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So, take the details of this article with a pinch of salt since my Korean is on the rusty side (and there's no English translation as of the writing of this story). What we do have for sure are the first screens of the upcoming Final Fantasy XI reboot for mobile. In a conference taking place in Korea, we got an announcement that Nexon is partnering up with Square Enix to reboot the game, and it's being made in the mobile version of Unreal Engine 4, which should make it look gorgeous. Nexon is rebuilding the game from the ground up on UE 4 in order to take advantage of all the engine can offer to mobile...

Let's face it: as much goofy fun as Miitomo [Free] is, a social networking app featuring Mii characters is probably not the first thing people were hoping for when Nintendo announced they would be making games for mobile phones. Nintendo was quick to promise that their next games would feature some of their popular characters and franchises, and while many took that to mean Mario, we'll have to wait a little bit longer to see our favorite plumber on the App Store. Nintendo has announced the next two franchises to get the mobile treatment, and if you ask me, they're probably the two best-suited for the job. Today, Nintendo made it official: Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem are coming to mobile...




Super Meat Cat? Asura's 'Cat Knight Story' is a Masochistic One-Touch Platformer Looking for Beta Testers

Are you tired of waiting for the iOS version of Super Meat Boy that most likely will never see the light of day? Asura Game Studio is hoping to give you the fix that Team Meat won't with their upcoming one-touch precision platformer Cat Knight Story. Yes, it's a game about a cat, which gives it bonus points in my mind. However, it also looks like the kind of masochistic platforming that I enjoy. You can see the pretty clear Super Meat Boy influences in this first trailer for Cat Knight Story...

Live Out Your Dreams of Being a Circus Performer in 'CarneyVale: Showtime', Launching May 5th

Who hasn't thought about running away and joining the carnival at some point in their life? Living that nomadic lifestyle as you travel from city to city, manning one of the game booths or perhaps even performing using one of your crazy talents. Sign me up! But making a massive life-altering decision like that isn't easy, so if you'd like to live out those fantasies but from the comfort of your iOS device then CarneyVale: Showtime might just be for you. Check out the trailer...

After a closed beta test and soft launch, Snail Games has globally-launched their action-RPG sequel Taichi Panda: Heroes [Free] on to the App Store and Google Play. This time around, you'll be commanding a team of heroes, including the eponymous fighting panda, into battle, where you can swap between the characters as necessary. Snail's 3D engine provides some gorgeous visuals and fluid action, as evident in the trailer for the game: ..

Wired UK discussed the future mobile VR with CCP Games, developers of EVE Online. The developer's Shanghai studio is working on smaller games like Gunjack, which fit into the EVE universe (the recent book Empires of EVE gets into just how deep the world has run thanks to players), but there's some interesting talk about how free-to-play will affect the future of VR. Right now, Gunjack manager Michael Lee sees some parallels to the beginning of the mobile gaming market, where early adopters are willing to pay for content because they're shelling out for the hardware and want content for it. But that could change someday, according to Lee...

'Star Wars Pinball 4' Goes on Sale for Free

April 26th, 2016 3:30 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Sales
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With May the 4th (be with you) on its way, there's loads of Star Wars activity happening. Zen Studios' collection of Star Wars pinball tables is the latest to go on sale, with Star Wars Pinball 4 [Free] now available for free. This is the same app as has always been available, it's just that with major new table releases, the game's number just keeps ticking on up. The free sale nets you the Empire Strikes Back table for free, with tables based on the other movies and media in the franchise, including The Force Awakens, available as in-app purchases...

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...

'Demonrift TD: The Mountain of Doom' Is Coming to Mobile From the Creators of 'Defender Chronicles'

If you weren't around for the release of Defender Chronicles [$1.99] and Defender Chronicles II [$1.99], you missed two really great games that managed to feel significantly different released on the App Store during a time where it felt like every other game coming out was a tower defense game. The side-view "mountain defense" sort of thing was really cool, and honestly, still worth checking out today...

