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'Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times' Review: Outstanding Follow Up to One of the Best Tactical Combat Games Ever

What are the best tactical role-playing games for mobile devices? I see that question a lot and, inevitably, somebody mentions Warhammer Quest [$2.99] by Rodeo Games, and rightfully so. Warhammer Quest is without question one of the best turn-based combat games out there and one in which I've invested a huge number of hours in the four-plus years since its release. Rodeo Games is no more, unfortunately, but that didn't stop a sequel from making its way to the App Store. Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times [$4.99] was just released by Perchang, but can it clear the high bar set by its predecessor?..

ENYO [Free], by solitaire mobile game specialist TinyTouchTales, is a roguelike game with intuitive and interesting game play. You move about bashing enemies into spikes or pits of lava with your shield, or pulling them with a grappling hook. There are a variety of enemies each with their own movement patterns, attacks, strengths, and weaknesses—all of which can be used against them. ENYO has been out over a year now and there is a major content update on its way. A new mode of play, called Odysee, is coming soon along with new enemy types to defeat. Can't wait to try it out? You're in luck, TinyTouchTales is looking for beta testers to kick the tires...




Civilization building intersects collectible-card gaming in Age of Rivals [$3.99], a two-player game that is, for my money, one of the best games of the year. Age of Rivals is a card-drafting game where you must choose your path to victory. You can seek military prowess, economic dominance, cultural supremacy, or a more balanced path and one of the virtues of the game are its many routes to victory. The game is well worth a try, especially now that it has its first content expansion. The Conflict of Faith expansion brings 18 new cards, a brand new campaign, 6 new challenge levels to conquer as well as various gameplay improvements. Check out our forum thread for the complete list of additions in this awesome additional expansion for Age of Rivals...

At long last Smash Up [$4.99], a unique card battler, has arrived in the Apple Store. Nomad Games has been steadily working on a digital version of tabletop hit for some time and you can now play the results. In Smash Up there are nine playable factions including zombies, ninjas, pirates, dinosaurs, and robots. Each faction has its own deck which boasts cards with unique abilities and a distinct play style. You start the game by taking turns drafting two of these factions into service and shuffling the two decks together into what is hopefully a powerful 40-card alliance fit to take down your opponents. We wrote about Smash Up's impending mobile launch last week, but the game has finally released onto the App Store today...

It's been a great year for fun new puzzle games to challenge the brain, distract from things we need distraction from, and waste a little time now and again. One of the best of the bunch has been minimalist path-clearing game follow.trail [$2.99]. This is one I've played quite a bit and don't see dropping from my phone anytime soon, especially given a huge new update has launched for the game today. The update will bring iPad support along with iCloud sync so you can switch between devices, a leader board so you can prove you're the best there is, the ability to replay levels you've already beaten, and some new goodies to discover. Let's just say follow.trail has a meta puzzle in need of solving perhaps even a secret ending...

Turn-based tactical role-playing game Warhammer Quest: The End Times is rocketing toward its October 19th release date. Between now and then Perchang, the makers of the game, are looking for some intrepid beta testers to get in there and find any remaining bugs before the big release. The original, Warhammer Quest [$2.99], is without a doubt one of the gems of the App Store, especially if you're a fan of the genre, so I have high expectations for the sequel...

Tabletop card game Friday (Freitag) [$3.99] made its way to the digital world back in July and provided mobile gamers with an opportunity to play as Friday from Robinson Crusoe. Your job is to direct the efforts of Robinson, famous literary shipwreck victim and all around bonehead, as he learns his way around the island and gets better at, you know, not getting himself killed. The game is a lot of fun and just got a major content update: King of the Island. King of the Island is an online tournament for 1024 players who will compete to become the best of the bunch and true ruler of the tropical island...

