Category Archives: Games

In recent months we've seen all kinds of interesting takes on the MOBA genre, and the just-released Warlord Strike 2 [Free] is following that trend by trying to mold the typical MOBA experience into a more exciting PvP experience. As you can see from the trailer below, Warlord Strike 2 moves away from lane-based, minion-dominated gameplay and focuses, instead, on hero-to-hero slaughter (I meant honorable fighting). You have plenty of heroes to choose from, each with their own abilities that will take time to learn and master. I like games that you can dive in and play (lose) immediately but that have plenty of depth to discover for those who really want to spend time mastering characters and skills...

I sometimes forget how huge the mobile gaming behemoths have become in just a few years, and then I read Candy Crush Saga [Free], Moschino, and Coachella in the same sentence and remember. Apparently, Candy Crush Saga is partnering with Moschino, the Italian luxury fashion house, to create what's called a "capsule collection," a collection of products one would need if they were going to festivals like Coachella. While the swimsuit and backpack might not be your style, it's quite fascinating to consider how big and popular some mobile games have become. And I'm not sure you could afford any of these items since the backpack retails for $650, the swimwear around $300, and the phone case for $70...




Well, that came a little quicker than expected, didn't it? In yesterday's story about the latest update to Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes [Free], we brought word that the game would soon be getting a cross-over event with the characters of the upcoming Nintendo 3DS game Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. Surprise! It's here already. Now is your chance to recruit Alm and some of his most trusted warriors to your team...

Survival Runner 'Zombies Chasing My Cat' Shuffles Onto the App Store April 27th

Nine years of eagerly following the growth and development of the App Store as both a gaming fan and a journalist has taught me one indispensable lesson: if a title has any sort of reference to cats, it must be excellent. Case in point - Mousebot [Free], which received our coveted Game of the Week award last Friday, featured a nefarious feline antagonist; unequivocal proof that cat-related titles are all collectively beyond criticism. My personal bias towards everyone's favorite pet companion may be coming through rather strongly here (in other words, don't fill my inbox with subpar cat games), but Thumbspire's upcoming release Zombies Chasing My Cat appears to be the next title to support my hypothesis. Through an interesting amalgamation of numerous iOS tropes, including the auto runner and zombie slaying genres to name but a few, Zombies Chasing My Cat could be a purr-fect timewaster, and is set to launch on the App Store on April 27th...

Over the past week or so, London has been spared of the typically bleak English weather - essentially dark, dismal clouds, chilly temperatures and perpetual rain, if you're lucky enough to be unfamiliar - and has instead been blessed by beautiful sunny spells. Hopefully readers from around the globe are experiencing similar improving outlooks as we slowly creep towards Summer, and what better way to celebrate such heat waves with a brand new Kairosoft skiing game! In fairness to the Japanese developer, the alpine season is still in full swing over the Easter period, and nothing is better than propelling yourself down a mountain in the glistening sun. Shiny Ski Resort [$4.99] also looks like a radical iOS simulator - with the typical Kairosoft formula of building a hotel supplemented by some neat skiing mini games, this latest title appears to hijack the developer's downhill descent of late, and is available to download for $4.99 today on the App Store...

RPG Reload Glossary - The Early History of Tactical RPG Video Games

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where RPGs are as easy as A-B-C. Last month, we tried out a new style of article called the RPG Reload Glossary. It was conceived as a way to talk about specifics of the genre, define certain things, and occasionally even answer questions, all without the need to focus on one particular game. For the debut, I opted to go for a direct definition. This month, I'm going with something a little more vague, but I hope you all find it interesting nonetheless. If you have any topics you'd like to see covered in the future, you can let me know by posting in the comments below, stopping by the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload...

Remember all those people playing Pokemon GO [Free] last summer? All those players you had to avoid while driving? According to a study published recently in the journal Media Psychology, all those players were happier and friendlier than those not playing Pokemon GO. The study wanted to look at how augmented reality games might benefit players' psychological well-being, so it focused on Pokemon GO, since it's the most popular AR game to date. The study looked at 399 US adults aged 18-75 about three weeks after the game went live and found that the game created positive emotions and nostalgia (probably nostalgia for the time when you would play outside of your bedroom)...

