Category Archives: iPad Games

The folks behind Vainglory [Free / Free (HD)] have been on a roll lately with some a pretty consistent output in terms of new characters. This month saw the release of Vox, a fast-moving sniper with tons of maneuverability and damage dealing potential. He does have some intricacies that can be analyzed further so we thought we’d impart some general tips after a few days of checking him out...

Okay, we all saw this one coming after the last few weeks, but just in case you aren't up to speed, Spiderweb Software will be releasing their latest on iPad next Thursday. Titled Avernum 2: Crystal Souls, it's a remake of the second game in the Avernum series of CRPGs, which was itself a remake of the 1996 release Exile 2: Crystal Souls. In anticipation, Spiderweb Software has been putting one of their games on sale each weekend for the last few weeks. With this being the final weekend before the sequel releases, it's only natural that Avernum: Escape From The Pit [$9.99 (HD)] should be on sale, and apparently the developer agrees with that because here it is...

While some people might have been hoping for something a bit different from NetherRealm's first mobile game based on their homegrown Mortal Kombat property, the iOS version of Mortal Kombat X [Free] is still a pretty fun game in its own right. Like its predecessor Injustice: Gods Among Us [Free], the hook of the game is more in collecting the various characters and powering them up as opposed to mastering intricate combat mechanics. It has enough in common with that game that most veterans will come into Mortal Kombat X with a pretty solid foundation of skills, but there are a few differences here, particularly with regards to developing your roster in the early stages. This guide serves to help complete newcomers get started and to give some strategies for working your way around some of the curve balls it throws to longtime players...

The next time you're settled into a Shinkansen bullet train and get the urge to play Final Fantasy XIII, you can: Square Enix launched a cloud-streaming version of the game on the Japanese App Store last night. Final Fantasy XIII is free to download but includes a lump sum ¥2000 (roughly $16.65) in-app purchase to unlock the full game after a 30-minute demo...

So, Blizzard has spiced up our day by releasing Molten Core, the second Wing for Hearthstone's[Free] Blackrock Mountain (BRM) Adventure, and it's quite a fun one. I'm really enjoying what Blizzard's been doing with BRM so far, and I'm hoping that the new influx of cards will break Face Hunter's dominance in the Meta and make the game more fun for everyone...

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we often learn a thing or two about cultural differences. Each week, we head back in time through non-magical means and play an RPG from the App Store's past. It's a chance to revisit some old favorites, reflect on their place in the history of mobile gaming, or just to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. In my efforts to cover a genre wide enough to contain both Wizardry and Yakuza, I try to put together a pretty varied bag of RPGs as I go along. Even the best of us has blind spots, however, and I'm far from the best. That's where you fine people come in. Once per month, I throw the choice over to you. Simply comment below, post in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or tweet me at @RPGReload with your suggestion, and you might see me playing it in the first week of May. Just think, you could make me play almost anything! Even Shelterra The Skyworld [$3.99]! Please don't make me play Shelterra The Skyworld again...

'Out There: Ω Edition' Launches on PC and Mac, but the Free iOS Upgrade Should Follow Soon

Last week, Mi-Clos Studio released Out There: Ω Edition, a graphical overhaul of last year's excellent iOS space-faring adventure game, on Steam for Windows, OS X, and Linux. The Ω will come as a free upgrade for Android and iOS players who purchased the original, but we haven't heard much about it since last year...

Well, what are you waiting for? Molten Core, the second Wing of Hearthstone's[Free] Blackrock Mountain Adventure, has just opened for business. You'll have to fight Garr, Baron Geddon, and Majordomo Executus in order to complete this wing and reap the rewards (I am especially excited for Majordomo Executus, just for the fun moments he'll offer). There are also two Class Challenges, Warrior and Shaman...

There are certain games that remind me of those little activity books you used to be able to find in gas stations before every child in North America owned a handheld gaming system of some sort. The ones that had a "magic" marker that would reveal invisible ink as you ran it over the pages. When I was a little fellow, I loved those books a lot. As far as I was concerned, those were magic. There was just one problem with them. Once you went through the whole book and marked up all the pages, they were finished. There was no reason to keep them, and you certainly couldn't redo them. You couldn't even admire them the way you could with a particularly well-done coloring book since most of the fun came from the discovery...

'SoulSpark' Preview -  Turning Card-Battles into a Real-Time Affair

One of the reasons I've been enjoying the work of iOS game developers these last few years is that they tend to experiment with gaming mechanics and aren't afraid to mess with players' genre expectations. Granted, some of the results of the, at times, unbridled experimentation have been less than stellar. Still, I've enjoyed many of the products of all this experimentation, for instance I've had a lot of fun with most of Simogo's games ...

