Author Archives: Tasos Lazarides


From all the games to have ever graced our forums, The Wild probably has the most tortured history filled with some highs and many, many lows. And even though every one of us considered the game gone in the wild, never to make it to the App Store, today the developers announced that they are "officially in development phase of The Wild," a statement that's surprising for quite a few reasons. First of all, is the game really back from the dead, again? And secondly, is it just now going into development even though it's been talked about for years? The developer Playerground Design Studios (formerly known as Toonuva Games) declare in today's Facebook post that the studio has been renamed to better reflect the mission of creating digital playgrounds and sandboxes and name Mini DAYZ, Don't Starve, and Cat Quest as instrumental in the studio's approach and design. Will this new beginning lead to an actual happy ending this time around? Well, we've been here many times before, so it remains to be seen...

The 32-bit scythe has claimed 3 more games today, PopCap's Solitaire Blitz, Peggle Classic, and the paid version of Plants vs Zombies. PopCap just announced that it will remove those three games from the App Store and Google Play today, but the games are already gone (at least from the App Store). So, if you were hoping to grab them before they disappear, you're out of luck. The announcement reminds players that they can still play the free version of Plants vs Zombies [Free], Plants vs Zombies 2, and Bejeweled Blitz. If you've downloaded the games in the past, you can still download them from your purchase history, but we're not sure if that will still be the case once you update to iOS 11...




I'm a firm believer in the ability of augmented reality (AR) and Apple's ARKit to change the way we play and consume entertainment, but I know we are still at an early stage and we haven't yet seen what the technology can do. Game Insight, the developer of the multiplayer first person shooter Guns of Boom [Free], has come up with a smart way of using AR and Apple's ARKit to bring Guns of Boom to life for those spectating. As you can see in the video below, the developers are using augmented reality to enable you to watch a 3D version of the unfolding action from an overhead rather than first person perspective. And as you move your device around, you get to see the events from different angles. If you want to, you can also watch the action from first person perspective, although I think overhead cameras make it more fun...

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series [$4.99] (again, longest title ever) is getting ready to give us Episode 3 next week, and today we got to see the trailer for More Than a Feeling. If you've played Episode 2 or read our review, you'll know that the series has been getting better and the last episode left us at quite the cliffhanger. If you watch the trailer below, you can figure out where that cliffhanger leads, so proceed at your own risk of spoilers. The trailer shows plenty of tension between the Guardians and their "associates" as well as the need to make some very momentous decisions that should really define the narrative's direction from here on, which is interesting given that this is just Episode 3...

Blizzard has turned the key and unlocked Hearthstone's [Free] Knights of the Frozen Throne second wing, and it's ready for all adventurers to come and take it on. The Upper Reaches wing is available for free (provided you've defeated the Missions from Week 1), and there are three bosses waiting for you: Blood Queen Lana'thel, Professor Putricide, and Sindragosa. The first boss turns you into a Vampire, which is pretty cool but comes with a catch: your Hero Power turns into Vampiric Bite that gives a non-Vampire minion +2/+2, but if you don't use it on a turn, you die. So, you should have plenty of cheap minions on the board at all times so you can bite away and stay alive...

Deckbuilding Game 'VEmpire: The Kings of Darkness' Getting Closer to Release

More than a year ago we wrote about an upcoming deckbuilding game called VEmpire: The Kings of Darkness, but it's been a while since we last heard about it. Well, it looks like the game is still under development and actually getting closer to release. The developer shifted resources to releasing a Steam version first (which is coming at the end of August), but iOS remains the main platform for VEmpire (at least according to him). After the game releases on Steam, he intends to go back to finishing the iOS version, although there is no date on when the game would release on mobile...

Every month, Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free] brings us a Chaos Arena, and the one for August is going to be live between tomorrow, August 18th, and August 21st. The Chaos Arena allows developers to bring us some crazy scenarios and lane conditions and makes PvP matches feel very different from your usual matches. Unlike Hearthstone's Tavern Brawl, Chaos Arena has a ton of different rules, and each match features one or more scenario rules or lane conditions. In other words, during those three days you can play all kinds of different arenas. Some of the rules have you switching decks with your opponent, shuffling cards into each deck, both players starting with more magicka than usual, and much more...

