Category Archives: iPhone games

'Disjoint' Is a Clever Puzzle Adventure With a Cute Story, and Is Looking for Beta Testers on Our Forums

It goes without saying that anyone writing about mobile games will see an obscene number of puzzle titles every day. While I'm generally a sucker for anything that looks like it can kill a few minutes on the daily commute, the majority of such titles differentiate themselves with subtle spins on a core mechanic, or some flashy or understated graphical design. I wouldn't exactly call this 'stagnation', it's evident that a formula for puzzle games exists on the App Store, and as the old saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. This is why the upcoming Disjoint surprised me greatly from the very first sentence of its forum thread - being touted as a story-rich puzzle game is one hell of a claim, and the adorable tale of a man and his pig adventuring around a Super Mario World-esque overworld map is an extremely appealing concept. For an early glimpse of this intriguing puzzle romp, sign up for the Disjoint beta test on our forum thread...

'The Thief of Wishes' Is an Adorable Interactive Fairy Tale With Multiple Endings, Launching This Autumn

After spending the weekend watching classic Pixar films and reminiscing over my slowly fading youth, as well as going to see the brilliant 2017 adaptation of Stephen King's horror classic It, a cute, cartoony fairy tale story combined with creepy overtones is exactly what I need right now. Thankfully, All Blue Studio's upcoming interactive fairy tale game The Thief of Wishes manages to scratch this extremely specific itch, with protagonist Catharine travelling between reality and a nefarious nightmare realm to save her town. The sneak glimpse of the artwork that the developer has provided in the game's launch trailer conveys the duality at the heart of The Thief of Wishes excellently, and hopefully the story can stand up to this strong aesthetic design shine the title releases later in Autumn...




Kevin Hart continues to be pretty funny in both his movies and stand up, and now he's helping promote Gold Ambush [Free], the game that combines tower defense with maze running. In the just-released trailer, Hart first gives a shout-out to your favorite gaming website and then proceeds to explain why you should be playing Gold Ambush. Gold Ambush has been out for a bit, although it was technically in soft launch until today (even though it was available in the US). Now, Kevin Hart has joined the game, with himself and his family members becoming playable heroes...

Telltale continues to spout out episodes for its many series, and soon it will be time for another Minecraft Story Mode Season 2 [$4.99] episode to drop on our devices. Episode 3 of Telltale's take on Minecraft is coming out September 19th, and it looks like it's going to be a fun one judging from the trailer. Spoilers from here on, so proceed with caution. Episode 2 ended not with glory, despite Jesse and the gang succeeding in taking down the Ice Tower clock, but rather in literal hard times, with Jesse and the rest getting "transported" to what looks like a maximum security prison. It seems like the Admin wants to continue playing with Jesse and the gang like a scientist does with rats in a complex and confusing maze...

If you are a Hearthstone [Free] player, you can now proudly display your love for the game as an official phone case. Specifically, FabZat is now offering official, high-quality (or so they say) 3D-Printed phone cases based on some of the game's most memorable cards and card backs. While the selection isn't as extensive as I would like it to be, it does contain some gems. There's the amazing Dr. Boom (I miss that card), Aya Blackpaw, Deathwing, Grommash Hellscream, Patches the Pirate, Reno Jackson, Ragnaros the Firelord, Leeroy Jenkins, and Azure Drake. On the card back side, there's Ice Crown, Pirates, Fireside, Love is in the air, and more. The store will be adding more cards based on player demand and new content...

The latest SEGA Forever release is upon us, and like many of the releases so far this one was already released on iOS several years ago before being pulled due to compatibility issues. Space Harrier 2 [Free] is a game of some historical significance as it was one of just two launch titles for the SEGA Genesis's debut in Japan, but it's also a firm reminder that the SEGA Forever celebration of the company's history remains steadily focused on one particular period of it. The emulation is solid enough and it's a decent game that is well-suited to touch controls, so nostalgic SEGA fans could do a lot worse than throwing a couple of bucks at it. Any appeal beyond that group might be a tough sell, however...

'Ghoulboy' Is a Spooky Side-Scrolling Arcade Action Game, Coming Soon to the App Store

Today marks the first time an official 2D Metroid game has been released in over thirteen years. While you may be wondering the significance of such a milestone for mobile gaming, the fact that half of the Metroidvania genre label has been essentially defunct for so long - and we frequently use the term to describe many exciting exploratory iOS titles - means it's certainly something worth celebrating. While the upcoming Ghoulboy may be leaning more towards the 'vania' half of the descriptor, its undeniable retro charm combined with some nifty new platforming mechanics have lit an action gaming switch inside my brain, and there is a lot of potential for the title to make its own mark on the classic genre...

