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Being a series that has traded as much on story and dialogue as anything else, Ace Attorney has been able to get impressive mileage out of using the same basic structure for more than 15 years. The biggest change the formula has seen came with the 2009 arrival of the first official spin-off title in the franchise, Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth [$0.99]. Following Phoenix Wright's rival and sometimes-ally, Prosecutor Miles Edgeworth, the game virtually abandoned the courtroom in favor of focusing on the investigations themselves. Taking a form similar to a point-and-click adventure, fans of the series got to enjoy a whole new perspective on familiar characters and locations. The game did well enough to earn a sequel, but that game went unlocalized due to how late it arrived in the Nintendo DS's lifespan. With the main series picking up again on the 3DS, most fans assumed we had seen the last of Ace Attorney Investigations...

'Gorogoa' Review - Picture Perfect

'Gorogoa' Review - Picture Perfect

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December 13th, 2017 11:45 PM EST by Tasos Lazarides in $4.99, 5 stars, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, News, Puzzle, Reviews, Universal
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Puzzle games are a dime a dozen on the App Store and most offer only slightly different iterations of the same ideas. Once in a while, though, you get some innovative puzzle games that introduce some intriguing ways of interaction, and Jason Roberts' Gorogoa [$4.99] is definitely one of those special games. Gorogoa gives players the ability to manipulate four panels, but the ways those panels can be manipulated are very clever and offer some surprises that I really enjoyed. I knew Gorogoa gave players the ability to interact with the overlays of the various illustrations, but I didn't expect it to do so in such inventive ways. Add to those smart interactions some truly gorgeous, hand-drawn art, and a mystical story, and you have a puzzle game that everyone who enjoys the genre should definitely grab. And if you have friends who like to debate whether video games are art, send them Gorogoa just to add more fuel to the fire...




There's nothing better than getting into the spirit of the season, and by season of course I'm talking about new Star Wars movie season. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is hitting theaters this Friday (or rather Thursday night at midnight, if you're doing it right) and based on what I'm hearing from those who were fortunate enough to see it ahead of release it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. I'm incredibly excited to see it, and both Zen Studios and Aspyr Media are also excited it seems as they're getting in on the fun by offering some deep discounts on their Star Wars mobile games. First up is BioWare's absolute stone-cold classic RPG Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic [$9.99]. ..

Ankama's Drag'n'Boom [Free] is a pretty fantastic arcade game that we really liked in our review, and today it just got more content that should give you another reason to return to the game. The new update, which just went live, adds a new game mode with 50 new arenas that offer a different challenge from the original mode. This new mode has you fighting in a small arena of sorts, and after you take out the various troops, a mini-boss appears. Taking that one out gives you keys (that you can use to unlock new dragons), and doing so within the time limit gives you even more keys. Speaking of new dragons, the update has added 6 new dragons to play with, but you'll have to gather keys to unlock them...

Lineage 2: Revolution [Free] is a huge game with a huge player base, and now that huge player base is about to go to war (well, even more war). The game's first major update will add the Fortress Siege and Open Siege modes, which will let you slaughter each other at greater numbers than before. Fortress Siege—held every Friday from 20:00-21:00 PST—will have players enter a real-time, massive PvP battle between two clans. The Fortress Siege can host up to 50 players per clan, and the first to "imprint" on their opponents' Holy Artifact wins. In order to participate, clans have to first successfully bid on a desired fortress and then enter the battle against the clan defending that fortress. Bidding is held from 0:00-19:00 PST every Thursday, the day before the Fortress Siege. As you'd expect, winning gets you great rewards but even losing gets you Adena, EXP, and Proof of Blood...

Layton's Mystery Journey [$15.99] is pretty great. Having originally debuted on the Nintendo DS, it took a long time to get a mainline entry on iOS. Level-5’s newest Professor Layton game released in July and it follows Katrielle Layton. She’s the daughter of Professor Layton who has gone missing. Shaun loved it a lot and you can read his review of it here. We even had it as our Game of the Week around release. ..

