Category Archives: Free

CSR Racing 2 [Free] is one of the most popular games on the App Store partly because of its accessible gameplay but mostly because of its selection of gorgeous and highly detailed supercars. If you're among those who love their CSR2 car collection, you're in luck because starting today, you can enjoy that collection in augmented reality. The developers used Apple's ARKit to bring your garage into your living room or out in the street. And this is more than just being able to add a car-shaped blob in the middle of the house; this is highly detailed 3D models recreated in AR in great detail. CSR2's AR Mode boasts what the developers call "innovative features" like the ability to open the car's doors, trunk, hood, and even stepping inside a real-life size supercar. And, of course, you can share all your "real-life" photos of your customized supercars...

Way back in May (gosh that feels like it was FOREVER ago) I came across an unassuming little first-person puzzle adventure called Faraway: Puzzle Escape [Free] and posted a little thing about how much I was enjoying it. Not only did it offer some excellent Myst-inspired environmental puzzling, but it also weaved a complex sci-fi storyline that was actually quite engaging, especially with some of the deep secrets it was hiding. All of it was wrapped up in a clean visual style and a wonderful touch-based control scheme. Well, as we learned back in August, a sequel to Faraway was in the works that would take the adventuring from the desert sands to the lush jungle, and without much warning today Faraway 2 [Free] arrived in the App Store...




Mikey has flexed a lot of different abilities ever since first arriving in the App Store (and our hearts) back in 2012. From running, to jumping, to swinging, to rocket booting, Mikey has done it all. And in his latest endeavor, he does all of those things at the same time. Mikey Jumps [Free] arrived just over a year ago and it mashes all of Mikey's talents together into an auto-running platformer. The results were really good. Then this past May, a huge version 2.0 update arrived for Mikey Jumps adding in 200 new levels and a new portal mechanic. Now Mikey is back with another huge update, this time adding in a slick endless mode and a bunch of new vanity items to unlock...

The wait for the new Hearthstone [Free] expansion is almost over (okay, maybe a few more weeks), so it's time for the card reveals to begin. On November 20th at 11AM PST Game Designer Peter Whalen and streamer Brian Kibler will kick off the Kobolds & Catacombs card reveal season on Twitch. We don't have any information on how many cards we'll get to see, but the announcement does point out that glimmering treasures, hoarding dragons, and ancient weapons are all waiting for be unearthed, so I'm hoping we'll get to see different types of cards; that way, we'll have a better idea of the direction of the expansion...

It's been a long time coming for the latest entry in the popular Shadow Fight series, and we've been covering the development of the third game since it was originally announced in April of last year. After closed beta testing and a significant soft-launch period, Shadow Fight 3 [Free] has finally launched globally in the App Store. Shadow Fight 2 become a massive hit with its focus on extremely technical fighting and incredibly smooth animations. Basically, because its gimmick was that all the fighters were just silhouettes, they could add a tremendous amount of frames of animation to the characters without having to literally draw all those frames. It made for a really neat look, too. Well, Shadow Fight 3's major change is the jump into full 3D polygonal models and backgrounds, meaning the characters actually have details and there's a huge emphasis on all the crazy armors and weapons you can unlock and equip in the game which will change your fighter's appearance and abilities. Keeping to its roots though, the shadow fighting is still here, just as more of a special mode you can enter into during fights...

Injustice 2 [Free] players shouldn't be surprised to find out that today's 1.8 update has added all kinds of Justice League-related events and items, but that doesn't mean the additions aren't cool. The new update has added Justice League Batman, Justice League Aquaman, and Justice League Cyborg. And, of course, Mythic Wonder Woman is already in the game, ready to join the rest of the League. If you want to get your hands on these heroes, you can grab Aquaman and Batman through Arena Event rewards, which include a special Justice League Chest that should help you get those heroes a bit more easily...

