Category Archives: Free

Nintendo’s first big mobile game had a fantastic reveal when it was shown off at an Apple event and Tim Cook said Mario would be coming to the App Store. Since launch, Super Mario Run [Free] has seen a few discounts for the IAP and it has also seen quite a bit of post launch support with content. Super Mario Run wasn’t a mindblowing runner but it was quite a bit of fun initially. It also featured a single IAP to unlock the full game and anyone can try out a few levels for free. The content updates so far have included new buildings, new characters, levels, an in game music player and more...

Read Only Memories: Type-M [Free] finally brings the cyberpunk, Snatcher-inspired point-and-click adventure to mobile, years after its Kickstarter project promised a mobile release. Since then, the game has seen release on pretty much every other system under the sun, including the Ouya and Vita, but mobile players have not had their chance to explore 2064 Neo-San Francisco for themselves. Now they can, with Read Only Memories: Type-M. This futuristic point-and-click adventure has you tagging along with the robotic AI Turing, who is trying to discover what happened to their creator, Hayden. By solving puzzles and interacting with people, you wind up uncovering a deeper conspiracy that goes into Hayden's disappearance...




We've been keeping tabs on EA and Maxis' The Sims Mobile [Free], with the game being in soft launch for almost a year. Well, for iOS gamers in NA, the game has finally exited soft launch and is available for purchase. But, like all freemium games based on popular IPs, there are probably a lot of you out there with one simple question: Is it worth it? Well, we've had the opportunity to check out Sims prior to its NA release and while I've had a great time so far, that enjoyment is caveated by one's toleration of freemium systems in general...

Do you love dragon guides? Are you constantly upset about the lack of availability of in-game extras? Do you sit around and think "this game is great but why is it so fricken hard?" Do you hate a well-developed story line? If this is you all day then you need to check out Kidarian Adventures [Free]. Kidarian Adventures is a zany new platformer by Russian developer Hard Slime. The game features cute graphics, customizable gear, and little cutscenes that try to keep players intrigued. The gameplay is easy going–think Super Phantom Cat, but without the polish. That being said, this game has certainly kept me entertained - mostly by shear amused confusion...

Well here's something I didn't expect to be writing in a million years: World-renowned hip hop artist Soulja Boy will be added to Lucky Kat Studio's Beat Street [Free] as a playable character. Yes, this is really happening. As the story goes, late last year Mr. Boy reached out to Lucky Kat via Twitter DM to tell the studio how much he enjoyed playing their game, and asked if it might be possible to be featured as a playable character. Of course, when you're talking about a celebrity like Soulja Boy you'd have to be crazy to say no! It also doesn't hurt that Soulja Boy fits in very nicely with the "street" aesthetic of the game. I mean heck, one of the bosses in Beat Street is just a parody of 50 Cent, having another rapper enter the fray is just par for the course. Here's Souja Boy mixing it up with some baddies in the game...

Snatcher Inspired Read Only Memories: Type M Releases on March 6th for iOS and Android, Pre-Order Available Now for Free

After announcing a port a while ago, MidBoss has finally put up Read Only Memories: Type M for pre-order on the App Store. This is a Snatcher inspired point and click (and even smell and taste) adventure that originally released on PC platforms a few years ago. It made the jump to PlayStation 4 in early 2017 before releasing on PlayStation Vita late last year. I’ve played it twice across PC and PlayStation 4 and love the aesthetic and music. This cyberpunk adventure features various aspects of augmentation, AI, and more. Watch the announcement trailer for the iOS and Android release below:..

Following its soft-launch last summer and its staggered official launch over the course of this past month, Bandai Namco has officially launched Tekken [Free] worldwide a couple of days ahead of schedule. In case you haven't been following along, this is a mobile-ized version of the classic fighting game franchise, which means it's a simplified "swipe fighter" like Marvel Contest of Champions [Free] or Injustice 2 [Free] rather than a full-fledged fighting game with virtual buttons like Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition [$4.99]. It features a huge cast of Tekken characters, each coming in a variety of classes and styles. The big differentiator in Tekken compared to other swipe fighters is its Waza Card system which sees you collecting and upgrading a variety of special move cards and then equipping up to three of them during battle. Unlike similar games which typically have 3 levels of special move per character, in Tekken you can mix and match your Waza Cards to create different fighting styles and then blend those card-based special moves into your normal swipe and tap fighting to create a variety of cool combos...

