Category Archives: iPhone games

'Minesweeper Genius' Review – A Classic Game with a Modern Twist

We all have those memories from childhood, the ones which follow us through our life, bringing back huge waves of nostalgia whenever anything reminds us of the more innocent and simple times of our youth. For me one of those memories is visiting my mum, sitting in her office at this huge, clunky looking computer and playing minesweeper. So, to say I was excited when I heard about Minesweeper Genius [$1.99] would be an understatement of the greatest magnitude. Let me tell you now, I was not disappointed. Minesweeper Genius takes a well-known classic and dresses it in some of the best elements of today's mobile gaming world. Graphics have come a long way since the original minesweeper was released on an ancient PC, and many developers have cloned the iconic game with up to date effects. However, Mother Gaia Studio's vision was to change the graphics completely, they offer us "A modern take on the classic minesweeper game!" (quoted from their App Store description)...

Originally, I planned to write this review of Kemco and EXE-Create's latest RPG offering with as much effort as the game seems to have had put into its creation. But if I did that, this review would already be over. Kemco has never been a company I would accuse of overachieving, but the last couple of years have been particularly rough. They've worked with a couple of new developers and published the odd title that breaks from their norm, but it's looking increasingly like those were one-offs rather than enduring new partnerships. Which leaves us with EXE-Create, probably Kemco's most reliable development partner in recent years. As Kemco has come to rely more and more on EXE-Create's churned-out releases and the market for premium off-line RPGs has shrunk, even the (to be very generous) modest sparks of creativity found in earlier games have all but vanished...




Epic Games details how Fortnite [Free] has evolved since it launched on iOS when it was invite only. Since I've mentioned invites, you do not need one to play and I mention this again because people still ask for invites. The current state of the mobile version of Fortnite is pretty great but there have been some annoyances that affected me quite a bit. I'm glad that some of these are being addressed right away while a few others were dealt with in recent patches...

'Identity V' Is an Asymmetrical Multiplayer Horror Game Releasing Globally Soon on Both iOS and Android

Netease has partnered with Behaviour Digital to bring their Dead by Daylight gameplay into Idenity V. Identity V is an asymmetrical multiplayer survival horror game that will be releasing on iOS and Android very soon. Dead by Daylight has seen success on consoles and PC and Identity V has done quite well on the charts in China already. The global launch will be happening in the near future and you can watch the newest trailer for it showcasing gameplay below:..

The Gentlebros announce 'Cat Quest II' for iOS, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Steam, and Android

Cat Quest [$4.99] from The Gentlebros is one of my favourite games of 2017 on any platform. I've played it all the way on iOS and Nintendo Switch. The Gentlebros delivered a lesson for all in how to perfectly bring an open world style action RPG to multiple platforms. It runs and plays great across the board with a superb pick up and play experience with a ton of cat puns and fun. Today, The Gentlebros announce Cat Quest II. ..

Follow me if you will back in time to early 2014 when indie developer Dustin Auxier released his hit Flash game dungeon crawler The Enchanted Cave [$0.99] on the App Store. Technically the game had been on iOS previously, as Dustin had contracted out the porting of the game to a third party studio who released an iPad version called simply Enchanted Cave way back in October of 2010. The truth though was that nobody, including Dustin, ever really liked that version, and so he took it upon himself to learn how to port the game on his own so he could do it justice. That original The Enchanted Cave was well-liked both by people who knew the Flash version and people completely new to the game, and its success afforded Dustin the chance to work on a sequel which would flesh out the concept and make improvements based on feedback of the first game. It was just over three years ago that that sequel, The Enchanted Cave 2 [$5.99], arrived on the App Store to much acclaim, including our own 4.5 star review...

Are you a fan of Gradius or R-Type? If you are and enjoy pixelated and retro graphics, you definitely need to give Super Hydorah [$6.99] a try. This mobile release comes some months after the PC and PS4/Vita versions of the game which came out late last year, and offers everything a horizontal shoot 'em up fan would want. Super Hydorah is a horizontal shooter where you move in a trajectory toward the exit from the left to right side of a stage while avoiding obstacles, enemies, and missiles being launched your way. If you have twitch reflexes and enjoy feeling adrenaline or on the edge during your gameplay sessions, you will feel right at home with this game...

'Zero/Sum' Review – A Game Way More Hero Than Zero

Zero/Sum [$1.99], is a nifty little concept wrapped in a big box of awesome. Sean Kearney and his indie studio Squeezebox Software have worked long and hard to present us with the perfect formula for a simple yet addictive game. It has a unique feel best described by a quote from their website, "It's Sudoku meets Die Hard". ..

It's been about six months since Plague Inc [$0.99] contracted Mad Cow Disease, so it seems like it's about time to add another infectious disease to the game, don't ya think? Developer Ndemic Creations thinks so too, and they've just announced the next big update for the humanity-eradicating strategy game. This one goes by the name Mutation 16 aka The Royal Update. No, it has nothing to do with a certain wedding that's happening on Saturday, rather this is due to Plague Inc receiving a royal award from Her Majesty The Queen called The Queen’s Enterprise Award for Innovation. Hey, congrats! Virtually killing off all life on Earth is certainly innovative. Now, on to the actual content that will be in The Royal Update...