Kobolds and Catacombs, Hearthstone's [Free] next expansion, is definitely drawing nearer, and Blizzard is starting to push the new expansion in all kinds of ways. First we got the Kobolds & Catacombs-themed Tavern Brawl earlier today, and now we also got Tale of the Fox Part 1, a narrative that will get players into the right mood prior to the new expansion's release. Tale of the Fox tells the story of (you guessed it) Marin the Fox. The story emphasizes the dangers and riches of the catacombs and all that Marin has to do in order to get the legendary axe Woecleaver, stashed in the catacombs alongside a very promising large chest. But, as one would guess given the expansion's theme, Marin has to brave Kobold architecture and "engineering" if he's to be successful...

Justice League, the film that brings together some of the most popular DC heroes, is about to hit movie theaters, and—as expected—it's also about to visit a few mobile games. Puzzle & Dragons [Free], the popular mobile puzzle game, will host three new character pairings in honor of the film: Batman and Cyborg, Superman and The Flash, and Wonder Woman and Aquaman (the last one is fan fiction waiting to happen). These three pairings will make their debut in the Justice League Collab Egg Machine, and players will also have the opportunity to fight against new DC villains as they battle through the new Justice League Collab Dungeon...

Blizzard is starting to warm us up for the upcoming Hearthstone [Free] expansion Kobolds & Catacombs with a Tavern Brawl that rewards players with a K&C pack. Treasure in the Catacombs is all about a race with premade decks. When you pick your class and start the Brawl, you and your opponent race to get 7 minions on the board combined, but the one who manages to reach 7 first gets an extra prize. The Quest reward is a Master Chest, like the one you get from the Legendary Marin the Fox. However, the one who gets to 7 first gets a Chest with 8 health and the opponent one with 4 health...

Lineage 2: Revolution [Free], the mobile game based on the PC game Lineage 2, is now available on iOS and Android, and it's an ambitious game. The game is all about the Massive part of MMORPG, and it boasts the largest multiplayer gameplay ever on the platform, with real-time 20vs20 and 50vs50 battles (as well as 3vs3 and 5vs5). If you saw the TwitchCon stream last month, then you saw Conan O'Brien show off the game's 50v50 Fortress Siege, a frantic but fun game mode. The game's massive nature should help with player disconnects as well, since losing a few out of a group of 50 matters less than when you're playing as part of a smaller group...

Gumi Inc. announced at the end of August that they'd be bringing their ultra-popular Japanese strategy RPG For Whom The Alchemist Exists to the rest of the world under the name The Alchemist Code, and as promised the game is now available on both iOS and Android and will be available on the Amazon App Store tomorrow. Gumi describes the game as "A full-scale SRPG that features classic tactical elements, The Alchemist Code features easy-to-learn mechanics, a deep job and levelling system as well as gorgeously animated characters brought to life in the exciting world of Babel." Here's the launch trailer...

Just a week ago we posted about a mobile game from NetEase called 荒野行动, which roughly translated to "Wilderness Survival," that had taken over the top spot in the Chinese App Store. Why was this a big deal? Well, Wilderness Survival is a darn near carbon copy of the unfathomably popular multiplayer battle royale game on desktop called PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, aka PUBG. Ever since PUBG became the most played game in the entire universe over the course of the last few months, several companies have tried to catch a ride on its coattails by making a mobile version of the game. What was crazy about Wilderness Survival is that not only did it mimic PUBG to an uncomfortable degree, but it also came from NetEase, one of the biggest companies in gaming, not some little indie developer. Also, when it hit number 1 in China it unseated the then-current hottest thing in mobile at the time, the MOBA Arena of Valor. A pretty impressive feat...

I have to give SEGA some credit. One of the many points where I felt that the initial line-up of SEGA Forever titles was lacking was in the selection; they were all games drawn from SEGA's 16-bit platform, and only two of the games were new to iOS gamers. Subsequent releases have mostly stuck to Genesis games, plus a few updated versions of prior SEGA iOS releases. But the Genesis games in particular that have been selected are certainly eclectic choices that demonstrate an affection for the deeper cuts from SEGA's 16-bit library, and that's pretty cool. It reassures me that in spite of the numerous issues that have plagued SEGA Forever, the project is a work of passion. Because honestly, who else but a SEGA super-fan would choose to release something like ESWAT: City Under Siege [Free] ahead of better-known titles like Streets of Rage 2 or Gunstar Heroes?..

