Category Archives: iPhone games

Summoners War [Free] continues to be a very popular game, and the latest update should help make it even more fun to play. The update adds the World Arena, a new mode that allows players from across the world to compete in the game's PvP Arena, which is a recipe for loads of fun. And in an attempt to make the new Arena more fun, the developers have improved the game's matchmaking and the Victory Points system. The matchmaking should feel fairer now, and the new Victory Points system will reward you more if you take out higher-ranked players. Sounds great in theory, but we'll see whether the new system works as planned...

Today we got to see some new Hearthstone [Free] Journey to Un'Goro cards, and they are intriguing to say the least. During the livestream, Senior Designer Peter Whalen and Day9 showed off 16 cards, although some of them are actually tokens instead of cards you can play. And there are definitely some new ideas and new mechanics in this new set, most of which look really exciting. We got to see a silly 2-mana Warrior card called Explore Un'Goro that replaces your deck with copies of Discover a card; think of this one as having a whole deck full of Raven Idols. Don't expect this card to be competitive, but it will definitely be a very entertaining one to play...




I must have played billiards a hundred times as a kid before I truly understood what it was about. The mathematical calculations that go into each shot, the finesse and nuance involved, it blew past me while I was hitting a fun looking ball with a stick. Like a lot of sports the finer points were actually taught to me by way of video games, which highlighted the trajectory of the cue and where it would bank. It was an enlightening experience for sure, and one that I would apply to countless amounts of real life and digital games over the course of my lifetime.Incidence [$1.99] might look artsy, but at its heart it's basically a fancy version of pool or mini golf...

My big beef with Capcom, as a mobile fan, is that I never really know what level of effort to expect from them. I consider them responsible for some of the finest ports to iOS (Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies) and some of the worst (Mega Man Mobile, Mega Man X). Since the games they choose to port are selected from their excellent library of classics, it's hard not to get excited when they announce something new is coming. But somewhere in the back of my brain, I worry that we're going to end up with another unreasonably poor effort. Such was the case when Capcom recently announced that they would be bringing four of their arcade classics to the platform. Well, the first one is here, and I'm happy to say that we got the good Capcom this time. While it's not perfect, 1942 Mobile [$1.99] is a very good re-creation of Capcom's classic vertical shoot-em-up, with all that implies...

March 17th is here, which means we are about to get more card reveals from Hearthstone's [Free] upcoming Journey to Un'Goro expansion. At 11am PST, (which is half an hour after this story goes out) Senior Designer Peter Whalen and Sean "Day9" Plott will be livestreaming their journey to Un'Goro. During this journey, expect to see giant dinosaurs, crackling elementals, lethal flora, and, of course, all-new cards from the upcoming expansion. It's about time we got to see more expansion cards because up to now, we've been guessing at what the expansion's effects could be on the meta and on the game in general. Hopefully, we'll start getting a much better grasp of what kinds of cards are coming down the pipeline...

If you've been playing Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes [Free] for any length of time, you surely know the pain of a terrible 20-orb draw. You end up with a bunch of heroes you have no use for, and there's nothing to do with them but send them home for a meager amount of Hero Feathers. To address that problem, Nintendo has added a new system to the game called Skill Inheritance, which allows you sacrifice a unit to teach its skills to another unit. There are only a few restrictions, so you can theoretically create some very powerful units if you have the right stock to work from...

RPG Reload Glossary - What is a Social RPG?

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where I sometimes have to throw dinner together from scraps of leftovers. While I had planned to do a developer interview this week, my day job has become rather busy all of a sudden. Because of that, I haven't been able to conduct the interview as I had originally hoped. I gave some thought to the idea of taking a week off, but we haven't missed a Reload in three and a half years and I don't plan on changing that. Ultimately, I settled on an early debut for an idea I had been planning: the RPG Reload Glossary. The Glossary is a place where I can define things and go into their histories a little so that you, the reader, know where I'm coming from. I'll be doing a Glossary entry every month or two as long as I can come up with ideas for it, so if you have anything you want explored, let me know in the comments...

Just like in the recent past, Blizzard is once more running a Choose Your Champion event, but this time is for the Hearthstone [Free] Championship Tour Winter Championship. The way this works is you pick one of the sixteen players competing, and you get a free Gadgetzan card pack every time they progress in the tournament. If the player you pick manages to go all the way, you'll get four free packs, but even if he loses from the first round, you'll still get one free pack. Last time this event happened, a large majority of players voted for Thijs, but he promptly lost in the first round...

I don't think it's a secret that ever since FIFA decided to move away from making a game about playing the actual sport, football (soccer) games on the App Store have been few and far between. Active Soccer 2 DX is definitely a pretty good one, and now we have Dream League Soccer 2017 [Free], which looks like a pretty good soccer game in the few minutes I messed with it. I didn't see a gazillion menus like in other games that shall not be named, and the actual gameplay is pretty good; the animations are smooth, the player movement is good—if a little on the slow side—and overall it looks enjoyable enough...

Last week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl was the Heroic one, which made many of you stay pretty far away from that fourth button. This week's Brawl is very different both in terms of gameplay but also in terms of rewards. First of all, this week's Brawl is a slightly-different version of an older Brawl, Encounter at the Crossroads; the twist is that you get a Party Crasher minion every time you're the active player. This 3/5 Taunt minion is not under your control and attacks face every turn. Since your opponent will be getting a Party Crasher every single turn, you'll have to take care of those minions as soon as you can; otherwise, they'll get out of control quickly...

