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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...

Back in March we told you about Mekorama, a slick new puzzler from developer Martin Magni, who brought us last year's hit puzzle platformer Odd Bot Out [$3.99]. Over the weekend, Mekorama [Free] officially launched in the App Store and so far it's been creating quite the buzz in our community. Mekorama is similar to the hit Monument Valley [$3.99] in that you're guiding your character along a 3D structure to a specific end point. Levels don't necessarily have impossible perspectives like that Escher-inspired game, but there are various moving parts and puzzle-like elements to pass on your journey. There are 50 pre-made levels included but the real heart and soul of Mekorama is in its fantastic level editor and sharing levels online with the world...

How to Hit the Leaderboards in 'Slither.io' - Tips on Winning from a 'Slither.io' Pro

Slither.io [Free] combines the classic eat-em-up experience of Snake, the granddaddy of all mobile games, with massively multiplayer action. Slither.io started as a web-based game, but made the leap to iOS in March of 2016. It’s just had a major update this week and it continues to sit at the top of the free app charts. A big part of the appeal of the game is the leaderboard, where the names of the ten longest snakes are displayed. It can be a thrill seeing your name on the board, and even more exciting if you become the longest snake of the week. If you achieve that incredible feat you can leave a custom message for all players to see… at least until a bigger snake comes along. With a few simple strategies it should be possible for anyone to break into that top 10 leaderboard...

Freeze spell has been a source of many complaints in the Clash Royale [Free] community because along with fast units like Hog Riders, it is devastating. Supercell finally agreed with players and is moving in to take some action. Freeze duration will be decreased by 1 second, so that should weaken the Hog-Freeze combo. Supercell doesn't want to deter offensive play, which is why they aren't nerfing Hog Riders instead. The Royal Giant will see a 4% damage decrease because he got too strong after the last update, and the Furnace cost went down to 4 from 5, its hitpoints decreased by 14%, and its lifetime decreased to 40 seconds. The reason is that Furnace wasn't used almost at all so they decided to try and make it a more viable choice...

Recently, almost everywhere I look I see teenagers playing Color Switch [Free]. If I were to judge by what I'm seeing, I'd say everyone is currently playing Color Switch, and I might not be too far off seeing how the game's been hovering around Apple's Top 10 Free Games over the last few days. Today, the game got a new update that adds a new endless mode, Spin, that - as you suspected - has you trying to hit those colors while everything is spinning. It pretty much looks like playing the normal mode while intoxicated. The mode is definitely entertaining and challenging and hits the sweet spot between making you want to throw the phone across the room and wanting to try the whole thing again...

Now, this is the kind of competition I can actually get behind. Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade [Free] has decided to help players' Imperial Knights cross over from the digital to the physical world by running a clever competition for all players of the game. As you probably very well know, Warhammer is famous for its amazing kits that when professionally painted look amazing and when painted by someone like me look like a mech fell in a couple of buckets of paint and barely managed to survive the experience. Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade players can now enter a competition by using the in-game livery creation tools to make their Knights look as fantastic as possible, then using the snapshot mode to submit photos of their Knight using social media integration (using new functionality added this week to the game)...

Apparently, merpeople are the new trend in interactive fiction. Yes, I call something a trend if I spot more than one instance. I'm pretty weird that way. Anyway, a couple of months ago, Choice Of Games released The Daring Mermaid Expedition [Free], a somewhat farcical adventure that provided a brief, enjoyable window into a fantasy world under the sea. The Sea Eternal [Free] also chooses the ocean depths as the setting of its story, but from the other side of the coin. Rather than playing an inquisitive human who accidentally stumbles upon this strange world, you play as one of the merpeople who inhabit it. In spite of this shift in perspective, the core of the story largely tries to untangle what it is to be human, or at least what it is to be sentient. It takes on a lot of very difficult questions, and although it doesn't handle them all with perfect grace, The Sea Eternal is nevertheless quite engaging and thought-provoking...

'Pathfinder Adventures' Review - Or How to Make a Card Game Feel More Like an Adventure

Do you like adventuring? Do you enjoy role playing? Do you like cards? Do you like rolling imaginary dice? Then I think you're going to like Pathfinder Adventures [Free (HD)], Obsidian's digital port of the very popular Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. I'm always interested in seeing how games translate to different mediums, and I was curious to see how this physical card game would look like - and play -  on my iPad. I'm glad to say that Obsidian did a great job turning what can be a complicated card game into a great app that though not perfect, definitely delivers a great looking game that's relatively easy to play - at least as easy as the original rules allow it to be...

'Hungry Shark World' Tops 10 Million Downloads in Less than a Week

It's been only a week since Ubisoft finally released the forever soft-launched Hungry Shark World [Free] in the App Store, and already the game is dipping into the double digits in terms of millions of downloads. During Ubisoft's year-end earnings release today, the company announced that the latest in their series of eat everything survival games had eclipsed the 10 million downloads mark in just 6 days. That's not surprising to hear, as Hungry Shark World shot to the top of the Free Charts in a matter of hours following its release and the series as a whole has always had a ton of mainstream appeal...

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