As iOS 11 looms and the deadline for 32-bit apps is upon us, it's been interesting watching long-dormant apps finally get updated after years of inactivity. Still, some big names remain unaccounted for, while others have promised updates on a nebulous schedule. One game that had many iOS gamers worried was Square Enix's Final Fantasy Tactics [$13.99 / $15.99 (HD)], the only iOS Final Fantasy game that wasn't yet 64-bit compatible. Fortunately, about a month ago Square made it known that the game would be updated sometime in September. Dates have a way of slipping, but this one didn't. Final Fantasy Tactics has at long last been updated and will happily make a home on your spiffy new iOS 11 devices...

RPG Reload Glossary: An Inability to Count to Three, or Action-RPGs in the Late 00s

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where spin-offs are never out of season. This week, we're continuing our look at the history of the action-RPG sub-genre. Last time, we checked in on the early 00s, a period where Diablo's massive success spawned a number of imitators and Square Enix hooked up with Disney to make some real money with a fantasy cross-over. Steam was just beginning what would eventually be a near takeover of the PC market, while Nintendo was about to lob a couple of Hail Mary passes that may have saved the company. Oh, and Apple was only a year or two away from launching the product that would come to define them in the new millennium. Somehow, the action-RPG genre was still a slippery one, but developers had more or less figured out that to be a big success with them, you had to make them easy to play...

As we wrote about a few weeks back, Mojang has decided to transform its annual Minecraft [$6.99] convention into MineCon Earth, a brand new format aimed at getting more members of the community involved and at being more inclusive. Today, Mojang revealed more details about the event. This new MineCon Earth will take place at November 18th, with the developers broadcasting a 90-minute show that you can either watch along or with friends in what Mojang is calling Viewing Parties. Mojang announced the locations for some Viewing Parties (they'll take place at Microsoft Stores across the US) and will be adding more as the day draws nearer. These Parties will be more than just places to watch the stream; they will also host competitions, giveaways, and more, and they will all be free to attend, which is part of how Mojang is hoping to make MineCon a more accessible event than it was in previous years...

The lovely adventure game Journey Down [$4.99] has had a very long journey, but we are almost at the end. The first chapter came out around 2012 and the second one in 2014, so quite the gap between the two. Three years after the second chapter, the third and final chapter of the game is only a week away, and I'm glad to finally be able to see the conclusion of the lovely story. We've already talked about the game releasing on September 21st, but I wanted to make sure those who've been anxiously waiting for all these years got ready to finally finish the story. The Journey Down is a classic point-and-tap adventure game that has an excellent atmosphere and an Afro-Caribbean vibe you don't often see in other adventure games. The game is worth playing just for the lore that it explores. But it has more than just an interesting tradition to stand on; it's also gorgeous, with many hand-painted environments that really stand out, especially on an iPad screen. Add to that a fun jazzy-reggae soundtrack and fully voiced cast, and it's easy to see why people really enjoy The Journey Down...

A few days ago, Blizzard announced the upcoming Hearthstone [Free] nerfs that the developers hope will tame the meta a bit and bring a semblance of balance that will encourage more interesting decks and, at the very least, the inclusion of newer cards over basic ones. Now we know when the nerfs will occur: September 18th. What nerfs are we getting? The first victim of the nerf hammer is Innervate, the card that I've seen way too many times in my time with Hearthstone and would be happy never to see again (or at most see in very specific decks). Innervate gives you 1 Mana Crystal this turn, down from the original 2. Fiery War Axe's cost is going up from 2 to 3, a change that has been met with despair from Warrior players who feel this nerf will cripple the whole class. Hex will now cost 4 mana instead of 3, Murloc Warleader will not give +1 Health anymore but only +2 Attack, and Spreading Plague will cost 6 mana, up from 5...

With the Europa League - Europe's premier football (or soccer for US readers) competition - kicking off tonight, it's fitting that fans of The Beautiful Game will want a mobile pastime in the excruciating wait until kick-off. Thankfully, Miniclip are here with yet another sport-focused free-to-play release in the form of Football Strike [Free]. As the name heavily implies, Football Strike is all about shooting those devastating long-distance strikes into the back of the net. With an abundance of modes allowing free kicks, target practice or classic penalty shoot-outs, Football Strike's PvP multiplayer action looks particularly appealing for soccer fans, and has made its first team debut on the App Store today as a free download...

