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PAX South: 'Force of Elements', an Online Multiplayer Match-3 Puzzler

One of the first games I saw on the PAX South floor was Force of Elements, a game that can be best described as Puzzle Quest 2 [$2.99] with a heavy focus on the online multiplayer component of the game. The game has two different real-time online modes, one where you have a few seconds to make as many moves as possible, and another where you get a limited number of turns. Each character has four different special abilities that charge up based on certain gem colors, with different effects like locking up the board or doing damage to the opponent. There will also be a singleplayer adventure mode, and the different characters can have their stats and skills upgraded...

'iOOTP' Baseball Simulator Gets Official MLB License in Upcoming 'MLB Manager'

OOTP Developements, creators of the iOOTP baseball simulation series, itself a mobile version of the popular Out of the Park Baseball franchise, have just announced the next mobile edition of the franchise, and it's a first for the franchise. No longer is the game known as iOOTP, from here on out the series will be known as MLB Manager. Yes, the series is getting an official MLB license from here on out. The games have previously had real players, but now real teams will be part of the experience, with real logos for all the MLB and even MiLB teams...

'BlazBlue: Battle Cards' is an Upcoming CCG Based on the Fighting Game Series

Metaversal Studios has just announced a new game based on the popular technical fighting game series BlazBlue, with BlazBlue: Battle Cards coming soon. This will be a collectible card game featuring nine characters from the series, with a number of customizable decks and different card types that can be used to gain advantages in battles. Real-time online battles are being promised by Metaversal, so you'll be able to compete against an opponent in real-time like Hearthstone [Free (HD)], and unlike many asynchronous multiplayer card games...

'Dragon Quest 5' Review - The RPG Of A Lifetime

Dragon Quest 5 [$14.99] is a rare jewel. This is a game that carried the burden of being a sequel in one of the most successful franchises of all-time. In the pre-merger days, it's safe to say that Enix as a company depended on the performance of Dragon Quest games. It's the very definition of a AAA installment in the middle of a long-running series. Such products are not where we would expect to find the unique voice of the game's creator telling such a small and personal tale. That's just what designer and writer Yuji Horii did, however, and the result is perhaps one of the finest stories ever seen in an RPG. In my opinion, the series was never able to top this installment, but that's fine, because not many games in general have...

Satellina [$1.99] tries to apply a minimalist veneer and an arena-survival touch to the speedrun genre, and while its challenges are small in nature, there's fun to be had here. The goal is to move your X avatar around an arena full of green, yellow, and red particles. The green particles are the ones you must collect, with the yellow and red ones killing you, and forcing you to start the level over. However, those yellow particles turn green once all the green ones are collected, and the red ones turn yellow, and so on. The game is structured with 10 different sets of 5 levels, where you must try to beat the set as quickly as possible. As a completion game, it's not much, as everything can be tackled through sheer force of will, so this is primarily for speedrun fanatics. There is a clever progression structure where multiple level paths open up as you complete different level sets...

Hey there, fellow mobile gamers! Do you have a Nintendo 3DS to supplement your iOS habit? If so, I sure hope you checked out Square Enix's Bravely Default last year. It's one of the most interesting JRPGs I've played in quite some time, even if it did sort of overstay its welcome. Well, there's a sequel coming out in April in Japan for the 3DS that I'd say we're pretty likely to see in the West sooner or later, and to help drum up excitement, Square Enix has released a free-to-play mobile spin-off. The title of the game is Bravely Archive: D's Report and it is, of course, a social RPG...

The latest PAX convention happens this weekend down in San Antonio, Texas, with PAX South. This should be an interesting show, because it's happening at an odd time, between Christmas and the two-headed Game Developers Conference and PAX East monster in early March. So, I'm curious to see how exactly this show turns out, if there is a notable turnout because it is at least happening in a part of the country that doesn't get a lot of major gaming shows outside of anything in Austin. Sorry Austin, my hometown's gets this one...

