Author Archives: Jay Circo


'Old-School Runescape Mobile' Enters Closed Beta Test

We covered Runescape Mobile back at GDC and it seems development is on track as Jagex has sent out the first 5,000 beta invites for Old School Runescape. If you’re unfamiliar with the whole confusing structure of Runescape and what’s coming, I’ll explain. Runescape itself is a formerly browser-based MMORPG. It has all the elements you would expect from an MMO but has a heavy focus on skills, from combat skills to crafting, fishing, and even woodcutting. There is also a very intricate economy, puzzle-like quests, PvP, and all of the other elements in a traditional MMORPG...

Shadowgun Legends [Free] from MADFINGER Games is finally here after what turned out to be a long development and beta period. If you’re not familiar with the series, it revolves around a group of mercenaries called Shadowguns who hunt down and kill aliens called “The Torment” who came from an unknown place and for an unknown reason. It’s all very Gears of War, which the earlier 2 games in the series clearly drew inspiration from, being third-person shooters. Legends’ combat plays out in first-person view,..




Shadowgun Legends from MADFINGER Games [Free] has finally launched worldwide on iOS and Android. The much-awaited FPS game had quite a long development period. Announced way back in August of 2016, Shadowgun Legends looks diverge a bit from the formula of the previous 2 installments, Shadowgun and Shadowgun: Deadzone. Legends promises the same fast-paced FPS action but with RPG mechanics sprinkled in, as well as a few additional PvP elements...

CryptoKitties Launches Limited iOS Beta in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan

CryptoKitties, the phenomenon that swept the cryptocurrency community last year, has officially launched a beta in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. What is CryptoKitties, you ask? In the simplest terms, CryptoKitties are digital cats you can buy, trade and breed that hold actual cryptocurrency value in the form of Ethereum. Recognized as one of the first attempts at employing cryptocurrency in a recreational way, CryptoKitties was released by Axiom Zen in October 2017 and at the time, completely congested the Ethereum network...

'Black Desert Mobile' Korea Launch - First Impressions and Why You Should Care

It’s time to revisit the MMO scene we’ve been talking about. Black Desert Mobile by Pearly Abyss has officially launched in South Korea on February 28th. So why should you care? Because this game truly feels like something special. I was able to download Black Desert Mobile from the Korean app store using an alternate account and I spent some time with it over the course of a single night. With that being said, the game is currently entirely in Korean, so I had a bit of trouble navigating the menus and finding all of what the game has to offer, but the taste I’ve had so far I have enjoyed immensely...

'Black Desert Mobile' Launches in South Korea on February 28th

Pearl Abyss just recently held a short 3 day beta test of their highly anticipated mobile title Black Desert Mobile, a mobile version of their PC hit Black Desert Online. Now Pearl Abyss has announced that a launch in South Korea is coming on February 28th. No western date has been announced yet but the title seems to be drawing massive interest as pre-registration drew in over 4 million people in South Korea...

'Durango: Wild Land' is a Really Cool Korean MMORPG with Dinosaurs, Hopefully Coming to the US Soon

Nexon recently launched their new dinosaur themed MMORPG Durango: Wild Land in Korea on January 25th. The game drew in 2.5 million pre-registrations before launch and seems to be poised to introduce a completely new paradigm in mobile gaming. So often we see mobile games getting the reputation of being a “dumbed down” experience from what’s available either on consoles or PC. And while this is true in some contexts, that doesn’t mean mobile hasn’t seen it’s fair share of unique and immensely enjoyable experiences in it’s own right. 

Nexon, however, doesn’t seem to be satisfied with the status-quo. At a pre-release event held at the Four Seasons in Seoul, South Korea, Nexon vice-president Sang Won Jung was optimistic about Durango, stating, “As the game possesses a unique system that is like no other in today’s Korean mobile games, we put much effort with patience. That’s why the beta was that long. However, after years of development and beta processing, we were able to study players’ behavior patterns, and eventually complete the game.”..

Trends come and go on the App Store, this has always been the case. Some trends have been more enjoyable than others, as they ebb and flow with whatever big title is topping the charts at the time. But it seems a new trend is cooking in 2018: MMORPGs, with the charge being led by South Korea’s biggest names in a big way...

2018 looks to be the year of the mobile MMO, with Albion Online in the middle of a beta test, and Runescape Mobile coming later on this year. Now, after releasing for Android back in October 2016, Villagers and Heroes by Mad Otter Games is officially coming to iOS on February 26th. The game had a major update in the form of the Starfall expansion in September 2017 which included a new system of skill mechanics, loot, gear, and new class improvements, as well as 5 new zones and increased level cap. Now it seems the game is ready for iOS after being on Android and PC for more than a year...

Multiplatform MMO 'Albion Online' Gets iPhone Support in Current Mobile Beta, Might Require Devices with 3 GB of RAM

Albion Online for mobile officially started their beta test on November 23rd. It’s been a long road to mobile for Sandbox Interactive. As with any MMO, there have been plenty of changes, both within the PC version of the game and also on their plans for mobile. Initially it was stated that Albion Online would only be coming to tablets due to the way the smaller screens of iPhones impacted the UI. Now it seems the beta is open to any iOS device with at least 2 GB of RAM, however it seems end-state plans are still unclear...