'Raskulls Online', Halfbrick's Next Real-Time Multiplayer Puzzle Game, Is Looking for Beta Testers

I have a lot of respect for iconic App Store developers Halfbrick Studios attempting to step out of their comfort zone as of late. Of course, the App Store isn't a particularly forgiving place for companies that stick to the same old holding pattern with their releases (not mentioning any names here), and developers like Supercell who keep on striving to mix things up seem to achieve the holy grail of sustained iOS success. Whether it's a conscious decision or one forced by the nature of the beast, Halfbrick's foray into AR with last year's Shadows Remain [Free] and the eclectic array of games released over the past few months underlines the Australian studio's determination not to stand still, and Raskulls Online, their latest upcoming App Store effort, continues this pattern. As the title suggests, Raskulls Online is an online, real-time multiplayer puzzle game, and appears to be an interesting grid-based take on the strategy genre. While it's still early days for Raskulls Online, Halfbrick are currently looking for any eager beta testers to help the title get one step closer to a worldwide release...

Mad Otter Games had a vision of a full-scale MMORPG that could be played at home on your PC or out and about while on your mobile devices, with the ability to jump between platforms seamlessly. The result is Villagers & Heroes [Free], which has been out on both PC and Android for quite a while but has finally landed on iOS today as well. In it you'll find all the features you'd expect from a full desktop-class MMORPG including thousands of story-driven quests, raids to battle in with your crew, mounts to ride across the vast lands, weapons and equipment that you can forge and enchant with magical items, and persistent villages where your character can live and help towards making improvements and expanding the village footprint. All of this takes place in a colorful, World of Warcraft-esque fantasy realm which you can see in the following Villagers & Heroes trailer...

'Asphalt 9: Legends', the Latest Console-Quality Racing Release From Gameloft, Has Soft Launched on the App Store

I'm not sure what surprised me more about today's surprise Philippines soft launch release of Asphalt 9: Legends - the fact that there have been nine mainline Asphalt games, or that the veteran racing series still looks this good. While the racing franchise didn't make its iOS debut until Asphalt 4, each successive iteration has normally gone some distance to providing a meticulous, fast-paced and flashy graphical showcase for the device, and hot off the heels of Feral's excellent GRID Autosport [$9.99], Gameloft are back to try and reclaim their throne. Fans of the previous entry in the series may know what to expect from this upcoming sequel, but Asphalt 9 looks like it's throwing even more content, configurable options and crazily fast racing action into the mixer, and the first trailer for the game shows how stunning it looks in motion. While no worldwide release date has been specified as of yet, today's Philippines soft launch is a perfect chance to try out Gameloft's next generation of mobile racing game...

Just a quick note to our Android friends out there, as was announced a couple of weeks ago, Capcom has brought Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition [$4.99] to Android via the Google Play Store. This is largely the same game that launched on iOS in July of last year, including the three additional playable characters that arrived via updates following its release. However, the Android version of Street Fighter IV: CE includes an exclusive new character, fan-favorite punching bag Dan Hibiki. Hey Capcom, us iOS users want to beat up on Dan too ya know, so maybe think about bringing him over to the Apple side someday please? ..

Our old friend Phil Faily is getting ready to enter the terrible twos as this week marks the second anniversary of Spunge Games releasing their hilarious endless driver/crash simulator Faily Brakes [Free] into the App Store. To mark this momentous occasion Spunge has released a huge update to the game adding all sorts of new goodies. The biggest of which is a brand new theme and environment to careen through called Retro Future. Here, you'll be surrounded by neon-soaked hazards and a catchy synth soundtrack, and there's several new 80s-styled vehicles to drive too. The Retro Future environment also features new dynamic elements like moving hazards and underground tunnels you can drive through. The new environment as well as one of the new vehicles come included for free in the update, with two additional vehicles and two character costumes available in a $1.99 IAP. ..

Gacha games are all about that feel good moment when you know you are about to open up some loot in game. Idiocracy, Inc knows this and wants to hit you right in those feels with Dice Brawl: Captains League. Dice Brawl shares many characteristics of some games most of us are very familiar with, but it is ready to clash with the best of them. Sporting a more traditional tabletop style gameplay and a dash of random gameplay mechanics, Dice Brawl has a niche that suggests it will be able to compete without fully stepping on anyone's toes too much...

