Category Archives: Universal

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. ..

Mobius Final Fantasy [Free] celebrates its one year anniversary today with a month long celebration. It recently crossed more than 10 million players worldwide, and there will be loads of in game giveaways to celebrate. As well as the free gifts, there have been various gameplay and balance tweaks. Players will now get more Magicite from enemies in battle to use in game. New cards for summons will be easier to obtain and ability cards now have lower requirements. These changes will make things easier for newcomers and veteran players. The team also had a video message for players worldwide that features Motomu Toriyama (Director), Mitsuto Suzuki (Composer), and Takashi Shiraga (Battle Planner). Watch it below:..

'The Elder Scrolls: Legends' Review - Pretty Legendary

Although Bethesda's and Dire Wolf Digital's Collectible Card Game (CCG) The Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free] has been out for a while now, we were waiting for the game to go universal before reviewing it. And now that it's finally out on iPhones, we can talk about what Legends brings to the table and how it stands apart from a game like Hearthstone, which has pretty much become the golden standard for digital CCGs. Since this is a CCG that's still growing, especially now with the influx of more players and the recent Skyrim expansion, it's hard to talk about whether its meta is balanced, whether there are cards that need to be nerfed and haven't, and so on. That's why I will mostly focus this review on the ways Legends stands apart from Hearthstone and whether those differences are a good thing or a bad thing overall. Spoiler warning: I think they are good overall...

Good news, Pathfinder Adventures [Free] players. The Rise of the Goblins campaign has just been added to the game, so there's a lot more content available. Rise of the Goblins comes with 5 new scenarios, 11 special goblin alts for the 11 original characters, 2 new goblin characters (Poog and Ranzak), 1 new goblin diet set, 40 new cards, 2 new locations, and 4 new location backgrounds. Poog is a Goblin Warcaster and Ranzak is a Goblin Raider. Both of them are gorgeous, as you would expect, as are the 11 goblin alts. The alts have new powers, so these aren't just cosmetic. The Rise of the Goblins bundle costs 1500 gold, and you can grab it in the Store...

'Linelight' Review - A Fine Line

'Linelight' Review - A Fine Line

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In years to come, the App Store will be both commemorated and condemned for revolutionising the delivery of digital content, implementing the use of innovative gaming inputs, and instigating an industry-wide transition away from fully priced releases. However, one of the most profound impacts this emergent platform has had on video games has been its ethos of ‘show, don’t tell’. Monument Valley [$3.99], Sword and Sworcery [$3.99], and a number of landmark titles have fought against the limitations of a handheld device to completely immerse the user through pure aesthetic bliss. Despite not originating on the iPhone, Linelight [$1.99] is the next notable independent release that champions these values, through slick puzzles, accessible controls, and stunningly dynamic visuals and audio. The resulting concoction is an extremely memorable mobile experience that, while by no means perfect, is far grander than its subtle minimalistic design suggests...

'Swim Out', a Turn-Based Puzzle Game With a Refreshing Aquatic Theme, Is Diving Onto the App Store August 10th

While I am a big fan of puzzle games, but it's extremely evident that there is an overwhelming emphasis on the mechanical side of the action in the majority of titles, while immersive aesthetic design is left at the wayside. Games such as Threes! [$2.99] try and inject some character into their otherwise generic sliding blocks, while You Must Build a Boat [$2.99] and others add RPG elements to feel as if you're actually accomplishing some sort of swashbuckling feat through the puzzles - however the vast majority just rely on the mental stimulation of the challenge and leave it at that. As a result, Swim Out is an anomaly amongst its peers, as its complete intrinsic embrace of its swimming concept gives the game an accessible edge while also providing abundant charm. Amidst England's wretched wet and windy summer months, Swim Out looks like the perfect tactical escape into a lush digital paradise, and is set to launch on the App Store on August 10th...

Moltres, the latest Legendary Pokemon, is now virtually roaming in Pokemon GO [Free], so get ready to group up with others and find a Legendary Raid Battle. Before you start getting too excited, though, keep in mind that it's very difficult to catch these Legendaries. As Rob talked about in a story the other day, each creature needs to first be defeated in a Legendary Raid Battle, which isn't an easy thing to do within the time limit given. I've heard many people complain that it's hard to even figure out who's doing a Legendary Raid Battle unless you've already organized one with your friends. Also, Moltres will only be around until August 7th, which isn't that long of a time to find a Legendary Raid Battle and to pull off the win. And add to these difficulties how you have pretty low chances of actually catching Moltres after defeating it, and you can see how tricky all this is...

Clash Royale [Free] developers have been doing Q&As recently, and the latest one offered some intriguing hints at future features and changes to the game. The first feature that's coming probably in the next update—which should be coming around early October— is daily tasks, which is a feature that should have been in the game a long time ago. Daily tasks are great at making me care about playing daily and, of course, are a great source of rewards. The developers pointed out that most of the team is on summer vacations (I've heard that phrase before but not sure what it means anymore), so don't expect this feature to land before October. Clash Royale will also probably be getting additional ways of adding friends to the game, ones that don't rely on external links to do the job...

For the last five years, Clash of Clans [Free] has pretty much become synonymous with top grossing mobile games and a name recognized by most gamers, even those not that big on mobile games. This month, Supercell's behemoth is celebrating its fifth anniversary, so expect to see all kinds of surprises, both in-game but also in real life as well. The game's subreddit is also celebrating the anniversary with all kinds of posts, ranging from art, funny videos, and a running list of the best and worst changes players have seen in these last five years...

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