Category Archives: Games

The Rome: Total War [$9.99 (HD)] series is probably the most ambitious and complex war games on the App Store, and now you can get them for a bit cheaper. Rome: Total War Collection will now let you grab Rome: Total War, Barbarian Invasion, and Alexander all for $16.99, which saves you some money, especially if you already have any of the games. And since Rome: Total War is going to get a phone version at some point soon, now is a good time to take the plunge. Rome: Total War was the base game originally that had you leading the Roman legions across a pretty long campaign and also taking the field against a multitude of enemies. If you have one of the bigger iPads, you'll really enjoy the tactical part of the game...

'South Park: Phone Destroyer' Guide: How to Win Without Spending Real Money

South Park: Phone Destroyer hits that perfect balance between offering everything you love about a specific IP with approachable, enjoyable gameplay in a freemium setting. Of course, being freemium, Phone Destroyer certainly has its fair share of pay-to-win potentials and skill/pay walls. However, it’s also one of the more forgiving games in terms of being able to continually play the game. With the following tips, players will be able to maximize their time and skill and extend that play time even further...




Although I don't watch Steven Universe much, I can always see how popular it is just based on the crazy amount of merchandising I see everywhere. Today, Cartoon Network decided to bring more Steven Universe to mobile in the form of Steven Universe: Dreamland Arcade [Free], a collection of arcade games starring different characters from the cartoon series. The game starts with Steven falling asleep in the Funland Arcade, and—as is usually the case in stories like this one—his imagination conjures an arcade world packed with games inspired by his many friends. The whole "it was all a dream" idea is always a great vehicle for stories like this one and enables the developers to stitch together ideas that wouldn't normally work well together...

Players in our community really like Zach Gage's Sage Solitaire and Really Bad Chess, so every time he comes out with a new game, our readers pay attention. Today, Flipflop Solitaire [Free], the sequel of sorts to Sage Solitaire, is out, and it looks like another interesting take on the classic card game. The twist in this one is that you can stack both up and down, but you can only move stacks of a single suit. These two simple changes to the rules change the way you approach the game and turn it into a Zach Gage game, where traditional rules are slightly tweaked to offer a whole new experience...

Ludosity's Card City Night is a very fun card game with cool mechanics and charm to spare, and now Card City Nights 2 [$4.99] is here to bring even more of what made the first one successful. Card City Nights 2 has reworked the gameplay system to make it even better and is bringing a brand new adventure that involves a mysterious flying city called Starship Frivolity (love the name) whose inhabitants are all into The Card Game. And, of course, you'll have to use that card game to find your place in Starship Frivolity as you go from city location to city location. The game comes with 200 cards, so there's already plenty of content to go through...

The South Park series has always been legendary amongst anyone who likes irreverent, offensive and ultimately hilarious cartoons, however it's only recently that the franchise has made a significant impact on the gaming industry. 2014's The Stick of Truth on consoles was a surprisingly deep and engrossing Paper Mario-esque take on the RPG genre, and this year's The Fractured But Whole kept up the euphemistic naming pattern while also receiving strong reviews from critics. As a result, it was inevitable that Matt Stone and Trey Parker's iconic animated sitcom would make a major appearance on mobile, and today the long-awaited South Park: Phone Destroyer [Free] has finally released worldwide on the App Store. Featuring some typically inappropriate PVP combat, Phone Destroyer has gone down well amongst our forum members in its soft launch, and looks to be a fitting mobile debut for the cartoon...

The Last Jedi movie is coming closer, so—as was to be expected—Star Wars mobile games are getting in on the fun. Now is the turn of Star Wars: Force Arena [Free] to join the Jedi party. Today's update will bring to the game twelve new playable units, with Rey and Kylo Ren leading the way. Rey will bring alongside her the Millenium Falcon, which will appear in the game for the first time. Kylo Ren will have a special skill called Rage, which makes me think of the SNL skit about Kylo Ren and Undercover Boss (worth watching for sure). The update also adds brand new units like Grenadiers, Medics, Resistance Troopers, T-70 X-Wings, First Order Stormtroopers, Riot Control Stormtroopers, Flame Troopers, and Tie Fighters...

