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'Ms. Spell' Review - Ms. Fire

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There are a ton of roguelikes, roguelites, and roguelike variants on iOS. Collectively, the genre is nearly as prolific on mobile as puzzle games and Kemco RPGs are. While there's always going to be an audience of some size craving more coal for the fire, going beyond that audience takes some clever, out-of-the-box thinking. To an extent, MicRogue [$1.99] had that. Developed by Jason Pickering and published by Crescent Moon, MicRogue offered up a heavily streamlined roguelite experience blended with an interesting chess-inspired twist. Its strong focus on positioning and predicting enemy moves helped it stand out a little bit. Pickering's latest roguelike-inspired game is Ms. Spell [$1.99], and it's unfortunately not quite as interesting...

Eagle-eyed calendar watchers and sci-fi fans alike will certainly be aware that today, May 4th, is Star Wars Day. On one hand, this means hearing May the Fourth be with you for the umpteenth time, until you're sick of Luke, Leia, and all their Jedi associates. However, this isn't merely a day for awful puns - the long-awaited SPACEPLAN [$2.99] has suitably released this morning for $2.99 on the App Store. Following the incredible 40-minute reveal trailer that was released last week, there has been much expectation on what this latest game from prolific publishers Devolver Digital actually was, and if it would live up to their previous work. Thankfully, early impressions on our forum thread have stated that SPACEPLAN is more than just a run-of-the-mill clicker, but a deep and compelling time-suck that has to be experienced...




Beautiful Samurai-Inspired Runner 'SumiKen' Slashes Onto the App Store May 11th

When SumiKen was first announced back in February, it managed to stand out despite its status as yet another runner on the App Store. Rather than some superfluous gimmick or feature that had been shoehorned in, SumiKen was noteworthy because of its stunning art style that was reminiscent of sumi-e Japanese ink wash paintings, and this aesthetic permeated into the game's design and mechanics. With seven characters, all with their own unique 'Ink Mode' ability that allows them to cut through enemies with ease, SumiKen quite literally caught the eye, and is finally being released on May 11th for $1.99 on the App Store...

Last Friday a very unexpected update hit for Fieldrunners [$2.99 / $3.99 (HD)], the stone-cold classic that helped thrust the tower defense genre into the mainstream when it originally hit all the way back in October of 2008. If the update hit last Friday, then why am I just now telling you about this? Because holy moly have I been sucked right back into this absolutely fantastic game. It's not my fault! This is the first update to Fieldrunners in more than 4 years, and alongside the much-needed widescreen support for the iPhone version, both the iPhone and iPad versions are now 64-bit compatible, so they shouldn't be getting the boot whenever the 32-bit Appocalypse approaches...

After playing Principia [$2.99] through a few times, I find myself a little conflicted. This is an odd sort of science simulation game where you take on the role of a historical scientist and try to build your fame and fortune through research and discovery. Rival scientists will try to beat you to the punch or cattily attempt to discredit your work, and you can choose to respond in kind if you like. The game ends when your chosen character reaches the end of his working life, so you've got to try to get in as much as possible by then. It's a messy, ambitious game, and when I think on it, it doesn't really work at all. And yet, there's something compelling about it all. Perhaps it's the thrill of chasing a discovery to its end. Maybe it's the joy of rising to the top while your rivals slide downwards. The game's nerdy enthusiasm for science is also rather infectious. Whatever the case, it's certainly something to try if you're looking for a different kind of simulation game...

Back before Firi Games put themselves on the map with Phoenix [Free] in October of 2010 and its excellent sequel Phoenix 2 [Free] in July of last year, they had released an unassuming shoot 'em up called Flare Elite [$0.99] in March 2010. While pretty basic overall, Flare Elite did lay the groundwork for the later Phoenix games, and in fact used a pretty novel energy system in place of a more traditional life bar. No, not a free to play energy system, but one that required you to constantly be defeating enemies in order to suck up the orbs they leave behind and keep your constantly diminishing energy level above zero. It was a fun concept and game, but never really set the world on fire and with Firi going full steam into the original Phoenix development Flare Elite has never received even one update. ..