Minecraft's [$6.99] Marketplace continues to grow month after month, and today it got some fun maps and survival spawns. The first one is a Monster Battle Arena, which turns you into a crazy scientist experimenting on poor mobs. Specifically, this map gives you a nicely constructed arena with a ton of mobs stored in its lower levels and a ton of levers ready for you to start pulling. This map allows you to play out the "who would win" kind of scenarios by allowing you to have mobs fight each other. You can have zombies and witches fight it out, or spiders versus zombie pigmen, and so on. And if you don't want to just sit and watch, you can use this arena to test your skills against waves of different enemies. There are also two survival spawns for you to try out, one that's a stranded sub and one that's a post-meteorite impact crater...

For the last few tournaments, Hearthstone [Free] has been giving away packs to those who pick a winning champion, and now it's time for another round of Choose Your Champion, this time for the Hearthstone Global Games Finals 2017. There are only four teams left in the competition—Ukraine, South Korea, USA, and the Czech Republic—so you have pretty good chances of grabbing free packs. The way Choose Your Champion works is you pick one of the four finalist as your champion (you can't switch once you confirm your choice, so pick wisely), and then the more wins your champion gets, the more packs you earn. Pretty easy, isn't it?..

The mobile version of the classic Stronghold franchise called Stronghold Kingdoms [Free] has finally launched worldwide, so you now all check it out. At the same time, keep in mind that this game is an MMO version of the classic Stronghold series, so go in expecting something closer to Clash of Clans than the traditional castle-building of Stronghold, although players in our forums point out that it's not a Clash of Clans clone. In this game you get to build your own castle with all kinds of castle defenses, manage your resources and troop production, trade with the many other players on the map, siege other players' castles, and so on...

Have you finished praying to the RNG gods? Have you performed the necessary sacrifices to appease them? I hope you have because this week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is all about randomness. Encounter at the Crossbones gives you a random class and a random deck and wishes you good luck, which you'll definitely need. This brawl might have a different name than the older Encounter at the Crossroads, but they are pretty similar. The change in the name probably has to do with the brawl's emphasis on the new Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion. Specifically, the decks include many of the newer cards, and all the decks seem to come with the Death Knight of the class you were assigned...

'Brawl Stars' Wants Your Feedback to Improve the Game

The very entertaining Brawl Stars continues to be in a limited soft launch, and it continues to improve. Supercell now wants to hear from all of you in order to continue improving the game. If you go to the News page in the game, you'll make your way to the Player Experience Survey where you can talk about what you like about the game and to help the developers figure out how to improve a game that's still being build as we speak. Keep in mind that not everyone gets to complete the survey. The survey is only looking for responses from people who fit a specific profile, probably being of a specific age group or from a specific country...

'D&D Beyond' Is Live, and It's a Great 'Dungeons & Dragons' Digital Toolset

Dungeons & Dragons players, good news. D&D Beyond, the official digital toolset of the classic game, is now live, so there's nothing stopping you from creating all kinds of crazy characters and starting your next game. This digital toolset uses 5th edition rules and brings along the rules compendium, character builder, interactive digital character sheets, and much more. You can now play with digital versions of every official D&D sourcebook within the compendium, which is a pretty amazing resource. At this moment, you can only access the digital toolset through your browser since the native mobile apps haven't yet launched (they should be coming in the near future). However, I've been using the toolset on my phone browser and it works pretty well...

Surreal Adventure Game 'Karma.Incaranation 1' Coming to iOS August 24th

We've written quite a few times about the upcoming surreal adventure game Karma.Incarnation 1, the port of the PC game with the same name, which, after making its way to Android a few months back, is now ready to finally come to iOS on August 24th. In Karma.Incarnation 1 you try to rescue your beloved, who's been abducted by evil spirits. And you decide that the best way to go about doing that is turning into a ferocious dragon. However, things don't go as planned and, instead, you end up as a worm called Pip, definitely not the most powerful creature in the world. In order to rescue your beloved, you have to travel across a lovely, psychedelic world and solve puzzles as you try and learn the laws of Karma...

