Category Archives: Universal

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...

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...

If you've been enjoying the fantastic Exploding Kittens [$1.99], I have good news for you. The game has just received the 3.0 Update, which has added the new Betrayal Card Pack that adds four very interesting cards to the game. We're getting Fake Shuffle, that pretends to shuffle the deck but only randomizes the next card you draw, Kitten Roll Call, which relocates all the Exploding Kittens cards to the top of the deck, Alter the Future, which lets you peek at the top cards and rearrange their order, and Self Slap, which lets you slap yourself so you can take more turns in a row. As you can guess, this deck should change up the game quite a bit, especially the Kitten Roll Call card that can really put your opponents in quite a bind. The new Expansion Pack costs $1.99, which is a fair price for the pain you'll get to inflict on everyone...

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...

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...

Goo Saga [$4.99] 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...

'I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream' Review – A Master Class in Psychological Horror

Some of you may remember from previous reviews of mine that I love horror and dark fantasy. Everything from Lovecraftian anti-existentialism to tastefully done psychological horror to torture porn to “2Edgy4U” bull-crap. I find something to enjoy in all of it. I also love simple stories of heroes and hope and overcoming hardships, don’t get me wrong. I thoroughly enjoy the darkest depths and the brightest heights of the human imagination. Well… if any one living author, and any particular story, represents those darkest depths, it’s Harlan Ellison and his story and point and click adventure game, I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream [$3.99]...

Embarrassed by that #GVGHero22 Hearthstone [Free] Battletag? Ashamed to tell your friends you're #BladeFlurryRocks32? Or are you praying and wishing you could stop being #ForceofNatureFTW99? Well, now you finally can because Blizzard has decided to refresh every Hearthstone player's free BattleTag update as part of the Overwatch launch (the change also applies to those who play other Blizzard games, of course). What this means is that even if you've already changed your Tag once, you can do so again for free. This is a very rare opportunity to shed that embarrassing Tag, so I'd suggest you take advantage of it and ensure your BattleTag actually suits you...

While waiting for Minecraft Realms to come to Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99], we can now play around with a new skin pack to better dress up our anticipation. Biome Settlers Pack 2, added in the most recent update, adds Mooshroom and Nether characters, and some of them look pretty funny. The Mooshroom Glutton skin has Mooshrooms growing from its head, the Mooshroom Archer looks like he/she's wearing a strawberry costume, while the Mooshroom Griefer loks like he belongs in The Simpsons. The Nether skins are much cooler, especially the Nether Banisher, which looks like a fire with legs and arms, and the Nether Extinguisher, which looks like, well, an extinguisher. The Pack costs $1.99 and is already available...

It's pretty hard to believe that it's been more than 4 years since developer Touch Foo released their Metroidvania-style action platformer Swordigo [Free] to the App Store, but in the crazy world of mobile gaming time flies right before your eyes. While Swordigo has lived a long and happy life as a paid game and seen several freebie sales during that time, its latest update marks a permanent change and strategy for this plucky little platformer. It's now permanently free to play and supported with ads as well as a couple of new in-app purchase items. ..

If you read the comments on my Pathfinder Adventures [Free (HD)] review, you probably know that the most common complaint was that the initial content was too short. Though I'm not sure I agree with that (maybe it's because I tend to lose a lot), I can see how that can be an issue for some players, especially those already familiar with the game. The upcoming patch - which should land early next week - should help alleviate those complaints a bit by bringing Adventure Deck 3, The Hook Mountain Massacre to the game. The new Adventure adds 5 new scenarios, including one that's "game-changing" according to the developers, 4 new locations, 4 new maps, and over 40 monsters, henchmen, and villains. You'll also get the chance to unlock role specializations for your characters when you complete the adventure, which should be fun...

The Long-Awaited 'Warhammer 40000: Regicide' is Now Available on iOS

There's hardly a week that goes by where there isn't at least one straggler new release, and this week that prize goes to none other than Warhammer 40000: Regicide [$3.99] which just hit the App Store a few moments ago. Originally announced just over two years ago, Warhammer 40000: Regicide takes the core idea of Chess but expands its boundaries and sets it in the Warhammer universe for a totally over-the-top version of the classic game. However, if you prefer a more traditional take, you'll be happy to know that Regicide also includes a Classic mode that follows the original rules of Chess more closely...

If you've been playing MMA Federation [Free], the turn-based MMA game, this latest update will definitely help you enjoy the game even more. In an attempt to reward committed players, the developers have added a Deck Management feature that they see as crucial to the game's long term success. This new feature has been designed to allow players to customize their moves; that way, they can create unique combat styles for each of their fighters or simply to pick the most powerful moves and counters. Deck Management should also make the PvP modes even more strategic and more entertaining...

'Diablo'-like Hack 'N Slash RPG 'Titan Quest' Hits the App Store

We've been anxiously awaiting DotEmu's port of the hit 2006 PC hack 'n slash action RPG Titan Quest ever since it was first announced back at E3 in June of last year. And we're not alone as folks in our community have been dying to get their hands on it as well. Which makes me very happy to announce that as of just a few moments ago Titan Quest [$7.99] finally launched in the App Store. Rejoice!..

Developer Spunge Games has been great about updating their ultra enjoyable endless driving game Faily Brakes [Free] since its original launch in late February, like a bunch of new cars and an Android version in March and a new playable character and a sweet coin doubler car in April. Today they've released yet another update for the game adding in, among other things, my most desired feature: New environments! As fun as Faily Brakes is, the default forest environment definitely got a little old over time. This update addresses that with both a new Western themed environment as well as a new Snowy environment. Yee-haw! and Burrrrr!..

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