Category Archives: iPhone games

Minecon 2016 is currently taking place in Anaheim, California, and as was expected, we got some good Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] news. First of all, the upcoming 0.16 update, also called the Boss Update, is coming October 18th, so we'll have to wait another month to get our hands on it. But what will it bring with it? Well, we knew that it will add bosses - hence the name - so we'll be getting the Elder Guardian (and its Ocean Monuments), and the Wither in its revamped fighting form. What I'm more excited about is the first implementation of Add-Ons, which the devs call the first step towards even greater levels of customization to all editions of the game, starting with MCPE and Windows 10. As you can see from the video below, you'll be able to mess with mobs just by editing text files...

'Ember' Review - Keeping the Old-School RPG Light Burning

When 505 Games and N-Fusion released their old-school inspired RPG Ember [$9.99] last week, there were a few interesting things we noted. First, with a stated longevity of 30+ hours (coupled with no IAP), it’s certainly one of the longest premium RPGs we’ve played in awhile. Second, as a near simultaneous release with the PC version, it’s one of those increasingly rare games where the developer isn’t trying to hide the fact that a mobile version was developed concurrently with the PC version. Both are typically good indicators of a well-made game, and Ember certainly fits the bill. It does an excellent job paying homage to the old-school RPG and its controls make an acceptable transition to touch screen...




Supercell has a history of producing silly commercials for its games - like the Rules of the Duel commercials from a month ago - so I'm not surprised they just released some silly new ones about various Clash Royale [Free] units. These videos are mostly sing-alongs and include all kinds of music styles performed in the silliest of ways. There's a video about the Mini P.E.K.K.A, one for the Log (extremely silly one), and new Rules of the Duel videos that show off the Giant Skeleton, the (hated) Prince, and even enemies in general. All of them are very well made, as is always the case, and are definitely charming enough to get people who haven't played the game interested in trying it out...

A couple of weeks back we wrote about World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] doing a Valkyria Chronicles crossover, and it looks like Wargaming won't be stopping there. In addition to Valkyria Chronicles, the tank game will be getting a tank designed by famed mechanical designer, Kunio Okawara, a pioneer of Mecha art and design in Japan who has worked on Gundam and the Brave Series. If you don't know what a mechanical designer is, it's a designer who focuses not on human characters but primarily on robots, ships, and so on. So, it's easy to see how he would be the right person to design a tank. The tank he'll be designing will be called the O-47, and all we have is a half-lit image of it, so we'll see how it will look when it's all done...

Did you play Day of the Tentacle [$4.99] and think "I like how this game makes me feel stupid, but would like it better if it was a platformer?" Well, that's Donut Games' Vulture Island [$2.99] in a nutshell. It sends you on the quests of a LucasArts point-and-click adventure game, but with 2D platforming. You will use items in weird ways on other items, trying to solve puzzles that will make you curse yourself and slap your forehead over how obvious the solution seems after the fact. It's all that fun, but as a platforming game, a clever combination that's made for another winner from Donut Games...

'Solitairica' Review - The Solitaire Roguelike Your Grandma Could Enjoy

Solitaire is quite possibly the most popular video game of all time, thanks to the game's inclusion in Windows in particular. Many a bored office worker, student, and grandparent has sunk hours into this classic card game. Now, with games like Card Crawl [$2.99] bringing modern roguelike influence into card games, it seems only fitting that Solitairica [$3.99] should come into existence, bringing something more closely resembling actual solitaire to the solitaire roguelike subgenre. And it promises to steal countless hours of your time, even if you're not necessarily a card game player...