Good news, fans of the turn-based strategy RPGs Demon's Rise [$7.99] and Demon's Rise 2 [$7.99]. Both games have been updated for the iPhone X and the infamous notch, so if you have one of those newfangled devices, you should enjoy the games better now. The update has also continued to improve screen controls on both games, a process seemingly never-ending (which is not a bad thing). Updating a game for the iPhone X can be a bit of a pain, but I had no doubt Wave Light Games would get it done and fast given the developer's habit of keeping the games up-to-date...

Hearthstone's [Free] Kobolds & Catacombs expansion appears to be a big success so far, but Hunter players immediately started complaining because Deathstalker Rexxar's Hero Power, which makes cute little Zombeasts, didn't include any of the new Beasts released in the latest expansion. Reddit decided to provide plenty of "feedback" to the developers about the state of Deathstalker Rexxar, and many talked about the need for the new Beasts to be added to the Hero Power. Blizzard listened to all the feedback and decided to reverse course. A post today by Community Manager Keganbe stated that the developers have agreed that a change to Deathstalker Rexxar's Hero Power is warranted, so they'll be updating it to include the new Beasts...

Prepare to get electrified as Supercell's Clash Royale [Free] has just received a new update that brings all kinds of goodies to the game as well as some much needed balance changes. First of all, we are getting a new arena called Electro Valley, which is set at 3400 Trophies. The new Arena looks pretty cool visually and adds a fun, futuristic look to the game. The update also adds new brand new cards, Zappies and Hunter, both of which can be unlocked starting today. Zappies spawns a pack of miniature Zap machines while Hunter deals big damage up close but is pretty bad at range because of the shotguns he wields. It's a nice change to have access to new cards right away instead of having to wait one to two weeks for each one to unlock...

'Rusty Lake Paradise' Will Finally Release on January 11th

Rusty Lake finally announced the release date for the upcoming and highly anticipated Rusty Lake Paradise. While initially aimed to release around Christmas, Rusty Lake Paradise will now release on January 11th for iOS and Android. The reason for the later release date is that the development took longer than they anticipated. This is an adventure with a larger narrative and new characters. Rusty Lake Paradise will be bigger and better going by the teaser you can watch below:..

Square Enix Is Finally Bringing ‘Life Is Strange’ to the App Store on December 14th

Life Is Strange [$2.99] from Dontnot Entertainment and Square Enix is finally releasing on iOS. It was originally released beginning January 2015 on consoles and PC as an episodic release. At the time I was surprised to see it only launch on those platforms given Telltale’s success on iOS and Android. Life Is Strange has you playing as Max Caulfield in Arcadia Bay. This is a third person adventure game where choices actually matter and Max discovers that she has the ability to rewind time. It is a 5 episode series and the first episode releases on iOS on December 14th. Watch the original trailer below:..

Kobolds & Catacombs Guide and Best Decks, Dungeon Run Tips, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #120

Hello everyone, and happy post-Kobolds & Catacombs week. As is always the case after a Hearthstone [Free] expansion drops, the community is all energized and players are trying to figure out what decks to put together and whether their new Legendary is useful (hint: usually, it's not). Players appear happy with the new cards and especially with the new Dungeon Run mode, as you'll read in a few stories today. And we also have stories about the best decks to play post-Kobolds, although it's definitely too early to definitively say which decks are the best and which are just crazy experiments or hopeful thinking. How have you been enjoying the new expansion? Sounds off in the comments below!..

A few weeks back, we wrote about Telltale's substantial layoffs and promise to focus on fewer, better quality games. We haven't heard much about Telltale's future since then, but a recent interview by Telltale's new CEO, Pete Hawley, points to the kind of changes we might see down the line. Hawley first talked about the adverse effect Telltale's multitude of projects had on the games' quality and innovation, and how players (correctly) felt that games had become predictable. He feels that Telltale moved away from the "magic" of season one of The Walking Dead [Free] by moving toward pure narrative and letting go of some of the interactivity and engagement of that original game. The real sense of consequences isn't there anymore in the way it was in The Walking Dead...

