Author Archives: Carter Dotson


Satellina [$1.99] tries to apply a minimalist veneer and an arena-survival touch to the speedrun genre, and while its challenges are small in nature, there's fun to be had here. The goal is to move your X avatar around an arena full of green, yellow, and red particles. The green particles are the ones you must collect, with the yellow and red ones killing you, and forcing you to start the level over. However, those yellow particles turn green once all the green ones are collected, and the red ones turn yellow, and so on. The game is structured with 10 different sets of 5 levels, where you must try to beat the set as quickly as possible. As a completion game, it's not much, as everything can be tackled through sheer force of will, so this is primarily for speedrun fanatics. There is a clever progression structure where multiple level paths open up as you complete different level sets...

The latest PAX convention happens this weekend down in San Antonio, Texas, with PAX South. This should be an interesting show, because it's happening at an odd time, between Christmas and the two-headed Game Developers Conference and PAX East monster in early March. So, I'm curious to see how exactly this show turns out, if there is a notable turnout because it is at least happening in a part of the country that doesn't get a lot of major gaming shows outside of anything in Austin. Sorry Austin, my hometown's gets this one...

Hexxy Snake [$2.99] is pretty much the Super Hexagon [$2.99] version of Snake, the granddaddy of all mobile games, the game that convinced folks that playing games on a phone was a good idea. This is the Super Hexagon take not just because the game takes place on a hexagonal grid, no: it throws in a number of glowy visual effects to try and spruce things up, while featuring 100 fixed levels to play. It's an interesting game, but one that's just solid at best...

Telltale's just revealed the pertinent details for the second episode in their Game of Thrones [$4.99] series. "The Lost Lords" will be available on Thursday, February 5th, the same week as other systems. Telltale's released a trailer teasing some of what to expect from the next episode, including appearances from other characters in the HBO show. We won't spoil anything here if you haven't played the first episode yet, but if you have or if you're not afraid of spoilers, here's the trailer:..

Crescent Moon Games' Futuristic Open-World RPG 'Exiles' Releases on iOS Next Week

Crescent Moon Games' next major internally-developed game is coming next week. Exiles releases on January 29th. This is another open-world RPG from Crescent Moon, this time taking place in the future. You control an Elite Enforcer of either male or female gender and of one of three classes, fighting aliens and a corrupt government to help save this futuristic space colony. But really, that's all just an excuse to ride around hoverbikes on a massive planet, though there's plenty of interiors to explore on foot with a number of weapons to blast your enemies with...

'Space Marshals' Review - Some People Call Me Maurice

Space Marshals [$4.99] is not the dual-stick shooter you probably were expecting – at least not as a mobile game. This is a slow-burning, tactical shooter, eschewing the typical fast-paced, high-score-obsessed affairs that many dual-stick shooters try to be. Instead, this is about stealth, and using sounds to distract enemies, and trying to avoid wild firefights as much as possible. And it's from a company known for racing games. Yet, Space Marshals does a lot right, including with its reward-based loot system. This is the first episode of a series, and there's plenty to look forward to from this game, though there's a solid amount of game here already...

Checkpoint Champion [Free] quickly became one of my favorite games from last year, delivering excellent production values with fun pick-up-and-play gameplay that made for a really fun game that I still pick up from time to time. Well, we've gotten word of the first content update to the game, and it's a new level called the Ice Lake. The ice and snow of the level will present new challenges, as their slipperiness will serve as a new difficulty in trying to collect all the checkpoints here. Here's a video showing off the terrain:..

'Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath' Gets First Price Drop

January 21st, 2015 2:59 PM EST by Carter Dotson in News, Sales
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Have you been looking into checking out Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath [$5.99] but just haven't done so yet? Well, good news, slacker: the game's just gone on sale for the first time, dropping down to $3.99 from its regular $5.99 price. This is an absolute steal for this cult hit game, which was originally released on the Xbox as a full-priced game, and subsequent re-releases on console and PC are typically $10, so it's a nice bargain no matter what...

There may be two sequels to the original Kingdom Rush [Free / Free (HD)], but that doesn't mean that it still can't be updated. The game's just gotten a new content update that adds some new stuff to the game. There are four new levels where players will take on the forces of the villainous Lord Blackburn, eventually taking him on in a boss fight. There are eight new enemies to take on, with various undead creepy-crawly creeps to take down with your towers. There's five new achievements to rack up as well, with other easter eggs to find...

'Bleach: Brave Souls' Hack 'n Slash Game Coming Soon in Japan

The Bleach manga and anime franchise has a pretty extensive video game history, as it turns out a series about warriors with swords and powerful summons makes for perfect gaming fodder. Well, it looks like another mobile game is in the works, as Bleach: Brave Souls has been announced for mobile in Japan. This promises to be a free-to-play top-down action title, where you can play as different Bleach characters, assembling a team to fight many of Hollow baddies, going through the series' story while racking up massive combos...

World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] has just gotten its version 1.6 update, bringing in new tanks, a new map, and some other tweaks to the game. The big new addition to the game are the new British tanks. These tanks generally feature low speed, with good armor, high rates of fire, and great elevation angles, which Wargaming claims is especially helpful for mobile players. There's a whole new tech tree with the tanks, with tiers 1-4 of the tanks being medium tanks, and higher tiers including heavy tanks in the mix. One of these tanks, the Matilda BP, a Tier 5 medium tank, can be had as a premium vehicle bundle with a garage slot, 500 gold, and 3 days of premium account access...

Mojang Reveals Some of What's Coming to 'Minecraft: Pocket Edition' Version 0.11

Minecraft Pocket Edition [$6.99] has been utterly huge for Mojang, as it has sold over 30 million copies so far, and is one of the few games to have a consistent presence on that otherwise free-to-play-dominated chart. Well, in order to celebrate the game's huge success, three of the members of Mojang's mobile team held a Q&A livestream that wound up going for 84 minutes. They talk a lot about the upcoming 0.11 update which they are working on. You can catch the whole thing here:..

'Dungeon Hunter 5' Officially Revealed, with Details on New Multiplayer Mode

Prepare your shocked faces, as after last week's teaser site that had barely-obscured links to Dungeon Hunter 5, the game has been officially revealed by Gameloft. The long-running mobile hack 'n slash franchise is getting its latest entry, promising to be prettier, hackier, and slashier than ever. Gameloft has released a trailer showing off some footage of the game with some of the developers talking about the game:..

If you were a Monument Valley [$3.99] fan who fell in love with Ida and especially the Totem (though a couple million of you drowned your poor Totem friend), then I have good news: Super Glyph Quest [$0.99] is getting an update this Thursday that adds the Monument Valley stars to the puzzle game. They're appearing as cameo characters in the match-3 puzzler, appearing in some of the quests that show up in the game. The characters show up in this new trailer, and you can catch a a glimpse of them in the Glyph Quest art style:..

Happymagenta has become one of my favorite studios producing smaller flaplike games: I dug Orbitum [$1.99], and Fist of Fury [Free] is a really fun fast-action game. Their latest title is Hammy Go Round [Free], and it's an endless runner that does some interesting things with its structure. You control a hamster spinning around an world turning clockwise, and have to collect acorns to go as far as possible. The game is ruled by a clock, and you can't really die, though you can run out of time. You can extend the timer by buying upgrades, which get you more acorns and then can buy powerup upgrades, and eventually unlock the game's other character, who exists in a counter-clockwise world...