In what shouldn't be news to most, mobile games continue to grow and are easily the dominant category of apps in terms of monetization on both the App Store and Google Play. According to a Sensor Tower analysis of Q1 2017, 80% of the App Store's gross revenue comes from games, while in the case of Google Play that number goes up to over 90%. Worldwide mobile game installs on both the App Store and Google Play went up around 15% from the same period last year. In terms of revenue, Monster Strike reigns supreme on both the App Store and Google Play, with Clash Royale [Free] coming second in the App Store. Pokemon GO has dipped below thetop 10 on the App Store but not Google Play. Fire Emblem Heroes made it to number 10 on Google Play, with more than 75% of its overall revenue coming from Japan...

AT Games hates you and wants to launch you into a black hole. That's what my time with Full of Stars [Free] revealed to me. They created an amazingly clever idea, something that takes a simple kind of space chase game as you dodge asteroids and other perils that fly past you. But this is just the core of a larger experience, involving an interactive fiction story that plays into the events of the game, including when you die on a level and try to continue. And then there's a curious long-term metagame as you try to rescue human survivors, and explore more of the war-torn star system you're in. The difficulty, excessive repetition, and ever-present monetization drags the experience down, but not to the point of killing the charm of Full of Stars' genius core idea...

There's the old cliche within virtually all forms of media that goes along the lines of 'don't judge a book by its cover'. Whether this is exactly universally applicable to things such as video and games is still to be seen, but on first glance Bacon Escape [Free] ticks all the right boxes. Firstly, the mouth-watering reference to the peerless breakfast food in the title; secondly, being the latest title from Illusion Labs, Bacon Escape possesses all the charm and polish that one would expect from such prolific iOS developers. With a relatively simple one-touch puzzle mechanic, Bacon Escape follows in the vein of games such as Mr. Crab 2 [Free] in offering a casual, accessible but unequivocally enjoyable mobile experience, and has today launched for free on the App Store...

Despite the introduction of almost 100 new critters earlier this year, and even though I am unquestionably the most ardent fanboy of the series around, I'd be lying if I didn't say the initial buzz of Pokemon GO [Free] is beginning to fade somewhat. Thankfully, Niantic are aware that 'Catching 'Em All' is sadly a finite task, and their frequent themed events - such as the splashtacular Water Festival earlier in March - have been a good source of motivation for trainers across the globe to head back out into that long grass. Anyone wanting more promotions within the game will be glad to hear that Niantic are launching a brand new event today to coincide with the Easter weekend. Dubbed the 'Pokemon GO Eggstravaganza', Niantic are offering numerous egg related bonuses, double experience and more, from 1pm PDT today until the same time on April 20th...

Full of Stars [Free], a story-driven game about humanity's survival (as its developer describes it), has popped up on the App Store a bit earlier than planned, and now you can go enjoy the starry sky. You play as a daring space captain trying to help the scared refugees of your devastated world find safe passage. The game seems to be an interesting blend of genres, so I'm curious to see how it has turned out. The game combines hand-crafted levels with procedural generation and draws inspiration from roguelike games in an effort to make the game more replayable and surprising. So, expect random encounters and a branching world exploration as well as constantly upgrading your ship...

'OK Golf' Will Hit the Android Greens Soon

April 12th, 2017 1:45 PM EDT by Tasos Lazarides in Android, Games, News
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OK Golf's [$2.99] claim to fame is its lovely visuals, but it also offers an entertaining—if not wholly faithful—version of golf. The game has been putting around iOS for some time now, but it's finally ready to go for an Android birdie soon. If you pre-register for the Android version here, you'll get a launch reward—an exclusive 3-hole preview of an upcoming course set on the rooftops of Paris. We generally liked the game when we reviewed it, although we did have some issues with the game's inability to decide how faithful it would be to the rules of the actual sport...