Today is a happy day for many mobile gamers. Why? Because it's the 5th anniversary of one of the most popular and successful mobile games, Candy Crush Saga [Free], a game that has earned more than three billion downloads and has been in the App Store's top 10 grossing apps for 16 quarters in a row. In other words, this is a game that has made a ton of money over the last five years. Here are some more crazy numbers for you. Candy Crush Saga and the other Candy Crush games have been downloaded over 2.7 billion times, over a trillion game rounds have been played, and every day approximately 72 thousand miles are swiped on the game. The highest score ever achieved is 1,999,259, 792 (definitely not by me), and the most popular time to play Candy Crush in the US is between 8pm and 10pm...

A few weeks back, we wrote about HQ Live Trivia Show [Free], the game from the creators of Vine that has players answering live trivia questions twice a day for real money. I've been playing the game ever since, and I've been seeing the game grow day by day. A week and a bit ago, the game had around 26 thousand players and a prize of (usually) $500, but yesterday the game had over 80 thousand players and a prize of $5000. The game is pretty simple. You have to answer 12 questions right in order to get a cut of the $500, but the live host and the live nature of the game makes it feel different than most other App Store trivia games...

The news that Niantic is developing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite made many, many fans of the franchise very happy but also made Pokemon GO [Free] players nervous. Many Pokemon GO players started complaining that the game is still lacking many of the promised features (trading, etc) and felt that the Wizards Unite announcement meant that Pokemon GO would be pretty much left as is, with no new features added. Niantic listened to all those complains and responded in an attempt to allay all those fears. After expressing their excitement about the Harry Potter news, the Pokemon GO developers stated that they are 100% committed to creating an ever-changing and growing game that helps players deepen their connection to the Pokemon universe and with each other...

Good news, Hearthstone [Free] Arena players. Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, the nine Knights of the Frozen Throne Death Knight Hero cards will be leaving the Arena draft pool. The developers decided to go ahead and remove the Death Knight cards because while they are exciting card to play, they offer permanent upgrades that are hard to combat in a format where players have limited answers to such upgrades. So, they decided to remove them all together. This move comes as a bit of a surprise because over the last few weeks, the developers had stated that Death Knight cards were not much stronger than other powerful cards and weren't going to remove them from the Arena at this time. It looks like the many voices advocating for the removal won the day. Keep in mind that if you have Death Knight cards in your draft pool, you'll still get to play them until your run is done...

With the monstrous success of Super Mario Odyssey on the Switch, it's no surprise that Nintendo would be crossing over their latest console hit with their mobile Mario offering Super Mario Run [Free]. I mean, that's pretty much their entire reason for wanting to make mobile games, right? To get you interested in their console stuff? The latest example of this cross-platform synergy is a set of new Super Mario Odyssey statues which will be available for free in Super Mario Run over a staggered bi-weekly release calendar which is already under way with this week's Wedding Mario statue. Basically, all you have to do is log into Super Mario Run before 11pm PST on November 14th and you'll receive the Mario Wedding statue in your Gift Box...

The big World of Tanks Blitz [Free] tournament called Blitz Twister Cup is coming to an end tomorrow when four teams representing four different regions—Europe, Russia, Asia, North America—will clash in Minsk to see who will prevail by blowing up tanks. The finals are giving away some pretty good prizes, with 1st place finishers getting $15,000, but the road to Minsk wasn't easy. Players had to go through two group stages and beat many other teams to make it to the finals. The matches are played with teams of 7 players in a best of three format, with the final being a best of 7. Maps will be chosen randomly, and it will be interesting to see which maps end up hosting the final matches...

If someone told you that there's a mobile game with Stephen Curry, of the Golden State Warriors, on the App Store, you would probably expect to find a basketball game, but Chef Curry [Free]  has nothing to do with that sport. Instead, the game relates more to Ayesha Curry's career rather than her husband's. Ayesha Curry has her own Food Network show and a series of cookbooks and cookware, so you shouldn't be surprised that the mobile game is all about running a restaurant. In Chef Curry, you have to race around the kitchen trying to prepare and serve all kinds of meals and keep the frantic kitchen under control..

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