'Million Onion Hotel' Review - Got a Million Onions but a Leek Ain't One of 'Em

When it comes to the noble hobby of video gaming, there are a whole bunch of tried and true concepts to build new products from. Not even one of those concepts involves mashing onions as quickly and strategically as possible in order to make fruits appear that you mash to rack up points while space cows trot across the bottom of the screen and little cartoon characters throw off their clothes and embrace passionately in the starry sky. But thanks to Million Onion Hotel [$3.99], we can finally live the dream, friends. This is a fast-paced yet strategic arcade-puzzle game, and if nothing else, I can say that you probably haven't ever seen anything quite like it before...

Catan (and all its numerous expansions) is one of the most popular board games out there, even though most people I know don't actually like to play it. Today, Asmodee Digital has decided to give us a different take on the board game with Catan Stories [$1.99], a text adventure game inspired by the board game. This is the first time Asmodee Digital has interpreted a board game into a different genre rather than just turn the physical into digital. Catan Stories: The Legend of the Sea Robbers is based on the (you guessed it) Legend of the Sea Robbers Catan expansion and has you following the journey of three new characters in what looks like a very pretty game...

I know that many of you enjoy watching us stream all kinds of games on our Twitch [Free] channel but can't always show your support if you do your watching on the mobile app. Fortunately, that's about to change. Twitch has just announced that starting today, you can buy Bits on the mobile app (although it's going to take a couple of weeks for the functionality to go live in the 40 countries or so that the feature will be available). The Buy Bits button will now appear at the bottom of the chat, and once you tap it, you'll be able to pick a Bits bundle and show us how much fun you're having. Bits pricing on mobile will be a bit higher though (those pesky fees)...

If you're a football (see soccer) fan and like to play mobile games, you know that there's been a dearth of good football games ever since FIFA decided to shift away from being a game about playing football and became a game about collecting things. PES 2017 took advantage of that gap in the market and got plenty of fans when it came out last year. This year's PES 2018 [Free] (which has replaced the 2017 app) wants to continue focusing on the football playing part of the sport while also taking us back to earlier footballing times. Specifically, the game features David Beckham (both in-game and as the app icon) as well as legends like Romario, Maradona, Ian Rush, Steven Gerrard, and Michael Owen (I know some will debate whether the last two should be called legends, but I support Liverpool, so there's that)...

Words With Friends is probably one of the most recognizable mobile games in the world (along with games like Candy Crush Saga and, maybe, Clash of Clans), but after 8 years of life, Words With Friends is showing its age, so Zynga had decided to release today the sequel, Words With Friends 2 [Free]. This brand new game will bring changes both to the way the game looks and to the way it plays. Specifically, expect a more visually pleasant UI, with better colors and bigger fonts, both essential changes for the older demographic. The new version brings along more than just aesthetic changes. Words With Friends 2 gets Solo Challenge, a single-player mode that uses AI technology to help you improve your skills. Bots of a range of skills will help you finally get better at not losing that badly when playing...

As you probably know if you've been reading my reviews of Telltale's Minecraft: Story Mode Season 2 [$4.99], I haven't been too excited with the first three episodes. My primary problem with the game so far has been that the developers have been trying to turn Minecraft into a sword-swinging adventure, and given the limitations of the game's engine, it hasn't worked well at all. Today, we are getting Episode 4, Below the Bedrock, and I'm really hoping the series shifts away from its emphasis on violence and on swinging swords and goes back to focusing on the game's characters and on the many facets of the Minecraft universe. I'm still interested to see where Jesse's story goes in this episode (besides going literally below the bedrock) and seeing how the whole Admin story continues to play out...

BlizzCon is officially over, unfortunately, but it was a blast to attend, and we got plenty of fun Hearthstone [Free] news to hold us over until the next expansion hits. During the Hearthstone Q&A panel, the developers went beyond just talking about the upcoming expansion, so we got some interesting tidbits of information that I think you'll find interesting. Nothing ground-breaking, unfortunately, but plenty of cool things nonetheless. One of the most important insights was the possibility of a traditional draft mode coming to Fireside Gatherings in the future. Arena start off looking like Magic's draft, where players have to pick cards from the same packs, which brings out a whole different strategy...