While the last update for Pokemon GO [Free] added a whole variety of new features, such as buddy Pokemon and Pokemon GO Plus support, this still wasn't enough for many fans who were still praying for an imminent addition of online trading and battling. Such inclusions still seem to be on the horizon, however the newest 1.9.0 update appears to address some smaller issues with the augmented reality app that may not be as explicitly obvious to the majority of users. In the most recent update, which is in the process of rolling out to all Pokemon GO players, Niantic have added details on the specific location a Pokemon can be caught, which will be visible on the individual critter's stat page. Furthermore, Pokemon GO Plus support for Incense has been added, so any wild creatures encountered with the item will also be available for capture. And, as ever, minor bug fixes have been included to make Pokemon GO a slightly more stable experience...

RPG Reload File 093 - 'WazHack'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the semi-weekly feature where we can't quite remember how old that rat meat is. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's doing in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit some old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. As the ringleader of this little circus, I try to choose a balanced selection of games from week to week. If you feel I'm missing something important, however, please let me know. You can do that by posting a comment below, dropping by the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. Since I plan the schedule pretty far in advance, it might be a while before you see your suggestion, but it will be added to the master list...

If you haven't yet picked up Space Marshals 2 [$3.99], why haven't you? If you haven't, though, you can now pick it up for cheaper since it has dropped in price for the first time since it came out about a month ago (the original is also on sale, but it has been on sale in the past). If you don't know what the game is about, this is the sequel to the great stealth-based Space Marshals that we - and many in our forums - loved. Space Marshals 2 does everything the first one did but refines the formula and goes for one long game rather than the episodic formula of the original. One of the major new additions is stealth kills; now you can end lives without being noticed...

If you have young ones who enjoy Disney princesses, you might want to pick Disney Princess: Charmed Adventures [Free], which has just released. The game is a collection of entertaining minigames focused on four princesses: Rapunzel, Belle, Ariel, and Tiana. Among other things, you can help Rapunzel paint her wall murals and find Pascal, explore the sea as Ariel (who is a certifiable hoarder and prime candidate for Hoarders: Disney Edition), be all inquisitive as Belle while also getting to fight off a pack of wolves, and help Tiana cook the recipes from her famed restaurant...

Minecon 2016 is fast approaching, so Mojang has added the Minecon 2016 skins to Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99]. There are 12 skins available and feature four biome-themed adventures: prowl through the treeline as the Forest Fighter, brave the cold as the Ice Pioneer, craft all kinds of crazy stuff as the Mesa Artisan, and dive to the depths as the Ocean Engineer. In addition to these four skins, you'll get the exclusive skins from last year's Minecon, which include Alex and Steve wearing a selection of capes (and you know how crazy players go about capes). Keep in mind that while the skin pack is free, it will only be available until October 3rd, so pick it up while you can...

If you enjoy the Fallout games and Fallout Shelter [Free] (and there are few gamers who don't belong in any of those two categories), then you'll be happy to know that the latest Fallout Shelter update has followed the latest trend and added sticker support for iOS 10 iMessage, and those stickers are pretty cool. You can get all kinds of fun Vault Boy faces along with animated Vault Boys and plenty of roaches, all of which are sure to add a nice tinge of apocalypse and a bit of radioactivity in your next message exchange. Perfect for Valentine's Day or when the world is about to end; what better way to say "honey, the apocalypse is here" than with a Vault Boy thumbs up sticker?..

There were a few late arrivals this week, and one of the biggest (both literally and figuratively) is NBA 2K17 [$7.99], which dropped earlier this morning. 2K's basketball offerings seem to be the fan favorites each year over EA's free to play NBA Live Mobile [Free] series, and this year's offering appears to be the most robust basketball offering yet. It features a revamped control scheme and support for physical controllers, and expanded MyCareer mode with an "Off-Day Simulator, more MyPLAYER equipment and attribute options, upgraded badge system, and more", new Historic players, and an expanded EuroLeague with new teams, among other new features...

The sirens are blaring, the news reports are shouting, and one thing is very apparent to you: The nuclear apocalypse is coming, and coming quick. In one minute to be exact. In 60 Seconds! Atomic Adventure [$2.99], which just launched on iOS after arriving on desktop in May of last year, you have one minute to scavenge your house for supplies and to grab members of your family (the ones who you want to survive, anyway) and then drop down into your bomb shelter to tough out this nuclear apocalypse for as long as possible. ..

