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'Digit & Dash' Review - Domo Arigato, Mr. and Mrs. Roboto

I was recently reading a science fiction novel that featured a central character who argued against the idea that consciousness is a good thing to have. On the surface that sounds absurd, but think about it a little deeper. Computers absolutely demolish us when it comes to things like math and chess, and some of our most creative ideas come when we’re sleeping or thinking of other things. Your brain stem is an incredibly quick chunk of meat, and it could be argued that consciousness just slows it down. Imagine if self-awareness was required to remove your hand from a hot stove, for example. Yikes...

As I've said before, sometimes writing the weekly RPG Reload is more educational for me than anyone else. In researching for this week's article on Rogue Ninja [$2.99], I decided to get in touch with the developer, Q-Cumber Factory, to get a bit more information about the game's development. Naturally, one of the questions I asked was if a sequel to the game was coming. Imagine my surprise when Mr. Sato of Q-Cumber not only confirmed a follow-up, but told me it was coming next month! Today, Q-Cumber Factory sent over some details and screenshots of the game, titled Alchemic Dungeons, and I'd like to share them with you...

Dragon Blaze [Free], by producers Gamevil and Flint, is as fun as it is aesthetically pleasing. It sports a brightly colored world, intricately detailed backdrops, and characters animated with a puppets-on-a-string feel. The game opens with a pretty generic prologue, the extent of which is relatively unnecessary. The gist of the story is that Deathcrown the “King of the living and the dead,” has returned from banishment with an army of dragons, intent on opposing the humans and their ruler, King Gram. The main character is then tasked with unraveling the true story that lays beneath the war between dragons and humans, including the mysterious death of the princess and a royal plot that is darker than first appears...

Fresh off their recent launch of new permanent records and characters to unlock, the folks at Square Enix and DeNA have already restarted their weekly event that offers an opportunity for players to earn new characters and loot. This week's Final Fantasy: Record Keeper [Free] event sees the launch of ‘The Fire Crystal Awakens,’ which is a Final Fantasy V based event focused on the heroic attempts to save the Fire Crystal from exploding (spoiler: they fail). Lenna Charlotte Tycoon is the big reward for participating in this Collector’s Event and we’ve got the tips and strategy needed to make it an easy endeavor...

RPG Reload File 039 - 'Rogue Ninja'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we beat up kappa and eat up kappamaki. Friends, you do not want to mix those things up, I assure you. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to give it another spin. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, check up on games that might have seen some improvements over time, or even just to take a deeper dive on particularly interesting titles. As the leader of this particular party, I try to balance out the schedule with a wide variety of RPGs. That said, every person has their own biases, so to make sure nothing gets left behind, I throw the choice to you, the readers, once per month. Simply let me know your suggestion by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload thread in the forums, or tweeting me at @RPGReload. I randomly choose the winner, so anyone has a chance! The next reader's choice article is coming up in a couple of weeks, so be sure to get your selection in soon...

Heroes and Castles 2 [$1.99] runs into the problem that trying to bring big-scope, console-style games to mobile often have: these games are often well-made and can be fun to play. But sometimes, they're terrible fits for the actual platform. And that's where my issues with Heroes and Castles 2 lie: the game's good, I just came to dread playing it because it isn't a good fit for the mobile platform...

Hit PC Dungeon Crawler 'Sproggiwood' Lands on Mobile Next Week

Back in November of last year, we went hands-on with the sickeningly adorable roguelite dungeon crawler Sproggiwood, which launched on PC last October and was on its way to the mobile platform. Today developer Freehold Games has sent word that the mobile version of Sproggiwood finally has a release date, next Thursday, May 28th. Check out the brand new mobile launch trailer...

Kids today are all about Minecraft [$6.99]. Mining this, mining that. Back when I was a young fellow, we had a different kind of 'craft: Lovecraft. Okay, if you're still reading, you're probably strong enough to handle a bit of Lovecraftian gamebook horror. The problem is that up until recently, most of the horror gamebooks on iOS have been focused on zombies, vampires, or other such classic monsters. Tin Man Games has had a couple of promising-looking titles up for a couple of years now, but they were French books without translations, leaving them out of the reach of most English players. Well, it seems like May 2015 is the month where Tin Man is finishing some old business, because in addition to the recent release of Gamebook Adventures 10 [$2.99], they've also finished up an English version of Les Fils d'Uruzime, translated directly as Sons Of Uruzime [$2.99]...

'Breach TD' Will Adapt Popular 'Starcraft 2' Mod 'Squad TD' Into a Standalone Game Next Week

Puerto Rican developer Space Rhino Games has announced their tower defense game Breach TD will be launching worldwide next week, on May 27th. The game is described as being a spiritual successor to Squad TD, which is a popular mod for Starcraft 2. The original creator and maintainer of the map, known as Tsjnsn, is part of Space Rhino Games, and he and his team have made this map conversion into a game of its own...

