Category Archives: Games

'Avadon 3: The Warborn' for iPad Review - A Worthy Conclusion to the Avadon Trilogy

Jeff Vogel's Avernum and Avadon games are some of the best computer RPGs (CRPG) that you can get on iOS. All of them have tons of content with an excellent balance of story-based and open-world options and their respective tales are pretty compelling as well. While Avernum has technically been complete for awhile, Avadon was still a work in process with the final game in the trilogy released on PC earlier this year. Thankfully, Avadon 3: The Warborn [$11.99 (HD)] is finally out on iOS too, completing the Avadon series on the iPad with yet another absolutely amazing CRPG...

'RunGunJumpGun' Review - The Name Says it All

It's interesting to see just how much mobile development has influenced the PC market. More and more we're seeing newer experiences that are formed around the same concept as Jetpack Joyride, whether it's of the endless or linear variety. The types of games prone to that control scheme work with touch, traditional remotes, and a mouse and keyboard. It's universal, and something gamers of all skill levels can pick up and play. It's a shame I only noticed RunGunJumpGun [$2.99] when it hit the mobile arena, because it really deserves the attention...




If you want your Minecraft Pocket Edition [$6.99] to look like a silly Saturday morning cartoon or as if you just had a breakdown and the whole world looks like a joke, then the latest texture pack is just the thing for you. Cartoon Textures, which was just added to the game, doesn't change the environment that much but it makes a huge difference on how people and mobs look. I mean look at the image below; you can't go much sillier than that. I can see this texture pack being great for those who like to stream multiplayer Minecraft because it will add a veneer of silliness on top of any shenanigans. The Texture Pack costs $2.99 and is available in the Store...

I don't need to tell you how good Tennis Champs Returns [Free] is, as our superlative review and subsequent Game of the Week award emphasise how the industry veterans at Uprising Games managed to create one of the best racket sport simulators on any platform, which is highly likely to be omnipresent on many Best of 2016 lists come December. However, while those of us lucky to be within the walled garden (or is it court?) of the iOS ecosystem, our friends with Android devices haven't had the fortune to rally on their phones, at least up to now. Today, the developers have released Tennis Champs Returns on Android, and with a 75% off launch sale is an essential purchase, especially for anyone who hasn't yet played the best tennis game of the year. ..

'Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links' Has Soft Launched in Australia and Japan, With a Worldwide Release Scheduled for 2017

While I tended to spend what little money I had on video games, there is no denying the massive part that Yu-Gi-Oh played in my childhood, both in terms of the anime and the card game. Following Yugi's exploits against Kaiba and Pegasus was a lot of fun, and winning a game against friends through summoning the pieces of Exodia (contrary to rumors, it is possible to call him) was as climactic as anything in these formative years of my youth. When Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links was announced earlier this year, the possibility of reliving some of the best memories of my childhood through duelling all the characters from the anime - as well as friends online - was incredibly exciting. For fans in Japan and Australia, the wait is now over - over the past week, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links has soft launched on the App Store in the two aforementioned regions, and with both Japanese and English language options already available, it shouldn't be long until other countries can activate their trap cards in this newest Yu-Gi-Oh game on iOS...

Classic Reload - 'Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the monthly feature where we complete our woeful errands with a smile. Each month, we take a look at a game from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their overall place in the App Store's library, or to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. If there's a game you'd like to see featured here, don't be shy! You can make suggestions in the comments below and I'll consider them for a future installment...

'Neon Chrome' Review - The Roguelike That's Just Right

I can't get enough of dual-stick shooter roguelikes, but often the time and effort requirement is too much. I'm more of a gaming tourist – I want to enjoy a lot of different experiences in gaming rather than having to decdicate tons of hours to get the joy out of a single game. Thankfully, Neon Chrome [$4.99] from 10tons, adapted for mobile from PC and console, scratches that itch. It's not easy by any stretch of the imagination, and it can be punishing, but it tones down some of the harsher parts of the roguelike-inspired genre to be more accessible up front for players who just want to enjoy a game of this type. This is a game where you can extract genuine rewards from it in the early hours, while still getting long-term challenge and satisfaction. ..

