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'Kami 2' Review - 2 Kami 2 Furious

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March 31st, 2017 10:00 AM EDT by Shaun Musgrave in 3.5 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews
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Say what you will about other aspects of gaming, but one area where mobile games can frequently go toe-to-toe with those on other platforms is in their style. Games like Monument Valley [$3.99], Sword and Sworcery [$3.99], and Prune [$3.99] are as much about taking the player on an audio-visual journey as they are about pushing their gameplay mechanics. 2013 puzzle game Kami [$2.99] might not be as famous as some of those games, but it's certainly done well enough for itself. It has made the jump to multiple platforms and now has a sequel to call its own. Unfortunately, Kami 2 [Free] runs into a lot of the same troubles that puzzle game sequels usually do, and with much of the novelty of its gimmick worn off, its fundamental issues shine through a little too brightly...

'Krosmaga' Review - Fun Cards and Clever Ideas Make for an Entertaining CCG/Tower Defense Blend

"Another CCG?" That's pretty much the reaction I see every time I write about a new mobile CCG, and to a degree I understand why; CCGs seem to be one of the favorite genre of App Store developers. However, not all CCGs play the same or offer the same kind of experience, and Krosmaga [Free], the CCG from developer Ankama, definitely feels different enough from CCGs like Hearthstone [Free] and Shadowverse [Free] to warrant a closer look from those looking for a different kind of CCG. Krosmaga is still all about collecting cards, constructing decks, and playing the right card at the right time as you try to defeat your AI or human opponent, but there are very important differences, which I'll talk about below. There's plenty of fun to be had with Krosmaga and plenty of content to go through, but if you don't like randomness in your card games and are looking for a card game all about skill, I suggest you look elsewhere...




If you aren't of a relatively-young age, you probably won't know what Club Penguin is. This was a PC MMO where you played as a penguin in a winter-set online world. The game grew pretty quickly to the point where by 2013, it had over 200 million registered user account, and while most of its players were of the 6-14 age range, there were older players too. Alas, as with every good thing in this world, Club Penguin's time came to an end yesterday, March 29th, but fear not because Disney is instead offering Club Penguin Island [Free], a mobile version of the popular game, available now...

If you do your CCG playing on the Shadowverse [Free] side of the App Store, you'll be glad to know that Tempest of the Gods, the game's latest expansion, is now available. In celebration of the launch of the new expansion, the developers are giving ten free card packs from Tempest to all players, a move that F2P players will definitely appreciate. Keep in mind that in order to receive these packs, you must have completed the in-game tutorial. Tempest of the Gods is adding 104 new cards to the game, including two original Legendary type cards for each class. The developers are hoping these Legendaries will open all kinds of deck-building possibilities and should form the core of new deck archetypes...

FIFA Mobile Soccer [Free] has been keeping its players quite busy with all kinds of seasonal events, but its recent big update is focusing on bigger under-the-hood changes that should make the game more fun to play. First of all, the update has added Daily Activities, a set of daily goals that will get you more ways to get rewards every day you play the game. Although these will be useful to F2P players, I think the many other updates will make a bigger difference to how the game plays. The AI logic has been improved to make sure that players with better stats do better on the pitch, which to be honest should have been the case all along...

Co-op Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawls are usually among the best, and this week's A Mammoth of a New Year ranks pretty high. You and your frenemie will be working together to first decorate the tavern and then take down the Pinata Golem, a 5 Attack 85 Health Boss with Taunt that changes sides every turn. And he can't be targeted by spells, sorry. So, how does the Brawl play? You'll get pre-constructed decks, and your hero power is Decorate, which creates decorations for the Tavern. You can use as much mana as you have available to decorate, and you have to get to 25 decorations for the place to look spruced up enough for the Pinata Golem to grace you with its presence...

To tell the truth, I've put off playing Versus: The Elite Trials [$3.99] for a while. I didn't particularly enjoy The Hero Project: Redemption Season [$3.99], the last gamebook from author Zachary Sergi, and I was worried that I had completely forgotten where the story left off at the end of Versus: The Lost Ones [$3.99]. That gamebook, which you should definitely play before getting into this one, was something of an information dump. There were too many characters to keep track of, lots of world-building, and a plot that threatened to branch off in some truly confusing directions. With more than a year passing since playing the first chapter of Versus and now, I wasn't confident that I remembered anything from it anymore and wasn't looking forward to having to refresh myself. I kept shuffling The Elite Trials to the back of my to-do list, and now that I've finished it, I feel pretty silly about doing that...

