Category Archives: Universal

The simulation game factory that is Kairosoft continues to crank out new games to the iOS platform in the West, with the latest being Pocket League Story 2 [Free] which has just arrived this morning. It's a sequel to their 2012 fan-favorite release that had you putting together your own soccer team and then training them and making them into the top team in the world. Being a Kairosoft game it wasn't just about the team either, as you had to build a stadium to play in, a training facility for your team to practice at, sell merchandise to fans, and all those other little responsibilities that go along with managing a major sports team...

Now this is a fun sneak peek, isn't it? The latest sneak peek from Supercell shows off the first 3 of the 6 new cards Clash Royale [Free] is getting in the upcoming update. The first one is Fire Spirits, a very fast 2-cost common troop that targets air and ground and does a lot of damage. It's a kamikaze unit, so it blows up once it comes in contact with the enemy troops. It has low HP but does quite a bit of area damage. The second card is the Furnace, which spawns two Fire Spirits at a time for a total of 12. The Fire Spirits will be 2 levels above the Furnace level. Both Fire Spirits and Furnace unlock at Arena 5. The final spoiled card is the Guards unit, an Epic 3-cost troop that holds a shield. It unlocks at Arena 7 and is very fragile once the shield drops...




Clash Royale [Free] continues to give us sneak peeks for the upcoming update. The second sneak peek, spoiled today, is all about better rewards, specifically giving out more gold for wins. After the patch hits, you'll be getting gold after winning a battle, and you can get it up to 20 times a day. For Arena 1 you'll get 5 gold, Arena 2 7 gold, Arena 3 9 gold, Arena 4 11 gold and you can request 20 cards and donate 4, Arena 5 12 gold, Arena 6 14 gold, Arena 7 15 gold, and Arena 8 20 gold. Also, it looks like the Chests will have better drops, but we don't know all the details about that yet. If you multiply the new gold rewards by 20, you'll see that it's not that much gold overall, but it's definitely an improvement and should help F2P players...

Supercell has started spoiling features from the upcoming Clash Royale [Free] patch, so from now until the update drops in a few days, we'll be bringing you all the sneak peeks so you can be as prepared for the changes as possible. The first feature we are getting is a Live Spectate feature that looks exactly like the Ui you saw at the recent Helsinki tournament. As you can see from the video below, once the spectating starts, you don't get to see what cards each opponent has. Only once they start playing them will you get to see each deck, a feature possibly been implemented in order to avoid cheating in tournaments. You can also throw confetti on the field as well as check out how many people are currently watching the same match as you are. And we are getting new clan icons, which never hurts...

If you enjoy losing, losing, and then losing some more while trying to figure out a single level, then you should pick up Mos Speedrun 2 [$1.99], which has gone free for the first time ever. If you haven't played the game before, on the surface it's a platformer where you try to get to the end of a level as quickly as possible; yet, the game is so much more than that. Mos Speedrun 2 offers additional challenges on top of finishing a level as fast as possible such as collecting coins spread throughout the level, finding and exploring hidden levels, and so on. As our very own Carter pointed out in his 5-star review of the game, this is a very deep game with a number of objectives that you'll have to complete if you are to unlock future worlds...

Well, everyone expected this to happen, and Supercell obliged. In the upcoming Clash Royale [Free] patch hitting May 3rd, Mortars, Bomb Towers, Elixir Collectors, Cannon, Royal Giants, Mirrors, and more will see much-needed changes. More specifically, Mortar deployment time will be increased to 5 from 3 seconds and damage decreased by 10%. The reason is the Mortar currently is too strong for a building with both offensive and defensive capabilities and offers too much value for 4 Elixir. Also, its use in Arena 8 is too high for such a specialized and contentious card. Bomb Towers will see their lifetime decreased to 40 seconds from 60 seconds because as it stands, the unit is too dominant and difficult to deal with in low to mid Arenas...

