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'Super Tribes' Review - Global Domination, Bit by Bit

The RTS genre is one I remember fondly. Micromanaging troops and building an empire is an unparalleled joy in some cases. For some titles, it was all about just getting through the day, and taking out an enemy force. But for others, it was about managing an economy, and growing over time to support your people. They’re the kind of games that lend themselves well to short or marathon sessions, where you can just pop in, stress free, and take care of business. The mobile arena is a perfect fit for that type of game, and Super Tribes [Free] is happy to accommodate...

Freebie Alert: Disney-esque Action Tower Defense Game 'Onion Force' Currently Free

Back in March, husband and wife development team Queen Bee Games released their action tower defense title Onion Force [$2.99] to a small but positive reaction. Being sick of the casual, free to play vibe of mobile gaming, Queen Bee created Onion Force to be a very challenging but still approachable game, selling it for $2.99 up front with no IAP. While it's a tower defense game at heart, Onion Force has an extra focus on action with 3 playable characters you control directly. Also, one of the developers is an ex-animator who worked for the likes of Disney, MGM, and more, and Onion Force is filled with interesting characters and beautiful animation. Unfortunately, Onion Force has faced the problem of so many other great games on the App Store in that it's hard to get the word out that it even exists. So, in order to drum up some interest, Queen Bee has dropped Onion Force down to free for the next couple of days...




In July of last year, we first learned that DotEmu was teaming up with Pastagames to revive the 1989 classic arcade series Pang, also known as Buster Bros. and Pomping World. The new game would be called Pang Adventures [$3.99], and besides some very vague promo art, nobody knew what this modern take would be like. Then the following November we finally caught a glimpse of Pang Adventures during DotEmu's Paris Games Week recap video, and it looked quite faithful to the original but with a more contemporary art style. We didn't really hear much on the game since that point, but early this morning Pang Adventures surprise launched on the App Store for iOS, along with versions for Steam, consoles, and Android...

Well, that was fast, Telltale. We've barely caught our breath after the second episode of The Walking Dead: Michonne [$4.99], and Telltale has already announced that the last episode of the miniseries, What We Deserve, will hit the App Store April 26th. In the upcoming finale, there will be no Lucille. Instead (spoilers), Michonne tries to protect an innocent family caught in the fight between her and the Monroe colonists, but Michonne's inner demons are rising closer to the surface and threatening her sanity. I hope they go all horror on us this time around. Your choices will determine who lives, who dies, and what the meaning of redemption is in a world beyond salvation...

If you enjoy doom and gloom, you might want to take a look at Tormentum: Dark Sorrow [$4.99], an adventure game just out on iOS and Android. As you can see from the trailer below, the developers went for a nightmarish ambience that looks like it will definitely stay with you. The surreal atmosphere evokes the paintings by H. R, Giger and Beksin'ski according to the developers, which is a fancy way of saying the art is taken straight out of all those nightmares you had as a kid. In Tormentum, you play as a nameless hero who wakes up one day locked in a metal cage on your way to a castle to serve time for crimes you don't remember...

If you enjoy traveling through intriguing, mysterious worlds that combine a gothic sensibility with a tinge of the supernatural, then you should definitely check out Failbetter's Fallen London [Free], out now for mobile after residing in browsers for many years. Fallen London is a story-telling choose-your-own-adventure game that takes place in a dark - yet funny - version of Victorian London and spans over 1.5 million words. If you've played the browser version, you'll find many similarities between that version and the iOS version, but the iOS one has a beautiful soundtrack to go along with it. And, to be honest, the way the game is paced plays better on a mobile device than a browser...

Back in 2012, indie developer Christian Schnellmann released Flight Simulator 0 [$0.99], a flight simulator (duh) where the main goal was not having any goals and instead focusing on the joy of flying around a colorful polygonal environment. The game was received reasonably well at the time, but Schnellmann always felt like the game never reached its full potential. So earlier this year he started tinkering around with the game, improving the tilt controls, refining the game's day/night cycle, adding a dynamic weather effect, and creating an entirely new environment to fly around in. Before he knew it, he'd basically remade everything in the game save for the original paper airplane model, and now he's readying all this work for an update he's planning on releasing on April 28th. Check out a new trailer for the revamped Flight Simulator 0...

