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Ticket to Earth [$4.99] is a well-made tactical RPG with a cool, puzzle-like combat mechanic that is both compelling and rather unique - a rarity in this day and age. The game's first protagonist is fond of saying "see the grid, find the path," the mantra from a futuristic martial art that allows her to blitz through the battlefield and over different colored squares that fuel a variety of attack powers. The story is cool, and is set in New Providence, a dying colony on a distant world. The colony is being evacuated back to earth, but you need a ticket - and they all end up in the hands of the rich and powerful. The people have had enough, and faced with an uncertain future, opt to rise up. ..

Meshi Quest: Five-Star Kitchen [Free] is a new restaurant management game from Square Enix. Meshi Quest is free to play and will let you master more than 200 recipes. The premise is simple and you can spend a few minutes (a single round is two minutes) tapping and dragging to cook. The foods included go all the way from the basic Japanese cuisine to the gourmet stuff. As you'd expect, there's a lot of Sushi, Katsu Curry, and ramen. Check out the launch trailer below:..




In Cityglitch [$2.99], a new puzzle game in app stores now, the world is filled with haunted cities full of glitches—strange, irregular, and dangerous beings that torment the residents. It falls on a red-headed protagonist to fly through each city from rooftop to rooftop and light runes in order to conduct a magical ritual that will free each city from their glitches. Naturally you play as this protagonist and must solve a puzzle to light each rooftop rune. Each puzzle takes the form of a five-by-five grid. One or more of these spaces will be occupied by pink oblong circles which are the runes of that rooftop. When your protagonist steps on a rune it will light up becoming two oblong circles, one nested within another. Your goal is to light up all of the runes...

Have you finished praying to the RNG gods? Have you performed the necessary sacrifices to appease them? I hope you have because this week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is all about randomness. Encounter at the Crossbones gives you a random class and a random deck and wishes you good luck, which you'll definitely need. This brawl might have a different name than the older Encounter at the Crossroads, but they are pretty similar. The change in the name probably has to do with the brawl's emphasis on the new Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion. Specifically, the decks include many of the newer cards, and all the decks seem to come with the Death Knight of the class you were assigned...

Egglia: Legend of the Redcap [$9.99] is an example of a game that betrays expectations to its own detriment. Because the development team consists of some key people who worked on Square's Mana series, the game's look and marketing might give you the impression it's a similar game. It's not. The game carries a relatively high price tag and no IAP, factors which usually point to a more traditional gaming experience, but Egglia also requires you to maintain an online connection and deal with a lot of timers and social RPG elements. On a fundamental level, you might look at the game's previews and screenshots and think you're getting something along the lines of a standard JRPG. But it's not that, either. Sadly, I think if you come into the game holding too strongly to any of these reasonable expectations, you're a lot less likely to enjoy the game for what it is. I suppose that's at least one major thing Egglia has in common with the average Mana game...

Taito is one of the most historically significant companies in gaming history, and that is almost entirely due to Space Invaders. The 1978 pioneer of shoot-em-ups kicked off a genuine worldwide craze, and Taito watched their coffers fill with cash hand over fist. Plenty of great games followed, but none would have the impact or financial success of Space Invaders. Taito helped create the arcade scene with that game's focus on achieving high scores. Sadly, the company never quite got the swing of making home games, and their relevance diminished right alongside the arcades they helped to build in the first place. They weren't even able to hold onto their crown in the shoot-em-up genre for very long, but to their credit, they kept right on swinging anyway...

'Nexomon' Review - Gotta Tame 'em All

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How did my passion for mobile gaming start? My first dose of "mobile" gaming came from Pokemon Blue on the Gameboy Color. I can't tell you how many hours I feverishly poured into that game. I would play it for as long as my little AA batteries would last me. I loved being able to bring it with me on car trips or wherever I went. It is definitely one of my most precious gaming memories from when I was a kid. Now that I am an adult, I find myself seeking that nostalgic feeling of being a kid again, especially through playing games similar to those that I experienced in the past. That is why I regularly scour the App Store for modern games that resemble the games of my childhood, as well as why I decided to download Nexomon [$2.99] by LIME TURTLE, INC...

