Category Archives: $6.99

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 [$6.99 (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 EDT 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]...

'Diablo'-like Hack 'N Slash RPG 'Titan Quest' Hits the App Store

We've been anxiously awaiting DotEmu's port of the hit 2006 PC hack 'n slash action RPG Titan Quest ever since it was first announced back at E3 in June of last year. And we're not alone as folks in our community have been dying to get their hands on it as well. Which makes me very happy to announce that as of just a few moments ago Titan Quest [$7.99] finally launched in the App Store. Rejoice!..

Minecraft: Pocket Edition's [$6.99] upcoming 0.15 update is promising to be a big one, especially for those who love playing the game with friends. As we wrote a couple of weeks ago, Mojang has opened Minecraft Realms - the Mojang-run Minecraft server service - to Android users for Alpha testing, and apparently that testing has been going pretty well. Today, Mojang announced that we are very close to a Beta version, so if you want to get the Android Realms alpha, today is your last chance. If you want to join the over 700,000 other users (what a number that is), you have to go here and sign up so you can play around until the alpha is shut down on Monday. I'm very much looking forward to Realms because I'd like to build and explore with other players...

I can't tell you how many times I had people ask me to get on a Minecraft server while streaming Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] on our Mobcrush channel. It's always been the number one request, and while I was all for doing some team building and exploring, I really didn't want to go through the hassle. Mojang and Microsoft are finally helping minimize that hassle by bringing Minecraft Realms to mobile starting with an alpha on Android today. If you don't know what Realms is, think of it as Mojang taking the hassle out of keeping your own server in return for about ten dollars a month (though price is always subject to change). That way, you don't have to deal with the technical side of keeping a server but, instead, you simply drop in a ready-made one...

Minecraft Pocket Edition [$6.99] developers have repeatedly said they aim for total parity between the various versions of the game. Today we got more evidence on how serious the developers are since they announced that MCPE will get command blocks, mods, and more as they work towards reaching feature parity as soon as possible. While those features won't be as powerful as on the PC for a while, according to developer Tommasso Checchi, they are hoping to make them just as powerful in the future. According to Jens Bergensten, lead developer on Minecraft in case you don't know, modding is a core element of the Minecraft community, so they definitely want to bring that feature to MCPE...

'7 Mages' Review - A Magnificent Ode To The Classics

For the first half of my 20 hours and change with 7 Mages [Free], I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. For whatever reason, the game wasn't on my radar at all, and when it released seemingly out of nowhere with gorgeous screenshots and some lofty comparisons being thrown around, I was skeptical. Well, the game has its flaws, but nothing like what I was fearing. 7 Mages is a great addition to the iOS's RPG library, and one that fills a particular niche few other games on the platform do. Its apparent inspirations are numerous, but it's safe to say that if you've got any love for computer RPGs from the late 1980s and early 1990s, you should definitely give 7 Mages a try...

It hasn't been that long since we got the 0.14 update for Minecraft Pocket Edition [$6.99], and yet I'm already waiting for update 0.15 to hit because I want those pistons for my completely-unnecessary secret chamber entry. After a relative silence of a couple of weeks, the developers surfaced once more with our first look at the pistons coming to MCPE hopefully in the 0.15 update. The animation looks smoother than the PC one (at least in my eyes), but that could be because I haven't played the PC version in a while. Regardless of that, the fact that we are finally seeing pistons in action is a sure sign that technical issues are getting resolved and that we should (emphasis on should) get the pistons in the next update. I'm sure pistons will make a lot of you happy judging from how players have been asking for them constantly...

'Forbidden Desert' Review - A Beautiful Desert Filled With Stories and Deaths

In a way, cooperative board games like Matt Leacock's Forbidden Island and Forbidden Desert [$6.99 (HD)] are peculiar animals because for most players, playing a competitive game means competing against other players rather than alongside them. And yet, there are fantastic moments to be had when playing cooperative board games, and Forbidden Desert has plenty of them both because of its mechanics and because of its theme. The race against the ever-strengthening desert storm creates many moments of frustration when salvation is tantalizingly close and yet just out of reach. The port itself initially looks pretty basic, but then, just as the desert you'll be excavating, it reveals layer by layer a very well-made port that uses subtle animations to bring both the players and the desert to life. While the lack of online multiplayer is definitely a pity (hopefully it will arrive in a later update), Forbidden Desert is a great board game port that should offer many hours of mostly short-lived triumphs as you struggle to survive the desert storm...

If you've been anxiously waiting for Minecraft Pocket Edition 0.14 [$6.99] Update to hit, I feel your pain. Fortunately, the wait is almost over as the update should come out tomorrow if all goes as planned. To celebrate, at 10am PST we'll get to see on stream the developers race to complete a Redstone Puzzle map filled with new features from the upcoming update. If you don't know what the update is all about, we'll be getting even more redstone stuff like repeaters, comparators, dispensers, droppers, hoppers, and trapped chests as well as witches, armor dying, item frames, and more. So, a pretty substantial update that should continue bringing the game closer to the PC version. We aren't getting pistons yet, unfortunately, but I expect those to come in the next update...

Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] continues its march to PC parity, with each update bringing the mobile version closer to its PC ancestor. The last update brought the first redstone elements to the game, and the 0.14 update aims to continue fleshing out the redstone side of the game. Fortunately for all the redstoners among you, the update seems to be almost upon us, judging from the tweet by MCPE developer, Tommasso Checchi. The last few updates went live a few days after announcements like the one we got today, so I expect that to be the case with 0.14. I'm quite glad to see how quickly the developers are churning out updates since Microsoft acquired Mojang; I know many were (rightfully) skeptical about the acquisition, but so far it looks like it's all been good news...

We've had our eye on the iPad port of Forbidden Desert since it was first announced back in November, and somehow the scheduled release of the game just barely slipped past our weekly Out Now post. However, we aren't ones to get all bent out of shape over a little tardiness, so we wanted to let you know that Forbidden Desert [$6.99 (HD)] for the iPad is now officially available. In this game you'll be working on an expedition team in the desert discovering and uncovering different parts of an ancient flying machine. Being the desert, you'll have to content with a lack of water and things like sand storms that can really interrupt your flow of discoveries. It's a cooperative game, so you'll actually be working with your teammates in an effort to recover the flying machine...

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