Category Archives: Free

It's been a very long and arduous journey for Solforge [Free], but this CCG is finally almost out of beta and is coming with quite a few much-needed improvements. Solforge has been around as long as (and probably just a bit more) than Hearthstone has. However, while it has some very clever mechanics behind it, it has never managed to attract the player base it deserves primarily because the game's UI was from the day it came out until now a clunky mess that was put together simply as a proof-of-concept and as a way to get a demo out early. So, while the mechanics had me playing the game quite a lot back in the day, its really bad UI (along with some other issues) eventually made me stop. However, it seems that it's Solforge's chance to (hopefully) shine as after a year of UI redesign, a rethinking of the economy, as well as the addition of more features, Solforge will be officially coming out of beta May 31st, and I'm actually excited about that...

'Leap Day' Review - Jump for Joy

'Leap Day' Review - Jump for Joy

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May 26th, 2016 12:00 PM EDT by Chris Carter in 4.5 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Platform, Reviews, Universal
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I always seem to gravitate towards Nitrome's games. I don't know what it is, but I always pick up their latest game not knowing that it's actually them. And there's a common theme after all these experiences -- I usually come out enjoying myself. With a neat new gimmick, now I can add Leap Day [Free] to that list...




'Mekorama' Review - Mechanical Valley

'Mekorama' Review - Mechanical Valley

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May 26th, 2016 11:00 AM EDT by Chris Carter in 4.5 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews, Universal
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Isometric puzzle games pretty much have me at hello. There's something about the lovely god-like viewpoint that gives me a sense of wonder, in addition to a strict sense of control, that I really dig. Monument Valley [$3.99] is pretty much the king of the mobile space when it comes to those experiences, yet a number of games have risen to the call and have cemented themselves as worthy adversaries. While Mekorama [Free] isn't as attractive when it comes to its art style (the base game clocks in at just 8MB!), it makes up for it in charm, and a pretty nifty level editor...

If you enjoy unlocking new figurines and new worlds in Disney Crossy Road [Free], then today's update should hit the spot. As in the case of the Jungle Book, the game has added Alice Through the Looking Glass figurines to celebrate the movie's opening. There are 25 new figurines, 18 from the movie - including Alice, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat - as well as 7 other secret characters from the original worlds. The update also added a new world that lets players experience Time's Castle, including an 8-bit version of White Rabbit, the film's featured song. There are some interesting themed gameplay challenges and mechanics this time around, so if you like the movie or Alice in general, you should enjoy the new world...

Huge 'Tiny Tower' 5-Year Anniversary Update is Now Available

Nimblebit has been teasing a huge update to their massive hit Tiny Tower [Free] to celebrate its 5th anniversary since last month, and beta testing the update with folks in our forums since then, and as promised today that update has gone live in the App Store. This update contains tons of new content and features, some of which have made their way over from the spinoff/sequel Tiny Tower Vegas [Free]. There's new floors to build, new costumes, new roofs, new elevators, new BitBook posts, and much more. There's also a new QuickStock feature as well as the ability to rename and trade your Bitizens with friends. The feature I'm most excited about however is support for the resolution of newer iOS devices. No more blurry Tiny Tower! Check out the pre-update screen on the left compared to the nice and sharp post-update screen on the right...

One of my surprise favorites of 2016 has been Craneballs' Splash Cars [Free], which takes the simple isometric driving of another favorite of mine, Pako [$0.99 / Free], and adds in a Splatoon-like paint-the-world mechanic. The results are fantastic, and the entire concept gets taken to a whole new level with today's new update which adds in a 2v2 online multiplayer mode to Splash Cars. You'll get partnered up with another player and take on a team of two opponents on a map where only half of it is colored in. Your team's job is to color in the blank half while your opponents are wiping the color clean. It turns into a frantic battle of claiming, losing, and reclaiming territories until the timer runs out...

Originally announced in August of last year, and following its initial soft-launch this past January, Activision's latest game in the mega-popular Skylanders series Skylanders Battlecast [Free] is now widely available. Skylanders Battlecast takes the extensive roster of characters in the series and turns them into cards for a card battling experience that's not totally dissimilar to Blizzard's current king of CCGs Hearthstone [Free]. What's neat about Skylanders Battlecast is that, like the other games in the series, it blends physical products into the digital game. There are digital cards to unlock but you can also hop on over to a local retailer and buy physical card packs to scan into the game...

Clash of Clans [Free] is looking a lot more like Clash Royale [Free] lately and the latest update hitting the App Store today is confirming just that. Supercell are bringing Friendly Challenges to the game; members of the same clan can now invite clan mates to attack their villages. No gold, troops, heroes or traps will be consumed, so this is a great way to test your defenses, or on the contrary match your troops against a fellow clan member's defenses. All deployed troops shall be returned once the battle is over, so now you can try out that new troop or strategy without spending any hard earned resources. A replay option will be available in the Clan chat along with the outcome of the battle...

Virtually every Japanese strategy RPG can be said to be inspired by Nintendo's Fire Emblem in some way or another. While strategy RPGs followed their own path in the West, they did so mostly on computer formats that either weren't available in Japan or were very niche. When Fire Emblem's developer Intelligent Systems got the idea to add some Dragon Quest-style elements to their Famicom Wars turn-based strategy formula, they ended up creating a sort of Dragon Quest of their own. Not nearly as popular, mind you, but certainly as influential for its sub-genre. Without Fire Emblem, games like Final Fantasy Tactics, Disgaea, and Shining Force likely wouldn't have existed, nor would the numerous strategy RPGs that they themselves spawned. That said, while a debt is clearly owed, the genre has widened and evolved considerably over the years, to the point that many strategy RPG games bear little resemblance to Fire Emblem...

