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Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia [Free] from Square Enix has finally released on iOS and Android devices in English. It may not be available in all regions at the start but it will slowly roll out as with many social RPGs like this one. Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia is the new social RPG from Square Enix with multiplayer modes and turn based combat. Pre-registrations were already underway with the final target being within reach as we inched closer to release day. Watch the trailer for it below:..

After nearly a year of soft-launch and beta testing, Hothead Games has finally launched their new cover-based third-person shooter Hero Hunters [Free] in the iOS App Store. We first talked about Hero Hunters back in December, and officially the game was supposed to launch on February 1st, but as these things sometimes go it seems to have snuck out early here on iOS. Android fans might have to wait a bit as it's still listed for pre-registration over on the Google Play Store. As for the game itself, Hero Hunters is a team-based third-person shooter which utilizes destructible cover elements and takes a page out of the MOBA book with a variety of character classes to play as. One of the coolest features is that you're able to take up to 5 characters into battle at a time and then switch between them on the fly. So, for example, you might have a tanky character blast away some barriers where the enemies are taking cover and then switch over to your sniper to take shots at the now-vulnerable bad guys. ..

Blizzard just put up their balance changes for the 10.2 Hearthstone [Free] update. I have to say, I think I love most of these changes. It is fair to say that there is no shortage of player input when it comes to what needs to be changed about Hearthstone. Sifting between emotion, bias, and unusual anecdotes to get to the core of what changes will be best is a job I would not wish upon anyone, but the folks behind Hearthstone really came up with some great adjustments to some rather popular cards this time around...

'Lord of Dice' Review - A Loaded Gacha Experience

Kakao might not be a game company you are familiar with, but their success overseas has opened doors for them to bring their widely popular gachapon Lord of Dice [Free] to western shores. If you are not instantly familiar with that term gachapon, its basically a reference to free to play games that allow you to collect, level up and evolve your team of fighters to take on ever increasingly strong enemies. These games offer a slow trickle of hero acquisition which can be expedited via the purchase of summoning gems. If you aren't a fan of this type of free to play model, I can save you some time and say that the formula is followed closely enough that you probably won't enjoy this game. For those of you who do, however, there is a lot under the hood that this game offers. ..

Bandai Namco Entertainment Announces ‘One Piece: Bounty Rush’ with Pre-Registrations Now Live on Google Play

Bandai Namco Entertainment just announced a new One Piece mobile game. One Piece: Bounty Rush will be coming to the West on iOS and Android this year. As expected it is a free to play game and it will feature 4v4 team based multiplayer action. The aim is to collect more berries than the opposition through multiple routes and using various gimmicks. Unlike Final Fantasy that feels like it has a new mobile game every few weeks, Bandai Namco Entertainment has been slower with One Piece mobile games. Watch the announcement trailer for Bounty Rush below:..

‘Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition’ Coming to iOS February 9th, Pre-Order Available Now

Square Enix was supposed to bring the massive Final Fantasy XV to iOS and Android in the form of Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition [Free] in Fall 2017. Plans obviously changed and it was up for pre-registration on Android back in November last year. The final release date was uncertain but it has now popped up on the App Store with a pre-order button and a seemingly confirmed release date of February 9th. Here’s some footage of Eli playing the first 20 minutes of it at PAX:..

'World of Warships Blitz' Review - Smoke (and Shells and Torpedoes) on the Water

It's kind of a crutch any time one explains or reviews a mobile game and says "it's kind of like x but with y instead." Yet there are cases where those kinds of comparisons are more than appropriate, and World of Warships Blitz [Free] is one of those. Wargaming already gave us a good idea of what to expect with World of Tanks Blitz [Free], and if you substitute water for land and boats for tanks, you get the idea pretty quickly. Let's say, for the sake of argument, you've never played World of Tanks Blitz or any of Wargaming's free-to-play multiplayer military battlers. If this is your entry point, that might be a good thing, as life on the sea is all you'll know. ..

Just prior to Halloween last year, we got the very Halloween-appropriate news that classic movie murderer Jason Voorhees would be officially coming to the App Store by way of a new game called Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle. Better yet, the game would be a revamped take on Blue Wizard Digital's Slayaway Camp [$2.99], an absolutely fantastic puzzler that was like an homage to those great '80s slasher flicks that folks like Jason Vorhees were known for. In fact, Friday the 13th seemed to be the biggest inspiration for Slayaway Camp, so the news that the team was now making an officially licensed Friday the 13th version was pretty exciting. Anyway, fast-forward to this week and seemingly out of nowhere Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle [Free] has slashed its way into the App Store...

While Ironhide Games made a big splash last year with their tower defense/real-time strategy hybrid Iron Marines [$4.99], but we can't go forgetting that they're also responsible for three of the very best action tower defense games around: The Kingdom Rush trilogy. All three of these games have been well-maintained by Ironhide over the years, and just in this past week they've set out to support the iPhone versions of each with full screen support for the iPhone X. Of course, it took Ironhide like 6 years to finally release a Universal build of a game with Iron Marines, so chances are if you're an iPad Kingdom Rush player you don't know and don't care than an iPhone X update is available for these games. And that's fine! Avert your eyes iPad people!..

I loved the idea of Flipping Legend [Free] ever since developer Matt Meyer showed us an early prototype of the game way back at GDC 2016, when the game was titled Flip Out. During the next year Meyer and artist Thomas Whetnall, the other half of Hiding Spot Games, hooked up with the good Canadian folks at Noodlecake Games who then showed us an updated version of the game at GDC 2017. That's when I went from loving the idea of Flipping Legend to just straight up loving the game itself. Combining simple two-button controls with twitchy arcade hopping, Flipping Legend felt like just about a perfect iPhone game, and we loved it in our 5 star review and of course included it in our Top 100 Games of 2017 list. It's flipping great! Well, a major update for Flipping Legend has been in the works since its release last June and today it has finally arrived in the App Store. ..