As we wrote a few months back, Shadowverse [Free], the increasingly popular CCG, was planning on running a Street Fighter V crossover event, and that event is finally live. During this event, Shadowverse will feature seven Leader Packs containing a Leader skin, an emblem, and a set of card sleeves, all of which will be Street Fighter V-themed. You'll get the likes of Cammy (as Forestcraft), Chun Li (Swordcraft), Juri (Runecraft), and so on. You can buy these Packs either individually or as a single set. Additionally, anyone playing the game during the campaign period—which runs until May 25th—will get a special card sleeve, emblem, and a Tempest of the Gods card pack...

Footy Golf [Free] has been a big hit in our community since its release a few weeks ago, and like similar titles from Donut Games, people have been going hard at finding the absolute most efficient ways to finish levels and earn the highest scores. Much like its cousin Cat Physics [$1.99], just finishing the levels as intended isn't so difficult in Footy Golf, but coming up with the ultimate solution to a level is a game all on its own, and soon fans are going to have 20 brand new levels to pick apart piece by piece. The new levels are snow-themed and Donut has shared a brief preview of one of them on their Twitter page...

Right after announcing an upcoming Wild tournament, Blizzard announced just now that a Hearthstone [Free] Wild Heroic Tavern Brawl is coming tomorrow. The past Heroic Tavern Brawls were all Standard decks, but this time around those who enter the brawl will get to build a Wild deck, so expect to see all kinds of crazy decks. If you don't know how Heroic Tavern Brawls work, you pay either $9.99 or 1000 gold, build a deck and then play until you either lose 3 times or win 12 in a row. The more matches you win, the better the rewards, with the 12-win rewards being 50 Un'Goro packs, 1095 gold, 1100 dust, and three golden Legendaries. If you can make it that far...

Most Star Trek fans really like the Borg, the alien race that assimilates other species into the Collective through nanoprobes and cybernetic parts. Some of the best story lines had the Borg at their center, so I understand why Star Trek viewers are Borg fans. You'll be happy to hear that the Borg collective is coming to Star Trek Timelines [Free] in a month-long event called Process of Assimilation. During this event, players will try to repel the Borg while engaging in limited time Distress Calls and joining weekly in-game events...

One of the more confusing things about analyzing games in modern times is that they can change and improve thanks to the nature of updates and digital distribution. Guns of Mercy [Free] hasn't necessarily seen dramatic overhauls since its initial release, but it's become a much better game, and a free download well worth checking out. This action game has you fending off endless waves of enemies, using a gun that you can aim in a 180 degree circle. One hit kills you, but shields, powerups, and a giant mecha can help you out along the way, as you fight ever more dangerous enemies and giant bosses. You collect coins, and these all go toward upgrades to help you blow up stuff better. It's a turbo-charged shooter, and it's worth the download just to check out, though if you're playing now, you're getting a changed and improved experience than those who first gave it a shot...

Minimalistic Physics Skiing Game 'Just Ski' Plummets Onto the App Store May 10th

Skiing is an absolutely exhilarating experience, sadly marred by its seasonal restriction to only the coldest and snowiest of climates, and also its exuberant cost of entry. Thankfully the video games industry has recognised the mass appeal of plummeting down a slope at ridiculous speeds, and so recent years have been littered with attempts to capture the lightning in a bottle of such extreme sports. Whether that's Steep on consoles, or even iOS titles such as the recently released Shiny Ski Resort [$4.99] by Kairosoft, skiing has never been more accessible, and Farseer Games' upcoming release Just Ski is the next release in the avalanche of alpine activities. Featuring a minimalist aesthetic and an emphasis on fast pick-up-and-play sessions, Just Ski looks to take a focused approach to the genre, and is set to launch on the App Store on May 10th for only $0.99...

A few months back, we wrote about Lightseekers [Free], the toys-to-life action adventure RPG that looked quite fun, and now you can try it out for yourself if you're in the US, Canada, or the UK (broader release to come later). While the game is using its pretty fancy—and expensive—figures as a selling point, it's totally playable without them, so don't let the $70 figures scare you away from what looks like a pretty fun—and totally free—action adventure RPG. As you can see from the video below, there's a ton of things you can do in the game besides just fighting enemies, and your heroes can be upgraded in cool ways...

