Category Archives: $6.99

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...

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...




Last year Rockstar Games broke from their yearly tradition of releasing a new mobile game, but that doesn't mean that they've stopped caring about their existing library on the App Store. Ever since nabbing an iPhone X when they released last November, I've been wanting all of my favorite games to be updated to take advantage of the beautiful full screen of the device, and that includes all of Rockstar's offerings. Well it took almost six months but at least one of Rockstar's mobile titles, and arguably their most popular one, has just been updated for the iPhone X. That game is none other than Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas [$6.99], the largest and most robust of that original trilogy of open-world 3D crime games. ..

'Evoland 2' Review: Let's do the Timewarp Again

Shiro Games isn't the type of game company to release tons of games that are broad reaching and cover many genres. This is kind of weird because in order to be proficient at making a game like Evoland 2[$6.99], they have the chops to make a LOT of games. Unlike the original Evoland, the sequel fully explores several genres and manages a voice and a character all it's own. While the first Evoland really never fully pushed past the big names that it pays homage to, Evoland 2 will draw you in and make you forget at times that it is in many ways an almanac of gaming nostalgia. Evoland 2 just recently released on iOS as a port from the PC version, and it is a really great way to play this enchanting game...

Cooperative singleplayer puzzling is what Death Squared [$2.99] provides in its iOS release. It's not perfect, and has a few annoying factors and humor that doesn't really break a lot of boundaries, but it provides some fun puzzles to solve and a game design that works perfectly for either playing solo or with a friend on the same device. I've played Death Squared in some early builds in the past couple of years, so I was curious to see how it would come to iOS, since what I played was very much driven by cooperation with another player. However, the final release makes the story mode something that a single player can play by themselves. The puzzles don't require a lot of simultaneous movement, they just requre that players be able to mentally deal with two different characters...

Mojang released Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] on the App Store back in August 2011, and initially the game didn't feature many things to do besides very simple crafting and survival compared to its desktop counterpart. This led to our underwhelmed feelings in our original review of the game from November 2011. Despite that, Minecraft: Pocket Edition became the number one paid game for quite some time on the App Store, and it continues to hover near the top to this day. Mojang has released many updates to Minecraft: Pocket Edition since its original release, completely transforming it, which led us to re-review the game in October of 2015, giving it its rightful 5 stars. And even since then Minecraft: Pocket Edition has continued to receive significant updates, adding in the Minecraft Marketplace this past June and then the ginormous "Better Together" update just last month. Mojang rebranded Minecraft: Pocket Edition to simply "Minecraft" and introduced many features that may make you want to reinstall the game on your iOS or Android device. Rather than try to re-review the game yet again, we've put together a short list of some of the most significant new features that may make you want to revisit the mobile Minecraft if you had given the lesser versions a try previously...

Released back in 2014, BattleLore: Command [$6.99] brought Fantasy Flight's board game BattleLore Second Edition to digital life. The tabletop game is fun and one of the better two-player unit-based warfare games out there. The iOS version features the same tactical warfare found on your tabletop and of course offers the opportunity to take on the AI in a single-player campaign or another human being via online multiplayer. A just-released version updates the game to make it 64-bit compliant, thus saving it from the digital dust bin of history. Fantasy Flight is working through their iOS hits, having updated Elder Signs: Omens [$3.99] earlier this year...

How time flies. We've been having MineCons, the official convention of Minecraft [$6.99], since 2010, and the convention has been growing year by year. However, as Mojang and Microsoft announced today, MineCon has become something that doesn't really represent the Minecraft community anymore, so it will be changing quite dramatically. As the developers pointed out, Minecraft is about inclusivity and creativity, but MineCon had become expensive and exclusive, since only a tiny portion of the community could attend. The new MineCon will consist of two main events, MineCon Earth and official Minecraft community events...

Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] had a marketplace for skin packs and more content launch in the discovery update in the form of the Minecraft Marketplace. This is a store where you can buy skin packs, maps, texture packs, and more. Everything requires an Xbox Live account (which you probably have if you play Minecraft: Pocket Edition) and Minecraft Coins. These coins are available through IAPs. Initially content sold will be limited to partners, and a new batch of content from Minecraft Partners has been made available. ..

ReplayKit is Apple's system level solution for streaming and recording the action that happens on your iOS device, and is there any game that's more well-suited for the sharing of antics than Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas [$6.99]? The answer is "no" or at the very least, "probably not." If you feel that way too then today has brought some good news as GTA: San Andreas has just received a new update that adds in ReplayKit support for iPhone 6S and later devices as well as 64-bit support to bring the game compliant for Apple's upcoming 32-bit Appocalypse. ..

Minecraft mash-up packs have been some of the neatest new additions to the game on all platforms, and seeing some big franchises collaborate with the iconic crafting title has gone some way to keeping the gameplay fresh amidst numerous other activities competing for your time. The Super Mario series came out in force in the recently released Nintendo Switch edition of Minecraft, and on Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] we've had Magic: The Gathering and even the Fallout series make their respective debuts in Mojang's blocky world builder. Today, the developers have announced that the cult classic cartoon Adventure Time will soon receive a mash-up pack in the console and mobile versions of the game, as you explore the Land of Ooo with the colorful and quirky characters from the series...