'Flight Unlimited 2K16' Goes Free Along With New Update

April 26th, 2016 12:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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There's loads of really cool flight simulators on the App Store, and Flight Unlimited 2K16 [Free] is easily on that list somewhere. Well, it got a big update today that added a bunch of different plans you can unlock via IAP, but the core game itself went free. If you, like me, really only download these flight sim games to fiddle around, see if you can land a plane with engine failures, and generally just crash a lot... Well, you can now do that totally for free in one of the better flight sims on the App Store. If you really need to fly a C130, well, you can grab the IAP and go wild...

An Update on 'Munch Time 2' Appears on Our Forums Years Later

You'd have to be a pretty O.G. iOS gamer to remember Munch Time [$0.99], it's a three star puzzler released back in 2012 that's old enough to not only have a lite version, but also an HD version. They announced a sequel back in 2014 which looked pretty dang sweet. It effectively took the mechanic of Munch Time, but expanded it out to a full-featured platformer instead of a relatively simple puzzler. Here's the original trailer from way back when:..

This morning Supercell clarified what's going on with their recent policies to encourage "fair play." According to them, accounts that were found using 3rd party hacks and cheats were banned for two weeks this time. Per Supercell, "When those 2-weeks are up, any accounts continuing to utilize 3rd party software will be permanently banned. Bans are non-negotiable." So, if you at all care about keeping your Clash of Clans [Free] account, consider this your one warning to uninstall all your third party utilities...

Fighting Game 'Shadow Fight 3' Goes 3D and Comes Out This Fall

Shadow Fight 2 [Free] was a fighting game with light RPG elements whose main feature was, as you might have suspected, the shadowy silhouettes of its fighters. The upcoming Shadow Fight 3 is moving away from the 2D graphics of the previous games and, instead, featuring 3D characters that, as you can see from the trailer below, aren't shadows anymore. The developers didn't want to completely abandon their trademark art style, so the game will still include several Shadow fighters. At the same time, they wanted to leverage the latest technology to provide a more colorful game to players. How that change will be received by players remains to be seen...

Telltale's 'The Walking Dead Season 3' Will Get Pretty Close to the Current Comics' Timeline

If there's one series readers always ask for when we write about Telltale games is The Walking Dead [Free], specifically Season 3. This affinity players have shown the franchise could be because it was the first in Telltale's long series of using famous IPs as a basis for its games or because of characters like Clementine. Whatever the reason, players have been anxiously waiting for Season 3 to hit, and apparently so is the franchise's creator, Robert Kirkman. In a recent interview, Kirkman talked about how excited he is for Season 3 because for the first time a Telltale TWD game will have a timeline running almost concurrently with the timeline of the comics. Kirkman said the books coming out now are pretty much in the same time frame that Season 3 will be in. He also confirmed that Clementine will be in Season 3, though he didn't clarify whether she'll be the protagonist or not...

Wargaming.net's World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] and all the other World of Tanks iterations have been doing very, very well, so we shouldn't be surprised that the company has decided to create a comic series based on the history behind the iconic steel behemoths. World of Tanks: Roll Out, will be coming out of Dark Horse Comics (which is publishing some great stuff recently), will be written by Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Punisher), who will be bringing a historically-informed approach to the story, and illustrated by Carlos Ezquerra (Judge Dredd). The covers will be illustrated by Isaac Hannaford (The Punisher, Halo: Reach) and judging by the sample cover below, they'll look gorgeous...

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...

BioWare's Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic [$2.99] is back at its lowest price ever of $2.99. The game was already an absurd price-per-hour bargain at $9.99, but for $2.99, it's just proof of how lucky mobile gamers are to get to paly a classic like this at a bargain-basement price. Plus, Aspyr Media hasn't slacked off on the port, updating it this year, and providing MFi controller support and iCloud saves. So, this is a safer bet to buy than many big-name paid games that have fallen by the wayside over time...

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...

'Now Escape' is a Chilled-Out High Score Chaser from the Developers of 'Touchdown Hero'

Cherrypick Games, developers of Touchdown Hero [Free] and Must Deliver [Free], are releasing Now Escape this week on to the App Store. A bit of a similar motif as their previous titles, this is an endless escape game, where you fly upward through hazards that change all of a sudden at a moment's notice. So, you must learn to recognize the hazards, and react fast enough to what they might not be expected to be...

'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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