One of last year's best games, and really one of the more enjoyable and unique games for mobile in general, was Kestrel Games' Rule with an Iron Fish [$2.99]. It's a game about fishing but is certainly not a fishing simulation game, of which there are several on the App Store. Instead, Rule with an Iron Fish almost feels like one of those incremental idle games, but one where you actually DO stuff. The progression system is addictive as you're constantly catching new fish, getting new equipment, and unlocking new areas. Everything has a grander feel to it though as there's also a full world to explore filled with non-player characters to interact with, all of which have quite colorful personalities. It's like many of the best parts of an RPG have been whittled down into a super-mobile friendly package with a perfect gameplay loop for short gaming sessions. Oh, and did I mention it's a totally paid, premium title with no IAP? tl;dr: I love Rule with an Iron Fish...

Just in time for the weekend and the upcoming holidays, Pokemon GO [Free] has added the 50 new Pokemon from the Hoenn Region and its dynamic weather system. As we talked about in a story earlier this week, this update brings Pokemon like Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, and many other ones to the game, so get ready to go hunting if you want to complete your collection. In addition to adding more Pokemon, the game now has a dynamic weather system that ties into the real-world weather of the location you're playing at. And the new weather system isn't just cosmetic...

Race for the Galaxy [$6.99] is getting ready to grow. The third expansion, The Brink of War, will add four new starting worlds to the game, thirty six new developments to build and worlds to settle, five new goals, and Prestige, a new way to earn victory. The expansion also adds Search, a new action that allows players to find specific cards that can more easily work with their current strategy. The new expansion will hit the game on December 14th, and it will cost you $3.99. The expansion is highly rated on Boardgamegeek and should be a good addition to the base game...

Supecell has the art team (and money) to make some great Clash Royale [Free] commercials, and the latest one, called "Cards Coming to Life," is one of the best commercials yet. The commercial turns many of your favorite Clash Royale characters into perfectly designed anime characters that truly belong on your TV. It's actually a bit funny that the commercial demonstrates how better Clash Royale's art would be if it adopted a style closer to anime versus the one it has now. And that's saying something given how fun the current art style of the game is...

Over the past decade I've grown to love a lot of iPhone games, but there's a handful of games that I love on a whole different level, like I SUPER DUPER LOVE them. Andy Wallace's Particle Mace [$2.99] is one of those games. Released in early 2015, Particle Mace on first blush looks like your typical retro-inspired top-down space shooter. Except… you can't shoot. After finding your ship's weapons nonfunctional, you improvise by tying a bunch of garbage to an array of bungie-like cords to your ship. You defeat enemies and smash asteroids by zipping around and using your momentum to sling that makeshift weapon (let's just call it oh I don't know a PARTICLE MACE) into them, and it is honestly one of the most unique and satisfying gameplay mechanics I've ever used. Here's the trailer for Particle Mace so you can see what I'm very poorly attempting to explain in action...

'Ace Attorney INVESTIGATIONS' Is Now Available on the App Store

Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth [$0.99] is one of the few Ace Attorney games that hadn’t hit iOS and Android. Over the last few years, Capcom has been porting everything Ace Attorney to mobile platforms and we couldn’t be happier. They recently released Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice which is the sixth mainline entry. Read our review of it here. While there are obviously some releases like The Great Ace Attorney that will likely not be released in English, INVESTIGATIONS has a DS English release and it is now available on the App Store. Watch the Japanese trailer below:..

Getting Over It With Bennett Foddy [$4.99] is one of those games where you'll want to tie your phone to your wrist because chances are you'll be flinging it across the room multiple times. I've been playing around with the game since it came out yesterday, and it's perfect on mobile but still hugely frustrating; and yet that's part of its charm. As we wrote about yesterday, Getting Over It is the new game from QWOP [$0.99] developer, and it's made its way to mobile with the help of Zach Gage, the developer of games like Flipflop Solitaire. The gameplay is pretty simple: you have to swing your way to the top of this enormous mountain filled with all kinds of obstacles. Climbing is tricky though when all you have to work with is a huge hammer. Add to that how half of your body is for some reason stuck in a cauldron, and you're in for a huge challenge...

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