We always talk about how big Hearthstone [Free] is, but we don't always have specific numbers to demonstrate that fact. Today, though, we have one pretty telling number: 70 million players. That's how many players have registered for the game so far, and that's a pretty huge number. It doesn't mean that all 70 million are currently playing the game, but that's still a pretty incredible number. To celebrate this momentous number, Blizzard is giving away 3 free Un'Goro packs to any player who logs into the game during the month of May, even if you are a brand new player. Freebies are always great, so you should log in and get those 3 packs; who knows, you might even get a Legendary (highly doubt that)...

Clash Royale [Free] is adding an interesting new spell today called Heal, and—as I hope you can guess—it heals your troops. This 3-Elixir spell heals your units every 0.5 seconds over 3 seconds for 176/sec at Level 7, and it can really change the momentum of a match if played at the right time on the right troops. The spell is unlocked at Arena 10, Hog Mountain. The Heal spell featured in its own Draft Challenge during the weekend, so some of you are already familiar with how it plays. For the rest of you, today's the day to go get your hands on it. Why would you want to play the Heal Spell in your deck?..

Paladin Rising, Wild Tournament Coming, Un'Goro Archetypes, and More 'Hearthstone' News in 'Touchstone' #95

Hello Hearthstone [Free] players and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of the most interesting Hearthstone articles and videos. This week we saw the meta starting to transition as some new decks started making an impression on ranked. We also have a Wild tournament coming (finally) as well as stories about new Un'Goro archetypes, the decks that should be dominating the meta in the near future, and much more. And, like always, we have some fun videos for your work/school break. Overall, it's been a pretty positive week with players enjoying the variety of decks. Without further ado, let us begin...

Super Senso [Free] has undoubtedly been one of the most eagerly anticipated releases of 2017, and for good reason. While the game has been in soft launch since late 2015, and we have caught numerous glimpses of the title at events such as PAX in the subsequent fifteen months or so, Super Senso only released on the North American App Store last Thursday, with a worldwide release still in the pipeline. Initial impressions on our forum thread have been generally positive, with the futuristic fast-paced real time strategy action going down well with the iOS community at large, and such fervent pre-release hype being met by those eagerly anticipating an Advanced Wars-esque alternative on the App Store. To celebrate its long-awaited North American launch, publishers GungHo have released a brand new trailer for Super Senso, which showcases the numerous different characters that can be encountered in the game, as well as a taste of the title's eccentric humor...

Forget the theories of technological singularity where people claim artificial intelligence will end up surpassing that of humans - the biggest and most immediate problem that the future presents is that it is really quite expensive. Whether that's something as relatively small as that beautiful new 4K HDR television, or something as huge as space travel, our collective wallets will inevitably get a bit lighter as more shiny things appear at our doorstep. Thankfully, the App Store has a solution - both Missileman [$0.99] and Quantum Revenge [$0.99], two recent futuristic arcade titles released in 2017, have both been reduced to $0.99 over the weekend, which is both game's lowest price yet...

Magic: Puzzle Quest [Free] continues to improve, and the latest 2.0 update has brought some very welcome changes. The first new feature is Event Decks, which will result in battles taking place with decks made for specific events rather than a random opponent's deck. The other new feature is Deck Slots, which apparently has been a feature players have been requesting for quite some time. Having multiple deck slots per Planeswalker will make it easier to jump into events without having to tinker with decks every time you do so. You can now buy 2 extra deck slots per Planeswalker...

We really liked Terra Battle [Free], the free-to-play social RPG, when it came out back in 2014, and even though the game has been adding content, it's been a while since we've heard much about it. Today, though, the developers are adding characters from Final Fantasy XV and are trying to bring lapsed players back to the game. Starting today, three new limited edition quests will feature Final Fantasy XV characters and exclusive new music by Nobuo Uematsu. The quests will be all about Gladiolus, Ignis, and Prompto fighting against Final Fantasy staples such as Behemoth and Titan. Once you complete the quests, you'll have a chance to roll the S-Class adventurer Noctis...

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