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Sonic might have started his life on gaming platforms mightily strong, but the last few years haven't been the rosiest for the little blue hedgehog, and today's news won't be changing that fact. Sonic Runners [Free], the free-to-play endless runner that came out last June, will be closing down July 27th, and not even PETA can save Sonic. The game, which got a glorious 2 stars from our very own Shaun Musgrave, hasn't managed to persuade enough players to throw money Sonic's way, therefore it will meet its maker in July. The Red Star Ring (the premium currency) sales seized a few days ago, so the end is near indeed. SEGA's announcement doesn't really give much information regarding the reasons behind the closure, but it's pretty safe to say that the revenue just isn't high enough to make it worth keeping the game alive...

'Hatoful Boyfriend' Review - Love, Pudding, And More Drama Than You Can Shake A Feather At

Hatoful Boyfriend [$4.99] is one of those games that grabs attention just with a description of its premise. It's a Japanese dating simulator where you play a human girl who attends a school for birds. Naturally, every last one of your potential suitors is some type of bird or another. Doves, pigeons, finches, and more can be wooed over the course of your character's sophomore year at the school. Unlike many games with a goofy premise, however, Hatoful Boyfriend manages to deliver a really enjoyable game. It knows when to play things straight, when to wink at the audience, when to bow to the absurd, and when to let things go off in surprising directions. In general, it's a parody of the visual novel genre, but its plot is so meticulously crafted, it stands perfectly well on its own even if you have no experience with the genre...




It's been a very long and arduous journey for Solforge [Free], but this CCG is finally almost out of beta and is coming with quite a few much-needed improvements. Solforge has been around as long as (and probably just a bit more) than Hearthstone has. However, while it has some very clever mechanics behind it, it has never managed to attract the player base it deserves primarily because the game's UI was from the day it came out until now a clunky mess that was put together simply as a proof-of-concept and as a way to get a demo out early. So, while the mechanics had me playing the game quite a lot back in the day, its really bad UI (along with some other issues) eventually made me stop. However, it seems that it's Solforge's chance to (hopefully) shine as after a year of UI redesign, a rethinking of the economy, as well as the addition of more features, Solforge will be officially coming out of beta May 31st, and I'm actually excited about that...

'Castles of Mad King Ludwig' Review - Some Assembly Required

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May 27th, 2016 1:30 PM EDT by Andrew Fretz in $6.99, 4 stars, Board, Reviews
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Castles of Mad King Ludwig[$6.99] is a curiously accurate description for the monstrous architectural nightmares that are created in the midst of playing this board game that is new to iOS. I have a lot of respect when you can capture so much of a game's essence in the title. If you are unfamiliar with the game, you owe it to yourself to get acquainted and prepare to toss feng shui out the window...

'Imbroglio' Review - It's Quite The Hoopla

There are two things I know when I fire up a new game from Michael Brough. One, its presentation is probably not going to win any awards. Two, I'm going to have a good time. Brough's got a talent for designing games whose gracefully skate the line between accessibility and depth. 868-HACK [$4.99] is the kind of game that should probably be on everyone's mobile device. I'm sure it isn't, but it ought to be. His latest game is Imbroglio [$3.99], and while it's clearly another spin on the single-screen strategy trappings that comprise many of Brough's offerings, it is a clever one. It has a similar appeal to 868-HACK, but throws in a few interesting twists for your brain to chew on...

'Mazes Of Karradash 2' Review - Go Big Or Go Home

I'm frequently impressed at how quickly some small developers can create a game. It hasn't even been a year since the original Mazes Of Karradash [$0.99] released, and here I am looking at an impressively large-scale sequel. The fundamentals of the game haven't changed much in Mazes Of Karradash 2 [$1.99], but everything is bigger, brighter, and more advanced. Whereas I tended to think of the first game as a lightweight RPG best fit for filling in short gaps of time, the sequel has become something you'll want to settle into a comfy chair to play...

