Category Archives: Universal

Lovestruck Minimalist Puzzler 'Our Ways' Is Looking for Beta Testers on Our Forums

In 1969, legendary singer and actor Frank Sinatra famously declared that 'I did it my way'. In 2001, equally legendary frontman and American icon Fred Durst stated that it's 'my way or the highway' as part of nu-metal trailblazers Limp Bizkit. Now, in 2017, developers Rolling Pig Studio are looking challenge this individualistic way of thinking with their upcoming game Our Ways, which explores the concept of relationships through its compelling puzzle game mechanics. With two virtual joysticks, you must control two separate sentient blobs that are looking for love, and navigate obstacles to ensure the pair connect and find true circular happiness. We were impressed with Our Ways' intuitive and unique concepts in our first glimpse back in May, and since then the developer has been actively sharing their progress on our forum thread. With the game gearing up to its imminent release, Rolling Pig Studio are now looking for beta testers to sign up and try out Our Ways on our forum thread...

Vainglory [Free] is one of the biggest games on either app store and home to the most competitive MOBA scene in mobile gaming. Super Evil Megacorp, the makers of Vainglory, just released a brand-new update to the game yesterday. Version 2.7 is headlined by a new hero: Reza. Reza is an assassin who is quite fond of fire, judging by his powers. He sports Scorcher, a fiery shockwave that'll crispify foes in its path and an ultimate power in the form of Netherform Detonator, a nuke of fiery destruction. Supporting his fire-based arsenal is, appropriately enough, the Firestarter heroic perk which allow Reza's basic attacks to do crystal damage after applying Firestarter with his special attacks. You can unlock Reza with ICE for the first seven days and either ICE or glory thereafter...




During the mid and late '90s Taito released a trilogy of awesome scrolling shooters starting with 1994's RayForce, then 1997's RayStorm, and finally 1998's RayCrisis which was the third game in the series but actually a prequel to RayForce. Many moons ago, in January of 2012 to be exact, Taito released a port of RayForce [$6.99] onto the App Store. Shooters worked well on the touchscreen and RayForce was a welcome addition to the iPhone's library of shooters. Fans of the series figured that the rest of the trilogy would make a good fit for mobile too, and indeed in June of 2012 the iOS version of RayStorm [$9.99] was released. That just left RayCrisis and later in 2012… it never came. Nor did it come in 2013, or 2014, or 2105. Not even in 2016! What the heck, Taito? Well, it took 5 years, but 2017 turned out to be the year as RayCrisis [$9.99] finally hit the App Store earlier today...

The entertaining deck-building card game Paperback: The Game [$3.99] just got much better after its latest update because it now has asynchronous multiplayer mode, which I know many in our forums have been waiting for. The new mode has a fun twist: if your opponent drops out because of your amazing skills, an AI player steps in so you can continue playing. If you haven't read our review of the game, Paperback is a deck-building game in the vein of something like Ascencion, and you'll be picking various cards (some of them with special powers) to form words. The game is all about pulp novels and a fight between writers, and it's a theme that really makes the game stand out and will definitely please book lovers...

Hearthstone's [Free] Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion is almost here, and Blizzard is making sure everyone is ready for it with the release of the latest 9.0 update that adds all the new cards to the Collection and changes Arena rewards. Specifically, the new update allows you to see all the new cards in your Collection once you switch to Crafting. It's a great way to see all the cards you won't manage to actually collect. Additionally, Arena rewards have been changed to reduce variance in the Arena. Reward bags will now no longer contain single, non-Golden Common cards. Additionally, the first two sets of cards you'll see in the drafts will more likely be pushing synergies. The update has also nerfed poor Dreadsteed; it will now return back to the board at the end of the turn instead of the moment it's destroyed...

Age of Conquest IV [Free], by Noble Master LLC, is one of my very favorite conquer-the-world type games for my iPad. It scratches that Civilization and Rome: Total War itch without requiring hours and hours of play time. The game’s AI is challenging and there’s also a very well done multiplayer mode where you can set all manner of options, including the length of time to complete a turn. Age of Conquest IV also has one of the best freemium models I’ve seen—the game is free-to-play with optional in-app purchases to unlock additional maps and multiplayer cosmetics...