If you've watched The Walking Dead TV show, then you probably know Michonne as the almost-immortal bad-ass with the samurai sword who chops off zombie heads as if her sole purpose is helping the poor creatures depart this world. The Michonne of the TV show has consistently been the most independent and strongest of the survivors, despite a few moments when her traumatic past rises to the surface. Those few moments aside, Michonne's character stands as the glue that often holds the group together, and her sheer will, determination, and head-chopping skills have turned her into possibly the greatest symbol of strength in the face of adversity. Having this Michonne in mind, I was immediately surprised by the way she's portrayed in the first episode of Telltale's three-part miniseries, The Walking Dead: Michonne [$4.99] (sorry, spoilers from here onwards)...

The odd week of new releases continues as more than a few games have trickled out later than anticipated. The latest is Umbrella's single-tap block-by-block platforming game Back To Square One [Free], which you may remember us checking out at GDC this year and really liking what we saw, and Carter felt similarly when he went hands-on with the game just a week ago. I hesitate to make the comparison, but this is almost a side-scrolling Crossy Road type of game, as your goal is to make it through a gauntlet of traps and hazards moving your square character one space at a time. ..

Marriage is a tricky, tricky act, isn't it? Quite often those joined in holy matrimony don't really fit well together, and even when they do, compromises must abound if there is to be any kind of happiness in their new union. And when the marriage is of two very different people, the challenges are even greater. If you've played Minecraft (either the mobile or the PC version) and any of the Telltale games, then you already know why I started my review of Minecraft: Story Mode [$4.99] with these metaphors. When Telltale told the world that it would apply its narrative-based formula on Minecraft, the game that's now synonymous with sandbox, many gamers wondered whether Telltale could pull it off and whether Minecraft players would bother with a developer that put their beloved open-world game in a narrative straight-jacket, possibly chopping off any parts that refused to obey the narrative techniques that Telltale has used in its other series...

'Pocket Mortys' Spring Update Brings Quick Crafting, 10 New Mortys, a New Attack and More

Pocket Mortys [Free] has the distinction of being the absolute best Rick and Morty-themed Pokemon clone available. Nobody else is even close. That's because there IS nobody else, but that's not the point. Pocket Mortys is the best in class in its own very specific category, and there's simply no disputing that. It was great when it originally released in January, and it got even better with a big update in early February. Today, it gets even more better-er as another update adds 10 new Mortys to collect, a new Paralyze attack move, a new item to counter Paralyze, and best of all the new ability to craft items directly from the Recipe menu. All this is amusingly explained by Rick in the following trailer...

While not as popular as in the 90s, Sailor Moon still has a fan base, at least judging from cosplayers and Sailor Moon merchandise. If you do enjoy Sailor Moon and her quirky sidekicks, you'll be glad to know that after a few months in Japan, SailorMoon Drops [Free] has come to the US App Store. As for the gameplay, I'll give you exactly one guess to figure out how this game plays. Yes, a match-3 indeed. All of the characters have been transformed into cute versions of themselves, and the game does contain a storyline that you'll play through as you solve those match-3 puzzles. The game includes many familiar characters (both friends and enemies), and is definitely very cute to look at...

When Faily Brakes [Free] first launched a couple of months ago, I remember thinking to myself "Great, ANOTHER Verby Noun endless arcade game, BIG WHOOP!" Then I finally got around to playing it and was completely taken by surprise with just how darn fun it was. I guess you can't always judge a game by its overdone naming convention. Anyway, Faily Brakes has become one of my go-to games since, and today it received a nice update adding a new female playable character amusingly named Anita Brakes, a coin doubler vehicle, 15 other brand new vehicles, and more...