Following its initial release on mobile this past March, updates for Rocketcat and Madgarden's zombie apocalypse adventure game Death Road to Canada [$10.99] have been coming in regularly throughout this year. In addition to a number of more minor updates, Death Road has also been receiving meatier, body-part-inspired content updates that are trying to follow in the footsteps of all the content being added to the desktop version of the game. Back in June we had the COCCYX update, and in August the DUODENUM update arrived. Both added a staggering amount of new features, tweaks, and fixes, making the already fantastic Death Road to Canada even better. Well, the fun's not over as this Thursday the new EYEBALL update is arriving for the mobile version of Death Road. And because human bodies have two eyeballs, this update is actually split into two parts. The first part which arrives this week adds in a dozen new text events, including the rare events Gnome Challenge Mode and Toilet of the Past's Future as well as a new event based around the hottest new piece of exercise equipment the Swole-O-Flex. You can see screens of these events below...

The 32-bit Appocalypse has come and gone, and apart from the few of us resolutely holding on to iOS 10, it seems many have accepted the perilous fate of many classic App Store games as Apple make further strides towards modernisation of their software. Thankfully, missing the iOS 11 launch doesn't permanently condemn any specific application to irrelevance, and it's been really neat to see games like XCOM: Enemy Within [$9.99] make a miraculous 64-bit resurgence. Samurai 2: Vengeance [$2.99] may not have the big-name pedigree of the aforementioned sci-fi strategy title, but the game did have a significant role in the early evolution of the App Store when it launched in 2010. While its hack 'n slash gameplay wasn't particularly revolutionary (despite being surprisingly slick with its virtual joystick input), Samurai 2: Vengeance had a truly stunning visual style that was groundbreaking for its time, and I'm delighted to see Madfinger Games' breakout release finally be updated with 64-bit support today...

This morning was one of those days where I just didn't want to wake up - but then I remembered the excellent Cally's Caves 4 [Free] was scheduled to release on the App Store. After two and a half years of fervent anticipation from the previous entry in the series, it's fair to say my expectations for the latest title in the excellent Cally's Caves franchise have been incredibly high, and it's good to see that developer Jordan Pearson decided to do things his way (as opposed to the highway), as the end product is an incredibly enjoyable App Store action platforming romp. Despite a horde of gigantic and tenacious enemies, the thugs, bandits and football players determined to get in your way should keep their distance, cause right now Cally is dangerous, and entirely ready to break stuff with a ridiculous arsenal of awesome weapons to experiment with. If you've been keeping an eye on our pre-release coverage of the game, you know what time it is - Cally's Caves 4 is now available to download on the App Store for free, and is yet another essential title for any action fans out there...

Kobolds & Catacombs, Hearthstone's [Free] upcoming expansion, is one step closer today since the update that just hit has added the pre-purchase bundle and, more importantly, has given every player a free Legendary from the upcoming set, Marin the Fox. The pre-purchase bundle is the same as for previous expansions; you get 50 packs and card back, For the Hoard! in this case, for $49.99. The bundle is a good deal and is even better now that Hearthstone ensures you won't get duplicate Legendaries or too many copies of other cards. The update has also added a unique Hero tray for the Warlock hero Nemsy Necrofizzle as well as animated Nemsy's Hero Power button. And, of course, there were plenty of fixes, as is always the case...

Niantic has always marketed Pokemon GO [Free] as a social game, always remarking how entertaining it is to play with friends and family. Yet, despite this social focus, the game doesn't really have robust social features. Niantic appears to be moving to remedy those issues if the acquisition of startup Evertoon [Free] is anything to go by. Evertoon was an app that allowed people to make and share funny videos starring animated avatars in an attempt to "democratize storytelling" by allowing people to post videos without having to worry about their appearance. Evertoon built a pretty robust community around its videos, and it looks like that success tickled the fancy of Niantic, which is what led to the acquisition...

If you like high-stakes esports or just enjoy playing and seeing others play the hit game Summoners War [Free], then mark November 25th on your calendar because that's the day Summoners War World Arena Championship will take place. The best Summoners War players will make their way to the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles to find out who's the best of the best and, in the process, share $50,000, which isn't bad at all. 16 players will fight it out, and they come from pretty much across the world. Part of what I like about esports is precisely how global most of them are; it's fun seeing different styles clashing...

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