Supercell continues trying to level the playing field (at least in terms of hacks and cheats) in Clash of Clans [Free], and as the latest update claims, the efforts have been quite successful so far. The Fair Play status update claims that so far, they haven't had a single false positive even though they've checked even remotely-suspicious cases. The update then goes on to clear up community questions and concerns. Specifically, using Bluestacks or other emulators won't get you banned, playing multiple accounts on one device will not get you banned, playing on a jailbroken/rooted device won't get you banned, and screen recording won't get you banned, unless it changes gameplay in any of Supercell's games...

Prettygreat's second mobile game Slide the Shakes [Free] has been a pretty surprising hit since its launch back in February. The simple and satisfying act of pulling back and launching shakes while trying to get them to stop sliding on a specific landing zone works incredibly well as a mobile game, and Prettygreat was surprised to see how quickly players were devouring the game's original 100 levels. After adding 25 new levels last month for Easter, they're back again with another batch of new Slide the Shakes levels. This time there's a whopping 50 new levels as well as new elements like the portal and wind that'll affect your shake sliding. It's all explained in this needlessly dramatic and action-packed trailer...

I don't know if you've been playing Disney Crossy Road [Free] or not, but if you like Disney characters, you've probably managed to already have Mickey hit by a train or Simba stampeded. Now, in celebration of the new Jungle Book movie, Disney Crossy Road just got an update with a whole new world, The Jungle, and figurines like Mowgli, Baloo, and King Louie. Personally, I'm more into the big cats of Jungle Book, so I'm hoping to get Bagheera and Shere Khan. This update has added 25 new figurines, but 14 of them are super secret. And as the update hints at, "it's ruff out there, so we'll throw you a bone...or 50. Hop to a happily ever after and reunite Pluto with his sweetheart." Let's see if you can figure out those clues...

Earlier this week, the folks over at Super Evil Megacorp unleashed the latest update to their mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free]. Along with new skins and the requisite balance changes, 1.17 also introduces the Battle Royale Public Queue, which is the next step into truly making the game a ‘mobile MOBA.’..

When I reviewed the excellent Exploding Kittens [$1.99], I talked about how it's a blast of a game that was a couple of features away from being amazing (that was the actual review title). While I take no credit for the changes, I'm glad to say the developers have just released an update addressing most of my minor complaints. Specifically, the developers have just made the game even more interactive by adding a bunch of fun emotes ranging from simple hellos to throwing tantrums (I plan to use this one too often). The emotes are accompanied by cute sound effects, and, fortunately, you can mute any of the other players. I think this will make games with friends much more fun and games with strangers even weirder (in a fun way, of course)...

Clash Royale [Free] developers continue to tease upcoming changes, and after talking about changes to Legendary cards and Level caps, a recent tweet is also teasing changes to Super Magical Chest drop rate, which will be good news for everyone around. If you don't know what a Super Magical Chest is, well, it's both super and magical. Outside that, Super Magical Chests give at least 6 Epic Cards, with the number of Epics increasing as you get into higher Arenas, plenty of coins, and more. However, many players have - rightly - complained about the number of Super Magical Chests they've received while playing the game to the point where players have created either apps that track Magical chests (like the one we wrote about a month ago) or even extensive cheat sheets showing Super Magical and Magical Chest drop probabilities...

Dust: An Elysian Tail [$5.99] knocked off a lot of socks around here when it released on iOS last October. Originally an Xbox 360 release, Dust made its way to iOS in style. We liked it enough to give it our Game Of The Week and a five-star review, and I personally included the game in both my Best Overall Of 2015 and the RPG Reload 2015 Golden Pancho Awards. In short, the game has fantastic production values and it plays like a dream. That said, if you weren't using a newer device with 1 GB of RAM or more, or simply couldn't get on with virtual controls at all, you couldn't join the party. Well, friends, your invite's in the mail and you can RSVP tomorrow, because Dust has a really nice update coming this Thursday...

To be honest, I was expecting a Whispers of the Old Gods-centered Tavern Brawl, and instead we got a repeat of Encounter at the Crossroads, the Brawl that has you pick a class, gives you a completely-random deck, and throws you into the match. I've played this Hearthstone [Free] Brawl a few times, and unfortunately it doesn't look like Blizzard tinkered with the RNG at all. So, this means you'll see fewer Whispers of the Old Gods cards than older cards since the WoG set is smaller. I was hoping for a Gods-related Brawl that would show off all the craziness those cards bring to the game, but we'll have to settle with a few WoG cards here and there in an otherwise relatively-entertaining Brawl...

