Category Archives: $6.99

Those who've been following my articles on Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] know what feature I've been patiently (and impatiently) waiting to see come to the game, and we are finally getting it in the upcoming 1.0 update, or The Ender Update. Yes, we are finally getting the original soundtrack, and I can't wait for it. It will be a separate download, so if you don't have the space you shouldn't worry about it. The iconic Minecraft music is for me one of the best parts of the game, and I'm very excited to finally have it in MCPE. The Ender Update is bringing much more than just the music, though. We are also getting The End, which makes the game a "complete loop" as the developers call it...

If you've been watching Westworld recently or just like your westerns, you should check out Colt Express [$3.99], the digital adaptation of the award-winning board game with the same name. Colt Express is a turn-based strategy game where you plot your actions using cards that have you move around a train, jump from wagon to wagon, take down other players, and, of course, collect the loot. You'll have to pick the right card at the right time to grab the most loot you can while not letting the other ladies and gents do the same. The game comes with an extensive story mode, where you follow 6 characters through 30 chapters. As you play through the single-player mode, you get to unlock game variants, a feature I like since it gives you more reasons to play the single-player part...




If you want your Minecraft Pocket Edition [$6.99] to look like a silly Saturday morning cartoon or as if you just had a breakdown and the whole world looks like a joke, then the latest texture pack is just the thing for you. Cartoon Textures, which was just added to the game, doesn't change the environment that much but it makes a huge difference on how people and mobs look. I mean look at the image below; you can't go much sillier than that. I can see this texture pack being great for those who like to stream multiplayer Minecraft because it will add a veneer of silliness on top of any shenanigans. The Texture Pack costs $2.99 and is available in the Store...

Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] has been a phenomenal hit on the App Store, and definitely a deserved success - with so many updates for the game since its initial 2014 launch, Mojang have changed a bare-bones port into a fully fledged and content rich experience that can stand tall with its console counterparts. The trend of continued support from the developers shows no signs of stopping, and today they have announced the big 1.0 update for Minecraft, which has some seriously major additions that will likely delight fans of the game, such as The End, and its notorious inhabitant The Ender Dragon...

'SteamWorld Heist' Review - Stealing Hearts and Minds Around the Galaxy

Last year, I was asked to participate in voting for some dedicated handheld Game of the Year awards. When it came time to submit my votes for the Nintendo 3DS, my list had many of the expected choices on it. There was Capcom's Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, and Atlus's Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker. But among these franchise games from some of the industry's biggest names, I had also included a download-only title from a relatively small developer. Moreover, I had put it at the top of my list. With exclamation points. And maybe some hearts. That game was SteamWorld Heist [$9.99], an outstanding strategy game from Swedish game studio Image & Form. The game has since released on a number of platforms, and its latest stop is on iOS...

If you enjoy tactical, turn-based shooters, start tapping that buy button because Steamworld Heist [$9.99] is a great one. Steamworld Heist has been on PC for a bit now, and I'm glad to see it finally make its way to the App Store. In the game you guide your crew of steampunk pirate robots and have them shoot it out with equally robotic adversaries. Although most of you who enjoy tactical games would probably buy it even if the game had nothing else to offer, there's another great twist to the formula; you can aim each of your weapons independently, making for some amazingly satisfying trick shots...

The PC game Party Hard by tinyBuild made quite a few waves when it was released because it's, well, a lot about killing people who annoy you. Now, you can play the mobile version, Party Hard Go [$6.99](any resemblance to Pokemon GO and Lara Craft GO is purely coincidental), which lets you take out people while on the move. What exactly is this game about? Think of it this way: have you ever had your neighbors partying so loudly that you were willing to do anything to have them stop? If yes, then you know how the character in this game feels. But instead of going the normal route and calling the police, you decide to take out the party-goers yourself. While the game has a pretty obvious satirical take on the idea of killing people at parties, I'm still a bit surprised Apple let it through...

After a slight misfire, Mojang has released Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] 0.16 update (although it's still making its way across the internet tubes on the iOS side). 0.16, or the Boss Update as it's also called, brings Add-Ons to the game, which can totally change the way the game plays. For instance, you can have creepers ride huge explosive chickens or turn creepers into tiny - yet even more destructive - mobs; the possibilities are endless. If you want to see more about how Add-Ons work and how they can change the game, check out this page that includes pre-made Add-Ons you can use. The other main feature is the ability to import and export Realms. For instance, you can take an offline world you've been playing in and share it with friends in a Realm or even download your Realm world so you can play with it offline...

Sorry everyone, we aren't getting the 0.16 Minecraft Pocket Edition [$6.99] update today after all. According to developer Tommaso Checchi's twitter account, they've messed up those adorable Creepers, so 0.16 is going back into the oven for a few days to get all the bugs baked out of it. A pity because I was really looking forward to getting my hands on all the new features. In case you've missed the news about 0.16, or the Boss Update as it is also called, we'll be getting bosses - the Elder Guardian and its Ocean Monuments, the Wither, and so on - as well as the first implementation of Add-Ons, which the developers call the first step towards even greater levels of customization of the game...