If you've watched any episodes of Game of Thrones, you'll know that it all comes down to who gets to wear that crown, and the upcoming Crown Throwdown is similarly obsessed with that piece of metal but in a different way. This fast-paced fighting game has you trying to get that crown off the head of your opponent and onto the head of its rightful wearer (you, of course). The one who wears the crown yields the power necessary to eliminate his enemies, so it's important to ensure that no matter what, that crown rests nicely on your head. As you would expect, you get to pick one of several silly characters including Jack Hughman (I wonder who that guy is supposed to be), Harry the skeleton, Blobert the Blob, and more...

Square Enix's 'Flame Vs Blaze' MOBA Beta Registration Is Now Open

A few months ago we wrote about Square Enix's Flame Vs Blaze, a mobile MOBA game that's been exclusive to Japan but is now coming to this side of the world. And if you want to be among the first to try it out, you're in luck because the registration for the closed beta is now open (though only for the US and Canada), and you can sign up for it here. Flame Vs Blaze is a 3v3 MOBA with quite a team behind it, including Producer Hironori Okayama (Kingdom Hearts Unchained x), Director Yuji Abe (Final Fantasy XIII series) and character designer Gen Kobayashi (The World Ends With You). The game has some interesting features that help it stand out from most other MOBAs. For instance, when you defeat monsters in the field, they become your allies and assist you either directly or indirectly...

Supercell has been celebrating Clash of Clan [Free] fifth anniversary with all kinds of events both in and out of the game, and today the developer is working together with Facebook to bring the game's Builder into the "real world." Specifically, when you use Facebook's camera, you have access to an AR filter that places the Builder in the real world (where he will hammer things non-stop). And if you turn the camera around, you can, of course, make yourself look like the Builder. I can see the AR Builder becoming quite popular with fans of the game since you can set up all kinds of silly photos with the little round guy hammering away...

'Iron Marines', by 'Kingdom Rush' Developer, Releases September 14th

Ironhide Game Studios, the developer behind the excellent Kingdom Rush series, is getting ready to release the much-awaited Iron Marines on September 14th, and I personally can't wait. Iron Marines is a complex real-time strategy game that will have you completing some fun missions like hacking supercomputers, rescuing civilians, holding your ground against all odds, and much more. You'll be controlling a (very colorful) army consisting of units such as rangers, snipers, flamethrowers, and so on. In addition to your basic units, the game will also allow you to get your hands on things like intelligent mines, turrets, napalm rockets, ricocheting blasts, and all kinds of other crazy weapons that should make for some fun tactical decisions...

I'm been very anxiously waiting for Minecraft's [$6.99] Better Together update to hit iOS (Android players have been beta testing the update for weeks now), but it looks like I'll have to wait a bit longer. The update was originally scheduled to go live this summer, but recently the FAQ was updated, and now Better Together is scheduled to launch this Autumn, "once it's ready and we've satisfactorily evicted bugs from the premises." While I'm glad to hear the developers are taking their time with this update and not trying to rush it out the door, it's still a bit disappointing to have to wait until the fall (although that could mean next month)...

'Rusty Lake Paradise' Is the Next Game From the Fantastic Developer of 'Cube Escape' Series

Rusty Lake has been giving us some really cool (and creepy) games, and today the developers announced that the next premium game currently under development is called Rusty Lake Paradise, which apparently many players had already guessed. The game is set on an 18th century remote island that's cursed with the 10 plagues (as any island tends to be). You'll have to explore the island, interact with your (probably very weird) family, and vanquish the plagues. And since this is a Rusty Lake kind of island, there's surely to be a constant sense of dread and weirdness that has become a staple of Rusty Lake and Cube Escape games. The developers feel Rusty Lake Paradise will have even better visuals than previous games and new gameplay ideas. And by allowing players to traverse the island, Rusty Lake Paradise should feel different from previous Rusty Lake adventures...