'Viking Remix Madness' Review - To the Beat of a Different Beard

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May 21st, 2015 5:15 PM EDT by Andrew Koziara in 4 stars, Reviews
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Out of all the random cool occupations that people love to pit against each other in hypothetical fights, Vikings are my personal favorite. I like them more than pirates, ninjas, cyborgs, wizards, samurai, zombies, astronauts, and indeed, cavemen. The proclivity of mobile game designers to use Vikings in cute, chibi, horned helmet form despite their historical violence and lack of horned helmets is A-OK in my book. Which brings us to Viking Remix Madness[Free]...

Remember the Crescent Moon-published space dogfighting game Strike Wing: Raptor Rising [$0.99] from 2013? Well, it's been over a year and a half since its release, but developer Dream Builder Studios has just updated it with a big Episode 2 update. The bulk of the content is in five new story missions to play through, featuring new enemies to fight, and new ships to play through. Five challenge missions are in the game now, with 20 in-game challenges to play in total...

Sometimes, the most simple experience is the best experience. That goes double for the mobile platform, where often times your only method of control is a basic tap motion. Orbits [Free] follows that principle to a tee, and although it can be a tad too simplistic in its presentation, it's definitely worth looking into...

'Cartoon Survivor' is a Runner That's Less 'Crossy Road' and More 'Crash Bandicoot'

You might see the isometric view and somewhat blocky visuals of upcoming game Cartoon Survivor and think that it's yet another game aping Crossy Road [Free]. You might watch the trailer and think your suspicions have been confirmed. You would be dead wrong. Cartoon Survivor is instead a prety nifty auto-running platformer that's coming to mobile next week, bringing a dodo bird with dynamite strapped to its back to your iOS device...

The official iOS release of Kickstarter-funded monster-training RPG- EvoCreo [$0.99] from brand new development company Ilmfinity LLC has finally come to pass. The game features a world that fans of a certain wildly popular Nintendo game will jive with pretty quickly. From its patches of vigorously shaking bushes to the impromptu destruction of random children’s precious pets, EvoCreo might leave you feeling a little nostalgic. ..

Lastronaut [Free] released earlier back in March, and after amassing over a million downloads in a week, the game has gotten a big update that adds new things to do and new features. There's an experience progression system, where your points go toward experience, and can be used to unlock new perks, such as a double jump at level 5. These might just help you out in your quest to shoot down some rockets. If you dislike the slow-motion feature, that can be disabled now. ..

Beast Quest [Free] is an action RPG where you explore the fantasy world of Avantia in an attempt to combat a variety of creatures who have been cursed by an evil wizard. Follow Tom, a young warrior tasked with breaking the wizard's curse, and his friends as they slay monsters, collect provisions, hunt for treasure, and navigate a dynamic landscape...

'I Love Your Game. I Give It One Star' - The Crazy World of App Store Reviews

I've got a confession to make: I take a perverse interest in trawling the App Store to find the most absurd reviews. It's an unusual sport, I'll grant you, and there certainly aren't any winners. It started with Monument Valley [$0.99], or more specifically with its super-cheap but still-not-quite-free Forgotten Shores expansion, which some people were really mad about. That was when we all witnessed just how entitled, angry and vicious the gaming public could be. Now, granted, we knew that already, but this dark new era is marked by irked gamers' realisation that they can actually harm a good game's sales by overwhelming its App Store reviews with negative scores...

Rebel 1…. Action! Full disclosure up front; if you couldn't tell. I freaking love the BlazBlue games. Not only are they complex, highly competitive fighting games, but they have a genuinely awesome story that is actually the focus. The mastermind of BlazBlue, Toshimichi Mori, has even said his intention was to create an epic fighting game saga with a deep, interesting  story that mattered from game to game, which is pretty much the opposite of the standard. Also, the soundtrack is pure excellence to my taste. Tons of epic Prog Rock/Orchestral hybrids. Very metal. Listen to This song here to get psyched up while I tell you about a brand new iPad exclusive BlazBlue  Collectible Card Game (CCG), BlazBlue: Battle Cards...

I absolutely love how Zen Studios is able to collaborate with so many different companies in order to bring a number of different brands to life in pinball table form. There are of course a multitude of tables based on the Star Wars and Marvel properties, but there's also things like Walking Dead Pinball, which really captured the essence of Telltale's adventure games, and South Park Pinball which feels incredibly authentic to the show. When Zen announced earlier this month that it had partnered with Valve to create a Portal Pinball, I got really excited. Portal is one of my all-time favorite game series, and there's something about a Portal pinball table that just makes sense. Today, we catch our first glimpse at Portal Pinball in action in this brand new trailer...

'Rapture - World Conquest' Goes Free in Style

May 21st, 2015 12:32 PM EDT by Andrew Fretz in News
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When I originally reviewed Rapture - World Conquest[Free], I tagged it with a 4.5/5 with the caveat that multiplayer would really kick it up to the full on 5. For basically anyone still paying attention to this game(there has to be someone out there) not only did they follow through a few months ago, but now the game has gone free to play...

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