Blizzard continues to try different ideas in its Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawls, and this week's The Great Stone of Challenge is definitely an interesting one. The challenge this week is to build a strong deck that has only even-cost spells and minions with odd attack. So, as you can imagine, these restrictions won't allow you to simply build one of your usual strong decks; instead, you'll have to figure out how to massage those rules into a decent - if not powerful - deck. If these rules sound familiar, it's because they are the rules used in the first-ever Challengestone tournament (organized by Kripparian, underflowR, and Tempo Storm). I don't think it's an accident that the title has both the words Challenge and Stone in it...

I can't tell you how many times I had people ask me to get on a Minecraft server while streaming Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] on our Mobcrush channel. It's always been the number one request, and while I was all for doing some team building and exploring, I really didn't want to go through the hassle. Mojang and Microsoft are finally helping minimize that hassle by bringing Minecraft Realms to mobile starting with an alpha on Android today. If you don't know what Realms is, think of it as Mojang taking the hassle out of keeping your own server in return for about ten dollars a month (though price is always subject to change). That way, you don't have to deal with the technical side of keeping a server but, instead, you simply drop in a ready-made one...

In an effort to make that daily grind worth it, Supercell is changing Clash Royale's [Free] Crown Chests in a big way. Crown Chests will give double the rewards they currently do in an effort to help players (and to keep them playing the game longer, of course). This is good news because at least that one chest a day will be worth your trouble now. This change is related to the upcoming Tournament Rules changes that Supercell plans. The changes aim to level the playing field and let skill, timing, and placement be the deciding factors in competitive matches. In order to allow players to see why changes are coming, Supercell explains why the Rules exist in their current form and what kind of changes we might be seeing...

Zen Studios are firing up the pinball table making machine for the first time since releasing 3 Star Wars: The Force Awakens tables this past January. They've teamed up with Fox Digital Entertainment to create 3 brand new tables set in the Aliens movie universe for a table pack they've dubbed Aliens vs. Pinball. Zen describes the new tables: "In Aliens pinball, team up with the Colonial Marines as Ellen Ripley on a pinball table based on ALIENS, the 1986 blockbuster film. Face your fears and take on a deadly Alien threat on the Sevastopol Space Station as Amanda Ripley in the Alien: Isolation pinball table and feel the rush of the hunt as a young Yautja warrior in Alien vs. Predator pinball."..

I've talked repeatedly about how much I enjoy the eeriness of Rusty Lake's Cube Escape series, and the just-released Cube Escape: Theater [Free] continues along the same vein, which is nothing but good news to me. Cube Escape: Theater is the eighth in the Cube Escape series and continues from where Cube Escape Birthday [Free] left off. The opening scene of the trailer with the red curtains reminded me a lot of the famous giant scene in David Lynch's Twin Peaks (one of my all-time favorite shows), although the tone of this trailer is less threatening and more inquisitive - though no less peculiar and with an uncanny tone running through...

Work on Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] continues at a pretty good pace, and today we got to see a sneak peek of a new mob coming in the next update, 0.15. While the teaser released is on the dark side, the mob seems to wear armor and carry a bow, so probably another ranged threat that could make hiding from it at night tricky. I do hope it fires faster and farther so it can be a bigger threat than skeletons. Still, I'm happy to see the developers adding more mobs to the game since that will keep those Minecraft nights fresh and exciting. The new mob will come simultaneously to the PC and mobile version, showing once more how the developers now look at the game's multiple version as equally important...

Five Alarm Freebie Alert: 'Space Marshals' Goes Free for the First Time

We live in a world of constant sales and freebies. It happens so darn much that sometimes it's tough to even get excited about a sale. This is NOT one of those times. Pixelbite's stunning dual-stick shooter Space Marshals [$4.99] has just dropped to free for the first time ever. It's not known why exactly it's free at this point in time, but this isn't the time for questions, this is the time for action. That action is mashing the download button on your device...

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