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Apparently, there's a big Clash of Clans [Free] war coming up this weekend, and you can watch part of it if you want to. Team Reddit will fight it out with Team Forums for ultimate dominance and, of course, bragging rights in what should be a battle between some of the best players in the game. There will be two wars, a 40v40 and a 50v50 between April 21st to April 23rd. Out of all the contestants, 10 really good players were flown to Finland and will take part in a Supercell-hosted livestream that you can watch tomorrow at 3PM GMT (sorry, you'll have to do the math to figure it out)...

Orangepixel has published an interesting postmortem analysis of Meganoid 2017 [$4.99]. It covers the gamut of the game's development, the project's genesis, and how it did on various platforms. The whole thing is worth a read, but what's interesting is the talk about how, as a solo developer, Orangepixel needs a steady stream of income. And his games' long-tail performance is rather importance. So, Meganoid in many ways was built around being a quick-to-completion game, but also something that could serve as the base of other games. For example, there's a project Orangepixel has that he describes a "funny viking-style game" that runs on the same engine, with some new assets and content, it could serve as another interesting quick project to help make some money. This is how Orangepixel generally makes money: make games that can do okay on release, and then help sell them long-term through a large library and through promotions such as sales. ..




Survive the Dangerous Seas With a School of Fish in 'Fish and Trip'

Bloop Games, a two-person French studio, has announced Fish and Trip, and have exclusively shared the trailer with us to show off to our fine readers. A pun on "fish and chips" (or as a reader points out, "fishing trip") but not about fishing while tripping on strange substances (sadly?), you gather up a school of fish and try to swim around the ocean, surviving as long as possible while avoiding larger predators. One touch gameplay that allows you to swim around in circles with little difficulty is part of the equation:..

'Ever Knight' is the 'Dark Souls' of "Just Make 'Crossy Road', JEEZ"

Foolish Mortal is about to punish you with their next game.Ever Knight brings a curious strategic action style to the Crossy Road [Free] genre. It's basically an endless hack and slash, where you can move one space at a time, trying to dice through hordes of enemies. Swordsmen slash at you, spearmen will charge at you with their spears, archers hit you from a distance, and so on. ..

If you've been enjoying Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free (HD)], prepare for some more fun content this weekend as Chaos Arena makes its return to the game. If you haven't played this mode before, Chaos Arena mixes up the lane conditions and scenario rules and makes for some... chaotic matches (sorry about that). There are fun scenarios that really freshen up the game, like getting three creatures into your deck at the start of the match, switching decks with your opponent, or playing with interesting cards already on the board. There are also interesting Lane Conditions: for instance, when summoning a creature in one lane, another random one of the same cost will appear, or if you have the most cards in one lane at the end of the turn, you deal damage to your opponent, and many, many other entertaining ideas...

'Throw Pinball' Is a Pinball-Block Breaking Hybrid Looking for Testers

If you're looking for a game to scratch your pinball itch but wanted a slightly different take on the glorious—and once banned—game, check out the upcoming Throw Pinball. The game uses pinball mechanics to break blocks, and the nice thing about it is that all 75 levels are designed by hand: no procedural generation creating silliness in this game. As you can see from the trailer, the developer seems to have some fun ideas on how to offer challenging levels, and I do like the art style and palette...

Twin Stick Endless Survival 'Hyper Beam' Looking for Beta Testers in Our Forums

Twin stick shooters are some of the most entertaining games on iOS because they work surprisingly well on touchscreens. Hyper Beam, an upcoming game by Rinikulous Games, is getting the twin-stick part of twin stick shooters and combining it with an endless survival game. As you can see from the trailer, you control two little circles—could be spaceships, intergalactic blobs, your imagination is the limit—as one, using the beams linking them to take out all the enemies on screen. The game has several different type of beams, and once you charge your beams, you go into—you guessed it—hyper mode...

The RPG Cooking Game (Yes, That's a Thing) 'Dungeon Chef' Is Looking for Beta Testers on Our Forums

I've always been a huge fan of genre mashups, so while I'm not entirely sure how a RPG cooking game is going to play out in practice, on paper, I love it. Dungeon Chef was just posted to our forums this morning, and I'm really digging everything they're talking about so far. The basic idea is you go out and fight monsters for ingredients, then come back to your tavern and cook 'em all up to come up with the "ultimate meals." The elevator pitch sort of sounds like it's going to scratch the same itch as going out and farming up new ingredients and seeing what you can cook up in Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but (obviously) on a much smaller, mobile game scope. Check out the trailer:..

'Get Me Outta Here' Review - Don't Have a Cow, Man

The Rossman Bros. have delivered a rather fun arena shooter in Get Me Outta Here [Free]. Starring a middle-aged man (with surprising jumping and rolling skills!) abducted by aliens, and given a limited amount of time to clear them all out with his deadly firepower, what seems like a simple game of run 'n gun action has a surprising amount of depth to it. The heart of the game is you trying to survive the same arena with the same enemies, but interesting strategies that appear over time. Plus, it features a giant weaponized cow boss, and some heavy weaponry to deploy. Who doesn't love that?..

Kemco is a company that has had a lot of strange ups and downs since they entered the game industry during the 8-bit Nintendo boom in the 1980s. In their early days, they were most famous for their ports of Western computer games like Shadowgate and Deja Vu to the NES. In the 16-bit era, they were probably best known for publishing the Top Gear racing series from Gremlin Graphics. The next two generations were perhaps the company's darkest days, resulting in such legendarily awful games as Batman Beyond, Batman: Dark Tomorrow, and the Nintendo 64 version of Daikatana. About 10 years ago they started focusing on the blossoming mobile market, acting as the publisher of a multitude of low-budget, low-priced RPGs. A half-decade ago, they started bringing those games out worldwide, and my friends, they did not stop...