The 32-bit Appocalype is a cruel and indiscriminate mistress, and while there may be legitimate compatibility concerns with the upcoming iOS 11 update, it's still been disheartening to see some classic iPhone games that I grew up with slowly blast off into the horizon. Thankfully, The Last Rocket [$1.99] has today escaped such an unfortunate fate, as developer Shaun Inman has updated his classic retro platformer with 64-bit compatibility to survive the upcoming App Store purge. For those of you who may not be familiar with the game, The Last Rocket is an incredibly clever puzzle title with a stylish GBA-esque aesthetic, and involves blasting off throughout numerous obstacles and traps to escape a ship before it collides with a star. I'm incredibly glad to see The Last Rocket receive its first update in almost exactly five years, and it's fantastic to have such a classic game secure on the App Store for many more months to come...

A few months back we wrote about Combat Squad: Project Wednesday [Free], a soft-launched mobile FPS made by former Counter-Strike Online developers, and now the game has (almost) gone worldwide. It is available in the US and many other countries (it might still be in the process of going live in other stores), although China, Japan, Korea, and a few other regions won't be seeing the game yet. This fast-paced FPS has you forming a squad of 5 and going squad on squad against other players. The developers are very proud of the DIVE system, which allows you to freely switch between your squad characters or control the whole squad by giving it tactical commands...

How time flies. We've been having MineCons, the official convention of Minecraft [$6.99], since 2010, and the convention has been growing year by year. However, as Mojang and Microsoft announced today, MineCon has become something that doesn't really represent the Minecraft community anymore, so it will be changing quite dramatically. As the developers pointed out, Minecraft is about inclusivity and creativity, but MineCon had become expensive and exclusive, since only a tiny portion of the community could attend. The new MineCon will consist of two main events, MineCon Earth and official Minecraft community events...

It feels like it's been a while since we got a new table pack for Zen Pinball [Free] and in fact the last time was at the beginning of February with the release of a Star Wars: Rogue One table. Well that's about to change as Zen Studios has lined up three classic Universal film franchises to make pinball tables out of and they'll be released as the Universal Classics Pinball pack to all of Zen's Zen Pinball/Pinball FX games across all digital platforms soon. The film franchises in question are Jaws (inarguably the BEST film of all time don't @ me), the entire Back to the Future trilogy, and finally E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial which Zen has actually released a new trailer for...

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius [Free] is finally having a NieR: Automata collaboration event from this Friday. It recently crossed 25 million downloads worldwide and the latest event for it will go on until August 24. Square Enix's social RPG has been received decently from the fans and Shaun detailed some of the issues it has in his review. In this event, 2B, 9S, and more from NieR: Automata will be joining the cast of Final Fantasy Brave Exvius in pixel art form. This special crossover will also feature A2 and Eve as global exclusive characters for the duration of the event. Players will also have access to buy a summer package once a day for 400 Lapis, which includes a rare summon ticket, a magic key, and more. ..

The CSR Racing series pretty much has the single-tap drag racing corner of the App Store on lock, but they've definitely inspired some similar games in their wake. The lovely folks at Stainless Games wanted to get in on that action too but add some of the grit and attitude that they're known for from their beloved classic Carmageddon [Free]. That is exactly what Carmageddon: Crashers [Free] is. Soft-launched a couple of months back and officially released as of today, Carmageddon: Crashers takes the exact same approach as CSR of feathering the gas pedal to get a hot start and hitting the gear shift at the exact right moments to build up speed, except you aren't racing alongside another car but you're actually driving right at each other in a deadly game of chicken. Check it out in action in the official trailer...

