Author Archives: Nick Tylwalk


'Brew Town' Review - Less Filling, Plays Great

People take craft beer seriously. Maybe too seriously. We all know that one guy or girl who swears their home brew is the best, and while they are occasionally correct, it can get a little overbearing. Cooking up your own beer should be fun, because beer. Brew Town [Free], by AppBox Media and I Fight Bears, takes a very Joker-esque, "Why so serious?" approach to creating your own libations, taking you from just one person with a lager and a dream to an outfit big enough to take on the giants of beer...

When it comes to building sims, most mobile games go as big as possible. We're talking about designing entire cities, countries, planets or what have you. It's not that often that you get to focus in on a more micro level, but that's exactly what Project Highrise [$3.99 (HD)] has you do, zeroing in on just one building at a time and seeing if you can handle the economic and logistical challenges involved. If Tiny Tower and SimCity got together and had an offspring — which would probably involve lots of drafting paper and nothing carnal — this game would likely be the result...




You Can Play 'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery' on iOS Right Now ... in New Zealand

Sure, we're only two weeks away from the release of Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery for your iPhone or iPad, but what if we told you it's possible to play it right now? No, it doesn't require an Android device or even Hermione's Time-Turner...

'Sir Questionnaire' is a Turn-Based Roguelike That Makes Every Choice a Binary One

It's fun when words have more than one meaning. When we say Sir Questionnaire, an upcoming turn-based roguelike in the works from Dutch developer OrangePixel, revolves around binary decisions, we're not talking about 1's and 0's. Rather, we mean the game is going to present you with a number of situations where you have just two options and have to decide between them...

Imagine getting trapped inside a video game and the only way to get out is to beat it. Yeah, that would be pretty bad news considering all the stats that indicate people don't generally finish the games they buy. But that conceit made the Sword Art Online light novel and anime series awfully popular, and it's front and center in the latest mobile game based on that franchise, Sword Art Online: Integral Factor [Free]...

'Marvel Strike Force' Guide - How to Assemble a Great Team for Free

Marvel Strike Force [Free] is the kind of game that you would have assumed already existed. It's a turn-based strategy RPG that has you gather five Marvel superheroes, villains, or in some cases, a mixture of both, and pit them against the teams of other players (asynchronously, alas) or waves of AI opponents from the movies and comics. If comparisons are more your thing, it's a lot like Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes except with Marvel characters and by a different developer, FoxNext Games. Even if you've never played that game, chances are you've played something similar on mobile and Marvel Strike Force won't be extremely difficult for you to grasp...

Watch 'Harry Potter' Actors, Fans Get Hype About 'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery'

We're still not 100 percent sure when Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is going to be gracing our phones and tablets, though it's already made it's first cautious inroads toward release. In the meantime, Jam City has been doing an excellent job keeping the hype train to the Wizarding World fully fueled so we can all hop on at Platform 9 3/4 when the time arrives...

Lucasfilm and Disney don't officially call him Old Luke, but let's face it: Luke Skywalker had some years on him in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. That said, he still showed Mr. Emo himself, Kylo Ren, a few new tricks, and he'll look to do the same for mobile gamers since he's joining the fray in the latest update to Star Wars: Force Arena [Free], along with more characters from the most recent Star Wars saga film, conveniently released on digital HD earlier this week...

'PUBG Mobile' Soft Launch Released on Android, iOS Version Coming Later Today?

Battle royale games are already the hottest genre in gaming, and they just had another big moment of Tuesday night when Fortnite streamer Ninja blazed his way into the consciousness of whoever didn't already know him by enlisting Drake, Travis Scott and NFL player JuJu Smith-Schuster to help break Twitch records. Epic Games recently announced that Fortnite is on its way to mobile soon, so the gauntlet has really been thrown back to its main competitor, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. And lo and behold, that challenge has been accepted, because PUBG Mobile, the legit mobile version of that game, is entering soft launch today...

Considering how The Sims Mobile [Free] has made itself right at home on the free apps chart, it's quite possible you're one of the millions of mobile gamers who has already dipped your toes into Maxis and EA's latest take on simulated life. You've tested out a career, attended a party or two and gussied up your clothes and house, probably more than once. Yet you may not have been able to avoid a very simple question: Is there something more?..

'Barbearian' Set to Hack and Slash Its Way to iOS This Summer

Puns aren't inherently good or bad, but when they can also set the table for what you can expect in a video game, they're typically pretty nifty. Such is the case with Barbearian, an upcoming hack 'n' slash action game which features a bear ... who is also a barbarian...