'Danmaku Unlimited 3' Review - The Depths of Bullet Hell

The 32-bit Appocalypse is upon us, friends, and some genres are going to get hit worse than others. By the looks of things, shoot-em-up fans are going to have plenty to be upset about. Just about every fantastic Cave shoot-em-up is headed for the scrap heap, and if the company plans to update them, they haven't said anything about it. It's a real loss, not just because they were relatively pricey by App Store standards, but also because they represent some of the finest the bullet hell sub-genre has to offer. You know what, though? I think we're going to be okay, because as long as there are developers like Doragon Entertainment out there putting out games like Danmaku Unlimited 3 [$4.99], we're still eating well on iOS...

Clever Co-Op Puzzler 'Our Ways' Will Be Looking for Love on the App Store on October 11th

While the benefits of a relationship sure are plentiful, their very nature necessitates a huge deal of challenge and commitment, and it doesn't take long to stumble upon some convoluted horror stories around the internet. Thankfully, Our Ways has all the qualities of a relationship but is, well, actually fun. Through controlling two separate lovestruck circles with different sides of the screen, you must use your reactions and delicate controls to unite the protagonists in temporary bliss - at least until the next level. It's an ingenious concept that has repeatedly impressed us on previous glimpses in the past, and today the developers have announced that Our Ways will be launching as a $1.99 premium release on October 11th, as well as sharing an official trailer that gives a nice impression of the adorable concept of the title...

Is single-player mobile gaming about to change forever? If the latest advances in chatbot technology and mobile phones are anything to go by, we might be in for some dramatic changes in the near future. The new face scanning capabilities of the iPhone X and the gaming abilities of artificial intelligence chatbots like Zo are opening the door to new solitary-yet-social gaming experiences that might transform the way we game on our mobile devices...

If you like playing CSR Racing 2 [Free] or you just like the fancy Ferraris, you are in luck. In celebration of the Italian manufacturer's 70th anniversary, CSR2 is getting six tailor-made Ferraris, apparently the only mobile game to be part of Ferrari's 70th anniversary celebration. Specifically, starting today, players can get behind the wheel of cars like the 70th anniversary Ferrari 488 GTB, inspired by Michael Schumacher's F2003-GA Formula 1 card. The event, which starts today and will last until February, will also include cars like the Ferrari California T, inspired by the 1957 250 Testa Rossa Spider Scaglietti, a really good-looking car if you've ever seen it. These six Ferraris have been reproduced in great detail both inside and outside, and they should be a treat for those who like the (usually red) supercars...

Sega is continuing on with their Sega Forever initiative, which they announced this past June and sees classic titles from their entire console history coming to mobile in free to play form. The initiative got off to a rocky start both due to underwhelming titles being released and the emulation performance of those titles being less than stellar. To their credit Sega has worked hard since to release new Sega Forever games with an improved emulator and they've promised to roll those improvements out to the existing line of games via updates. Today a bunch of Sega Forever titles received those promised improvements: Altered Beast [Free], Kid Chameleon [Free], Comix Zone [Free], and The Revenge of Shinobi [Free]. ..

iOS 11 and ARKit are almost upon us, and even though Apple didn't go into it too much during yesterday's presentation, Augmented Reality has the potential to add some very fun and new features to iOS gaming. Games are already jumping on the AR bandwagon, and the mobile strategy game Gladiator Heroes [Free] will be among the first to add AR features. Specifically, Gladiator Heroes will receive an update on September 19th, the day iOS 11 and ARKit launch. The new update will let players enjoy gladiatorial combat in "real life," which actually looks quite fun and is definitely going to be a great thing to show to people who still don't have a good grasp of what AR can do...

Ironhide Game Studios is most well-known for their excellent Kingdom Rush trilogy of tower defense games, but back in February of last year they announced a new game that would be tackling a different genre: real-time strategy. We didn't hear much news after that initial announcement until this past January when some beta footage was released, giving us a glimpse of the game in action. Then in March during GDC we went hands-on with an in-progress version of the game and thought it was shaping up quite nicely. Now, after much impatient waiting on my part, that game, Iron Marines [$4.99], has just hit the App Store a day ahead of its scheduled release date. I don't think anyone will be complaining about getting to play this one early! Check out the official trailer for Iron Marines...

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