As much as the impending 32-bit Appocalypse has been a time for somber reflection on some of the best mobile games that will be rendered unplayable come iOS 11, it has also been encouraging to see how many developers are taking up the formidable and definitely not cost-effective task of updating their titles to be 64-bit compatible. Beloved creative geniuses Simogo are one such example, as the Swedish developer underlined earlier this year how all of their games would eventually receive an update that would modernise them for iOS 11. Today, Simogo's incredibly innovative and infection rhythm puzzle release Beat Sneak Bandit [$2.99] joins fan favourites Kosmo Spin [$2.99] and Bumpy Road [$2.99], as the game has not only been updated with 64-bit compatibility, but also has received a full screen support for gamers on an iPhone 5 or above...

Before we get going with this review, let's address the elephant in the corner of the room: SEGA Forever. SEGA's latest attempt to bring its classics to iOS has had a bit of a rocky start thanks to a frankly lackluster Genesis emulator. SEGA got a lot of feedback from those initial releases and, to their credit, have been working hard trying to address the problems. Their latest release is Ristar [Free], and it comes with a new emulator build that shows significant improvement over previous ones. It's not perfect, mind you. While it greatly improves on the framerate and sound issues many have had with earlier releases, this version sometimes has some screen tearing. Nevertheless, it's a solid enough release that we feel it's worth reviewing this game largely on its own merits...

The 'Dungeon Raid' Eulogy - The Best 32-Bit Games That Will Die With iOS 11

Spending hours compiling the list of 32-bit games that are set to die with iOS 11 was an immensely difficult task, not simply because of the sheer number of games, but also because of the fond memories I have of so many of the titles that are sadly facing the chop next month. While there are a number of games that I could single out, and many that I intend to put a spotlight on in the coming weeks, Dungeon Raid [$0.99] remains the most prominent example of a pivotal and influential App Store release that will be disappearing when the 32-bit Appocalypse comes around. Beloved by the iOS gaming community, critics and casual iPhone users alike, Fireflame Games' App Store debut was a slick, detailed and impossibly irresistible puzzle RPG amalgam. Even though it originally released in 2011, Dungeon Raid remains as fun and as playable today. However, despite over six years since its emergence on the App Store, very few mobile puzzle games have managed to replicate the compelling formula that Dungeon Raid perfected, and it'll be incredibly sad to see it fade into obscurity...

Supercell has been celebrating Clash of Clan [Free] fifth anniversary with all kinds of events both in and out of the game, and today the developer is working together with Facebook to bring the game's Builder into the "real world." Specifically, when you use Facebook's camera, you have access to an AR filter that places the Builder in the real world (where he will hammer things non-stop). And if you turn the camera around, you can, of course, make yourself look like the Builder. I can see the AR Builder becoming quite popular with fans of the game since you can set up all kinds of silly photos with the little round guy hammering away...

'Football Manager Touch 2018' and 'Football Manager Mobile 2018' Are Launching Alongside the PC Version on November 10th

The Football Manager franchise has had quite the history on iOS over the last few years. We've seen the games evolve and even get rebranded. Football Manager Touch used to be called Football Manager Classic and Football Manager Handheld became Football Manager Mobile. After much anticipation, SEGA and Sports Interactive have today announced some details and the release dates for both Football Manager Mobile 2018 and Football Manager Touch 2018. For the first time ever, both mobile versions will launch simultaneously with the Football Manager 2018 PC edition on November 10th...

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius [Free] and Ariana Grande are a thing once again. After joining Brave Exvius once before as Dangerous Aranea, you will now be able to obtain another playable character inspired by the pop sensation. Chic Ariana has a summer in game event and there's a 'Musical Showdown' event taking place for obtaining said character. This event is accompanied by a competition hosted by Square Enix and Gumi Inc., which gives you a chance to win tickets to the singer's Dangerous Woman Tour with a meet and greet pass. You can check the contest out on the official Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Facebook page...

