Category Archives: Free

The Kingdom Hearts series is one of the top-selling RPG brands in the world. It's hard not to be cynical about its origins, as it was a clear attempt to mash together two things that are very popular, especially in Japan, to see how much money would come out. The answer was, a lot. To the credit of the various development teams who have worked on the franchise, they've made the best of a very unnatural mash-up. The original game sort of coasted on the goodwill of fans and largely inoffensive gameplay, but some of the follow-up games have been surprisingly high quality. Even the failures have tended to be interesting experiments worth messing around with just to appreciate their quirkiness...

The odd week of new releases continues as more than a few games have trickled out later than anticipated. The latest is Umbrella's single-tap block-by-block platforming game Back To Square One [Free], which you may remember us checking out at GDC this year and really liking what we saw, and Carter felt similarly when he went hands-on with the game just a week ago. I hesitate to make the comparison, but this is almost a side-scrolling Crossy Road type of game, as your goal is to make it through a gauntlet of traps and hazards moving your square character one space at a time. ..




'Pocket Mortys' Spring Update Brings Quick Crafting, 10 New Mortys, a New Attack and More

Pocket Mortys [Free] has the distinction of being the absolute best Rick and Morty-themed Pokemon clone available. Nobody else is even close. That's because there IS nobody else, but that's not the point. Pocket Mortys is the best in class in its own very specific category, and there's simply no disputing that. It was great when it originally released in January, and it got even better with a big update in early February. Today, it gets even more better-er as another update adds 10 new Mortys to collect, a new Paralyze attack move, a new item to counter Paralyze, and best of all the new ability to craft items directly from the Recipe menu. All this is amusingly explained by Rick in the following trailer...

While not as popular as in the 90s, Sailor Moon still has a fan base, at least judging from cosplayers and Sailor Moon merchandise. If you do enjoy Sailor Moon and her quirky sidekicks, you'll be glad to know that after a few months in Japan, SailorMoon Drops [Free] has come to the US App Store. As for the gameplay, I'll give you exactly one guess to figure out how this game plays. Yes, a match-3 indeed. All of the characters have been transformed into cute versions of themselves, and the game does contain a storyline that you'll play through as you solve those match-3 puzzles. The game includes many familiar characters (both friends and enemies), and is definitely very cute to look at...

When Faily Brakes [Free] first launched a couple of months ago, I remember thinking to myself "Great, ANOTHER Verby Noun endless arcade game, BIG WHOOP!" Then I finally got around to playing it and was completely taken by surprise with just how darn fun it was. I guess you can't always judge a game by its overdone naming convention. Anyway, Faily Brakes has become one of my go-to games since, and today it received a nice update adding a new female playable character amusingly named Anita Brakes, a coin doubler vehicle, 15 other brand new vehicles, and more...

Blizzard continues to try different ideas in its Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawls, and this week's The Great Stone of Challenge is definitely an interesting one. The challenge this week is to build a strong deck that has only even-cost spells and minions with odd attack. So, as you can imagine, these restrictions won't allow you to simply build one of your usual strong decks; instead, you'll have to figure out how to massage those rules into a decent - if not powerful - deck. If these rules sound familiar, it's because they are the rules used in the first-ever Challengestone tournament (organized by Kripparian, underflowR, and Tempo Storm). I don't think it's an accident that the title has both the words Challenge and Stone in it...

In an effort to make that daily grind worth it, Supercell is changing Clash Royale's [Free] Crown Chests in a big way. Crown Chests will give double the rewards they currently do in an effort to help players (and to keep them playing the game longer, of course). This is good news because at least that one chest a day will be worth your trouble now. This change is related to the upcoming Tournament Rules changes that Supercell plans. The changes aim to level the playing field and let skill, timing, and placement be the deciding factors in competitive matches. In order to allow players to see why changes are coming, Supercell explains why the Rules exist in their current form and what kind of changes we might be seeing...

Zen Studios are firing up the pinball table making machine for the first time since releasing 3 Star Wars: The Force Awakens tables this past January. They've teamed up with Fox Digital Entertainment to create 3 brand new tables set in the Aliens movie universe for a table pack they've dubbed Aliens vs. Pinball. Zen describes the new tables: "In Aliens pinball, team up with the Colonial Marines as Ellen Ripley on a pinball table based on ALIENS, the 1986 blockbuster film. Face your fears and take on a deadly Alien threat on the Sevastopol Space Station as Amanda Ripley in the Alien: Isolation pinball table and feel the rush of the hunt as a young Yautja warrior in Alien vs. Predator pinball."..

It sometimes feels like Marvel is working towards a future where there will be a free-to-play game for every possible genre. The quality of those games has run the gamut from the bland Marvel: War Of Heroes to the surprisingly enjoyable Marvel Future Fight [Free]. Somewhere in the upper end of that range sits Marvel: Avengers Alliance, a rather fun game with a battle system pulled from turn-based RPGs. The one thing that ties most of these games together aside from the license is that no matter how well they start off, they all seem to end up becoming worse over the long run. The original Avengers Alliance is probably the worst example of that, with its poorly-implemented PVP, serious issues with cheating players, and completely broken character balance. At a certain point, it felt like Marvel Entertainment just gave up on it...

