Category Archives: Games

Magic: Puzzle Quest [Free] continues to improve, and the latest 2.0 update has brought some very welcome changes. The first new feature is Event Decks, which will result in battles taking place with decks made for specific events rather than a random opponent's deck. The other new feature is Deck Slots, which apparently has been a feature players have been requesting for quite some time. Having multiple deck slots per Planeswalker will make it easier to jump into events without having to tinker with decks every time you do so. You can now buy 2 extra deck slots per Planeswalker...

We really liked Terra Battle [Free], the free-to-play social RPG, when it came out back in 2014, and even though the game has been adding content, it's been a while since we've heard much about it. Today, though, the developers are adding characters from Final Fantasy XV and are trying to bring lapsed players back to the game. Starting today, three new limited edition quests will feature Final Fantasy XV characters and exclusive new music by Nobuo Uematsu. The quests will be all about Gladiolus, Ignis, and Prompto fighting against Final Fantasy staples such as Behemoth and Titan. Once you complete the quests, you'll have a chance to roll the S-Class adventurer Noctis...




'Footy Golf' Review - Kicking the Old Cabbage Around

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April 28th, 2017 11:00 AM EDT by Shaun Musgrave in 4 stars, Arcade, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews
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The fine folks at Donut Games really know how to put together accessible games with a lot of hidden depth, and Footy Golf [Free] is another excellent example of that. As with many of Donut's titles, you can probably get the gist of what this game is about from its name. You have to kick a ball across a stage into a goal in as few moves as possible, collecting coins and diamonds along the way. Fans of this publisher will probably recognize it as a cousin of the classic Cat Physics [$1.99], but it brings a few tricks of its own to the table, not the least of which being a new pay model. Worry not, however, friends. Footy Golf is as gentle with its monetization as it could possibly be, allowing you enjoy the game with only a minimum of friction. Most importantly, the game itself is challenging and fun...

While mobile ports of hit PC and console games are pretty common nowadays, back in 2010 it was a pretty big deal that Hemisphere Games' critically acclaimed puzzler Osmos [$2.99 / $4.99 (HD)] was heading to iOS. It was also one of the first times I felt that the touchscreen version of a game actually made for a better experience than its desktop counterpart. In Osmos you play an orb floating around sucking up smaller orbs, which then makes you grow larger and thus able to gobble up ever larger orbs. The twist is that as you propel yourself around the screen, you lose some of your size, so the entire game is a delicate balance of going where you need to go while still maintaining enough size to gobble up the orbs you need to in order to complete a level. It's a really brilliant game, both relaxing and challenging at the same time. ..

RPG Reload File 102 - 'Dragon Quest 3'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where it was Earth all along. In each file, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's doing in the modern day. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. As a distant descendant of Ortega, I choose the games that appear here, but if there's something you really want to see, don't be shy. You can offer up suggestions by posting in the comments below, by tweeting me at @RPGReload, or by heading on over to the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the TouchArcade forums. You might not see your suggestion soon, but it will be added to the master list for future consideration...

The lovely, minimalist folktale adventure Burly Men at Sea [$4.99] has made its way onto the Apple TV in the latest update, and I think it will look great on a large screen. If you haven't had the chance to play Burly Men at Sea yet, first you have to admit that it probably has the best name ever for a game. Moving beyond that, Burly Men at Sea is a game about three burly fishermen who have decided to venture forth into the Scandinavian waters of the last century and spice up their lives. The clever mechanic that really makes the game stand out is how instead of interacting with the characters, you interact with the environment by moving the camera around, which in turn lets you alter the narrative.

This is definitely the kind of game that ignites conversations over whether video games are art or not. Recently, the developers even turned player's runs into hardcover books with lovely art, which was a pretty cool idea. The free update also adds a sticker pack, which I'm glad about because, as you can see from the trailer above, the art is pretty neat.

