Category Archives: iPhone games

While the pace of them has slowed down a bit since iOS 11's initial release back in September, I still get unreasonably excited when I see an older game I'm still clutching onto get a 64-bit compatibility update. Today's winner: Disney's Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse [$4.99]. The game originally arrived on iOS with zero warning or fanfare back in November of 2013, only a couple of months after its debut on consoles. There had never been a single update to the game since then, however, which led me to believe that this would be one lost forever in the great 32-bit Appocalypse. I'm very happy Disney has decided to update Castle of Illusion, and on top of just basic compatibility, the game even supports the new iPhone X screen. Check it out...

CSR Racing 2 [Free] is one of the most popular games on the App Store partly because of its accessible gameplay but mostly because of its selection of gorgeous and highly detailed supercars. If you're among those who love their CSR2 car collection, you're in luck because starting today, you can enjoy that collection in augmented reality. The developers used Apple's ARKit to bring your garage into your living room or out in the street. And this is more than just being able to add a car-shaped blob in the middle of the house; this is highly detailed 3D models recreated in AR in great detail. CSR2's AR Mode boasts what the developers call "innovative features" like the ability to open the car's doors, trunk, hood, and even stepping inside a real-life size supercar. And, of course, you can share all your "real-life" photos of your customized supercars...




I was recently invited to visit the headquarters of Onion Games in Tokyo to have a sit-down interview with its founder, Mr. Yoshiro Kimura. Onion Games is the developer behind the recent arcade-puzzle game Million Onion Hotel [$3.99]. They also released the quirky RPG Dandy Dungeon [Free] earlier this year. While Onion Games is somewhat new in the scheme of things, their staff has deep roots in the Japanese game industry. Mr. Kimura's career alone stretches back more than two decades, and he's worked with and for companies such as Square Enix, Marvelous Entertainment, and Sony Computer Entertainment. Many of his games are considered cult classics in Japan thanks to their refreshing approach to what can often be a very conventional form of media...

Way back in May (gosh that feels like it was FOREVER ago) I came across an unassuming little first-person puzzle adventure called Faraway: Puzzle Escape [Free] and posted a little thing about how much I was enjoying it. Not only did it offer some excellent Myst-inspired environmental puzzling, but it also weaved a complex sci-fi storyline that was actually quite engaging, especially with some of the deep secrets it was hiding. All of it was wrapped up in a clean visual style and a wonderful touch-based control scheme. Well, as we learned back in August, a sequel to Faraway was in the works that would take the adventuring from the desert sands to the lush jungle, and without much warning today Faraway 2 [Free] arrived in the App Store...

Plague Inc. [$0.99], which I've been saying for years now is one of the best dollars you can spend in the App Store, just continues to get better and better. Last month we detailed the new Mutation 15 update which would bring three new scenarios to the game which included the return of the infamous Mad Cow disease; a scenario where the majority of the world's population has mysteriously vanished making your efforts to spread disease quite complicated; and a near-future scenario where airports are plentiful even in the farthest reaches of the globe which adds a wrinkle to your disease-spreading strategies. Today the Mutation 15 update for Plague Inc. is now available...

Mikey has flexed a lot of different abilities ever since first arriving in the App Store (and our hearts) back in 2012. From running, to jumping, to swinging, to rocket booting, Mikey has done it all. And in his latest endeavor, he does all of those things at the same time. Mikey Jumps [Free] arrived just over a year ago and it mashes all of Mikey's talents together into an auto-running platformer. The results were really good. Then this past May, a huge version 2.0 update arrived for Mikey Jumps adding in 200 new levels and a new portal mechanic. Now Mikey is back with another huge update, this time adding in a slick endless mode and a bunch of new vanity items to unlock...

The wait for the new Hearthstone [Free] expansion is almost over (okay, maybe a few more weeks), so it's time for the card reveals to begin. On November 20th at 11AM PST Game Designer Peter Whalen and streamer Brian Kibler will kick off the Kobolds & Catacombs card reveal season on Twitch. We don't have any information on how many cards we'll get to see, but the announcement does point out that glimmering treasures, hoarding dragons, and ancient weapons are all waiting for be unearthed, so I'm hoping we'll get to see different types of cards; that way, we'll have a better idea of the direction of the expansion...