You may be familiar with falling-down roguelike games that have blocks or obstacles falling on your character and you have to survive as long as you can without getting hit. Well, Volcano Tower [Free] is one of those games in a platformer dressing. The game has a very Tiki type of theme with masks, angry-faced blocks and overall Pacific Islander-style aesthetics present. This makes the game stand out a bit from other offerings on mobile in terms of its looks. However, Volcano Tower doesn't have much going on besides that. It is a game that does have that addictive quality the first half hour or so you play it, but gets very repetitive afterwards. ..

Although indie developer Dark-1 calls their game a music-based rhythm title, in reality it is more of a hardcore maze-platformer hybrid with some rhythm thrown in for good measure. The music is really there to add to its intensity and challenge. Odium To the Core [$2.99] is challenging to say the least, and it may surprise some of you given how easy it is to control. This is one of the more intense and interesting games to hit the App Store recently. ..

If you've been living under a rock, PUBG Mobile is a real thing and it is pretty damn awesome on iOS and Android. The team has been updating it with some great features and new content on a regular basis. Hot on the heels of the big 0.5.0 update, PUBG Mobile [Free] hits a big milestone on mobile. Tencent and PUBG Corp. have revealed that the game is now at 10 million daily active users worldwide. This does not include China as the release on iOS and Android is different in China. This milestone is less than 2 months after the game debuted worldwide...

'Guildlings,' the Next Game from the Creator of 'Threes!', Gets a Teaser Trailer

We've been covering Guildlings for a long time now. Over the last year or so, we've been getting small teases through newsletters and reveals for what exactly Guildlings is ahead of its launch. Sirvo's upcoming game is set to release this Summer on iOS and Android and today, we finally get a teaser trailer for it. The trailer shows off a small bit of what you actually do in the game ranging from some combat and dialogue. Watch the trailer below:..

If you're a fan of Marvel Strike Force [Free], you've undoubtedly noticed that it keeps things mostly within the Marvel Cinematic Universe in terms of character selection. That is to say that the heroes and villains are primarily inspired by the ones you see on TV and in movies and not as much by the comics. Still, the presence of Wolverine means they aren't limited to just Marvel Studios fare, and the arrival of Deadpool and Cable just in time for Deadpool 2 could kick down the doors for more just as assuredly as the Merc with a Mouth kicks down the fourth wall...

'Bombarika' Review - A Truly Bombastic Puzzle Experience

The App Store and mobile gaming as a whole is no stranger to puzzle games. These games can range from the weird to the bizarre with many different variants falling under this genre. The touchscreen naturally works well for these types of games for a variety of reasons, but one major reason for this is that many puzzle games are not filled with a lot of on-screen clutter or virtual buttons and just require a tap or drag of the finger for input...

We're staring down the barrel of a nice shake up of the meta game this week. Some of the most important cards of some of the strongest decks have been singled out. What I like about the changes is that the cards have so much innate value that I think they will still see action. Another thing I like about card changes is that sweet dust return! Hearthstone's[Free] Year of the Raven is going to be a great one if we continue to see balance passes like the one we have highlighted below...

It seems almost greedy to want more characters in Power Rangers Legacy Wars [Free] considering that it already features dozens of Power Rangers from the TV series and movies, not to mention their villains. Then again, when you consider it's already sort of a fighting game mashup because it's bringing different seasons together with the films, it is really that much of a stretch to invite new challengers from the likes of, say, Street Fighter to do battle?..

Almost There [Free] is a very interesting platformer in the sense that it is designed to be played with one hand. I was playing the game on a regular 9.7”-sized iPad and it was a bit awkward at times, but if you play it on an iPhone you may have an easier time with the controls as they are designed to be played in the portrait orientation. The game supports both standard or right-handed players and left-handed people via a mode you can switch on in settings. To reach the end of the course, you have to hit this ball of light (sphere or orb)...

GAMEVIL and Slightly Mad Studios Team up to Develop a 'Project CARS' Racing Game for Mobile Platforms

It looks like another big IP is making the jump to mobile with GAMEVIL announcing their first mobile racing game. Slightly Mad Studios are the developers of the Project CARS racing games on consoles and PC platforms. Their most recent release was Project CARS 2 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. They have teamed up with GAMEVIL to develop a mobile game based on the IP. If you aren't familiar with Project CARS, watch the original game's launch trailer below:..

Fortnite [Free] 4.2 downtime has now begun and the big patch is now live on iOS. The downtime usually lasts an hour before servers come back up. The focus on patch 4.2 is HUD customization on iOS for me. This is something many people have asked for and Epic Games has finally added it in. They also claim that this is the initial 1.0 release for customization and that it will improve and evolve over time. The other big addition is apples that can now be foraged around trees as an uncommon item for a small health recovery...

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