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Team17 is on a roll with bringing their desktop and console published titles over to mobile, with Mouldy Toof's The Escapists [$3.99] arriving early last month and Self Made Miracle's awesome arena platformer Penarium [$1.99] surprise launching this morning. Penarium is actually the name of the twisted circus where the game takes place, and you'll play as Willy hopping from platform to platform trying to avoid an increasingly deadly barrage of hazards and traps as you try to collect as many barrels and coins as possible. Every fifth barrel you collect a new set of hazards will appear, and you'll continue on until you've completed a certain objective to finish a level or for as long as possible in the endless modes. Coins collected go towards picking up special cards which give you different abilities during the campaign levels...

Were you aware that there's currnently a Final Fantasy VI [$6.99] event taking place in Final Fantasy Brave Exvius [Free], Square Enix's popular social RPG? Well, even if you don't play that game and are not aware of the event, you can benefit from it if you don't already own the iOS version of the full Final Fantasy VI port. In celebration of said event, Square Enix has dropped the price of Final Fantasy VI down to $6.99 from its normal price of $14.99. The game has been on sale plenty of times before, but this is in fact the lowest it has ever been, and while 7 bucks is still considered high in the world of mobile games, your money is getting you one of the all-time classic RPGs with dozens of hours of gameplay. ..

'Star Cat Adventure' Review - Galactic Psychedelic Kitten

Sometimes it's nice to just relax and play a game with a weird creature at the helm. Maybe Bubsy isn't the best example, but cats are relaxing and stress-reducing creatures by nature, so I naturally gravitate towards projects that feature felines. That's why I opted to take a chance on Star Cat Adventure [$0.99]. Well, that, and the fact that its titular character looks like a rad '90s mascot...

Another Vainglory [Free] update from the folks at Super Evil Megacorp is upon us. This time the soul reaper Baptiste joins the battle and to celebrate, along with a bunch of pretty cool looking skins. Adding to the update is the announcement of double glory weekends in order to celebrate the new hero...

If you manage to reach Rank 9 in the Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free (HD)] Versus Battle this month, you'll get your hands on Chaurus Breeding Pit, and it's a pretty interesting card. In case you've just started playing the game, if you get to Rank 9, you'll get one copy of the card. In Rank 5 you'll get your second copy of the card, and if you hit Rank 1, you get the full set. But what exactly is this new card? Chaurus Breeding Pit is a 10-cost Action that summons a Chaurus Reaper in each lane, and Chaurus Reaper is a 7-cost 5/4 Chaurus that gives all enemy creatures in a lane -1/-1. As the developers point out, this is the kind of card you want to play if you didn't have a good early game and hope to turn things around. And while the card is 10 mana, it does give you two 7-cost cards, so technically it's a bargain...

If you're a Warhammer 40,000 fan, this story is definitely for you. Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf [Free] is a turn-based strategy game with a CCG component first-released on iOS in 2014, and while it had its issues—especially with regards to monetization—it looked pretty cool. A recent developer diary focused solely on the game's visuals, and it's definitely worth a read, especially if you're a fan of the whole universe. As an example of the depth of knowledge needed to design these characters, the developers go over every little piece of the Terminator Armor, describing its purpose but also what each of the symbols and colors mean within the context of the 40K universe...

The constant growth of mobile gaming isn't really news to most people, but it's always interesting to put numbers to impressions, and the latest Global Games Market Report by Newzoo does just that. Gaming revenue is expected to continue growing this year, with mobile gaming being the most lucrative segment of the gaming industry with a 19% growth year on year to claim about 42% of the market in 2017. The growth of smartphone and tablet gaming is expected to continue, with mobile gaming representing just over half the total games market by 2020...