Supercell has constantly been trying to balance the monster that is Clash Royale [Free], and it doesn't plan on stopping any time soon judging by the constant tinkering with all kinds of aspects of the game. In a just-released blog post, Supercell stated that it found some clear areas of improvement when it looked at max level gameplay. So, in the next update they will try and make gameplay feel consistent from the Tournament Rules all the way to the top tiers. The first change is changing the level caps for various cards, with Legendary level cap going from 6 to 5, Epic stays at 8, Rare goes from 10 to 11, Common from 12 to 13, and King from 12 to 13 as well...

How do you feel about infecting the world with hilarious diseases till there's no living soul left? Fighting against the CDC in your efforts to bring forth the apocalypse? You love it too? Great! You'll really like Plague Inc. [$0.99] latest update then, which has just gone live. We wrote about this update a few days ago, pointing out how for the first time, you'll be able to play community-created custom scenarios made by the players of the PC version of the game. Apparently, some of the scenarios are quite plausible; for instance, there's a Cult of Cthulhu one, a werewolves one, and (I'm sure) many ever weirder ones. The update also adds longer disease names as well as a Random Name Generator to make that next disease name even more funny...

Finally, Whispers of the Old Gods, Hearthstone's [Free] latest expansion, is out now in NA (coming tomorrow to the rest of the world). If you go into the game right now, you'll find three Whispers of the Old Gods packs waiting for you in your Collection, and you should open them straight away because there's one of the four Old Gods hidden in one of them. More specifically, for the first time in Hearthstone history, Blizzard is gifting a Legendary to everyone who will log into the game during the launch window (Blizzard hasn't told us how long that window will be). In those three packs you are guaranteed to get C'Thun, the 10-mana 6/6 Old God, along with two copies of Beckoner of Evil, a card that buffs your C'Thun. So, make sure you jump in and get that really cool-looking Legendary for free...

If you've been playing Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes [Free], you're going to be quite happy with the latest update. The character-collecting and character-battling F2P game was received quite positively (it does take a lot for Star Wars fans to dislike a Star Wars game), and this latest update aims to help all those players form Guilds in order to - possibly - save the galaxy more easily. Guilds are unlocked when players reach level 22, and there's a system in place to let you search for a friend, explore recommended Guilds, or create your own. In addition, new chat functionality lets players strategize with their Guild mates in real time, ensuring that you can blame your friends for not following your perfect strategy. The game will offer ongoing challenges for Guilds and offer both competitive and cooperative opportunities. And, of course, you can customize your logo...

You may be familiar with developer Seth Robinson from his super popular mobile MMO/platforming/crafting mashup Growtopia [Free], but way back in August of 2009 he first released a novel little word game/dungeon crawler mashup called Dungeon Scroll [$1.99]. The idea was pretty simple: Form words out of the letters that appear on the board, with the size of each word you make determining the power of your attack on the enemies in the game. It sounds like a pretty normal mobile game nowadays, but nearly 7 years ago this was a really unique idea for an iPhone game. However, besides an update in mid-2012 to fix an iOS-related crash issue, Dungeon Scroll has remained as it was when it released all those years ago. Then this past week a surprise update arrived adding 64-bit and widescreen support to Dungeon Scroll, prompting the resurrection of the game's forum thread and introducing it to an entirely new audience...

'Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble' Review - Tap, Combine, and Pop

I am absolutely fascinated with Yo-Kai Watch. I've played the localized 3DS game, I watch the television show, and I have several trinkets from the toy line, including the actual titular watch. Having visited Japan for the first time last year I had the good fortune of speaking to residents about what a "Yo-kai" actually is, and how they differ from ghosts or other commonly known spirits. They're mischievous in nature, just like the "gremlins" in western folklore, which sets the perfect tone for a game featuring a crazy red cat that knows kung fu and calls his attacks "Paws of Fury." Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble [Free] is the latest creation in this cross-media venture, and it draws a lot of influence from modern puzzle hits like the Tsum Tsum series in a good way...

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