As you can tell from our earlier story on the latest Disney game, November is Moana month since we are a week away from the animated film hitting the movie theaters. And, of course, Disney Crossy Road [Free] wasn't going to be left out of the Moana party. In the latest update, Disney is bringing over the world of Lalotai where you can explore the Realm of Monsters with, of course, new figurines likes Moana herself, Maui, Pua, Heihei, and many more. Surviving won't be that easy since you'll have to dodge all kinds of weird monsters including eight-eyed bats and more. There are even water geysers that might return you back to the world of those puny humans...

A few weeks ago, we wrote that Candy Crush [Free] was going to become a TV game show, and now it seems CBS is ready to recruit players for it. The network has sent out a nationwide open casting call today, so here's your chance to be on TV. Contestants will be playing in the Candy Crush Arena in teams of two, and you can either apply on your own (and get matched with someone you don't know) or apply with a teammate. You and your teammate will take on the obstacles of the Candy Kingdom that will be, unsurprisingly, all about match-3. The game's executive producer said that they are looking for fun, outgoing Candy Crush players who want to compete on the "biggest, swipeable, interactive board game ever created." And just in case you were wondering, there will be a big crash prize at the end of all that candy...

Disney is ramping up advertising for its upcoming Moana animated film, so the App Store couldn't be an exception. Moana: Rhythm Run [$6.99] has you playing as Moana and Maui and you tap your way through the game in the rhythm of the songs from Moana's soundtrack. Your mission is to restore the Heart of Te Fiti, and to do so, you'll have to travel far, take on the Kakamora pirates, and encounter all kinds of characters and villains from the upcoming film. The game spans sea and land in over 70 levels, and you'll have to run and jump to the rhythm of the music if you want to survive...

After releasing the first episodes weeks apart on PC and iOS, Telltale has finally managed to get the iOS Batman - The Telltale Series' [$4.99] episodes ready to come out at the same time. Episode 4, Guardian of Gotham, will be launching November 22nd on all platforms. Telltale notes that episode 4 will take players in very different places depending on their choices during the third episode, so this might be the most diverging story Telltale has done so far. In Episode 4 (spoilers), we have Penguin running Wayne Enterprises and Bruce, well, not where you thought he would be. I won't spoil that part because it's probably worth finding out yourselves what has happened to Bruce Wayne and Batman. The episode will give players some very crucial decisions to make that will heavily influence the way the last episode of the series will play...

Earlier today, we looked at the release of adventure game Little Briar Rose [$2.99], which was a triumph in visual design with an ambitious attempt at a colorful stained glass graphical approach. With its own understated and minimalistic aesthetic, Islands: Non-Places [$2.99] is the very antithesis of Little Briar Rose, but at the same time equally impressive. Islands started its life as a collection of beautiful gifs from the artist Carl Burton, who has been featured in The New York Times in the past, as well as a whole host of other endeavours. His stunning gifs featured some visceral environments that were just begging to be explored, so it was a relatively logical step to create Islands, an audio-visual experience that gives another perspective to seemingly mundane landscapes...

The long-awaited release of Avadon 3: The Warborn HD [$11.99 (HD)] brings with it both excitement for yet another excellent fully fledged RPG from Spiderweb Software, but also a sense of sadness. Avadon 3 marks the end of an engrossingly epic trilogy of titles that have been the benchmark for storytelling and strategy games on mobile, and as a conclusion to the Avadon series has a lot to live up to. The previous entry, Avadon 2: The Corruption [$9.99 (HD)], was lauded in our review back in April 2014, and the original Avadon: The Black Fortress HD [$9.99 (HD)] received similarly positive plaudits from the press, as well as an extensive dissection by Shaun in the RPG Reload series of articles; early impressions of Avadon 3 from its earlier PC release in September suggest that it lives up to the lofty heights of its predecessors. After quite a prolonged wait, and after a minor delay to the iOS release, Avadon 3: The Warborn HD is finally available to download for the iPad, but be prepared to part with a hefty $11.99 to do so - a premium price tag for an unequivocally premium RPG experience that is in relatively short supply on the App Store...

While the move towards further realism and detail in graphical design has given us some truly stunning games on iOS such as Infinity Blade 3 [$6.99] and Eisenhorn: Xenos [$5.99], sometimes imagination, creativity and innovation can trump pure power. Little Briar Rose [$2.99] is one such game - developers Elf Games Work have taken the extremely interesting approach of coating every element of the title with a stained glass window aesthetic design. This unique and audacious art direction, coupled with an expansive and immersive fairy-tale world to explore, culminates in a truly jaw-droppingly beautiful adventure game that stands out from similar point and click titles on the iPhone, and is available now on the App Store for $2.99...