Every two to three days, give or take, somebody somewhere asks for advice on the best roguelike games for mobile. Inevitably Sproggiwood [$4.99] appears on the resulting lists. Sproggiwood and its cute graphics and copious humor came out in mid-2015 but has held up to the advances of time and game development as a paragon of the roguelike genre. It's also on sale right now for its lowest price ever, just $.99. Sproggiwood goes on sale fairly frequently but usually for $2 or $3, never this low. In Sproggiwood you play as a simple island farmer who is lured through a magical portal by a talking sheep. The portal leads to a trap (the lesson here is don't trust talking sheep) created by the Sproggi, a forest spirt who built a village to keep you in and occupied. Your job is to tame all of the creatures that roam the forests. ..

Cosmic Express [$4.99], a fun puzzle game by Draknet — the maker of the awesome A Good Snowman is Hard to Build [$4.99] — is on sale for the first time today. The game describes itself as "a puzzle game about planning the train route for the world's most awkward space colony". That's quite accurate, really, as your job is that of space-aged transit planner. You visit a series of galactic outposts and must figure out how best to setup a train line to pick up a bunch of cute little alien folk and drop them off at their destinations. The aliens are either lazy or it is super dangerous to, you know, walk anywhere and they need door-to-door service. This is made more difficult by the fact that buildings and lunar rocks are already all over the place. It's a fun game with a ton of levels you can jump around to play, which is good, since it is also very challenging and easy to get stuck on a level for some time...

A Planet of Mine [Free] is a real-time, pocket-sized game of galactic exploration, imperial expansion, resource gathering, economic production, and the extermination of those that stand in your way. Think Civilization on your phone but with quasi-cute animalistic characters. It's a super compelling and very fun game that I avoid opening unless I have at least an hour, maybe more, to sacrifice to the alter of the gaming gods. Now Tuesday Quest, the developers of the game, are working on updates for the game and looking for a stable of beta testers to put said updates through their paces before releasing to the rest of us...

I love puzzle games. Lucky for me you can't swing a dead Pokemon in the App Store without hitting several dozen. Not all of them are good, of course, and many are shallow copies of much better games. There are enough good ones, however, to keep me entertained and seeking more. Those moments when I come across something really compelling and get that "oh cool" feeling make the search well worth the effort. Glowish [$1.99], a recently released pattern-recognition puzzler, definitely gave me that feeling...

Brain Good Games is making a name for themselves by developing interesting and engaging digital board games. Axes and Acres and Militia [$3.99] have both done well on Steam, with the latter making the leap to mobile back in March. Now their latest title, Minos Strategos [$3.99], has also launched on iOS and Android. In Minos Strategos you are the commander of the defense of the ancient city of Minos. Unfortunately, a horde of Minotaur invaders are looking to make that job pretty tough of late. You move and attack with your units using battle-formation cards which dictate exactly where you can do each. Tabletop fans will see some resemblance to classic two-player strategy game Onitama, though you have more cards from which to act than in that game...

'Warhammer Quest 2,' Sequel to the Popular turn-based RPG, is Launching October 19

Warhammer Quest [$2.99] is one of the best tactical RPGs on the App Store period, end of sentence, play it if you haven't, it's that good. You level up and equip a stable of heroes, based on traditional fantasy race/class mixes, and take them on dungeon delves as you work your way through the world. The game was brought to us by the fine folks at Rodeo Games, who also made the excellent Wahammer 40K game Deathwatch Tyranid Invasion [$1.99]. Many of the minds responsible for Warhammer Quest are now at Perchang games and announced some time ago that a sequel was in the works. TouchArcade forum user RodeoBenjarmin has been super active in our forums providing updates and answering questions about the upcoming game. This morning he dropped the news fans of the original game have been waiting for: Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times will launch on October 19...

Super-powered indie developer TinyTouchTales released their awesome solitaire-style card game Miracle Merchant [$1.99] one month ago. Miracle Merchant is an attractive, intuitive, and fun game and one of the best new titles of 2017. One of the things I like about TinyTouchTales is that they are very transparent about the sales of their games. This helps others get a look behind the scenes of mobile-game development which is fun to see and invaluable for new developers considering taking a crack at their first game. Miracle Merchant is no different and we now have a look at how well the game has done...