It's been a long time coming for the latest entry in the popular Shadow Fight series, and we've been covering the development of the third game since it was originally announced in April of last year. After closed beta testing and a significant soft-launch period, Shadow Fight 3 [Free] has finally launched globally in the App Store. Shadow Fight 2 become a massive hit with its focus on extremely technical fighting and incredibly smooth animations. Basically, because its gimmick was that all the fighters were just silhouettes, they could add a tremendous amount of frames of animation to the characters without having to literally draw all those frames. It made for a really neat look, too. Well, Shadow Fight 3's major change is the jump into full 3D polygonal models and backgrounds, meaning the characters actually have details and there's a huge emphasis on all the crazy armors and weapons you can unlock and equip in the game which will change your fighter's appearance and abilities. Keeping to its roots though, the shadow fighting is still here, just as more of a special mode you can enter into during fights...

I was recently invited to visit the headquarters of Onion Games in Tokyo to have a sit-down interview with its founder, Mr. Yoshiro Kimura. Onion Games is the developer behind the recent arcade-puzzle game Million Onion Hotel [$3.99]. They also released the quirky RPG Dandy Dungeon [Free] earlier this year. While Onion Games is somewhat new in the scheme of things, their staff has deep roots in the Japanese game industry. Mr. Kimura's career alone stretches back more than two decades, and he's worked with and for companies such as Square Enix, Marvelous Entertainment, and Sony Computer Entertainment. Many of his games are considered cult classics in Japan thanks to their refreshing approach to what can often be a very conventional form of media...

Injustice 2 [Free] players shouldn't be surprised to find out that today's 1.8 update has added all kinds of Justice League-related events and items, but that doesn't mean the additions aren't cool. The new update has added Justice League Batman, Justice League Aquaman, and Justice League Cyborg. And, of course, Mythic Wonder Woman is already in the game, ready to join the rest of the League. If you want to get your hands on these heroes, you can grab Aquaman and Batman through Arena Event rewards, which include a special Justice League Chest that should help you get those heroes a bit more easily...

Kobolds and Catacombs, Hearthstone's [Free] next expansion, is definitely drawing nearer, and Blizzard is starting to push the new expansion in all kinds of ways. First we got the Kobolds & Catacombs-themed Tavern Brawl earlier today, and now we also got Tale of the Fox Part 1, a narrative that will get players into the right mood prior to the new expansion's release. Tale of the Fox tells the story of (you guessed it) Marin the Fox. The story emphasizes the dangers and riches of the catacombs and all that Marin has to do in order to get the legendary axe Woecleaver, stashed in the catacombs alongside a very promising large chest. But, as one would guess given the expansion's theme, Marin has to brave Kobold architecture and "engineering" if he's to be successful...

Justice League, the film that brings together some of the most popular DC heroes, is about to hit movie theaters, and—as expected—it's also about to visit a few mobile games. Puzzle & Dragons [Free], the popular mobile puzzle game, will host three new character pairings in honor of the film: Batman and Cyborg, Superman and The Flash, and Wonder Woman and Aquaman (the last one is fan fiction waiting to happen). These three pairings will make their debut in the Justice League Collab Egg Machine, and players will also have the opportunity to fight against new DC villains as they battle through the new Justice League Collab Dungeon...

The original Space Marshals [$3.99] took the typically frantic dual-stick formula and injected a heavy dose of strategy and stealth gameplay into it, making it easily one of my favorite games of 2015. Then in August of last year developer Pixelbite released a sequel, which amped up the stealth elements and basically improved upon the original in every way. We loved Space Marshals 2 [$4.99] in our review and even awarded it Game of the Week upon release, and while a small content pack with some additional bonus levels was released back in March, I kind of figured that Pixelbite was finished with the game. Well, I was wrong! I was very happy to wake up to an update waiting for Space Marshals 2 which adds a new DLC pack centered around the character Ava. ..