'Yankai's Triangle' Review - A Game with Kaleidoscope Eyes

Yankai's Triangle [$2.99] is weird. It seems to have a never-ending number of stages. Sometimes it looks at you. The colors are subdued one level, then shockingly bright the next. The scoring system is hard to make sense of. Everything is a little grainy. The eyes are watching. You might run into an absurdly difficult level followed by an astonishingly simple one immediately after. Before each level there are some symbols that mean something, but it's hard to say what unless you really watch carefully. Sometimes there are teeth. The game also introduces each and every level with a title card saying the level number followed with "by Kenny Sun". Perhaps the weirdest thing of all is that you're not doing much more than spinning triangles around, trying to match colors to make bigger triangles, and yet it's nearly impossible to put down...

It is exceedingly unlikely that Square Enix will ever make another Final Fantasy Tactics [$13.99 / $15.99 (HD)] game, at least in the traditional sense. I don't say that to be a wet blanket, it's just the way that it is. The series that seemingly introduced so many Western console players to strategy RPGs, a genre which has recently seen a serious boom in popularity worldwide, has apparently rode off into the night with its creator, Yasumi Matsuno. The weak reception to the third game in the series, Final Fantasy Tactics A2, probably didn't help matters, and without Matsuno at Square Enix to champion for it, the publisher looks to have lost interest in the brand. There were a couple of free-to-play browser games that didn't really go anywhere, but I suspect that's not the sort of thing that series fans are looking for anyway. What to do?..

I've been a huge F1 fan for over twenty five years and still watch it religiously. And I've also had the chance to play a couple of the Codemasters' F1 PC games in the past, so I have a pretty good sense of what the developer brings to the racing genre. So, when I heard at the Apple keynote that Codemasters was bringing what looked like a full F1 game to mobile, I was very excited. I love racing games on mobile, and I always thought that a well-made F1 game with the actual license and tracks would be great. Now we finally got F1 2016 [$9.99], and I have to say I'm impressed in some ways and quite disappointed in others. First of all, this game has way more content than I expected it to have in terms of modes and ways to play it. At the same time, half of those modes are marred by incredibly dumb AI opponents. And on top of that, there are numerous bugs and design decisions that make playing the game frustrating at times. When the driving clicks, though, the game is really fun...

Good news for football fans out there (and yes, football, not soccer). Sports Interactive's Football Manager Mobile 2017 [$8.99] is finally out, so now you can go coach your favorite team on the go. FM Mobile 2017 lets you coach teams from 15 countries, with Poland and Turkey being the new countries on the block in this year's edition. You get to pick your starting eleven, make the appropriate transfers to strengthen your squad, pick your tactics, and much more. And when all is ready to go, you can watch the match in a 2D engine (although you can't watch the full match; just highlights). If you like sports management games, this is probably the best one you can get on a phone in terms of depth, refinement, and entertainment...

If you want to wish anyone Merry Christmas but still remind them how close we are to the world coming to an end, you can use the new Fallout Shelter [Free] seasonal stickers added today with update 1.9. There are now new Holiday Stickers, which are admittedly quite charming though with an undertone of dread if the recipient knows what the game is all about. Update 1.9 has added more than just stickers. We are also getting new quests that will have your cabin-crazy dwellers traveling to some caves. And knowing the game, what could go wrong in a bunch of caves, right?..

'Dungeon Rushers' Merges Turn-Based Strategy With Level Creation, Launching February 2017

Mi-Clos Studios have forged a reputation releasing for high-quality, atmospheric games on the App Store over the years, with Out There: Omega Edition [$4.99] being one of our favourite titles of 2014 (and the later 2015 revamp solidifying such glowing praise). As a result, anything with the Mi-Clos moniker immediately grasps my attention - the recently announced Antioch: Scarlet Bay has definitely piqued my interest, but it's the upcoming iOS port of Dungeon Rushers that has made me particularly excited for what 2017 has in store for gamers on the App Store. Dungeon Rushers - which already released on Steam back in September - combines turn-based strategy with dungeon crawling elements, sprinkled with a whole host of classic RPG tropes such as epic exploration across a whole host of environments and extensive customisation options, and should be releasing on iOS in February of next year. If the launch trailer is anything to go by, Dungeon Rushers should certainly be worth the wait...

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