We've entered the spookiest time of the year, so Mojang has decided to cast a spooky spell over Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] with the release of Campfire Tales skin pack, guaranteed to make your next Realms meet-up a perfect opportunity to ponder your mortality. You can dress up as Rancid Anne, Ol' Diggy, the Sham, Crisp, the Enderall, Farlander, the Headless Haunter (my favorite one), the Lapis Lady, Lumbering Jack, and the Arisen Rose. Quite a fun selection of skins, but I do wish we got some more Halloween-related content, for instance a new texture pack...

We really liked the digital adaptation of the famous board game Splendor [$6.99] when it originally came out, although we did note the lack of online multiplayer as a factor that took away some of the port's shine. That is not an issue anymore, though, since the latest update has finally added online multiplayer, and it comes with plenty of features. The online multiplayer part is cross-platform (you'll need a Days of Wonder account to log in and play) and includes both ranked and unranked games from 2-4 players. You can even make private games by adding a password to your game...

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...

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...

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...

Reiner Knizia's Confrontation [$5.99 (HD)] is an entertaining board game by the famous German board game designer Reiner Knizia (in case you couldn't tell by the game's name), and it's about to get an expansion that should make it even more fun to play. If you haven't played the game before, the physical version of the game, which came out in 2002, was set in the Lord of the Rings universe, but the digital version did away with Frodo and his friends and, instead, went with the more generic Light vs Shadow theme. The most fun part of the game is that you can't see your opponent's units until you engage them in battle, which makes for fun strategic decisions...

We've seen a lot of licensed LEGO games in the 11 years since the series of action games from Traveler's Tales first kicked off. Batman, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, the Avengers, Indiana Jones, Jurassic World, and Pirates of the Caribbean have all had at least one game made chronicling their stories and characters. I'm not even going to touch what's going on in LEGO Dimensions, but I'm pretty sure we're only a few announcements away from a Taxi playset complete with Judd Hirsch and Andy Kaufman mini-figures. While it's undeniable that these games pay loving homage to their respective licenses (I can't doubt the purity of any developer who includes Howard the Duck in their Marvel game), it's equally undeniable that despite the wide differences between those licenses, the games are very similar in terms of gameplay. It makes sense. They found a winning formula, so why not just kludge whatever's popular into that framework? Players seem happy enough, bills are paid, it's smiles all around...

When Minecraft: Pocket Edition's [$6.99] Friendly Update hit yesterday, we got numerous new features. However, the biggest one is easily Minecraft Realms becoming available to mobile and Windows 10 users. If you don't know what Realms is, think of it as a paid multiplayer server hosting service provided by Mojang itself. The goal of this service when it was conceived a few years back was to take the hassle out of establishing your own server while at the same time offering a safe environment for people of all ages to play Minecraft together. With 0.15 update finally bringing Realms to iOS and Android, we've put together a guide to help you navigate this new feature and help you create or join a Realms server to enjoy Minecraft: Pocket Edition with friends...

Mojang is steadily working on Minecraft Pocket Edition 0.15 [$6.99] update, and it's almost ready to open up the Beta for Android testers. Hopefully, that means we are getting much closer to release, and I'm excited about that. If you haven't been following the 0.15 development, the biggest feature we are getting is Minecraft Realms, the Mojang-run Minecraft servers that take the hassle out of playing multiplayer with friends. This is one of my most anticipated features because it's been a while since I've played the game in multiplayer mode. Every time I've played MCPE on the TouchArcade Mobcrush channel, I always get requests to play multiplayer, so hopefully Realms will help us make that a reality...

'Castles of Mad King Ludwig' Review - Some Assembly Required

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May 27th, 2016 1:30 PM EST by Andrew Fretz in $6.99, 4 stars, Board, Reviews
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Castles of Mad King Ludwig[$6.99] is a curiously accurate description for the monstrous architectural nightmares that are created in the midst of playing this board game that is new to iOS. I have a lot of respect when you can capture so much of a game's essence in the title. If you are unfamiliar with the game, you owe it to yourself to get acquainted and prepare to toss feng shui out the window...

'Titan Quest' Review - It's A Win, But At What Cost

Ever since Gameloft's Dungeon Hunter series shifted gears towards a free-to-play model, one of the most frequent requests I've seen come up in the TouchArcade forums has been for a game that could fill the role of a paid substitute for Diablo. Unfortunately, most of the big publishers have little interest in making games like that, and the scope of something like Diablo is just a little beyond the means of most independent developers. We've seen a few attempts, but they usually end up being buggy, feeling incomplete in some regard, or dropping the ball in one of many other ways. Hopes were raised last year when a couple of familiar names from the PC scene were announced for iOS. In the case of one of those names, Torchlight, it was revealed that the game would be modified to fit a free-to-play model, so everything has come to rest on the other: DotEmu's iOS version of Titan Quest [$7.99]...

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