If you don't like Yogg-Saron's spell shenanigans, you might want to keep away from Hearthstone's [Free] Tavern Brawl this week. The Servant of Yogg-Saron Tryouts, a repeat from last summer, has you picking a class and gives you a deck full of random minions. The fun part is that every time you play a minion, it casts a random spell at a random target. Even though this is a repeat Brawl, you'll be casting quite a few new spells because of the Un'Goro expansion, so it should still feel quite fresh and entertaining. If, of course, you don't like RNG, there won't be much for you to like in this brawl...

It was always a matter of when, and not if, the first update for Oddrok's latest release DROP NOT! [Free] would launch on the App Store. The developer's impressive support of Power Hover [$3.99] coupled with early indications of additional content on the horizon made it almost an inevitability, but it's still surprising to see the first content update be submitted less than a month after the game's release a the start of April. Scheduled for around May 4th, the upcoming update for DROP NOT! will add even more cutesy cuboid characters to the adorable rolling puzzle game, as well as new levels and much more cool new features to celebrate the game reaching over 500,000 downloads in the opening fortnight after its release...

Despite their intriguing stories and clever use of IPs, Telltale's games have been a mixed bag on iOS primarily because of technical issues. While most of the series were either fine or at least playable, Batman: The Telltale Series left a pretty bad taste on players' mouths because it was pretty close to unplayable on more than one instance. Well, I'm glad to say that Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series [$4.99] (from now on Guardians of the Galaxy) plays just fine on my iPad Air 2, despite a couple of very brief—but unobtrusive—stutters. I don't know if this means Telltale has tinkered with the engine enough to make it work well or Guardians of the Galaxy was just less demanding than Batman; what matters is that Episode 1 of Guardians of the Galaxy should play fine on most of your devices. I will be reviewing the whole series, so expect the review score to change as more episodes release...

Thinking back to the games that made a big impact in the very early years of the App Store and puzzle platformer Archibald's Adventures [$0.99] is right up near the top of the list. Developer Rake in Grass released the game way back in January of 2009, and updated it several times since then with new content and features. Its last update was in November of 2010, coming up on 7 years ago. With the 32-bit Appocalypse coming up, we've seen plenty of older games get brought back to life in an effort to bring them up to modern standards and keep them alive in the App Store. Given the lack of activity by Rake in Grass for the past several years, I was taken completely by surprise to see that Archibald's Adventures has received a new update today bringing with it all the modern conveniences like widescreen support, high resolution graphics, support for all the different screen sizes, and 60fps support. ..

If you've missed playing a bit of soccer on your mobile device (the options are quite limited), Super Crossbar Challenge [Free] will at least let you kick that ball a bit, although your purpose is exactly the opposite of that of a normal soccer game; instead of trying to score, your one and only goal is to hit that crossbar, emulating in that way all those soccer videos where players manage to hit the crossbar as if that thing was the size of a house wall. In Super Crossbar Challenge, you'll have to swipe at the right angle and the right speed to keep hitting that crossbar. If you manage to perform bicycle kicks and volleys and still hit the crossbar, you'll get even more coins. And, of course, you'll use those coins to unlock new characters and new balls...

And they've done it to us again. Telltale used to release the iOS and Android versions of the various episodes simultaneously with other platforms, but there have been instances recently where the mobile versions arrived a few days later than the rest. And it looks like that's the case with The Walking Dead: A New Frontier [$4.99] Episode 4, Thicker Than Water, which was supposed to release today but will be coming "later this week." Previous announcements forgot to include that small clarification, which was why we reported the episode was coming out today. At least it's only a day or two delay, which isn't too bad...

The silence you hear after successfully unloading an entire volley of cannon fire into a now sinking enemy ship in HeroCraft's latest release, Tempest [$7.99] , is euphoric. The only problem is that a stop in the action is guaranteed to be short lived. The pace and pay off of being a pirate captain may feel highly romanticized in this sea-worthy offering, but I approve. Any time a developer cooks up an ARPG that even seems half-baked, my ears perk up and this time I am really glad they did. This game taps directly into a whole lot of what makes the genre great and does it in a way that is original enough for you to sit up and take notice too...

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