The iOS port of Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion [$4.99 (HD)], the standalone expansion pack of the cult classic PC strategy title Rome: Total War [$9.99 (HD)], has been one of the most eagerly anticipated upcoming releases over the past few months. While Barbarian Invasion still retains the meticulous empire-building emphasis of its predecessor, the implementation of some interesting new mechanics, as well as the subtle yet dramatic change in the historical context, gave the expansion its own unique identity that saw it achieve critical acclaim when it first launched in 2005. Feral Interactive did an excellent job in porting the original Rome: Total War to the App Store, and it seems this trend has continued with Barbarian Invasion, which has today launched for only $4.99 on the iPad and should please not only those looking for a more in-depth strategy experience on-the-go, but also any fans of the original PC release...

'Pixel Volley' Offers Extreme and Accessible Volleyball Action, Serving Onto the App Store April 5th

There has been a recent trend in video games as a whole to take a sport at its most mundane level and then dial it up to 11, all the while adding rockets, spikes, and other precarious obstacles that turn what could otherwise be a leisurely activity into an extreme attempt at survival. Rocket League took football (incorrectly called soccer by some), added rockets, and the rest is history. Recently on iOS, Golf Zero [Free] turned the sedate and slow act of putting into maniacal platforming mayhem, and as a result received glowing praise in our recent review. Pixel Volley is looking to follow in the footsteps of these titles, and will provide accessible volleyball action with a whole host of customisable options - as well as a number of entirely lethal twists lurking around every net - when it launches on the App Store for free on April 5th...

'Death Road to Canada' Review - A Dog, Anime Magical Girl, and A Farting Man Enter a Bar...

I think you could make a strong argument that Rocketcat Games is the greatest developer in the history of mobile games. No studio has quite the collection of masterpieces that they do. Go on and look it up, their worst title is Five Card Quest [$2.99] and even that isn't so bad. Madgarden, meanwhile, has the strongest collection of unreleased titles perhaps out there, but when he releases something, it tends to be great. See their previous collaboration Punch Quest [Free], which is still brilliant and so unlike everything else on the App Store. In fact, that's the problem: these folks make games that are such pinnacles of what they do that nobody else can even come close. So, perhaps you might think Death Road to Canada [$7.99] off the bat seems a bit weird for them to do. After all, it's a zombie survival game. There's a ton of them. But that would be short-sighted: Death Road to Canada is another masterpiece from a partnership that keeps cranking out the hits...

Journey to Un'goro, the next Hearthstone [Free] expansion, is almost upon us (probably releasing April 6th), so Blizzard has decided to gives us a week of "Mammoth" rewards to celebrate the upcoming Year of the Mammoth, the new Standard season. This celebration comes in the form of a week's worth of daily login rewards starting March 29th. The rewards start with a mere 50 gold on March 29th and then include a Gadgetzan card pack, a Whispers card pack, 2 Un'Goro packs (on separate days), and 100 dust. Plenty of reasons, then, to jump into the game at least once a day during that week...

If you still enjoy playing Fire Emblem: Heroes [Free], I have good news for you. According to the game's official Japanese Twitter account, there's a big update coming next month that's adding some cool new features. The first one is the ability to change the starting positions of your party members before a battle commences. You'll be able to change as many times as you want until one of the Heroes moves. This should help you better plan your attacks. Additionally, there will be changes in the way Heroes gain experience, with Heroes of 1-4 star rarities gaining more experience points from fighting enemies of lower level...

The TV show Archer is definitely one of the most crass and provocative ones out there, which is a big reason why I really like it. The show, starring the completely-incompetent super agent Archer (codename Duchess), has been skipping around different eras in recent seasons, and the upcoming season, starting April 5th, will take Archer and the gang back to the times of noir detective films. The game Archer, P.I. [Free] blends AR with detective work and will have you using your phone's camera to grab clues and objects from the TV show's episodes as well as from billboards, commercials, the Archer Facebook page, and more...

