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'Pirates War: The Dice King' Developers Talk Post-Beta Features and Changes After Feedback From Our Forum Community

Many developers have taken to running betas with players from our forums and have very often talked about how great the great feedback they received. Developer Idiocracy was one of those developers who recruited players from our forums during its closed beta for Pirates War: The Dice King, and apparently it got really good feedback from all those who participated. In a recent post in our forums, the developers talked about how the game is changing and what features have been added post-beta. The game will be getting friends mode and chat, a feature requested by many testers. For now, players can chat with others in the lobby for a Friendly Match, although you're still not able to talk to strangers...

While we live in a time where a new Warhammer game gets released on a literal weekly basis, that's no reason to not keep following some of the more significant ones still getting update. In fact, Warhammer 40,000 Freeblade [Free] is still kicking, and the game's just gotten a big 2.0 update that finally adds multiplayer to the game. Now, you can partake in levels where you fight your friends and enemies' Freeblades for supremacy...




The Upcoming 'Exiles of Embermark' Continues to Look Great, Aims for Beta in the Fall and Release Early 2017

We've been keeping a close eye on the upcoming Exiles of Embermark for some time now, and I'm glad to see it's continuing to look better and better every time I read one of the many developer updates. If you haven't read any of our previous stories about the game - or our GDC 2016 hands-on - Exiles of Embermark is an upcoming RPG battling game by Gunslinger Studios (an offshoot of Industrial Toys that made Midnight Star) that tries to turn deep character progression and combat into short affairs tailored for mobile...

TinyBuild Reveals 'Party Hard Tycoon', a Nightclub Simulator that Could Make its Way to Mobile

Way back in March of last year, tinyBuild announced a game called Party Hard, a game about stealthily and cleverly murdering your neighbors because they're partying way too loud. Despite that premise being a hyper-violent overreaction to dealing with something like noisy neighbors, Party Hard looked like a great game and definitely didn't take itself too seriously. The plan was to release it on desktop with mobile versions to follow, but after releasing on Steam this past August things went eerily quiet in regards to a mobile version. That silence lasted until just a few weeks ago when the mobile version (named Party Hard Go, naturally) was reconfirmed and seeking beta testers. Then only a few days ago tinyBuild released a lengthy video showcasing how they implemented the controls into Party Hard Go in order to make it work well on the touchscreen...

'Burly Men at Sea' Sets Sail Next Month Simultaneously on Mobile and Desktop

Brain&Brain's upcoming Burly Men at Sea has been intriguing, not only because it has an accurate title with several burly bearded men, but also because it looks like a gorgeous storybook adventure game. Well, the good news is that after several months of the game being demoed, it's nearing conclusion, with Kill Screen reporting from Gamescom that Burly Men at Sea will release on not just desktop but also mobile on September 29th. Check out the latest trailer:..

As summer comes to an end, the folks over at Super Evil Megacorp have released one last Summer season update for Vainglory [Free], this one with a new hero and a final special edition summer skin. Coming into the Halcyon Fold is Samuel, a dark mage positioned as a ranged lane hero that has the ability to put enemy heroes to sleep with his ultimate ability. In addition, Samuel’s other abilities center on being able to control large amounts of the battlefield with damage over time spells. It’s always nice to get another ranged lane hero, so I’m looking forward to taking Samuel for a spin...

RPG Reload File 090 - '868-HACK'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we sometimes accidentally call Jenny when we want to play a roguelite. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's held up over time. It's a chance to revisit the classics, reflect on their place in the overall tapestry, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. As the captain on the bridge, I try to choose a balanced selection of games from week to week to reflect the diversity in the genre. If you feel like I'm missing anything, you can let me know by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. The schedule is planned pretty far in advance, so you might not see your suggested title soon, but it will be added to the master list...

