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If you like your TV shows filled with "oh that's so wrong" moments, then you've definitely watched Family Guy in the past and have probably spent at least a few minutes playing the game Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff [Free]. The Family Guy game has had all kinds of 'interesting' celebrity visits in the past - Arnie, Snoop Dogg, Deadmau5, and more - and has now added a bunch of famous NFL players in what is part of the Road to the Big Game promotion. Players such as Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Brett Favre, and more visit Quahog to help restore the city after its destruction in an epic battle with (of course) the Giant Chicken. As you can guess, hilarity ensues...

If you like to play Wargaming.net's fantastic World of Tanks Blitz, you've probably wondered how good you actually are. Are you actually the tank master you think you are when you get a couple of Sniper medals in a row, or are you more like the guy who always heads the wrong way and dies first? Well, Wargaming has decided to help you figure out exactly where you stand in the WOT Blitz universe by releasing the World of Tanks Blitz Assistant [Free] for iOS and Android. What is this newfangled assistant, you might ask. Well, think of it as an extension of the game's stat keeping - which you can see in-game - but with an added social layer that makes checking your performance much more interesting than before...




Of the vast multitude of game types that just work really well on iOS, first person sniper games are definitely high on that list. Coming from AAA franchise names and high budgets along with one person indie developed stick man games, in freemium, premium, and everything in between. This is the story of one of those tiny developers. In fact, you may have played his last game at some point, Tactical Assassin [Free]. Well the ante has been upped, and what he’s put out next is, in my estimation, one of the first must have mobile game of the new year. I give you Lonewolf [Free]...

Playing Hearthstone [Free] alone in your room has its own charm, but if you've never played the game while facing your opponent, you're missing out. Just imagine being able to see the frustration on their face when you drop Murloc after Murloc, or the panic when you play Nozdormu. Yes, face to face definitely adds to the game, which is why many players have been organizing Fireside Gatherings all over the world. Fireside Gatherings let you get together with Hearthstone buddies in a public place and compete to the death (not really, I think). When you participate in a Fireside Gathering, you can even get a special card back, always a plus in my book. I've never been to one (geographical difficulties), but I'm definitely planning to when given the opportunity...

'Dashy Crashy' Review - Full Throttle

'Dashy Crashy' Review - Full Throttle

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January 21st, 2016 10:21 AM EST by Chris Carter in 4.5 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Racing, Reviews, Universal
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While deep, engrossing mobile experiences have been somewhat downplayed by the general public, everyone knows that as far as quick fixes go, the platform is king. Dashy Crashy [Free] is yet another take on the success of Crossy Road, all the way down to its monetization scheme, but it's a perfect example of a stop and go game that's easy to pick up and hard to put down...

One of last year's biggest games and indeed one of our own Best of 2015 and a serious contender for Game of the Year, Aquiris Game Studio's Horizon Chase [Free], has just gone free for the first time since its release. The best way I can describe Horizon Chase is that it's like what someone in 1985 would imagine an arcade racing video game would be like in 2015. It has a decidedly retro feel but somehow still feels modern at the same time. I mean, just look at this glorious trailer for Horizon Chase...

Mr Jump [Free], the brutally difficult precision platformer from 1Button that took the App Store by storm last spring, is getting ready to unleash a brand new update on its masochistic players. This update will introduce "World C" which contains 12 brand new levels and a couple of new features to look out for. First up are teleporters, which as you'll see in the trailer below are used in mind-bending ways to beam you back and forth around a level's many hazards. Then you have what 1Button is calling "reversible spikes" which are these jerkwad spikes that keep flashing on and off like jerks. Basically, World C looks like the next level of Hell...

Back in 2015 (sounds so long ago now, doesn't it), Hearthstone [Free] crashed one Wednesday under the weight of a Tavern Brawl called Captain Blackheart's Treasure, and it took another effort for this Brawl to finally be playable a couple of weeks later. Well, Hearthstone's infrastructure has definitely improved because this week we are getting Captain Blackheart's Treasure again and the game hasn't crashed (famous last words?). If you haven't played this Brawl before, CBT was supposed to be our introduction to the Discover mechanic prior to the launch of League of Explorers, but the whole Hearthstone client imploding thing got a bit in the way. Each turn, you get three cards, and you have to pick one to put in your hand. The cards can be of various costs, so you'll often have to think about the later turns as you try to build a strong hand...

'Jetpack Fighter' Review - Swoopin' and Slashin'

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January 19th, 2016 12:34 PM EST by Chris Carter in 4.5 stars, Action, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Universal
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Hi-Rez Studios seems to be diversifying their portfolio. In addition to bringing back Tribes in 2011, they worked on SMITE, the action-oriented MOBA, and now, a rather un-imposing mobile game. I have to say though, if Jetpack Fighter [Free] is indicative of their future imprint on the platform, bring it on...

Jared Bailey (aka No Can Win) is one of my favorite developers on the App Store. I loved Cubed Rally Racer [$0.99], and was near-obsessed with the follow-up, Cubed Rally Redline [Free]. After that, though, he started focusing on much simpler Ketchapp-style games that weren’t really my cup o’ tea. The last game of his (which I reviewed) was called Super Bounce Back [Free], and it seemed to be a step back in the right direction, with a clever concept that was slightly more involved than the “one-button-quick-reaction” style games he’d been putting out after the Cubed Rally series. And fortunately for me (and you, I suppose), his latest effort Rocket Ski Racing [Free] climbs out of that inverted bell curve even further. Simply put, it’s a blast...