A couple of weeks back we learned that Zen Studios had partnered up with Universal to release a set of new pinball tables based on the classic Jurassic Park franchise for their Zen Pinball [Free] and Pinball FX 3 games called Jurassic World Pinball. The new tables are intended to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of the very first Jurassic Park movie back in 1993, but they have the added effect of also making me realize that I'm old now. Anyway, today those three new Jurassic Park-themed tables have arrived in Zen Pinball on iOS, Android, and Mac and in Pinball FX 3 on all other platforms. Here's a trailer showing all three new tables in action...

'Sword Art Online: Integral Factor' Announced for Worldwide Release, Pre-Registrations Now Live

Bandai Namco Entertainment just announced that it is releasing yet another Sword Art Online mobile game. This one will be releasing worldwide on both the App Store and Google Play and is called Sword Art Online: Integral Factor. IT takes place in the year 2022 when Akihiko Kayaba has developed a full dive VRMMORPG titled Sword Art Online. Once logged into, you can’t log out until you complete the game and a game over means dying in the real world. You play as a former beta tester for the VRMMORPG who is trapped inside now. Watch the announcement trailer for it below:..

'Kingpin Bowling', an Endless Arcade Bowler from The Frosty Pop Corps, Is Rolling onto the App Store in March

While video games in general have been gravitating towards a hyper-realistic, gritty and brooding aesthetic recently, the App Store remains a refuge of color and wackiness, and I wouldn't have it any other way. That's not to say that titles such as The Room: Old Sins [$4.99] and Inside [Free] are not fantastically engrossing experiences, but when I reach for my iPhone, I'm normally on the lookout for that lighthearted arcade romp that makes me forget about the depressing realities of 2018. The Frosty Pop Corps have been experts of the craft over the past few years, with games like High Dive [Free], Sprnkls [Free] and most recently Ninja Attack! [Free] lighting up the App Store with luscious production values and finely tuned gameplay mechanics. Kingpin Bowling looks like yet another strike from the prolific developers, as its spin (or roll?) on the endless runner formula looks full of charm and challenge...

What to Do in 'Dissidia Final Fantasy OO' After You've Beaten It

So you've made it all the way to the end of Dissidia Final Fantasy OO [Free]. First off, congratulations. That means you've watched a ton of cutscenes and battled your way through all five chapters of the story so far, undoubtedly tackling plenty of optional quests along the way. Nevertheless, there's probably some stirring in some corner of the gamer part of your soul, wondering if that's all there is (or maybe the regular part of your soul too, if you're the existential part). The answer is no, because not only is there assuredly more to come on the story front — and if you've beaten what the game has laid out to date, you know that there's nothing close to a resolution to its epic tale — there's plenty to do while you wait for the developers to add more to the main quest line. If you want to keep playing, here's what you should be doing every day to make sure your characters are as well-prepared as they can be for what eventually lies ahead...

'Dragon Lapis' Review - Not Exactly a Gem

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On the one hand, Dragon Lapis [Free / $4.99] is a bog-standard Kemco RPG release, the sort they used to boot out the door on a near-monthly basis. The only novel thing here is that the game is played in the portrait orientation rather than landscape, a change that makes it resemble Square Enix's iOS Dragon Quest games in what I'm sure is a total coincidence. On the other hand, Kemco hasn't been booting these kinds of games out the door on mobile quite as often as they used to. No one really is, if we're being honest. If nothing else, that makes Dragon Lapis slightly more welcome than it might have been had it dropped in the middle of Kemco's more prolific past...

Pokémon GO [Free] is gearing up for the Lunar New Year. There will be a special Safari Zone Event in Taiwan later this month and it will be at the Chiayi Lantern Festival. The event will see Drantini, Mr Mime, Growlithe, and more appear alongside lanterns during the day. Once evening (5 PM) hits, Chinchou and Lanturn will start showing up. Outside the Safari Event Zone, there will be more Pokémon to find around the rest of Chiayi County. ..

Midjiwan’s The Battle of Polytopia [Free] has quite the cult following. It debuted on the App Store in early 2016 and has consistently received updates wit enhancements and new content. I only started playing it after a friend constantly spoke about how well it played which was surprising given the genre. The Battle of Polytopia is one of the most approachable turn based strategy games out there. It also looks excellent and controls brilliantly on touch. Midjiwan announced something everyone wanted earlier when an online multiplayer update with cross platform play was announced. ..

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