Titan Brawl [Free], the one-lane, fast MOBA, has been doing well since it came out, and now it's adding a very fun new feature that should give players a new way to enjoy the game. As part of its big 2.0 update, which has added a new progression system and better rewards, the game is getting Boss Raids. The way it works is Clans can challenge humongous creatures with infinite power and try to put as much hurt on them as possible within a specific time frame. Every time the Clan defeats a Boss, they receive rewards and a stronger, more challenging Boss appears in its place ready to take everyone down...

It's starting to look like Nintendo is looking at a monthly schedule for new features for their hit free-to-play title Fire Emblem Heroes [Free]. We got a bunch of new characters and stories around the beginning of March, along with some new features like the Voting Gauntlet and improved experience point gains. You can argue about whether or not those things were big improvements or not, but it at least shows the developer's commitment to working on the game on an on-going basis. For April, Nintendo is looking to add a couple more new things to the game, largely in response to player feedback...

This is one of the best ideas I've heard in a while. The developers of the lovely Burly Men at Sea [$4.99]  (which also has one of the best titles ever) have turned every possible playthrough in the game into a gorgeous hardcover book that you can now get your hands on. Every possible story in the game has a number assigned to it, and if you go here and enter that number, you'll see the actual print book that retells your story. It's really a great idea that plays with different formats and platforms in a very clever way, and, personally, I think it's a fantastic one. I could see other choose-your-own-adventure style games doing something similar...

Pang was one of my favorite arcade games growing up, and I was glad to see the recent Pang Adventures [$3.99] port play as well as it does. Shaun enjoyed it in his review and felt that the game is well-suited for mobile. Now, you can grab the game for just $1.99, its lowest price since release, and if you're one of those who enjoy retro gaming or just want a fun, well-made arcade game to play, you should definitely pick it up. The game has you popping bouncing balls into smaller ones until they disappear, and even though the principle is pretty simple, it's actually great fun and has tons of puzzle-looking levels that you have to beat...

Hearthstone's [Free] latest expansion, Journey to Un'Goro, is getting closer by the day, so Blizzard has been trying to get us into the mood. First there was the expedition journal, and today we got the first episode of a new short series called Wonders of Un'Goro, starring the hilarious Danny Pudi. Pudi plays Professor George Herbert Doyle IV, a renowned explorer daring to traverse Un'Goro. He and Eddie, his talkative aide, are looking for a very rare specimen, Galvadon. As you'd expect, Pudi is completely unprepared for what Un'Goro has in store for all explorers...

I've been an advocate of the archery-based castle defense game Warcher Defenders [$0.99] from Ogre Pixel for quite some time now. Its trailer caught my attention in May of last year just a few weeks ahead of its release, and I even thought highly enough of the game to include it in our list of Hidden Gems of 2016. While it's been a while since the game came out, Ogre Pixel has been working hard on a pretty major update to Warcher Defenders and it's finally in its final stages and targeting a release next month. Probably the most major change in this update is the ability to hire mercenaries to fight alongside you as you defend against all manner of evil enemies. You can catch a glimpse of the mercenaries in this new trailer for Warcher Defenders...

March is going to be a pretty month for Clash Royale [Free] from the looks of it. The game has received a new update today that adds quite a few things while also preparing the ground for much more that will be rolling out during this month. This update adds Arena 11, a new Legendary Arena that unlocks at 3800 Trophies. Arena 10 is now called Hog Mountain instead of Legendary Arena. Legendary cards will still appear in your shop at 3000 Trophies, which is a good thing. The update is also adding Leagues, a fun new way to play the game. You'll enter the first League at 4000 Trophies, and you can climb through 9 Leagues. At the end of each month, you'll receive a reward based on the highest League you reached. The reward for Leagues is a very fun new Chest called the Draft Chest; this one offers multiple card choices, and you get to choose your own reward...

The Sandbox Evolution [Free] is a great tool for creative types, and it's been updating constantly ever since it appeared on the App Store. A few weeks back, it got a Pac-Man update, which—unsurprisingly—allows players to create and play their own Pac-Man mazes. The upcoming update is going into a different direction by bringing Zombies to the game. As the developers described in our forums, the new update is all about Arnold and his mission to protect survivors, stay alive, and, of course, kill as many zombies as possible. The update will bring 5 new zombie-themed elements (Zombie, Stalker Zombie, Bloated Zombie, Zombie Virus, and Antidote Particle), 4 new weapons for Arnold, and much, much more...

This week, the App Store is celebrating all things indie gaming. While this means that a lot of landmark releases are slowly filtering out, including today's much anticipated Nimblebit simulator Bit City, it also signals the start of a tsunami of sales that are set to push your willpower and wallet to the limit. With some big, critically acclaimed names now only $0.99, as well as some more obscure titles receiving rare price deductions for the first time in years, there's almost certainly something for everyone in this awesome new Apple-led promotion. Here's a full list of the games on sale for this week in alphabetical order:..

Back in January a then-upcoming game called Edo Superstar [Free] caught my eye with its really nice art style and promise of beating the crap out of opponents as a martial arts expert monkey. What more is there in life to want beyond THAT? In early February, Edo Superstar dropped in the App Store, and while it got a pretty positive reaction from those who played it, it also seemed to fly a bit under the radar. Part of that might have been due to the game launching as iPhone-only, and although it still technically played on iPad in 2x mode it lacked true Universal support. Well, that's no longer an issue as Edo Superstar received an update today adding in Universal iPad support...

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