Blizzard is starting to warm us up for the upcoming Hearthstone [Free] expansion Kobolds & Catacombs with a Tavern Brawl that rewards players with a K&C pack. Treasure in the Catacombs is all about a race with premade decks. When you pick your class and start the Brawl, you and your opponent race to get 7 minions on the board combined, but the one who manages to reach 7 first gets an extra prize. The Quest reward is a Master Chest, like the one you get from the Legendary Marin the Fox. However, the one who gets to 7 first gets a Chest with 8 health and the opponent one with 4 health...

Lineage 2: Revolution [Free], the mobile game based on the PC game Lineage 2, is now available on iOS and Android, and it's an ambitious game. The game is all about the Massive part of MMORPG, and it boasts the largest multiplayer gameplay ever on the platform, with real-time 20vs20 and 50vs50 battles (as well as 3vs3 and 5vs5). If you saw the TwitchCon stream last month, then you saw Conan O'Brien show off the game's 50v50 Fortress Siege, a frantic but fun game mode. The game's massive nature should help with player disconnects as well, since losing a few out of a group of 50 matters less than when you're playing as part of a smaller group...

Nintendo released their latest Feh Channel video earlier today, outlining the immediate future of their hit social RPG, Fire Emblem Heroes [Free]. The game has been a big success for the company, and it has even been nominated for Best Mobile Game at the upcoming Game Awards. One of the likely reasons for that success is in how much effort the development team has put into listening to the players and delivering solid updates every month. The next update is a particularly big one, and it's coming alongside a number of interesting events...

'Kirby' and 'Super Smash Bros.' Developer HAL Laboratory Releases First Smartphone Game 'Hataraku UFO' in Japan

HAL Laboratory, the Japanese developer that has worked closely with Nintendo for decades and brought forth such massive franchises as Kirby, Super Smash Bros., and the Earthbound/Mother series, have just released their very first smartphone game. It's called Hataraku UFO and it's the first product of their internal smartphone game development studio which they've dubbed HAL Egg. In the game you control a UFO with a retractable claw as you travel around helping people with tasks that are best suited to a floating object with a retractable claw. Stack ice cream sundaes, move cargo into the back of a truck, stack cheerleaders into a pyramid… there's seemingly no end to the usefulness of a floating retractible claw. It also doesn't hurt that Hataraku UFO is almost painfully adorable, as you can see in the official trailer for...

It's been almost two months since Crescent Moon, Blowfish Studios, and We're Five Games launched their interplanetary action adventure game Morphite [$7.99] on iOS, Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Steam. A Nintendo Switch version arrived a bit later on November 2nd, and an Android version is extremely close too. With that initial launch out of the way for just about every platform, the developers of Morphite are now focusing on additional content for the game, and the first big update is set to hit iOS really soon. How soon? Like, tomorrow soon. Woohoo!..

Gumi Inc. announced at the end of August that they'd be bringing their ultra-popular Japanese strategy RPG For Whom The Alchemist Exists to the rest of the world under the name The Alchemist Code, and as promised the game is now available on both iOS and Android and will be available on the Amazon App Store tomorrow. Gumi describes the game as "A full-scale SRPG that features classic tactical elements, The Alchemist Code features easy-to-learn mechanics, a deep job and levelling system as well as gorgeously animated characters brought to life in the exciting world of Babel." Here's the launch trailer...

You wouldn't expect a clicker game where you play an AI who makes paperclips to have much of a fan base, but Universal Paperclips [$1.99], which first hit the PC before mobile, has been a sensation. If you don't believe me, head over to the game's reddit page where you'll find threads with titles such as "Stuck with a bug. This game is my life. Please help :(." Why did so many get obsessed with this game? Well, let's first take a step back. The idea of an AI that makes paperclips comes out of a thought experiment first described by Nick Bostrom in 2003, where he talks about ethical issues in advanced artificial intelligence. According to Bostrom, an AI paperclip maximizer would at some point undergo an intelligence explosion, working to improve its own intelligence and finding ways to produce more paperclips. In due time, it might maximize paperclip production to such degree that it would convert most of the matter in the solar system into paperclips...

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