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Sega's Bringing 'Chain Chronicle' from Japan in December

Sega and Japanese studio gumi are teaming up to release the free-to-play Chain Chronicle on December 8th worldwide. This is a real-time strategy game where players will command their team of heroes, trying to protct their base from oncoming enemy forces. The game takes place in a 6x3 grid, though movement isn't necessarily rigid in moving from tile to tile, but smart play will be necessary to succeed and progress. There's over 150 different characters, comprising soldier, archer, knight, cleric, and wizard classes. The game boasts character artwork and voice acting from the anime and manga scene in Japan...

Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] isn't going to cease with the updates any time soon, it seems, as version 0.10.0 was submitted to the App Store today, according to Mojang's Johan Bernhardsson. Yes, version 0.10.0; Mojang's pulling an OS X by not just going up to a full version number. The game's getting full support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in this upcoming update, along with 64-bit processor support that should make the game run better than ever. Creative mode will have a day/night cycle, and running water sounds have been added, with new fence items also added. Check out a screenshot of the update in action from a beta tester:..

'XCOM: Enemy Within' Hits the App Store Tonight

November 12th, 2014 10:38 AM EST by Carter Dotson in News

2K's XCOM: Enemy Unknown [$9.99] came out on mobile last year, and brought the reimagining of the classic turn-based strategy to iOS fully intact. Well, almost: last year's expansion XCOM: Enemy Within was not yet available. That's changing, as the expansion is rolling out as a standalone app on Thursday. The game will be available for $12.99, and should be rolling out around the world a few hours after everything else comes out tonight, according to IGN – it should be in the New Zealand App Store right now, but we haven't quite found it yet. But it should be available at least by tomorrow. We don't know if it supports save transferring from Enemy Unknown quite yet though...

'Assassin's Creed Unity Companion' Now Available on iOS

November 11th, 2014 4:03 PM EST by Carter Dotson in News
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Companion apps for console games are always a mixed bag – it's hard to think of one off the top of my head that became a must-use essential with the game in question, and I'm curious as to how many people use something like Xbox Smartglass [Free] with any regularity. But publishers keep putting out these apps, and hey, at least the Assassin's Creed Unity Companion [Free] sounds like it has some useful features. ..

FDG Entertainment's Tower Defense RPG 'Crystal Siege' Hits iPad This Week

FDG Entertainment's Crystal Siege has been in the works for a long while now, and iPad owners are going to get their hands on it very soon: this Thursday, November 13th, to be exact! The tower defense and RPG hybrid will release for $4.99 as an iPad exclusive, though release for iPhone is planned in 2015. Players will try to stop wave after wave of oncoming enemies, using various towers, abilities, and environmental traps to help take out the invading creeps. There will be a player character that can be controlled around the battlefield to help fight enemies, with a number of things to buy to help make the tower defending more effective...

Candy Crush Soda Saga [Free] has officially made its way out worldwide starting today. The follow-up to the absolute mega-hit Candy Crush Saga [Free], this is yet another match-3 game, because a Clash of Clans [Free] clone in the Candy Crush universe would be absurd and probably make too much money. The goal is to make matches to pop soda bottles, which helps raise the soda level to make more matches. The game released a few weeks ago on Facebook, presaging its eventual worldwide launch, though the game also soft launched in various territories before it went global. King also announced last week that the London Symphony Orchestra was doing the soundtrack for the game, which seems excessive for a match-3 game, but hey, they probably have the money. ..

'The Walking Dead Season 2' Episode 1 Goes Free

November 11th, 2014 10:56 AM EST by Carter Dotson in News, Sales
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Been meaning to give Telltale's The Walking Dead Season 2 [Free] a shot? Well, there's no better time than now, as the app is currently free to download, giving you the first episode in the adventure series for free. The other four episodes are available as an in-app purchase, either $4.99 each or $14.99 for the whole season. Telltale does this periodically with their episodic series, to give away the first episode, which serves as a great way for people to dive into their brand of story-driven gameplay...