'Ignatius' is Like the Silent Film-Themed Cousin of 'Limbo', Coming to iOS September 15th

Ok, ok, so the Limbo [$0.99] thing has been done to DEATH, but that doesn't mean I don't still get excited for new games that use those familiar aesthetics. Case in point: Android platformer Ignatius from developer Sons of Welder could very easily be Limbo's 1920s cousin. It features the same sort of dark and silhouetted visuals and is also a puzzle-centric platformer, but I'm actually pretty interested in the plot behind Ignatius. You play as a young boy named Ignatius who is bored with his monotonous life. (It only gets worse with age, Ignatius, trust me.) One night he runs into a theater director named Vigo and before you know it he's transported into a silent film alternate reality. Your job is to escape this strange world by puzzling and platforming your way out...

The really cool Superhot-inspired shoot 'em up Time Locker [Free] has gotten an update with two cool new features. First is the inclusion of cameos from Rodeo Stampede [Free]. Which makes too much sense – why not have stampeding animals in a game that's full of animals battling it out? Characters including the bull will appear in the 100 coin character machines that pop up on the main game screen for you to play as. ..

Welcome to our guide for The Opera, the second Wing of Hearthstone's [Free] latest adventure, One Night in Karazhan. Instead of going with Disney references like Wing 1, Wing 2 goes for a more literary vibe with references to William Shakespeare's, Grimm's, and Frank Baum's works. The three bosses are Julianne, Big Bad Wolf, and the Crone, and there are some fun ideas in this Wing, though nothing like the Chess from last week's Wing. The encounters are pretty easy on Normal - probably easier than last week's - but the Heroic ones are a different matter, especially The Crone one. Overall this is a fun Wing, and while most of the cards we are getting aren't the strongest - outside the Legendary Barnes - any new cards are always welcome...

Back in early March, developer Nanoo Company released their latest game Dark Sword [Free], a side-scrolling hack 'n slash game with a very stylish silhouette art style and great animations. Dark Sword featured bite-sized levels and simplified combat mechanics that still allowed for very satisfying button mashing gameplay. The biggest drawback, depending on your point of view I guess, was that the game is very free to play, meaning there's all the typical trappings from timers to in-game currencies and various IAP packs to be bought. However, if you're into your typical free to play grinding game this one was a lot of fun, and it featured tons of different types of loot to acquire and outfit your character with. Dark Sword has seen many updates in the months since its release which added things like new equipment, new difficulty levels, a Daily Raid mode, a pet system, and more, but its biggest update is yet to come as Nanoo has revealed that PvP is heading to the game in the next update...

3 Sprockets, the developer most known on their own for the Cubemen [$0.99 (HD)] tower defense games, but also as the team that developed Pac-Man 256 [Free] with Hipster Whale, have just released their latest game, Outfolded [Free]. The game gives you the task of unfolding various three-dimensional solid objects by rolling them around various levels, with their varying sides defining how they can be unfolded, with the goal being to use all the shapes to unfold at least one side on the goal...

The Long-Awaited 'Armajet' Closed Beta Just Went Live

For some of you, this is the story that will translate into losing many hours of your life staring at your device as the closed Beta for Armajet has just gone live. If you haven't played the game when it was out in Alpha, Armajet is a 2D shooter that's great fun to play and works amazingly-well on mobile. The Beta is bringing many new features to the game including adding friends from their in-game profile, getting notifications when friends jump online, Clans, Ranked Play that will use an ELO-style rating system, more weapons, more perks, more badges, more of everything. There's even a spectator mode. And it looks even cooler than it did during the Alpha...

The Angry Birds are Doing the 'Monster Strike' Thing with the Soft-Launched 'Angry Birds Evolution'

If you can think of a particular genre of video game, chances are pretty good that there's an Angry Birds version of it. The latest genre that Rovio and its famous feathered friends are tackling is the "bumper cars" style battling popularized by games like Monster Strike [Free]. Think of it like a digital game of marbles. Pull back on your character and take aim similar to launching a bird in Angry Birds proper, then let go and launch that character who will then bounce all over, hitting objects and enemies in the process. It's a fantastic mechanic for a touchscreen game, and although it hasn't quite seen the same success in the Western world, it has proven a winning formula for Monster Strike in Asia. Rovio is hoping to "strike" a similar hit with their soft-launched Angry Birds Evolution, which features similar battling style as well as light RPG and strategy elements...