Hello everyone. I hope you've been enjoying all your Hearthstone [Free] playing and all the card reveals we've been getting. Normally, today is the day we post our Touchstone Tavern news roundup; however, due to some crazy stuff happening during the weekend, we won't be publishing one this week. I will still post some Knights of the Frozen Throne videos to keep you entertained until we return next week with all the craziness that will be post-release Hearthstone. If you weren't keeping a close eye on Hearthstone news last week, you probably missed all the card reveals that happened (close to 100 of the expansion cards have been unveiled), so the various review videos below will keep you in the loop and help you start theorycrafting new decks. So, my apologies again for the lack of a news roundup, and I will see you all next week...

Beautiful Award-Winning Physics Puzzler 'Tiny Bubbles' Is Looking for Beta Testers on Our Forums

Last week, the turn-based bathing puzzle game Swim Out was announced for iOS, and I was impressed with how this game appeared to reinvigorate relatively tired gameplay mechanics with a fresh thematic approach. In many ways, the upcoming Tiny Bubbles takes a similar approach - and not simply because of its shared love of all things aquatic. At its heart, Tiny Bubbles shares many tropes that you may have seen before in the App Store, and its color matching and clearing core elements are ones that have been in puzzle titles for decades. However, as its name implies, the bubble aspect leads to some breathtakingly slick and creative action through the game's unique physics engine. The resulting amalgamation is a puzzle title that looks to be incredibly intuitive and soapy slick, and the developer is looking for a limited number of beta testers to try out Tiny Bubbles before its fall launch on our forum thread...

Death Road to Canada [$9.99] by Rocketcat LLC is one of the better games of 2017, and certainly one of the more humorous games about the zombie apocalypse. In Death Road you hit the road and hope to make it through the walking dead and other trials to the relative safety of Canada all the way from the decidedly unsafe environs of Florida. It's a really deep game with a lot to do and it just keeps getting better...

Soul Hunters [Free] from Lilith Games has seen a few collaborations with Ubisoft in the past. Ezio from Assassin’s Creed and the Prince of Persia have both already been added as heroes here. Rayman is now available as a DPS hero in Soul Hunters joining the over 50 hero pool. His abilities let you distract the enemies while damaging them with glove throwing and jumping on the enemy heads. The last time Rayman was in the news on iOS we had an update bringing ads to paid users as well. ..

'Hades' Star' Review - Explore, Expand, and Fight Your Way to Galactic Dominance in this Space Based MMO

Take command of an expedition to the distant Hades galaxy in space-based MMO Hades’ Star [Free]. A futuristic gold rush kicked off when scouts returned with word that the newly discovered galaxy was full of profitable planets to colonize, asteroids to mine, and money to be made and you’re right there with the pack...

Guilds are big in games, they build a community and often keep players coming back long after the shine wears off. Angry Birds 2 [Free] turned two last weekend and decided to get in on the guild action with the recently released Clans update. The Clans update lets you team up with friends to attack new challenges and earn some rewards. The first such opportunity is the clan-streak challenge which rewards the whole group for completing win streaks and earning points. The more points earned, the better the reward. Humans being humans, there will undoubtedly be plenty of competition to climb the clan rankings...

After launching in Japan back in April and topping the charts, us Westerners finally have a chance to experience Egglia: Legend of the Redcap [$9.99], which missed our weekly out now post from last night but did eventually hit the App Store earlier today. With a development team comprised of folks who have had their hands in many famous RPG series over the years, Egglia: Legend of the Redcap has you playing as an elf named Chabo who mysteriously falls from the sky into the land of Egglia. The land has been broken into pieces by evil forces and those pieces have been sealed into special eggs, which only Chabo can open. You'll join up with a merry band of friends to travel the lands exploring, fighting, and rebuilding the land of Egglia one egg at a time. ..

Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] had a marketplace for skin packs and more content launch in the discovery update in the form of the Minecraft Marketplace. This is a store where you can buy skin packs, maps, texture packs, and more. Everything requires an Xbox Live account (which you probably have if you play Minecraft: Pocket Edition) and Minecraft Coins. These coins are available through IAPs. Initially content sold will be limited to partners, and a new batch of content from Minecraft Partners has been made available. ..

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