'Darkest Dungeon' Review - Brave the Darkness for One of the Better RPGs on iPad

You've probably read headlines, and maybe even entire articles, about Darkest Dungeon [$4.99 (HD)]. There's been plenty of them. The game was officially released on Steam in early 2016 and has garnered all kinds of praise and game-of-the-year accolades. It also has a reputation for dishing out one heck of a beating to victory-seeking players. For every "this game is great" comment there seemed to be a couple "this game is impossible" disclaimers. Darkest Dungeon has built up quite the reputation for both excellence and challenge and those of us in the mobile crowd finally got our first crack at it with the recent release to iPad. Does Darkest Dungeon live up to the hype? Short answer: definitely, go buy it. For the long answer, read on...

Talisman Digital Edition [$3.99], licensed from the classic Games Workshop fantasy-adventure board game by the same name, was brought to mobile life by Nomad Games several years ago. It's a game where up to six players battle through dangerous creatures to be the first to lay claim to the coveted Crown of Command, thus winning the game. A great thing about this title is that Nomad keeps adding content to it. The Dragon Expansion was just released to the App Store and adds a hefty dose of newness to the game. As the name implies, there be dragons within, the Draconic Lords to be precise. Three dragons with awesome powers and selfish motivations looking to return to the Firelands, their ancestral home, regardless of what the current denizens think of that plan. Players now must take on these mythical creatures to win the day...

If you're a fan of Magic: The Gathering or Hearthstone [Free] and buying endless booster packs has got you down and you haven't checked out Lost Portal [$1.99] I have a recommendation: Check out Lost Portal. Lost Portal is a single-player collectible-card game tied together by a role-playing game narrative, is a lot of fun, and is on sale now through Tuesday. You create a character and go adventuring through a fantasy world filled with NPCs to chat up, quests to complete, and monsters to beat down. Combat comes in the form of Magic: The Gathering style duels and are Lost Portal's core experience. The CCG and RPG elements merge in a cool way and your character's ability scores affect the duels directly by allowing you to do things like draw extra cards and start with more life. As you play you earn new cards and gold, which can be used to buy new cards...

Released back in 2014, BattleLore: Command [$6.99] brought Fantasy Flight's board game BattleLore Second Edition to digital life. The tabletop game is fun and one of the better two-player unit-based warfare games out there. The iOS version features the same tactical warfare found on your tabletop and of course offers the opportunity to take on the AI in a single-player campaign or another human being via online multiplayer. A just-released version updates the game to make it 64-bit compliant, thus saving it from the digital dust bin of history. Fantasy Flight is working through their iOS hits, having updated Elder Signs: Omens [$3.99] earlier this year...

Tin Man Games released Miss Fisher and the Deathly Maze [Free] back in February of this year. The game puts you in the super styling shoes of Phryne Fisher, a detective in 1920's Melbourne and the protagonist of the Australian television drama, and popular Netflix offering, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. The game is a visual novel adventure with a heavy dose of puzzle game mixed in and does a great job capturing the spirit of the show. The first episode of the game, The Deathly Maze, features Fisher's investigation into a murder she witnesses at the opera...

TiNYTOUCHTALES is on a roll. The makers of 2015 smash hit Card Crawl [$2.99] released stealthy card game Card Thief [$2.99], where you play as a master thief in search of treasure to steal from the rich and lordly types, back in March. They followed it up with another outstanding solo card game in Miracle Merchant [$1.99] where you brew potions to order in a medieval looking shop earlier this month. Now, they are back at it with a big content update for Card Thief. Ten new thieves, each with their own special abilities that break the game's rules are on the way. You'll be able to hire these new masters for 24-hour contracts in the game's new "hideout" area...