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Darkest Dungeon reaches Kickstarter goal with 30 days to spare

News By Alex Beech, 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Darkest Dungeon reaches Kickstarter goal with 30 days to spare

With 30 days still to go, turn-based strategy game Darkest Dungeon from Red Hook Studios has already reached its Kickstarter goal of $75,000. Currently the turn-based dungeon crawler is destined for PC and Mac. The studio's stretch goals reflect this hardware choice, with additional characters, cinematics, and Steam mod integration all promised if the fund breaks the $500,000 barrier. What is particularly interesting about Darkest Dungeon is its approach dungeon crawling. While the goal will still be to hack your way past the forces of chaos to defeat a timeless evil, you will not be finding shiny weapons and armour to improve your four-person squad. Instead, you will be managing the team'…


Skiing game Dudeski to hit the App Store slopes in early March

News By Alex Beech, 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Skiing game Dudeski to hit the App Store slopes in early March

If you are already worried about the post Winter Olympics comedown, then Benedict Fritz's Dudeski might help to keep your frosty spirits high. Due to arrive in March, this downhill skiing game is set to mix 'dude' humor with all of the danger and drama of the rocking down an icy hill strapped to two pieces of wood. Your goal is to make down Shred Lord Mountain, and through all four sections of its treacherous slalom course. To do this you have to carve your way past a range of hazards, including Yetis, totem poles, and an approaching avalanche. Your downhill decent can be made easier by collecting pinecones which unlock shortcuts. There will also be a host of special areas to discove…


Games Workshop's Warhammer Quest going cheap on the App Store

News By Alex Beech, 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Games Workshop's Warhammer Quest going cheap on the App Store

Games Workshop's board game conversion Warhammer Quest is currently on sale for 69p / 99c, down from £2.99 / $4.99. We had a lot of fun with Warhammer Quest when it arrived on the App Store last year. Building a party of adventures, you can guide wizards, warriors, and a host of other heroic classes against the hordes of chaos. As you explore dungeons and other subterranean areas, you have to use tactics, magic, and big swords to emerge victorious against the orks, skeletons, and other evils that stand in your way. Offering hours of turn based adventuring, we think 69p / 99c is a steal for Warhammer Quest. We recommend you pull on your +3 Boots of Bargaining and hea…


Threes! Review

Review Sirvo LLC By Alex Beech, 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Threes! Review

When we first fired up Threes!, we admit that we weren't quite prepared for the charm offensive we were about to receive. A quick tutorial shows you the basics. To play, you must swipe a group of tiles up, down, left, or right across a 4x4 grid. Pushing a 1 tile against a 2 tile creates a 3 tile. But from there tiles only combine with tiles bearing a matching number - 3 tiles combine with other 3 tiles into 6 tiles, 6s into 12s, and so on. The aim  of the game is to combine…

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Monkey Mofo delivers some puzzle-based simian madness to your touchscreen

News By Alex Beech, 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Monkey Mofo delivers some puzzle-based simian madness to your touchscreen

Invoking classic games and themes is a great way to grab gamers' attention. And, whne we first saw it, Monkey Mofo's apparent blending of ChuChu Rocket! and Q-bert certainly caught our eye. Requiring you to guide hapless fruit-collecting monkeys around an isometric island, Monkey Mofo has you laying down arrows in your simians' paths to push them in the right direction. Once the fruit is collected, all that is left is to guide them to the exit to complete the stage. To make things trickier, there are an assortment of enemies to mess with your monkeys. Plus, as the game progresses, the mazes become increasingly difficult to navigate. Sprinkle on other hazards and power-ups, and…


Developer removes lone in-app purchase from Lost Yeti

News By Alex Beech, 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Developer removes lone in-app purchase from Lost Yeti

Usually when an update hits the App Store a company likes to talk about what it has added. Oddly, today Neutronized Games has been talking about what it has removed from it block-sliding puzzler Lost Yeti – namely, in-app purchases. It seems that the Italian developer's decision is based on fan feedback to the game's solitary IAP, which allowed players to skip difficult levels. Talking about the decision on Twitter, Neutronized Games said that people didn't trust a game that offered a micro-transaction while still charging an up-front fee. Though we sympathise with this philosophy, we can't help but feel that the company would have been less willing to remove the purchase if more th…


Lost Yeti Review

Review Gionathan Pesaresi By Alex Beech, 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Lost Yeti Review

Guiding a forlorn yeti home seems like it should be a relaxing and uplifting experience. Instead, what Gionathan Pesaresi's Lost Yeti treats you to is some of the most demanding and frustrating puzzles we have played. Our furry hero is out in the cold and determined to get home. Even when he has nowhere to go, he just keeps on walking, only turning when he reaches a dead end. To help him on his way you need to slide a variety of blocks along horizontal and vertical lines, thereby chan…

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Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed is now only 69p / 99c

News By Alex Beech, 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed is now only 69p / 99c

Sonic's record over the last fifteen years has been hit and miss. Put him on a race track, however, and the little guy starts to shine. No game demonstrates this fact better than Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed. And, handily for frugal Sonic fans, the game has just received another price cut. Though only released in January, the colourful kart racer had already received a price drop from £2.99 / $4.99 to £1.49 / $2.99. Now, less than two weeks later, the price has been lowered again to 69p / 99p. Allowing you to race as a host of Sega characters, this charming little kart racer sees Sonic and friends competing on road, over water, and in the air, as their vehic…


