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Rusty Lake's 'Cube Escape: The Cave' Releasing March 23rd

Rusty Lake has been enchanting players with its odd (in a good way) sensibility and approach to puzzle games, and now the developer is ready to release another game, Cube Escape: The Cave. I know that for most of you, the name Rusty Lake is enough to make you go and grab the game, but for those who haven't played a Cube Escape game yet, this series of puzzle and escape room games has great puzzles to solve but, more importantly for me, a lovely sense of dread that you can't easily replicate...

March 17th is here, which means we are about to get more card reveals from Hearthstone's [Free] upcoming Journey to Un'Goro expansion. At 11am PST, (which is half an hour after this story goes out) Senior Designer Peter Whalen and Sean "Day9" Plott will be livestreaming their journey to Un'Goro. During this journey, expect to see giant dinosaurs, crackling elementals, lethal flora, and, of course, all-new cards from the upcoming expansion. It's about time we got to see more expansion cards because up to now, we've been guessing at what the expansion's effects could be on the meta and on the game in general. Hopefully, we'll start getting a much better grasp of what kinds of cards are coming down the pipeline...




If you've been playing Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes [Free] for any length of time, you surely know the pain of a terrible 20-orb draw. You end up with a bunch of heroes you have no use for, and there's nothing to do with them but send them home for a meager amount of Hero Feathers. To address that problem, Nintendo has added a new system to the game called Skill Inheritance, which allows you sacrifice a unit to teach its skills to another unit. There are only a few restrictions, so you can theoretically create some very powerful units if you have the right stock to work from...

Visiontrick Media has announced that it is releasing its "fourth-person puzzling-adventure" Pavilion [$3.99] on iOS and Mac on March 17th. Pavilion: Touch Edition will throw you into a world with no explanation or tutorials. You and the main character have to learn what's in the world and what the situation is for yourselves. Interaction with the environment and whatever elements pop up is key to discovering what is going on, and exploring the secrets of Pavilion...

RPG Reload Glossary - What is a Social RPG?

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where I sometimes have to throw dinner together from scraps of leftovers. While I had planned to do a developer interview this week, my day job has become rather busy all of a sudden. Because of that, I haven't been able to conduct the interview as I had originally hoped. I gave some thought to the idea of taking a week off, but we haven't missed a Reload in three and a half years and I don't plan on changing that. Ultimately, I settled on an early debut for an idea I had been planning: the RPG Reload Glossary. The Glossary is a place where I can define things and go into their histories a little so that you, the reader, know where I'm coming from. I'll be doing a Glossary entry every month or two as long as I can come up with ideas for it, so if you have anything you want explored, let me know in the comments...

One of the cool things about GDC is that many if not all of the talks are recorded, and made available in the GDC Vault for those who attended. However, some talks are uploaded to the Vault for free, so that anyone can watch. And a talk that is particularly relevant here has been uploaded: Butterscotch Shenanigans talking about the development of Crashlands [$4.99], and in particular the cancer ordeal that Sam Coster went through while making the game. It's called a postmortem, which seems particularly ironic here because Sam Coster is still alive! You can watch it here...

Tokaido, the very popular board game about traveling across Japan, is coming to mobile very soon, and from what I've seen so far, it looks really nice. The game will be available for both smartphones and tablets and on both iOS and Android. The app will let you play solo against the AI but also in local and online multiplayer. As you can see from the screenshots below, the art looks lovely and the port retains the physical game's overall style...

Fast-Paced Strategy Game ' Castle Battles' Coming to iOS and Android Soon

Castle Battles is an upcoming game that's hoping to turn the classic 4X style mechanics into fast, action-packed matches that last minutes rather than days. This is a laudable goal that many developers hope to achieve, but not always succeed. In Castle Battles, you seek to expand your empire by building castles in prime locations. Those castles allow you to collect resources that you then turn into massive armies. And, of course, you use those armies to take down all your enemies. The game has a pretty cool art style that should look great on mobile devices...

Just like in the recent past, Blizzard is once more running a Choose Your Champion event, but this time is for the Hearthstone [Free] Championship Tour Winter Championship. The way this works is you pick one of the sixteen players competing, and you get a free Gadgetzan card pack every time they progress in the tournament. If the player you pick manages to go all the way, you'll get four free packs, but even if he loses from the first round, you'll still get one free pack. Last time this event happened, a large majority of players voted for Thijs, but he promptly lost in the first round...

Armajet is a very entertaining 2D shooter that I've spent quite some time with, even though the game is still in beta. Today, the developers have finally added to the game a long-requested feature, Custom Games. Custom Games allow you to set the game as public or private, pick the game mode, pick between 2 to 8 players, and pick a map. You can even decide whether to allow the game to be spectated. This new feature is definitely a welcome addition and will definitely offer new ways of playing the game; 1v1 matches will be very entertaining, I think. What's missing, though, is the ability to decide what weapons to be allowed in the game...

Mass Effect: Andromeda, Bioware's latest entry in the Mass Effect series, is getting ready to launch across the world on March 21st. As it's been the case with other big games recently, Bioware is launching a companion mobile app that will help players stay engaged with the game's universe even when away from their console or PC. The app, called APEX HQ, is specifically a companion for the game's multiplayer component and will help you keep track of your characters. APEX HQ will show your characters' progression, items, rewards, but it will do more than just display info; the app will also allow you to adjust your character's loadout, spend points on skills, recruit and equip new teams, and even customize team names...