If you are in the mood for theater and culture, then you're in luck because The Opera, the second Wing of Hearthstone's [Free] One Night in Karazhan Adventure, has just unlocked in NA. If you haven't bought the whole Adventure, you're going to have to buy this one either with 700 gold or with $6.99. You are going to help Julianne prepare for the performance of a lifetime, tackle the Big Bad Wolf, and more in another Wing clearly inspired by literary works. As a literature person myself, I'm really enjoying all these literary references in One Night in Karazhan, and I'm curious to see Blizzard's take on these famous characters and works...

Out There Chronicles [$2.99] is a good idea. Take the mysterious, interesting universe of the survival/resource management game Out There [$4.99] and create a gamebook in the same setting that helps flesh the background out. A boots on the ground view, so to speak. It's even written by the same person that wrote the original game. The presentation is quite strong for a game of this genre, adopting much of the aesthetic of the core Out There experience, and it even attempts to incorporate a few of the mechanics, such as learning alien languages and trying to conserve resources. As a companion piece to Out There, it's pretty neat. But while it's good at evoking the feel of its parent, as a piece of interactive fiction, it leaves me a bit cold...

Turn-Based RPG 'Shadow Quest' Hits the App Store Next Week

We're always excited to try out RPG's that mix up mechanics in interesting ways, and the upcoming Shadow Quest puts you in charge of a party of four, dungeon crawling using Minesweeper-like mechanics. Judging from the trailer, it seems like a mash up of Book of Heroes [Free] with a hint of the Dungelot [$0.99] series, which sounds pretty neat to me. Take a look:..

Dystopian Roguelite 'Leap of Fate' Out Now on the App Store

It feels like we've been waiting for Leap of Fate [$3.99] forever, as we first caught a glimpse of it on our forums in 2014, and then have had to watch as it launched on PC in March of this year, with mobile slated for a mid-August release. Thankfully, developers Clever-Plays have stuck to their word, as Leap of Fate has finally launched on the App Store today, having just sneaked past the traditional Wednesday round-up. It appears the wait has been justified, and the qualities that made it such a hit on its original Steam release are all present here, as you play as a technomage who has to fight against their own psychological demons with an abundance of glyphs, skills and a special mechanic of 'Shadow Walking'. Really, the trailer says it all, demonstrating the sort of ambition that Leap of Fate has for reinventing the dual stick roguelite genre on mobile devices...

It certainly is a fantastic time to be a fan of soccer (football) if you're an iOS gamer, as let alone the start of another season with its inevitable highs and lows (or just lows, if you support the wrong team), there are an abundance of new titles released to capitalise on the excitement of The Beautiful Game. Just this week we've seen EA announce a brand new FIFA game for the App Store that has polarised members on our forum thread, and a more traditional title in the form of Sociable Soccer - and this will likely only be the beginning, as new releases roll out in the coming months. Furthermore, for fans wanting their football fix right now, there are some fantastic new sales on some classics we have loved in the past, as Football Manager Mobile 2016 [$8.99] has dropped to its lowest price of $2.99, and Pixel Cup Soccer 16 [$2.99] is now completely free to try out...

Out Now: 'Deus Ex GO', 'Legend of the Skyfish', 'Warhammer 40K: Armageddon - Da Orks', 'Hyper Blaster', 'Mr. Robot', 'Ruins Ahead' and More

Welcome to another week and another batch of new iOS games! Unfortunately, the big game we revealed earlier today, a port of Bioware's RPG Jade Empire, will not be launching tonight as originally intended. Dang it! Look for it to come soon, and we'll be sure to let you know the moment it's available. Don't let that get you down, though, as this week is filled with goodness like Deus Ex GO and Legend of the Skyfish. So check out the full list below and let us know which games you'll be picking up this week!..

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