Split-screen puzzler Dual Survivor will pit your thumbs against each other

News By Alex Beech, 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Split-screen puzzler Dual Survivor will pit your thumbs against each other

Before you read any further, we have a challenge for you: Rub your stomach and pat your head at the same time. No, really. We can wait. Did you struggle with that? Well, then you'll have some understanding of the challenge Rising Step's new game Dual Survivor has in store for you. You see, the goal of the sci-fi puzzler is to guide two separate energy cores down two separate paths. The catch is that you'll be steering both cores simultaneously with separate thumbs. This brain splitting task will start off quite simply, with two symmetrical tracks running in parallel. As the game progresses however, Dual Survivor will step up the difficulty, introducing a range of jumps, obst…


10000000 developer reveals new puzzler You Must Build a Boat

News By Alex Beech, 6 months, 3 weeks ago
10000000 developer reveals new puzzler You Must Build a Boat

Since it was released in 10000000 back in 2012, developer EightyEightGames has been working on an update to the fantastic puzzler. But, as with so many things in life it was delayed. Then it changed a little, and became and expansion Then it changed a bit more. Now it has been revealed as an entirely new game, You Must Build a Boat. Like 10000000,  the main action in You Must Build a Boat will revolve around fast-paced match-three puzzling. Now, however, before each stage you must make a decision about the path your story will take. As the name implies, these choices will move you ever closer toward constructing your very own water going vessel, along with…


Sci-fi strategy game Galcon Legends to conquer the App Store this Thursday

News By Alex Beech, 6 months, 4 weeks ago
Sci-fi strategy game Galcon Legends to conquer the App Store this Thursday

The Galcon series has always appealed to us. Playing out like a kind of real-time game of intergalactic Risk, its blend of simple controls, thoughtful strategy, and fast paced action. Now, developer Hassey Enterprises is back to add a layer of story to the space combat franchise with Galcon Legends. Coming to iOS on Thursday, this new instalment in the Galcon series brings some capitalist comedy to the strategic warfare. Playing as Buck the bill collector, your goal is to conquer the galaxy, crush the forces of love, and get paid. The action itself seems mostly unchanged from previous instalments. However, the promise of a more complete single player game, witty writing, and ne…


Retro JRPG Journey to Kreisia out now on iPhone and iPad

News By Alex Beech, 6 months, 4 weeks ago
Retro JRPG Journey to Kreisia out now on iPhone and iPad

There is probably someone out there who tries to play all of the old-school JRPGs which appear on the App Store. Today, their task got a little harder, thanks to Kemco's latest retro release Journey to Kreisia. You'll probably be more than familiar with Journey to Kreisia's premise. The lead protagonist is Yusis, a high school boy who has been transported to the fantastical world of Kerisia. Declaring him 'Saviour from the Outer Realm', the people of the land believe the lad has been sent to destroy an overlord who is ressurected every 10 years. Yusis has to explore the game's 16-bit-inspired world, meeting NPC's and gathering party members before he faces the Overloard. On the way he…


Floaty platform-puzzler Rocket Robo just gently propelled its way on to the App Store

News By Alex Beech, 7 months ago
Floaty platform-puzzler Rocket Robo just gently propelled its way on to the App Store

A small robot has just nudged its way on to the UK and US App Store. The little guy (whose name is Robo) is the star of the charming new 2.5D puzzle-game Rocket Robo, from developer Aaron McElligot. All the stars have disappeared from the sky, and your little robot is on a mission to recover them. The celestial baubles are scattered across Rocket Robo's 3 worlds and 57 levels. To get them, you'll have to guide the little robot through a variety of traps and puzzles. Touching the screen activates the mechanical man's tiny rocket boots, making it possible for him to fight his way skywards. Deactivate your boost for a second, however, and gravity quickly takes over. Tilting your iPad or iP…


Dungeon Keeper is out now for free on the App Store

News By Alex Beech, 7 months ago
Dungeon Keeper is out now for free on the App Store

Have you ever dreamt of having your own dungeon? One filled with cackling minions, and with an interior designed by Iron Maiden? If this sounds like your dream home, then you probably been playing too much Dungeon Keeper. No, not the new iOS version of Dungeon Keeper developed by Mythic Entertainment. The old one created by Peter Molyneux's '90s-era studio Bullfrog. The newly released iOS reboot – published by EA - once again puts you in charge of your own subterranean kingdom. As with the original, you have ti fill it with all kinds of horrors and traps in order to protect your homestead from other underground dwellers. Once happy with your fortifications, it is time to battle AI e…


Deconstruct the Sith in new scrolling shoot-'em-up Lego Star Wars: Microfighters

News By Alex Beech, 7 months ago
Deconstruct the Sith in new scrolling shoot-'em-up Lego Star Wars: Microfighters

If there are three things that remind us of our youth, its Lego, Star Wars, and shoot-'em-ups (yes, we are old). As it turns out, Warner Bros' new Lego Star Wars: Microfighters happens to combine all of these elements in a single destructible package. This Lego-themed top-down vertical shooter gives you the chance to control several craft from the Star Wars universe,  including TIE Fighters and the Millennium Falcon. Piloting these ships, you must blast your way through waves of enemy craft, power-up your ship, and save the galaxy from 18 stages of vacuum-formed evil. While the core gameplay be different from previous Lego games, some things do remain the same. Gatherin…