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You may not love the free to play "games as services" model, but one thing that it does allow is a more constant revenue stream which can enable the steady flow of updates over months and years that we've come to expect from our mobile games. Bad Piggies [Free / Free (HD)] originally launched as a paid title much like its sibling Angry Birds, and despite one freebie promotion way back in 2013 it's remained that way ever since. However, that one-time dollar entry fee seems to not be covering Rovio's ambitions of keeping the game constantly updated, so today they've rolled out a huge version 2.0 update to Bad Piggies along with a price switch down to free. ..

Back in December of 2014, a heavily old-school-inspired CRPG named Dungeons of Chaos was released for the iPad. A passion project from solo developer Volker Elzner, Dungeons of Chaos was meant to replicate the experience of classic computer RPGs from the '80s like Ultima and Wizardry, and for the most part he succeeded with that. However, one big negative with the original Dungeons of Chaos was that it was built in its own engine so wasn't quite as platform-flexible, and being an iPad-only game it left a lot of iPhone players out in the cold. Well, since that original release, Elzner has taken to completely rewriting the game for the much more flexible Unity Engine, and the results of that effort Dungeons and Chaos Unity Edition [$3.99], which launched over the weekend. ..




Just a few weeks ago we talked about the limited soft-launch of a new mobile fighting game in the BlazBlue series, and although the planned worldwide launch was all set for June 8th, BlazBlue Revolution Reburning [Free] snuck out early around the globe over the weekend. While the initial trailer and info we had on BlazBlue RR led us to believe it was a 3v3 swipe-based fighter similar to Injustice [Free], Marvel Contest of Champions [Free], that's not exactly the case. ..

The clicker meets the action RPG in Nonstop Knight [Free]. Essentially, the progression of action-RPGs with loot, character leveling, and elements of clickers like idle revenue generation, and prestiging to reset your progress in the name of permanent stat upgrades, are combined into one game. Your hero automatically runs through dungeons, and you watch them fight, triggering special timed abilities, and using the revenue you earn to buy more and better equipment. Normally, I'm opposed to clickers without clicking, but having the timed abilities to use means that there actually is a degree of meaningful interactivity. The only problem with Nonstop Knight is that its progression slows to crawl, and stops being meaningful way too soon...

'Pixel Cup Soccer 16' Review - There's Your Fairytale

It's rather telling that the best soccer titles on handheld devices are the simplest. The reductionist approach of games such as New Star Soccer [Free] - where only a few elements of the sport such as scoring goals are focused on - fits mobile gaming so much better, as instead of trying to port a console experience which simply doesn’t fit on the iPhone, they play to the smartphone’s strengths. Pixel Cup Soccer 16 [$2.99] is another fantastic addition to the growing roster of soccer games, and focuses - for better and for worse - on the simplest arcade elements of the beautiful game to provide an extremely fun footballing experience that is easy to pick up, hard to master and even more difficult to put down...

'Mr. Crab 2' Review - Crafty Crustacean

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June 3rd, 2016 5:30 PM EDT by Chris Carter in 4 stars, Action, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Universal
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When a developer puts a spin on the typical auto-running formula, I'm usually there to check it out. While virtual buttons work just fine after years of acclimating to the concept, certain experiences lend themselves well to automatic movement, but there can be concessions in terms of how much we as players are allowed to interact with them. Mr. Crab 2 [Free] doesn't improve much on the foundation that was already built by its predecessor, but as an expansion of sorts, it works just fine...

As we all know, love it or hate it, freemium is a concept that is never going away. That said, there is a very specific subset of freemium that I like to call freemium fan service games. When a popular franchise or intellectual property wants to cash in on their loyal fan-base, slapping together a freemium game set within that world seems to be the way to go. But you know what? I love it sometimes. I’m pretty susceptible to some good fan service myself, and sometimes; not often, but sometimes, it makes the whole game worthwhile. Games like Star Trek Timelines [Free], while largely disliked by our community, still appealed to me as a huge trekkie, and the fan service within that game was fantastic. Well, if you’re partial to the ‘Tales of’ franchise of JRPG’s, then Tales of Link [Free] is the freemium fan service game for you, and has nothing to do with The Legend of Zelda if that’s also where your mind immediately jumped...