The new mobile version of Tekken [Free] should come with a disclaimer: This is not a port. Indeed, it's something new even for one of the most revered fighting game franchises in video game history, an installment designed from the ground up specifically for mobile. As such, it's not sporting the kind of complexity that once befuddled young arcade-goers (this one, anyway) with a button for each specific limb. but it's not as dumbed down as you might think either. Also, like Kendrick Lamar might say if he was a bit geekier, it's got CCG inside its DNA. So while you could just wander free through Tekken and see what it throws at you, it's always nice to have a guide. Come with us and we'll explain some of the most important concepts, how you can earn premium currency and unlock more fighters and much more...

Pokémon Day might not be something you can find on your calendar — unless you have a Pokémon calendar, in which case it probably is highlighted, bolded and a few other things besides — but it is an actual, honest to goodness thing that is happening on Tuesday, February 27. We're pretty sure it's a worldwide holiday, so hooray pocket monsters for bringing us all together. In any case, Pokémon Day 2018 is going to feature a number of different ways to celebrate the unstoppable juggernaut of a franchise, some of which will affect a certain game you might still be playing on your iPhone or iPad and a couple of other apps as well. Here are the highlights...

What to Do in 'Dissidia Final Fantasy OO' After You've Beaten It

So you've made it all the way to the end of Dissidia Final Fantasy OO [Free]. First off, congratulations. That means you've watched a ton of cutscenes and battled your way through all five chapters of the story so far, undoubtedly tackling plenty of optional quests along the way. Nevertheless, there's probably some stirring in some corner of the gamer part of your soul, wondering if that's all there is (or maybe the regular part of your soul too, if you're the existential part). The answer is no, because not only is there assuredly more to come on the story front — and if you've beaten what the game has laid out to date, you know that there's nothing close to a resolution to its epic tale — there's plenty to do while you wait for the developers to add more to the main quest line. If you want to keep playing, here's what you should be doing every day to make sure your characters are as well-prepared as they can be for what eventually lies ahead...

It's not the first thing that comes to mind with any sandbox game to think, "Man, I'd like this game even more if there was more to do." The whole point of a sandbox is to let you do what you want, after all. That being the case, Portal Knights [$4.99] must really want you to like it, because its brand new Adventurer's Update loads it up with new features and new ways to play...

Calling The X-Files just another science fiction show is doing it a slight disservice. It became a cultural phenomenon by mixing aliens and the supernatural, as well as mythology and standalone episodes, all while introducing iconic characters led by Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Similarly, you can't really call The X-Files: Deep State [Free] just a hidden object game, seeing as it also has numerous other mini-games, dialogue-driven decisions that affect the story and much more. It's an intriguing mix of elements worthy of its source material, but it's plagued by a sinister array of free-to-play headaches as menacing as anything cooked up by the Cigarette Smoking Man...

'Dandara' Review - Gravity-Defying Goodness

'Dandara' Review - Gravity-Defying Goodness

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February 6th, 2018 9:45 AM EDT by Nick Tylwalk in $14.99, 5 stars, Action, iPad Games, iPhone games, Platform, Reviews, Universal
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For anyone who's reached adulthood, few game genres are as comforting as metroidvania. There's something about the combo of action and platforming that just takes you back when done correctly, and Dandara [$14.99] surely does that. While it wears its classic influences very much on its sleeve, this game builds on them with a unique system of movement and a gorgeous environment that beckons you to explore. Even though Dandara launched on multiple platforms, it feels right at home on touchscreens, so much so that you can't help but wonder if this is how it's truly meant to be played...

Dissidia Final Fantasy OO [Free] is the kind of game you can easily be sucked into for hours at a time if you like what it's giving you. Though loosely connected to the similarly named console fighting game, OO is as classic a Final Fantasy experience as we've seen on mobile, albeit one that has the usual free-to-play trappings and a selection of characters that spans decades of titles...

'Meteorfall: Journey' Review - Cards Against Calamity

Once upon a time, most of the card games you'd find in the App Store were of the CCG variety, and with some notable exceptions, not very inspiring ones at that. More recently, games like Reign and its sequel have demonstrated pretty clearly that there are things you can do with cards other than collect them. Enter Meteorfall: Journey [$2.99], a roguelike fantasy RPG that just happens to be built on cards, and one where your skill at deckbuilding on the fly is one of the keys to success...