The cult classic New Star Soccer [Free] has amassed many fans since its initial launch in 2012 - and even won a BAFTA to show for it - although the lack of any substantial updates for over a year has led to many wondering what the future held for this excellent arcade soccer simulator. These questions were answered when this morning out of nowhere New Star Games, in association with French book publisher Hachette, released a spinoff in the series called New Star Soccer G-Story [$3.99], which merges the gameplay of its predecessor with an interactive Choose Your Own Adventure style ebook. The developers released a reveal trailer showing the slick new engine and an array of options you can take to influence your player’s career over the duration of the game:..

'Leap Day' Review - Jump for Joy

'Leap Day' Review - Jump for Joy

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May 26th, 2016 12:00 PM EDT by Chris Carter in 4.5 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Platform, Reviews, Universal
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I always seem to gravitate towards Nitrome's games. I don't know what it is, but I always pick up their latest game not knowing that it's actually them. And there's a common theme after all these experiences -- I usually come out enjoying myself. With a neat new gimmick, now I can add Leap Day [Free] to that list...

'Mekorama' Review - Mechanical Valley

'Mekorama' Review - Mechanical Valley

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May 26th, 2016 11:00 AM EDT by Chris Carter in 4.5 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews, Universal
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Isometric puzzle games pretty much have me at hello. There's something about the lovely god-like viewpoint that gives me a sense of wonder, in addition to a strict sense of control, that I really dig. Monument Valley [$3.99] is pretty much the king of the mobile space when it comes to those experiences, yet a number of games have risen to the call and have cemented themselves as worthy adversaries. While Mekorama [Free] isn't as attractive when it comes to its art style (the base game clocks in at just 8MB!), it makes up for it in charm, and a pretty nifty level editor...

If you enjoy unlocking new figurines and new worlds in Disney Crossy Road [Free], then today's update should hit the spot. As in the case of the Jungle Book, the game has added Alice Through the Looking Glass figurines to celebrate the movie's opening. There are 25 new figurines, 18 from the movie - including Alice, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat - as well as 7 other secret characters from the original worlds. The update also added a new world that lets players experience Time's Castle, including an 8-bit version of White Rabbit, the film's featured song. There are some interesting themed gameplay challenges and mechanics this time around, so if you like the movie or Alice in general, you should enjoy the new world...

Huge 'Tiny Tower' 5-Year Anniversary Update is Now Available

Nimblebit has been teasing a huge update to their massive hit Tiny Tower [Free] to celebrate its 5th anniversary since last month, and beta testing the update with folks in our forums since then, and as promised today that update has gone live in the App Store. This update contains tons of new content and features, some of which have made their way over from the spinoff/sequel Tiny Tower Vegas [Free]. There's new floors to build, new costumes, new roofs, new elevators, new BitBook posts, and much more. There's also a new QuickStock feature as well as the ability to rename and trade your Bitizens with friends. The feature I'm most excited about however is support for the resolution of newer iOS devices. No more blurry Tiny Tower! Check out the pre-update screen on the left compared to the nice and sharp post-update screen on the right...

When the Apple Watch released, a number of developers attempted to take advantage of the buzz by either updating old games with new features, or by releasing new games specifically designed with the Apple Watch in mind. One of the more success of the latter group was Lifeline [$1.99], an interactive fiction game that had you guiding a student named Taylor who had been stranded on a moon. As with most games in this genre, the game mostly consisted of reading text and making the occasional choice. The gimmick came from the way the game incorporated real time into the story. Taylor would often become busy after you made a choice, and you'd have no choice but to wait until Taylor notified you, via your watch or your device, that the story could continue. While the game itself was quite simple relative to other gamebooks, this element gave Lifeline the twist it needed to stand out from the pack...

One of my surprise favorites of 2016 has been Craneballs' Splash Cars [Free], which takes the simple isometric driving of another favorite of mine, Pako [$0.99 / Free], and adds in a Splatoon-like paint-the-world mechanic. The results are fantastic, and the entire concept gets taken to a whole new level with today's new update which adds in a 2v2 online multiplayer mode to Splash Cars. You'll get partnered up with another player and take on a team of two opponents on a map where only half of it is colored in. Your team's job is to color in the blank half while your opponents are wiping the color clean. It turns into a frantic battle of claiming, losing, and reclaiming territories until the timer runs out...

