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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...

Retro City Rampage DX [$4.99] finally hits iOS. Took it long enough, eh? Brian Provinciano's "what if Grand Theft Auto was an 8-bit game that paid homage to every classic game and notable 1980s cultural phenomenon" title had landed everywhere but mobile. It was on desktop (PC, Mac, and Linux!), the Vita (on cartridge too!), 3DS, Wii U (not the Wii), Xbox One, PS3 and PS4, even a demo for NES! But the new platform releases started to dry up over time, even after the DX update to the original game that brought some new features and tweaks was released. And yet, no mobile version. Yet, one night it unexpectedly showed up! And while I have some issues with the game, I'm quite glad it showed up...




Those of you who hang around our forums don't need any introduction to Andy C83. For years he has been one of the most skilled mobile gamers we've ever seen when it comes to speedrunning or setting high scores. If you aren't familiar with Andy, well, just fire up Game Center at pretty much any popular game and chances are pretty good he'll be somewhere near the top of the leaderboard. In fact we've even featured Andy's work on the front page here before, once for putting together an awesome time-lapse of the first 1,000 holes in Desert Golfing [$1.99] and one time for speedrunning through the insanely difficult Duet [$2.99] in less than 10 minutes. Anyway, Andy's latest feat is one I'm still trying to wrap my head around. He recently speedran the entire game Chameleon Run [$1.99] and has put together a compilation of all his speedruns for all the game's levels. Seriously, check this out...

LEGO games on iOS are, by this point, nothing if not reliable. Apart from the earliest releases on the platform and the occasional experiment, the LEGO games based on licensed properties all essentially do the same things. They tell (or retell) a humorous story using a selection of stages from the console versions, offer up some mindless action gaming, and have a ton of unlockables. How much you enjoy them usually depends on how much you like the property involved, but all of the games kind of fall in that sticky zone that lay just between boring and interesting, and LEGO Jurassic World [$4.99] isn't any different. Except, you know, that this one has playable dinosaurs...

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...

There's no denying that the surfer culture is an extremely laid back one, so it's sort of apropos that Diverso Games' latest title Go Surf [$2.99] shuffled onto the App Store just a wee bit later than all of yesterday's new releases. Hey, it's cool bro! We're all a little late sometimes. If you aren't aware of Go Surf from our previous coverage, it's a super-stylish one-tap endless surfing game that does a wonderful job at capturing the beach lifestyle. Check out the trailer...

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...

If you dislike RNG in Hearthstone [Free], then you should definitely stay away from today's Tavern Brawl, Too Many Portals. If you enjoy all kinds of crazy RNG-induced shenanigans, you're about to have a blast. This Brawl isn't new, but it's still one of the most iconic Brawls we've gotten up to now partly because it emphasizes the craziness of the mode. If you haven't played Tavern Brawl in the past, in this one the master mages of Dalaran have gone too far and ended up opening up hundreds of portals (sounds like Mickey in Fantasia). Now, you choose a class, get a few class-specific spells and plenty of Unstable Portals, and you start slinging them around and hope for the best...

World of Tanks Blitz [Free] is one of those games that hits a great balance between short, fun gameplay and long-term goals, and that's why I often return to it. The way you advance in WOT Blitz is by researching higher Tier tanks up to the top Tier X beasts. And trust me when I say, going to Tier X takes a long, long time. However, an issue that WOT Blitz has had pretty much since the beginning was that higher Tier tanks (especially Tier IX-X) would often cost you money rather than give you money even when you won, and that was due to the high cost of repairs after each round. Now, Wargaming.net has finally decided to fix this issue with Update 2.8 that aims to make playing higher tier tanks worth playing...

'Mimpi Dreams' Review - Dream A Little Dream

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April 5th, 2016 11:45 AM EDT by Shaun Musgrave in $2.99, 4 stars, iPad Games, iPhone games, Platform, Puzzle, Reviews
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The original Mimpi [Free] was a cute, somewhat short puzzle-platformer with inspired art design and serviceable controls. Mimpi Dreams [$2.99], the sequel, is a cute, somewhat short puzzle-platformer with inspired art design and excellent controls. The original game was an excellent little bit of fun and still holds up quite well today, and the follow-up offers up another tasty serving with a few useful refinements. While its brevity and relative lack of difficulty might turn off those looking for something more substantial to sink their teeth into, Mimpi Dreams has enough appeal to carry it far...

'King Rabbit' Review - The King Has Returned

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April 5th, 2016 10:50 AM EDT by Shaun Musgrave in $0.99, 5 stars, Action, Arcade, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews
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Making video game sequels has always been a tricky business, but in the modern age of updates and add-ons, I can't even imagine how difficult it is to make the best choice for a follow-up. On the App Store in particular, the audience has become accustomed to getting reasonably significant additional content delivered as free updates, with games like Angry Birds [$0.99] and Candy Crush Saga [Free] getting enough free add-ons to construct a dozen sequels under the old rules. Unless you're one of the biggest dogs in the yard, however, it doesn't take long for such efforts to yield weak dividends, since relatively few players ever actually play through all of the content in the base game to begin with. Now, if you're making the kind of game where you can make your sequel look obviously different in some regard, it's less of a problem, but for puzzle games, it can be difficult to sway people over to a new installment...

In January of this year I was pleased to see Sega release an update for Sonic 4 Episode 2 [$2.99] that addressed some iOS compatibility issues which had rendered the game unplayable. Sure the game was broken for about 2.5 years before the fix arrived, but I was still glad to see it arrive at all and, perhaps feeling a bit too optimistic, I also said "Although it's never been broken by iOS, I sure wouldn't mind Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode 1 [$2.99] getting a little update love with some widescreen action." Well hey, guess what? Sega has done just that with an update released just this morning. Not only is the game properly widescreen now, but the art itself has been cleaned up for modern iOS device resolutions. Here's a bunch of comparison shots from before and after today's update, click on any of them to enlarge...

While many genres are forced to stick with conventions (action games typically have an ending, for example), puzzle games can basically do whatever they want. That's both a boon and a curse, as developers can often completely blow your mind or go so far out there that the concept doesn't quite land. Perfect Angle [$1.99] actually manages to encapsulate both of those concepts, oddly enough...

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