'Super Phantom Cat 2' New Trailer Revealed, Set to Pounce Onto the App Store on August 17th

It's an understatement to say I've been extremely excited for Super Phantom Cat 2 ever since it was first revealed back in July. The original Super Phantom Cat [$1.99] was one of my favorite games of 2016, and not simply because of its adorably cute theme. The abundance of colorful worlds and levels to explore, combined with the wonderfully tight platforming action that managed to stay interesting and varied with a number of neat power-ups, resulted in what many described as mobile's own take on Mario - certainly high praise if there ever was some. As a result, a sequel that offers even more characters, chapters and phantom powers to experiment with is inevitably going to be high up my list of upcoming releases. After Cat Quest's [$4.99] impressive debut last week, August is proving to be an outstanding month for everyone's favorite domestic animal on the App Store, as Super Phantom Cat 2 is set to release on the App Store on August 17th...

'Mind Control' Is a Hectic Gauntlet Platformer Flying Onto the App Store September 20th, and Is Looking for Beta Testers

When a game has a name such as Mind Control, it would normally indicate some post-apocalyptic action romp against brainwashed zombies, or perhaps a deep psychological thriller with a pseudo-political edge. As a result, Geekabyte Games have impressed me through taking the most literal definition for their upcoming release's title. In Geekabyte's take on Mind Control, you're tasked with using mysterious propulsion methods to navigate a sentient brain around numerous obstacles, and the result is as bizarre and hilarious as you'd expect. Mind Control is set to launch on the App Store on September 20th, however the developers are looking for beta testers to try out the game before its release on our forum thread...

Simulating the complex and meticulous nature of a fighting game on a smartphone is a pretty formidable task, and arcade purists will likely lament the lack of physical controls and instant inputs that are so vital when a match is decided on solitary frames. That being said, Street Fighter IV Champion Edition [$4.99], the latest iteration of Capcom's classic fighting series on mobile, comes pretty damn close to an accurate brawling experience, and is a whole lot of fun to boot. Jared's glowing review earlier in July emphasised the title's abundant qualities - despite not being the revolutionary step forward from the older Street Fighter mobile iterations - and Capcom have repeatedly pledged further support for their latest App Store release. As a result, the first major update for Street Fighter IV Champion Edition is set to launch this week, with new characters Guy, Evil Ryu and Gouken being added to the roster as free downloadable content...

I'm been very anxiously waiting for Minecraft's [$6.99] Better Together update to hit iOS (Android players have been beta testing the update for weeks now), but it looks like I'll have to wait a bit longer. The update was originally scheduled to go live this summer, but recently the FAQ was updated, and now Better Together is scheduled to launch this Autumn, "once it's ready and we've satisfactorily evicted bugs from the premises." While I'm glad to hear the developers are taking their time with this update and not trying to rush it out the door, it's still a bit disappointing to have to wait until the fall (although that could mean next month)...

Wave Light Games is continuing their wave of updates for popular tactical role-playing game Demon's Rise 2 [$7.99]. One week ago brought a release that brought us a new character option, the Cataphract, among a bevy of other nice changes. Today, I can tell you that another update has been submitted to Apple to unleash yet another character. ..

Knights of the Frozen Throne, the latest Hearthstone [Free] expansion, has been welcomed by players, but it looks like it also messed up Arena in a couple of ways. As reddit user adwcta pointed out, several of the new cards are currently missing from Arena. Iksar, aka game designer Dean Ayala, responded to that post and said that there are currently 12 cards missing from Arena. This is because of a bug that has been fixed internally and should be going live at sometime this week (if everything goes as planned). He explains that it all comes down to an editor bug that would make cards "undraftable." So, expect to have all the cards available in the Arena by the end of the week...

The newest Legendary Pokemon to get a raid in Pokemon GO [Free] is none other than Mewtwo. A stadium event in Yokohama, Japan just had thousands of trainers square off against Mewtwo in a raid battle leading to a successful capture. Unlike normal battles, raids are serious business. The Mewtwo raid will be an Exclusive Raid Battle which means they are invite only. To get an invitation for this, you need to have done a raid recently at a gym where said exclusive raid battle is about to take place...

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