I've talked repeatedly about how much I enjoy the eeriness of Rusty Lake's Cube Escape series, and the just-released Cube Escape: Theater [Free] continues along the same vein, which is nothing but good news to me. Cube Escape: Theater is the eighth in the Cube Escape series and continues from where Cube Escape Birthday [Free] left off. The opening scene of the trailer with the red curtains reminded me a lot of the famous giant scene in David Lynch's Twin Peaks (one of my all-time favorite shows), although the tone of this trailer is less threatening and more inquisitive - though no less peculiar and with an uncanny tone running through...

Five Alarm Freebie Alert: 'Space Marshals' Goes Free for the First Time

We live in a world of constant sales and freebies. It happens so darn much that sometimes it's tough to even get excited about a sale. This is NOT one of those times. Pixelbite's stunning dual-stick shooter Space Marshals [$4.99] has just dropped to free for the first time ever. It's not known why exactly it's free at this point in time, but this isn't the time for questions, this is the time for action. That action is mashing the download button on your device...

If you're hanging around this morning looking for a new game to play but have exactly zero dollars to your name, well, we've got some good news. Rogue Agent [Free] just went from $2.99 to free. We reviewed it earlier this year, and the best way to describe the game is as another super-solid entry in the stealth puzzler genre...

A couple of days ago we wrote about the imminent reveal of a game based on the Fear the Walking Dead series. We were wondering which way the game would go, since there are numerous iterations of zombie games on the App Store. Well, the game dropped on the App Store, and as you can tell from the title Fear the Walking Dead: Dead Run [Free], the game is an endless runner. The game takes place in various familiar locations of a Los Angeles on the verge of - and possibly already beyond - collapse and has you running for your life all the while avoiding (or dispatching) the undead. You have a variety of weapons, but using them too much slows you down, using them too little gets you bit...

While there's a zombie game released every five seconds, there aren't nearly enough alien games out there. I mean sure, there's a handful of titles based on the actual Alien franchise with Xenomorphs running around causing havoc, but think of how many games are around with actual aliens, whether it be little green men or humanoid creatures from another planet. With a bold and obvious title, Crazy Alien Invaders [Free] seeks to rectify this unfortunate shortage...

If there's one genre I almost never get to experience, it's fishing. I have plenty of nostalgia for SEGA's huge line of bass-centric games as well as their amazing arcade machines where you can actually feel the tension in the rod, but in this modern era, I generally don't go out of my way to play a console or mobile fishing game. That changed with Fishing Break [Free], and although it has a rather aggressive monetization strategy, it still hits the spot...

Generally speaking, I'm not the sort of gamebook fan that replays books terribly often after finishing them. I'm usually okay with getting whatever story and ending comes from my choices, so long as it's an ending and not a "game over". With The Daring Mermaid Expedition [Free], however, I found myself going back a few times. It's a relatively short adventure, and it's almost impossible to satisfy your curiosity about the game's mysteries in a single play. The author takes a light approach to whole affair, and there's a playful feeling running through the whole story. I can't say it's one of my favorites from Choice Of Games, but if it catches you in the right mood, you'll probably enjoy it...

When I wrote a few days ago about the World of Tanks Blitz [Free] 2.8 Update, I described how I was glad Wargaming.net had decided to make higher Tier tanks more affordable to play by decreasing repair costs and increasing profitability. And up to that point, all was well. But then I started hearing complaints about the new passive consumables called Provisions that many felt pushed the game into pay-to-win territory. Provisions are activated automatically and have a permanent effect throughout the battle, and they aren't cheap. For instance, if you buy Improved Fuel for 6300 credits, you get 10% to engine power and 10% to turret traverse speed, both of which are substantial boosts and can really tilt the balance towards the tank with the provisions on board...

And now we've seen them all. Yogg-Saron, the last God from the Whispers of the Old Gods Hearthstone [Free] expansion has finally been unveiled, and he's kind of crazy. Yogg-Saron, Hope's End (as is the card's full name) is a ten mana 7/5 Legendary with a battlecry "Cast a random spell for each spell you've cast this game (targets chosen randomly). Crazy, right? First, a few clarifications straight for the horse's (Blizzard's) twitter account. This battlecry affects all potential targets, including your own hero, the spells are randomly selected from all the collectible spells and one is cast for each spell you've played, when played in Standard Yogg-Saron will only cast Standard spells, and his spells might target himself but even if destroyed, the full Battlecry will still take place...

'Disney Crossy Road' Review - Mickey Can't Beat a Train

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Such is the philosophy that Disney Crossy Road [Free] abides by. It pretty much lives up to its title, in that it's Crossy Road [Free] but with Disney characters and themes. And it is a Disney geek's dream. It would have been easy to just throw Disney characters into the classic Crossy Road level and call it a day, but it's quite clear that Disney and Hipster Whale wouldn't just do that. They threw in over a hundred characters at launch, with themes that don't just change the graphics, but add little tweaks to the gameplay. And they added cool little notes that make this something every Disney fan needs to play. Plus, Crossy Road is still great...

Good news! KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ [Free] just popped up on the App Store, so this week is suddenly shaping up to be a pretty good one in terms of releases. If you don't know much about the game, Tetsuya Nomura described the game as taking place during the beginning of the KINGDOM HEARTS series. It takes place in the world of the fairy tales talked about throughout the series and before the Keyblade War. You'll play as one of the many keyblade wielders. In the game you'll fight the Heartless as you explore Disney's worlds (more Disney themes on the App Store today after Disney Crossy Road [Free]). You can collect and evolve hundreds of character medals containing the power of popular Disney and FINAL FANTASY heroes and villains, which was a blend I always found fascinating in the KINGDOM HEARTS games...

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