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'Cruise Control' Review - Nightcall

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May 23rd, 2016 1:00 PM EDT by Chris Carter in 3.5 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Racing, Reviews, Universal
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Growing up in the 80s, I saw a ton of sci-fi films. Whether they were dramatic masterpieces or oozed cheese and camp I loved them all the same, and the numerous references in modern day media like Turbo Kid, Kung Fury, or Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are palpable. Sometimes creators just go all out in their unabashed love for the era, and that passion shines through in Cruise Control [Free] -- albeit, in light of some unfortunate IAP peddling...

'I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream' Review – A Master Class in Psychological Horror

Some of you may remember from previous reviews of mine that I love horror and dark fantasy. Everything from Lovecraftian anti-existentialism to tastefully done psychological horror to torture porn to “2Edgy4U” bull-crap. I find something to enjoy in all of it. I also love simple stories of heroes and hope and overcoming hardships, don’t get me wrong. I thoroughly enjoy the darkest depths and the brightest heights of the human imagination. Well… if any one living author, and any particular story, represents those darkest depths, it’s Harlan Ellison and his story and point and click adventure game, I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream [$3.99]...




Embarrassed by that #GVGHero22 Hearthstone [Free] Battletag? Ashamed to tell your friends you're #BladeFlurryRocks32? Or are you praying and wishing you could stop being #ForceofNatureFTW99? Well, now you finally can because Blizzard has decided to refresh every Hearthstone player's free BattleTag update as part of the Overwatch launch (the change also applies to those who play other Blizzard games, of course). What this means is that even if you've already changed your Tag once, you can do so again for free. This is a very rare opportunity to shed that embarrassing Tag, so I'd suggest you take advantage of it and ensure your BattleTag actually suits you...

While waiting for Minecraft Realms to come to Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99], we can now play around with a new skin pack to better dress up our anticipation. Biome Settlers Pack 2, added in the most recent update, adds Mooshroom and Nether characters, and some of them look pretty funny. The Mooshroom Glutton skin has Mooshrooms growing from its head, the Mooshroom Archer looks like he/she's wearing a strawberry costume, while the Mooshroom Griefer loks like he belongs in The Simpsons. The Nether skins are much cooler, especially the Nether Banisher, which looks like a fire with legs and arms, and the Nether Extinguisher, which looks like, well, an extinguisher. The Pack costs $1.99 and is already available...

It's pretty hard to believe that it's been more than 4 years since developer Touch Foo released their Metroidvania-style action platformer Swordigo [Free] to the App Store, but in the crazy world of mobile gaming time flies right before your eyes. While Swordigo has lived a long and happy life as a paid game and seen several freebie sales during that time, its latest update marks a permanent change and strategy for this plucky little platformer. It's now permanently free to play and supported with ads as well as a couple of new in-app purchase items. ..

If you read the comments on my Pathfinder Adventures [Free (HD)] review, you probably know that the most common complaint was that the initial content was too short. Though I'm not sure I agree with that (maybe it's because I tend to lose a lot), I can see how that can be an issue for some players, especially those already familiar with the game. The upcoming patch - which should land early next week - should help alleviate those complaints a bit by bringing Adventure Deck 3, The Hook Mountain Massacre to the game. The new Adventure adds 5 new scenarios, including one that's "game-changing" according to the developers, 4 new locations, 4 new maps, and over 40 monsters, henchmen, and villains. You'll also get the chance to unlock role specializations for your characters when you complete the adventure, which should be fun...

The Long-Awaited 'Warhammer 40000: Regicide' is Now Available on iOS

There's hardly a week that goes by where there isn't at least one straggler new release, and this week that prize goes to none other than Warhammer 40000: Regicide [$3.99] which just hit the App Store a few moments ago. Originally announced just over two years ago, Warhammer 40000: Regicide takes the core idea of Chess but expands its boundaries and sets it in the Warhammer universe for a totally over-the-top version of the classic game. However, if you prefer a more traditional take, you'll be happy to know that Regicide also includes a Classic mode that follows the original rules of Chess more closely...

If you've been playing MMA Federation [Free], the turn-based MMA game, this latest update will definitely help you enjoy the game even more. In an attempt to reward committed players, the developers have added a Deck Management feature that they see as crucial to the game's long term success. This new feature has been designed to allow players to customize their moves; that way, they can create unique combat styles for each of their fighters or simply to pick the most powerful moves and counters. Deck Management should also make the PvP modes even more strategic and more entertaining...

'Diablo'-like Hack 'N Slash RPG 'Titan Quest' Hits the App Store

We've been anxiously awaiting DotEmu's port of the hit 2006 PC hack 'n slash action RPG Titan Quest ever since it was first announced back at E3 in June of last year. And we're not alone as folks in our community have been dying to get their hands on it as well. Which makes me very happy to announce that as of just a few moments ago Titan Quest [$7.99] finally launched in the App Store. Rejoice!..

Developer Spunge Games has been great about updating their ultra enjoyable endless driving game Faily Brakes [Free] since its original launch in late February, like a bunch of new cars and an Android version in March and a new playable character and a sweet coin doubler car in April. Today they've released yet another update for the game adding in, among other things, my most desired feature: New environments! As fun as Faily Brakes is, the default forest environment definitely got a little old over time. This update addresses that with both a new Western themed environment as well as a new Snowy environment. Yee-haw! and Burrrrr!..