Journey to Un'Goro Reveals, HCT Winter Champion, Disguised Toast, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #90

Hello everyone and welcome to Touchstone #90, our roundup of everything that happened in the world of Hearthstone [Free] this past week. As was to be expected, this past week was all about the upcoming Journey to Un'Goro expansion and the HCT Winter Championship. We've seen plenty of Un'Goro cards so far, and I have to say that the expansion is looking really cool. The Quest mechanic looks like it will spur some fun deckbuilding, and some of the upcoming Legendaries look awesome. There were quite a few stories about Quests this past week, which shows how everyone is looking forward to getting their hands on them. There was also a new champion crowned after a fantastic HCT Winter Championship. A great week indeed...

'DROP NOT!', a Reaction-Based Puzzler From the Creators of 'Power Hover', Is Rolling Onto the App Store on April 6th

One of my favorite parts of writing about iOS games is seeing those titles that consistently receive support in the form of content updates, normally for many months after the base game initially launched. Even though many of the best App Store titles do launch as complete packages without the need for many further additions, it's great to see developers take an active role in our iOS community to discuss and take on ideas for future plans, and Oddrok's Power Hover [$3.99] was one such release that impressed me greatly over 2016. As a result, I'm incredibly excited by DROP NOT!, the next game from the Finnish developer which is set to offer reaction based puzzle action - for the sweet sweet price of absolutely nothing - when it launches on April 6th...

Developer Zach Gage has a knack for putting together simple, accessible games that you can play for hours on end. He's been involved in a number of high-profile iOS games, but one of his earlier hits was the word game SpellTower [$2.99]. That was one of those games that seemed to transcend the usual crowd that played mobile games, appearing on the devices of the most unlikely of people. And why not? Word games play well with a large audience for a variety of reasons, and SpellTower was a very good one. Gage is back at the genre with TypeShift [Free] , but I can't help but feel this is aimed at a very different sort of player. It's an attractive game with an enjoyable primary mechanic, but there are a few things that keep it from reaching the heights of Gage's previous tower...

Clash Royale [Free] continues adding new units, and the new unit to join the party is the Bandit, a fun new Legendary that dashes to her target and delivers a wallop. Specifically, this 3-Elixir Legendary can't be hit while she's dashing to her target, which makes her a very useful unit. She deploys in 1 second, has 1 second hit speed, and is fast. She is unlocked in the Jungle Arena (Arena 9). Keep in mind that she will not dash to any unit less than 4 tiles from her, so spawn her carefully. Her dash can get her through boulders and The Log without getting knocked back, and, if nothing else, looks very cool...

If you're fan of board game digital conversions or of the Great War (also known as WW I), you should check out HexWar Games' Command & Colours: The Great War [$9.99 (HD)], which just released on the App Store. This port takes the pretty popular Command & Colours system and brings to your tablet a pretty entertaining take on the massacre that was the Great War. The battle system allows for the game to scale nicely, so you might be playing a small squad encounter or a huge battle; personally, I'm usually more interested in the more "intimate" encounters in strategy games. And the use of the Combat cards makes the battles unpredictable and, therefore, more entertaining...

Great news for fans of the terrific Orphan Black TV show; Orphan Black: The Game [$1.99] has just quietly made its way to the App Store. Orphan Black: The Game is a turn-based adventure puzzle game that deals with the same issues the TV show does, namely the adventures and misadventures of a group of female clones at the center of a global conspiracy. If you haven't watched the show, it's a dramatic series, with plenty of comedic moments, that raises questions around who owns the human body and explores the nature vs nurture debate—do your genes or your upbringing make you who you are...

I'll give this to Capcom, they sure picked an unusual bunch for their latest mobile initiative. Given the original game's importance in Capcom's history, 1942 Mobile [$1.99] made a certain amount of sense. It was their first big hit, and shooters tend to play well with the mobile audience. Ghosts 'n Goblins [$1.99] is certainly a significant game but it wouldn't be my first choice to adapt to touch controls. Capcom disagreed enough that the next game in the series is Ghouls 'n Ghosts Mobile. The meat in that Arthur sandwich, however, might be the oddest choice of the lot. Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando Mobile [$1.99] is a technically-sound port of the game once known outside of Japan simply as Commando. It was a decent hit in its time, and it's certainly an influential game, but it manages to suffer from the negative points of both prior Capcom Mobile ports...

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