I'm just going to come out and say it: Wayward Souls [$6.99] is my favorite iOS game. Yes, we picked it as our Game of the Year back in 2014, and yes we awarded it 5 stars in our original review, and yes it's been critically acclaimed by tons and tons of gamers since its release, so maybe that statement isn't all that surprising. However, there are SO many fantastic games on mobile that it makes it hard to boil it all down to just one favorite, but I think I've finally decided that Wayward Souls deserves that honor. I mean, just writing about it or even thinking about it makes me want to instantly start playing, which I will be doing just as soon as I'm done with this post, by the way. ..

Were you aware that there's currnently a Final Fantasy VI [$14.99] event taking place in Final Fantasy Brave Exvius [Free], Square Enix's popular social RPG? Well, even if you don't play that game and are not aware of the event, you can benefit from it if you don't already own the iOS version of the full Final Fantasy VI port. In celebration of said event, Square Enix has dropped the price of Final Fantasy VI down to $6.99 from its normal price of $14.99. The game has been on sale plenty of times before, but this is in fact the lowest it has ever been, and while 7 bucks is still considered high in the world of mobile games, your money is getting you one of the all-time classic RPGs with dozens of hours of gameplay. ..

Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] continues to offer more skins and texture packs to players, and this time around we are getting the Chinese Mythology Mash-Up Pack. This new pack brings along many new skins steeped in Chinese history and mythology and also a whole new texture pack that turns your map into one filled with demons, dragons, and Chinese-themed patterns. In other words, for $5.99 you can turn your Minecraft worlds into mythological places of wonder (or you can just have more variety). The update also brings new music to the game by composer Gareth Coker. If you're interested in how game music is composed, you can check this blog post on how Coker went about composing the new Minecraft music...

If you're a Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] player, I've got some fantastic news for you today. As you know, the next Minecraft PE update is called the Discovery Update, and part of that update is a completely new feature coming to the came called the Minecraft Marketplace, and I'm personally very excited about it. The Minecraft Marketplace is going to be a huge new addition to the in-game Store and is going to give you the opportunity to purchase and download tons of very cool community creations. And we're not talking about just more skins here; as you can see from the screenshot below, the Minecraft Marketplace will offer whole adventure maps and mini maps you can download as well as texture packs. For instance, Relics of the Privateers will give you a pirate map in which you'll have to battle invading pirates and will even include new mobs...

A few days ago, we wrote that the digital port of the popular board game Tokaido [$1.99] was almost upon us, and today the game is finally available. Tokaido has you traveling along the East Sea Road connecting Kyoto to Edo, stopping at the various stations along the way to buy souvenirs, taste the local cuisine, and meet interesting people. There's a lot of emphasis on the joy of traveling and the experience of learning as you go along, which is a nice break from war-oriented board games. You'll have to be quite strategic during your travels because the order of play goes from the one who's farthest from the destination to the one who's closer; in other words, you won't just be traveling as fast as possible along the road...

We knew that Villager Trading was coming to Minecraft Pocket Edition [$6.99], and today it's finally here. Update 1.0.4 has gone live, and now you can trade to your heart's content. Why should you care about Villager trading? Well, it offers a great way of getting your hands on all kinds of resources without having to go digging or killing for them. There are villagers with different professions, so don't expect to get the same things from all of them. You can go here to find a list with all the trading possibilities. In addition to village trading, update 1.0.4 has added the Strangers Skin Pack, the ability to modify the UI, music, and sounds using Add-Ons, a new Add-On format that will ensure all of your Add-Ons are kept updated, and more...

Things have been quiet on the Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] front after the huge update a few months back, and no hints are coming out of Mojang and Microsoft on what the future holds for this great game. We did get a patch today, though, but no new mechanics or features were added; instead, what we did get is another texture pack, and this one is pretty sweet. The Candy Texture Pack pours some sugar on the game, turning mobs into Jelly Creepers, Starlight Mint Skeletons, Velvet Cake Cows, and more. As you can see from the screenshot below, the game looks fun and colorful with this new texture pack...

Announced this past November, and slightly delayed last month, the iOS port of award-winning murder mystery board game Mysterium [$4.99] is now available in the App Store. Mysterium is a cooperative board game that has one player playing the ghost of a murder victim who uses various types of cards to give clues to the other players–who are paranormal psychics by the way–as to who, where, and how they were murdered. It's up to those other players to use those clues to ultimately solve the mystery of the murder...

After many years in development, Minecraft Pocket Edition [$6.99] has finally hit the 1.0 milestone, and this update is a huge one. 1.0, or the Ender Update, is bringing everything from The End - End cities, End ships, Ender Dragon - Ender Pearls, Eye of Ender, Ender Chest, Dragon head, shulkers and shulker shells, chorus fruit and popped chorus fruit, end stone and end stone brick, purplur block, pillar, slabs and stairs, dragon egg, ability to craft lingering potions in survival, igloos and polar bears, strongholds, as well as support for world templates. You can check all the new additions here...

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