After its well-received global launch back in February, we learned a couple of weeks ago that Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Identity [$4.99] would be receiving a huge paid expansion adding in a new chapter to the single-player campaign, new items and weapons, and more. Today that update is now available to players on iOS, and for the first time Assassin's Creed Identity is also now available on Android. The new campaign is titled Forlì - A Crimson Sunset and contains 4 new story missions, the new Forlì location with both At Dusk and Under Siege variations, a new "Crow Hunt" contract type, and 2 new Legendary Weapons added to the in-game shop. ..

Glu has been hunting for success with its celebrity games ever since Kim Kardashian: Hollywood made the publisher way too much money. Since then, though, Glu hasn't been able to really replicate that success with games like Katy Perry Pop not performing that well. Today, it's time for Britney Spears to, well, spearhead Glu's effort to rediscover its winning ways, and I hope for the company's sake that Britney Spears: American Dream [Free] helps it do it again. The timing of the release works for both Britney and Glu since the singer is way past her rough times and isn't Toxic anymore. One would say that she is Stronger now and has been driving her fans pretty Crazy with her latest Vegas performances. I could go on plugging in her song titles into this story, but that would really turn this into a Circus...

Action Platformer Favorite 'Goblin Sword' Gets New Chapter, New Items, and iCloud Support in Latest Update

Originally launched way back in September of 2014, Goblin Sword [$1.99] is one of the best action platforming games available on iOS. We loved it to pieces in our original review, and developer Gelato Games came through with meaty and frequent content updates for the game. An update in February of last year added a new chapter called The Lost City with 16 new levels, and an update last August added the Shadow Temple chapter, also with 16 new levels. Both content updates also added additional items, weapons, costumes, and features like MFi controller support. Basically, I always felt like I got way more than my money's worth even with the initial release of Goblin Sword, and each new update was just a huge cherry on top of an already delicious sundae. Well, get ready to chow down on even more dessert as Gelato Games have just posted another brand new update to Goblin Sword, this one adding 9 new levels in a new chapter called Sacred Ruins...

Paradox Interactive continues to dip its toes into the mobile pool, but the just-released Hearts of Iron: War Stories [Free] marks a different approach to mobile from the developer of some of the best grand strategy games to ever grace gaming. While we have seen some mobile games by Paradox, like the very entertaining Magicka: Wizards of the Square Tablet (alas, no longer available), this new release is a choose-your-own-adventure game that takes place during WWII. So, it's no surprise that the game has been developed as a companion of sorts to the upcoming PC grand strategy game, Hearts of Iron IV...

Back in March we told you about Mekorama, a slick new puzzler from developer Martin Magni, who brought us last year's hit puzzle platformer Odd Bot Out [$3.99]. Over the weekend, Mekorama [Free] officially launched in the App Store and so far it's been creating quite the buzz in our community. Mekorama is similar to the hit Monument Valley [$3.99] in that you're guiding your character along a 3D structure to a specific end point. Levels don't necessarily have impossible perspectives like that Escher-inspired game, but there are various moving parts and puzzle-like elements to pass on your journey. There are 50 pre-made levels included but the real heart and soul of Mekorama is in its fantastic level editor and sharing levels online with the world...

'The Walking Dead: Michonne' Episode 3 Review -  In the End, Does Her Violence and Killing Leave Space for Her Humanity?

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)...

Having played hundreds of action adventure games over the years, the thirst is still very much intact. To many people out there there's only so many times you can adventure with Samus in space, or take an anthropomorphic rabbit on a quest to remember his past before you started to get winded of the concept. But every time I encounter a brand new 2D world, I feel like it's a brand new challenge to undertake -- a new excuse to get to know another universe. While the mechanics most definitely hold up, Soul of Sword [Free]'s world isn't necessarily worth uncovering...

Freeze spell has been a source of many complaints in the Clash Royale [Free] community because along with fast units like Hog Riders, it is devastating. Supercell finally agreed with players and is moving in to take some action. Freeze duration will be decreased by 1 second, so that should weaken the Hog-Freeze combo. Supercell doesn't want to deter offensive play, which is why they aren't nerfing Hog Riders instead. The Royal Giant will see a 4% damage decrease because he got too strong after the last update, and the Furnace cost went down to 4 from 5, its hitpoints decreased by 14%, and its lifetime decreased to 40 seconds. The reason is that Furnace wasn't used almost at all so they decided to try and make it a more viable choice...

Recently, almost everywhere I look I see teenagers playing Color Switch [Free]. If I were to judge by what I'm seeing, I'd say everyone is currently playing Color Switch, and I might not be too far off seeing how the game's been hovering around Apple's Top 10 Free Games over the last few days. Today, the game got a new update that adds a new endless mode, Spin, that - as you suspected - has you trying to hit those colors while everything is spinning. It pretty much looks like playing the normal mode while intoxicated. The mode is definitely entertaining and challenging and hits the sweet spot between making you want to throw the phone across the room and wanting to try the whole thing again...

Now, this is the kind of competition I can actually get behind. Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade [Free] has decided to help players' Imperial Knights cross over from the digital to the physical world by running a clever competition for all players of the game. As you probably very well know, Warhammer is famous for its amazing kits that when professionally painted look amazing and when painted by someone like me look like a mech fell in a couple of buckets of paint and barely managed to survive the experience. Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade players can now enter a competition by using the in-game livery creation tools to make their Knights look as fantastic as possible, then using the snapshot mode to submit photos of their Knight using social media integration (using new functionality added this week to the game)...

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