Robomodo's Globber's Escape [Free] was a solid little Pac-Man-esque game that released in 2014, and the game's just gotten an update on iOS that brings it up to par with the Android version and adds in some new features. The game's gotten a bit of a visual upgrade with new colors for the protagonist Globber, as he shifts hues depeer and deepr into the game. And 4 new rooms, though only on higher-end devices, along with various new tweaks and social features to finish out the experience...

'Traffic Rider' Review - Stop Riding Those Brakes, AI

Although plenty of racing games existed before mobile, I feel like the advent of iOS and Android devices spawned a whole new era. While it's generally difficult to craft high quality simulation experiences for PC and console platforms, tons of developers are able to create arcade-like games for mobile, often times to great success. This goes for none other than Traffic Rider [Free], which feels like a fully-fledged racer in its own right...

Let’s talk about upgrades. It’s pretty common in free-to-play games for the difficulty to ramp up and up, and the only way to progress is to spend whatever currencies and upgrade your cards, characters, weapons, clothes, eating utensils, or whatever else is supposed to make you “better”. When it’s done badly it can turn into a dreaded Pay Wall, but there are plenty of fair examples, too. This system works fine in RPGs, shooters, match-three games, and the like. In games that require pure strategy, however, the model starts to feel kind of weird...

'Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead' Review - A Learning Curve Like A Sheer Cliff, But Great Rewards Await

There are a lot of roguelike games on iOS, but that's going with the more modern definition of the genre. In the years between the earliest days when roguelikes were pretty easy to get into and their recent explosion in popularity correlated with more approachable or hybridized designs, the roguelike was something a lot more complex. It was like a secret club for the most obsessed type of gamer, offering virtually limitless possibilities and options for those who were willing to do a lot more learning than the average game demanded. That particular brand of roguelike is far more rare on iOS, and it's not hard to see why. A touch interface is a poor substitute for a full keyboard, and games of that sort of complexity are probably not what the majority of mobile gamers are looking for. At the very least, compromises have to be made on the granular nature of the player's actions, because the alternatives are having a keyboard's worth of buttons on the screen or using the software keyboard, and what kind of loon would do either of those?..

This week's game releases just went up a notch with the release of Star Trek Timelines [Free], a game from the developers of Game of Thrones Ascent. If you like Star Trek, then you are definitely in for a treat with this one since the game lets you assemble a crew from hundreds of favorite Star Trek characters ranging from the Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise. So, as you can imagine, if you've seen a Star Trek character in any those shows, you'll probably be seeing them in this game, too. As I wrote a few months back, the game takes place in a universe where a temporal anomaly (or smart game devs) brings together characters, settings, and stories from all the shows mentioned above...

As we alluded to earlier in the week, the folks over at Super Evil Megacorp have officially launched their second season of content with the launch of Reim as well as a host of other changes in Version 1.13 that hit their mobile MOBA Vainglory [Free] earlier today...

We learned last week that Zen Studios was readying two brand new pinball tables focused on the smash hit film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The announcement was accompanied by a short teaser trailer that briefly showed one of the new tables in action, but as is usually the case with teasers, there just wasn't much detail shown. With the new tables set to launch across all platforms this week, Zen has released two brand new trailers that give a much deeper look into each of the new Star Wars tables...

Remember that crazy Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl from back in November? United Against Mechazod has been seen by many as the best Tavern Brawl to date, and so I'm not surprised that it's made a comeback today, although in a slightly different form from last time. The original Mechazod Brawl had you playing either as a Priest or a Paladin, but this week's Return of Mechazod has you playing either as a Druid or a Mage. Add to that cards from League of Explorers, and you have a pretty different Brawl. In case you didn't play the original Co-op Brawl, Mechazod is a 2 Attack 95 Health Taunt Boss who will change sides on the board on each turn. Instead of trying to attack the person across from you, you're both trying to find synergies that will help you take down Mechazod before he kills you...

'TrainCrasher' review - Slash 'em up

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January 13th, 2016 1:00 PM EST by Chris Carter in 3.5 stars, Action, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Universal
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I can't exactly remember what my first beat 'em up was, but I believe it was one of the NES Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games. They're great to play solo for sure, but most of my fun came by way of co-op, mashing away with three (or more) players on an arcade cabinet. There's an awesome sense of comradery there, all focusing on the common goal at once -- something that's very rarely replicated in the gaming world's current online focus. TrainCrasher [Free] might not have co-op, but it's a fun enough recreation of all of those old classics...

'Pocket Mortys' Review - Gotta Sedate 'em All

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January 13th, 2016 11:45 AM EST by Andrew Fretz in 4.5 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, iPod touch games, Reviews
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Pocket Mortys [Free] got announced last week and I think I literally jumped out of my chair in anticipation of reviewing this game. Now that it's out, it's time to go get it already. Adult Swim Games' most recent offering is really amazing and free to boot so you can try it out right now to see a great Pokemon like game right here on iOS...

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