'Cruise Control' Review - Nightcall

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May 23rd, 2016 1:00 PM EDT by Chris Carter in 3.5 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Racing, Reviews, Universal
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Growing up in the 80s, I saw a ton of sci-fi films. Whether they were dramatic masterpieces or oozed cheese and camp I loved them all the same, and the numerous references in modern day media like Turbo Kid, Kung Fury, or Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are palpable. Sometimes creators just go all out in their unabashed love for the era, and that passion shines through in Cruise Control [Free] -- albeit, in light of some unfortunate IAP peddling...

State os Play is really out to please its customers at the moment; after updating the great pinball game, INKS [$1.99] , ridding it of its in-app additional world purchases, they are offering two great games, for free...

I have to confess that I previously owned an Eddie poster.. Don’t know who Eddie is? He is the main character in Iron Maiden's upcoming game Legacy of the Beast. Eddie is their zombie mascot and will be battling his way through time and space, early June. This Free to play RPG is being developed by Roadhouse Interactive, the guys who brought Warhammer 40k: Carnage [$6.99] a great endless runner that is currently on sale...

Embarrassed by that #GVGHero22 Hearthstone [Free] Battletag? Ashamed to tell your friends you're #BladeFlurryRocks32? Or are you praying and wishing you could stop being #ForceofNatureFTW99? Well, now you finally can because Blizzard has decided to refresh every Hearthstone player's free BattleTag update as part of the Overwatch launch (the change also applies to those who play other Blizzard games, of course). What this means is that even if you've already changed your Tag once, you can do so again for free. This is a very rare opportunity to shed that embarrassing Tag, so I'd suggest you take advantage of it and ensure your BattleTag actually suits you...

It's pretty hard to believe that it's been more than 4 years since developer Touch Foo released their Metroidvania-style action platformer Swordigo [Free] to the App Store, but in the crazy world of mobile gaming time flies right before your eyes. While Swordigo has lived a long and happy life as a paid game and seen several freebie sales during that time, its latest update marks a permanent change and strategy for this plucky little platformer. It's now permanently free to play and supported with ads as well as a couple of new in-app purchase items. ..

If you read the comments on my Pathfinder Adventures [Free (HD)] review, you probably know that the most common complaint was that the initial content was too short. Though I'm not sure I agree with that (maybe it's because I tend to lose a lot), I can see how that can be an issue for some players, especially those already familiar with the game. The upcoming patch - which should land early next week - should help alleviate those complaints a bit by bringing Adventure Deck 3, The Hook Mountain Massacre to the game. The new Adventure adds 5 new scenarios, including one that's "game-changing" according to the developers, 4 new locations, 4 new maps, and over 40 monsters, henchmen, and villains. You'll also get the chance to unlock role specializations for your characters when you complete the adventure, which should be fun...

If you've been playing MMA Federation [Free], the turn-based MMA game, this latest update will definitely help you enjoy the game even more. In an attempt to reward committed players, the developers have added a Deck Management feature that they see as crucial to the game's long term success. This new feature has been designed to allow players to customize their moves; that way, they can create unique combat styles for each of their fighters or simply to pick the most powerful moves and counters. Deck Management should also make the PvP modes even more strategic and more entertaining...

Developer Spunge Games has been great about updating their ultra enjoyable endless driving game Faily Brakes [Free] since its original launch in late February, like a bunch of new cars and an Android version in March and a new playable character and a sweet coin doubler car in April. Today they've released yet another update for the game adding in, among other things, my most desired feature: New environments! As fun as Faily Brakes is, the default forest environment definitely got a little old over time. This update addresses that with both a new Western themed environment as well as a new Snowy environment. Yee-haw! and Burrrrr!..

Glu has been hunting for success with its celebrity games ever since Kim Kardashian: Hollywood made the publisher way too much money. Since then, though, Glu hasn't been able to really replicate that success with games like Katy Perry Pop not performing that well. Today, it's time for Britney Spears to, well, spearhead Glu's effort to rediscover its winning ways, and I hope for the company's sake that Britney Spears: American Dream [Free] helps it do it again. The timing of the release works for both Britney and Glu since the singer is way past her rough times and isn't Toxic anymore. One would say that she is Stronger now and has been driving her fans pretty Crazy with her latest Vegas performances. I could go on plugging in her song titles into this story, but that would really turn this into a Circus...

Paradox Interactive continues to dip its toes into the mobile pool, but the just-released Hearts of Iron: War Stories [Free] marks a different approach to mobile from the developer of some of the best grand strategy games to ever grace gaming. While we have seen some mobile games by Paradox, like the very entertaining Magicka: Wizards of the Square Tablet (alas, no longer available), this new release is a choose-your-own-adventure game that takes place during WWII. So, it's no surprise that the game has been developed as a companion of sorts to the upcoming PC grand strategy game, Hearts of Iron IV...

Real Racing 3 [Free] has been around for three years now and currently doesn’t have a serious competitor. With its spot on game design and evolving content I see it hanging around for a little while longer. Talking of such, a little update awaits you this morning. You will be racing, again, on the Legendary track of Le Mans with 5 new cars at stake: the Ferrari 488 GTE, Ford GT Le Mans, the Corvette C7.R (Winner of the latest edition of Le Mans), Porsche 911 RSR (2016) and one of the most elitist cars out there, the Jaguar C-X75. For those who don’t know, Le Mans is an endurance and speed racing track based in France initially taking place in 1923, making it one of the oldest circuits in the world. Pilots have to race for 24 hours pushing their cars and minds to the limits...

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