Telltale's 'Game of Thrones' First Episode Teased for This Year

Telltale Games promised that their series based on Game of Thrones would still be coming this year despite details being otherwise sparse. Well, good news: Telltale's just let loose a little teaser for the upcoming series recently on Twitter. We know that the first episode will be called "Iron From Ice" and that it will be one of six episodes in the series. Telltale usually traffics in five-episode series, so this promises to be bigger than their normal releases, which makes sense since there's a lot of source material to crib from...

'Sproggiwood' Preview - The Roguelike for the Rest of Us

Freehold Games' Sproggiwood is a turn-based roguelike that mobile gamers should anticipate. Where many games in the genre use its conventions to be extremely difficult, Sproggiwood tries to be a lot more forgiving for the person who isn't a die-hard and just wants to enjoy the gameplay of the genre without being punished each time, as the game features persistent equipment upgrades and a world-based structure that encourages shorter play sessions and progression without having to survive intensely-long runs...

'Spirit Sweeper' Will Take Minesweeper Multiplayer?!

Ah, Minesweeper, the game that is only second to Solitaire in terms of ruined productivity among Windows users. Now, Latis Global and Wipsoft are going to try and take this classic game and make it multiplayer with Spirit Sweeper, coming this week. The objective is a bit different than traditional Minesweeper, as the goal is to actually try and uncover the 'mines', as they are actually spirit stones, which must be colleccted in order to win. Finding a stone continues the turn, making strategic runs possible. The first player to uncover 10 stones wins. This video of the tutorial should help explain how it works...

'Bitcoin Billionaire' Review - I'm Ashamed to Love This Game

I hate Bitcoin Billionaire [Free] for existing. It's an idle clicker game, where tapping the screen gets stuff that can be spent on other stuff, but I've spent way too much time playing this. I've mined way too many fake bitcoins to be proud of myself in any way. I've had fun, and this game provides some real excitement and does so in a way that can be played for free with innovative incentivized advertising, but again, I feel kind of ashamed about it. Genuinely, it deserves five stars for excellence at what it is, but perhaps one star out of spite for existing...

We figured this week would be quite busy after the packed list of releases on Wednesday night, but there's still games sneaking out that didn't quite come out last night that are of particular note. Cosmic Crown [$1.99] is one of those games, and in fact it released totally under the radar last Friday. It's a curious game that seems to mix in any number of genres, perhaps a fusion of turn-based roguelikes with an endless runner. ..

'Need for Speed: No Limits' is Coming to Mobile, Possible Gymkhana Focus?

Looks like EA let slip that there's a new Need for Speed game coming to mobile, called Need for Speed: No Limits. So, rally driver Ken Block showed off his new car, a four wheel drive 1965 Ford Mustang modified for his upcoming "Gymkhana 7" video. Now, on the front of the car, there's a logo for a Need for Speed: No Limits, which others saw and wondered if it was the next main game in the Need for Speed franchise. Upon finding out about this, EA has confirmed that it's an upcoming mobile game. Good news, perhaps, for mobile gamers, and bad news for console fans of the franchise as the next game has yet to be announced quite yet...

Turn-based strategy fans will want to take note of a game that sneaked past the Wednesday night release list as it showed up on the App Store this morning, Battle Worlds: Kronos [$14.99 (HD)]. This turn-based strategy game originally released on desktop, and has now made its way to iPad, with loads of content intact. The game invokes classic turn-based strategy game like Advance Wars and Panzer General to describe its gameplay, with players commanding an army of units by land, air, and sea on hexagonal maps. There are two campaigns to play through, with developer King Art claiming 50 hours of gameplay, and a strong AI system...

I applaud Simogo for continuing to challenge what mobile gaming should be, and for aiming to tell stories in a world where gameplay is such a heavy focus. The Sailor's Dream [$3.99] is Simogo's third-straight story-heavy game after the absolute masterpieces Year Walk [$3.99] and Device 6 [$3.99], which you should go play right now if you haven't yet. Where Device 6 was much more of an interactive novel with the occasional puzzle than Year Walk was, The Sailor's Dream eschews any challenge or practically any 'game' elements in order to just deliver a story-driven experience. I admit that just having a story disappointed me, as I perhaps was frantic to discover the mystery here, but I have to say – Simogo's made another must-play game, even if it wasn't the most satisfying to me...