Originally announced in August of last year, and following its initial soft-launch this past January, Activision's latest game in the mega-popular Skylanders series Skylanders Battlecast [Free] is now widely available. Skylanders Battlecast takes the extensive roster of characters in the series and turns them into cards for a card battling experience that's not totally dissimilar to Blizzard's current king of CCGs Hearthstone [Free]. What's neat about Skylanders Battlecast is that, like the other games in the series, it blends physical products into the digital game. There are digital cards to unlock but you can also hop on over to a local retailer and buy physical card packs to scan into the game...

Clash of Clans [Free] is looking a lot more like Clash Royale [Free] lately and the latest update hitting the App Store today is confirming just that. Supercell are bringing Friendly Challenges to the game; members of the same clan can now invite clan mates to attack their villages. No gold, troops, heroes or traps will be consumed, so this is a great way to test your defenses, or on the contrary match your troops against a fellow clan member's defenses. All deployed troops shall be returned once the battle is over, so now you can try out that new troop or strategy without spending any hard earned resources. A replay option will be available in the Clan chat along with the outcome of the battle...

Virtually every Japanese strategy RPG can be said to be inspired by Nintendo's Fire Emblem in some way or another. While strategy RPGs followed their own path in the West, they did so mostly on computer formats that either weren't available in Japan or were very niche. When Fire Emblem's developer Intelligent Systems got the idea to add some Dragon Quest-style elements to their Famicom Wars turn-based strategy formula, they ended up creating a sort of Dragon Quest of their own. Not nearly as popular, mind you, but certainly as influential for its sub-genre. Without Fire Emblem, games like Final Fantasy Tactics, Disgaea, and Shining Force likely wouldn't have existed, nor would the numerous strategy RPGs that they themselves spawned. That said, while a debt is clearly owed, the genre has widened and evolved considerably over the years, to the point that many strategy RPG games bear little resemblance to Fire Emblem...

I have to admit that ever since the latest generation Apple TV launched last fall with a true App Store and a bazillion games, I haven't really played many games on it since that initial week or so of checking things out. It's not that I don't enjoy playing games on the big TV in my living room, it's more a problem of already having more awesome games than I can handle on my iPhone and not really having any additional time in the day to plunk down on the couch and get my Apple TV on. This is probably why I didn't notice that late last week one of my all-time favorite iOS games The Incident launched on the Apple TV with an awesome new local multiplayer mode...

Goo Saga [$0.99] is a fun platformer for those who would be intrigued by a bit of physics fluidity in their games. It's perhaps a bit loose-playing, but fun. You control a sentient ball of goo that has to find the scientist that created them, and you do so by using your gooey abilities to their full potential. You can jump and slam on enemies to defeat them. As well, you can inflate and deflate, with inflation giving you a more solid body and faster speed, at the expense of some control. Additionally, you can deflate, which is slower, but allows you to squeeze through tight corners. Platforming and enemy-bopping is a huge part of the experience, but boss fights and vehicle-based levels will throw the occasional wrench in the proceedings...

'Cruise Control' Review - Nightcall

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May 23rd, 2016 1:00 PM EDT by Chris Carter in 3.5 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Racing, Reviews, Universal
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Growing up in the 80s, I saw a ton of sci-fi films. Whether they were dramatic masterpieces or oozed cheese and camp I loved them all the same, and the numerous references in modern day media like Turbo Kid, Kung Fury, or Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are palpable. Sometimes creators just go all out in their unabashed love for the era, and that passion shines through in Cruise Control [Free] -- albeit, in light of some unfortunate IAP peddling...

State os Play is really out to please its customers at the moment; after updating the great pinball game, INKS [$1.99] , ridding it of its in-app additional world purchases, they are offering two great games, for free...

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