If you want some randomness in your week, go play this week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl, Valeera's Bag of Burgled Spells. You've probably played this brawl before, but if you haven't, be prepared for a spell-tastic week. You'll get a deck full of random spells from all classes, and every time you cast a spell, a minion of the same cost is summoned. Think of this as randomness squared. At the same time, knowing the cost of the minions does give you a semblance of control over what kind of minions will end up on your board. Keep in mind that spells are cast after the minion is summoned, so if you play a spell like Twisting Nether, it will summon a minion and then clear the board...

You have to hand it to Nintendo, they haven't been resting on their laurels with Fire Emblem Heroes [Free]. The game hasn't been out much more than a couple of months, and they've already made quite a few improvements to the game. This month, as promised, they've begun to add a bunch of player-requested features to the game, such as an increased stamina gauge, the ability to arrange your units before battle, and better match-making. We didn't get all of that in today's version 1.20 update, but we did get a few things we weren't expecting...

Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] continues to offer more skins and texture packs to players, and this time around we are getting the Chinese Mythology Mash-Up Pack. This new pack brings along many new skins steeped in Chinese history and mythology and also a whole new texture pack that turns your map into one filled with demons, dragons, and Chinese-themed patterns. In other words, for $5.99 you can turn your Minecraft worlds into mythological places of wonder (or you can just have more variety). The update also brings new music to the game by composer Gareth Coker. If you're interested in how game music is composed, you can check this blog post on how Coker went about composing the new Minecraft music...

If you're up for some space shooting action, Broadside [$1.99] might be for you. This just-released game drops you in the middle of a three-faction war, and you have to survive frantic battles while constantly upgrading your ship and weapons an in effort to stay ahead of the (literally) cut-throat competition. Because of the three-faction thing going on, you'll have one faction working alongside you and two other ones trying to blow up to smithereens. How the whole three-faction thing plays out remains to be seen, but I like that you won't be playing the lone wolf like in most other games of the genre...

'Gameday Live' Is Looking to Be the 'Clash Royale' of Football Management, Launching Worldwide Soon

For many, myself included, football (occasionally called soccer in select regions of the world) is less a game, and more an intrinsic ritual firmly embedded in everyday life. If anything's certain in this world, it's death, taxes, and Arsenal losing on a mild Monday evening. However, outside of the excellent solo experience of Football Manager Mobile 2017 [$8.99], or the better forgotten free-to-play experiment that was last year's FIFA Mobile [Free], there hasn't been a true online soccer simulator that can help hasten the agonising wait between match days. Gameday Live, from BAFTA-winning developers Stuart Reid and Stuart Anderson at Digital Sports Arena, is looking to remedy this issue, and has turned the art of football management into what they describe as a Clash Royale [Free]-esque real time online simulator. Having soft launched in Australia, Canada and Holland back in 2016, Gameday Live is approaching its global launch in the coming months, and an official trailer gives us a good look at what to expect from this groundbreaking football title when it kicks off around the globe...

As we wrote earlier today, Minecraft Pocket Edition's [$6.99] store is about to greatly expand once the Minecraft Marketplace becomes available. We talked a bit about the various content creators participating in Microsoft and Mojang's new initiatives, but in case you don't know what the various creators can do, check out the video below. This is a sample of the kind of content the Noxcrew community is going to bring to the game, and it looks pretty awesome. The teaser shows off some of the worlds you'll be able to purchase along with various activities, mobs, and lots of other things. PC players are used to being able to easily access additional Minecraft content, but most mobile players, especially the young ones or those with no PCs, haven't had that luxury...

If you're in the mood for a new point-and-click mystery adventure but not really in the mood to pay for one, then this is your lucky day. Secret Files: Tunguska [$3.99] was originally released on iOS back in 2014, developed by Animation Arts and published by Deep Silver. Well, I'm not really clear on what happened to that relationship but all the previously released Animation Arts games that were published by Deep Silver have been pulled and are being re-released under the Animation Arts name only. Transferring products in the App Store between companies used to be a weird issue, but Apple actually implemented a way to do that that did not require a brand new app to be released as it did before. Instead, according to Animation Arts, the previous titles were pulled and re-released as new apps due to technical issues...

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