The Minecraft Pocket Edition [$6.99] developers wasted no time jumping into the beta for the 0.15 update, also called The Friendly Update, so today we got a crazy trailer showcasing many of the upcoming features. And it really is a fantastic trailer both because it shows off what's coming but also because it shows off Minecraft's immense capabilities. The confirmed features, some of which you can see in the trailer and others read about here, are pistons and sticky pistons, observer blocks (new blocks that can detect changes in neighboring blocks), leads, horses, fire charges, pig riding, skeleton horse traps, stray skeletons in tundras, husk zombies in the desert, the ability to tip arrows using cauldrons and potions, different villages in taigas and savannas, and more...

'Sky Force Reloaded' Review - Burning up the Skies

iDreams' Sky Force Reloaded [Free] is a great example of how to make a fun shoot 'em up that is traditional yet fresh. The situation isn't really surprising: you fly upward through levels, shooting both moving enemy formations and ground-based enemies, while trying to rescue humans that are on the ground. Those humans are a bit disappointed if you don't pick them up, but hey – sometimes dodging the plethora of enemy bullets is more important. It's not exactly a ground-breaking shmup, but it wins some points for variety. Levels occasionally throw some bullet-hell-esque hazards, and vary how the boss fights work. One level even takes your weapons away and forces you to dodge hazards and collect stars, the game's currency. There's a long-term progress objective here: you can upgrade your ship's health, weapons, and powerups. You can collect ship parts for new ships with different stats, with one ship unlockable if you played Sky Force 2014 [Free]. ..

Chances are good that if you know any Japanese RPGs at all, you know Final Fantasy [$7.99]. It's also quite likely you've at least heard of Dragon Quest [$2.99], even if you haven't played it. Chrono Trigger [$9.99] and Secret Of Mana [$3.99] are both quite well-known worldwide, as well. It's not surprising, then, that Square Enix has diligently ported almost every one of those games to mobile over the last several years. With only a few holes remaining among their world-famous titles, however, Square Enix is probably going to have to dig a little deeper in their back catalogue if they want to find new candidates to port. This year we've already seen a lovely remake of Final Fantasy Adventure in the form of Adventures Of Mana [$9.99]. Perhaps it's fitting, then, that the next unexpected selection comes from the other series that started on Nintendo's Game Boy...

Snake-chasing game Slither.io [Free] continues to rule the App Store, comfortably sitting at the top spot of the free games charts. Despite this amazing success, the developer doesn't seem intent on resting on his laurels and has continued to improve the game. This latest update, which has just gone live, has added a new joystick control mode, which makes it even easier to control that ever-growing snake, and a boost button that should help you get that sudden burst of speed exactly when you need it. The update has also added an AI mode where you get to play against numerous AI snakes. This is a good training mode because it lets you try different ways of killing other snakes without the intensity of PvP...

Badland 2 [$3.99] may have released back in December and been quite an improvement over the already phenomenal Badland [$2.99], but that doesn't mean that the first game doesn't still have some gas left in the tank. We used to joke about Badland being the best value for money on the entire App Store due to it getting dozens of awesome content updates literally years after its release, and with the arrival of a built-in level editor in September of last year, it gave Badland pretty much endless replay possibilities. Now, about 9 months after the release of the level editor, developer Frogmind has announced that Badland players have created a staggering 70,000+ levels for the game, and along with a new bug fix update today they've featured what they consider the 40 best of those user-created levels in the Eternal Day chapter in the game...

Even though the Verby Noun game phenomenon is wearing a bit thin at this point, I've really been enjoying Taco Illuminati's Looty Dungeon [Free], which we even chose as our Game of the Week when it released back in April. It utilized the core mechanics of any good Crossy Road-alike by having you move square by square and see how far you can go, but it blended its dungeon crawling elements in beautifully making it more than just a cool theme. The best part about Looty Dungeon was that its extensive cast of characters each had unique abilities which changed how you played through the game. Today a huge update has hit which takes all of that to the next level. Heroes can now earn experience and level up which will unlock even more new abilities and outfits. Plus if you happen to unlock a duplicate character through the gacha prize machine it will go towards leveling up that character, which is neat. On top of all this there's 5 more brand new characters added to the game...