Just a few days after orchestrating what appears to be the longest ever turn in Hearthstone [Free], French player and streamer Florian "Mamytwink" Henn has again stretched the game's rules toward their breaking point. This time, he claims to have set up the most cards drawn and the most fatigue damage dealt in a single Hearthstone turn...

CivCrafter [Free] is quite the curious little clicker game, and it's not quite the one that you expect. It's a resource management game with raiding-strategy real-time multiplayer, all wrapped up in the veneer of a simplified clicker game. But it has countless things to track and upgrade on your way to becoming the greatest civilization known to humankind. This has to be the pinnacle of the clicker genre and its logical end, right? How do you further deconstruct gaming to its simplest form while also making something this deep?!..

'Mortal Kombat X' Review - Vengeance Feels A Lot Like Justice

Let's get the obvious out of the way before we start. Mortal Kombat X [Free], the mobile take on the latest in the long-running Mortal Kombat series, is not a port of the game that is about to hit consoles. It uses some scaled-down assets and draws its roster from that game, but you should not expect this game to play like a traditional Mortal Kombat game. Instead, Mortal Kombat X should be seen as sort of a follow-up to the popular mobile version of Injustice: Gods Among Us [Free], with simple tap-based combat and a focus on collecting and building your stable of characters. Like it or lump it, the masses have spoken on what they want to see in a mobile fighting game, and fumbling around with virtual buttons and combos never meant for touch controls didn't make the list. Likewise, the heavy story elements found in the console versions of the game are nowhere to be found here...

Hands-On First Impressions of 'Mortal Kombat X' for iOS

Mortal Kombat X [Free] is out right now! While the sudden release means that it's hit or miss whether you can download it or not, I was able to download the game and play through some of it, and am here to give you my first impressions of this hotly-anticipated fighter after about an hour of play...

Knights and Snails [Free] is a game that should have an identity crisis. It feels like it should be a multiplayer CCG-type title, with strategic battles. Instead it decides to structure itself more like a match-3 game with dozens of levels to play, and the trappings of something like Candy Crush Saga. [Free] I'm baffled by it, because the core gameplay concept is so interesting, but it just goes in such a weird and ill-fated direction...

Ah, spring. That magical time when a gamer's fancy turns to thoughts of RPGs. I think that's how that one goes, anyway. It's a good time to stock up on adventures for the rainy season ahead, and many different RPG developers have been accommodating that by running sales. The latest one to step up is Overhaul Games, the developer that brought Baldur's Gate [$9.99], its sequel, and Icewind Dale [$9.99] to iOS in their Enhanced Edition forms. While Baldur's Gate 2: EE [$9.99] has been on sale before, this is the first time since it was updated for iPhone compatibility. As an added bonus, this also happens to be its lowest price yet, offering you over 100 hours of classic RPG goodness for a mere $4.99. That price is so crazy it makes Minsc look sane!..

'Attack the Light - Steven Universe' Review - Power Levels Over 9000

There are pretty much three things that I care about in life: mobile games, baseball, and cartoons. How society decided I was an adult was a tremendous failure on the part of a lot of people, but we've got to live with the consequences. My latest obsession besides games or crying over Texas Rangers players suffering season-ending injuries? It's Steven Universe, created by Rebecca Sugar, who pretty much wrote and storyboarded all the best episodes of Adventure Time before she became the first woman to create a Cartoon Network show. And Steven Universe is amazing. It's gotten better and better as it's passed its first season, it's picking up fans, and it is now the recipient of its own licensed game, in Attack the Light [$2.99]...

'Cube Koala' Review - Super Marsupial Boy

Some people like to curl up with a good book to relax, I like to curl up with a challenging game. While that sounds like the opposite of therapy for a lot of people, I enjoy the notion of testing my brain, especially with a casual setting like a mobile device where I can pick it up and play anytime. Cube Koala [Free] pretty much encapsulates that ideology...

Watch Adam Saltsman Talk About His New Tactical Survival Game, 'Overland'

At last week's Juegos Rancheros event in Austin, Texas, Adam Saltsman—best known for his work on Canabalt [$2.99] and Hundreds [$4.99]—gave a short presentation introducing his new game, a survival tactics game called Overland...

This year we haven't seen quite the bonanza of sales we sometimes see around Easter, but there's still been plenty of great stuff getting discounts. Joining the list is Capcom's stunning Monster Hunter Freedom Unite [$14.99], down $5.00 from its regular price of $14.99. This is the first time the game has gone on sale since its English launch last summer, and as Capcom sales are relatively few and far between, there's no telling when it might get discounted again. The sale runs through April 11th, so you've got the rest of the week to scour the sofa cushions for the necessary funds...

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