] type games. Will this middle ground appeal to people? We'll find out!..

'Titan Quest' Developer Diary Shows Off Interface Ahead of Game's Release Next Week

Fans of Titan Quest awaiting the action-RPG to finally hit iOS have something else to bide the time until its release, a new developer diary video from DotEmu. This shows off some more of the game and how it works on mobile, including the redesigned interface and touch controls of the game. There's a lot more than just simply making it work on mobile – there's lots of considerations with the interface and controls, such as zooming and dragging-and-dropping, that had to be added in so that the game would play well on mobile:..

'Final Fantasy Brave Exvius' Snakes into Soft Launch 'Slither.io' Style

Square Enix and gumi's Final Fantasy Brave Exvius has soft launched in Sweden on iOS. You'll want to read our guide on how to download soft launched games to have this one – heck, Sweden was one of the few countries for which I didn't have a soft launch account – but if you want to give this one a shot ahead of release, here's your shot. It's also soft launched on Android, but that's tougher to get if you're outside of the game's soft launch country...

BorderLeap is keeping very busy this month, with several of their games set to get updates. BorderLeap's latest entry in their most popular franchise, Harmony 3 [$1.99], just got a big update that adds in 30 new levels as part of the Encore path. These levels are particularly tricky as they feature stylish 7-color pallettes to play with. While you try to conquer these new levels, there's new music from series musician Hammock's new album "Everything and Nothing" to solve the puzzles to. As well, iCloud sync is now available, so you can carry your progress across different devices...

Fallen Tree Games has just delivered the Infinity update to Swapperoo [$2.99], which will let you play forever. Theoretically, you could play the game forever, but you could run out of electricity someday, and use up all the solar panels on Earth, and then the sun would someday consume the earth. But it'll be a pretty sweet ride up until then with Swapperoo's 3 new endless modes. The first is just called Endless, and it starts off all calm and collected, but quickly gets crazier with the objectives that you have to play through. The same scoring rules are in play as the main levels, so being smart as well as staying alive will be key to high scores...