When we usually write about Hearthstone [Free] decks, including in our weekly news roundup, the organizing principle is picking decks that will help you get as many wins as possible either on Ladder or in Tavern Brawls. But life doesn't have to be only about winning, as HearthHead user Mordanticus demonstrates. What he did is instead of building strong - or just fun - decks, he build decks based around World of Warcraft lore. Yes, these decks won't cut it in competitive play, but who cares when they are this awesome? The decks are split in categories such as Armies, Battles, Factions, Mad Alliances, and Raids, most of which are self-evident if you've ever played WOW...

It's always fantastic to see critically acclaimed masterpieces on other consoles be reimagined for iOS, and today we have received one of 2014's best games in the form of Never Alone: Ki Edition [$4.99] from publisher E-Line Media. On the surface, it appears to be your standard puzzle-platformer title with the task of traversing through the tundra with your fox companion while jumping over crevices in the ice, but in reality it is so much more than that. Being a collaboration with the Iñupiat group of indigenous tribespeople from northern Alaska, Never Alone: Ki Edition provides an insight into this hidden and distant culture. Even more heartbreaking is how the game acts as a fable of how their way of life is being actively destroyed over time by the changing environment and global warming...

Mojang is steadily working on Minecraft Pocket Edition 0.15 [$6.99] update, and it's almost ready to open up the Beta for Android testers. Hopefully, that means we are getting much closer to release, and I'm excited about that. If you haven't been following the 0.15 development, the biggest feature we are getting is Minecraft Realms, the Mojang-run Minecraft servers that take the hassle out of playing multiplayer with friends. This is one of my most anticipated features because it's been a while since I've played the game in multiplayer mode. Every time I've played MCPE on the TouchArcade Mobcrush channel, I always get requests to play multiplayer, so hopefully Realms will help us make that a reality...

Wubba lubba dub dub! Yet another free content update has hit Pocket Mortys [Free] and adds even more incentives for fervent Morty trainers to collect 'em all. First and foremost, 11 brand new Mortys are added into the wild, providing even more bizarre, disgusting and/or incredible variations to catch. Whether you prefer your Morty to be infected, made of goo or having numerous different appendages on his face, there surely will be something for everyone and even more options of Mortys to lead into battle. The most interesting variant, however, appears to be the Morty fanboy Morty, which is Mortyception if there ever was such a thing...

Well, it's mid-week and there are a ton of new games hitting the App Store as usual, but as far as I can tell there's only one sausage-themed fighting game releasing this week: Sausage Legend [Free]. In fact, I'm pretty sure it's the only sausage-themed fighting game to ever be released on any platform. We are long overdue. Since I'm a massive fighting game fan, and a massive fan of eating sausages, this should be a shoe-in, right? I guess that all depends on what you're looking for from your sausage-themed fighting games. Are you looking for an incredibly deep, tactical experience that rewards fast reactions and pinpoint timing? Or are you looking for a one-touch control scheme that lets you flop sausages of all sizes and flavors against each other until one of them explodes, with disturbingly lifelike sausage-flopping physics? Sausage Legend doesn't offer any of the former, but is absolutely loaded to the brim with the latter...

When it comes to Hearthstone's [Free]Tavern Brawls, sometimes we get the slightly boring (or simply tired ones), and sometimes - like today for example - we get a very entertaining one that has us playing the game in a completely different way. Today's Tavern Brawl, Cart Crash at the Crossroads, mixes up two classes for maximum shenanigans. You first pick a class, and in your first turn, you get to Discover another class, resulting in a lovely mix of cards unlike what we usually get to play. Your Hero power will be that of the first class you pick, but your cards will be a random mix of the two classes you end up with. And while it does sound like a great opportunity to complete your class-based quests, unfortunately the wins only count towards the original class you pick...

When it initially launched in early 2015, Alto's Adventure [$0.99] proved to be the antithesis to the adrenaline-pumping auto runner games such as Canabalt [$2.99] that were so prominent in the early years of the App Store. With an atmospheric backdrop and soothing piano music you were free to descend the mountain on your skis at your pleasure, until the occasional pesky rock or gaping abyss brought your run to a sudden halt...

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