A week ago we wrote that while Android was getting Season 2 of Sentinels of the Multiverse [$6.99] last Friday as was originally planned, the iOS version was stuck somewhere along the way (aka Apple's purgatory). The good news is that Season 2 has finally launched for iOS. To celebrate the release, there's a sale going on (ends today) that should help people who've been on the fence to jump in. Since Season 2 has now released on all platforms, the Dark Watch Setback variant is available for unlocking via story challenge, so get on that if you haven't...

While there's a lot of talk about Hearthstone's [Free] competitive scene right now and whether it's on the right path, the fact remains that we are getting closer to BlizzCon and, therefore, the Hearthstone World Championship. Blizzard has now given us more details on the dates, times, and format of the World Championship. So, first the general information. There will be a prize pool of $1.000.000 this year, the biggest ever, and the group stages will take place between October 26th-30th, which is the Opening Week. Each group will consist of four competitors, one from each of the four regions (Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and China). They will be seeded according to their HCT Points that they've accumulated throughout the season...

Deus Ex GO [$1.99] was one of the most highly anticipated releases of the Summer, and for good reason. The precedent set by Square Enix's other GO series games - with Lara Croft GO [$0.99] especially being one of the best games of 2015 - suggested it would be an essential download, and the Deus Ex series has its own pedigree, even if the recent console entry in the franchise didn't hit the same heights as previous titles. While we may have been somewhat disappointed with the lack of innovation in our review for Deus Ex GO last month, it was still an extremely entertaining experience, that took the elements of what makes the GO titles so perfect for mobile gameplay, and placed them perfectly into the Deus Ex universe. If anyone was on the fence regarding Deus Ex GO, it has today gone on sale for $1.99, which is a perfect opportunity for cynics, fans, or anyone short on funds to see what he game has to offer...

Even though the wait for the third series of Rick and Morty grows more and more excruciating by the day - and BoJack Horseman is threateningly close to overtaking it as my favourite animated series at the moment - Pocket Mortys [Free] has remained strong, with constant support in the form of free content updates. The last substantial update to the Morty collecting simulator added a massive new tournament mode on the single player side of things, as well as a whopping twenty eccentric variations to collect, which only continued to elevate Pocket Mortys beyond its original inception as an entertaining and unashamedly Pokemon influenced piece of fan service, to a truly expansive experience, all for the price of zero dollars. Today, the series creator Justin Roiland hinted at yet another new update hitting Pocket Mortys tomorrow, with a Pirate Morty, a Beach Hipster Morty, and most amazing/shocking of all, a Summer Morty, which I cannot wait to collect...

It's been almost two years since the release of Swords of Anima [$2.99] from developer 4Hands Games, and while I was certain last year's big content update was going to be the last of it, the game just got another free update with new things to do. Even better still, to celebrate the new content, the game has gone on sale for the very first time. If you have an interest in Japanese-style strategy RPGs like Fire Emblem and Shining Force, you'll definitely want to find some spare change for this one...

'Sorcery! 4' Review - The End of an Incredible Journey

It's been over three years since inkle released their adaptation of the first book in the Steve Jackson's Sorcery! series. In a lot of ways, that app redefined what players expected from a mobile version of a gamebook. It would have been a far simpler matter for inkle to do the expected thing and do a straight conversion of the original books. They had the engine for it, and the series is well-regarded enough that it probably would have done fairly well. Instead, the developers decided to make something that a physical book would have a hard time approximating, while at the same time appealing to the fairly large overlap between gamebook readers and tabletop gaming fans. The first game mostly relied on a unique presentation and reworked battle mechanics, but the following two games brought more and more complexity to the table. Sorcery! 3 [$4.99] was so near to a full-on RPG that its roots were hard to spot at times...

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