Intriguing Isometric Roguelike 'Rogue Wizards' Needs iOS Beta Testers

Spellbind Studios needs beta testers for their game Rogue Wizards. Originally released on Steam, they're bringing it iOS, and it looks like it'll be a great fit for the platform. This is a an isometric roguelike-inspired turn-based dungeon crawler, where you explore various procedrually-generated dungeons. Along the way, you'll get upgrdes, and help build up your town sanctuary. There are 18 different spells across six schools of magic to upgrade, with six pets and some NPCs to help you out along the way...

Check Out the 'Construction Simulator 2' Launch Trailer

Are you ready for some digging and constructing? I hope you are because Construction Simulator 2 is almost here, and judging from its launch trailer, it's going to be a fun one. If you haven't ready our earlier story on the game, Construction Simulator 2 has you doing all kinds of construction work in the fictional state of Westside Plains. You'll run a small construction company and go around excavating foundation pits, pouring concrete, paving roads, and, of course, controlling those huge construction machines. The game will also add road construction to the list of things to do...

I don't think it's a secret that ever since FIFA decided to move away from making a game about playing the actual sport, football (soccer) games on the App Store have been few and far between. Active Soccer 2 DX is definitely a pretty good one, and now we have Dream League Soccer 2017 [Free], which looks like a pretty good soccer game in the few minutes I messed with it. I didn't see a gazillion menus like in other games that shall not be named, and the actual gameplay is pretty good; the animations are smooth, the player movement is good—if a little on the slow side—and overall it looks enjoyable enough...

Get on the Space Train with 'Cosmic Express'

March 16th, 2017 2:18 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Release
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Draknek, the developer behind A Good Snowman is Hard to Build [$4.99], and his team have just released their latest puzzler, Cosmic Express [$4.99], on the App Store. This is a game existing in a rather optimistic future where passenger trains exist...in space! The space citizens have to get from point A to point B, but you only have so much room for passengers. So your paths have to arranged intelligently, such that you can pick up and drop people off when you pass by. ..

Apple Opens an Entire New Storefront in the App Store Dedicated to Indie Developers

Apple didn't invent the smartphone, but it's hard to argue that their introduction of the iPhone back in 2007 didn't dramatically change the existing smartphone landscape and set the tone for how smart devices should be. In a similar vein, they didn't invent the digital app store, but when they placed the OPEN sign in the virtual window of their own App Store in 2008, they largely brought digital software and app-dominated lives to the mainstream. Apple's App Store democratized software development, especially in terms of games. No longer was game development solely in the hands of the major players in the games industry; now literally anybody with the means to make a game and a hundred bucks for an Apple Developer license could put their creations out in the world for millions to see. It's truly amazing...

Night School Studio has brought their adventure game Oxenfree [$3.99] to iOS in a surprise release. Taking place from the perspective of Alex, you go to anovernight party on Edwards Island, an old military island. Already, this sounds like a bad idea. The good news is that you wind up accidentally opening up a ghostly gate and unleashing mysterious creatures into this realm! Well, that was certainly not one of you and your friends' brighter ideas, Alex. Even if these creatures are nice and friendly, perhaps a team of scientists, or Ghostbusters, prepared for the possibility that these creatures were in another realm for a good reason, would be ideal? ..

Out Now: 'The Big Journey', 'Ticket to Earth', 'Ghosts'n Goblins Mobile', 'Golf Zero', 'Euclidean Lands', 'Bit City', 'Mushroom 11', 'Kingdom: New Lands', 'Into the Badlands Blade Battle' and More

It's another week which means another batch of new iOS games, and typically I'm pretty enthusiastic each and every week. I mean, even the "weakest" week always has a handful of gems, and your normal week usually has more great games than anyone can play. This week, though. My goodness. In case you aren't aware, Apple has been doing a Celebration of Indies promotion for the past week which has seen them highlight the release of an awesome new indie game each and every day. That means the concentration of higher profile releases is even greater this week than usual, and on top of that there's also the normal slew of releases which features a bunch of interesting stuff. It's an embarrassment of riches out there folks, so saddle up and check out the full list of new games below, and then be on the lookout for even more new releases through Apple's indie promotion through the weekend, which we'll be sure to highlight as well...

Spring is almost here! That's weird to say, what with blizzards hitting the northeast, and Texas being not blistering hot even in March, but that's climate change for you! Regardless, spring is coming quite soon, and with it, Drop Flip Seasons [$1.99] by Borderleap is getting its appropriate spring update. As the app got announced during winter, with the promise of future seasons, it only makes sense that the spring update is available now...

'Smite Rivals' Development "On Hold"

Hi-Rez Studios has announced that Smite Rivals, their entry into competitive mobile games with a collectable card arena game in the vein of Clash Royale [Free], has been put on hold. Hi-Rez president Stew Chisam says in a statement that "the game needs significant additional development before releasing." I would be interested if they feel like they need to differentiate more from Clash Royale. There are some differences in play, but the core concepts are very similar. Talking to Hi-Rez producers back at Hi-Rez Expo, they were interested in some new monetization tactics, though they had nothing definite to say about the game...

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