It's 2018 now, and the loot boxes story isn’t going away. Now, Washington State lawmakers have joined the fray and are digging deeper in an effort to determine whether loot boxes are a form of gambling targeting children. According to a recent news story, Senator Kevin Ranker, a Democrat representing Orcas Island, introduced a bill that asks state officials and game developers to figure out whether loot boxes and other similar game mechanics are nothing more than a form of gambling that takes advantage of children. Ranker said that the industry needs to figure out how to regulate loot boxes because it's unacceptable to have "predatory gambling masked in a game with dancing bunnies or something" (I'm pretty sure those bunnies feel unfairly singled out right now)...

When Level-5 released Layton's Mystery Journey [$15.99] back in July of last year, it was interesting for several reasons. First was that, at least outside of Japan, it was releasing exclusively on iOS and Android first, with a Nintendo 3DS version arriving a few months later. It's not often you see a big brand like the Layton series releasing a brand new game on mobile first. Second was that Layton's Mystery Journey on iOS and Android was a fully premium game, and although it was sold in piecemeal fashion with all of its additional puzzles and cosmetic items available as separate IAP purchases, if you ended up buying everything the price would equal what Level-5 was charging for the game on the Nintendo 3DS. Pricing parity is another thing you don't often see between console and mobile releases of the same game. In fact, I'd argue the mobile way of pricing Layton's Mystery Journey was superior as you'd get the entire base game for $16 and then could choose to buy or not buy any of the additional content as you saw fit. Nintendo 3DS owners had to plop down the full price for everything included whether they wanted those additional things or not. ..

‘Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia’ Releases in English Beginning January 30th on iOS and Android Devices

When Square Enix announced the English release for Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia, I speculated that it might release around January 30th because Dissidia Final Fantasy NT releases on PlayStation 4 in the West that day. It turns out, Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia for iOS and Android will release beginning January 30th outside Japan. Watch the announcement trailer below:..

The huge and massively popular Lineage 2: Revolution [Free] kicks off a regular season of Fortress Siege and Open Siege with new in game events and content beginning today. Fortress Siege and Open Siege are the massive PvP modes in an already massive scale multiplayer experience for mobile platforms. The regular season will have a 50v50 Fortress Siege every Friday from 19:30 to 20:00 GMT. This will also take place in the 4 Gludio and 4 Dion regions that were just added to the game. ..

It's been quite a whirlwind since Spiel Studios accidentally released their game Man Vs. Missiles [Free] two weeks ahead of schedule just prior to the iTunes holiday shutdown in December. Since that time the game has been downloaded more than a million times and Spiel has released a whopping eight updates which have added in a bit of new content by way of new planes and made a ton of adjustments based on user feedback. Now, barely over a month after release, they are prepping the biggest update yet for Man Vs. Missiles. This Thursday a new update will arrive adding in unique environments for each of the planes in the game, and you can see how some of those will look in the following video...

After being mostly dormant for several years, it's sure been nice seeing developer Raptisoft getting active in the mobile space again. After releasing the excellent sequel Hoggy 2 [Free] in July of last year, Raptisoft went on to update two of the platform's best dual-stick shooters with iOS 11 support; Solomon's Keep [Free] in September and Solomon's Boneyard [Free] in October. And hey, while maybe not quite as high profile as their other games it's also quite commendable that Raptisoft updated their Mahjong Blitz [Free] with iOS 11 support last month, its first update since releasing in January of 2010! While we know Raptisoft is still working on a remastered version of Solomon's Keep which is destined for both mobile and desktop, they've also found some time to squeeze in another compatibility update for one of their classics, this time the incredible puzzle platformer Robot Wants Kitty [Free]. Here's the original launch trailer from 7(!) years ago...

‘Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation’ Is Now Available on the App Store and Google Play in Japan

SEGA’s Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation has finally released on both iOS and Android in Japan. Last week, it was announced that the SEGA developed game based on Atlus’ Shin Megami Tensei franchise, Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation, would release this week. It is now available on both platforms for free in Japan. Watch gameplay of it from TGS below:..

Here's How to Unlock Wonder Woman in 'Arena of Valor' Right Now

Arena of Valor [Free], the latest mobile MOBA to take iOS devices by storm, finally has its first big licensed character hitting the US version of the title. Starting today, players can start the journey to obtain Wonder Woman, the DC-licensed Amazonian Warrior. Starting today, a multitude of quests are now available that will each bestow Wonder Badges. The quests range from a wide variety of objectives, most of them centered around trying all the different types of battles (3v3, 5v5 etc) as well as objective based quests (Defeat a tower in battle). Unlocking Wonder Woman will require a total of 76 Wonder Badges, meaning that players will need to continually check in on quest statuses and ensure that the login quests are all cashed in as soon as possible...

Last week a pretty cool trailer caught our eye for a game where you sail boats made out of giant bananas, a giant hot dog, a bathtub, and many more silly items. The game was very appropriately titled Silly Sailing [Free], and it's now available in the App Store ready to fulfill all your silly sailing desires. I downloaded the free game to give it a quick spin and I have to say I'm pretty impressed with just how fun it is. You tap the left or right side of the screen to turn your boat in either direction, and there's a bar at the bottom of the screen which you'll drag left or right to close or open your sail. The trick is harnessing the wind properly to propel your boat forward, and there's handy arrows showing you exactly how the wind is bouncing off of your sail...

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