RPG Reload Glossary - Tactical RPG Video Games in the 1990s

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where we know iteration is the key to success. Last week, we took a look at the early history of the tactical RPG genre, covering the origins of many of its core concepts through to what is generally considered to be the game that established the genre, Nintendo's Fire Emblem. In that article, I also listed some features that I consider to define games in the TRPG genre, so I strongly encourage heading back and reading that piece before moving on with this one. In this week's article, we're picking up from where we left off last time and covering the genre's explosion in popularity in the 1990s. Both the East and the West (and by extension the console and PC sectors) would see little cottage industries spring up around their respective takes on the genre. Perhaps most remarkably of all, these two flavors of TRPG appear to have formed virtually independently of one another...

The Dread Enemy in 'Shadowgun Legends' is Totally Not The Predator

Madfinger's Shadowgun Legends is a rather intriguing title to keep an eye on in the coming months, because it totally doesn't look like it's trying to be Destiny at all. Some footage and details have steadily started to leak out, one of which being one of the new enemies in Legends, the Dread. Now, I will have you know that the Dread is totally not the Predator with its deadly exoskeleton, dreadlocks, and arm blades. Totally different from the Predator, totally legally distinct! Check out this enemy that has absolutely zero resemblance to the Predator in this trailer for Shadowgun Legends:..

Indie developer Jesse Makkonen released his psychological horror game DISTRAINT on Steam back in August of 2015, and the game was critically acclaimed and has developed quite a loyal following, even prompting the announcement of a sequel. In November of last year, he adapted the game for mobile and released it on Android where it was similarly acclaimed and garnered more than three quarters of a million downloads. Not bad! This week, the mobile version has also arrived on iOS as DISTRAINT: Pocket Pixel Horror [$0.99] and you can get a very brief glimpse of what it's like in the release trailer for the Steam version below...

I'm pretty sure there's a whole academic paper waiting to be written about Zynga's transition from Words with Friends to the just-released GIF's Against Friends [Free], both in terms of the transition to primarily-visual mediums and in terms of the antagonism so prevalent on the internet today. And even though I should be more of the words and text generation, I do enjoy the hilarity of GIFs, and that's why I think GIFs Against Friends will find an audience quite easily. This iMessage app has you inviting friends from your phone's contacts, sending them all a pretty silly prompt, and then judging the GIFs they submit anonymously...

A couple of years ago we wrote about Spells of Genesis [Free], a trading card game that uses Bitcoin's blockchain technology to power its in-game economy, and now the game is finally out on the App Store. Let's talk about the game first. In Spells of Genesis players have to build decks by trading and combining orbs before clashing with their opponents. The game plays more like an arcade one than something like Hearthstone, but at its core it's still all about collecting cards, trading cards, and building the strongest decks you can. There are over 200 levels and missions and hundreds of cards to get your hands on...

Shopify has introduced an API for Unity that lets developers sell merchandise for their apps right in their app. Developers that implement the Unity Buy SDK from Shopify can easily sell merchandise such as shirts, mugs, and toys without leaving the app. One example is Alto's Adventure [$4.99], which can sell merch such as plush llamas straight in the app now. Oh, and it does support Apple Pay so you barely have to do anything to get your sweet, sweet, merch on...

In the world of writing about video games, differing opinions are bound to ruffle some feathers. Such is the case with Red's Kingdom [$2.99]. This charming puzzle adventure is polished to the gills in terms of presentation, which is I think something everyone can agree on. But some of its design decisions left our own Carter Dotson feeling more lukewarm towards the game in his review. However, it did garner our Game of the Week nod upon release, and has found a ton of fans in our community, who voted it as Game of the Month for January. A major update last month added a bunch of new levels and several new features which looked to smooth out the game's rough edges, and according to this teaser posted today it looks like more new content is in the works for Red's Kingdom...

Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] developers continue to give us skins and texture packs, and today we are getting one of the best ones so far. The latest update has brought the world of Bethesda's Fallout to Minecraft, and it's pretty cool. The Fallout Mash-Up Pack celebrates the classic series by bringing a complete overhaul of the game's texture. Gone are the lovely, green pastures and hills; all you'll have now is an irradiated, brownish landscape. And as you would expect, all the mobs have undergone some interesting mutations, with two-headed cows, ghouls, and huge scorpions roaming the landscape. Even the llamas couldn't escape this fate...

'Trailer Park Boys: Greasy Money' Review: Pushing the Theoretical Limits of Fan Service

Writing about these kind of idle clicker upgrader games is always difficult, as it feels like in mid-2017 everything you'd ever do in one of these has been done, with the main difference being how developers mix up the established mechanics and how they apply the theme of the game. East Side Games has a winner on their hands with Trailer Park Boys: Greasy Money [Free] as it mixes up established mechanics in a way that makes a dumb amount of sense inside of the scope of the Trailer Park Boys universe...

We've been following the development of Vignettes [$2.99] ever since we saw it at GDC, and now that it's finally available, I can't wait to see what people think of it. The basic gist of the whole thing is you're rotating an object in 3D space to find another hidden object inside of that object. For instance, check out how this lamp turns into a fan once you find the correct angle:..

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