RPG Reload File 022 - 'RPG Quest - Minimae'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we wander the world looking for shiny jewelry to pick up. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's doing in the dystopian future of the present. It's a chance to revisit some golden oldies to see how well they've been maintained and if they're still as fun as we remember them to be. Sometimes, it's an excuse for me to write a lot of words that wouldn't really fit in a normal review. I try to get a nice balanced plate of RPGs in my schedule, and you fine people can help me out with that by voting for a reader's choice Reload once per month. You can easily cast your vote by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or tweeting me at @RPGReload. The winner is randomly selected, so anyone has a chance to win. What fun!..

When the absurd PC hit Goat Simulator [$2.99] launched on iOS last September, it was a joyous event. I'd seen all the crazy videos and read all the reviews, and I knew that Goat Simulator was something I needed in my life, but for whatever reason I never got around to playing it until it hit iOS. Once I had though, it was basically everything I'd ever hoped for, and we gave it high marks in our review. However, the iOS version wasn't quite up to snuff with its PC counterpart in terms of content, but developer Coffee Stain Studios let us know on their blog that big things were in the works for the mobile Goat Simulator. Today, one of those big things was released in the form of a new update for the game...

When Apple added widget functionality in iOS 8, it greatly expanded the kinds of cool things you could do with the lock screen on your iOS device. Most widgets have offered some sort of utility benefit, but there's a small number of developers who have brought gaming to the lock screen through widgets. First we had Overglide, which allowed you to play a simple cave flying game on your lock screen. Then there was the inevitable arrival of a 2048 widget. Widget functionality was even added to one of our favorite "non-game" games, Godville. Now, Overglide developer AA Mather is back with another widget game, and this time they're bringing a PC classic to the lockscreen with Minesweeper - Widget Edition [$0.99]. ..

'Lowlander' Review - More Highs Than Lows

Of all of the Ultima games you would expect someone to want to make a tribute to, Ultima 2 has got to be near the bottom of the list. Oh, it's no Ultima 9, to be sure, but I've always seen it as the little road bump on the way to Ultima 3 and 4 more fully realizing the concept of the series. It's a familiar story for sequels, I suppose, but by playing things a bit too safely, it had to succeed without the novelty of the original game and all of its faults. It was still a pretty good game in its time, but relative to the series on the whole, I think it's kind of underwhelming. I'm sure a whole list of people might disagree with that, and at least one of the names on the list would be the developer behind Lowlander [$1.99]...

Hexxy Snake [$2.99] is pretty much the Super Hexagon [$2.99] version of Snake, the granddaddy of all mobile games, the game that convinced folks that playing games on a phone was a good idea. This is the Super Hexagon take not just because the game takes place on a hexagonal grid, no: it throws in a number of glowy visual effects to try and spruce things up, while featuring 100 fixed levels to play. It's an interesting game, but one that's just solid at best...

Telltale's just revealed the pertinent details for the second episode in their Game of Thrones [$4.99] series. "The Lost Lords" will be available on Thursday, February 5th, the same week as other systems. Telltale's released a trailer teasing some of what to expect from the next episode, including appearances from other characters in the HBO show. We won't spoil anything here if you haven't played the first episode yet, but if you have or if you're not afraid of spoilers, here's the trailer:..

Crescent Moon Games' Futuristic Open-World RPG 'Exiles' Releases on iOS Next Week

Crescent Moon Games' next major internally-developed game is coming next week. Exiles releases on January 29th. This is another open-world RPG from Crescent Moon, this time taking place in the future. You control an Elite Enforcer of either male or female gender and of one of three classes, fighting aliens and a corrupt government to help save this futuristic space colony. But really, that's all just an excuse to ride around hoverbikes on a massive planet, though there's plenty of interiors to explore on foot with a number of weapons to blast your enemies with...

'The Lego Movie Video Game' Hits the App Store

January 22nd, 2015 1:00 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
$4.99 Buy Now

You've surely seen The Lego Movie by now, right? If you need to go to wherever it is you get your movies from and just straight up buy the BluRay. It's that good. After you do that, check out the new Lego Movie Video Game [$4.99] on the App Store. If nothing else, it deserves some kind of nod for being a premium game when it seems like free to play movie-based games are all the rage these days...

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